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Friends, wanna join an easy-going book club? Here’s what I am proposing:

  • We shall read YA books (young adult) – mostly
  • The meetings will be held once every two months (give or take)
  • The food and drinks will be decided and provided by the selector of the book (host) and inspired by the book; meaning, if the characters eat a lot of Skittles – we should probably eat a lot of Skittles too
  • There will be no commitment to attend every meeting but you must RSVP to the meetings you are attending
  • Unless otherwise noted, the meeting can happen at my place
  • There is no pressure to finish the book but you should at least know what it’s about. If you attend, be okay with others talking about what you did or didn’t read and deal with potential spoilers
  • That being said, if you chose the book, you should read it and be prepared to talk about it
  • The book can be old (Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret) or new (Girl Online) or even not truly YA but still worth discussing (Not That Kind of Girl)

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First up, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Thursday, November 27 at 7:30pm

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“A deliciously warm-hearted nerd power ballad destined for greatness.” – New York Journal of Books

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . . But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fanfiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

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meanwhile, elsewhere

Friday’s online finds: Inspirational, educational or just silly. Here is what I found this week…

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Have a fantastic long weekend – we are heading to Pugwash and David and I are running in the Butter Trail Run! Technically I am supposed to conclude all of the must-dos on  my summer check-list… but can we agree that summer ends at the end of September. Maybe I will extend the challenge until September 30th. Deal?

Oh and my cousin nominated me to do the positivity challenge, but rather than posting it on Facebook… I am going to just give you 7 days of items here = 7 things I am positive about right now. And, I nominate y’all to be positive today!

  1. Nova Scotia summers. We have so many beautiful beaches.
  2. Family. Mine are stellar.
  3. Friends. Although we don’t see each other enough, I love them.
  4. Trees and trails. I think I appreciate them more each year.
  5. My clothesline. I will admit, much more enjoyable in the summer but always better than a dryer.
  6. The time and ability to run. Getting up at 5:30 can be tough but worth it.
  7. Coffee.

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Photo taken with my iphone at Kejimkujik Seaside

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book it

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Three times in one week the topic of making photo albums had come up in conversation. Not the photo albums we grew up with – sticky cellophane protector pages / brass ringed coil binding / padded landscape covers – but rather, the ones you make digitally and send away for printing.

I made my first album after our wedding and found the hardest part to be editing down the amount of photos to fit in less than 96 pages. After that, I went on to make albums of vacations and quickly realized editing is important because additional pages costs more money (I should know this, seeing that I do print production for a living).

Fast forward seven years, David is almost five, life is busy: We’ve been on a few great vacations but production has slowed down. I only realized this week, I started a California Book for the trip to California in 2012 and never made it past the cover page. Since then, we’ve also been to Florida (and I’ve been to California again) so I better start designing.

There are many options for book making online – Shutterfly, MyPublisher, and Pinhole Press to name a few – but I have only used Apple’s iPhoto print products and have been pleased with the results. Although there have been slight changes in their template design, I love the consistency and find the process to be super easy. And at this point, If I want to get at least one more done before our next vacation, I should stick to what works.

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What about you? Have you had great success with one of the other publishers? Can you persuade me to switch? I am very excited about the Pinhole Press products, like the personalized memory cards, and plan to make them for my youngest nephew, but that’s for another day.

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Note: The David book was made by David’s daycare provider, Miss Allie. One of the sweetest gifts a mom can receive.