Teaser Tuesday: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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Teaser Tuesday is hosted on the blog Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  •  Grab your current read.
  • Open to a random page.
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.
  • Share the title & author
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

“I’ve tried to imagine how she’d feel knowing that her cells went up in the first space missions to see what would happen to human cells in zero gravity, or that they helped with some of the most important advances in medicine: the polio vaccine, chemotherapy, cloning, gene mapping, invitro fertilization. I’m pretty sure that she – like most of us – would be shocked to hear that there are trillions more of her cells growing in laboratories now than there ever were in her body.”

– page 2

Importance of a Book Friend

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Have you ever felt so connected to a book character that they almost feel like a friend? Sometimes when I finish a book it almost seems I lost a friend. This may sound weird or cheesy to some people, but I’m sure book lovers agree with this feeling. (Even if they don’t want to admit it.) However, it’s not exactly like losing a book friend instead you’re gaining their experiences, thoughts, and emotions. Perhaps your book friend is someone you strive to become or who you once were. Do you relate with a character similar to you or are you the complete opposite? Books allow us to go anywhere and experience the character’s journey. Also, we have different groups of friends, so it’s appropriate that we can have different book friends at various times. Which book friend most relates to you?

Weekly Quotation: Garrison Keillor

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A book is a gift you can open again and again.

Garrison Keillor


Kindle News

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If you’re a kindle owner and haven’t already heard the exciting news that you can now ‘check out’  library books onto your kindle. It’s similar to checking out any library book, so you need your handy library card. Hopefully, you already have one. (September is library card sign-up month.) This was the biggest factor when I decided to buy an e-reader, since I love my local library. I finally picked the kindle, since it’s been around the most and tweaked any problems. For some reason, Amazon thought they were too ‘special’ and did not allow downloads from the library. Check out the long list of other e-readers from the nook to Sony readers. The ‘magic’ is done through overdrive, which is basically the middle person between publishers and libraries. It is not an EPUB or PDF download, instead there’s a special kindle symbol next to the book. Remember Amazon is special, so the difference between other reading devices is when you’re about to ‘check out’ you’re then taken directly to their site. It doesn’t work through 3G, so instead you need to be either wireless or have  a USB connection. Of course you still have to be on the waiting list just like any other book at the library. What happens when my library book is due? Nothing. Amazon automatically removes the book, however if you’ve ‘highlighted’ anything it keeps everything if you decide to buy it. I successfully downloaded a book onto my kindle in about three minutes.

How it Works

It’s easy to enjoy titles from an OverDrive®-powered site. Once setup is complete, all you need to do is browse, check out, download, and enjoy.

step one


Browse and search for Kindle books.

step two

Check Out

Add titles to your cart, and check out.

step three


Select a Kindle device or Kindle reading app.

step four


Sync your device or app and enjoy.

Overdrive information

Amazon’s library borrowing information

What should I read next?

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Imagine yourself finishing a wonderful book and now you’re searching for your next read. I often have a difficultly finding the right book after reading a great book. I may have ended with a high and want to continue that feeling or the book left me feeling low and I need a boost. I have ‘to-read’ book lists, but I then need to find the book that ‘fits’ from the many on my list.  We’ve all asked others ‘What’s a good book you’ve read? Do you have any recommendations?’ hoping the book will spark our interest. Pick up a book and look at the back cover. Most likely there’s a few book reviews that tell you, in their opinion, why it’s a great book. It’s a plus if there are authors who I’ve previously read, so a chance that I’ll enjoy this new book in my hands. I also search for my next book on and type the title then check out the ‘customers who bought this item also bought’, however my problem is I’ve often read many of those recommendations. I think most readers have this similar problem to find the next great book.

So is it okay to compare our last book read to the next great read? I tell myself that it’s a new book, so I should mentally have a fresh start. Perhaps I should read a different genre to get a completely new perspective from my last book. I could follow the advice of C.S. Lewis to read an old book before reading a new book. The reader then knows exactly what they’re ‘getting into’ and when the old book is finished a new perspective can begin. So, how do you decide your next great read? How do you mentally start fresh each time you open that first page of a new book? Do you take the recommendations from others or search the shelves alone? I’m always looking for new books to read, so leave any suggestions.

It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.
– C.S. Lewis

The worst thing about new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones.
– Joseph Joubert

Video: Wonders of books

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I was looking for an article and stumbled upon this video. It was made in response to a ‘I hate reading’ Facebook page. I can’t imagine individuals hating reading so much that they’d form a community page. Oh well.


Books for every mood and time

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From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. There was poetry for quiet companionship. There was adventure when she tired of quiet hours. There would be love stories when she came into adolescence and when she wanted to feel a closeness to someone she could read a biography. On that day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived.

– Betty Smith (“A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”)

I really enjoyed this book, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”, and gave it five stars. This is a coming of age book about a girl growing up in Brooklyn. There are struggles in her life and she often finds comfort in a good book.

I think this quote is true, since there’s a book to match every mood, time, feeling, and personal challenge. We don’t all have to enjoy the same books. Also, we’ll discover that different books have various meanings and change through our life. Go ahead and discover that one particular book that matches exactly as you’re feeling or want to feel.

How did the book attract your eye?

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‘Don’t judge a book by its cover’. We’ve all heard this expression numerous times in different situations. The phrase often goes beyond referring to books even if we don’t want to admit. We judge an individual’s personality with their outward appearance,  an appliance or object if it can accomplish a task, whether an animal appears gentle or aggressive, a new food’s taste, and many other situations where we must look beyond only appearances. In this case, I examine only books. What made you stop and pick up the book?

I love bookstores and libraries as I gaze upon rows of bookcases and displays. As I tilt my head along the bookcase and examine the books’ spine there are only a few things I have at first glance: book title, general appearance, and size. Let’s be honest, those bright, flashy, and colorful books scream: ‘Look at me, look at me’. Whereas the monotone and subdued books perhaps state: ‘Ignore the flashy adolescent, instead I’m a book with substance’. Of course, this isn’t the case since a book’s ‘substance’ and ‘worth’ is not measured by its cover. A book’s size doesn’t affect me too much, since I’ve read great short and long books. Sometimes a creative and interesting title pulls my attention. I’m even guilty of doing this on looking quickly at a book’s cover if it has flowers, swirls, dark shadows, bold print, a damsel in distress, a knife with blood, ocean waves, young children, symbols, city background, or nothing but the title.

Where do you ‘classify’ those books with a worn spine, faded paper, creases, stains, and no dusk jacket? I think those books are mysterious and hold secrets. This book states to the world: ‘Look past what I don’t have and my faded appeal, because my wear shows I’ve been loved and enjoyed by many’. A book doesn’t need to be flashy for greatness.

Even if we claim otherwise, a book’s outward look often describes its genre. For example, you’re not likely to discover romance inside a book with a bloody knife on the cover, well perhaps deep heartache. The title and appearance are a ‘sneak peak’ at the treasure deep inside. However, take a chance and pick up that book that turns you off or is nondescript for you may be in for a surprise.