Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tea and a Book: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (mini review)

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeThe Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This summer's Adult Summer Reading Theme is Literary Elements.  We've taken a science/science fiction approach to the theme.  I decided that for July and August my book club would pick two classic science fiction books.

I unfortunately had to cancel our July meeting but I wanted to share some thoughts on the novel.  I couldn't remember if I had read the book or not as part of a school assignment, but it's a story most people at least know the basics of, (at least I hope they do!).

The only thing I really disliked about the book was the point of view Stevennson used to tell the story.  I would have liked to have been with Dr. Jekyll when he tried his experiments and been there after he had woken up from being Mr. Hyde.

I think the story is a great discussion on the ideas of good and evil in humanity.  It was interesting to note that Mr. Hyde was smaller than Dr. Jekyll because Jekyll's evil tendencies were not part of his personality so didn't have the same about of time to grow.  I had also wanted to discuss with the group the idea that people are not wholly good or evil, they are a mix of both at varying degrees.

The copy of the ebook I downloaded had a sample from the new book Hyde by Daniel Levine.  In Stevenson's work the reader hears from Dr. Jekyll his views on the strange case.  In this new book Levine gives us Hyde's view on the situation.  It helps if reader is familiar with the original story and not just the basics of the story as Hyde references things from the original work.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Reader's Workouts - Getting back on track

Reader's Workouts is a weekly event which is hosted over at Joy's Book Blog.

I'm a Fitbit wearer, I like that it helps me keep active and moving during the week.  If you also wear one feel free to friend me!

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Things haven't been going good for me on the fitness front, since my gym buddy had her scheduled changed for the summer I found it easier to make excuses to not go walk the track or go walk on the treadmill at the gym.  I still track my food and try to meet my daily step count (I'm a low step count).

Things haven't been great the last few weeks, I've slacked on tracking my food and this past weekend all but gave up on wearing my FitBit. Needless to say, by Sunday night I was sick of me and made myself a promise that I was going to the gym to walk at least a half hour on the treadmill.

I'm happy to say I kept my promise and on Monday morning I went to the gym and put in a solid half hour. I had planned to just walk at a steady normal pace but as I started to go, I felt like I wanted to do a nice cardio speed walk.  I will say compared to the old guy a few machines down from me my speed walk is another person's easy stroll.

I listened to music, but I'm getting ready to download a new audiobook to my iPhone for my gym listens.  I'm thinking of Tony Danza's I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had: My Year as a Rookie Teacher at Northeast High.

My plan is to get back to the gym Thursday after work, barring any disasters, I should be able to hold myself to that promise.

I hope everyone else is doing good!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Favorite Books of 2014 - So Far

I've been seeing a lot of picks for favorite book so far in 2014. I don't think I can pick just one, so here are my picks for best book for the first six months of 2014.

January
The Good Luck of Right Now
February
Fangirl
March
Humans of New York
April
Everything I Need To Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book
May
Two Boys Kissing 
June
Delicious!