New book review

My latest book review has been published and its Robert Twigger’s “White Mountain”! He is a wonderful travel writer, you know the type- brilliant and snarky, and so when his book arrived so I was very excited to read it. Its a fun trip around the Himalayas Mountains and I liked it so much I gave it a starred review.

Review of Robert Twigger, “White Mountain: A Cultural Adventure Through the Himalayas.”Library Journal, 142, no. 13 (August): 108.

Foot update

Another doctors appointment today. The foot is doing well and I was able to get my stitches out. Now that the swelling is going down its noticeable that my toe is now shorter than it once was. Weird, but really who cares. Its just a toe. I was also told that I can use the shorter boot/shoe when I am home and the big boot when I am out of the house. Progress!

Day four after surgery or where I get das boot!

Today was my first doctors appointment after foot surgery and after four days of being forced to use crutches I was really looking forward to this appointment. First up was having some x-ray’s taken and then I saw the doctor. The doctor said that my toe/foot is healing nicely and now I get to wear the boot which will not allow any movement and will keep the toe/foot nice and safe. Not only do I get to wear the boot, starting today, but I also get to wear it for the next 8 weeks. 8 weeks! The boot is really tall, kind of heavy, I cannot drive with it, and its going to make me walk weird which will not be good for my back. But 8 weeks! And sadly the stitches did not come out today. So a good appointment overall and getting rid of the crutches was wonderful, but a bummer about the stitches and das boot.

Surgery part three!

Third time is the charm to fix my foot. Well lets hope! Fingers crossed!

Today I had surgery to remove the titanium toe joint (which was no longer working) and put in a new titanium piece with a bunch of little screws to fuse my big toe together. This is what we were trying to avoid with the two previous surgery, as there is nothing you can do after you fuse your toe together. Fusing means no movement, so no bending of the toe. So ends my dreams of being a prima ballerina, professional bowler, and wearing high heels. Haha! Actually I don’t care about these three things that require toe movement, so no great loss. I am just hoping for half the pain and half the swelling.

Surgery went well, the titanium joint basically slid out, as it was not connected to any bone, and luckily they did not have to use cadaver bone or take my own bone out to fill in the joint hole. Here I was worried about becoming part zombie for nothing. One cool thing I did notice was that almost the entire surgical team was female! Awesome!

Book Talk with Melissa Aho – Episode 2 (07/26/17): Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Book Talk with Melissa Aho – Episode 2 (07/26/17): Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone











Do you remember what you were reading 20 years ago? Were you reading about Harry, Hermione, and Hogwarts? Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone turns 20 years old this year. Happy birthday Harry! In this episode, we will discuss ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ aka ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (paperback)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Kindle)

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Gryffindor Edition (Hardcover)

Book Talk with Melissa Aho

I published my first podcast today Book Talk with Melissa Aho! In this Episode 1, I interview librarian Susan Wakefield. Please join us as we discuss books, publishing, libraries, and reading. Happy reading!



These are the books discussed in this episode (just click on the link to find the book or the Kindle title):