The Help

8 Sep

Greetings readers!

The book for this week is The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I must confess that I had not heard of the novel until the movie came out and have watched the movie BEFORE the book! But from The Help’s book reviews, the novel sounds amazing and the movie was wonderful so it was the push for me to read this book. Sooo… we can read it together! I am also excited to read the book because a book offers more introspective in the characters which is one of my most favorite qualities in character development and in reading.  So let me know what you think! Post a comment about your likes or dislikes of the novel. I am also interested in your thoughts  if you have already read it!

Good luck!

Until next time,




Memoirs of a Geisha

5 Aug


Konnichi wa readers!

Today I thought it might be cool to recommend a more cultural fiction that can be enjoyed both by young adult and adult readers. This week’s recommendation is Arthur Golden’s, Memoir of a Geisha.  The story is narrated by the retired geisha Nitta Sayuri, and narrates her story in a flashback format.  I have always been fascinated with the geisha lifestyle and have even fantasized the idea of being one in a different lifetime (not the subservience to men part) and after reading this story I was dazzled by Japanese geisha, and only wanted to learn more about the geisha culture.  There are also many misconceptions out there  on what geisha really is. For more info: 

For fun, I took this online quiz to find out what my geisha name would be. If your interested, take this quiz where it says ‘questions,’ and post a comment on what your name is and what it means:

Here’s mine:

 Your name has many meanings, yet may be interpreted as “gracious and beautiful.” This may indicate that you are naturally attractive, polite, and well-rounded. As a Geisha, you may be skilled to some degree at all that is required of you, which includes dancing, singing, playing the shamisen, conversing, and pouring drinks. You are most likely the ideal Geisha.

tanoshimu 🙂 (enjoy)

Tate aka Masami



29 Jul

Hello readers!


For this week I thought I would offer simple solutions and tips for the summer, courtesy of the nonfiction book: REAL SIMPLE SOLUTIONS

This book is incredibly helpful for finding creative ideas, for anything from organizing and cooking, to beauty tips. I have personally found it very useful and continue to use it to look for

novel (get it?) ideas. Thought I would share with you a couple of the book’s ideas and tutorials for the summer, enjoy!







Freeze aloe vera gel (sold at drugstores and health-food stores) in an ice-cube

tray for the next time you linger too long at the beach. Skimming an aloe cube over sunburned

skin can ease pain, add moisture, and provide that much needed cooling relief.

last summer’s sunscreen

OLD USE: Shelf-space monopolizer

NEW USE: Shaving lotion. While a bottle of expired sunscreen will

no longer protect you from UV rays, it can still protect you from razor burn.

Use it when lubing up to keep those legs smooth all year long.

instant oatmeal

OLD USE: Quick and easy breakfast

NEW USE: All-natural do-it-yourself facial. Add warm water to a package of unsweetened instant oatmeal, then apply

it to your face for 5 to 10 minutes to soothe and hydrate dry skin. But be careful if you leave the bathroom: Oatmeal may

dive-bomb the carpet.

clean your feet!

After months in flip flops, your feet may be stained.

Fill a basin with equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide, dunk your feet in, and

scrub with a nailbrush. For ladies, finish off your feet with a bright, summery polish.


Say hello to your new go-to updo! For a new simple do for the summer and upcoming school year try a chignon! They’re easy and look effortlessly chic, especially perfect for in the work place or when going to a nice event but are low on time.


Gather hair into a ponytail and pull it halfway through the elastic on the last pass. Then grab the end section of hair, wrap it around the elastic once, and tuck the ends into the elastic (under the knot). Voila!



Freeze berries in an ice-cube tray touse in place of ice. They look stunning in

fizzy drinks, and provide a burst of flavor-

not to mention a dose of antioxidants.

Easy hors d’oeuvre idea

Mediterranean Bruschetta

START WITH: Garlic bread from an italian restaurant (or frozen garlic bread, thawed).

TO MAKE: Toast in 350 degree F oven or toaster oven for about five minutes, or until golden. Top it with prepared pesto, goat cheese, mozzarella,

marinated peppers, or oil-packed sun dried tomatoes.

*Additional tip: For adding a festive and almost whimsy flair to your cookout, try making paper lanterns.  All you need is tea lights and brown paper bags, and you cut whatever shapes you would like (stars, moons, etc.) I tried these from personal experience and they look amazing! Especially in the summertime

Hope these are useful to you!

Stay cool,


Jonathan Safran

22 Jul

For this week for those who are needing a new book albeit a new adventure, I recommend Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran. This book is incredible and I found myself relating  to the protagonist Oskar,  by finding that I’ve thought some of the same things he has.  I highly recommend the book and hope you will enjoy Oskar and his story as much as I did! You can check it out right here at the Chatham Library!

Happy reading,




“I shook my tambourine the whole time, because it helped me remember that even though I was going through different neighborhoods, I was still me.”

Hello world!

8 Jul

Hello readers!

Welcome to the launching of the blog tatesbookdepartment! Charmed I’m sure. This week’s book to recommend falls under Young Adult literature entitled,  Looking For Alaska. Though the book was written by John Green targeting young adults, its humor and complex perspectives on life and people can be just as enjoyed by adults as well!  Heck, I first read it when I was in college.  Green’s characters are brought alive through his use of realism and his correlating ideas between life and a labyrinth.  I highly recommend this book and have enclosed  a few quotes from the novel for you. And how convenient, its available right here at the Chatham Public Library!

Enjoy readers,


” You spend your whole life stuck in the labrynth, thinking how you’ll escape one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present. ”

“The only thing worse than having a party that no one attends is having a party attended only by two vastly, deeply uninteresting people.”

When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.

“What you must understand about me is that I am a deeply unhappy person.”