Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Words that Make me Skip a Book

This week's topic is the opposite of last week's: words that make me skip a book immediately. 
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Sad / Depressing
Cheating
Rape
Abuse 
Instalove
Gore
Space
Aliens
1960s-1970s
Torture

What about you? What are your book turn offs?

Monday, April 24, 2017

Defy the Stars Blog Tour

About the Book:
Defy the Stars (Book 1)
By Claudia Gray
Published by Little, Brown and Co.
In stores April 4th, 2017
Young Adult Sci-Fi

Synopsis
Our worlds belong to us.

She's a soldier.

Noemi Vidal is seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She's willing to risk anything--including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she's a rebel.

He's a machine.

Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that's begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he's an abomination.

Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they're not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they're forced to question everything they'd been taught was true.

About the Author
Claudia Gray is the author of the bestselling Evernight series, Fateful, the Spellcaster trilogy, and the Firebird trilogy. She is also the author of the young adult Star Wars novels Lost Stars and the forthcoming Bloodline. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockey, and a particularly ineffective waitress. Her lifelong interests include old houses, classic movies, vintage style, and history. She lives in New Orleans.

Official Links + Social Media
Visit the Official Site
Follow TheNOVL on Twitter and Instagram
Follow Claudia Gray on Twitter
Hashtag #DefytheStars

Explore the Defy the Stars Universe
Check out an infographic of the Defy the Stars universe.
What’s your place in the future? Take the quiz!
Read the first chapter on Entertainment Weekly!

You could win! (I partnered with Little, Brown to share this giveaway)
Defy the Stars!
One (1) winner receives:
  • Copy of Defy the Stars
  • $25 Visa gift card to forge your own path!

Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Little, Brown & Co.



Saturday, April 22, 2017

Baby Shower Books to Gift



While baby showers happen all year round, it seems like this time of year, they happen more. I always like to buy books for gifts (Librarian) and I know it's popular for the hostess to ask everyone to bring a book to start off the child's library.

And you get multiple copies of Goodnight Moon, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, or Moo Baa La La La - all of which are fine books, but you don't need four copies of each.

Here's what I like to gift:

First mostly board books, for endurance.

Second, I LOVE the touch and feel books and there are So Many to chose from.  There's lots of pieces to touch and interact with the child.
Title: Baby Touch and Feel: Mealtime, Author: DK Publishing


Third: I Love concept books, it's never to early to learn, especially those from National Geographic. They have bright colors and great photographs.
 Title: National Geographic Little Kids Look and Learn: Bears, Author: National Geographic Kids


Fourth, I Love these classic stories told as board books. They're not a retelling of the story, just using bits from the story as an introduction.
Title: A Little Princess: A BabyLit® Friendship Primer, Author: Jennifer Adams     Title: Anne of Green Gables: A BabyLit® Places Primer, Author: Jennifer Adams

Hope this helps!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Review: My Not So Perfect Life

Katie's dream has been to always live in London. Only once she's arrived, it's not exactly how she pictured it. Her commute is way too long. Her flat is tiny and her flatmates are terrible. She has no money and no friends. But more importantly, her job is a nightmare.

Her boss, while impressive, isn't the best person to work for. She actually forgets that she didn't fire Katie.

Katie's forced to let go of her London dream and return home to her family farm. She lies to her Dad and Stepmother, saying she's taking a sabbatical from work to help them get their business off the ground.

When her former boss comes for a holiday at the farm, this could be Katie's moment to get revenge or get back her dream of living in London.
My Thoughts: It took me a bit to get into this book, but once I did, I really liked it. I wasn't crazy about Demeter at first, but I have to admit she grew on me. I really liked Katie when she wasn't trying to be Cat (a sophisticated London girl) but rather herself. I liked how her confidence grew as she was home on the farm helping out her family. She had great ideas, especially marketing ones. I loved her family - they were sweet and funny. I did like how Katie tried for revenge on her former boss and how she used ploys to manipulate her former boss - but also how that failed. I wasn't expecting that ending, but I loved it. I loved the message that what's on social media is a representation (often misleading) of someone's life and I love how the changed. 

Cover Thoughts: Charming
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Great for public libraries - perfect for their New Adult sections. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Design Thinking Overview

photo credit: http://www.uvm.edu/~ekorsuns/design-thinking/images/design_thinking_process_diagram.png

 Yesterday I attended a workshop by Linda Braun about Design Thinking for libraries.

Here's what I learned 

Design thinking consists of five steps as show above:
Empathize: listen to your patrons, learn from them, and trust them
Define: Identify a problem
Ideate: let those creative juices fly
Prototype: Create a sample
Test: Will this idea work?

The most important part of the process is Empathizing

We all think we might know what our patrons what, but without talking to them, how will you really know? How will you know what's best for the community if you only see people inside the library?

Rethinking our questions to How might we...?

Design thinking can be done with:
Staff members
teens
community members
families
schools
town organizations
nonprofit organizations


To learn more, check out the website


I'm looking forward to starting this process. 


Have you done this in your library?
How did it go?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Blog Tour: Dragons Love Tacos


I really adored this book, so I'm happy to be a stop on this blog tour. 

Here's some info about the book. 
Stay tuned for the Missing Tacos 
Add your name to the giveaway 
Check out book 2 

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You're in red-hot trouble.

ADAM RUBIN BIO:
Adam Rubin is the New York Times best-selling author of a half dozen critically-acclaimed picture books including Secret Pizza Party and Robo-Sauce. He spent ten years working as a creative director in the advertising industry before leaving his day job to write full time. Adam has a keen interest in improv comedy, camping and magic tricks.

DANIEL SALMIERI BIO:
Daniel Salmieri has illustrated many fantastic picture books, including the New York Times bestseller Robo-Sauce. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York, constantly drawing and painting images of ninja turtles, dinosaurs, and fighter jets (not in the same scene...), and graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. 

The Tacos are Missing!

What if the dragons came to party and the tacos were missing?
They might be angry. But don't worry, reassure them that you'll find them. 

You just need to search together.

Where would you look first?

Probably the kitchen right?

The tacos aren't there, but you do find pieces of lettuce. You're on the right track, but you'd have to search the rest of the house.

What about the library?
Nope. Don't worry about those three dragons, you can get them down when you find the tacos.

Are they in the bedroom?
I can't see any, but that bed sure looks fun. 

Maybe they're out by the pool.
Nope. But you do find a taco float. 

What about the dining room?
Nope, just an empty table with a smudge of red.
One lick tells you that it's a spot of salsa. Few, it's not spicy. That's great because dragons can't handle anything spicy. 

What about the living room?
Nothing, except a stack of empty plates. 

Oh no. Where will you look next?

Your eyes glance around the room. There's a small door in between the windows. On closer inspection, you notice there's a green smudge on the door handle. It's a clue! 

You turn the handle. You go down the stairs. And that's when you see it! A pantload of tacos stacked on the tables. Oh, the tacos are safe. You better grab the plates. 

Now this party can get started:


GIVEAWAY:
Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) Dragons Love Tacos Book and Toy Sets (ARV: $17.99 each).
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on April 3, 2017 and 12:00 AM on May 1, 2017.  Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about May 5, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.


BOOK 2 IS COMING SOON: You don't want to miss it!

Picture Book Review: Barnum's Bones


A nonfiction picture book - perfect for dinosaur lovers.

Barnum's parents named him after a great man, hoping that he would do great things too.
Working as a paleontologist for the American Museum of Natural History, he had a knack for discovering bones - including the first remains of the T-Rex.
While this one is a longer picture book, it's great for older kids. Barnum's Bones captures the excitement of finding dinosaur bones - and their importance of understanding the past. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Words that Make Me Pick Up a Book

This week's topic is books that make me want to read a book. I have several of these. Check them out. 
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Monday, April 17, 2017

Reading without Walls

Reading Without Walls this April -- a month-long, nation-wide program to promote diversity in reading, inspired by National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang and his ambassadorial platform. Thousands of schools, libraries, bookstores, and comics stores are joining in to help celebrate Reading Without Walls. 

This month, Gene is challenging us all to: 


Read a book about a character who doesn't look or live like you.
Read a book in a format you don't typically read -- graphic novels, poetry, audiobooks, plays.
Read a book about a new subject you don't know much about. 

And we'll be sharing our thoughts with the #readingwithoutwalls hashtag on social media. 

Wanot to know more? Check out the website

What will you be reading?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Review: Ever the Hunted

According to societal rules, Britta has no inheritance after her father has been murdered - including the land. During the mourning period, she's not allowed to leave the house. In most cases, neighbors bring food. But Britta's parentage make her an outcast. In order to survive, she's forced to hunt for meat.  She's caught poaching by the royal guard.

Instead of killing her, they make her a deal. She's to find her father's killer. Her childhood friend has been accused of the crime, she's to hunt him down and the guards traveling her will arrest him.

Finding Cohen isn't too hard, he left her a trail. When he convinces her of his innocence, they must find the real murderer to clear both their names - while avoiding the royal guard.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. I loved learning more about Britta and Cohen's past and what went wrong between them. I loved learning about Britta's family and the secrets her father kept from her. The politics between the two nations were intriguing. In that way, this book reminded me a little of the Poison Study series. That dog scene almost broke me. And I'm super curious about the cliffhanger ending. I'm so looking forward to reading the next book in the series. (December is so far away!)

Cover Thoughts: Pretty! I like the scroll work.
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Perfect for libraries with readers clamoring for a high fantasy read with a strong girl and romance.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Drop Everything and Read Day


Today is Drop Everything and Read Day!

From the website:

What is D.E.A.R.?
D.E.A.R. stands for “Drop Everything and Read,” a national month-long celebration of reading designed to remind folks of all ages to make reading a priority activity in their lives. Because, what’s more fun(damental) than reading, really? 

When is D.E.A.R. celebrated?
D.E.A.R. programs have been held nationwide on April 12th in honor of Beverly Cleary’s birthday, since she first wrote about D.E.A.R. in Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (pages 40-41). Inspired by letters from readers sharing  their enthusiasm for the D.E.A.R. activities implemented in their schools, Mrs. Cleary decided to give the same experience to Ramona and her classmates. As D.E.A.R. has grown in popularity and scope, the program has expanded to span the entire month of April . . . offering classrooms and communities additional time to celebrate! 


I'll be reading this one:
Heartstone

What book will you make time to read today?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique

This week's topic is most unique books. I'm going with books I've reading (or am reading) this year.
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Heartstone
Pride and Prejudice and Dragons

Vigilante by Kady Cross
Taking the law into your own hands

All the Forever Things by Jolene Perry
Set in a Funeral Home

The Other F-Word by Natasha Friend
Finding family with a sperm donor 

Everyday Magic by Emily Albright
Parental Blackmail (vicious)
Snow White by Matt Phelan
Snow White in the 1920s
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Webcomic genius becomes more social IRL
The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares
Blended but apart Family 
Girl Rising by Tanya Lee Stone
Powerful book based on a documentary 

What's the most unique book you've read this year? 

Monday, April 10, 2017

On Your Radar (4)


Title: All the Forever Things 
Author:  
Publisher:Albert Whitman and Company
Publication Date: April 1, 2017

Why it Should be on Your Radar:
Quirky Characters
Vintage Clothes
Funeral Home Setting
Tight Family
New Boy
Prom Night
Plot Twist

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Sexual Assault Awareness Month


photo credit: https://heyhoneyblog.files.wordpress.com/2016/04/sexual-assault-awareness-month.jpg

I created this brochure for my library - for the teen room. I hope to put copies up this month, with a display highlighting these books. While these are only a sample of books that talk about abusive relationships and rape, I chose these because they are in the library.
I also have several romance books on the list, because I like to balance the light with the dark. Also because these show positive relationships.

The second side of the brochure contains Girl Power Songs and information about abuse as well as hotlines to call.

If anyone wants a PDF of the brochure, let me know in the messages and I'll be happy to send it out.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Review: Die for You

After Emma's parents divorced, she moved to be with her father - which meant changing schools. She meets Dillon almost immediately. She's drawn to him and can't believe her good luck when he feels the same way. Now near the end of their senior year, they're planning their futures together.

When an opportunity comes knocking for Emma, she knows she'd be crazy to turn it down. But Dillon isn't excited about her news. It's the first time they fight and it never seems to go away.

How can the person who loves her the most be against her happiness? And more importantly - how can she make it up to him?
My Thoughts: I really wanted to read this book - both because of the author and because of the subject matter. I loved her previous book: Matter of Heart

In many ways, this was a hard book to read because of the subject matter. And there were a few instances where I had to skip paragraphs. But this book was Powerful! And Heart-wrenching. And Honest. 

Before she knows it, Emma's is in an abusive relationship. She knows something isn't quite right. But she's not sure what to do. She dismisses some of Dillon's actions but when push comes to shove, she tries to make things right. I felt terrible for Emma going through this relationship. Dillon saved her, loved her, and manipulated her. But I also admired her at the end. She sought help. She saved herself. 

She had a lot of issues to sort out with her own family being torn apart. And she wasn't the best of friends. She didn't share her life with her sister or her best friend from home. She cut herself off from the rest of the world. 

I really enjoyed Emma's interest in archaeology and Pompeii especially.  I wasn't a fan of the majority of Dillon's friends with the exception of Jace.  I really enjoyed her relationship with her father and how that grew back to normal. 

While this isn't a romance, it ends in a hopeful manner with a thoughtful afterword. 

About an important subject matter, Die for You is a perfect book to pick up, share, and start a conversation. 

Cover Thoughts: Intriguing
Source: Book sent for Review
Fun Fact: There's a blurb on the back that's from my Matter of Heart Review!
Come back Saturday for a brochure of other books featuring this topic.
Library Recommendation: A Highly Recommended Purchase for both school and public libraries and hand sell it to teens. This is a must read for teens, especially girls. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Picture Book Review: Ella and Penguin A Perfect Match

Ella and Penguin are best friends.Ella loves things and Penguin pretends to like them too, because best friends should match. But after a while, Penguin can't pretend anymore. If they don't match, are they best friends?
A sweet story about friendship and compromise about being yourself and trying new things. A great story for growing up, accepting who you are and seeing differences in others.  I really like these two!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Fandoms

This week's topic is fandoms. I love all of these fandoms listed, but I'm not all knowing about everything. I know I'm missing a few, I'll be excited to see what people share.
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Harry Potter
Pride and Prejudice

Throne of Glass

Gilmore Girls

Anne of Green Gables
Taylor Swift


Disney

West Wing

Lord of the Rings
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