Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Summer Binge-Watching!

Emily over at The Gnoming Librarian said I should do a post on what I want to binge-watch this summer, so here it goes! 

Summer is a great time for catching up on your favorite shows and binge-watching! Plus, I just got a brand new kitten (introduction post coming soon!), and there's not much you can do with a tiny kitten running under your feet or lying on your arm. Might as well read a book or watch something! 

Without further ado, here are a few shows I'm planning on absorbing very soon! 

1. Daredevil - My teens keep telling me I have to, so I shall. 

2. House of Cards - I'm already 4 episodes in and hooked! 

3. Making a Murderer - Time to see what all the fuss is about! 

4. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - I loved Season 1 and need to watch Season 2!

5. Jessica Jones - She has my name. Plus Tennant. 

6. Peaky Blinders - The Gnoming Librarian says it must happen, so it shall. 

What shows are you looking forward to watching soon? Any suggestions I should add to my list? Leave me a comment, and let me know! 😊

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Got at BookCon & the authors I met!

So last weekend, I got to go to BookCon. It was crazy, surreal, exhausting, and ultimately wonderful. I went with four other librarians - #librarianroadtrip - We drove to Chicago on Friday night, stayed in a hotel, and got up early Saturday morning.

We planned on eating a big breakfast...but alas, our plan was foiled for the line was already a mile long at 6am (even though the Queue Hall for getting wristbands for autographs didn't open until 8).

So we took turns getting coffee and sat in line. Honestly, the whole day was spent standing (or sitting) in lines. It was pretty insane!

But we came out of it with quite the loot, and I thought I'd share with you some of the books I got!

1&2. Raven Boys & Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

By some miracle, we were first in line to see Maggie Stiefvater! We were ridiculously excited. And we managed to snag a free copy of The Raven King for being first in line! Maggie was pretty much exactly what I expected her to be, (AMAZING) and of course I couldn't think of anything else to say to her, so I asked how her trip to Chicago was going. I really wanted to ask what happened to Noah...

Look! Proof that I met her! How cool is that?

3. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Sabaa Tahir was lovely! She asked me about my t-shirt (I was wearing my "In touch with my inner pirate" t-shirt that I've had since 8th grade) and said that she was in touch with her inner pirate too. I'm super excited for the sequel to this one: A Torch Against the Night coming out August 30th.

4. The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (Review to come soon)

This is horrible picture, but it gives an honest look of how much I was geeking out at BookCon. Plus, isn't Morgan Matson Adorable? She was super sweet, and I want to be her friend.
I told her that Second Chance Summer made me cry for three chapters, and she apologized. :)

5. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

At this point in the day, our phones were pretty much dead, and I was so tired I forgot to take a picture! :( But I met Ruta Sepetys, and she was really nice! I told her that she needed to write a sequel to Out of the Easy (which I had JUST finished), and she said she agreed! She said that Josie is based off her mother, and she knows exactly what happens to the characters, so she should definitely write a sequel. Ruta, I'm holding you to it now! I need to know what happens next.

6. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

So we didn't actually get to "meet" Pierce Brown, but we did see him several times. And I won't lie, we may have done a little ogling. He's kinda lovely. Google him. Also he seemed genuinely nice, at least from a distance. We managed to get his book and the rest on this list from a magic table where books just kept appearing while waiting in line to meet Ruta! We didn't want to leave the line! I'll just give you a little synopsis of those :)

7. H20 by Virginia Bergin

When a strange rain falls bearing a fatal, contagious disease, Ruby finds herself alone with the only drinkable water quickly running out.

8. Alive by Scott Sigler

Waking up in a mysterious enclosed space with no memory of their identities, a group of adults uncovers evidence of a long-past war and the horrifying realities of their confinement.

9. Anything You Want by Geoff Herbach

When Taco's longtime crush, Maggie, not only goes to junior prom with him but ends up pregnant Taco sees it as a fresh start but her parents have other plans.

10. Shannara by Terry Brooks

Long ago, wars ravaged the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. Then the giant, forbidding Allanon reveals the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara.

So we had a pretty amazing time at BookCon, and if it ever comes back near Indy, I'm totally going again! Though I might have to plan ahead and use that as my vacation time because man we were exhausted afterward! Here's a few more pictures I took of the trip just for fun!

Windmills! I want to live here! 

First time through a toll! I loved it!  

Wands at the ready! 


 The crowd!

 Sarah J. Maas was in the line next to Maggie's! We wanted to see her too, but you could only choose one per time slot. 

Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff with Mike the Gnome 

Relaxing on the way home! 


The view from above :) 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Book Review: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

A long, hot summer...That's what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy's father.

But sometimes, unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister's project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories. Things such as meeting Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and an amazing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl's world upside down. As Macy ventures out of her shell, she begins to question her sheltered life.

Is it really always better to be safe than sorry? (Summary from Goodreads) 

Macy is still dealing with losing her father as well as being the one who found him when he died. She also feels guilty about his death and not being there, since she was supposed to be running with him that morning but had decided to keep a few extra minutes in bed. Since then she's been trying to make her life perfection, everything organized from her perfect, smart boyfriend, to every hair on her head. She's quit running and focuses only on school. She never gets in trouble or sneaks out of her room like her older sister always did.

But perfect boyfriend goes off to summer camp, and Macy is left with his job at the library where the other girls who work there are annoying snobs who think they're better than everyone else. And then one night Macy meets Delia and her Wish catering crew. They're chaotic, messy, and pretty much everything Macy didn't realize she was missing in her life. Plus there's Wes, gorgeous, artistic, tortured, adorable Wes.

I loved this book. It was a perfect feel good story, with a little sad and a lot of happy. It was the kind of book that makes you want to spend the evening in the back of a pickup by a bonfire, sit at the dock, and hug your family a little tighter. Macy is super relatable, even if you don't like to run or haven't had someone close to you die. Most people have found themselves trying to be perfect. Or maybe you've found that you're trying to make everyone else happy and have forgotten how to make yourself happy. And though Macy's mother seems like an evil stick-in-the-mud, you realize that she's just grieving too in her own way.

My favorite part of the story is Wes and Macy's game of Truth. Little by little they learn more about each other and are able to share things that they never would have shared with others. What a great (and healthy) way to build a relationship.

 I loved all the characters and will definitely make this one a re-read in my future!

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Websites I Visit (Almost) Daily

This was supposed to be ten websites that I love that aren't about books, but to be honest I visit hardly any websites that aren't at least referring to books in some way. So with a little twist of words, I'm cheating and doing ten websites that I visit pretty much every day. Most of them are about books, movies, and news. The majority are social networking. I spend quite a lot of time in the social networking world. It's both part of my job and my hobbies (which are also part of my job because let's face it, I am my job.) So without further ado, here's a look into the daily life of moi.

1.  Facebook - A lot of things about Facebook are annoying. I don't like posting about my political beliefs, trash talking, life drama, etc. But I do enjoy keeping up with my friends and family, people I grew up with but never really see, via their posts and pictures. I am an admitted Facebook stalker (sorry :/ ) and will look through all of your old pictures just like I used to do when I went to my grandparents' house and searched through their old photo albums and boxes of photos.

2. Instagram - Again with the pictures. I like looking at people's lives through pictures. Things that are pleasing to the eye, bring back memories, make you dream of far off places or read a good book, they touch my soul. I know that sounds cheesy, but it's true. I don't really like when people use it to make money or for self-promotion, but I do enjoy the creativity it inspires in people (and in me).

3. Twitter - Twitter can be silly. It can be used to be mean and hateful, political and prejudiced. But I love the idea behind it - being able to actually read and hear directly from a celebrity (or their publicist in some cases) what they're doing, thinking, feeling, eating for dinner. It removes the paparazzi from the picture and gives a real inside view. To be honest, I use it mostly to follow my favorite authors, just as I do on Instagram. (And this is why I couldn't find ten websites I love that aren't about books) Authors will post what they're working on, if they're having writer's block, if their cat just stepped on their laptop and deleted their last six hours of work, if they're going to be near your city, or even that they just have a new book coming out. It humanizes them.

4. Buzzfeed - Buzzfeed is bad for me. There are quizzes - I love quizzes. They tell you which Disney Princess you are, which man from True Blood you should marry, where you should go on vacation next, what your horoscope says about what career you should actually be pursuing, the color of your aura, and on, and on. Plus there are funny videos about men having cramps and Americans trying foreign foods for the first time, plus cute animals - It's all too much. And I love it.

5. Pinterest - I've spent less time on Pinterest lately (more like 1/2 an hour a week instead of 6+). I got a little bit burned out, and I think I may have pinned nearly everything there was to I'm taking a little siesta (believe it isn't likely to last long). But Pinterest is great for program planning, organizing, figuring out what clothes to wear to work tomorrow and what scares away spiders (peppermint in case you were wondering). Pretty much anything you're looking for, you can find.

6. Goodreads - A place where you keep track of all the books you want to read, are reading, have read, suggest books to others, make lists of books, and write reviews - yes. Count me in.

7. EW (Entertainment Weekly) - TV and Book updates, what's new and what's up and coming. A good place to check out the latest Oscar news.

8. CNN - Yes, I do pay attention to the news. I was taught in school to check my resources before I call them truth, so I usually check several different places before I will believe that a famous person has died or the world is coming to an end. CNN is one of the least politically biased news sources, so I tend to believe them faster than most and refer to them if I see something posted somewhere else.

9. Pandora - Confession: I don't like having music on my phone or computer. It takes up space. If I'm going to listen to music, I'm either going to listen to a good old fashioned CD, record player (sometimes even a cassette) - or I'm going to visit YouTube or Pandora. If I'm going to listen for an extended period of time, then Pandora is my go to. I don't care about ads. I grew up with 15 minutes of commercials per 5 minutes of TV time. I'm used to it. I'll just pop on the Disney/Broadway station, 90s music, or a little classic rock and go.

10. IMDB (International Movie Database) - I do a lot of IMDB checking. I know I saw that actor in such a such with that other actor, who was it? And what other movie were they in? How do I know them? This is me daily, and if I can't figure it out within three minutes, IMDB here I come. (But I at least try to figure it out first :)

So there you have it! What websites do you visit most often? Anything I should check out? Feel free to leave it in the comments below!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters You'd Love To Revisit As Adults

Today's Top Ten Tuesday was a little tricky. I couldn't really think of many characters from my childhood that I would like to see grown up. But I could think of some child/teen characters that I would like to see as adults! So here are ten characters that I want more from and wish there was a book about their adult lives. 

1. Soap and Sophronia (Finishing School series)
While reading Carriger's adult series, The Parasol Protectorate, I kept hoping for a glimpse into the lives of my favorite intelligencer and werewolf pair, but no such luck. 

2. Ruby and Liam (Darkest Minds- Review coming soon)
I loved this series so much that I read the whole thing in less than a week. But I needed more. It ended a little abruptly without saying what was going to happen next and what would happen to Ruby, Liam, and the other "infected" teens. I need to know how their lives end up. 

3. The American Girls
I really enjoyed the American Girl books as a kid (and I always wanted a doll...which I finally got for Christmas this past year!) I think it would be wonderful to see what happened to them and what their lives were like as adults. 

4. Sean and Puck (Scorpio Races)
Another abrupt ending. What happens to them? Do they leave the island? Do they stay together? Does Puck get to be with her family? Tell me! 

5. Percy Jackson
It was fun to see teen Percy in the Heroes of Olympus series, but I'd like to see him as a full grown demigod, kicking butt and saving the world. 

6. Gregor (Underland Chronicles)
I want to see grown up Gregor go back to the Underland as an adult and marry Luxa and become king. The prophecy basically demands it. 

7. Gemma Doyle 
Gemma's story ends pretty tragically. I don't want to give away the ending because everyone should read it, but I really want one more book about her adult life after she attends the university and hopefully is reunited with Kartik at last. 

8. Molly (Wait Til Helen Comes)
After they're home and safe and Helen is gone, what happens? How are they affected later on as adults from being haunted as children? Do they have PTSD? Do they become ghost hunters? Are they actually psychic? Did someone give them demon blood as children in hopes that they'll start the Apocalypse? (I think I've been watching too much Supernatural) 

9. Meggie (Inkheart)
Meggie stays in the Inkworld, but what happens to her there? Does she marry Doria? OR does she end up with Farid like she's supposed to? 

10. Blue and her Raven Boys (Raven Cycle)
I just finished The Raven King (for the second time since it came out last week), but I still want more. I want to know what happens to Blue, Gansey, Ronan, and Adam (and Noah?) as they grow and travel the world. Please give me more, Maggie. Please. 

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