Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten books from my 2016 TBR list that I still need to read!

Show of hands, how many of you ever finish your To-Read list? (Chirp Chirp) I'm guessing I'd hear crickets here because if you're like me, your list is never-ending. This year, I've done pretty well at reading the books on my TBR list, but here are ten I still need to read! Crossing my fingers, I'll be able to read at least half of them before the year is up!

 1. Signs of You by Emily France

 2. The Graces by Laure Eve

 3. Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black

 4. Whisper to Me by Nick Lake

 5. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

6. Timekeeper by Tara Sim

 7. Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh

8. The Forbidden Orchid
 9. Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

 10. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'm Thankful For

(Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish)

It's Thanksgiving week! I hope you're able to spend a wonderful turkey-filled holiday with your loved ones! This week should have us all thinking about what we're thankful for, and one of the things I'm most thankful for in my life is books. Books give me the ability to escape, dream, and immerse myself into other worlds. They make me think, laugh, cry, and they're there for me when I need them. What more can you ask for in a friend? Here are some (there are many more) of the books for which I am most thankful.

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
You didn't think I could make this list without Harry, did you? Harry has gotten me through many a tough time. He is my rock, my escape when I need to go to home to Hogwarts for awhile. Plus, Ms. Rowling changed a generation and future generation's views on reading. Reading is cool.

2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
I know. I know. I'll probably get some backlash from this, but here's the deal: Twilight changed the world of Young Adult books. It made them accessible and put books in the hands of a lot of reluctant readers. Plus as a teenager, I really related to bookish, clumsy Bella, so the books spoke to me. :)

3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
This book is a great reminder that everything affects everything. Everything you do or say to someone no matter how small it might seem to you can make a huge difference in someone else's life. After reading this, I try to remind myself of that daily - that each teen I come in contact with can be affected by my interactions with them (no matter how much I might think they're not listening)

4. Adnan's Story (Review) by Rabia Chaundry
I got hooked on the Serial podcast and then a side podcast about Adnan called Undisclosed, so I knew I had to read this book. What I learned was much more than more details on Adnan's life and the murder he was convicted of. I learned about Muslim culture, about the normal activities and fears surrounding a Muslim American's day to day life, and it was a enlightening.

5. Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye
"Liyana moves with her family from St. Louis to Jerusalem. At first Liyana misses the U.S., can't speak the languages, and feels uncertain at school, "tipped between" the cultures. The military occupation is always there and the conflict between Jew and Arab. After a Palestinian bomb has injured civilians, the Israelis shoot an innocent boy in the leg, and Liyana's father is held in prison overnight. Liyana meets a Jewish boy, and together they try to make peace." Naomi Shihab Nye is a poet as well as an author, and she really shows you the Israeli world.

6. A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines
A young illiterate African American man witnesses two black robbers kill a white store owner in Louisana in the late 1940s, and he is the one convicted. This story is so sad and poignant. It will touch your heart and leave you ready to change the world.

7. Saint Anything (Review) by Sarah Dessen
I went through many similar things as Sydney did in this story. It's a beautiful tale of friendships, romance, and a family learning to truly see each other for who they really are. READ IT!

8. Nancy Drew by Carolyn Keene
Probably my first book loves. I wanted to solve a mystery too. 

9. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
This one showed me that there are other people out there just like me! Who knew?!

10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I think, I hope, that the Hunger Games has opened eyes to what could happen in our society if we're not careful. I love the politics within it, as well as pretty much everything else. 
I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving! What are some books you're thankful for?

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Movies I Can Watch Over and Over Again

(Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish)
So I'm cheating here a little. I pretty much watch any movies I like over and over again. I like movies. But here are ten of my favorites! I added some quotes in because they make me happy.  (Note: I did not add Harry Potter to this list because I figure it's a given. I have watched all the movies more times than I can count.)

1. Practical Magic
"There's a little witch in every woman." 

2. 10 Things I Hate About You
"Am I that transparent? I want you. I need you. Oh baby. Oh baby." 

3. Veronica Mars
"Well, if it isn't Neptune's very own Angela Lansbury." 

4. Newsies
"For a dreamer, night's the only time of day." 

5. Anything Disney (Otherwise this list would be all Disney)

6. The Break-Up
"You asked for lemons. What my baby wants, my baby gets."
 "There are 3 lemons. I asked for 12. Baby wanted 12." 

7. The Sound of Music (and many other musicals)
"After all, the wool from the black sheep is just as warm."

8. Star Wars
"Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?"

9. Sweet Home Alabama
"Look at you, you have a baby... In a bar." 

10. The Mortal Instruments
"It's okay if you want to hang your head out the window."
 "I'm a werewolf, not a golden retriever." 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I've Added to My To-Be-Read List Lately


 (Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish) 

November is a busy month, so I'm glad this week's Top Ten Tuesday is an easy one! I add books to my to-read this constantly. As a librarian, I have to try to keep up with what's coming out soon, so that I can make sure to order it, so I hear about a lot of interesting books! Here are the ones I've added most recently!

 1. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
When the ruthless pirate king learns of a treasure map hidden on an enemy ship, his daughter, Alosa, knows there's only one pirate for the job-herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her passage on the ship. Then she meets the handsome first mate, Riden, who is charged with finding out all her secrets. 

2. The Butterfly Mosque by G. Willow Wilson 
When Willow leaves her atheist parents in Denver to study at Boston University, she enrolls in an Islamic Studies course that leads to her shocking conversion to Islam and sends her on a fated journey across continents and into an uncertain future.

 3. Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Jules Addison and Amelia Radcliffe join forces in a tomb-raiding race on a newly discovered planet to unravel the secrets of an ancient, long-extinct civilization — only to uncover a revelation that could spell the end of the human race.

 4. A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly
Two young sorcerers experiment with magic and mobsters in 1920s Prohibition when a new elixir is created that turns their lives upside down.

 4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she lives with father and her sister Tella. Scarlett dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show. Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives.But Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer. Scarlett has been told that it's all part of the performance. But she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

 5. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
Molly knows all about unrequited love. But she can't stomach the idea of rejection, so she's careful. Then her twin get s new girlfriend who happens to come with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she'll get her first kiss! There's only one problem: Molly's coworker, Reid, a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.  Right?

 6. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets. Two boys are pursuing the same girl, and she's important. The boys are are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

 7. Once and for All by Sarah Dessen
 Louna, daughter of famed wedding planner Natalie Barrett, has seen every sort of wedding: on the beach, at historic mansions, in fancy hotels and clubs. Perhaps that's why she's cynical about happily-ever-after endings. When Louna meets charming, happy-go-lucky serial dater Ambrose, she holds him at arm's length. But Ambrose isn't about to be discouraged.

8. Unfiltered by Lily Collins
A poignant, honest conversation about the things young women struggle with: body image, self-confidence, relationships, family, dating. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Lily’s honest voice will inspire you to be who you are and say what you feel. It’s time to claim your voice! It’s time to live your life unfiltered.

 9. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
When a cholera epidemic reduces quality of life to times not unlike the wild frontier days, Lynn will do anything to protect her valuable water source. When the threat of dangerous men to the south and families to the east, Lynn is forced to reach out and find people she can rely on. 

10. Breaker by Kat Ellis
 Kyle is starting a new school with a new name. It's been a year since his serial killer father's execution, and it finally looks like things are turning around for Kyle. Until he recognizes the girl sitting in the back row in homeroom. Naomi is immediately intrigued by Killdeer Academy's newcomer. But she doesn't realize he is the son of the man who murdered her mother.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

NaNoWriMo & Top Ten Tuesday: Southern Gothic Tales

(Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish)

It's November everybody! That means it's time for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)! Starting today, I (and about 500,000 other people across the nation) am trying to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days!

This crazy time of year means that I won't be reading much if at all, so don't be alarmed if you don't see many reviews or posts popping up! I promise, I will return. Possibly bleary eyed and overcome with exhaustion, but I will be back, and I will have completed a novel!

This year I, along with my writing buddy over at The Gnoming Librarian, are trying our hands at some Jane Austen. She will be taking Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet into outerspace! And my characters will be rocking a little bit country and a little bit supernatural as they get haunted down in Georgia (You know, where the Devil went).

So with that thought in mind, I came up with a Southern Gothic Top Ten just for you!

5. Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith
When multiple murders in Austin, Texas, threaten the grand re-opening of her family's vampire-themed restaurant, seventeen-year-old, orphaned Quincie worries that her best friend-turned-love interest, Keiren, a werewolf-in-training, may be the prime suspect.

7. Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
He is young. He is hot. He is also evil. He is ....... the librarian. Cynthia's best friend, Annie, falls head over heels for the new high-school librarian, but after meeting Mr. Gabriel, Cyn realizes something isn't quite right. Maybe it's the creepy look in the librarian's eyes... or the blood and horns and bat-like wings that appear when he thinks no one is looking. He's a demon.

8. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana, but she keeps to herself and doesn't date much because of her "disability" to read minds. When she meets Bill, Sookie can't hear a word he's thinking. He's the type of guy she's waited for all of her life, but he has a disability, too--he's a vampire with a bad reputation. When one of Sookie's coworkers is killed, she fears she's next.

 9. Rooms by Lauren Oliver
A family comes to terms with their estranged father’s death in Oliver’s first novel for adults. Told from the perspective of two ghosts living in the old house, this unique story weaves characters and explores their various past connections.

10. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there. It can. She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. There is. She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love. She's wrong.

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