Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I've Read in a Day

(Sponsored by the Broke and the Bookish)

Sometimes I go through reading droughts, where I just can't get into anything and make myself read. And sometimes the opposite happens, where reading is all I want to do, and I can't put a book down. 

Often these reading spurts are caused by a really great book, other times I'm just putting off doing something else, and then there are times where for no reason other than the pure joy of it I want to cuddle up with my cats and read.

 Lately, I've been on quite the reading binge, and it's been a lucrative year for reading for me so far. In fact, I've read several books this year that only took a day to read. 

For the majority of them, I just had to know what was going to happen and had to keep reading! 

Here are few you might enjoy!

1. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater 

2. Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough

3.  After the Fall by Kate Hart

4. Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

5. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

6. Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey

 7. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

 8. To Catch a Killer by Sheryl Scarborough

 9. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

10. Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Top Ten Thursday: My Apocalyst

So Emily (the Gnoming Librarian) told me to watch this show on Netflix called No Tomorrow. It's about this adorably awkward and OCD girl who meets a very handsome but possibly insane guy (you may recognize from Galavant!) who thinks that the world is going to be destroyed by a meteor in 8 months, 12 days, and counting. He's created an apocalyst, a list of things he wants to do before the world ends, and she ends up helping him cross things off his list and even starting her own.

So Emily and I thought we'd write our own Apocalysts!
 You can find hers here: TheGnomingLibrarian.com 

If the world were going to in in 8 months and 12 days, I would want to...

  1. See a Broadway musical in NYC  
  2. Drive a motorcycle
  3. Record a music album
  4. Finish writing a book
  5. Road trip across the US*
  6. Backpack through Europe**
  7. Solve a crime
  8. Get a tattoo
  9. Pet a tiger and/or wolf
  10. Learn some form of badass fighting technique
 *US Trip includes:
1. The Grand Canyon
2. Sante Fe, NM
3. San Francisco
4. Yellowstone
5. New Orleans
6. Wilmington, NC
7. Cape Cod
8. Salem and Boston, MA
9. Graceland in Tennessee
10.  Seattle, WA

**The Eurotrip includes:
  1. Have coffee in a café in Paris
  2. Ride a double-decker bus in London (and see all of the HP film sites)
  3. Meet a Harry Potter star and/or member of the royal family and/or the Doctor (Tennant obviously)
  4. Go on a gondola ride in Venice, eat pasta, ride a vespa (because Italy)
  5. Drink a beer in Deutschland and visit the Black Forest
  6. Visit the sites from The Sound of Music in Austria
  7. Stay the night in a castle (Maybe one of these!)
Think I could pull all that off in 8 months? I'd be a busy bee :) Of course, I would want to spend the last few days partying with my family and loved ones <3

What would be on your Apocalyst?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring 2017 To Be Read (TBR) List

The Broke and the Bookish are back at it with a new Top Ten Tuesday topic! They want to know what everyone's got planned to read this spring because yes, spring is on its way (which means summer isn't far behind! Yay warm weather!)

Since we're working on starting up a Mock Printz here at the library (The Michael L. Printz award honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year - Click here to learn more about the Printz award), I'm going to try to read a lot more newly published titles. But don't worry your pretty little heads because I've still got lots of catching up to do on older titles as well. Plus, I'm still working on the library Reading Challenge

So here are ten or so titles I'm looking forward to reading here in the next couple months! 

 1. The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu
The girls of Devonairre Street in Brooklyn, who have always been told that they are cursed to cause the deaths of anyone who falls in love with them, do not regard the curse as real until the sudden, violent death of a boy they all loved. 

2. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
Determined to reclaim her crown from a corrupt government and exact revenge for the deaths of her parents, Crown Princess Rhiannon narrowly escapes an assassination attempt and finds herself on the run in outer space alongside a refugee pilot who has been framed for the attack.

 3.The Valiant by Lesley Livingston  4.Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
I'll be listening to the audiobooks of these two! Fiona Hardingham reads Valiant in which the 17-year-old daughter of a proud Celtic king is captured by a band of brigands and sold to an exclusive training school for women gladiators under the patronage of Julius Caesar, circumstances that force her to put her survival in the hands of an enemy who was responsible for a beloved sister's death. 

And Steve West (swoon) reads Strange the Dreamer, which is really all that matters but here's a lovely description anyway: 
the aftermath of a war between gods and men.
a mysterious city stripped of its name.
a mythic hero with blood on his hands.
a young librarian with a singular dream.
a girl every bit as dangerous as she is in danger.
alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage

 5. Just Fly Away by Andrew McCarthy
(I'll be counting this for my - "Written by a Celebrity" in the Reading Challenge
Fifteen-year-old Lucy Willows discovers that her father had an illegitimate child, now an eight-year-old boy who lives in the same town, and she begins to question everything she thought she knew about her family and life. 

 6. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
An ordinary girl in extraordinary circumstances addresses issues of racism and police violence with intelligence, heart, and unflinching honesty.

 7. Duels & Deception by Cindy Anstey
Miss Lydia Whitfield has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father's choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Lydia has tasked her young law clerk, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan. Until Lydia—and Robert along with her—is kidnapped. Someone is after her fortune and won't hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it.

8. Bang by Barry Lyga
Ten years after accidentally shooting and killing his baby sister, 14-year-old Sebastian is haunted by the loss to the point of considering suicide. When he meets Aneesa, their friendship challenges his views of his self worth. Suddenly, Sebastian is making pizzas for their YouTube channel and not solely focusing on feeling like a pariah. But he can’t outrun his past...

 9. A Discovery of Witches - Books 2&3
(I just finished the first book, and it ended on a cliff hanger! Now I must read the rest!)
Discovering a magical manuscript in Oxford's library, scholar Diana Bishop, a descendant of witches who has rejected her heritage, inadvertently unleashes a fantastical underworld of daemons, witches and vampires whose activities center around an enchanted treasure.

10. The Heist Society series by Ally Carter
(The lovely Gnoming Librarian just downloaded these audio books, so now I can listen to them!)
A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop's father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Steampunk Books

This month in the teen room, we're hosting an after hours lock-in called Journey to the Center of the Teen Room. It will explore the classic works of Jules Verne (including Journey to the Center of the Earth, Around the World in 80 Days, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea) with activities like The Ground is Lava, underwater globe crafts, a scavenger hunt, tea time, and of course the power of the imagination.

I didn't know much about Jules Verne before planning this program, including the fact that his works are considered to be among the earliest examples of steampunk.

Steampunk is a genre of science fiction that has a historical setting, usually nineteenth century, and typically features steam-powered machinery. It's where history, scifi, and fantasy combine. There are often fun gadgets, fancy dresses, and always crazy adventures! A few famous steampunk movies you might know are:

To promote the program (and the awesomeness that is Steampunk) I created a display in the teen room, and I'm pretty proud of it (cause it's pretty!)

Here's a list of ten awesome steampunk novels!

1. Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

2. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

3. The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

 4. The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade

5. The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer

6. Jackaby by William Ritter

7. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

8. Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson

9. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

10. Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

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