Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me to Read

Top Ten Books That Were Hard For Me To Read
(Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

Cause I just didn't like it...

1) Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Worst. Ending. Ever.  And a stupid man eating island.

2) Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Cry me a river you entitled brat. (Those are strong words, and I feel a bit bad now.  But still...)

3) Every Day by David Levithan
Made me mad on so many levels.

Cause it was the end...

4) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
I lost some dear friends with this one.

5) Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugoo go away.
Cause I kind of had a major crush on the Darkling.

6) Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
Because Perry was my fictional boyfriend, and I didn't want to leave.

Cause the subject matter hurt A LOT

7) Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Too close to home...not personally...just what I see every day in the Teen Room.

8) Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
The train wreck you saw coming but couldn't stop.  But so beautifully written.

9) Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys
As if WWII would ever be an easy subject to read about...

10) Cody Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Oh the sweet pain of secrets revealed.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Blue Lily, Lily Blue

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts):  A story of dreams, nightmares, kings, knights, and a really crazy princess who has been awake for far too long.

Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Info: Scholastic Press, copyright 2014, 416 pages

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

~Goodreads Description

Oh the sweetness of Maggie Stiefvater's writing.  It's full of poetry and menace all at the same time. She is unfolding a complete tale full of kings and assassins, lovers and friends.  I'm gushing, I know, but it's SO GOOD!

While I like spoilers, I appreciate the fact that others do not...so I will attempt to keep this as spoiler free as possible.  After The Dream Thieves, we know the Greywaren has been identified and Maura Sargent is missing.  Our band of adventurers, explorers, dreamers, and magicians are on the hunt to find her and raise the sleeping king.  And the stakes are higher than ever.  A killer has returned to town and a warning has been made to let sleeping strangers lie.

Ronan is still stubborn and surly.  Adam is distant and other.  Gansey is cautious and noble.  Blue is torn and frustrated.  And Noah is dead.  Knowing all of that is what makes Stiefvater's story so brilliant.  There are a lot of characters moving in a lot of different directions, and she gives them each their time.  She juggles characters seamlessly and places priority in character development...including Cabeswater, the most unnerving of them all.  The dialogue is fast paced and witty and the plot rushes forward at full steam, building, always building, to the ultimate confrontation.

I heart this series so much.  Seriously.  It can be, at times, a bit confusing, keeping all of the players and all of the history in line, but it's smart, and interesting, and populated with such interesting characters, the good and bad, that you get completely and utterly sucked in to the mystery.

Do yourself a favor and read it.  You won't be sorry.

Favorite Quote: "Now he could see that it wasn't charity Gansey was offering.  It was just truth.  And something else: friendship of the unshakable kind.  Friendship you could swear on.  That could be busted nearly to breaking and come back stronger than before.   Adam held out his right hand, and Gansey clasped it in a handshake, like they were men, because the were men."

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Blood Red Road

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts):  Never get into the cage against the Angel of Death.

Author: Moira Young
Info: Margaret K. McElderry Books, copyright 2011, 459 pages

Saba lives in Silverlake, a wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms where her family scavenge from landfills left by the long-gone Wrecker civilization. After four cloaked horsemen kidnap her beloved twin brother Lugh, she teams up with daredevil Jack and the Free Hawks, a girl gang of Revolutionaries. 

Saba learns that she is a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Saba and her new friends stage a showdown that change the course of her civilization.

~Goodreads Description

What a suprise!  I have to admit that about ten  pages in I was ready to throw in the towel.  There are no quotations to mark dialogue, the dialect and slang is a bit overwhelming, and I truly disliked our heroine and lead protagonist.  It was not boding well for me actually finishing.  But then I relaxed into the language, opened my heart to Saba, and finally figured out when people were talking, and I realized that the story is just a lot of fun (even though it's a bit terrifying and depressing :).

So the world is dry and desolate.  Saba, her siblings, and father are living a solitary life on the family homestead called Silverlake when strangers come and destroy her world.  Her brother Lugh is kidnapped and her father is murdered.  Saba is determined to find her most beloved sibling and sets out on a journey that will test her courage, survival skills, and heart.

Saba is a flawed character.  She is surly, stubborn, and kind of just mean.  She's borderline abusive to her younger sister Emmi and refuses help that is willingly given.  But she grows as a character as the story develops, albeit not on her own.  Saba is shamed into change by her travelling companion Jack. Jack's a thief and rogue, but he's cute and compassionate.  Kind of a strange combination, but oh so likable.  The secondary characters seem a bit like stock personalities, but they create the appearance of a band of warriors ready to take on an evil empire.

The villain doesn't really receive a lot of love either.  Victor Pinch seems to have nine lives, but we don't really get to know much about him, where he came from, and what motivates him.  In fact, he's pretty much absent for 95% of the book.  All that being said, however, Saba's journey takes her into some pretty interesting territory, and her found family, the Free Hawks, will hopefully make an appearance in the rest of the series...which I hope to read.  But you know the drill : Emily + book series = a lot of want and little read.

If you're a fan of science fiction, dystopias, and cage fighting (yes, cage fighting)...with a dash of handsome love interest...check out Blood Red Road by Moira Young.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I Am the Weapon

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts):  The Program taught him how to survive.  It taught him to suppress his emotions and get the job done. The Program taught him to be a killer.

Author: Allen Zadoff
Info: Little, Brown & CO, BYR, copyright 2013, 352 pages

Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school, in a new town, under a new name, makes few friends and doesn't stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend's family to die -- of "natural causes." Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, and moves on to the next target. 

When his own parents died of not-so-natural causes at the age of eleven, Boy Nobody found himself under the control of The Program, a shadowy government organization that uses brainwashed kids as counter-espionage operatives. But somewhere, deep inside Boy Nobody, is somebody: the boy he once was, the boy who wants normal things (like a real home, his parents back), a boy who wants out. And he just might want those things badly enough to sabotage The Program's next mission.

~Goodreads Description

So Boy Nobody: I Am the Weapon is a teen Jason Bourne. His name and mark is always changing, but this teen has been recruited as an assassin.  All is well...until it's not.  Until there's a mark he can not kill.  Until he has questions.

Zadoff does an excellent job at the spy stuff.  There are cool apps, code communications, and intense chase scenes that keep the reader interested and on their toes.  While the main character has been brainwashed into believing that what he does is a job, he begins to question The Program, his actions, and the memories he has suppressed creating a nice conflict.  There's a bit of angst, which got a little tiresome after awhile, but in the end it was understandable for a teen boy who's being forced to kill people.

The tension builds nicely and the questions unanswered keep the reader coming back for more.  I loved the Bourne movies, so this was right up my ally.  It would have been great if there had been a little humor like Gross Pointe Blank, but I suppose it just wasn't that kind of story :) And Boy Nobody is definitely no John Cusack.  Sigh.  John Cusack.  Getting off point.

A little more action and a little less moaning in book two would be appreciated.  Fingers crossed I'll tackle I Am the Mission by the end of the year.  Oh series...my kryptonite.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Top 10 Books On My Fall To-Be-Read list

Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read list
(Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

I'm instituting a new reading goal...actually read the books on my fall to-be-read list.  It's a novel idea, to actually read the books you would like to read.  After a summer of assigned reading, it will be nice to once again make my own decisions.  And there are some titles on this here list that I'm pretty darn excited to tackle...especially the first one because I totally heart Sarah J. Maas's Throne of Glass series :) ...and all things Maggie Stiefvater...and the covers of Gail Carriger's books.  So I'm a little excited about the whole list.

What's on your list?

1) Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

2) Landline by Rainbow Rowell

3) The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

4) Conversion by Katherine Howe

5) The Rook by Daniel O'Malley

6) Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil

7) Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger

8) Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

9) The Jewel by Amy Ewing

10) The Supernatural Enchancements by Edgar Cantero

Happy reading!

Monday, September 22, 2014

If We Survive

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts):

Author: Andrew Klavan
Info: Thomas Nelson, copyright 2012, 339 pages

What do you do when a mission trip suddenly leaves you caught in the middle of a revolution?

Will Peterson is part of a mission team that has traveled to Costa Verde to rebuild the wall of a school. It's been a great trip-until a revolution breaks out just before they board their plane to go home.

But then it becomes a desperate race to escape: from a firing squad, from savage animals in the depths of the jungle, from prison cells and revolutionaries with machine guns.

One of the girls is showing Will amazing things about what it means to be truly fearless. And one of the guys has the makings of a real hero. None of them will go home the same. If they only survive.

~Goodreads Description

I really liked this one!  The plot just dove right in...no beating around the bush.  The story is narrated by Will, a sixteen year old who decided to go on a mission trip to get away from his arguing parents.  Just as his small group is about to leave, the Central American country they've been working in erupts into chaos.  Rebels and revolutionaries storm the streets of the small rural town taking the Americans hostage.

As an undergrad history major, I took several classes on imperialism.  One class in particular always stuck with me.  On the first day of my History of Latin America class, the professor warned us that we would read stories that would test our patriotism.  The United States has participated in some questionable activities all over the world, and it's easy to become disillusioned.  The most important thing I took away from that semester was that there are two sides to every story...and both sides believe, in their core, that they are right.

Klavan does a decent job showing both sides of the war.  Unfortunately, our band of missionaries are caught in between.  Adventure unfolds very quickly at the beginning of the story and you feel so sorry for the characters because there is danger around every. single. corner.

If We Survive is a thrill ride that is also a thoughtful story about courage and faith in the face of death.

Friday, September 19, 2014

When I Was the Greatest

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): There's the family you're born with, and the family you choose.

Author: Jason Reynolds
Info: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, copyright 2014, 240 pages

In Bed Stuy, New York, a small misunderstanding can escalate into having a price on your head—even if you’re totally clean. This gritty, triumphant debut captures the heart and the hardship of life for an urban teen.

A lot of the stuff that gives my neighborhood a bad name, I don’t really mess with. The guns and drugs and all that, not really my thing.

Nah, not his thing. Ali’s got enough going on, between school and boxing and helping out at home. His best friend Noodles, though. Now there’s a dude looking for trouble—and, somehow, it’s always Ali around to pick up the pieces. But, hey, a guy’s gotta look out for his boys, right? Besides, it’s all small potatoes; it’s not like anyone’s getting hurt.

And then there’s Needles. Needles is Noodles’s brother. He’s got a syndrome, and gets these ticks and blurts out the wildest, craziest things. It’s cool, though: everyone on their street knows he doesn’t mean anything by it.

Yeah, it’s cool…until Ali and Noodles and Needles find themselves somewhere they never expected to be…somewhere they never should've been—where the people aren't so friendly, and even less forgiving.

~Goodreads Description

Another urban lit assignment.  Reynolds has a way with writing sincere characters that interact with a setting/plot without becoming a stereotype.  I'll admit, I don't read a ton of urban lit, but in the wrong hands I can see how that might become a problem.

While on the surface, this is a book about living on a street in New York City, worrying about reputations, and why going to a party with a hot head can be a very bad idea, at it's core it's really a story about family.  And not only the families we are born with, dad's that are trouble, mother's who are negligent.  It's about the family we choose and the friends who stand by us through thick and thin.

This is a fast paced novel narrated by a compassionate, thoughtful young man.  Everything is tied up in a bit too nice of a bow at the end, but the characters are so endearing that you really don't care.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Librarian Way: Personal Mission Statements

We all have goals and mission statements for our libraries, but do you have your own personal mission statement?  What are you passionate about that might filter its way into your everyday work life?  How do you want to grow professionally?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top Authors I've Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

Top Authors I've Only Read One Book From
But NEED to Read More
(Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

If I really love an author, I tend to devour their works.  Morgan Matson...had to read her newest the night it came out.  Stephanie Perkins...might have "borrowed" it from the library the night before its actual release.  E. Lockhart...dedicated an entire summer to reading her entire collection.  But there are some authors that I lose track of and now have every intention of revisiting to see if it really is true love.

Who is on your list?

1) Marie Rutkoski
The Winner's Curse is one of my favorites this year, and it looks like Ms. Rutkoski has a few more tricks up her sleeve.  I'll have to investigate.

2) A.S. King
Ask the Passengers was a total surprise for me, and I'm very interested in seeing she handles other topics with as much compassion as she did teenage sexuality.

3) Tessa Gratton
The Curiosities was the first short story collection I fell in love with, in part because of Ms. Gratton. Now I NEED to see if she excels in full-length novels.

4) JoJo Moyes
Oh the tears of Me Before You...Moyes knows how to pull my heartstrings.

5) Juliet Marillier
A refreshing fantasy read last year.  I've totally failed at getting my hands on the sequel to Shadowfell, but I think I'm going to have to explore her other works as well.

6) Barry Lyga
I Hunt Killers gave me the willies.  It was kind of awesome.  Now I've got to see what else Lyga can do.

7) Diana Peterfreund
For Darkness Shows the Stars was an amazing take on Austen's Persuasion.  Another series fail that I totally intend on remedying.

8) Elizabeth Wein
Code Name Verity just about broke me.  Wein stole my heart and my sanity on more than one occasion.  Rose Under Fire is going to have to be a must.

9) M.T. Anderson
Feed was an amazing audiobook,  Anderson has a way with setting and dialogue, and he's on my to-read list about five times.

10) Neal Shusterman
Unwind is one of my all-time favorite teen books.  Then why, you're probably asking yourself, haven't you continued reading the series at the very least?  Well...I've read about five hundred books before absorbing myself in that particular dystopian tale.  I'm going to have to re-read, and I just haven't found the time.  One day.  One day soon :)

Happy reading!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Beneath a Meth Moon

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): Laurel travels to the moon while her life on Earth falls apart.

Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Info: Nancy Paulsen Books, copyright 2012, 182 pages

Laurel Daneau has moved on to a new life, in a new town, but inside she’s still reeling from the loss of her beloved mother and grandmother after Hurricane Katrina washed away their home. Laurel’s new life is going well, with a new best friend, a place on the cheerleading squad and T-Boom, co-captain of the basketball team, for a boyfriend. Yet Laurel is haunted by voices and memories from her past.

When T-Boom introduces Laurel to meth, she immediately falls under its spell, loving the way it erases, even if only briefly, her past. But as she becomes alienated from her friends and family, she becomes a shell of her former self, and longs to be whole again. With help from an artist named Moses and her friend Kaylee, she’s able to begin to rewrite her story and start to move on from her addiction.

~Goodreads Description

Have you ever read a book and immediately thought, "okay...that's done?"  Beneath a Meth Moon neither impressed me or disappointed me.  I didn't like it, and yet I didn't dislike it. 

Laurel's past is filled with heartache...and with meth, the heartache disappears.  She yearns for the numbness.  She's convinced she's not addicted.  She's convinced she can stop whenever she wants.  But the moon is too enticing, and before she knows it, she's run away from home, living on the streets, waiting for her next fix.

Beneath a Meth Moon is a sad story, as all stories about teenage drug use tend to be.  Laurel had a strong family structure and a positive support from her best friend Kaylee, but one poor choice with one handsome teenage boy, and Laurel's life rockets out of control.  There's not a lot in the way of character development.  I never really felt like I got to know Laurel, and there never really seemed to be a pain so overwhelming that she wanted to escape.  She missed her mother and grandmother and thought of them often, but she was living her life, getting involved with school and learning to move on.

Perhaps that's the point.  Addiction is a disease without rhyme or reason.  Laurel's story is definitely one that could benefit teens playing around with drug use.  It can destroy your life, and it can do it quickly.  Luckily Laurel had a guardian angel watching over her and a family that refused to let go.

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Tyrant's Daughter

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): "How can one girl stop a conflict that spans generations?"

Author: J.C. Carleson
Info: Knopf Books for Young Readers, copyright 2014, 304 pages

When her father is killed in a coup, 15-year-old Laila flees from the war-torn middle east to a life of exile and anonymity in the U.S. Gradually she adjusts to a new school, new friends, and a new culture, but while Laila sees opportunity in her new life, her mother is focused on the past. She’s conspiring with CIA operatives and rebel factions to regain the throne their family lost. Laila can’t bear to stand still as an international crisis takes shape around her, but how can one girl stop a conflict that spans generations?

~Goodreads Description

The Breakdown
Laila's brother is a king.  Or maybe he's not.  She always thought he was, thought her family was royalty, but after a few months in America, she's starting to wonder if her life back home had been real.  Laila's family was rescued by the CIA after the assassination of her father, and while her mother spends money they don't have, and her brother eats his body weight in cereal, she's trying to fit in, disappear in the crowd.  But Laila is drawn to her homeland, to a war a thousand miles away, and this invisible queen is looking for a way to make a difference.

The Awesome
While Laila's story isn't complete true, it's familiar.  J.C. Carleson weaves a story of deep rooted conflict in the middle east with the struggles and seductions of westernization.  Laila is a young woman who feels invisible but has the courage to act, even if it is misguided.  Throughout the story she discovers "truths" about her family lineage and yet she maintains a respect for her heritage and a desire to work toward change. 

The Not So Awesome
We're in Laila's head for the entire story, seeing America, the war in the middle east, and the struggles with her family from a teenage girl's point of view.  Because of lot of what we see is through the lens of teen angst and selfishness, character development is lacking in the secondary characters.  Her brother is present at the beginning of the book but pretty much disappears throughout the middle and end.  Her mother's actions seem completely unexpected at the conclusion and her motivation murky.

Overall a surprising and interesting read.  I really enjoyed the dynamic of a young middle eastern woman trying to assimilate in America, and I really appreciate the fact that it was a topical book on western consumerism.  Carleson showed a respect for both cultures, both histories, and really made it a story about a young girl trying to grow despite some pretty big obstacles in her way.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Maze Runner

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): It's a human rat race, except the cheese is another day surviving a nightmare.

Author: James Dashner
Info: Delacorte Press, copyright 2009, 374 pages

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

~Goodreads Description

The Breakdown
There's the glade, home of the glade-ers, young boys who have found themselves in a mysterious world and are fighting to survive.  Just outside of the glade is the maze, an unimaginably large stone labyrinth teaming with vicious monsters, with walls that move every night making it impossible to solve.  For two years the glade-ers have worked to survive and attempt to solve the labyrinth.  But everyday was the same, until Thomas arrived, Thomas who asked too many questions and ignored the rules that kept the glade-ers alive for so long.  And then the girl.  The girl who who said that everything was going to change.  And it will.

The Awesome
The story is pretty darn terrifying.  You've got these poor kids living off the land just outside a horror filled maze that's basically death, and there seems to be no reprieve in sight.  Dashner has done an excellent job creating a unique setting that's filled with thrills and chills.  And he's not afraid to get a little gruesome and kill some characters off.  Maybe I'm a little cut throat, but the more  read, the more I enjoy when things aren't all neat and clean.

The Not So Awesome
Character development was lacking a bit throughout  the story.  This isn't to say I didn't like the characters or feel concern for them as they battled the scary robot creatures, but they seemed more like stereotypes than living, breathing, feeling human beings.  Thomas is your reluctant reader with a bit of heart and a lot of gumption.  Alby is your cranky, hesitant leader.  Newt it the good guy, the friend, the one that listens and tries to support the hero.  Chuck is the quirky sidekick.  And Gally is the bully.  Then there's Theresa, the girl, who just has cryptic things to say and very little personality.  The first in a series is always hard because of story building.  Dashner is skilled enough that I want to continue to see what happens and who survives.

I picked up the audiobook for this title in the hurried attempt to finish it before the release of the movie.  I wasn't overly impressed with the reader, but now that I've started the series in audio, I'll probably continue that way just to see it all through.  I felt like the reader was reading me a story.  I know that sounds stupid....I'm listening to an audiobook, DUH! of course it sounds like the reader is reading a story.  Some narrators have the unique ability to create the story around you instead of forcing it onto you, if that makes any sense.  The reader felt like the narrating voice of a movie.  He was telling me what happened instead of letting me engross myself in the story and see it myself.

But it's descent.  And you should absolutely read The Maze Runner, in whatever format you're most comfortable with.  It's fast paced, exciting, and terrifying.  Just what a good dystopian novel should be.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Gnome...A Girl...and 60 Authors. Holla!

I thought I'd take a break from the top ten lists this Tuesday to tell you about a super cool festival I'm going to in November.  For a book person, authors are pretty much rock stars.  While I can contain the screaming in their presence, I get super hyped to meet my favs.  There's usually shaking hands and the inevitable ridiculous statement that makes me sound like a nut, but getting to tell an author about how much you appreciate their work is pretty darn special.

When I got a call from my buddy Julia about an author festival in Charleston, South Carolina I was on board.  Two days and sixty teen authors is pretty much librarian heaven.  Not only do we get to stand in incredibly long lines for a few brief moments of our favorite author's time, we also get to sit in on a few panels and conversations to hear stories, have discussions, and be highly amused.

Click here for a complete list of authors at YALLFest.

Listen people...some of my FAVORITES are on this list.  I will not be cool.  I will not be composed.  I will be smiley and ridiculous and the complete opposite of composed if I actually get to meet Sarah Dessen...or E. Lockhart...or Sarah J Maas...or Leigh Bardugo.  Really.  A camera crew should follow me around for some pure hilarity.  And guess who else is going?!  The one and only Mike the Garden Gnome.  That's right.  It's gnome time.

What author are you just dying to meet?

Stay tuned for some awesome pictures.  Happy reading!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Today we're talking library love and how we share that love with others.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Top 10 Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table

Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be
Sitting At My Lunch Table
(Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

My lunch table won't be the coolest in the cafeteria.  It will be weird, and interesting, and full of charming personalities.  SO much different than my actual lunch table in high school :)

1) Reagan, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
She's tough, honest, and while often blunt, she's highly amusing and will tell it to you straight.  Lunch time would definitely be interesting.

2) Grayson Kennedy, The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram
He's charming, popular, and always the life of the table.  It would be nice to have someone that can easily keep conversation going...and is fun to llok at (blush over).

3) Klaus Baudelaire, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
A wealth of random information.  Klaus would be able to share tons of interesting tidbits.

4) Dimity Plumleigh-Teignmott, Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
Dimity will always be able to tell me about the latest fashions.  At least according Victorian era England.  And maybe some of her manners will rub off on me.

5) Willem De Ruiter, Just One Day / Year by Gayle Forman
An interesting lunch table always needs someone who can tell you fascinating tales about their travels.  Willem seems like the guy for our group.

6) Uncle Mort, Croak by Gina Damico
Because he's just a little bit crazy.  And a lot a bit crazy.  I like crazy

7) Richard "Dick" Campbell Gansey, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Because I love him.  And I want him at the table.

8) Katarina Bishop, Heist Society by Ally Condie
Just in case we need to plan a heist.  I'm pretty sure befriending Katarina would help anyone survive high school.  Her and her awesome friends.

9) Pickwick, The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Every lunch table needs a quirky pet...at least every fictional lunch table.  Pickwick is ugly, especially when molting, but has personality and is one of a kind.

10) Zaphod Beeblebrox, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
There's a theme.  Crazy.  But I like crazy.  And funny.  And interesting.  And unpredictable.  Zaphod brings all of those things to the table.  But only if he's the movie version as played by Sam Rockwell.

Who would be at your table?

Happy reading!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Q & A: The Librarian Way - Some Reader's Advisory Love

This week we're discussing reader's advisory.  For the non-librarians not used to the lingo, we're basically talking about how we talk about books in the library.  Getting patrons interested in reading and connecting individuals with just the right book is one of the most important and fun parts of our jobs.

So how do you connect readers with books in your library?

Happy Labor Day!
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