Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Watching Harry Potter 8

Last night (while packing) I watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and I loved it (as usual)! There is something about that movie (and the book, obviously I read the book several times before I even saw the movie the first time) that I just love. The characters mature and grow and Jo doesn't ruin them (don't you hate it when an author messes everything up!). So, I was in a Harry Potter mood ... enjoy all of the Potter quotes and pics (all from my Pinterest account).

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Breaks my Heart!

I always have such big plans to get so many books read that my whole shelf was overflowing with books to get to, eventually. However, since I am moving, I thought I should bring back most of what I had so they don't get lost in the move. Insert extra sad face here! Returning books is SOO hard, even though I kept track so I know what to check out later, it is like giving away a child ... well, maybe not, but still!

What I kept on my shelf:

The Masque of Red Death
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Sense and Sensibility (graphic novel)


along with

Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook

Friday, August 24, 2012

It was the best of times ...

This really has been the best week I've had in such a long time! It was more exciting then getting into Drexel or graduation. Why? Well, the reason it two fold. The first (and, in reality, the reason everything else could even happen).

Follow the jump to see the news!!!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Cheating on Books

I'm not proud of this ... but I feel I must be honest with you. 
My #1 Life Rule is this : READ THE BOOK FIRST, watch the movie later.

First, no judging that my life rule is this boring. Second, I love that rules are made to be broken, and all that jazz ... however, I really try to not break this one. This time, I thought that I didn't want to read the book version of either of these movies. Now, I'm not so sure.

Read after the jump to see my rule breakers.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Book Review: The Arrival

The Arrival 
by Shaun Tan

August 16th

After finishing Variant last night, I needed something peaceful to read. Not sure if this qualifies, but Graphic Novels feel quiet to me. 
I was attracted to this book because of two things. First was the size, it is large and looks like it would be a picture book, but it belongs in the YA section of my library - so I was intrigued. The second thing that pulled me in was the cover. Not only is the cover art obviously fascinating, but the way they make the brand new book look a hundred years old is pretty awesome
I'm only one "chapter" in and I already feel connected with the characters, which means that the author/illustrator was doing his job. As someone who doesn't enjoy a lot of graphic novels, I like it when the characters pull me in from the first page. 
More updates to come, as long as I can read for a bit before falling asleep, I should be able to finish it this evening :)

Let me leave you with a picture from chapter one while I keep reading :)

August 17th

So, I'm loving the book ... but I'm not sure I understand all of it. It needs Cliff's Notes :) However ... I think what we are seeing is how foreign things feel to someone who migrates into a country. The art in this book is truly phenomenal! What a great book to pull pages from and frame them! 

I'm not quite finished, but it really is good. The emotion in the pictures is so vivid that I do not miss the words that should accompany the art. Brilliant all the way around. I look forward to finishing it tonight. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Congrats Cassandra Clare

As you may know, I really like Cassandra Clare's work (who am I kidding, I'm addicted to her books!!) and they are being honored with several awards. So let me give my official applause for the following::

Awards and Nominations:
ALA "The Reading List" Selection
Blue Spruce YA Book Award Nominee (CO)

Awards and Nominations:
Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee (AZ)
North Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee
RITA Award Finalist
#1 New York Times Bestseller

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Free Four

You can download it today for a variety of eReaders. I bought the Kindle version for my iPad and it was only $0.99!! 

The Summary from HarperTeen
#1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth retells a pivotal Divergent scene (chapter 13) from Tobias's point o view. The thirteen-page scenes reveals unknown facts and fascinating details about Four's character, his past, his own initiation, and his thoughts about new Dauntless initiate Tris Prior. 

Plus, if you have already read the books, it is a great time to pull out the discussion guide. What are discussion guides good for? Well, you can talks things out with your teens, you (as a teen or lover of YA fiction) can start a book club and use them as guidelines, as a librarian you can create a program around them or just have them out for teens to pick up. 

The Discussion Guide is available for free from HarperTeen

Finally, check out Veronica Roth's Blog for some more tidbits about what we can expect in the future! 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Book Review: Variant

by Robinson Wells

This book was suggested to me by our amazing YA librarian Joan. It looks exciting and I'm starting it this morning, but I thought I'd start to tell you a little about it.

Busy Two Weeks

Well, it has been a pretty busy couple of weeks! I went to Denver (GIRL'S WEEKEND!, read all about it here) and we had Camp Creativity (preschoolers are adorable, but exhausting). I feel like I haven't been here and blogging forever! 

Anywho, I'm back! Started my job search, which I really wish was already over, but I am working on patience and waiting for the perfect position :)

What are you doing to get ready for the school year? As I am not going back to school (as a perpetual student this is new for me) I decided to join in a "stuff the backpacks" program that helps local families get the necessary supplies for the school year. I've already done my shopping and am excited for the big day when we bring all of the school kids in and help them pick out their new supplies!!!

As for reading, I've totally been enjoying brain junk food. By that I mean magazines! My weaknesses are Elle Decor, Sunset, Traditional Home, and The New Yorker. Not to say that these are the worst junk food offenders, but I'm looking forward to getting back to reading!