Monday, June 22, 2015

The Summer Reading Program

Our local library's Summer Reading Program starts next Monday. Signup started today.

My sister's slightly over one year old girl signed up. She's only just old enough, but she already has her first library card. Now she has a massive stack of library books out on Aunt Becky's card (Aunt Becky's on the board she has longer before they need to be renewed). Berenstain Bears, Who Took Farmer's Hat, and some chapter books that will no doubt take weeks to finish but Aunt Becky loves them so she's going to share them. So many, many more.

All that are read to her have to be recorded on her cute little green card stock paper at the library all summer. Perhaps she'll win an age appropriate prize.

And perhaps in her the next generation of readers in my family will be born and, at least in part, nurtured by her Aunt Becky.

I encourage all of you who are of an age for participation and in an area with a Summer Reading Program to sign up, get involved, get your children involved. Encourage the love of books.

Also be prepared for Children's Book Reviews this summer. Based on how much our "Pogo Stick" likes them....

That might be what Aunt Becky calls her. Her name is actually Peggy-Ann.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A-zzz of Books

A. Author You’ve Read The Most Books From

I honestly don't know. It could be Mercedes Lackey, Nora Roberts, Diana Palmer or any of a number of other authors I really enjoy.

B. Best Sequel Ever

I think that has to be every book John Flanagan wrote following his incredible The Ranger's Apprentice: The Ruins of Gorlan. Which includes 11 more books in that series culminating with The Royal Ranger about Will's first apprentice, his two best friends daughter... A princess. And the there's the companion series, The Brotherband Chronicles, Hal and Stig and their friends and The Heron, Skandia at it's best. Coming this fall there's Halt story, a prequel series I couldn't be more excited for.

C. Currently Reading

Honestly I finished Sherrilyn Kenyon's Styxx last night and I haven't started anything else yet.

D. Drink of Choice While Reading

Currently I drink mostly Lipton Peach Iced Tea, I've been quasi-dieting and trying to cut some of the more horrid choices I made out of my life. I only allow myself a few sodas a week. I've found that works best for me. Also instead of Dr Pepper I try to drink sodas I'm not as addicted to, usually Pepsi or Coke.

E. E-Reader or Physical Books

I never thought I would say this but I don't know how I lived without my Nook. That being said I do prefer an actual book in my hands but again I'm trying to cut down on how many I bring home with my kitties I just don't have enough space anymore.

F. Fictional Character You Would Have Dated In High School

I honestly didn't date in High School and still don't so..

G. Glad You Gave This Book A Chance

Eric Walters The Rule of Three, and so many other dystopic novels I never thought I'd enjoy.

H. Hidden Gem Book

Daddy-Long-Legs Jean Webster

The Rising of the Lark Ann Morey

Circus Sequins Elisabeth Hamilton-Friermood

I. Important Moments of Your Reading Life

I can still remember being curled up on the end of my mom's red-ish plaid couch listening to her read The Secret Garden and watching the story unfold before my eyes. I think that was when I fell in love with books.

J. Just Finished

Sherrilyn Kenyon's Styxx

K. Kinds of Books You Won’t Read

There isn't much I won't at least try but I will never even attempt Twilight or anything remotely related to it.

L. Longest Book You’ve Read

I have no idea. I've read a lot of books in 27 years. Some of them were insanely long.

M. Major Book Hangover Because Of

Pretty much anything I read at night.

N. Number of Bookcases You Own

4. Two small one medium one massive. And I still have boxes and boxes and stacks everywhere...

O. One Book That You Have Read Multiple Times

Um... I read almost everything more than once.

P. Preferred Place to Read

Any place quiet and peaceful. A good enough book however can make me completely forget where I am and create a mental peace and quiet that can't be beat.

Q. Quote From A Book That Inspires You/Gives You Feels

Not all stories are good not all endings are happy, may your story be both good and happy. Bruce Coville Into the Land of the Unicorns

R. Reading Regret

I attempted to read Twilight more than once.

S. Series You Started and Need to Finish

I can't wait to read the last book in The Rule of Three series as well as the new Princess Diaries book about Mia's wedding but I haven't found a copy of Royal Wedding yet. Will to Survive doesn't come out for months yet, but it will make an amazing Here Bee You're Nearly 28 Enjoy.

T. Three Of Your All-Time Favorite Books

Bones on Black Spruce Mountain David Budbill

The Brotherband Chronicles: The Outcasts John Flanagan

The Rising of the Lark Ann Morey

U. Unapologetic Fangirl For

Almost anything I read that's really good honestly.

W. Worst Bookish Habit

I leave my books where my cats can get them and sometimes I forget to bring a post-it or a book mark and then I dog-ear pages.

V. Very Excited For This Release More Than Any Other

The Tournament at Gorlan John Flanagan (October 6, 2015)

X. Marks The Spot (Start On Your Bookshelf And Count to the 27th Book)

The Farthest Sea Ursula K LeGuin

Y. Your Latest Book Purchase

I honestly don't remember, it was probably an e-book.

Z. ZZZ-Snatcher (last book that kept you up WAY late)

Sherilyn Kenyon's Styxx, I was up until 2 or so last night.

I promise...

To try not to get lazy and stop posting again.

I haven't read any more Young Adult this week. Just some Dorothy Garlock (which I could blog about but I don't feel like it) and a couple of Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark-Hunter books, same as before.

I have a nice stack of YA waiting but I've been a bit busy this week, library thing on Tuesday, work Monday-Wednesday and today I slept well past noon. I had my reasons and boy did it feel amazing.

Any how I promise a post on an actual book as soon as I bother to read Jeff Hirsch's The Darkest Path. It looks really good. Post apocalyptic book about a boy and his dog. And I'm pretty sure the dog lives as the author announced the e-released short sequel will be told from the dog's view point. Epic win in my opinion.

Monday, June 15, 2015

The Rule of Three Eric Walters

In a world rife with Young Adult dystopic novels (The Hunger Games, Divergent etc.) this one easily sets itself apart.

Eric Walters is a former school teacher from Canada. Unlike so many teachers turned authors who turn out more of the same barf they taught in schools. I was NOT a fan of the required reading most schools use to promote literature but that's another blog post. After I finished this I read multiple other books by Walters and enjoyed every single one.

Adam Daley is an excellent example of a teenage boy thrust into a world where everything he thought was important is suddenly gone. When all computers and electricity fail his classic beater car is one of only a few that still run. His father, a pilot, was scheduled to return home the same night the power failed. With no phones and no news his family has no way of knowing if he's even still alive, but he has the ultralight they were building, and the help of Herb the neighbor of questionable morals but incredibly knowledgeable about how to handle an apocalypse.

As they turn their little area of town into a self-sustaining community in the heart of a world where the civilized veneer has been removed from everyone revealing the true animal nature of many, Adam somehow manages to stay true to the decent person he is.

Unlike so many dystopic novels that end up with people sharing memes about the rest of the world continuing as if nothing is wrong and ignoring the problems centered in the North American continent this book deals with that with one statement from Herb. If our allies knew and they were able they'd be helping. If our enemies knew and they could they'd destroy us. They aren't here. It's everywhere.

I can usually tell when I'm not the only one who will like a book if Mom, who's fairly picky about what Young Adult stuff she likes raves about something. She raved about this series. So far Books one and two are out. The Rule of Three is the first and it's followed by The Fight for Power. Both follow the same little community through the unspeakable danger of a post-apocalyptic world.

The Rule of Three: Will to Survive comes out on January 19, 2016, I'm looking forward to it.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The Darkest Part of the Forest Holly Black

Holly Black writes some of the best Young Adult "fairy" stories available. Over the years I've read a large number of her books and loved nearly all of them. So when this one showed up on the library shelves I snagged it. It more than lived up to her previous work.

Hazel and her brother are the children of artists who sometimes forget they have children leaving them to wander the forest surrounding their home town of Fairview. Unfortunately Faeries also wander those same woods. And Hazel and Ben don't necessarily get along with them.

Ben is, depending on your view, blessed or cursed by a fae as a young child to be drawn to music even if he doesn't like it. It gives him a certain power over them, to control them with music. It allows him to help Hazel save herself from a hag as a small child. And as small imaginative children are inclined to do they decide this means they were destined to fight the ones that capture and slaughter a few of the wayward tourists drawn to town by the prince asleep in a glass coffin. The bard and the knight. The fact that Hazel found an enchanted sword didn't hurt either.

Add in a changeling best friend and a quest to save a prince... Ends up being one of the best fantasy-based Young Adult books I've read in years. It took me less than four hours to finish. I've already turned it over to mom to read and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good fast paced read.

Sunday, May 05, 2013


How did I let a year go by with no book posts?

Oh let me count the ways!!!

First there's Ranger Gilan of Northview....
Tiny Puppy Gilly= adorable

Aaaaww still adorable
Alas he's turned into... well just exactly the kind of dog someone with my personality would have. He's spoiled and loud... And I'm fairly sure if he was human he'd be a serial killer or something... I do adore the little bugger though... He's very much larger than those pictures now!!!!

Second... Well I do work two jobs. And frequently am tired and out of sorts at night and get up as late as possible in the morning!!!

Third... Actually I shouldn't blame this but it's awesome so I'll mention it.. I'm now on the library board of trustees for my beloved local library! Oh my I'm learning so MUCH!!!!!

Fourth.... I discovered Netflix! AWESOME!!!! I used to do scheduled posts on Sunday... Now it's Doctor Who (who knew I was a late blooming Whovian?) Numb3rs (loved it when it aired David Krumholtz {Charlie Eppes} was my first celebrity crush [Bernard in the Santa Clause]) or various other shows...

And mostly just because I'm super duper lazy....

Maybe I'll get back into it who knows!!!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Brotherband 2: Invaders, John Flanagan

For which I am waiting... Impatiently...  At 7:19:57 PM on April 30th it shipped "Departure Scan"... 16 hours ago and still no tracking update.
There's also two other books in that shipment, Nora Robert's The Last Boyfriend and Charlaine Harris' Deadlocked the 12th Sookie/Southern Vampire book... I'd like to get to read one of them before I have to go to work tomorrow. I mean if they're here tomorrow I can take tomorrow night off, because I worked Sunday for an extra milking off so I could get an extra milking in case they didn't arrive in time for the day I took off from my second actual paying job, which yeah obviously they won't be.
Just one question what is the point in a pre-order if I could get the book quicker if I walked to a bookstore to buy it?