Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sept 24, 2009

Ok, so this is officially the longest break I've ever taken between posts, and its indicative of both my state of mind (frustrated & unhappy) as well as not being sure anyone is actually reading these at all......

SO, if you DO read this, please post comments! Or email me! Or argue with me! Anything!

If I see some sort of response, I will work harder to keep up with the book talks......if not, then I will be getting rid of our blogs, as it's just not worth the time if it's not being utilized........

Anyone? Anyone? Beuler?

I'll check back on Sat and maybe talk about some cool (and not so cool) books I've been reading.....maybe.....if you want me to......sigh......

Friday, July 10, 2009

week of 7/6/09

Hey guys, it's been busy and tad bit crazed, so I've slacked off again on writing up books....however, every day is a new day, and I will hope to do better in the future (where's a clone when ya need one?) LOL are two books really quickly that I really enjoyed.

Sophomore Switch -- I thought this book was gonna be typical teen chick lit......(nothing wrong with that, but sometimes a tad predictable).....however, it was GOOD chick lit, an engaging story, interesting secondary characters, even a little romance. So here's the basic premise, a young lady gets a little too inebriated and kisses the wrong fellow.....she ends up on TMZ and every other paparazzi magazine & show as "the evil slut" having now supposedly slept with a major star who was supposed to be in a relationship with an equally beloved star. She agrees to transfer to England to get away from it all. The girl she's trading with is dealing with a broken heart and wants to get away from the man responsible. The story kinda sounds like "The Holiday" and it had some similarities, but was still a fun easy read! So if you're looking for something a little less intimidating to read than Pride & Prejudice...try this!

King of the Screwups -- This was an amazing book! Liam has been kicked out of his house for screwing up once too often. He moves in with his uncle, and begins the process of discovering who he is...not who his father wants him to be. I was worried a bit because as a leading character Liam is sometimes unbelievably sweet, kind, over the top.....but then again, there are people like that in the world, who just end up popular, who just have that "it" factor. I thought the writer did a great job of showing Liam work through his family issues, although I think someone should've smacked the dad at some point (he's really a jerk.......REALLY bad)......I guess that was my only criticism, that the dad should've had some redeeming qualities....but some people are just jerks, and well, that's life. So check out King of the Screwups, funny, sad, and generally awesome!

Willow -- This is a sad but very moving story. Willow was driving the car the night her parents were killed in a tragic accident. She blames herself, when really why did both parents decide to drink enough that they gave the keys to their daughter who only had a permit? Anyway, she's stuck in a terribly dark place, and trying to figure out where her life goes....does she blame herself forever? Can she ever let herself experience the pain w/o losing it completely? Read this book, but be prepared to cry a lot! So good!

That is all for now....see ya @ the library! Saleena =)

Saturday, May 30, 2009

May 30

I'm gonna talk about a few more books this time, since I missed a couple weeks.....but I can't talk long, have a LOT of work left to make sure Summer Reading goes well! Feel free to leave comments or to talk about your own favs (or books you hate) .....anytime!

Gone by Michael Grant ....a great premise (although it has been done before) where the adults all disappear (technically anyone over age 13) leaving the kids to fend for themselves. I like the horror/scifi twist to this one, but feel it's a bit long......not that I have a problem reading giant sized books, but if they drag, it seems like they could have shortened the book and it might have been better....which is how I feel about this one, not bad, exciting in spots, but toooooo looooong!

Permanence is a very cool book collecting famous and not so famous people with tattoos and having them talk about why they got them, how they feel and more. It's really cool, with color photos of the tattoos and the people. I quite enjoyed this!

Cybermage, Worldweavers bk 3 is supposed to be the final book for this trilogy...but I'm kinda hoping that Alma Alexander does a spin off or something, because I really loved the characters and want more! In this volume, Thea is feeling a little lost All her friends seem to be busy, and (of course) there's a new crisis brewing. This one concerns the white cube they found in the last adventure, and this time Thea needs to open it, and protect it (even from the Federal Bureau of Magic if need be). Thea really explores her talent, faces her fears and of course, saves the day!
If you like fantasy, definitely check out this trilogy (though you will need to read them in order or they won't make sense).

The Last Olympian is the last book in the Percy Jackson series.....and it was AWESOME!!! Definitely lives up to the others, with a fabulous conclusion....and the possibility of a new series left open at the end (keeping my fingers crossed!) If you haven't read the Percy Jackson books, you should...they are unbelievable!

Finally, tried the first volume in the Pendragon series, merchant of death....and it was ok, but not really my cup of tea. Maybe I'm just not in the right spot for it.....or maybe I can't like everything =P

That's it for now, see ya at the library!
Saleena, your friendly neighborhood librarian =)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

titles for week of May 10

Ok, so got some reading done this week and here are my comments on them:

Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce is the sequel to Terrier written several years ago. It was a long wait to see what happened to Beka Cooper, but definitely worth it! This book is Beka's story of her first year as a "Dog" (ie police officer). Beka is a fun character with all the flaws and foibles of a real person, which is why we love her. Thanks Tamora for another wonderful book!

The final Percy Jackson and the Olympians book is out, Last of the Olympians by Rick Riordan is as exciting a ride as its predecessors. Percy Jackson finally finds out what the prophecy is, and the final battle is upon them. This is a fabulous book and I know I for one am hoping to read more books by him.

Lastly I read an awesome NF book(that's nonfiction for all you not in the know). It's called American Shaolin. It's about a guy who's decided he wants to go to China, find the Shaolin temple and learn kung fu from the masters there. He did his research, in that he did speak Mandarin, and he knew basics of Chinese culture. But the story is amazing and his experiences in the 2 years he spent there are entertaining and enlightening.

That's my 2 cents for the week......good luck with exams and the rain
Saleena =)

Friday, April 24, 2009

April 24 2009

Hey, here's the amazing titles for this week (and they really are amazing....loved'em all)

Undone by Brooke Tayler The main character is best friends with a girl who is always challenging her to be more daring, more outspoken, just more.....and then one day she dies in a terrible accident. She finds a list her friend did for a class, a list of things you wish you'd do someday, and decides to finish the list for her. In the process she learns more about her friend and herself......awesome amazing read......try it!

How to Survive a Horror Movie by Seth Grahame-Smith This is an absolutely hysterical look at horror movies. It explains how to know if you're currently in one, and tricks to survive......definitely not for middle schoolers, but just as definitely a must for horror fans or just plain movie fans.

That's it for this time, keep coming back for more....and if I can figure out how to add book covers to the posts I will. =)

Friday, April 03, 2009

Read the Long Road Home, which is a NF account of a group of men & women serving in Iraq. It was a powerful book that tells of the realities of war. I expected to hate this....but it was so good at bringing me into the lives of these people that I couldn't hate it. If you are looking for something different, something real to read, try it.

And now for something completely different!

Dragon Slippers is a very funny book about a girl who is sent to be eaten by a dragon. She finds out that dragons don't all collect jewels for thier treasures, in fact, each and every dragon collects different things, stained glass windows, shoes, dogs, and many more. Creel (the main character) is a strong willed and intelligent girl who wants to strike out on her own in the big city and make dresses, beautiful dresses. Her friendships with the dragons and the problems of the big city are only the beginning of the story.......this is a humorous story, with characters you learn to love and situations that are played out realistically. I LOVE this book and am now reading the sequel


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Apologies for not posting

Hello to whomever reads this, I have to apologize for not posting for!....almost a year....
The reason is, got busy.....two....wasn't sure anyone was reading them.....but, I have gotten word that it was useful to some of you, so I will begin to write again. I will have some posts before the week's out, and will try to remember to post at least one book a week....

I will also keep encouraging teens to comment, or add titles that they like so we can all share in this virtual book discussion.

Again, sorry for slacking, good to know it's used (I was thinking of deleting it, honestly), and we'll move on from here =)

Saleena, your friendly neighborhood librarian

Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, review by Nina Soukhanovskii

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