Thursday, December 20, 2012
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
We were pretty much the epicenter of the middle of nowhere.
At least, that's what I thought.
Turns out, I couldn't have been more wrong.
There was a curse.
There was a girl.
And in the end, there was a grave.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything. (from barnesandnoble.com)
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The first chapter book I ever read was Karen’s Kitty-Cat Club by Ann M. Martin. And then I read a LOT more of her books. I think I partially owe my love of reading/ability to read quickly to this author. Thanks.
The Hunger Games has made my job as librarian a lot easier... You want a science fiction book? Go get The Hunger Games. You want an awesome female character? Go get The Hunger Games. You want adventure? Go get The Hunger Games. You want excitement & romance? Go get The Hunger Games. You want some tough guys and fighting? Go get The Hunger Games. You are a reluctant reader who rarely finds books you like? Go get The Hunger Games. You want to read the most popular thing so you know what your friends are talking about? Go get The Hunger Games. Seriously, go get The Hunger Games. You can thank me later.
My husband grew up reading Brian Jacques and I am thankful that the Redwall crew helped make him an awesome reader. And the books really are good.
I am thankful that New Zealand seems to look like the world Tolkien describes in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The books are wonderful and I love to see them acted out on the big screen with NZ as the backdrop.
Laura taught me about prairie life, travel, family, and working hard to get what you need. I am thankful I don’t live in the 1800s during winter, but I am also thankful I got to read her books (and watch the TV show!).
Thursday, November 15, 2012
More than a survival story, Hathcet is a tale of tough decisions. When all is stripped down to the barest essentials, Brian discovers some stark and simple truths: Self-pity doesn't work. Despair doesn't work. And if Brian is to survive physically as well as mentally, he must discover courage. (from barnesandnoble.com)
It made me want to keep reading it more and more. This book was one of the best books I have ever read. It was a detailed and an adventurous book. There is nothing that could be improved in this book. Yes [I would recommend this book to a middle schooler] because you will get hooked on it so quickly that you won't want to stop.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
But she was wrong.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
This girl kicked some butt on the high seas.
A lovely adventure story.
Why wouldn’t I want this?
One of my newest favorite books.
A nice, long, sweet book.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
I love Abe Lincoln.
And this was an amazing book not only about Abe but also about his Cabinet and how they used all their different opinions and beliefs to solve problems and keep the country together. The end of the book impacted the most… it tells what happened to all these men after the war. Sadly, after serving their president, many of them spent the rest of their years in despair, poverty, agony, etc. But, still, this is an excellent book.
I love Teddy Roosevelt too.
And this is the book that really made me fall in love with Teddy. I mean, this guy really was awesome: he wrote dozens of books, was a real cowboy out west, cleaned up some of the government corruption in New York, served in the military, and had fun doing it all!
This is a tale of government gone all wrong. And the government even burns books… Ugh!
Divergent by Veronica RothAnother ‘government gone wrong’ book. This has a different twist than Hunger Games but it is equally intriguing and enjoyable.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
This is one of my new favorite books! It involves the British and German governments during World War II and some of the things they were authorizing, but oh, it is a good book!
Book #2 is called White House so you know there will be some action in and around the government.
So You Want to Be President? by Judith St. George & David SmallI LOVE this book. Lots of facts about the presidents with funny pictures and random information. I have read this book aloud to social studies classes many times and it great to see their reactions when they learn that Taft got stuck in a bathtub because he was so fat and John Quincy Adams used to go skinny dipping in the Potomac River.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton—and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she’s soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers—and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield. Can Elizabeth vanquish the spawn of Satan? And overcome the social prejudices of the class-conscious landed gentry? Complete with romance, heartbreak, swordfights, cannibalism, and thousands of rotting corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies transforms a masterpiece of world literature into something you’d actually want to read. (from barnesandnoble.com)