Friday, December 24, 2010

Greetings of the Season from Book City!

I want to wish each and every one of you the happiest of holidays...which ever holiday you celebrate!  Know that I appreciate you and your support.

I have a stack of books awaiting review and lots of new "Challenges" I am looking forward to in the New Year.  Mostly from that evil temptress The Story Siren...check out the 2011 Challenges she has posted see if any of them tempt you!   http://www.thestorysiren.com/


I will leave you with the BookScape from one of my favorite blogs http://reflectionof.me/a-city-of-reading

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Barnes & Noble Breaks The Color Barrier!!!!




Today Barnes & Noble introduced their first COLOR eReader...NOOKcolor! ...now I may finally invest in one!

There is a video showing the NOOKcolor in action and I have to say this is going to revolutionize the way you get the news...magazines...cook books!


YEP I'M EXCITED!!!



Check this out from their ad:

The Most Social Reading Ever

NOOKcolor helps you stay connected to your friends. It's easy to import all of your Google™ contacts to your NOOKcolor so you can share favorite lines or recommend books to friends, all with just a few simple touches via Facebook® or Twitter™.



Pre-orders are being accepted...this is definitely #1 on my Christmas List ;-p (HINT)


So - what are your recommendations now? still Kindle?

I'm thinking NOOKcolor!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

NEW? Book Blog Meme: Book Jewelry!



As a jeweler and an avid reader I am always looking for ways to combine my two loves!

So I am starting this meme: Book Jewelry!
...no specific day - just fit it in when you think of it.

There are some great sites that can be mined for "Book Jewelry" - most of the Artisan and Craft sites (Etsy, Artfire, DeviantArt, etc.) will have lots...you get the picture.

Be sure to include a link to the bookmarks so if someone wants to buy it, they can! ...and if you let the artist know you featured them - they may give your blog a shout out on theirs!

Some ideas:

Bookmarks that "dress up" your book

"Book Themed" bookmarks - Genre Themes & Book Titles (ie. steampunk or TrueBlood)

Jewelry with a "book theme"


Easy peasy - not a lot of rules...can I count on you to help me get this started?

In this post:

Friday, September 24, 2010

ALA Events for Banned Books Week!

Banned Books Week Read-Out! Chicago

Read-Out logo
Join us to kick-off Banned Books Week on this Saturday, September 25, 2010, rain or shine, from noon to 2:00 PM, in historic Bughouse Square in Chicago, IL for the Read-Out!an event that will bring attention to books that have been banned and challenged in the United States. ALA President Roberta Stevens will welcome critically acclaimed and censored young adult author, Chris Crutcher, our host of the event. Some of the authors featured on the ten most frequently challenged books of 2009 will read from their work and share their experiences as targets of censors. The readings begin at noon and will be followed by book signings by all the authors in attendance from 2:00 to 3:00 PM. A limited number of books will be given away for free to participating audience members.

Attendees

Lauren Myracle (ttyl, ttfn, l8r g8r of the Internet Girl Series)
Rick Kogan, WGN's Sunday Papers
Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago Tribune

Performances by City Lit Theater Company, Chicago Public Library Teen Volume Readers Theatre Troup

Location

Bughouse Square (Washington Square Park) is located at 901 N Clark St, Chicago, IL, across from the Newberry Library
IN CASE OF RAIN: The event will be held in the Newberry Library, Ruggles Hall, 60 W Walton St.

Admission

FREE!!!!

Sponsors

The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom, the McCormick Foundation Civics Program, and the Newberry Library are proud to continue to sponsor this event.

Library and Bookstore Banned Books Week Events

If you are unable to join us for the Banned Books Week Read-Out! in Chiacgo, IL, but would like to celebrate your freedom to read, check out events in your local library or bookstore. That site will be updated frequently, so check back periodically. To promote your Banned Books Week event on that page, please sign-up here.

Banned Books Week in Second Life

Events will take place all throughout the week on ALA Island in Second Life. Check our Banned Books Week in Second Life page for more information.


Excerpt from the ALA website: http://www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/banned/bannedbooksweek/calendarofevents/index.cfm

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Oprah Picks "Freedom"...


Today Oprah Winfrey announced her latest pick for the "Oprah Book Club"!

According to Kate Pickert over at Time magazine:
It's the greatest force in publishing today, with the power to raise authors from the dead (Leo Tolstoy) or crucify them on the national stage (James Frey). The all-powerful Oprah Book Club is not so much a club as a ruthlessly influential marketing vehicle, with the power to fundamentally alter best-seller lists, Amazon rankings and royalty payments.

Read more:
http://www.time.com/time/arts/article/0,8599,1844724,00.html#ixzz0zkFfNsrn
So - today's pick? drumroll please............



Descriptions from GoodReads:
From the National Book Award-winning author of The Corrections, a darkly comedic novel about family, Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul — the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation.
Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to actually do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter’s dreams. Together with Walter — environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man — she was doing her small part to build a better world.
But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery. Why has their teenage son moved in with the aggressively Republican family next door? Why has Walter taken a job working with Big Coal? What exactly is Richard Katz — outré rocker and Walter’s college best friend and rival — still doing in the picture? Most of all, what has happened to Patty? Why has the bright star of Barrier Street become 'a very different kind of neighbor,' an implacable Fury coming unhinged before the street’s attentive eyes?
In his first novel since The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen has given us an epic of contemporary love and marriage. Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire.
In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedom’s intensely realized characters as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Will there be a third book in the HUSH, HUSH series?


Breaking News!!!! From Becca Fitzpatrick's Blog

I am so EXCITED to finally be able to answer this! As you've probably noticed, I've stealthily been avoiding this question everywhere, because for a long time, I didn't have an answer. In May, I was still writing CRESCENDO, and I wasn't precisely sure how the book would end and if there would be a need for more of Patch and Nora's story. And through all of this, my editor was on maternity leave. Then things started happening quickly. I finished CRESCENDO, and the ending to the book..

Read the rest on Becca's blog....

Monday, August 16, 2010

Twitter Link Love: OCCBF is @kidsbookfest


We are so happy to see all the authors and book review bloggers on Twitter...thought we would do a little "Link Love" for the authors appearing at the 7th Annual Orange County Children's Book Festival...the largest children's book festival in the country!

Please let us know if there are corrections...
Bookstore - Mysterious Galaxy - http://twitter.com/MystGalaxyBooks

Authors (alphabetically):

Amber Benson -Among The Ghosts - http://twitter.com/amber_benson

Robin Benway - The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June - http://twitter.com/robinbenway

Jessica Brody - The Karma Club - http://twitter.com/JessicaBrody

Melaine Bryant - The Prophecy Keepers - http://twitter.com/ProphecyKeepers

Cecil Castellucci - Geektastic & Rose Sees Red - http://twitter.com/cecilseaskull

Lisa Desrochers - Personal Demons - http://twitter.com/LisaDez

Gitty Daneshvari - School of Fear: Class Is Not Dismissed! - http://twitter.com/SchoolofFear

Becca Fitzpatrick - Hush Hush - http://twitter.com/becfitzpatrick

Nancy Holder - Crusade - http://twitter.com/nancyholder

Lauren Kate - Torment & Fallen - http://twitter.com/laurenkatebooks

Heidi R. Kling - Sea & A Visitor's Guide to Mystic Falls - http://twitter.com/HeidiRKling

R. L. LaFevers - Theodosia and the Eye of Horus & Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist: The Wyverns' Treasure - http://twitter.com/rllafevers

Emma Michaels - The Thirteenth Chime - http://twitter.com/EmmaMichaels

Authors not on Twitter:

Joanna Philbin - The Daughters - Facebook page

Jordon Romero & Katherine Blanc (co-authors) - The Boy Who Conquered Everest: The Jordan Romero Story - http://www.jordanromero.com
Maria V. Snyder - Inside Out & Spy Glass - Myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/mariavsnyder

Mary Hanlon Stone - Invisible Girl - http://www.maryhanlonstone.com

OCCBF Announces Mysterious Galaxy at the OC Festival!


We are very excited to be welcoming Mysterious Galaxy back to the OC Children's Book Festival. The popular genre bookstore will be participating as the bookstore in our Teen/YA area on Oct. 3rd at Orange Coast College!

Check out their website for great events and author signings. http://www.mystgalaxy.com

Mysterious Galaxy is a genre store specializing in science fiction, mystery, fantasy, and horror. You can find them in San Diego at:

Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92111
858.268.4747

OR

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MysteriousGalaxy
Twitter: http://twitter.com/MystGalaxyBooks

Monday, August 2, 2010

Winner Announced! Sea Poster!

Sea is the hot new YA book from Heidi R. Kling....who, a little while back announced that she wanted a poster for her book! Her parameters? she wanted it to look like a movie poster!

Well the winner has been announced...Tawni Coakley! you should check out this talented graphic artist's blog - it is truly a treat for the eyes!!!

...and now the winning poster!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Summer Reading Challenges...

Being raised in Palm Springs, CA was both a dream and a curse...surely you can guess why? SUMMER HEAT!!! When the thermometer reaches 120 in the shade you have two choices - the pool (but eventually you start to shrivel up) and some place indoors!

When I was growing up there wasn't an indoor mall in Palm Springs (yes - I know my age is showing!) but there was an Ice Skating Rink and my favorite indoor place in the Summer...the Library!

The Palm Springs Public Library had some of the coolest Summer Programs...mostly because the Children's Librarian was the awesome Miss Gerry! She planned programs for kids of all ages...along with arts and crafts projects!

A Book and A Buck is a Summer Read-A-Thon that not only motivates kids to read with some great prizes but also serves as a FUNdraiser for the Orange County Children's Book Festival!

Info for kids and parents in the Orange County area are at: http://kidsbookfestival.com/bookandabuck.html

Do you have a favorite Summer Reading Challenge?

Summer Reading...

When I was younger my favorite summer activity was to put on my bikini (where did that body go? ;-p) grab a book and my towel and head to the beach....then, with age came menopause and skin cancer warnings!

Today - I find myself happiest when I can curl up in my favorite chair in front of the AC (hot flashes are a _itch!) with a great YA or Historical Novel.
But I have found that in the summer we tend to accept some lighter faire...maybe it is the heat and our attention span shrinks...but for some reason I like a sweet, light book or a great horror, paranormal fiction read in the summer.

I have been catching up on books that have been on my To-Be-Read stack forever and trying to get through the stack of ARCs that are towering to the point they are about to fall over!

So these are some of the coming reviews you can look forward to seeing here...

From my TBR Stack:













ARC MADNESS...




























...and the latest from one of my faves...the Bloody Jack series from L.A. Meyer!




What are you reading this summer?

OC Children's Book Festival - Oct. 3rd!


Some of you may already know that I am involved in the Orange County Children's Book Festival (OCCBF)...yes I have volunteered for yet another project (I keep saying I won't and I DO!)


The OCCBF is now in it's 7th year of fun and fostering reading for children in Southern California. While it takes place in Orange County it is by no means limited to kids in the OC...we welcome children from all over the Southland, from 1 to 101!
Each year the OC Children’s Book Festival gets better and better and
this year promises to be the best one yet! There is something for everyone that loves books. We invite you to join other families that know reading is the secret to a
happy and successful life.
So - Save The Date Sunday, October 3, 2010
...and spend the day 9:30AM-4:30PM with us
on the beautiful Orange Coast College campus!

Stay tuned to this blog for teasers and temptations...there are lots of new exhibitors and events this year!!! check out the website for programs from past events and more...http://kidsbookfestival.com

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rachel Vincent in Chicago with new Soul Screamers!

For all you Rachel Vincent fans...a quick reminder:

Rachel's young adult series, Soul Screamers, debuted on August 1, 2009. My SOUL TO TAKE is the first in the series, about a teenage bean sidhe (banshee) trying to balance a normal high school experience with the terrifying, hidden world she's just discovered. Soul Screamers Book 3, MY SOUL TO KEEP, is now available!!!

Rachel Vincent Event Schedule

Friday, June 25th:

10am-12pm
Meijer Highland, IN
10138 Indianapolis Blvd
Highland, IN 46322

2pm-4pm
Kmart Tinley Park, IL
16300 Harlem
Tinley Park, IL 60477

6pm-8pm
Walmart Joliet, IL
2424 W. Jefferson
St, Joliet, IL, 60436

Saturday, June 26th:

10am-12pm
Kmart Naperville, IL
1199 E. Ogden Ave.
Naperville, IL 60563

2pm-4pm
Kmart Bloomingdale, IL
156 South Gary Ave
Bloomingdale, IL 60108

6pm-8pm
Walmart Gurnee, IL
6590 Grand Ave
Gurnee, IL 60031

Sunday, June 27th:

10am-12pm
Kmart Racine, WI
2211 South Green Bay
Racine, WI 53406

2pm-4pm
Kmart Brookfield, WI
18200 W Bluemound Rd
Brookfield, WI 53045

Authors In Motion - 5 of your favorites...


Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Basilisk's Lair (Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, Book 2)


The Basilisk's Lair (Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, Book 2)

By: R. L. LaFevers Illustrations: Kelly Murphy

This is book two of the continuing saga of Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist!

You may remember from the first book Flight of the Phoenix (Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, Book I) Nathaniel Fludd is a beastologist in training - learning at the hands of his quirky Aunt Phil. Unfortunately it appears that the first book was not a fluke and it looks like Aunt Phil favors the "learn by doing" method. So in book two The Basilisk's Lair (Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, Book 2) she drags the young boy beastologist-in-training on a screaming wild adventure to find the Basilisk!

As in her other adventures R.L. LaFevers takes you on a rip roaring ride into monsters and mythology mixed with the thrills of a wildlife safari....but the nice thing about Aunt Phil...she doesn't want to do this creature harm, just contain him!

This is a quick and easy read...and while the recommendations are from 3rd to 6th grade - you could read this to a 6 year old and they would LOVE it!

Off to continue the adventure with The Wyverns' Treasure (Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, Book 3)...

From the Author (on Amazon):
I've always held a special place for animals in my heart and they have figured prominently in my books. While researching another project, I stumbled across a medieval bestiary, the ultimate zoological authority of its time, and I was fascinated by all the mythical creatures listed in there as factual. Right around that same time, I also read about the modern day discovery of new animal species. It drove home for me just how vast and mysterious our planet was, and who knew what could be living in its hidden valleys, unexplored deserts, and remote mountaintops. Thus the world of Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist was born. -R.L. LaFevers

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

White Cat by Holly Black


This new world of "curse workers" is a winner...

Holly Black is known to leagues of teenlit fans for her books of fae worlds...with White Cat (Curse Workers, Book 1) she draws us into the world of the "curse workers".

From the product description: curse workers -- people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists.

...and when I say she draws you in I truly mean it - the excitement, action and characters draw you in immediately and if this is just the beginning I can't wait for more...Lila, Cassel and his family offer characters that we can relate to and involve ourselves in...thanks Holly Black for yet another new world!

BTW - I have a white cat with one blue eye and one green eye...what do you think?

Product Description from Amazon
Cassel comes from a family of curse workers -- people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail -- he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.

Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love -- or death -- and your dreams might be more real than your memories.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Interesting Reader Society - There Should Be One At Every Library!!!

A Colorado Library System with a great idea to keep teens involved in reading...

The Interesting Reader Society (IRS) is a group of teenage volunteers representing many of Larimer County’s junior and senior high schools. They hold meetings once a month to review books for their newsletter and to plan special teen activities. They also help the librarians in the Teen section at the Main and Harmony libraries.

You may qualify if you are:
  • In 6th grade through 12th grade
  • Male or female
  • Tall enough to reach standard book shelves
  • Of undetermined weight, but generally considered to be a "heavy reader"
  • Known to frequent libraries, bookstores, and paperback racks of local emporiums
  • Suffering from a reading addiction, and usually have one or two books with you at all times
  • Guilty of ever reading by flashlight under the covers at night when you are supposed to be asleep
Fill out an application for membership (PDF format/191K) and return to the adult information desks at the Main Library, 201 Peterson St., or the Harmony Library, 4616 South Shields.

Check out the latest from the IRS on the School Library Journal's website.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Solomon's Thieves, Book One...


Solomon's Thieves,
Book One
by Jordan Mechner,
LeUyen Pham, Alex Puvillan

Using the dissolution of the French Templar's as the beginning premise this tale takes off from the start...swashbuckling adventure, a woman betrayed, and a vow of revenge...so of course I loved it!!!

The art work is rough and dramatic and though set in the 1400's the dialog would be easily followed by teen readers. Fan's of First Second's Prince of Persia and the gamers
Prince of Persia Collector's Edition: Prima Official Game Guide (Prima Official Game Guides) will find this telling of the story of Martin and his loss - between the loss of his brothers of the order and the loss of the woman he loves - a compelling read.

Lover's of the adult books about the Templar Legacy will love introducing this exciting era to their kids through
Solomon's Thieves, Book One, did I mention that this is book one of a trilogy? It carries the same mystery, ancient religion, and drama of the DaVinci Code or Steven Berry Cotton Malone Series.

Product Description From Amazon:

On the run from the law . . . in 14th century France

Life as a Templar Knight returning from the Crusades is dull— bread, beans, and lots and lots of walking. But after Martin stumbles upon his lost love (now married—to someone else), things begin to get more interesting very quickly. There’s a vast conspiracy afoot to destroy the Templar Order and steal their treasure. Soon, Martin finds himself one of the only Templars out of prison—and out for revenge!

A swashbuckling story of betrayal, adventure, and an epic swindle, Solomon’s Thieves is the first volume in a trilogy written by Jordan Mechner (the creator of the acclaimed Prince of Persia video games) and illustrated by LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland.

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver


Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver

I have to say that my initial reason for picking up this book is a current fascination with debut authors...it didn't disappoint!

How to describe it? It appears that all the pertinent adjectives have already been used up in all the posted reviews...

Heartbreaking, compelling, raw, beautiful, emotional and complex - Before I Fall is all that!!!

In her debut novel author Lauren Oliver manages to find a "teen" voice that is so real I felt like I was sitting at Starbucks at 3pm! ...of course that could be because Oliver is just barely beyond teen herself.

So - you have probably already gathered that this is a "groundhog day" style telling of the life and death of Samantha Kingston...you know this girl. She is the girl that hangs with the "cool kids", has everything yet doesn't appear to appreciate any of it.

The compelling nature of Lauren Oliver's writing takes you from disdain and revulsion to Samantha working through the process of understanding what is truly important and through 7 efforts - to change her outlook.

My one problem with the book was that Oliver does such a great job of developing Samantha's character that I seriously didn't like her and didn't care...but the writing is so good and the story draws you in...all I can say is trust and read this book all the way through to the end.

Product Review From Amazon:

What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life.

Instead, it turns out to be her last.

Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact. Reliving her last day during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.

What's New, Cupcake?

What's New, Cupcake?
by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson

I haven't had this much fun since Hello, Cupcake!: Irresistibly Playful Creations Anyone Can Make the first cupcake craft book from the team of Karen Tack and Alan Richardson.

In the forward of What's New Cupcake? they promise fun, spectacle and ease...and they deliver on all accounts. This book leaves you laughing out loud - calling people over to look at cupcake art (be careful husbands get grouchy after about the third time) - and racing to the kitchen to see what ingredients you have on hand!

There are cupcakes for every occasion and some just to titillate! From Stuffed Turkeys for Thanksgiving to Ghosts and Black Cat cupcakes for Halloween. Whole cake displays made of individual cupcakes artfully arranged in a Formula One car - a Summer Water Park - Golf Course (complete with sand trap) - Yarn Platter that will delight the knitter's (or crochet fans) in your life. Some standouts for me were the Ants on a Picnic and "I Thought You Ordered Chocolate Moose?".

From first hand experience I can confirm delivery on the "easier than the first book" promise. I made the Rubber Ducky cupcakes...yummy, easy and a definite conversation piece at the Easter table!

One of the really nice things about this book is the "so many ways to decorate" section where they breakdown various candies, cookies, toppings and misc. parts. It is a great how to for creating flowers, whimsical mosaics, borders, animals and more. This is knowledge that you can use to make everything you cook CUTE!!! but don't get carried away with it, even the most tolerant family may decide you need an intervention.

Ok now, off to the gym!

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