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:

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:


...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...


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