Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Small Business Saturday


So, I am wayyyy behind on my TBR (to be read) list so this Thanksgiving weekend and into the start of the Christmas season (which to me is after turkey day through to three kings day) I will be doing a lot of catching up.

Despite all the business of putting in report card grades and running from one fabulous family dinner to the next, I definitely want to check this out.

Small Business Saturday is the day small businesses are celebrated and it is a movement to help support local merchants. Here is the link to sign up: https://www.americanexpress.com/us/small-business/Shop-Small/

What attracted me to this special day is books (of course it had to be) mostly because I found out some wonderful authors are volunteering at indie bookstores on Small Business Saturday ^_^ Who wouldn't go see their favorite author AND buy books?! oh AND the great Laurie Halse Anderson will be volunteering in upstate New York!

Here is the site to see which authors will be guest-bookselling at your local, independent bookstore on Small Business Saturday, November 30.
http://www.indiebound.org/indies-first-states

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Top Ten Books I Would Recommend to My Students



Top Ten Tuesday again hosted by the ladies of the Broke and the Bookish. Today is Top Ten Book I Would Recommend to X Person. Since I have been talking about books with my 10-12th grade students, I have decided to dedicate this post to them ^_^. Obviously I could go on for DAYS about this topic, but here are some books I would recommend:


1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
2. The Heir Series by Cinda Williams Chima
3. Tithe series by Holly Black
4. Graceling by Kristen Cashore
5. Crazy by Amy Reed
6. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
7. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
8. I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
9. Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
10. Eon by Alison Goodman

Monday, November 11, 2013

From the Library (5)


I haven't gotten too many books from the library lately since I have moved from my parents house into a life with my husband. I haven't found an NYPL location close to me yet (I know, very sad) so I have been borrowing books digitally on my nook and my iphone.

Here are the books I have gotten recently:

1. Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.


2. 
Tonight, unlike every other night I have walked on the shore, a man stands on the beach near my hiding place. I hadn't expected anyone to be on the beach at this hour, and I'm not sure what to do about the man who stands watching me with such intensity that I want to flee.

Eden has often left her home in the sea to walk on the shore in human form, free to enjoy both worlds. But everything changes one evening when a young stranger steals her hidden selchie skin, taking her soul into possession with it. He has selected her to be his future wife, certain that the magic that now binds Eden to him will grow into true devotion. But the longer Eden is forced to obey him, the stronger her desperation grows, and soon she must decide just how much she is willing to sacrifice to be free.

Inspired by Kate Chopin's groundbreaking novel, The Awakening, bestselling author Melissa Marr recasts the classic story in a magical twenty-first-century setting, bringing the book's inspired commentary on the roles of women in the modern age to a new, young adult audience.



It's so painful to wait, but I am on the hold list for these digital library books: 

When he opens his eyes, Willem doesn’t know where in the world he is—Prague or Dubrovnik or back in Amsterdam. All he knows is that he is once again alone, and that he needs to find a girl named Lulu. They shared one magical day in Paris, and something about that day—that girl—makes Willem wonder if they aren’t fated to be together. He travels all over the world, from Mexico to India, hoping to reconnect with her. But as months go by and Lulu remains elusive, Willem starts to question if the hand of fate is as strong as he’d thought. . . .

The romantic, emotional companion to Just One Day, this is a story of the choices we make and the accidents that happen—and the happiness we can find when the two intersect.




The year is 1867, the South has been defeated, and the American Civil War is over. But the conflict goes on. Yankees now patrol the streets of Richmond, Virginia, and its citizens, both black and white, are struggling to redefine their roles and relationships. By day, fourteen-year-old Shadrach apprentices with a tailor and sneaks off for reading lessons with Rachel, a freed slave, at her school for African-American children. By night he follows his older brother to the meetings of a group whose stated mission is to protect Confederate widows like their mother. But as the true murderous intentions of the brotherhood—-now known as the Ku Klux Klan—-are revealed, Shad finds himself trapped between old loyalties and what he knows is right.

A powerful and unflinching story of a family caught in the enormous social and political upheaval of the period of Reconstruction.