Thursday, July 2, 2015

Series Love: Princess Diaries

Welcome to a new blog meme here at YA Book Nerd. I realized that I read SO many series books that I should talk about them as a whole. Not to say that every series I'm going to talk about I've finished - but my thoughts my help you pick up and start a new series.

Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Everyone knows I love these books. Before I read Royal Wedding, I did something out of character for me. I re-read the entire series. I enjoyed it as much as I did the first time around - it was funny, charming, smart, refreshing, honest, and it tugged at my heart strings. 

Here are the things that stood out for me:

Pop culture references: Star Wars and more
Nerd behavior
Being smart and weird is great
 love for romance books
Diverse cast of characters 
Realistic friendships: fights between friends, how they know you better than anyone, and how they challenge you to become a better person
book references (Ransom My Heart)
written has journals: mix of notes, homework, and Mia's innermost thoughts
Her parents
Grandmere's schemes
Fun lists in the book (sometimes by Mia and Lilly, sometimes just Mia)
Mia's big heart

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Real Talk (1)

Do you read Teen Services Underground?
If not, it's a great blog.

A month ago Andrea Sowers wrote up this post:

It's a great piece. 

And Canva did the same for me.

If you read my blog regularly, you know I'm no longer working in a library. 
If I was, I"d be using Canva professionally as well. 
But for now, I'm just happy making up graphics for my blog. 

I hope that they will tie things together, especially those posts I envision as a series. 

Over the past few months, I've create about 20 different graphics. Some have taken me an hour or so and some have take five minutes. It's all about when the creativeness strikes and what I'm in the mood for. 

Now I'm not saying my creations are perfect, but they really do make me happy. 

I like graphic design work. I'd like to do more of it.
Any libraries/authors need something done, I'm happy to try and help.

So my question is - do you like creating graphics?

They make me feel accomplished and creative, two of my favorite things.

Percy Pack: First Look at The Demigods of Olympus


Title: The Demigods of Olympus: An Interactive Adventure
Price: $8.99 / $7.99 
On-Sale: July 14, 2015 
Description: Your quest begins! Use your demigod skills in this interactive and customizable adventure story written by New York Times #1 best-selling author Rick Riordan. Combining four short stories, The Two-Headed Guidance Counselor, The Library of Deadly Weapons, My Demon Satyr Tea Party, and My Personal Zombie Apocalypse, your choices will have consequences in this first interactive demigod adventure. 

The first look at Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard was revealed last week on USA Today.

Title: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
On-Sale: October 6, 2015 
Description: Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. His uncle tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants, and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarök, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision. Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die.


Title: Greek Heroes
On-Sale: August 18, 2015 

Description: Who cut off Medusa's head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy, ( I've had some bad experiences in my time, but the heroes I'm going to tell you about were the original old school hard luck cases. They boldly screwed up where no one had screwed up before. . .) and enhanced with vibrant artwork by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this story collection will become the new must-have classic for Rick Riordan's legions of devoted fans--and for anyone who needs a hero. So get your flaming spear. Put on your lion skin cape. Polish your shield and make sure you've got arrows in your quiver. We're going back about four thousand years to decapitate monsters, save some kingdoms, shoot a few gods in the butt, raid the Underworld, and steal loot from evil people. Then, for dessert, we'll die painful tragic deaths. Ready? Sweet. Let's do this. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday: Best of 2015 (so far)

This week's topic is the best books we've read so far this year. I've read 184 books this year. So I have a lot of chose from and it's really hard! And it's impossible to keep it just 10. 

YA Books:
Red Girl, Blue Boy by Lauren Baratz-LogstedThe Heir by Kiera CassAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa TahirSaint Anything by Sarah DessenThe Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne
Finding Audrey by Sophie KinsellaA Matter of Heart by Amy Fellner DominyThe Start of Me and You by Emery LordHello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. SmithJesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally
Powerless by Tera Lynn ChildsDenton Little's Deathdate by Lance   RubinWild Hearts by Jessica BurkhartThe Living by Matt de la PenaAll Fall Down by Ally Carter

 Adult Books:
The Royal We by Heather CocksRoyal Wedding by Meg CabotShadow Study by Maria V. SnyderEarls Just Want to Have Fun by Shana GalenFirst Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan
This Old Homicide by Kate CarlisleA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. MaasThe House on Blackberry Hill by Donna AlwardAll the President's Menus by Julie HyzyNever Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLean
One in a Million by Jill ShalvisIf You Only Knew by Kristan Higgins

 Tween Books:
The Forget-Me-Not Summer by Leila HowlandThe Curious Cat Spy Club by Linda Joy SingletonThe Blackthorn Key by Kevin SandsUpside-Down Magic by Sarah MlynowskiFlunked by Jen Calonita
Lost in Paris by Cindy CallaghanLibby's Sweet Surprise by Lisa SchroederLoot by Jude WatsonBrown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline WoodsonFrom the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess by Meg Cabot
Everblaze by Shannon Messenger