Saturday, January 13, 2018

RWA: CT chapter

Today's the first official meeting of the year and it 's my first meeting as the Vice President of Communications. 

Wish me luck this year!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Positivity Prompt: Teen Me

Libraries: Teen me would have been surprised that I'm a librarian. Mostly because the idea never really occurred to me. Plus, libraries have changed so much in 25 years. Also our library in town was very small; I didn't even know that teen librarian jobs existed. 

Books: Teen me would not be surprised that I still love books and reading, even if I no longer read sad stories.

Writing: Teen me would be happy I'm still writing and surprised that I finished a book. I never finished anything in my teen years.

Art/Crafting:Teen me would be happy I'm still crafting even if I'm not painting as much and I'm more into paper crafts.

Clearly I found things I love in my teen years, they've evolved with me, but I still enjoy them.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Review: Turn it Up

Lidia and Sydney aren't just best friends, they're the new co-captains of the Nightingales, the high school a cappella group. The group hasn't won a competition in years and Lidia and Sydney have big plans for this year; they can't wait.

One day before work, they plan to meet at a coffee shop. Lidia's a few minute late and when she arrives, she spies the boy she's been crushing over forever kissing her best friend. She flees.

And they don't talk about it, leaving the wounds to fester. They both handle it badly until Lidia blows up at the first Nightingales meeting. Their dirty laundry comes out. Will they let one boy affect the group?
My Thoughts: If you're a fan of Pitch Perfect, you're going to love this book. I felt badly for both girls as they struggled with their feelings. I loved the moments with the group singing - as they struggled to find their identity. I loved Julianna and how she overcame her stage fright and found her voice. I liked the pranks between the Kingfishers and the Nightingales. I loved Lidia's family and their singing moments. I enjoyed her dancing and her determination. I loved the moments with Jack, especially in the moments in the candy shop. I liked the moments between Griffin and Sydney. I really liked how the girls came back together and how they moved forward. 

Cover Thoughts: Super Cute
Souce: ARC sent for review
Library Recommendations: Grab this one for your schools and public library.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Book Spotlight: High Hand

The Acclaimed Espionage Novel That Eerily Predicted Trump and Russia."
Dr. Vince Houghton, the Historian and Curator of the International Spy Museum 
About the Book:
Title: High Hand
Author: Curtis J. James
Publisher: Copper Peak Press
Years before the rise of Donald Trump, this acclaimed international thriller predicted the future. A billionaire businessman is on a glide path to the White House. When an award-winning investigative reporter and former Moscow correspondent gets a call from a friend in Russia, he returns to his old stomping ground in a high-stakes bid to uncover the truth about the Republican candidate's secret ties to the Kremlin--and discovers bizarre intervention by President Vladimir Putin and a US spy agency's covert effort to alter the presidential race. 
Books imitating Life:
 Dr. Vince Houghton, the Historian and Curator of the International Spy Museum, took an extreme interest in High Hand and feels the authors essentially predicted the 2016 election. Its hard to overstate how prescient this book is, especially considering how long it takes from when a book is actually written until it is published, Dr. Houghton reveals. Rosen, Harris and Ellenberger were thinking about Russian interference in an American presidential election years ago. Throw in the billionaire Republican candidate and the espionage angle and youve got the classic recipe for life imitating art. The only problem these authors will have is convincing people they didnt hastily write this book in the summer of 2017.
About the Authors:

Curtis J. James is a pseudonym for the three writers who collaborated on this book, an amalgam of their first names. They are Curtis Harris, James Ellenberger, and James Rosen.

JAMES ELLENBERGER worked for nearly 30 years in numerous capacities with the national AFL-CIO. A Vietnam War veteran, he has written numerous articles on international labor affairs, social insurance and medical care for injured workers. He is a founding member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

CURTIS HARRIS is a physician-scientist who is world-renowned in the field of cancer research. Dr. Harris has published more than 500 journal articles and 100 book chapters, has edited 10 books, and holds more than 25 advanced biotechnology patents owned by the US government. He is chief of the Laboratory of Human Carcinogenesis at the NIH National Cancer Institute. He is adjunct Professor of Oncology at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

JAMES ROSEN is an award-winning political and national security journalist who reported from Moscow during the historic collapse of the Soviet Union. Since then, he has covered the Pentagon, the White House and Congress, producing a number of complex investigative articles on insecure nuclear weapons (loose nukes) in Russia; alleged Saudi complicity in the Sept. 11 attacks; sleeper Islamic jihadist cells in Europe; and a range of other cutting-edge topics.

For more information, visit and connect with the authors on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: 2017 Reads I Still Need to Read

This week's topic is books form 2017 that I still need to read.  This could be a long list. I get most of my books from the library and our library had a budget freeze from July to December - so there are plenty of books that I didn't get a chance to read. And I want to read them, so here goes.
meme from The Broke and the Bookish 
Far from the TreeThe Vanderbeekers of 141st StreetWarcross (Warcross, #1)Sugar Pine Trail (Haven Point, #7)Second Chance Girl (Happily Inc, #2)
Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)Lucky in LoveHello, SunshineNightfall (Keeper of the Lost Cities, #6)Third Son's a Charm (The Survivors, #1)

Monday, January 8, 2018

Golden Globes 2018

I usually talk favorite fashion after the globes - and I will, but I also want to talk about TimesUp.
 First the dresses - these are some of my favorite looks of the evening. 

(Photo Credits: Getty Images Steve Granitz/WireImage). 



So I watched the E! Red Carpet - where they did not ask women who they were wearing, but why they were wearing black. And it was great - but they didn't ask the men the same question, which was a failure.

I love that women brought activists for their dates and how they were allowed to speak.

I love how everyone stood together in solidarity - not just for Hollywood, but for the world. 

And it's just lip service, they really want change and they're ready to fight for it. 

I went to bed an hour or so into the show - because - work.

But I watched Oprah's speech this morning - and it's amazing. If you haven't seen it yet, so watch it!

I love the movement TimesUp and I'm ready for a change and I'm ready to work to make that happen because it's important. 

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Blogging Goals 2018

I make a lot of resolutions - hopes and dreams and goals for the new year.

They don't always work out, but I do try.

This year, I've been thinking about my blog. It's turning 10 this year and I can't imagine I've been blogging for that long. At the same time, I can't remember a time not blogging. 

I want to branch out a tiny bit more - still doing similar things but maybe more of those posts. 

Of course still book review - I'm a librarian after all
But I do want to talk more about my work in the library world
I want to talk more about my writing
And finally I want to talk more about crafting and highlight some crafts in my Etsy store.
I hope you continue this journey with me and thanks for reading my blog, it really does me a lot to me!!

Friday, January 5, 2018

Blog Tour: We Are Party People

There is no party like a book party! Am I right?

About the Book:
A funny and sweet middle-grade novel about friendship, family, and overcoming shyness, perfect for fans of Wendy Mass.

WE ARE PARTY PEOPLE by Leslie Margolis (On sale October 3, 2017, ages 10-14)

Pixie Jones is a shy wallflower whose parents are the best (and most out-there) party planners around. When Pixie's mom has to leave town to care for an ailing family member, and Pixie's new friend wants help coordinating a campaign for student body president, Pixie finds herself uncomfortably, terrifyingly close to the spotlight. Pixie is going to have to test her limits to help the people she loves-- and discovers along the way that stepping outside of her comfort zone might not be so scary after all.

About the Author:
Leslie Margolis is the author of more than fifty books for young readers, including Girl’s Best Friendand two other Maggie Brooklyn Mysteries. She also wrote Boys Are Dogs, which was turned into the Disney Channel movie and the novel If I Were You Leslie lives in Los Angeles with two purple fish, one six-toed genius dog, and a few other people.

What critics are saying:

It's Party Time!

I'm a country girl and it makes a perfect party theme.

Play List:
1. Fifteen by Taylor Swift
2. She's in Love with the Boy by Trisha Yearwood
3. Wide Open Spaces by The Dixie Chicks
4. That Don't Impress Me Much by Shania Twain
5. There's More to Me Than You by Jessica Andrews
6. Trying to Find Atlantis by Jamie O'Neil
7. Bye-Bye by JoDee Messina
8.Yeah Boy by Kelsea Ballerini
9. Suds in the Bucket by Sara Evans
10. I'm Gonna Take That Mountain by Reba
Bonus: Big Star by Kenny Chesney

Make a microphone for a lipsync battle
Cowboy Boot Cake:
Win a copy of the book!
(US only please)

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Mini Review: We Are Party People

Shy twelve-year-old Pixie is the opposite of her gregarious parents, owners of the top party planning company in town. When Pixie's mom has to go away to support her ailing grandmother, it falls on Pixie to help out with the family business and step into the spotlight—and mermaid costume—her worst nightmare. Along the way she learns important life lessons, like maybe her family isn't so bad after all and that stepping out of her comfort zone might not be as scary as she thought. With a little help from her friends, she discovers her courage and faces her fears. (from the publisher)

The Good:
The Friendships
Her moments with her father
Behind the scenes at the parties
Gearing up for the Election
The parties
Ping-Pong games

The Bad:
Nitpicky but: how did her parents not realize she was an introvert?
Final  Thoughts: I enjoyed this story, loving how Pixie found her voice and discovered talents.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: Book sent for Blog Tour

Come back for the blog tour stop tomorrow for my themed party with a playlist!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Blog Tour: Batman Nightwalker

About the Book:
Author: Marie Lu
Pub. Date: January 2, 2018
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 272
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Find it: GoodreadsAmazonAudibleBNiBooksTBD

Before he was Batman, he was Bruce Wayne. A reckless boy willing to break the rules for a girl who may be his worst enemy.

The Nightwalkers are terrorizing Gotham City, and Bruce Wayne is next on their list.

One by one, the city's elites are being executed as their mansions' security systems turn against them, trapping them like prey. Meanwhile, Bruce is turning eighteen and about to inherit his family's fortune, not to mention the keys to Wayne Enterprises and all the tech gadgetry his heart could ever desire. But after a run-in with the police, he's forced to do community service at Arkham Asylum, the infamous prison that holds the city's most brutal criminals.

Madeleine Wallace is a brilliant killer . . . and Bruce's only hope.

In Arkham, Bruce meets Madeleine, a brilliant girl with ties to the Nightwalkers. What is she hiding? And why will she speak only to Bruce? Madeleine is the mystery Bruce must unravel. But is he getting her to divulge her secrets, or is he feeding her the information she needs to bring Gotham City to its knees? Bruce will walk the dark line between trust and betrayal as the Nightwalkers circle closer.

My Thoughts: What's not to love about this book? Familiar characters, dangerous outings, new technology, a new threat, and a con. I really loved the action and the danger in this novel. I loved Bruce - mostly when he was hanging out with his two best friends. But I also loved the way his mind worked. The way he questioned everything. The way he felt about the world.  I liked the mind games and the plot twists; they kept me on my toes. If you're a batman fan, you're going to want to read this book - immediately!  I hope there are more books about batman coming soon.

Cover Thoughts: Brilliant
Source: Book sent for review

About Marie:

Marie Lu is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Legend trilogy and The Young Elites trilogy. She graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin’s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one husband, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

Tour Schedule for Week One:
1/1/2018- Pen and ParchmentReview
1/2/2018- Margie's Must ReadsReview
1/3/2018- YA Book NerdReview
1/4/2018- Mary Had a Little Book BlogReview
1/5/2018- A Gingerly ReviewReview

You're going to want a copy of this book and luckily, you're in luck! You can win one of three copies! (US only please)

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me

This week's topic is authors new to me that I read in 2017 - not debut authors or at least not debut authors from 2017.
meme from The Broke and the Bookish 

P.S. I Like You by Kasie WestEliza and Her Monsters by Francesca ZappiaMoxie by Jennifer MathieuPrince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate StrohmLove & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
Internet Famous by Danika StoneRenegades by Marissa MeyerThe Secret Science of Magic by Melissa KeilWe Are Party People by Leslie MargolisThe Protector by Donna Grant

Monday, January 1, 2018

Ringing in 2018

My mantra for the new year:

Do you have a mantra? 
This is the first year I'm trying one.