Thursday, January 18, 2018

Movie Review: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

See the source image Last weekend, I went to see this movie and it was wonderful.

Here's what I loved:
The characters - I loved how they changed in body but love how they remained the same. I adored how Jack Black played Bethany (from the phone withdrawal to the flirting). All of them were great - perfectly playing teens who needed more confidence.

I love the flirting/training montage. And how that all worked out.

I loved the teamwork. And the problem solving.

A fantastic mix of humor and action.

I loved the ending - both the cameo and how the adventure changed their lives.

And I REALLY hope they make a sequel.

Bottom Line: Go see this movie. You won't regret it.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Picture Book Wednesday: Press Here


The yellow dot has instructions that come with it, allowing for a playful story.

A fun, interactive story that readers will enjoy and want to read again and again. Best shared in small groups or one on one. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Goals

This week's topic is bookish goals. I feel like I write the same goals every year and just forget about them. I'm going to try harder not to let that happen this year. But I might be fighting a losing battle. 
 meme from That Artsy Reader Girl

Goals I'd like to accomplish this year:

Reading Goals:
Read 365 picture books
Read 250 kids/middle grade/YA/Adult books
Read at least 1 book/month that I own and haven't read yet.
Finish judging the Cybils books
Read the books I've written in my monthly goals

Blogging Goals:
Blog 340 times this year
Read more blogs and comment on them
Post more personal posts - not just book reviews
Start posting movie reviews again

Bookish Goals:
Attend BEA this year

I feel pretty good about these goals - what's on your list to accomplish this year?

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.

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