Teaser Tuesday (16)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Today’s teaser is from Nightshade by Andrea Cremer:

“Indiana Jones.  I liked how he could use whatever was around when he got into trouble.  You know, versatile.”     p. 294

I’m absolutely loving this book!  I just can’t make the time to finish it – but looking for this teaser had me caught up in it again – but alas work is a calling 🙂  Enjoy!!


2010 Challenge wrap-up

So yes I’ve now been blogging for a year and 3 months – incredible that I love it so much and that I’m continuing!  I remember browsing other blogs over the Christmas holiday…  and that’s when I discovered this cool concept of Reading Challenges!  So – yes of course I signed up for a “few”.  Almost a year after signing up for all these Challenges I’m learning that well…  I need to check-in and wrap them up.  EEK!!!  I’ve managed to keep my own challenge posts updated but I didn’t realize I had to add them to the Challenge host blogs as well – duh!  So in an attempt to wrap-up my 2010 Challenges I’m going to use this posting.  So here goes…

A FUN challenge!  Maybe I’m doing this wrong – but rather than recreate the Challenge post please visit my Challenge page.  I had a lot of fun trying to match book titles with the categories – I think the one that may be questionable is the Title one.  I chose the word “Heir” as my title.  Not sure if that one really counts or not 🙂  But I enjoyed it and I’m taking it on again in 2011.  Stay tuned in to see how I do this year 🙂  2011 What’s In a Name Challenge

Hmmm…  Um…  I think I bit off more than I could chew..  OR I ended up buying WAY… too many books this year.  Not sure if that’s a good thing or not.  Ugh…  However, the minimum to read was 25 and guess what I’m sitting at 25 on the nose!  I’ll have to admit also that once I got my eReader I was more apt to buy eBooks…  I’m a great advocate for our Libraries and will need to reconsider purchasing this coming year.

Now this is a challenge I’ve definitely mastered!  I suspect I could easily reach 100 by the time December 31 rolls around.  Check out my list here! And yes if this challenge runs again – I’m in!!!

Graphic Novels Challenge 2010 – This was a whole new area for me!  Thought taking on a challenge that I would delve into this area.  Well…  I did read 6 which met my objectives for the Challenge but it didn’t really help me read more.  It’s still an area that just never really grabbed me 😦  Check out what I read! here

So another challenge I thought I’d try…  Well…  I know there’s still a month left – but I think I’m going to admit defeat!  I successfully read books that Met the criteria for all the categories but two:  Charity and Older than You.  Who knows maybe by December but highly unlikely. For the Charity category I agree with the concept but it just seemed that this year was either books from the Library OR more than likely books that I bought new or as an eBook.  Older than You – it’s not that I’m THAT old – but my tendency has been to read book that have been newly released so that really didn’t help me out here.  This was a TRUE challenge to me and I may try it again – depends on the categories 🙂  For now check what I read and how it fit into the categories!

I FAILED at this challenge!  I knew what books I was going to read but just never got around to them.  Love the concept behind this challenge and really thought I could do it but alas I could not.  Thanks so much to BookLust for hosting this!

What’s in a Name 4

Oh I had fun with this challenge this year – and I’m game to join it again.  It is hosted by Beth Fish Reads

Here’s How It Works

Between January 1 and December 31, 2011, read one book in each of the following categories:

  1. A book with a number in the title: First to Die, Seven Up, Thirteen Reasons Why
  2. A book with jewelry or a gem in the title: Diamond Ruby, Girl with a Pearl Earring, The Opal Deception
  3. A book with a size in the title: Wide Sargasso Sea, Small Wars, Little Bee
  4. A book with travel or movement in the title: Dead Witch Walking, Crawling with Zombies, Time Traveler’s Wife
  5. A book with evil in the title: Bad Marie, Fallen, Wicked Lovely
  6. A book with a life stage in the title: No Country for Old Men, Brideshead Revisited, Bog Child

The book titles are just suggestions, you can read whatever book you want to fit the category.

Other Things to Know

  • Books may be any form (audio, print, e-book).
  • Books may overlap other challenges.
  • Books may not overlap categories; you need a different book for each category.
  • Creativity for matching the categories is not only allowed but encouraged.
  • You do not have to make a list of books before hand.
  • You do not have to read through the categories in any particular order.

So here’s my list – I’ll fill it in as I go – Happy Reading everyone!!!

  1. A book with a number in the title:  0.4 by Mike Lancaster
  2. A book with jewelry or a gem in the title: Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann
  3. A book with a size in the title: Deadly Little Games by Laurie Faria Stolarz
  4. A book with travel or movement in the title:  Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers
  5. A book with evil in the title:
  6. A book with a life stage in the title:

Book Blogger Hop (Nov26-29)

Book Blogger HopA BOOK PARTY!!  Woohoo I’ve been wanting to join in  for a bit – so here it goes 🙂

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Crazy For Books – please come along and join the Party!

This week’s question comes from Sarah who blogs at Writer, Reader, Dreamer:


“What is your favorite book cover?”

Ooo  that’s a tough one there are so many awesome covers out there today.  But I think I have to say the cover from Haunted by Barbara Haworth-Attard is definitely one of my favourites

Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin

Sunday afternoon and  a good book – what does that mean to you??  Yup one book all read 🙂  I really enjoyed Low Red Moon.  It was a thriller and love story all rolled into one.  Avery’s parents were brutally murdered while she was outside the house -but just couldn’t remember what had happened.  She now lives with her grandmother, whom she hasn’t seen in years yet lives just in town.  While trying to grieve for her parents and their lives together, Avery tries to piece together what happened that fateful night.  Along the way she meets Ben Dusic, her hmm….  can we say soul mate?  Their relationship was just fun to watch – I really enjoyed how this played out.  I have to admit that the book kept me on my toes – I didn’t know “who did it” until the very end.  And yes I’ll admit I’m glad that it wasn’t who I initially thought it was 🙂

One thing I found very intriguing and a little spooky at the same time about this book and some of the ones I’ve recently read…  On page 94 we read: “…I still needed to read Milton, finish his long poem about paradise and Satan and temptation and—
And falling from grace.  Losing everything.”

For those of you who have already read Misguided Angel by Melissa De La Cruz and Torment by Lauren Kate – um… do you see a link?  In Misguided Angel we have a whole discussion between Bryce Cutting, a Blue Blood and Paul Rayburn, a merit aid student about their interpretation of Milton’s poem.  Torment – well what’s te premise behind this series?  Fallen angels.  I do remember a reference to Milton in Torment as well but without reading it again I can’t find it at the moment.  I just had to bring this up because it was spooky how the last three authors I had read used the same reference.

Highly recommended

Ages: 14 and up

You know I LOVE book trailers – so here’s BloomsburyPublishing’s trailer for Low Red Moon

Favourite quote:

I was so involved with the book when I read it that I forgot to keep my eyes open for a quote.  Sorry – no quote this time around.

Devlin, Ivy (2010).  Low Red Moon.  New York, NY:  Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers.

Author blog:  http://www.ivydevlin.com/

Another Blog Award!

Woohoo!!!  This is sooo awesome!  This is the second time I’ve been honoured with “The Versatile Blogger” award.  I think I’d better get them up on my Blog now 🙂

Thank-you very much to Zakiya from Butterfly Feet Walking on Books Blog.

When accepting this award, you are asked to:

1) Thank and link back to the person who gave you this award.
2) Share 7 things about yourself.
3) Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic for whatever reason!
4) Contact the bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about the award.

Seven things about me (updating):

  1. I’ve been working in an academic library for just over 10 years but only completed my MLIS this year.
  2. During my MLIS studies I rediscovered YA materials and have been hooked ever since – and I’ll admit it’s a serious addiction.
  3. I’m hooked on Facebook – shh…  don’t tell my kids :) – oops they already know  😦
  4. My favourite relaxation spot: my back deck with a nice glass of wine.
  5. Favourite TV show: NCIS
  6. Favourite music: everything my girls enjoy – I know sounds wierd but it’s true
  7. Favourite holiday:  Christmas especially when it snows.

Thanks again for this awesome award!!!


New York Times article – follow-up to Growing Up Digitally

I’m sure you all know by now that I have 2 teenaged kids in the house – so they fall into the category of “Growing Up Digitally”.  Heck some of the things they can do online or on the computer are beyond me – and I work with computers every day !!  So reading and learning what researchers and everyday folks have to say about this generation is definitely at the top of my list.  I also work with University students, so any information I can garnish from these readings often helps me with my interactions with my students.

I was very intrigued with the latest article by Dan Tapscott featured in the New York Times author of Growing Up Digital (1997) and Grown Up digital (2008). The article was great and in my opinion, BANG ON!!!!  There’s nothing wrong with these kids!  They’re quicker, they can push out the daily noise easier than we can and DO concentrate on their own work and get it done!  All the while keeping up with their friends through social networking!  As a parent I’ve found this “skill” frustrating – but I’ve had to pull myself back – because in the end they’re getting work down!  Yes I know – limits…  and yes we impose a few of these.

Key statements – If schools were a business – they’d lose business!  YES!!!  I have to ask though – when I was in high school 25 years ago – could someone make that same statement?  I’m not so sure..  Yes we may not have wanted to sit in class – but were we as “distracted” as today’s child?  I don’t know!

Old pedagogy = Broadcasting – needs to change!!!  The model of having a teacher/instructor lecture or teach one direction no longer works!  These kids need to be actively engaged!  I’ve found that getting them more involved in their own education works!

I could go on – but alas work is calling!  If you have a few spare minutes – take the time to read the article!!!

New York Times Cover Story on “Growing Up Digital” Misses the Mark