Monthly Archives: August 2013

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The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

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I love kids books. Which is good because that’s my job. This book was cuuute cute. And its written by an actor! You know, the guy from Glee. Does his hair look perfect or what? Anyway, I HATE books that are written by actors or singers or people who aren’t authors. Unless they’re biographies and then I guess it’s okay because they’re their own life expert. But anything else I detest. Like Madonna and her Roses series or whatever? What is that about. Go sing a song. That’s your job. No one asked you to start writing books. Authors don’t wake up one day and say, “I think I’m going to make an album today” or “I think I’m going to be an actress now.”  What if I woke up one day and decided I was going to try my hand at being a brain surgeon? So annoying. ANYWAY, now I can’t say that anymore because this book was pretty good. Although I could said it generally. GENERALLY, I detest books written by actresses or singers etc.

“Alex and Conner Bailey’s world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales. The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.”

I listened to this book partly in audiobook because it was read by the author. And I love that. It was quick paced and full of the best fairy tales that everyone loves. BUT it was boy and girl friendly not just princess princess princess nonsense. There is a second book, I picked it up but I’m not sure I’ll get to it. The first book did end with a satisfactory conclusion that doesn’t require you to read on to the next book. Which is another thing I hate. When authors MAKE YOU read the second book because they end on a cliffhanger. Who does that.

So, props to you Chris Colfer. You’re an actor (and a singer I suppose) who wrote a good kids book & you didn’t monopolize society by forcing them to by book two.

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The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

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I enjoyed this book immensely. It looks like a girl book and I guess it might be but its nothing like the typical romantic woman book. I originally thought it was going to be like The Pilot’s Wife based on the quick dust jacket summary but its not. Here’s the summary.

“Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . . Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.”

I love books that have opposing characters for each chapter and this book does a great job intertwining the plot together with their individual stories. Its a quick read because you inevitably connect with one character and want to ge to the next chapter that’s about her. Only after did I realize this author is the same author as What Alice Forgot, which I own but haven’t read yet. I will moving it up on my to-read list!

 

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Grand Opening

 

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Library of books

I realized the picture I put of the new library had no books or anything. So you can see it empty and now full of materials!

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How to Land a Library Job

I have a job. But I want to remember this post when I’m trying to get another.

I love this advice.

“Let’s get the bad news out of the way first: if you want to be hired as a librarian, get ready to move.”

Some of it is discouraging.

“Sorry, but I don’t care where you went to library school—whether it was a fancy private institution or a huge research university, completely online or in person—what you studied, or how well you did. I’ve never found a correlation between any of these factors and how good a librarian someone is.”

I went to a good school so I could exploit it. Apparently that doesn’t work anymore.

 

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Starred Reviews

The following books will receive starred reviews in the September/October issue of the Horn Book Magazine.

 

Xander’s Panda Party; by Linda Sue Park; illus. by Matt Phelan (Clarion)

Mr. Wuffles!; by David Wiesner (Clarion)

OCD Love Story; by Corey Ann Haydu (Simon Pulse)

The Year of Billy Miller; by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow)

The Big Wet Balloon; by Liniers (Toon/Candlewick)

Counting by 7s; by Holly Goldberg Sloan (Dial)

 Boxers & Saints; by Gene Luen Yang; color by Lark Pien (First Second/Roaring Brook)

Locomotive; by Brian Floca (Jackson/Atheneum)

Scaly Spotted Feathered Frilled: How Do We Know What Dinosaurs Really Looked Like?; by Catherine Thimmesh (Houghton)

 

My library has none of them. How encouraging.

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