Most Monday mornings:
ALA Youth Media Award announcement Monday:
My Twitter feed during the announcements:
People tweeting about other things during the announcements:
Speaker comments about the necessity of supporting libraries and literacy:
All of the winners and honorees:
When my livestream blips out for buffering:
What my reading list is like after hearing all the awards:
Congratulations to all the award winner and honorees, especially the team at Candlewick Press. Love you guys!
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Friday, I am so glad you’re here. Onto the weekend, and onto the mini-book reviews!
1. Witch Craze: Terror and Fantasy in Baroque Germany by Lyndal Roper
When you take history of witchcraft in college, you get to read books like this.
Big Bird’s Bedtime Story by Rick Wetzel
The story of a giant egg. Really cute and cozy.
Fat Angie by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo
Hard but ultimately hopeful. That group running scene killed me.
Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Loved getting more of Morwen, not so much Killer. Also, major cliffhanger.
Forest Born by Shannon Hale
Great way to round out the Bayern books; loved Rin’s anxiety about “people-speaking.”
A few good links for your Thursday:
Happy Friday, guys! Onto the weekend and onto the micro-book reviews:
1. Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
Just reread with friends. Karana was more stoic than I remembered; pragmatism helps you survive.
Prisoner of Time by Caroline B. Cooney
Didn’t grab me like the first two books. Devonny’s great, but ending felt random.
What Makes Day and Night (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2) by Franklyn Mansfield Branley
Was big into question-and-answer science books when I was young. Loved the art/photos in this one.
Words Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know about Writing by Patricia T. O’Conner
More about the technical aspect of writing than the creative side. Don’t remember much overall.
Mathemagic (Childcraft: the How and Why Library #13) by World Book-Childcraft International
I would actually read a book about math. Let that sink in for a minute.
It’s Monday; we need a few good links.
Happy Friday, everyone! Let’s say farewell to the polar vortex with some micro-book reviews.
1. Alanna becomes a knight, fights evil, kisses swoony guys. Maybe my favorite of the series. In the Hand of Goddess (Song of the Lioness #2) by Tamora Pierce
I. by Stephen Dixon
Don’t remember much, but the depiction of his wife’s condition was striking.
The Littlest Dinosaurs by Bernard Most
I loved the art in this one. Tiny dinosaurs!
Violet & Claire by Francesca Lia Block
Liked the contrasting screenplay/poetry formats, but not one I returned to like other Block novels.
Picnic, Lightning by Billy Collins
The title poem is a great take on a two-word aside from Lolita.
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Normally I don’t approve of authors responding to bad reviews, but this is too good to pass up:
To be fair, I’d be a little concerned about that lion in the rain, too.
It’s a good reminder that even well-respected and established authors, who get lots of positive reviews, also get some bad reviews. Just gotta shrug it off, smile, and keep going.
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Lots of good links to start the week:
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Between holidays and snow days, I almost forgot it was Friday! But, just in time, here are this week’s book reviews in fifteen words or under.
1. Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever by Richard Scarry
Pages of fun illustrations make for an awesome way to learn early vocab.
The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
Walks the line between YA and New Adult in the best way possible.
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
A little more mixed than I expected, but dug most stories, including the PPT layout.
Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities by Alexandra Robbins
Total sensationalism, but fun like a reality show. Miffed at the chapter revealing ritual secrets.
Happy Birthday, Kirsten (American Girls: Kirsten, #4) by Janet Beeler Shaw
I was really into playing “quilting bee and tornado.” My favorite Kirsten book.
It’s the last Friday Fifteen of 2013! Let’s end the year right with some book reviews in fifteen words or fewer.
1. Write Source 2000: A Guide to Writing, Thinking and Learning by Great Source
Our eighth grade source for all things essay-related. It was fine.
The Animal Tale Treasury by Caroline Royds
Mostly I remember the “Just So” stories and the illustrations.
Glass Town by Lisa Russ Spaar
Don’t remember many particular poems, but sharp, elegant writing works well as a collection.
A Hand Full of Stars by Rafik Schami
Read randomly in middle school; ended up being a first introduction to Syria. Very touching.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
Didn’t expect much based on the pants conceit, but the girls’ friendships and personalities shine.
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