Friday Fifteen

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s also the end of February, and I for one am ready to end the month and end winter. (Or at least to know that we’re that much closer to spring.)

1. The Stanislavski System: The Professional Training of an Actor by Sonia Moore
Didn’t make me an actor, but want to revisit with an eye to writing character.

2. Gallows Hill by Lois Duncan
Saw a TV movie loosely based on this; went into the book with skewed expectations.

3. A Kiss for Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
Everybody’s kissing everybody. Hen puts a stop to that.

4. The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty
Feeling Sorry for Celia‘s a tough act to follow, but Moriarty always delivers fun.

5. Everyday Italian: 125 Simple and Delicious Recipes by Giada De Laurentiis
I kind of want to be Giada.

Links Galore

Lots of fun links to start the week:

Friday Fifteen

Happy Friday, everyone! The weekend is short, and so are the book reviews! Here are this week’s book reviews in fifteen words or fewer:

1. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Like listening in on your totally disturbed neighbors, but better.

2. The Queen Geek Social Club by Laura Preble
I think I have a different definition of what it takes to be a geek.

3. Look Up!: Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate
Lots of dynamic illustrations and fun asides–would have poured over this as a kid.

4. Shannon’s Story (Baby-Sitters Club Special Edition #3) by Ann M. Martin
Whose 8th grade class trip is to Paris? Way to mess it up, Shannon.

5. Looking for Alaska by John Green
Lots of great stuff–boarding school, philosophy, etc. The rap scene made me feel awkward.

Friday Fifteen

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! It’s also my birthday, so here are some birthday-ish book reviews.

1. Happy Birthday, Felicity! (American Girls: Felicity, #4) by Valerie Tripp
Felicity gets a guitar, joins the revolution, basically becomes a 90s teen.

2. Our Town by Thornton Wilder
The third act includes the most moving birthday scene ever. All the feels.

3. The Berenstain Bears’ New Baby by Stan and Jan Berenstain
As a younger sister, I really enjoyed the story of Sister Bear.

4. Atonement by Ian McEwan
For Briony’s birthday, she wants to make amends for ruining people’s lives.

5. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman
Not birthday themed, but I will be using this to bake for my birthday brunch!

Links Galore

Lots of links for a snowy day.

Links Galore

Let’s start the week off with lots of good links:

Friday Fifteen

Happy Friday, everyone, and happy last day of January! Let’s end the month with some good ol’ micro-book reviews.

1. The Austere Academy (A Series of Unfortunate Events #5) by Lemony Snicket
A fun send-up of boarding school books, and the series starts to hit its stride.

2. The Hanged Man by Francesca Lia Block
Probably the darkest Block book I’ve read, but tough issues are handled well.

3. Melville: The Making of the Poet by Hershel Parker
I didn’t even know that Melville wrote poetry. Nice general bio info as well.

5. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
A love letter to readers. Ending didn’t quite hold for me, but lots of awesomeness.

4. What Happens to a Hamburger? (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 2) by Paul Showers
All you ever wanted to know about noms in a picture book.

Niño! Niño! Niño!

From Latin@s in Kidlit, Yuyi Morales reading Niño Wrestles the World is awesome and adorable and makes me cheer at the end:

This is just the kind of reading I needed for a Thursday morning. Niño recently won a Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award, and I was excited to get to hear/see this dynamic book. So cute and fun!

Click through for more info on Niño and Morales (who’s also a puppet maker? how cool!) at Latin@s in Kidlit.

Spending the Morning with the ALA Youth Media Awards

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!

Friday Fifteen

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.

2. Big Bird’s Bedtime Story by Rick Wetzel
The story of a giant egg. Really cute and cozy.

3. Fat Angie by E.E. Charlton-Trujillo
Hard but ultimately hopeful. That group running scene killed me.

4. Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Loved getting more of Morwen, not so much Killer. Also, major cliffhanger.

5. Forest Born by Shannon Hale
Great way to round out the Bayern books; loved Rin’s anxiety about “people-speaking.”