Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sparky by Jenny Offill

I love sloths as much as the next person…well maybe not as much as Kristen Bell.

But I do love sloths a lot, which means I will check out any picture book that features a sloth. I lucked up on Sparky by Jenny Offill and illustrated by Chris Appelhans while searching for holds the other day. This new picture book centers on a young girl who wants a pet. Her mother turns down every suggestion, but finally agrees only if she finds a pet that doesn’t have to be walked or bathed or fed. Guess what fits that description? After a quick trip to her school library, which features a librarian that knows everything, the girl soon finds a pet that her mother cannot say no to.

After receiving her new pet, the girl discovers that a sloth isn’t a typical pet. It doesn’t fetch, roll over, speak, or perform other tricks that most pets do. In this sweet tale, the young girl must learn to accept her new friend for exactly what he is.

Chris Appelhans, who hopefully you have heard of as an illustrator, did an amazing job. This book is currently in the lead for the 2015 Mock Caldecott list on Goodreads and there is a reason why. The images have a magical feel that will make you fall in love with this story. Oh, and there is a sloth! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Trending Now Books

Meals in a Jar: Quick and Easy, Just-Add-Water, Homemade Recipes  by Julie Languille


Published Date: 3/19/13

22 checkouts in 11 months

COVER REVEAL: #LondonFalling by @ChanelCleeton

Have I got a cover reveal for you today! I read the blurb for Chanel Cleeton's New Adult romance, London Falling, a while back and I thought "This is something I want to read!". Mark your calendars for July 7th! 

We weren't a relationship, we were a ticking time bomb...

Maggie Carpenter walked away from the hottest encounter of her life when she left the seductive glitz of England for summer break in her South Carolina hometown. Now that she’s returned to the International School in London—and sexy, privileged Samir Khouri is once again close enough to touch—she can’t help but remember the attraction, the drama … the heartbreak.

She can’t help but want him even more.

Samir can’t afford to fall for someone so far removed from his world, not when his time in London is running out. It's his senior year—his last chance at freedom before he returns home to Lebanon. There, he’ll be expected to follow in his father’s footsteps—not follow his heart to Maggie. But when a scorching secret hookup becomes a temptation neither can resist, they’ll both have to fight to survive the consequences … and find a future together.

Don’t miss this explosive sequel to I See London, and the riveting conclusion to Maggie and Samir’s story. This is a New Adult romance recommended for readers 17 and up.

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Originally a Florida girl, at seventeen Chanel Cleeton moved to London to attend an international university. In the four years that followed, she received her bachelor's and master's degrees, learned how to dance, travelled through Europe, and made lifelong friendships. Chanel fell in love with London and planned to stay there forever. But fate intervened on a Caribbean cruise, when an American fighter pilot with smooth dance moves, swept her off her feet.

Now, a happily ever after later, Chanel is living her next adventure in South Korea. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she is happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, puppy cuddles, and her fighter pilot husband.
Chanel is the author of the New Adult books I See London and London Falling with Harlequin HQN. Learn more about her on her website at Keep up with Chanel's latest news, book giveaways, and more on her monthly newsletter at

Monday, April 7, 2014

Thrift Store Tuesday

I'm a big fan of these books. I remember seeing this book in a catalog and getting one of the librarians to order it at an old job. Now that I'm in charge of collection development at my own library, I ordered this book along with the 2 following books. They are very popular among patrons and my staff loves them as well. 

So I was very excited to find this little gem for $1. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Project Read All the Books is Back!

Last fall I decided to start a project called Read All The Books. Why? I have a whole bookcase dedicated to books that I own but have not read. My TBR bookcase is getting full. So I decided to document weekly how I was coming along with reading those books. I did ok for about 5 weeks then I lost interested. My friends have been gently teasing me about getting back on the project.

I counted this morning at there are 113 books that I own but have not read. I have decided to pick back up with the project, but make it monthly instead of weekly. My goal for April is to read 10 books from this bookcase.

The main reason I have decided to try again is because I have I’m attending the Romantic Times Convention in New Orleans in May (just for the MAJOR author signing though) and I will be attending a local Romance Writers of America chapter annual luncheon in June. This means probably an additional 20 to 30 books. So I have to make room on the TBR bookcase.

Wish me luck!  

@CoraCarmack Excerpt - All Lined Up

We're big fans of Cora Carmack around here! If you haven't already, please check out the interview I did with her in March - Cora Carmack Interview.

I have been really looking forward to her new book, All Lined Up, which comes out on May 13th! Here is a little about All Lined Up:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cora Carmack follows up her trio of hits—Losing It, Faking It, and Finding It—with this thrilling first novel in an explosive series bursting with the Texas flavor, edge, and steamy romance of Friday Night Lights.

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.

Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

Sounds pretty great, right? Well I have a treat for you today! An excerpt of All Lined Up. I have to give props to Carmack and her PR team. They are doing an amazing job with social media and using it to promote Cora and her work. 

Now for the excerpt....

Go ahead and pre-order your know you want to!
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Don't forget to add it to your Goodreads! 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Wake Up Call

I teach a few computer classes at my library a month.  As a courtesy, I call the patrons that have signed up the day before as a reminder. This patron decided she needed some extra reminders....

Me: I'm calling to remind you that you signed up for a computer class at the library tomorrow morning at 10am

Patron (female, late 60's/early 70s): Oh, great. Can you call me in the morning and wake me up?

Me: Uhhh....

Patron: My alarm clock is broken, so if you will just call me about 9:00am or so, I'll be there.

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