Friday, November 29, 2013

Christmas Book Display

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is here! I have tons of nonfiction Christmas themed books and very little display area. I have a set area for new nonfiction, but I really hate to take that down or incorporate Christmas books into it. I decided to get crafty! And when I mean "I" I mean one of my pages and another coworker. I'm not a crafty person, but I am great at finding crafty people and asking for help. 

I'm hoping that this will be eye catching and that the Christmas books will fly off the cart! 

Does your library have a Christmas/Holiday book display? 

Sunday, November 24, 2013 did ask

Generally my BF doesn't ask what I am reading. Every once in a while he might comment on a book cover, but for the most part he doesn't mention anything about my reading. Usually because I am always reading. Just like he is always studying up on football. It is an unspoken rule and I'm totally okay with it.

He works nights and I'm rarely up when he gets home (which is usually between 1am and 3am). Well the other night he was pretty surprised to find me still awake when he got off from work (2:30am) and inquired about what I was reading. He does ask from time to time and I usually just give me a quick answer (because hello, I'm reading!) regarding the book's genre. So you can imagine his surprise when he got waaaay more than he intended...

BF: Whatcha reading?

Me (without looking up from the book): Maya Banks' Colters' Woman. It is about a young woman, who is recently married but running away from her abusive husband. She ends up passing out in the snow outside of this ranch in the middle of nowhere, only to be found by this hunky dude and his equally hunky 2 brothers. I guess the brothers are into sharing the same woman so they decide to make her their wife. I really don't know how all the details are going to work out. I just finished the first sex scene, which is kind of unrealistic to me because she screws all the brothers at the same time...and she was a virgin! That seems pretty impossible to me, because gosh wouldn't she be tired and sore? Granted there wasn't any anal, but they mentioned it so I can only imagine that it will be happening in the next scene. But I am kind of liking it so far. I really want to see how Banks develops the relationship. I'm just glad that she didn't write any anal into the first sex scene, because that would have been totally unbelievable.

At this point, I look up.....

I do not think he will ask me anything...ever again. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Holiday Kindle Fire HDX Giveaway

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Emily M. Danforth Interview & Giveaway

In 2012, I wrote an epic review on the awesome The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth. The book was recommended to me by a friend and fellow librarian. After I read it, I book talked it to anyone I could find. Cameron's story will break your heart over and over again, but it is a story that needs to be told. Fast forward a year and a half and CAM POST is still with me. I recommend it to patrons and from time to time I think back on Cameron's resilient story.

Author Emily M. Danforth was gracious enough to submit to one of my silly author interviews. This is something new I have been working on and I hope that everyone enjoys it. I find myself always wondering how people would answer the silliest of questions. Yes, I'm interested in their writing style or questions regarding their books. But I'm a silly person and I want to ask silly questions.

Silly Author Interview Questions for Emily Danforth
(Because these are way more fun than regular questions)

What song always gets stuck in your head? 
When my wife isn’t traveling for work, it’s whatever song she’s using that week on her i-phone alarm to wake her up. (This morning, for instance, Lady Gaga’s “Applause.” Particularly the chorus, that ear-wormy bit of repetition —live for the applause-plause/live for the applause-plause.)

Left Handed or Right Handed?

If I were to give you a cookie, what kind of cookie would it be?
Well that would be entirely up to you, wouldn’t it? I mean, when someone’s giving me a cookie I don’t typically become demanding and put stipulations on the make or model of said cookie. However, I do love a good, soft sugar cookie with thick frosting and sprinkles. I also really love those powder-sugar-rolled pecan balls often found on cookie assortment trays during the holidays. My mom makes those best.

Which book have you read over and over again?
So many, and so random a grouping: The Grapes of Wrath; In Cold Blood; Matilda; To Kill a Mockingbird; Lolita; The Great Gatsby; The Price of Salt; Catcher in the Rye.

Guiltiest pleasure TV show?
Hmmmm. Maybe True Blood. Oh, or (and this is truly embarrassing), this ridiculous, “reality” series on Showtime. There are several on that channel and I’ll just let you pick the one you think it might be. They’re all equally guilty as guilty pleasures.

If you could get rid of one U.S. state, which would it be? Why?
 Nope. Not gonna do it. Not gonna pick one. We need them all. Even those that I personally would never choose to live in, I sometimes might like to visit, you know, to take in their gigantic balls of twine and their cheese festivals or Hay Days. Plus, it takes all of them together to make up the often upsetting but eternally fascinating country that is the US of A. Each state has its charms (though some certainly have more than others), and each state has given us artists and writers and thinkers and doers. In particular, I get defensive about those “square states” in the middle of the country—the “flyover states.” I’ve lived in a couple of them and I bristle when people dismiss them out of hand.
What is the worst job you have ever had? During one very cold, very long winter break, while I was home in Montana from my sophomore year of college, I worked as a caretaker in several group homes for adults with severe physical and mental  disabilities. Interacting with most of these residents was the best part of the job, but often I had the overnight shift, when the residents would be sleeping and I would be cleaning or prepping food or just trying to last the hours, awake, from, 11PM to 7AM. I remember my mother coming into my room at 10:30PM or so, to wake me from an evening nap, one I’d take in prep for one of these long nights, and just being filled with dread, there in the dark, still in my warm bed, thinking about the hours to come, and then having to bundle up and ready myself for a frozen car ride over to this endless night. I remember the houses always being far too quiet and far too warm, the thermostats cranked to some unreasonably tropic temperature. I used to open the door at 2 or 3 in the morning and stand on the little front stoops of these ranch houses and for a few minutes soak in the blizzard inevitably swirling around the dark, let myself get good and chilly, before going back to my bucket of Pine Sol and the kitchen floor. I was always so glad when the additional morning help arrived at six to help me wake the residents and start their days.

One food you refuse to eat?
I don’t eat red meat, pork, or poultry and I haven’t for almost fifteen years.

Favorite alcoholic beverage?
Cocktail: a Tanqueray and tonic with extra lime. Beer: something wheaty w/lemon. (Apparently I’m most interested in the citrus paired with my alcohol. You know, scurvy-prevention and all.)

What song would you sing to at karaoke?
Like there’s only one choice. C’mon. For solos I’m a fan of “Sandra Dee” from Grease, but only if the mood is right in the room. Sometimes it’s just not time for “Sandra Dee,” you know? “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” seems often a crowd pleaser. And I’ll happily duet a Captain and Tennille number, or “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” you know—something snappy and sappy. I guess that’s my karaoke wheelhouse, really: snappy and a little (or a lot) sappy.


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COVER REVEAL: Seeking Her by Cora Carmack

A few months after being honorably discharged from the military, Jackson Hunt is still struggling to adjust back to the real world. He needs to get a job and find a sense of normalcy if he’s going to keep his own demons at bay. The job that falls into his lap, though, is anything but normal.

Bodyguard (and baby-sitter) to spoiled-rich-girl Kelsey Summers isn’t exactly what he’d been looking for, but it’s a chance to travel, to get away from the home that has felt stifling ever since his return. It would be a pretty sweet gig if it weren’t for the fact that Kelsey’s father doesn’t want Kelsey to know she’s being followed. Hunt feels guilty (and a little bit creepy) as he watches her from afar. She’s vibrant and infuriating, exciting and reckless, mysterious and familiar. When he sees her falling into the same patterns that he suffered years ago, he decides it’s time to stop watching and help her instead. But getting to know her is more difficult than he thought, especially because the more he knows her,the more he wants her.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Must Love Otters by Eliza Gordon Giveaway

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Hollie Porter is the chairwoman of Generation Disillusioned: at twenty-five years old, she’s saddled with a job she hates, a boyfriend who’s all wrong for her, and a vexing inability to say no. She’s already near her breaking point, so when one caller too many kicks the bucket during Hollie’s 911 shift, she cashes in the Sweethearts’ Spa & Stay gift certificate from her dad and heads to Revelation Cove, British Columbia. One caveat: she’s going solo. Any sweethearts will have to be found on site.

Hollie hopes to find her beloved otters in the wilds of the Great White North, but instead she’s providing comic relief for staff and guests alike. Even Concierge Ryan, a former NHL star with bad knees and broken dreams, can’t stop her from stumbling from one (mis)adventure to another. Just when Hollie starts to think that a change of venue doesn’t mean a change in circumstances, the island works its charm and she starts to think she might have found the rejuvenation she so desperately desires. But then an uninvited guest crashes the party, forcing her to step out of the discomfort zone where she dwells and save the day … and maybe even herself in the process.

About The Author:

Eliza Gordon is a forgetful girl who relies on Post-It notes and cellphone alarms to get her through the day. An avid eater of cookies, she can be found with her hand in the jar when not in her cubicle. A purveyor of fictions, Eliza is confident that the life she lives in merely the imaginings of someone else's hand, poured from a dull pencil on cafe napkins, and that she is simply an understudy, waiting for her turn to take the stage. She has excellent taste in books, shoes, and friends, and questionable sanity in the realm of love. Best leave that one alone.
In real life, she's a husband-and-wife team of controlled chaos who writes stories to help you believe in the Happily Ever After.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thrift Store Tuesday

A few months ago, I found a hardback copy of Gone Girl for 99 cents at the thrift store. I kept that copy in my personal collection (side note: I completely adore Amy, I understand her twisted mind and am enthralled by her...I don't know what that says about me though). Well, when I happened upon another great hardback copy I couldn't pass it up. Especially since it was marked down from $1.59 to 80 cents!

Somebody is getting this for Christmas!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Need a good laugh?

If you need a good laugh at work, then I recommend Ten Little Dinosaurs. I have no idea what the text is, but the big googly eyes will have you cracking least they did for me. Who doesn't love dinosaurs? Or googly eyes? Together, they are dynamite! 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Discard Friday

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Thrift Store Tuesday

I'm in love with this series. I plan on doing a big write up once I finish with the most current one. I pretty much did a fangirl happy dance when I got this pristine hardback copy for $1 (originally marked at $1.99)

This is going in my personal collection! 

COVER REVEAL: The Collection by Shannon Stoker

This is the second novel in the Registry series by Shannon Stoker!

Here is a little bit about the first in the series, The Registry: The Registry saved the country from collapse. But stability has come at a price. In this patriotic new America, girls are raised to be brides, sold at auction to the highest bidder. Boys are raised to be soldiers, trained by the state to fight to their death.

The RegistryNearly eighteen, beautiful Mia Morrissey excitedly awaits the beginning of her auction year. But a warning from her married older sister raises dangerous thoughts. Now, instead of going up on the block, Mia is going to escape to Mexico—and the promise of freedom.

All Mia wants is to control her own destiny—a brave and daring choice that will transform her into an enemy of the state, pursued by powerful government agents, ruthless bounty hunters, and a cunning man determined to own her . . . a man who will stop at nothing to get her back.

Sounds good, right?

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Sunday, November 3, 2013

Southern Magic Romance Readers Luncheon

This was my first year to attend the Romance Writers of American Southern Magic Chapter's Romance Readers Luncheon. It is an all day event and I was beyond excited. I took a small break from Project Read All The Books to read some of the authors who were going to be at the luncheon. I have been so excited all week! When I went to RWA's Librarian Day in July, I had the best time ever...and came back with so much swag! I didn't take as many pictures as I liked, but I thought I would share a few with you.
Look at all the swag bags in the lobby!


I won a free download of Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost (THE KEYNOTE!!!) on audio, read by the amazing Tavia Gilbert. Gilbert was also there and read several chapters from various Cat and Bones books. She was wonderful!

Jeaniene Frost! I have been looking forward to this luncheon for a year because of Frost! I started reading her work when I realized she was going to be the keynote and my life has changed for the better! Oh Bones! Oh, Vlad! *swoon*

Me with the amazing Jeaniene Frost!!! *fangirl moment*

I won an author gift basket from Kira Sinclair. It was filled with her books, chocolates, and many lovely things! 

I won another gift basket in the raffle! This was the Thanksgiving basket which had 4 throw pillows and a wire pumpkin and cute Fall decorations!

Haters gonna hate! I won a THIRD gift basket! This basket was a *spicy basket*! It had erotica books, a bottle of Menage a Trois wine, some KY (yes, they went there!) and lots of other goodies. 

All my swag in the truck! Thanks to my minions  friends for helping me get it to my car. All the winning might have gone to my head. 

All the swag on display!

I had a blast and I can't wait to attend another luncheon in June and hopefully the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in May. 

It is ok to be jealous

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Movie Review: What Maisie Knew

It seems like forever ago since I have reviewed a movie. It’s not that I’m not watching any good movies, I just really haven’t been watching any movies. I have good intentions though. I usually check out 1 or 2 a week from work, but then they just sit on the kitchen table. Then I feel bad because they could be circulating way more if I returned them….plus I would much rather read.

That being said, I was quite excited when I found out that my library purchased a copy of What Maisie Knew. I saw the trailer a few months ago courtesy of IMDB. It is based on the Henry James’ novel of the same name, which was originally published in 1897.

Doesn’t it seem like a beautiful and heart wrenching story?

The main reason I was excited to see What Maisie Knew? Alexander Skarsgård. I was first introduced to Mr. Skarsgård as Eric from True Blood. He is quite swoon worthy and I have decided to move him onto my list of men (5) that I can leave my BF for. But that is a whole other story.

The trailer is a little misleading because it makes you think that a romance blooms between Skarsgård’s character and the mom, played by Julianne Moore. Then the hussy stealing nanny comes into play. I don’t want to give anything away, but the trailer is a little deceptive. The cover is also misleading. I think TPTB (the powers that be) were trying to play on Moore’s status as an A-list actress. She does have strong lead, but Joanna Vanderham (the nanny/stepmother Margo) holds her own as well. Onata Aprile stars as Maisie and this young powerhouse will haunt you with her subtleness.

The story is gut retching and heartwarming. On one side you are watching two biological characters completely ruin this sweet girl’s childhood and probably her life with their petty vindictiveness and their astounding selfishness. To counter that, you have two young adults who have no biological connection to Maisie, but fall in love with her and try to counteract the absurdity of her parents.

Will you laugh? Yes

Will you cry? Probably

Will you get a happy ending? Undoubtedly so

Friday, November 1, 2013

Discard Friday

In my last post, I found a hardback copy of The Maker's Diet, which means I can get rid of this ratty paperback copy. The image seriously doesn't do justice to how tattered this book is. The spine is completely covered with book tape. 

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