March 2009


I’ll be leaving EARLY in the morning for Houston, TX to attend the Texas Library Association Annual Conference.  This will be the first time I’ve ever been since I’m an Oklahoman and have always stayed in-state for our annual conference.  The first thing I’ll be doing tomorrow is…..

Going to Cassandra Clare’s session!! WOO HOO!!!

To see more about TLA check out their conference website.

If I get any great materials I’ll post updates.  Of course, I’ll also be working on my third and final research question for my General Exam so who knows how much extra time I’ll have.

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full-mailboxThe “In My Mailbox” meme was first brought to my attention from The Story Siren’s blog.  She got the idea from Alea’s Mailbox Monday, so I thought I’d mention her too.  Both blogs are great so go visit them.

WOO HOO!!!  What a week.  A few of these books would have been on last week’s post, but since it was Spring Break I didn’t go up to the school building.  Anyway, it just makes for a super week this week.

1. THE AWAKENING by Kelley Armstrong (with two gorgeous bookmarks) – Thank you Kelley!

2. COFFEEHOUSE ANGEL by Suzanne Selfors

3. PURE by Terra Elan McVoy

4. TOUCH by Francine Prose

5. CRASH INTO ME by Albert Borris

6. DEAD GIRL DANCING by Linda Joy Singleton

7. JANE IN BLOOM by Deborah Lytton

Because I’m busy working, I decided not to post pictures or descriptions this week.  I know, shame on me!!! Back to the normal post next week.

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say it again saturday“Say It Again” Saturday was created because…Sometimes when I’m reading a book there are lines that just jump out at me.  They make me was to laugh, cry, or just sit and think for a minute.  Sometimes the lines are just beautifully written.  They are the kind of lines that you want to stop reading, find someone close by, and read the line or passage aloud to them so they can share it with you.  

This week I’m reaching way back in my memory.  This book is one of my all time favorite science fiction books.  I also like it because it is so different from the other books the author has written.  This week’s selection is:

THINGS NOT SEEN

by Andrew Clements

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I go down the hall to the stairs, and I stop.  I’m scared of the stairs.  Normally, I have good eye-hand coordination. I don’t dork out, don’t drop my tray in the cafeteria, trip on the stairs, nothing like that.  But there’s a problem this morning: no hands, no arms, no legs, no feet.  I feel them, but I can’t see them.  I hang on to the banister and feel my way down like a three-year-old. (p. 2)

“Tell me the big secret.  Tell me how come you’re not some shirtless creep.” She’s gripping her white cane with both hands, ready to use it like a samurai sword.
     “Simple.  Because I’m not just shirtless.  I’m also pantsless and boxerless and sockless and shoeless.  I’m not wearing any clothes at all.  You wanted the truth, and I swear to God that’s what I’m telling you.  And if I’m telling you the truth – that I’m naked – then how come there’s not a huge crowd standing around us right this minute? How come?” (p. 88)

Click here for a Google preview.

Book Description:

Bobby Phillips is an average fifteen-year-old boy. Until the morning he wakes up and can’t see himself in the mirror. Not blind, not dreaming-Bobby is just plaininvisible. There doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to Bobby’s new condition; even his dad the physicist can’t figure it out. For Bobby that means no school, no friends, no life. He’s a missing person. Then he meets Alicia. She’s blind, and Bobby can’t resist talking to her, trusting her. But people are starting to wonder where Bobby is. Bobby knows that his invisibility could have dangerous consequences for his family and that time is running out. He has to find out how to be seen again-before it’s too late.

There are two books that follow THINGS NOT SEEN.  They are THINGS HOPED FOR and THINGS THAT ARE.

Have you found any great passages this week?  If so, click on the Mr. Linky below to share them with us.

Congratulations!!!

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Using Random.org I generated 7 random numbers.  Below are the winners! I’ll be emailing the winners soon to get mailing addresses so I can send out these awesome and wonderful prize packs!  Thanks to everyone who entered.

1. FANTASY PACK

EVERMORE by Alyson  Noel (PB)
WICKED LOVELY by Melissa Marr (PB)
INK EXCHANGE by Melissa Marr (HB)

Entry #62 – Megan

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2. SCI-FI Pack

THE COMPOUND by S.A. Bodeen (PB)
THE ROAR by Emma Clayton (ARC)

Entry #101 – Michelle

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3. HUNGER GAMES AUDIOBOOK

Entry #27 – Molly Jo

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4. DEATH PACK

DEATH BY LATTE by Linda Gerber (PB)
GENERATION DEAD by Daniel Waters (ARC)
DEAD IS THE NEW BLACK by Marlene Perez (PB)

Entry #110 – aerinrose

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5. AUTOGRAPHED PAPERTOWNS by John Green

Entry #164 – Jenna

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6. 39 CLUES PACK 

THE MAZE OF BONES by Rick Riordan
ONE FALSE NOTE by Gordan Korman
THE SWORD THIEF by Peter Lerangis

Entry #21 – Erika Lynn

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7. LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON PACK 

CHAINS by Laurie Halse Anderson
FEVER 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

Entry # 106 – H

I wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone that my 2nd Blogoversary is TOMORROW!!  If you want to enter the contest to win some of the wonderful prizes I’ve gathered for this event, you only have until Midnight (CST) on Friday, March 27th!

Don’t miss out.  Click here for all the details.  So far there are 165 entries. Let’s make it 200!  But remember, 

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So don’t miss your chance to enter.

Also, I’ve been busy working on my General Exams for my Ph.D. and haven’t had time to write reviews for a week or so…but don’t fret.  I’m still reading and I’ll write those reviews ASAP.  The reviews coming soon are:

SWOON by Nina Malkin
WINGS by Aprilynne Pike
HUNTED by P.C. and Kristin Cast
SEA CHANGE by Aimee Friedman
and
THE AWAKENING by Kelley Armstrong. 

Thank you, Angela, for this wonderful award. 

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The blogger who receives this award believes in the Tao of the zombie chicken – excellence, grace and persistence in all situations, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. These amazing bloggers regularly produce content so remarkable that their readers would brave a raving pack of zombie chickens just to be able to read their words. As a recipient of this world-renowned award, you now have the task of passing it on to at least 5 other worthy bloggers. Do not risk the wrath of the zombie chickens by choosing unwisely or not choosing at all …

I happily pass this award on to:

The Ravenous Reader
Reverie Media
The Compulsive Reader
Persnickety Snark
Reading Keeps You Sane

Also, thanks to Silvia for giving me the Sisterhood Award.  Since I just rec’d this award not too long ago, I’m just going to refer to my previous email.  I feel thrilled to be so loved.

calvin-waiting-on-wednesday1I want this book!  How can you pass up a story with killer unicorns in it?  This week I’m

Waiting and

Waiting and

Waiting for…

RAMPANT

by Diana Peterfreund

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What a beautiful cover. 

Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns…

The sparkly, innocent creatures of lore are a myth. Real unicorns are venomous, man-eating monsters with huge fangs and razor-sharp horns. And they can only be killed by virgin descendants of Alexander the Great.

Fortunately, unicorns have been extinct for a hundred and fifty years.

Or not.

Astrid Llewelyn has always scoffed at her eccentric mother’s stories about killer unicorns. But when one of the monsters attacks her boyfriend in the woods – thereby ruining any chance of him taking her to prom – Astrid learns that unicorns are real and dangerous, and she has a family legacy to uphold. Her mother packs her off to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter at the ancient cloisters the hunters have used for centuries.

However, at the cloisters, all is not what is seems. Outside, the unicorns wait to attack. And within, Astrid faces other, unexpected threats: from crumbling, bone-covered walls that vibrate with a terrible power to the hidden agendas of her fellow hunters to – perhaps most dangerously of all – her growing attraction to a handsome art student… and a relationship that could jeopardize everything.

Visit Diana’s website.

Keep up with Diana’s Blog.

Follow Diana on Twitter.

If you have a copy you’re willing to share, please email me at karinlibrarian@gmail.com.  I’ll be forever in your debt.

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