Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner: Review

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Synopsis: (From Goodreads)
"I can steal anything."
After Gen's bragging lands him in the king's prison, the chances of escape look slim. Then the king's scholar, the magus, needs the thief's skill for a seemingly impossible task -- to steal a hidden treasure from another land.

To the magus, Gen is just a tool. But Gen is a trickster and a survivor with a plan of his own.

Julie's Review:

After finally reading the first book in the series (the 4th is now released), I can't say enough good things about this set of books. I couldn't stop at The Thief and continued on to read the other three. I've since read that Turner plans on at least 2 more in the series. Lucky us! However, don't be afraid of starting an unfinished series. Like many of you, I don't usually like jumping into a series if I know I'll have a long wait before the next novel comes, but this series is different. Each book truly does stand on its own, with a satisfying conclusion and complete storyline. That said, here's what I loved about the first book.

Eugenides, the titular Thief, is a masterful character. Whining, complaining, never having enough to eat, Gen is every bit the scraggly thief he appears to be. However, there is so much going on beneath his appearance that discovering the layers of Gen's personality is part of the fun of the book. In fact, all of Turner's characters are well-developed. Each is a complex person with hidden motives, desires, and dreams. There aren't really any 'stand-in' characters. I get the idea that if a character didn't have a purpose within the story and a reason to be worth fleshing out, Turner simply didn't write them in.

Another aspect of the story that was engaging was the setting. Based on Greek culture and landscape, the story incorporates clear, traditional elements of Greece and its mythological system; however, Turner gives it a spin by setting the time period somewhere near the 1500's. With watches and firearms, it's a bit of a different Greece than we typically read about. Also, while the Gods in the story will seem familiar to us, they are entirely Turner's creation. In fact, she goes so far as to have characters relate stories of the creation or the Gods' and Goddesses' adventures. These are a gem inside of an already delightful story.

I do admit that I find it hard to give a clear review of the book because I don't want to give Turner's secrets away. One of the things I admire about her as a writer is her ability to leave some mystery for the reader. I'm used to books that show their hand to the reader and limit the suspense to making us wonder about how other characters will react once the secret is out. Instead, Turner does a tremendous job at leaving some things unsaid. The omissions are subtle, and not going to distract you from the story, but give her the chance to pleasantly surprise the reader with a few good revelations at the end of the story. That surprise of revelation is a sweet and rare gift that I think many readers will appreciate.

While I highly recommend this book, I do look at books from an educator's point of view and would like to mention that reluctant readers who lack finely-tuned reading skills might not enjoy the book quite as much as I did. Some of the pleasure comes in the subtle hints left by Turner and readers with weaker inference skills might find the beginning a little slow if they are missing out on the layering of the story and characters. However, this is an excellent adventure story that will draw in your readers if you can get them to buy into the promise of the story and give the beginning a little time to develop.

Julie's Rating:


Profanity: None
Sexuality: None
Drugs and Alcohol: None
Violence: Mild

Author's Website:

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Blogiversary Giveaway: The Meadow

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I love Hunger Games inspired stuff! (As evidenced by the three giveaways related to The Hunger Games). Today's giveaway is....


Ultimately, I am team Katniss. And I suspect that in Mockingjay we are going to find out that Katniss ends up with neither of the two love interests. But, I have a special place in my heart for Peeta. Here's the description of this bracelet from The Meadow's shop.

The Hunger Games is one of my most favorite books! I can't wait to find out who Katniss ends up with...Peeta or Gale.

Show that you're Team Peeta wearing this adorable cupcake bracelet.

We all know about Peeta Mellark's frosting and baking skills, and also that he's a stud muffin:) That's why this cupcake bracelet is so perfect to represent Team Peeta!

This gorgeous, sparkling cupcake is composed of Swarovski Crystal elements and hangs from a silver plated chain with a clear, Swarovski Crystal accent near the lobster claw clasp.

Bracelet measures approximately 7.5 inches but can be adjusted to your needs!
Fill out the form below and leave me a nice comment.

Ask HTMiLy (2): Menus and Sidebars

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Okay, you guys asked for some more cool design tips, so I've got two things for you: drop-down menus and scrolling sidebars.

Drop-down menus are really cool, but also pretty complicated. You really have to have a basic understanding of HTML code in order to get them to work properly. To get a real basic overview of how html code works, I suggest you check out this post by the How-To Gal. Now, on to the drop down menu.

In blogger, you're going to want to add an html/javascript widget from the Design menu. Then, you get to enter in some code. What follows below is the code that I use for my blog header. It was originally designed by my blog designer A Blog to Brag About. I have tweaked it a little since she installed it and added my own links and such. Each color is a different menu item.

<div style="position:absolute; margin-top:-32px; margin-left:210px; text-align:center;"><ul id="nav">
<li class="top"><a href="http://yourlinkhere.com" class="top_link"><span>Home</span></a></li>
<li class="top"><a href="#" class="top_link"><span>About</span></a>
<ul class="sub">
<li><a href="http://yourlinkhere.com">About Me</a></li>
<li><a href="http://yourlinkhere.com">Review Policy</a></li>
<li><a href="http://yourlinkhere.com">Advertise</a></li>
<li><a href="mailto:youremailaddress@yourprovider.com">Contact</a></li>
</ul>
<li class="top"><a href="#" class="top_link"><span>Reviews</span></a>
<ul class="sub">
<li><a href="http://yourlinkhere.com">By Author</a></li>
<li><a href="http://yourlinkhere.com">By Title</a></li>
<li><a href="http://yourlinkhere.com">3 Stars</a></li>
<li><a href="http://yourlinkhere.com">4 Stars</a></li>
<li><a href="http://yourlinkhere.com">5 Stars</a></li>
</ul>
<li class="top"><a href="#" class="top_link"><span>Features</span></a>
<ul class="sub">
<li><a href="http://yourlinkhere.com">In My Mailbox</a></li>
<li><a href="http://yourlinkhere.com">It's Monday!</a></li>
<li><a href="http://yourlinkhere.com">Teaser Tuesday</a></li>
</ul>
<li class="top"><a href="http://yourlinkhere.com" class="top_link"><span>Awards</span></a></li></li></li></li></ul></div>

So, if you replace the names and links in the code I've given you there, you should have a functioning menu bar. If you want to add more things on the top, all you have to do is add this line of code:

<li class="top"><a href="http://yourlinkhere.com" class="top_link"><span>NAME OF LINK</span></a></li>

If you want to add a menu item with sub-menu items in it, use this code:

<li class="top"><a href="#" class="top_link"><span>NAME OF LINK</span></a>
<ul class="sub">
<li><a href="http://yourlinkhere.com">Submenu Item</a></li>
<li><a href="http://yourlinkhere.com">Submenu Item</a></li>
<li><a href="http://yourlinkhere.com">Submenu Item</a></li>
<li><a href="mailto:youremailaddress@yourprovider.com">Email address</a></li>
</ul>

I hope that makes at least a little sense. If you can't get it to work, let me know in the comments and I'll try to get it to work for you.

Now, a scrolling marquee with blog buttons. This is one of my favorite things. I LOVE blog buttons. But, I just don't have enough space on my sidebars to display them all. A scrolling marquee widget is the perfect solution.

<marquee scrolldelay="100" behavior="scroll" direction="up" onmouseover="if (this.stop) { this.stop() }" scrollamount="2" onmouseout="if (this.start) { this.start() }" height="600"><center>ENTER BUTTON CODES HERE</center></marquee>

Here's what this code means. The scrolldelay is how fast your marquee is going to go. You can change it in increments of 100 the higher the number the faster the scroll. You can also change the height of the marquee to as short or tall as you'd like. Play around with the options to see what you like best. What I like about this code is that when people mouse over your buttons, they will stop scrolling. Make sure to grab my button to put on your sidebar! Happy button collecting!

If you have a question or topic you'd like to be covered in Design HTMiLy, please fill out the form below.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Blogiversary Giveaway: Mixology Makeup

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One of the paranormal romances that I have really enjoyed is The Dark Divine. In fact, I helped Bree Despain with her Street Team promoting the book. And, I'm going to have a character named after me in the sequel The Lost Saint.  All I have to say is that if my character is a whiner, I'm coming after you Bree!

So, today's giveaway is provided by Mixology Makeup. Mixology is the healthy makeup alternative that will help improve the quality of your skin giving you a radiant look without damaging ingredients! Pure Mineral Makeup FREE of bismuth, chemicals, synthetic dyes, parabens, & preservatives. Vegan friendly, virtually water resistant, perfect for sensitive skin with acne or rosacea. Won't clog pores so your skin can breathe!

Mixology Makeup has a Dark Divine inspired collection, which is what you could win! All you have to do is fill out the form below.

Claire De Lune by Christine Johnson: Review

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Claire De Lune
By: Christine Johnson
Book Received from Simon Pulse for review

Synopsis (From Goodreads): 
Torn between two destinies?

Claire is having the perfect sixteenth birthday. Her pool party is a big success, and gorgeous Matthew keeps chatting and flirting with her as if she's the only girl there. But that night, she discovers something that takes away all sense of normalcy: she's a werewolf.

As Claire is initiated into the pack of female werewolves, she must deal not only with her changing identity, but also with a rogue werewolf who is putting everyone she knows in danger. Claire's new life threatens her blossoming romance with Matthew, whose father is leading the werewolf hunt. Now burdened with a dark secret and pushing the boundaries of forbidden love, Claire is struggling to feel comfortable in either skin. With her lupine loyalty at odds with her human heart, she will make a choice that will change her forever?

My Review: I want to start this review off on a good note. So, this book had a beautiful cover. It represented and captured the story beautifully. The dark tones of the cover mimic the dark tones of the book. The moon half-covered reflects Claire's uncertainty of who she is and where she belongs.

Claire was a very typical teenage girl. Her interests are in boys, friends, fitting in, and trying to have a relationship with her mother. Beyond that, she really doesn't care about much else. But, I think this makes her a character that many teenage girls would relate to. Her relationship with Matthew progresses very naturally and was written very well. Unfortunately, that is the only relationship that held any water with me.

I didn't like the concept of only women being werewolves. Mostly because it makes no biological sense. Ana from The Book Smugglers mentioned this in her review, and I have to agree. If you have only female werewolves, but yet you must mate with male humans to produce babies, eventually the "werewolf" gene would become so diluted that they would cease to exist. Let me illustrate this:

Werewolf female + Human male = Male human (miscarries) or female werewolf (now having 1/2 human genes from her father).

1/2 werewolf female + human male = male human (miscarries) or 1/4 female werewolf

See where I'm going with this? Eventually they would have so few werewolf genes left that you would just have a girl that has to shave more often during the full moon. The only way they could reproduce with purity is to clone themselves, and then they'd all look exactly alike. Not something that would work out so well if you were trying to stay on the down low.

Aside from the biological impossibility of an only female species, the cultural aspects really got under my skin. Again, I agree with Ana from Book Smugglers on this. Why in the world must you keep your daughters in the dark about their identity? In the world that Christine Johnson created, everyone knows that werewolves exist, so there just really isn't a lot to lose. Instead you drop a bombshell on their 16th birthday informing them that they can't date or have real relationships with humans. Oh, but don't worry, having a "pack" that you've never met before and can't relate to will make up for it. In a sort of bizarre way, this reminds me of mothers not talking to their daughters about puberty and all the changes that take place during adolescence so as not to "scare them." As if leaving them to figure it out themselves would be a much better alternative.

All that aside, this was a very quick read that younger teens who love werewolves will probably enjoy. The book moves along at a very good pace, and had some redeeming moments. (Specifically the relationship that develops between Claire and her mother).

My Rating:

Profanity: Mild
Sexualty: Mild; only kissing and general tension
Drugs and Alcohol: None
Violence: Mild

Sunday, June 27, 2010

In My Mailbox: June 27

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Oh, it was a good week you guys. A GOOD week.

I liked the slideshow format that I did last time, so I went with that again for this week's video. Enjoy!
(No books were harmed in the making of this film)








Received from Scholastic in a nice huge package that barely fit into my mailbox:
Accomplice by Eireann Corrigan
Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord
Rose Sees Red by Cecil Castellucci
Dark Life by Kat Falls
The Ghosts of Ashbury High by Jaclyn Moriarty
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (enter the giveaway for this book)

Received from Flux Publishing:
Other by Karen Kincy

Received from Arthur A. Levine Books:
Plain Kate by Erin Bow

Received from HarperTeen:
Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel
The Unidentified by Rae Mariz

Received from Frances Foster Books:
This Gorgeous Game by Donna Freitas

Won in contests:
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima (Thanks Reading Vacation)!
Her Wiccan, Wiccan Ways by Traci Hall (Thanks The Neverending Shelf)!

Bought:
Fairies and the Quest for Neverland by Gail Carson Levine

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Guest Post: Regan Coomer on Egyptian Mythology

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Egyptian Gods/Goddesses FAQ for “The Red Pyramid”: ‘cause Egyptian walking ain’t easy

WARNING: Carter and Sadie Kane may make you walk like an Egyptian.

Rick Riordan’s first installment in the Kane Chronicles, THE RED PYRAMID, picks up where the PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS left off with adventure, hilarious dialogue and of course, gods – this time of the Egyptian variety.

While I’ve always been a fan of mythology, Egyptian gods and goddesses can trip up even the diehard mythologist. To save you from repeated Googling, (like I did), here’s a go-to Egyptian gods list for you to print out and refer to while reading THE RED PYRAMID.

Gods & Goddesses you MUST know:

Osiris: God of the underworld, son of Geb and Nut, brother and husband to Isis (see how this can get confusing?)
Set: Brother to Osiris, god of the desert, storms, darkness and chaos.
Isis: Sister to Set, Osiris, Horus, Nepthys. Goddess of motherhood, magic and fertility.
Horus: Son/brother of Isis and Osiris, God of the sky, war and protection. King of the gods. Usually depicted with a falcon head.
Nepthys: Sister/wife of Set. Goddess who offered guidance to the newly dead and comforted mourners.
Anubis: Son of Nepthys/Set, God of mummification and the afterlife. (I originally mistook Osiris for him.) Usually depicted with a jackal head.
Bast: Goddess of protection, the sun and especially cats.

Gods & Goddesses it’s good to know:

Geb: Husband to Nut, god of the earth.
Nut: Goddess of the sky.
Ra: Ancient king of the gods. God of the sun. Depicted with a falcon head. All forms of life were believed to have been created by Ra, who called each of them into existence by speaking their secret names. Humans were created from Ra’s tears and sweat.
Thoth: God of magic, writing, science, knowledge and judgment of the dead. Usually depicted with an ibis or baboon head.
Sobek: God of the river, warfare and fertility, depicted with crocodile head.
Serquet: Goddess of healing stings and bites, deification of the scorpion.

Egyptian words:

Ma’at: Egyptian concept of truth, balance, order, law, morality and justice.
Duat: Underworld.
Shabti: Figurines meant to be called upon to do manual labor in the afterlife.
Djed: Symbol of Osiris, representing stability.
House of Life: Per Ankh, most Egyptian temples had a “House of Life” where records were kept including mathematics, medicine, astronomy, geography, law and dream interpretation. Place where priests and scribes were trained.

Find out more about Regan Coomer’s “Thoughts about YA books for the not-so-young adult,” at regancoomer.wordpress.com.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Blogiversary Giveaway: EarthFireStudios

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Steampunk jewelry is the coolest. I'm not sure what else to say about it other than that. And, all the stuff in EarthFireStudios' shop is by virtue, very awesome. Please go check it out. You won't be sorry.  Seriously.

Today you can win this very cool steampunk bookmark in your choice of color. Think of how much more stylish your books will look with the likes of this gracing the pages.

Now you know you must have it, right?... Good. Now fill out the form.

Guest Post: Harmony on Genres

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About Harmony (from her blog):
Fourteen.Freshieee xD. A bookworm to the extreme, a writer to the double extreme. Working on my paranormal romance/fantasy revisions. That and blogging/reading pretty much rule my life.
 
Hey guys, I'm Harmony B. from Harmony's Radiant Read's (www.harmonyradiantreads.blogspot.com) and I'm here to guest blog for the awesome Emily!

Go to Barnes and nobles and look at the YA section (or even your own bookshelf). Rattle off the genres. Which one is seeming to appear the most? In this industry now, paranormal romance and urban fantasy are reigning supreme over mystery, historical, commercial, and even fantasy (though FANTASY kicks major butt)

Now, a lot of people don't know the exact differences that separate paranormal romance from urban fantasy, and a lot of people don't know which one they're reading. I'm here to help!

There's a lot of small difference but the major one (and the most obvious by their titles) is that paranormal romance focuses on the romantic aspect of the story and urban fantasy focuses on the actual FANTASY part of the story.

PARANORMAL ROMANCE:

Basically, it's a romance with paranormal creatures and paranormal situations. The rules of romance novels must be followed expect for a few expectations. Most of the time, one or both of the people in love aren't exactly human and the plot is much darker and heavier than regular romance. You can't be able to take out the paranormal elements and still have a story for it to be a paranormal romance. If you can do that (which you better HOPE you can't), they're called paranormal lights. Which are like the wimpy cousins of paranormal romance. There are a lot of paranormal lights, for example (better not throw rocks at me for this) Little Mr. Twilight. It does not continue explaining the myth and background of the vampire but rather lingers on the whole 'I'm a vampire and I'm evil and why do you love me?!?!?!'

Paranormal romance can take any shape and form of genre! PR can be historical, urban fantasy, mystery, fantasy, scifi, etc.. etc.. but it will ALWAYS be categorized as PR.

URBAN FANTASY:

The setting of urban fantasy must (obviously) be set in an urban environment! It can have (and usually does) have paranormal elements but the main thing is that the romance (if it has) TAKES A BACK SEAT. Dark urban fantasy is pretty much the same thing but it focuses a lot of horror and bloody-ness and all that good stuff . If your going to write either, make sure you work on your World-Building. It's much more important in UF than in PR. In paranormal romance, the romance is the center so while the world-building has to be good and real, it will not the center of your book. This is something that is IMPORTANT to an Urban Fantasy book! Also, pay attention to the history of your paranormal-ness!

I think I named the basic differences between the two and that you have to pay attention to recognize each one.

I'm more of a paranormal romance kind of girl, though I do read urban fantasy. Good examples of paranormal romance are Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantastsky, Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, Fallen by Lauren Kate, Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston, Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. I'm not much of a urban fantasy reader but I want to fix that! In the comments, tell me YOUR favorite Urban Fantasies!

It's been great guest-posting and I hope you guys at least got some book recommendation or learned about the differences between the two. If you already knew, go you!

All my information comes from this site: http://www.romanceaustralia.com/articles/urban.htm

I know you guys miss Emily so I shall take my leave.

-Harmony B.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Blogiversary Giveaway: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

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Somehow I came into possession of two ARC's of Linger by Maggie Stiefvater. This is a problem, since the stories are the same and what do I have need of two for? So, I decided that one must find a new home immediately. I imagine that the books are territorial and can not stand to occupy the same space. So, will you help me out and take this book off my hands?

Fill out the form and leave me a comment telling me what your paranormal romance name would be. Be creative!

Guest Post: Mel's Books and Info on Libraries and Librarians

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Today's Guest Post is by Melissa from Mel's Books and Info.

From Mel's blog:

I am the Teen Librarian at a public library and have always loved to read. I focus mostly on teen titles, but I do have a few favorite adult authors that I tend to follow. I love to review the books I read and recommend them to others.


 
Ten Things I Wish People Knew About the Library and Librarians

1. We Love Our Jobs
The first thing that comes to mind when I think about what I wish people knew about librarians is that most of your librarians do the job because they love it.  Some people seem to think we are overpaid, but let me assure that is far from the truth especially when you consider that most librarians have to have a Master's degree to even work for the library.  No, we are really here because we love it.  We love books, we love uniting a person with the perfect book for them, and we love helping them find exactly what they need.  We love to see our patrons walk away satisfied and happy with a book they will enjoy. 

2.  We Love to Talk Books
We love patrons who return and tell us about the books or information we helped them find.  I love it when someone comes to me and tells me about the book I helped them with.  I don't care whether they liked it or not, I like hearing what they thought about it.  Of course, it is always better when they like the book, but if they didn't I am always willing to try again. 

3.  We are Fiscally Responsible
I wish people could know how fiscally responsible libraries really are.  My library is in the middle of a building project right now, and we have been criticized about building during a recession.  Our library saved money for years for this specific purpose, and all the money used on the building project was money we saved. We did not ask for loans or tax increases.  Also, building during the recession has helped out our community by saving money on contracting and building supplies while also creating jobs.  We also have to balance our budget responsibly each year to make sure that the patrons get the most bang for their buck.  We want to be the best, and we are experts at finding a good deal.

4.  We Want to Answer Your Questions
We love to answer questions, which is why we do what we do.  I work at our library's reference desk the majority of my workday, and the most brilliant thing about it, is that I never know what I am going to be asked next.  I have had some of the most hilarious questions, and some of the most serious ones.  My job is to help our library patrons find the answers they need, and I love doing it.  I always describe my job as one big scavenger hunt.  We don't know everything, but chances are we usually know how to find it.

5.  We Aren't Allowed to Read on the Job
One thing that always surprises our patrons when I tell them is that despite appearances, librarians are not allowed to read books on the job.  Funny, I know.  You would think that we would have all the time in the world to read because we work in a library.  On the contrary, we are not allowed to read on the job because our job is to help the patron.  So all the reading we do, we do on our own time because we love to. 

6.  Throw Out Those Old Stereotypes
Today's librarians come in all shapes, sizes, and ages.  We are not the stodgy librarian stereotype you so often see.  My favorite movie librarian of all time is Evelyn from the Mummy, because she was the opposite of that stereotype.  Yes, librarians do age, but we don't all wear buns and reading glasses.  As for the famous librarian shushing finger to the lips motion, did you know that shushing someone is a taboo in the library that will have all your fellow librarians laughing at you?  I am a young 30 something who would prefer to wear jeans and a t-shirt than standard work clothes and would, if our dress code didn't prohibit it.  I have never shushed anyone.  Librarians are not scary.  We are friendly and helpful, but we are people too and even we have down days.  Please come see us and ask a question, or tell us about what you are reading.  We love it when you stop by and talk to us.  You never know you might make our day!     

7.  Yes, People Really Do Steal and Vandalize Library Materials
One of the things that troubles librarians and libraries the most is when people steal or don't return our materials.  Our budgets are very limited and we do what we can to stretch them as far as they go, but sometimes we can't replace the items we lose.  We just don't have the funds.  We check out our materials for free, the least that can be done is to return those materials.  People always seem surprised when I mention that people steal and vandalize our materials.  It happens, even in the nicest communities.  It troubles me when I buy a book for our teen collection and I find out that it was stolen.  I try to think of it as someone needing that book more than we did, but what saddens me the most is that many others won't be able to read that book anymore. 

8.  We Don't Like Every Book We Buy For the Library
As a book selector for my library I often buy books I don't like.  I do that because I know my patrons will like them.  It is my job to make sure that the collection has a little bit for everyone.  I once read a librarian t-shirt that said, "If I am not offending someone, I am not doing my job."  I am happy to get a good diversity of books, even if I myself am offended by them.

9.  Libraries Are More Than Just Books
Today's library is more than just books.  We have computers, music, movies, downloads, audio books, and databases.   A library is more than just a building; it can be a cultural center, and a community asset.  It is the people who work there, and the patrons who support it. 

10.  Library Programs Take Months to Prepare
Library programs are planned months in advance.  Most people wonder why we canĂ­t turn around and have a program on their suggested topic the following week.  Well, it is because our programs are planned way in advance so we can be sure we have the appropriate advertising, rooms booked, supplies, guest speakers, and anything else we might need in order to make the program successful.  This also has a budgeting aspect to it too.  We want to do great programs, but we also have to keep a close eye on costs so that the programs and supplies are all within our budget.  At my library we start planning for Summer Reading Club as soon as this year's Summer Reading Club ends.  My fall program schedule is due this week.  So programs are literally scheduled months in advance. 

Libraries and librarians love to hear from our patrons, we like to help.  Stop in and say hi to your librarians the next time you are in the library.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Book Blogger Appreciation Week

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It's almost time for Book Blogger Appreciation Week again. Man, I love this event. Last year I pretty much just sat by and watched as my favorite blogs got awards and met some new bloggers. This year the nominating system is going to work a little differently and we nominate ourselves. I know it seems a little toward, but I am submitting my hard work to you for your consideration. I think book blogs are going to become more and more invaluable to authors and publishing. I get about 75% of my book recommendations nowadays from book blogs.

I am going for the niche category of Best YA Fiction Blog and also Best Written book blog. In order to be considered, I have to put forth five of my best posts and these are the ones I've chosen:

Best YA Book Blog

Reviews:

Other Posts:
For the Love! (Of Book Blogging) 

Best Written Book Blog

Reviews:
Folly by Marthe Jocelyn
Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Other Posts:
The Good Guys of YA Fiction
About Negative Reviews
Writing and Building Content

Thanks to you all for a wonderful year of blogging! Here's to many more!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Blogiversary Giveaway: Airhead and Meg Cabot SWAG

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Today's giveaway is a hardcover copy of Meg Cabot's Airhead, as well as an awesome t-shirt.
So, what are you waiting for? Fill out the form!

This giveaway is open to US readers! To enter, fill out the form below.  
Giveaway ends June 29 12:00 AM MST. 
Don't forget to enter all the other great Blogiversary Giveaways!