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Blind Date with a Book

Borrowed, yet again, from Pinterest and other libraries, this is my version of “Blind Date with a Book.”

I used YA books and wrapped them in pretty paper. I printed out blurbs on each book from Goodreads and put them on the front – careful to erase anything about the title, author & character names. I realized after that I had to have the barcode avilable – it wouldn’t be much fun to unwrap the book at the circ desk to scan the barcode. I probably could have done this a better way, but I felt through the paper for the barcode and used an exacto knife to cut around it. This took a little while….to say the least. Then I looked up some lame pick-up lines. That was pretty fun.

I think only one person has checked out one of these so far – and only because I told her to 🙂 Oh well, it looks kinda cool, anyways. Below is my flyer and some pics of the books on display.

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READBOX

New Young Adult display! I copied it from a picture I found on Pinterest. 🙂

I put books on the shelf that have already been made into movies or that will be made into movies. Here’s a list I found – with the help of my good friend, Ali!  YA Books Into Movies

Definitely eye-catching!

 

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YA Fiction Review

The Dark UnwindingThe Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of The Dark Unwinding at BEA this past spring and I was eager to read it. Mine didn’t have the pretty cover, but I had a postcard with what it would look like. I defintely really enjoyed reading this story. I thought the characters were very well done. The main character was interesting because she wasn’t your typical saintly, innocent heroine. She had a job to do and her own interests to look after, especially in a time when females typically had no income without a husband or someone to take care of them.

It was a well-told tale, full of intruging imagery and mysteries that kept me wondering. I did crave a bit more darkness and maybe some more romance. But it is still a creepy and chilling tale, without even being supernatural, which is usually the case for these types of Victorian/Gothic/Clock-work-ish novels. Because of this, I would recommend it for younger teens +.

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Banned Books Week

Here’s this year’s Teen Banned Books display. I used the same board from last year but updated the display books with quotes on the covers to show why they were banned or challenged. Also, I took some old books from the book sale room (ones that were headed for the dumpster anyways) and re-purposed them for the teen area. I will probably use them every year now, because the effect was pretty cool! (Also – the books spell out BANNED BOOK WEEK instead of BANNED BOOKS WEEK. – BOOKS was an odd number so I skipped the S. I think it’s still OK.)

And let me just say that the reasons for these bans or challenges are very silly, obviously. Especially the one for Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. The quote says it “glorifies premarital sex.” Um…..obviously someone didn’t read the book because it pretty much does THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE!  Grr.

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YA Fiction Review

Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3)Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed Kristin Cashore’s third book in the – well, I’m not sure exactly what to call it. Realm Trilogy? I don’t know. Regardless, it was good! It made me want to re-read Graceling and Fire to remember some of the history of the characters. Bitterblue’s grown-up character was very believable and refreshingly real for a fantasy novel. I loved how honest and frank she is about herself as she discovers, not only the mysteries of her re-awakening kingdom, but who she is as a queen and woman. It was dark in a way that I hadn’t expected, and that Graceling had only scratched the surface of, but that was what made it so good I couldn’t put it down. The other great thing? I got to read my very own autographed copy from BEA where I actually spoke to Kristin (we have so much in common since we both went to Simmons and all – haha.)

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YA Fiction Review

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1)The Diviners by Libba Bray

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved reading Libba’s newest novel. I loved the Gemma Doyle trilogy, and The Diviners is along the same vein. The fun and excitement of the 1920’s time period made an interesting contrast to the frightening plot. Characters are well-developed and the story kept me wanting more. Thrilling and delightfully dark. Looking forward to the rest of the trilogy!

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YA Nonfiction Review

Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of FaithCharles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed listening to this book and I learned a lot about Charles Darwin that I never knew before – actually, I really never knew much about him except that the idea of Evolution came from him. I thought it was a nice turn from a typical biography, with the focus being mostly about Charles and Emma, not just Charles and his accomplishments. Though the book was also largely about that as well. I thought it seemed well-written and researched and I found that I enjoyed it more than I originally thought I would. Some of the little details about their everyday life were nice and made them seem like real people. Biographies & Nonfiction are not my favorite genre, but I like to break out of my fiction box every now and then and this was a pleasant side trip 🙂

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