tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-78737630526577476232012-05-25T14:03:16.226-07:00Misbehavin' Librarianmountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.comBlogger658125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-1525160425380222072012-05-25T11:53:00.000-07:002012-05-25T11:53:11.286-07:00Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JKpmUuSifAQ/T7-fwyf3eaI/AAAAAAAADFo/sn5aYkVxYwc/s1600/11447921.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="200" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JKpmUuSifAQ/T7-fwyf3eaI/AAAAAAAADFo/sn5aYkVxYwc/s200/11447921.jpg" width="130" /></a></div><a href="http://www.harpercollins.ca/books/Beautiful-Ruins-Jess-Walter?isbn=9780061928123&amp;HCHP=TB_Beautiful+Ruins">Beautiful Ruins</a><br />by Jess Walter<br />HarperCollins<br />ISBN: 978-0-06-192812-3<br />Buy from <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/titleandauthor/9780061928123-item.html?s_campaign=aff-001-2980581-HarperCollins+Publishers+LLC-ProductCatalog-10408997-3922594&amp;cookieCheck=1">Indigo</a><br />Release Date: June 12, 2012<br /><br /><b>Description:</b> The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying.And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot—searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.<br /><br />What unfolds is a dazzling, yet deeply human, roller coaster of a novel, spanning fifty years and nearly as many lives. From the lavish set of Cleopatra to the shabby revelry of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Walter introduces us to the tangled lives of a dozen unforgettable characters: the starstruck Italian innkeeper and his long-lost love; the heroically preserved producer who once brought them together and his idealistic young assistant; the army veteran turned fledgling novelist and the rakish Richard Burton himself, whose appetites set the whole story in motion—along with the husbands and wives, lovers and dreamers, superstars and losers, who populate their world in the decades that follow. Gloriously inventive, constantly surprising, Beautiful Ruins is a story of flawed yet fascinating people, navigating the rocky shores of their lives while clinging to their improbable dreams<br /><br /><b>The Good Stuff</b><br /><ul><li>A truly unique and imaginative tale, the Donner party film pitch alone is worth the price of the book </li><li>Beautifully written, this author has a true gift for characterization </li><li>I won't lie, I started reading and was worried that I was going to hate it, but it slowly grew on me.&nbsp; This story in a lesser novelists hands would have failed miserably, but Walters has the chops to make it work.&nbsp; This is the type of story I usually do not enjoy, but let me tell you it really is truly beautiful and wise so give it a chance</li><li>Honest and real, heartrendingly sad, yet hopeful and beautiful</li><li>Nostalgic - you really feel you are part of&nbsp; 1962</li><li>Richard Burton and Liz Taylor are intertwined throughout the story </li><li>Pasquale is such a richly written and oh so very real and delightful character</li><li>Darkly funny at the right moments</li><li>Makes you think about your life and what you want/need</li><li>Enjoyed how all of the stories came together in a smooth unforced way </li></ul>&nbsp;<b>The Not So Good Stuff</b><br /><ul><li>Drags a wee bit</li><li>Depressing at times </li><li>I personally felt there were too many voices for the story, but that is just my opinion - not a judgement against the story</li></ul><b>Favorite Quotes/Passages</b><br /><br />"He didn't think of Heaven as a smiling place. If mortal sinners went to Hell and venal sinners like himself went to Purgatory, then Heaven had to be full of no one but saints, priests, nuns and baptized babies who died before they had a chance to do anything wrong."<br /><br />"In that doomed final month of the marriage - in what felt like a live autopsy of his manhood - Saundra tried to make him feel "better" by insisting it wasn't entirely his fault; he was part of a ruined generation of young men coddled by their parents-by their mothers especially - raised on unearned self-esteem, in a bubble of over-affection, in a sad incubator of phony achievement."<br /><br />"Of course I'd arranged abortions before. I worked in publicity. It was practically on the business card. But this was Italy. Catholic Italy 1962. At that time it would have been easier to get a moon rock."<br /><br /><b>Who Should/Shouldn't Read</b><br /><ul><li>Not for those looking for a fast paced exciting read, this is one you savor my friends </li><li>Fabulous for those looking for something just a little bit different</li></ul><br /><b>3.75 Dewey's</b><br /><br /><b>I received this from William Morrow in exchange for an honest review</b><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-152516042538022207?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-4753792236885104092012-05-23T10:22:00.001-07:002012-05-23T10:22:34.491-07:00A Day in the Life with Laura Moriarty<div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt;">Today I bring you&nbsp; Laura Moriarty, author of <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">The Chaperone</i></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: normal;"><br /></div><div style="color: white;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt;">What’s a “Typical” day like for you? <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">&nbsp;</i></span></div><div style="color: white;"><br /></div><div style="color: white;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt;"><i>When I’m not teaching (I’m a creative writing professor at the University of Kansas), I write every weekday while my daughter is at school, and my goal is always a thousand words a day. Sometimes that takes three hours, and sometimes it takes seven.&nbsp;</i></span></div><div style="color: white;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt;"><i>&nbsp;</i></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt;"></span> </div><div style="color: white;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt;">What was the first story you remember writing?</span></div><div style="color: white;"><br /></div><div style="color: white;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">When I was in grade school, I wrote a long story about a girl who was horribly jealous of her sister’s accomplishments. My mother of course worried that I was jealous of one of my sisters, and she kept asking me about it. I remember being perplexed by her worry, because I wasn’t particularly jealous of anyone – I’d just made up a story.&nbsp;</i></span></div><div style="color: white;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt;"><i>&nbsp;</i></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt;"></span> </div><div style="color: white;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt;">How do you deal with negative reviews? <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">&nbsp;</i></span></div><div style="color: white;"><br /></div><div style="color: white;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt;"><i>I like this quote by Aristotle: “Criticism is something we can avoid easily by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” Negative reviews are part of the package when you put out creative work, so you have to just expect them. Also, I make decisions carefully when I write, so if someone doesn’t like what I’ve done, it means we just have different perspectives.&nbsp;</i></span></div><div style="color: white;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt;"><i>&nbsp;</i></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt;"></span> </div><div style="color: white;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt;">If you could be one of the characters in your books, who would it be?</span></div><div style="color: white;"><br /></div><div style="color: white;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt;"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">I wouldn’t give up being me, because I love my husband and my daughter and my friends so much, but if you’re talking about just a few days . . . I’d be young Louise Brooks<a href="http://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=7873763052657747623&amp;postID=475379223688510409&amp;from=pencil" name="_GoBack"></a>, because she was such a good dancer.&nbsp;</i></span></div><div style="color: white;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt;"><i>&nbsp;</i></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt;"></span> </div><div style="color: white;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt;">What are you reading now? </span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></div><div style="color: white;"><br /></div><div style="color: white;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt;"></span><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt;">Louise Amended</span></b><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt;"> <i style="mso-bidi-font-style: normal;">by Louise Krug. It’s a memoir by a young woman who got a lot of attention for her looks until a brain bleed resulted in the paralysis of half her face. She has to completely change the way she thinks about herself and how other people perceive her. She’s impressively honest, and the writing is strong. </i></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt;"></span></div><br />Thank you for taking part Laura, looking forward to meeting you at BEA in June<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-t05fAWDObIY/T6FXtdLtAxI/AAAAAAAADAE/bUl0qKGtWsA/s1600/Laura+Moriarty+%28c%29+Tracy+Rasmussen.jpg" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-t05fAWDObIY/T6FXtdLtAxI/AAAAAAAADAE/bUl0qKGtWsA/s320/Laura+Moriarty+%28c%29+Tracy+Rasmussen.jpg" width="227" /></a></div><div class="sidebar"><h3>About Laura</h3>Laura Moriarty earned a degree in social work before returning for her M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Kansas. She was the recipient of the George Bennett Fellowship for Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, and is now a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Kansas. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas, and is at work on her next novel.</div>&nbsp;Laura's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/LauraMoriartyNovelist">Facebook</a><br />Laura's <a href="http://www.lauramoriarty.net/">Website</a><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />My review of The Chaperone:<a href="http://www.misbehavinlibrarian.com/2012/05/chaperone-by-laura-moriarty-review-and.html"> http://www.misbehavinlibrarian.com/2012/05/chaperone-by-laura-moriarty-review-and.html </a><br /><br />Don't forget every comment on the A Day in the Life meme's will be entered to win a gift basket with books written by all of the authors taking part - Ends December 2012<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-475379223688510409?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-91716087063186966392012-05-23T08:11:00.000-07:002012-05-23T08:11:33.638-07:00Witch & Wizard by James Patterson: Mini Book Review<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lFy6ZS0zKK8/T7u9wNFQUAI/AAAAAAAADFU/AQVOaDoIpHY/s1600/12063158.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; cssfloat: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" qba="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lFy6ZS0zKK8/T7u9wNFQUAI/AAAAAAAADFU/AQVOaDoIpHY/s320/12063158.jpg" width="212" /></a></div><a href="http://www.jamespatterson.com/books_wiz.php">Witch and Wizard</a><br />by James Patterson<br />Hachette Book Group<br />ISBN: 978-0-446-56243-0<br />Suggested Ages: 12+<br />Buy From <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Witch-Wizard-James-Patterson/9780316036245-item.html?ikwid=witch+and+wizard+james+patterson&amp;ikwsec=Home">Indigo</a><br /><br /><strong>Description</strong>: <span id="freeText9646652207659845136">The world is changing: the government has seized control of every aspect of society, and now, kids are disappearing. For 15-year-old Wisty and her older brother Whit, life turns upside down when they are torn from their parents one night and slammed into a secret prison for no reason they can comprehend. The New Order, as it is known, is clearly trying to suppress Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Being a Normal Teenager. But while trapped in this totalitarian nightmare, Wisty and Whit discover they have incredible powers they'd never dreamed of. Can this newly minted witch and wizard master their skills in time to save themselves, their parents--and maybe the world</span><br /><br /><strong>Mini Book Review</strong>: Dear James, you know I love you, but what the heck? This is one of the worst pieces of fiction I have ever read.&nbsp; There is zero characterization and I felt absolutely nothing for ANY of the characters.&nbsp; The story, while fast paced, is seriously dull and I had to force myself to keep reading it. I kept hoping it would get better, but it didn't.&nbsp; The idea for the story is fantastic but the execution is a joke.&nbsp; What really bothered me is that the story is geared for teenagers, but treats them like morons.&nbsp; You can't tell me that these two kids never noticed what was going on in their world. Quite frankly if I was a teen I would be thouroughly offended by how little you think of them my friend.&nbsp; I know a lot of people pick on you for your stories, but I have always enjoyed you because at least you were a good storyteller.&nbsp; This is sooo not your best work sir and I will not be reading the rest of the series.&nbsp;&nbsp; That being said the series might be ok for the more reluctant reader. And don't worry James, I will keep on reading you -- just don't disappoint me again ok : )&nbsp;&nbsp; See you at BEA, I will be waiting in line to have a chance to chat with you -- and will TRY&nbsp; not to ask you what Nathan Fillion is really like -- I will try, I promise!<br /><strong>2 Dewey's</strong><br /><strong><br /></strong><br /><strong>I borrowed this from Carianne</strong><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-9171608706318696639?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-35549544840133131672012-05-22T13:24:00.000-07:002012-05-22T13:24:31.292-07:00Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xGYjSjVloAs/T7u8d3xmNUI/AAAAAAAADFM/teQDuAUb4nI/s1600/10421530.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; cssfloat: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" qba="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-xGYjSjVloAs/T7u8d3xmNUI/AAAAAAAADFM/teQDuAUb4nI/s320/10421530.jpg" width="212" /></a></div><a href="http://www.jenniferestep.com/books-series/mythos-academy-series/">Kiss of Frost (Mythos Academy #2)</a><br />by Jennifer Estep<br />Kensington<br />ISBN: 978-0-7582-6694-1<br />Suggested Ages: 13+<br />Buy from<a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Kiss-Of-Frost-Jennifer-Estep/9780758266941-item.html?ikwid=kiss+of+frost&amp;ikwsec=Home"> Indigo</a><br /><br /><strong>Description:</strong> <span id="freeText17540520563952489602">I’m Gwen Frost, a second-year warrior-in-training at Mythos Acad­emy, and I have no idea how I’m going to sur­vive the rest of the semes­ter. One day, I’m get­ting schooled in sword­play by the guy who broke my heart—the drop-dead gor­geous Logan who slays me every time. Then, an invis­i­ble archer in the Library of Antiq­ui­ties decides to use me for tar­get prac­tice. And now, I find out that some­one at the acad­emy is really a Reaper bad guy who wants me dead. I’m afraid if I don’t learn how to live by the sword—with Logan’s help—I just might die by the sword...</span><br /><br /><br /><strong>The Good Stuff</strong><br /><div></div><div></div><ul><li>I totally want the recipes for the Chocolate Strawberry cookies that Gwen's Grandma makes for her -- I was totally drooling while she was describing them - damn you Estep you always make me hungry when I read your books</li><li>Dialogue is absolutely hilarious </li><li>Fast paced and exciting</li><li>Storyline is truly unique with so much potential for a long series</li><li>Enjoy the relationship and the banter between Gwen and Daphne </li><li>Get a giggle with the references to her Bigtime and Elemental Assasin series</li><li>Positive, strong, kick ass female characters</li><li>Gwen is definitely growing up and developing as a character</li><li>Quite frankly just a fun read, that I highly recommend&nbsp; -- oh yeah and trust me eat something before you start reading -- she talks about yummy food a lot -- now off to find a recipe for those damn strawberry chocolate cookies</li></ul><strong>The Not So Good Stuff</strong><br /><ul><li>This doesn't bother me like it used to,&nbsp;but there is still some repetition of key plot points.&nbsp; Did appreciate it at times as it has been a while since I read Touch of Frost and it helped me remember things I had forgotten (Only sucky thing about reviewing books for publishers, is that you often have to put aside books you purchased yourself to review the ones you have been sent by publishers&nbsp;-- not complaining mind you)</li><li>Nickamedes is your stereotypical Librarian and that irritates me -- How about he gets a cool, hip Canadian Library Tech&nbsp;that is married to -- hmm lets say -- Finnegan Lane -- to work with him in the library - just sayin - lets combat that horrible image that all Librarians are repressed jerks </li><li>A wee bit predictable </li></ul><div></div><div></div><strong>Favorite Quotes/Passages</strong><br /><br />"Occasionally, Nickamedes made me dust and clean the bookshelves, along with the glass artifact cases hidden back among the stacks. Every single time I'd find more used condoms that I did crumpled up pieces of paper and lost pens. Yucko. I wouldn't want to do it in&nbsp;a library where anyone could walk by at any second, but at Mythos, it was considered some kind of thrill. Whatever."<br /><br />"Wyverns, basilisks, dragons, yetis, even gigantic birds named Black rocs. She called them all "creatures," like she was being politically correct or something, but really, they were monsters. Anything that had fangs longer than my fingers and that could breathe fire was <em>definitely</em> a monster."<br /><br />"I shook my head. "Remind me not to piss you off, because you're a total vindictive bitch when you're angry. There are supervillains in my comic books who could learn a thing or two from you."<br />The Valkyrie stuck out her tongue, then gave me a maniacal grin. "You'd better believe it, Gypsy."<br /><br /><strong>Who Should/Shouldn't Read</strong><br /><ul><li>Obviously if you enjoyed A Touch of Frost, you will enjoy this</li><li>Fans of Kiersten White will also get a kick out of this delightful story</li><li>I suggest you read A Touch of Frost first, but you don't have to, as Jennifer gives you enough so that you will understand what is going on </li></ul><strong>4.25 Dewey's</strong><br /><strong><br /></strong><br /><strong>I purchased this and did not have to review -- just want you all to love her as much as I do</strong><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-3554954484013313167?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-46257135067068539812012-05-22T08:59:00.000-07:002012-05-22T08:59:41.494-07:00The Unseen by Katherine Webb<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-N51vCobmwdA/T7O_c_P1kkI/AAAAAAAADEw/oOfXv2JdoPY/s1600/12851075.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; cssfloat: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" kba="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-N51vCobmwdA/T7O_c_P1kkI/AAAAAAAADEw/oOfXv2JdoPY/s320/12851075.jpg" width="209" /></a></div><a href="http://www.harpercollins.ca/books/The-Unseen-Katherine-Webb/?isbn=9780062077882">The Unseen </a><br />By Katherine Webb<br />William Morrow (HarperCollins)<br />ISBN: 978-0-06-207788-2<br />Buy from <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/The-Unseen-Katherine-Webb/9781409117179-item.html?ikwid=the+unseen+katherine+webb&amp;ikwsec=Books">Indigo</a><br />Release Date: May 22, 2012<br /><br /><strong>Description:</strong> <span id="freeText14732797396649033374">England, 1911. The Reverend Albert Canning, a vicar with a passion for spiritualism, leads a happy existence with his naive wife Hester in a sleepy Berkshire village. As summer dawns, their quiet lives are changed for ever by two new arrivals. First comes Cat, the new maid: a free-spirited and disaffected young woman sent down from London after entanglements with the law. Cat quickly finds a place for herself in the secret underbelly of local society as she plots her escape. Then comes Robin Durrant, a leading expert in the occult, enticed by tales of elemental beings in the water meadows nearby. A young man of magnetic charm and beauty, Robin soon becomes an object of fascination and desire. During a long spell of oppressive summer heat, the rectory at Cold Ash Holt becomes charged with ambition, love and jealousy; a mixture of emotions so powerful that it leads, ultimately, to murder</span><br /><br /><strong>The Good Stuff</strong><br /><ul><li>Absolutely, positively engrossing - you are hooked from the very first chapter</li><li>Author is brilliant at setting the mood and setting of the story - you really feel like you are part of the story</li><li>Loved the switching back and forth from 1911 to 2011 - gives it a unique twist </li><li>Fabulous well rounded characters both in the past and the present</li><li>Lots of suspense, murder and secrets with just a hint of the occult</li><li>Cat is a truly fascinating character - full of strength and fire, trying to fight back against the constraints of being a women in the early 1900's</li><li>Kept me up late at night reading I so badly wanted to know what happened</li><li>Will definetly be looking for a copy of the Legacy by the same author</li><li>A perfect story for a cold winters night or to lose yourself in at the cottage (or beach)</li><li>Loved&nbsp;how the two time period plots&nbsp;intersect without being unbelievable </li><li>Could see this one being turned into a movie - has it all love, sex, murder, women's rights, past and present intersecting - fabulous stuff </li></ul><strong>The Not So Good Stuff</strong><br /><ul><li>Drags a wee bit half ay through - some stronger editing would have made this into a perfect 5 Dewey's</li><li>Wanted to smack Hester quite a few times, but her character is very true to the women of the time </li></ul><strong>Favorite Quotes/Passages</strong><br /><br />"Cat serves the dinner, digusted by the luxury, the excess; the way the theosophist turns down the meat, his expression blase, sanctimonious. How many others in the world have need of meat? Cat wonders. When now it will go back to the kitchen and spoil, and be thown away and wasted because the cold store is full of this thoughtless young mans' toys."<br /><br />"Would you have been content if you had been told, when you were still a child; you shan't be a poet, or a minister, or a politician. You shall be a cleark in a bank. Would you have been content, never to have been allowed to try other things? Never allowed to find out what you wanted to do, what you wanted to be?"<br /><br /><strong>Who Should/Shouldn't Read</strong><br /><ul><li>Mystery/Suspense lovers will thoroughly enjoy this one</li><li>Fans of historical fiction will also be fascinated by this</li></ul><strong>4.5 Dewey's</strong><br /><br /><strong>I received this from WilliamMorrow in exchange for an honest review</strong><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-4625713506706853981?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-60244494072370937272012-05-15T13:21:00.000-07:002012-05-15T13:21:43.249-07:00Underworld by Meg Cabot<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aE4rv2UStkE/T7KxfaJ1ePI/AAAAAAAADEc/daVpyYb76vo/s1600/10799881.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; cssfloat: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" kba="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aE4rv2UStkE/T7KxfaJ1ePI/AAAAAAAADEc/daVpyYb76vo/s1600/10799881.jpg" /></a></div><a href="http://scholastic.ca/titles/abandon_underworld/">Underworld (Abandon #2)</a><br />by Meg Cabot<br />Scholastic Inc<br />ISBN: 978-0-545-28411-0<br />Suggested Ages:&nbsp; 13+ (for sexuality)<br />Buy from <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Abandon-2-Underworld-Meg-Cabot/9780545284110-item.html?ikwid=underworld+meg+cabot&amp;ikwsec=Home">Indigo</a><br /><br /><strong>Description</strong>: Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back. Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn’t dead. Not this time. But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey.<br /><br />Her captor, John Hayden, claims it’s for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, they’ve come back as Furies, intent on vengeance…on the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves.<br /><br />But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her there…and they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies. And unless Pierce is careful, this time there’ll be no escape<br /><br /><strong>The Good Stuff</strong><br /><ul><li>The cover is beautiful (I'm a sucker for a jewel toned cover)</li><li>Really enjoyed the secondary characters, especially John's crew and Kayla</li><li>Hilarious dialogue at times (Unfortunately, not as much as in&nbsp;previous books)</li><li>Story is very fast paced</li><li>The premise of the story is a unique twist on the persphone tale</li><li>Keeps me guessing on what is going on and the motivations behind everyone's actions -- can't wait till the final book in the trilogy</li><li>Adored the scene where Pierce is discussing pregnancy in the Underworld with Mr. Smith -- it's hilarious, made me giggle on the bus</li><li>Smokin chemistry between Pierce and John (Which probably explains why she puts up with his slightly stalkerish ways)</li><li>The background info about Isla Huesos is fascinating and enjoy all the bits about mythology</li></ul><strong>The Not So Good Stuff</strong><br /><ul><li>John&nbsp;is a tad too controlling for my comfort - I can understand his reasoning, but still kinda creepy</li><li>Pierce is on the weak side - I expect stronger heroines from Meg</li><li>Story jumps around a little which was a tad frustrating </li><li>Honestly, I enjoyed Abandon more, but this was ok for a second book in a trilogy -- always a tough book to write I imagine</li><li>Only a minor thing but I got a tad irritated with the constant mentions of the Hurricane of October 1846 and that Isla Huesos (Island of Bones) is over the Underworld -- we get it (I know picky picky and I am in a bit of a mood today - so take this with a grain of salt)</li></ul><strong>Favorite Quotes/Passages</strong><br /><br />"Sorry," Kayla said. But she didn't look sorry."Impulse control issues. Why do you think I'm in New Pathways for, anyway? Be happy I didn't hit you in the head with a fire extinguisher."<br /><br />"But I get it. People have always been desperate for stories that explain why bad things happen to good people, myths with happy endings to give them&nbsp; hope. They don't want to know that when we die, what lies beyond may not be all harps and halos."<br /><br />"This is certainly better than world history, which is where I'd be sitting if I were back in Isla Huesos right now." If school hadn't been canceled due to the giant hurricane bearing down on the island, anyway."<br /><br /><strong>Who Should/Shouldn't Read</strong><br /><ul><li>Would say only for those who have read the first book, you may be way too confused if you don't</li><li>For fans of mythology (but start with the first book - trust me)</li></ul><strong>3.5&nbsp;Dewey's</strong><br /><br /><strong>I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review</strong><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-6024449407237093727?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-72508272914515056032012-05-15T08:06:00.000-07:002012-05-15T08:06:27.573-07:00Banff Springs: The Story of a Hotel by Bart Robinson - seriously short mini review<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nOuYXhTT-u8/T7JwTAdQHnI/AAAAAAAADEE/p9aBA63amPg/s1600/9780978237516m.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nOuYXhTT-u8/T7JwTAdQHnI/AAAAAAAADEE/p9aBA63amPg/s1600/9780978237516m.jpg" /></a></div><a href="http://www.summerthought.com/banff.springs.htm">Banff Springs: The Story of a Hotel (4th Edition)</a><br />By Bart Robinson<br />Summerthought<br />ISBN: 978-0-9782375-1-6<br />Buy from<a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Banff-Springs-Story-Hotel-Bart-Robinson/9780978237516-item.html?ikwid=banff+springs+the+story+of+a+hotel&amp;ikwsec=Movies+%26+TV"> Indigo </a><br /><br /><div align="left" style="margin-right: 10px;"><b>Description</b>:&nbsp; <span style="font-family: Book Antiqua; font-size: 11pt;">Banff history books cover many subjects, but <span style="letter-spacing: 0pt;"> <i>Banff Springs: The Story of the Hotel </i></span>is the only book in print that tells the story of the Banff Springs Hotel, one of the world's great mountain resorts. Some institutions transcend themselves and become symbols of a place and time. Known to millions of visitors to Banff as "the Castle," or simply as "the Hotel," the Banff Springs is more than simply a place to stay, for it is the home of memories and a dream of gracious times in other ages.</span></div><div align="left" style="margin-right: 10px;"><br /></div><div align="left" style="margin-right: 10px;"> <span style="font-family: Book Antiqua; font-size: 11pt;">This classic book to one of the world's most famous mountain resorts is filled with the rich anecdotes and snippets of history that have enriched Banff and indeed Canada, from the hotel's links to the construction of the transcontinental rail line to the visits of maharajahs and movie stars.</span>First published in 1973, the 4th edition has been expanded to include recent developments. Although now printed in full colour, it is the timeless images by well-known photographers such as Bruno Engler and Nicholas Morant that bring the hotel's storied history to life</div><span style="font-family: Book Antiqua; font-size: 11pt;"></span><br /><b>Mini Review</b>: The pictures are beautiful and the research is well done, but it is&nbsp; quite frankly a very dull book about a fascinating hotel.&nbsp; But as I did buy it at the Banff Springs Hotel I must keep it for my collection. My hubby worked there for 7 years and his stories are much more fascinating than those included in the book.&nbsp; The pictures are worth the price of the book though so not a complete loss, just expected better.&nbsp; And seriously barely a half a page about the ghosts -- come on : ) It was fun discussing some of the people mentioned, especially Martin Luthi, who was partially responsible for making my hubby the cook that he is. (Thank you rich oil man's drunken wife - perfect timing on your need for a snack - and for telling your hubby and Luthi about how wonderful Jeff was - I have soooo benefited from this)<br /><br /><b>2.75 Dewey's (Mostly for the pictures)</b><br /><br />I purchased at the Banff Springs Hotel because I wanted a memento of this stunning hotel (And someday hope to be able to afford to stay there for the night)<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-7250827291451505603?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-74860941302518059552012-05-15T07:18:00.000-07:002012-05-15T07:18:51.754-07:00Bringing Up Bebe by Pamela Druckerman<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9FukDRN-PxA/T7JcsQH5gWI/AAAAAAAADDw/iTrrisHa_gA/s1600/13504382.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9FukDRN-PxA/T7JcsQH5gWI/AAAAAAAADDw/iTrrisHa_gA/s320/13504382.jpg" width="212" /></a></div><a href="http://penguin.ca/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9781594203336,00.html?strSrchSql=bringing+up+bebe/BRINGING_UP_BEBE_Pamela_Druckerman">Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting</a><br />by Pamela Druckerman<br />Penguin Books<br />ISBN: 978-1-59420-333-6<br />Buy From <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Bringing-Up-Bebe-One-American-Pamela-Druckerman/9781594203336-item.html?ikwid=bringing+up+bebe&amp;ikwsec=Home">Indigo</a><br /><br /><b>Description:</b>&nbsp; <strong>The secret behind France's astonishingly well-behaved children.&nbsp; </strong> When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn't aspire to become a "French parent." French parenting isn't a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren't doing anything special.<br /><br />Yet, the French children Druckerman knows sleep through the night at two or three months old while those of her American friends take a year or more. French kids eat well-rounded meals that are more likely to include braised leeks than chicken nuggets. And while her American friends spend their visits resolving spats between their kids, her French friends sip coffee while the kids play.<br /><br />Motherhood itself is a whole different experience in France. There's no role model, as there is in America, for the harried new mom with no life of her own. French mothers assume that even good parents aren't at the constant service of their children and that there's no need to feel guilty about this. They have an easy, calm authority with their kids that Druckerman can only envy.<br /><br />Of course, French parenting wouldn't be worth talking about if it produced robotic, joyless children. In fact, French kids are just as boisterous, curious, and creative as Americans. They're just far better behaved and more in command of themselves. While some American toddlers are getting Mandarin tutors and preliteracy training, French kids are- by design-toddling around and discovering the world at their own pace.<br /><br />With a notebook stashed in her diaper bag, Druckerman-a former reporter for <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>-sets out to learn the secrets to raising a society of good little sleepers, gourmet eaters, and reasonably relaxed parents. She discovers that French parents are extremely strict about some things and strikingly permissive about others. And she realizes that to be a different kind of parent, you don't just need a different parenting philosophy. You need a very different view of what a child actually is.While finding her own firm <em>non</em>, Druckerman discovers that children-including her own-are capable of feats she'd never imagined.<br /><br /><br /><b>The Good Stuff</b><br /><ul><li>Advice is practical and makes total sense</li><li>Fabulous Index and Bibliography (We know these things are important to me &amp; yes I am a geek thank you very much)</li><li>Fascinating and would lead to some fabulous discussions at Girls Night Out with the Mom's or book clubs</li><li>Extremely well researched</li><li>Self deprecating, honest and funny - she really doesn't hold back on her "supposed" failings as an "American" parent</li><li>Doesn't "really" judge (though at times it does come across this way) just gives you her thoughts and observations</li><li>I definitely agree with many of her points and would like to make some changes with my own parenting style </li><li>Fabulous story on page 33 - sorry no spoilers</li><li>Liked the inclusion of a couple of unique recipes</li><li>Thought provoking and makes you take a look at how you are raising your own children</li></ul><b>The Not So Good Stuff</b><br /><ul><li>Though she really does try it still does come across as rather patronizing</li><li>Would have liked her to have included some information/pointers-- um if your kids are older -- and um&nbsp; you would like to fix some of your parenting mistakes -- just sayin --&nbsp; not that we are talking about me or anything </li><li>She seems to have some issues with French people so why would she&nbsp; want to raise her children to perhaps turn out like them (really having a hard time trying to explain what I am trying to get across with this point)&nbsp;</li><li>At times a tad repetitive and at times I was irritated by the constant generalizations -- not every American parent is over permissive and not every&nbsp; French parent is calm and perfect</li><li>Also the advice is very similar to how I was raised as a child, in Canada, so I don't think this is necessarily a French parenting style&nbsp;</li><li>I am also concerned that the schools,&nbsp; not the parents are doing the majority of the raising of French children and how does that affect their growth as human beings (again having a hard time with explaining this point -- must get coffee)</li></ul><b>Favorite Quotes/Passages</b><br /><br />"I hadn't thought I was supposed to admire French parenting. It isn't a thing, like French fashion or French cheese. No one visits Paris to soak up the local views on parental authority and guilt management.&nbsp; Quite the contrary: the American mothers I know in Paris are horrified that French mothers barely breast-feed, and their four-year-olds walk around with pacifiers."<br /><br />"But by the time a child is three, French birthday parties are drop-offs. We're supposed to trust that our kids will be okay without us. Parents are usually invited to come back at the end for a glass of champagne and some hobnobbing with the other moms and dads. Simon and I are thrilled whenever we get invitations: it's free babysitting, followed by a cocktail party." (FYI - I'm a Canadian and this is how we throw kids parties too)<br /><br />"It becomes clear how French our kids' eating habits have become when we visit America.&nbsp; My mom is excited to introduce Bean to that American classic, macaroni and cheese fro a box. But Bean won't eat more than a few bites. "that's not cheese," she says. I think I detect her first sneer."<br /><b><br /></b><br /><b>Who Should/Shouldn't Read</b><br /><ul><li>Thinking American parents will often be offended on how poorly they are portrayed</li><li>Fabulous for a book club - especially one with Moms</li><li>Will be passing this on to a friend who could really benefit from some of the ideas (she is seriously stressed out and her toddler is ruling the roost - and no judging here,&nbsp; as we are struggling with our toddler as well)</li></ul><b>3.5 Dewey's</b><br /><br /><b>I purchased this from Indigo on recommendation of <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/indigogreenroom">Jeremy Cammy</a> (My go to guy for non-fiction)</b><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-7486094130251805955?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-54679504437798791322012-05-15T06:15:00.000-07:002012-05-15T06:15:57.083-07:00Mailbox MondayI know, I know its Tuesday - but I was a busy mom and library technician yesterday<br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b><br /></b></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>For Review</b></span><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-n_3CjTugOvg/T7JWXAnnlrI/AAAAAAAADDM/uQV4NTG6Jz8/s1600/unseen.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-n_3CjTugOvg/T7JWXAnnlrI/AAAAAAAADDM/uQV4NTG6Jz8/s320/unseen.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Thanks William Morrow</td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-size: large;"><b></b></span><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WPXWEWBSUuo/T7JUI-q3NXI/AAAAAAAADCs/UgATGBmYGiY/s1600/scholastic.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WPXWEWBSUuo/T7JUI-q3NXI/AAAAAAAADCs/UgATGBmYGiY/s320/scholastic.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Thanks Scholastic</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><b><span style="font-size: x-large;">Won</span></b><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--P85Cjlm8sQ/T7JWtZjXN5I/AAAAAAAADDc/BNnzBsRoXL4/s1600/gotosleep.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/--P85Cjlm8sQ/T7JWtZjXN5I/AAAAAAAADDc/BNnzBsRoXL4/s320/gotosleep.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Thanks Libraything.com</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-f30RWjhbZ6I/T7JUMLh6FkI/AAAAAAAADC0/ryKwbDskDQw/s1600/cait.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-f30RWjhbZ6I/T7JUMLh6FkI/AAAAAAAADC0/ryKwbDskDQw/s320/cait.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Thanks Cait - Won from<a href="http://thekams.wordpress.com/"> Escape Through the Pages</a></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RvTwxcXRFdU/T7JUN_ddu8I/AAAAAAAADC8/wHh49vSucOE/s1600/cityline.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RvTwxcXRFdU/T7JUN_ddu8I/AAAAAAAADC8/wHh49vSucOE/s320/cityline.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: small;">Won from Cityline Twitter Contest</span><b><br /></b></span></td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-size: large;"><b>&nbsp;Miscellaneous</b></span><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eAHr7YtQ_A4/T7JWhr01eJI/AAAAAAAADDU/OEM--CvlhPk/s1600/indigoenglinton.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eAHr7YtQ_A4/T7JWhr01eJI/AAAAAAAADDU/OEM--CvlhPk/s320/indigoenglinton.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Purchased from Indigo at Yonge/Eglinton</td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-size: large;"><b></b></span><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_iCEcmHipRk/T7JUUrdgD7I/AAAAAAAADDE/EiOXILKa1wY/s1600/patterson.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_iCEcmHipRk/T7JUUrdgD7I/AAAAAAAADDE/EiOXILKa1wY/s320/patterson.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Borrowed from Carianne</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-5467950443779879132?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-16457161952194662962012-05-10T06:04:00.000-07:002012-05-10T06:04:50.702-07:00Ruling Passion by Alyxandra Harvey<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tcLqRyuKPxY/T6rOWnGl16I/AAAAAAAADCc/Ei15Jy_S7qA/s1600/11422644.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-tcLqRyuKPxY/T6rOWnGl16I/AAAAAAAADCc/Ei15Jy_S7qA/s320/11422644.jpg" width="209" /></a></div><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11422644-ruling-passion">Ruling Passion </a>(Hearts at Stake, Blood Feud and Out for Blood)<br />by <a href="http://alyxandraharvey.com/">Alyxandra Harvey</a><br />Walker &amp; Company<br />ISBN: 978-0-8027-2802-9<br />Suggested Ages: 12+<br />Buy From <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Ruling-Passion-Bind-Up-Alyxandra-Harvey/9780802728029-item.html?ikwid=ruling+passion&amp;ikwsec=Home">Indigo</a><br /><br /><b>Description</b><br /><b>Hearts at Stake</b>: <span id="freeText2450663325932100627">The Drakes are rather different to your usual neighbours. They are vampires and some of the members of the family date back to the twelfth century. One of the children, Solange, is the only born female vampire known and, as such, she poses a direct threat to the vampire queen. Her best friend Lucy is human, and when Solange is kidnapped Lucy and Solange's brother, Nicholas, set out to save her. Lucy soon discovers that she would like to be more than just friends with Nicholas. But how does one go about dating a vampire? Meanwhile, Solange finds an unlikely ally in Kieran, a vampire slayer on the hunt for his father's killer.</span><br /><span id="freeText2450663325932100627"><br /><b>Blood Feud</b>: </span><span class="readMoreText">It's been centuries since Isabeau St. Croix barely survived the French Revolution. Now she's made her way back to the living and she must face the ultimate test by confronting the evil British lord who left her for dead the day she turned into a vampire. That's if she can control her affection for Logan Drake, a vampire whose bite is as sweet as the revenge she seeks. <br />The clans are gathering for Helena's royal coronation as the next vampire queen, and new alliances are beginning to form now that the old rifts of Lady Natasha's reign have started to heal. But with a new common enemy, Leander Montmarte--a vicious leader who hopes to force Solange to marry him and usurp the&nbsp;</span><br /><span class="readMoreText">power of the throne for himself--the clans must stand together to preserve the peace he threatens to destroy.</span><span id="freeText2450663325932100627">&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span id="freeText2450663325932100627"><b>Out for Blood:</b> </span><span class="readMoreText">Hunter Wild is the youngest in a long line of elite vampire hunters, a legacy that is both a blessing and a curse at the secret Helios-Ra Academy, where she excels at just about everything. Thanks to her friendship with Kieran Black, Hunter receives a special invitation to attend the coronation of Helena Drake, and for the first time, she sees the difference between vampires that must be hunted and vampires that can become friends-or even more. When students at the academy fall victim to a mysterious illness, Hunter suspects they are under attack from within. She will need someone she can trust to help her save the future of Helios-Ra . . . help that shockingly comes in the form of Quinn Drake, a drop-dead gorgeous vampire. Who said senior year would be easy?</span><span id="freeText2450663325932100627"> </span><br /><br /><b>The Good Stuff</b><br /><ul><li>The dialogue between the characters had me laughing my ass off on so many occasions - almost every chapter of each book in fact</li><li>Kick ass heroines who don't expect or need a boy to save them</li><li>Many Whedon references - which as you know is very close to my geeky heart</li><li>Extremely fast paced and NEVER boring</li><li>Vampires don't sparkle or go all emo</li><li>Parents are not stupid or jerks -- and we know that is a big deal in YA fiction -- see authors it can be done</li><li>Author is Canadian </li><li>Delightful secondary characters that you are slowly introduced to and given just enough about them that you want to know more -- and maybe have a whole book about - cough cough Mom and Dad Drake -- cough cough lets have a story about kick ass parents</li><li>Unique take on vampire mythology</li><li>Lucy is a truly awesome character and I want more of her -- her quips constantly make me giggle</li><li>Good messages about true friendship and acceptance without being all mushy or condescending </li><li>Enough all ready just go buy the book most of you will thank me</li></ul><b>The Not So Good Stuff</b><br /><ul><li>This 3 stories in one book idea sounds great -- but so thick it was hard to read - man I have weak wrists</li><li>People stared on the bus when I snorted out loud with laughter</li><li>Got extremely confused with the 3 organizations having such similar names and same with&nbsp;all the&nbsp;characters&nbsp;with names starting with H&nbsp;-- OK --&nbsp; that is probably just because I am brain dead right now and come on I had to find something relevant to put in this section</li></ul><b>Favorite Quotes/Passages</b><br /><br />"Where are the stun --ooon. Shiny."&nbsp; Hearts at Stake<br /><br />"And the patchwork skirt I thought I'd lost last year, twisted under a storage box covered in stickers. Yes, even little girls with vampire lineage have a sticker phase." Hearts at Stake<br /><br />“Very possibly this was the night my white-knight complex, as Solange put it, would get me killed. Someone had better write a poem about it. It was only fair.”&nbsp;&nbsp; Blood Feud<br /><br />“How did you know it wasn't really me?"<br />"Are you kidding? Your eyeballs could be on fire and you wouldn't bat your lashes at me like that.”&nbsp;&nbsp;Blood Feud<br /><br />"I winced. Vampire mothers had unfair advantages." Out for Blood<br /><br />"Oh, I'm sorry," Chloe snapped from the backseat. "Did I hurt your knuckles with <i>my face</i>?" Out for Blood<br /><br /><b>Who Should/Shouldn't Read</b><br /><ul><li>Fans of Jennifer Estep, Kelley Armstrong, Meg Cabot and Kiersten White will enjoy</li><li>Fans of anything Whedon will get tons of chuckles and will love this author</li></ul><b>4.75 Dewey's</b><br /><br /><b>I borrowed this from <a href="http://www.mydisorganizedramblings.ca/">Tasha </a>and didn't have to review it here -- but I like to share what can I say </b><br /><ul></ul><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-1645716195219466296?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-87119163023603818462012-05-08T13:03:00.000-07:002012-05-08T13:03:03.903-07:00Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qZPh3wLFbFA/T5Gy48G7HGI/AAAAAAAAC-k/c_dmUgYqA9A/s1600/12985143.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; cssfloat: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" qda="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-qZPh3wLFbFA/T5Gy48G7HGI/AAAAAAAAC-k/c_dmUgYqA9A/s320/12985143.jpg" width="211" /></a></div><a href="http://www.harpercollins.ca/books/Hemlock-Kathleen-Peacock?isbn=9780062048653&amp;HCHP=TB_Hemlock">Hemlock</a><br />by Kathleen Peacock<br />Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)<br />ISBN: 978-0-06-204865-3<br />Suggested Ages: 14+ (due to violence)<br />Release Date: May 8, 2012<br />Buy from <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/titleandauthor/9780062048653-item.html?s_campaign=aff-001-2980581-HarperCollins+Publishers+LLC-ProductCatalog-10408997-3922594">Indigo</a><br /><br /><strong>Description</strong>: Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered. Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf.<br /><br />Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control. Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk. Kathleen Peacock’s thrilling novel is the first in the Hemlock trilogy, a spellbinding urban fantasy series filled with provocative questions about prejudice, trust, lies, and love<br /><br /><strong>The Good Stuff</strong><br /><ul><li>Mac is a fabulous well rounded character with an awesome name. </li><li>Tons of mystery, intrigue and plot twists - I was surprised on many occasions by what happened</li><li>Storyline is fast paced and never boring</li><li>I'm not the biggest fan of werewolf stories, but thouroughly enjoyed this one &amp; look forward to reading more of the series</li><li>Author is a good storyteller (and a Canadian!)</li><li>Another suprise for me when reading this was I didn't mind the sorta love triangle thing, it actually really worked in this story - you can understand why the boys feel like they do and why Mac might have feelings for both of them (and why oh why can't two boys fight over me -- oh yeah 41 and married, probably not a good idea)</li><li>Fabulous character development and most of the characters (well except for the adults) are realistic in terms of actions, feelings and dialogue</li><li>plenty of thinly veiled commentary on the evils of prejudice and government control (you can see the paralels to the Salem witch trials and the hollywood blacklist against suspected communists and even towards the treatment of aids victims and homosexuals)</li><li>Enjoyed the dark humour added in at just the right time</li><li>The relationship between Tess and Mac is lovely and some of their conversations are hilarious</li></ul><strong>The Not So Good Stuff</strong><br /><ul><li>Majority of the adults are useless uninvolved jerks -- you know how I feel about that </li><li>some repetition of plot points (for example 12 years ago when the government announced the existence..) we get it no need to keep repeating it </li></ul><strong>Favorite Quotes/Passages</strong><br /><br />"Yes, a werewolf had killed Amy. But I couldn't blame an entire group of people - even if that would have been easier.&nbsp; The only person to blame was the one who had killed her."<br /><br />"The intercom buzzed. "Wow," I muttered, we're more popular than a pretty girl at a <em>Star Trek</em> convention."<br /><br />"He leaned against the wall and crossed his arms. "In some ways. After enough time passes, you realize that maybe a whole day went by where you didn't think of them. Then you feel guilty because you're not supposed to forget - even if it is just for a day."<br />"We'd watch The Birds last year, and ever since, she claimed that pigeons were just biding time before making their move.<br />For some reason, 90 percent of Tess's fears seemed to come from movies we watched on cable."<br /><br /><strong>Who Should/Shouldn't Read</strong><br /><ul><li>For those who enjoy&nbsp;a twist of mysery and the paranormal</li><li>Fans of Kelley Armstrong will enjoy</li></ul><div><strong>4.5 Dewey's</strong></div><br /><strong>I picked up a copy of this at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2012 from the HarperCollins booth</strong><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-8711916302360381846?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-35381432212629219702012-05-07T06:35:00.000-07:002012-05-07T06:35:52.645-07:00Monday Mailbox<span style="font-size: large;"><b>For Review </b></span><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0G5hw6-syjA/T6Q5XUR4k8I/AAAAAAAADA0/-pPFOCaMvmw/s1600/borntogrill.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0G5hw6-syjA/T6Q5XUR4k8I/AAAAAAAADA0/-pPFOCaMvmw/s320/borntogrill.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Thanks Random House</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><span style="font-size: x-large;"><b>Won</b></span><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OdGEoqLALyo/T6Q6MkH6BoI/AAAAAAAADBM/UaOabsrXeuI/s1600/goodreads.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-OdGEoqLALyo/T6Q6MkH6BoI/AAAAAAAADBM/UaOabsrXeuI/s320/goodreads.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Thanks GoodReads</td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Purchased</b></span><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MQjhD4gEH6w/T6fPQyLDtSI/AAAAAAAADCE/nElJD0pJGHw/s1600/discovery.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MQjhD4gEH6w/T6fPQyLDtSI/AAAAAAAADCE/nElJD0pJGHw/s320/discovery.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Purchased at Indigo</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2SJz6rJLat4/T6Q5_zXrwaI/AAAAAAAADBE/810KZCLaChU/s1600/banff.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2SJz6rJLat4/T6Q5_zXrwaI/AAAAAAAADBE/810KZCLaChU/s320/banff.jpg" width="240" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Purchased AT the Banff Springs Hotel</td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Birthday Gifts</b></span><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vUP8-2vgFZk/T6fPZ_I6x2I/AAAAAAAADCM/6aZgbgulU-o/s1600/bday.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vUP8-2vgFZk/T6fPZ_I6x2I/AAAAAAAADCM/6aZgbgulU-o/s320/bday.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">A few of lovely gifts received for my bday (MIL gave me American cash for BEA)</td></tr></tbody></table><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>A.J. Jacobs Book Signing</b></span><br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-oo-mIkXJwis/T6Q5nUiU78I/AAAAAAAADA8/1dvi_yM7qVQ/s1600/ajjacobsbooks.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-oo-mIkXJwis/T6Q5nUiU78I/AAAAAAAADA8/1dvi_yM7qVQ/s320/ajjacobsbooks.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Fabulous event with delightful author</td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-3538143221262921970?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-29831462105195318792012-05-04T12:54:00.000-07:002012-05-04T12:54:26.208-07:00The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty Review and Blog Tour<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0mOPS6297HQ/T6FXh-J0aYI/AAAAAAAAC_8/no_Bg97HgUI/s1600/The+Chaperone.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0mOPS6297HQ/T6FXh-J0aYI/AAAAAAAAC_8/no_Bg97HgUI/s320/The+Chaperone.jpg" width="213" /></a></div><a href="http://penguin.ca/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9781594487019,00.html?THE_CHAPERONE_Laura_Moriarty">The Chaperone</a><br />by Laura Moriarty<br />Riverhead Books (Penguin)<br />ISBN: 978-1-59448-701-9<br />Release Date: June 5, 2012<br />Buy From <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/The-Chaperone-Laura-Moriarty/9781594487019-item.html?ikwid=the+chaperone&amp;ikwsec=Home">Indigo</a><br /><br /><b>Description</b>: <span id="freeText924377074841829563">A captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip. She has no idea what she's in for: Young Louise, already stunningly beautiful and sporting her famous blunt bangs and black bob, is known for her arrogance and her lack of respect for convention.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span id="freeText924377074841829563">Ultimately, the five weeks they spend together will change their lives forever. For Cora, New York holds the promise of discovery that might prove an answer to the question at the center of her being, and even as she does her best to watch over Louise in a strange and bustling city, she embarks on her own mission. And while what she finds isn't what she anticipated, it liberates her in a way she could not have imagined. Over the course of the summer, Cora's eyes are opened to the promise of the twentieth century and a new understanding of the possibilities for being fully alive</span><br /><br /><b>The Good Stuff</b><br /><ul><li>Thoroughly researched and every aspect of story true to the time period</li><li>Moriarty fabulous at setting mood and landscape of the story</li><li>Excellent character development for Cora (Don't want to put spoilers in so I will leave it at that)</li><li>Background of Cora slowly emerges like little mysteries being solved, which keeps you interested</li><li>Really gives you a glimpse into the lives of women during the late 1800's to mid 70's and all that we have overcome&nbsp;</li><li>Also you get a real feel for the American Midwest during the 1920's</li><li>Nice commentary on change, acceptance and forgiveness&nbsp;</li><li>Will make you want to pick up a copy of Lulu in Hollywood (Louise Brooks memoir) </li><li>Loved that it focused, not on the famous Louise Brooks, but a simple conventional mid-western women who ends up living a very unconventional life</li><li>A lovely book to lose yourself in on a cold winters night - or in my case two extremely bumpy plane rides (helped get me through it by the way -- the power of a good book my friends)</li><li>Takes history and makes it personal and something you can connect with</li><li>Really got a kick out of some of the dialogue that came out of Viola's mouth &amp; felt extremely lucky to have grown up in the era I did </li><li>Learned some fascinating information - floored by how the Ku Klux Klan tried to get women to join in Kansas</li></ul><br /><b>The Not So Good Stuff</b><br /><ul><li>Story starts very slow, but keep reading it gets going a quarter way through and you become hooked</li><li>Last years of the story goes by so very quickly and feels rushed</li><li>Hard to read at times due to the plight of women and all they had to fight against in terms of access to birth control and the condemnation of unwed or poor mothers</li></ul><b>Favorite Quotes/Passages</b><br /><br />"Foolish. This bobbing business is just a craze. When its over, everyone who followed the lemmings over the cliff will need years to grow their hair out."<br /><br />"But Cora felt a girl needed a stronger warning - if only because the world was unfair. There are some inequities that wouldn't change. Maybe they couldn't. In any case, it was simply the way things were."<br />She glanced over her shoulder before leaning in. "Louise, I'll put it to you plainly.&nbsp; Men don't want candy that's been unwrapped. Maybe for a lark, but not when it comes to marriage. It may still be perfectly clean, but if it's unwrapped, they don't know where its been."<br /><br />"That's what spending the time with the young can do - its the big payoff for all the pain. The young can exasperate, of course, and frighten, and condescend, and insult, and cut you with their still unrounded edges. But they can also drag you, as you protest and scold and try to pull away, right up to the window of the future, and even push you through." <br /><br /><br />&nbsp;<b>Who Should/Shouldn't Read </b><br /><ul><li>Definitely for those who have a interest in Louise Brooks</li><li>Fans of historical fiction - especially in 1920's America</li><li>Not for those looking for non stop action and sex</li><li>Good for those interested in a discussion of women's rights and feminism</li></ul><br /><b>&nbsp;4 Dewey's</b><b> </b><br /><br /><b>Received this from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review</b><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-t05fAWDObIY/T6FXtdLtAxI/AAAAAAAADAE/bUl0qKGtWsA/s1600/Laura+Moriarty+%28c%29+Tracy+Rasmussen.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-t05fAWDObIY/T6FXtdLtAxI/AAAAAAAADAE/bUl0qKGtWsA/s320/Laura+Moriarty+%28c%29+Tracy+Rasmussen.jpg" width="227" /></a></div><div class="sidebar"><h3>About Laura</h3>Laura Moriarty earned a degree in social work before returning for her M.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Kansas. She was the recipient of the George Bennett Fellowship for Creative Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, and is now a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Kansas. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas, and is at work on her next novel.</div>&nbsp;Laura's <a href="https://www.facebook.com/LauraMoriartyNovelist">Facebook</a><br />Laura's <a href="http://www.lauramoriarty.net/">Website</a><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Blog Tour Stops </b></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-38g7x2mgU7w/T6FYTRFSMjI/AAAAAAAADAM/nfUnnsEBiYU/s1600/tlc+tour+host.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-38g7x2mgU7w/T6FYTRFSMjI/AAAAAAAADAM/nfUnnsEBiYU/s1600/tlc+tour+host.png" /></a></div><br />Tuesday, May 1st: <a href="http://sophisticateddorkiness.com/">Sophisticated Dorkiness</a><br />Wednesday, May 2nd: <a href="http://bookchickdi.blogspot.com/">bookchickdi</a><br />Thursday, May 3rd: <a href="http://www.fromlefttowrite.com/">From Left to Write</a><br /><a href="http://raymentsreadingsrantsandramblings.blogspot.com/"></a><br />Monday, May 7th: <a href="http://www.frenzyofnoise.net/">Frenzy of Noise</a><br />Tuesday, May 8th: <a href="http://indiereaderhouston.com/blog/">Indie Reader Houston</a><br />Wednesday, May 9th: <a href="http://verbvixen.tumblr.com/">Verb Vixen</a><br />Thursday, May 10th: <a href="http://bewitchedbookworms.com/">Bewitched Bookworms</a><br />Friday, May 11th:<a href="http://www.wellreadwife.com/"> The Well-Read Wife</a><br />Monday, May 14th: <a href="http://fireandicephoto.blogspot.com/">Fire and Ice</a><br />Tuesday, May 15th: <a href="http://bookjourney.wordpress.com/">Book Journey</a><br />Wednesday, May 16th: <a href="http://kbgbabbles.blogspot.com/">Babbling About Books and More</a><br />Thursday, May 17th: <a href="http://www.workadayreads.com/">Workaday Reads</a><br />Friday, May 18th: <a href="http://www.avidreadermusings.com/">An Avid Reader’s Musings</a><br />Saturday, May 19th: <a href="http://www.midnightbookgirl.com/">Midnight Book Girl</a><br />Monday, May 21st:<a href="http://www.mandikayereads.com/"> Never Too Fond of Books</a><br />Tuesday, May 22nd: <a href="http://www.thecompulsivereader.com/">The Compulsive Reader</a><br />Wednesday, May 23rd:<a href="http://www.krittersramblings.com/"> Kritters Ramblings</a><br />Thursday, May 24th: <a href="http://literatehousewife.com/">Literate Housewife</a><br />Friday, May 25th:<a href="http://natramm.wordpress.com/"> Paperspines</a><br />Monday, May 28th: <a href="http://www.sassymonkeyreads.ca/">Sassymonkey Reads</a><br />Tuesday, May 29th: <a href="http://www.thepickygirl.com/">Picky Girl</a><br />Wednesday, May 30th: <a href="http://www.chaosisafriendofmine.com/">Chaos is a Friend of Mine</a><br />Thursday, May 31st: <a href="http://unconventionallibrarian.com/">An Unconventional Librarian</a><br />Friday, June 1st: <a href="http://www.3rsblog.com/">The 3 R’s: Reading, �Riting, and Randomness</a><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-2983146210519531879?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-85199346534826162802012-05-01T09:02:00.000-07:002012-05-01T09:02:38.090-07:00Insurgent by Veronica Roth<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zvMH9iNiu1M/T3nwSjug-_I/AAAAAAAAC0s/KUBHYtNjyNs/s1600/11735983.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zvMH9iNiu1M/T3nwSjug-_I/AAAAAAAAC0s/KUBHYtNjyNs/s320/11735983.jpg" width="211" /></a></div><a href="http://www.harpercollins.ca/books/Insurgent-Veronica-Roth?isbn=9780062024046&amp;HCHP=TB_Insurgent">Insurgent (Divergent Book #2)</a><br />by Veronica Roth<br />Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)<br />ISBN: 978-0-06-202404-6<br />Suggested Ages: 14+<br />Buy From <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Insurgent-Veronica-Roth/9780062024046-item.html?ikwid=insurgent&amp;ikwsec=Home">Indigo</a><br />Release Date: May 1, 2012<br /><br /><b>Description</b>: <span id="freeText6448638732492004316">One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. <br /><br />Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so. </span><br /><br /><br /><b>The Good Stuff</b><br /><ul><li>a non stop wild ride of intense action - I was constantly on the edge of my seat while reading and did not want to put it down</li><li>Tons of twists and turns that will keep you guessing</li><li>Beautifully written commentary about human nature and thinly veiled moral questions</li><li>Some questions answered but even more put out there for you to ponder</li><li>A gasp worthy ending which has me waiting impatiently until the next book comes out -- don't get me started on how long I have to wait - sorry HarperCollins as soon as I hear the word ARC come out for the final book in the trilogy I will start nagging you for it</li><li>Fabulous character development</li><li>You will need kleenex while reading - absolutely heartbreaking at times</li><li>For the second book in a trilogy it is absolutely brilliant -- this is a very rare thing </li><li>Some tasteful passionate scenes between Four and Tris</li><li>Tris is such an intriguing character - Kick ass yet fragile and so very real</li><li>Was blown away by her commentary on suicide - obviously someone who has felt the urge of not wanting to be "you" anymore but having the strength of character to know it is the wrong choice</li></ul><b>The Not So Good Stuff</b><br /><ul><li>A small thing but I got a wee bit irritated by the switching back and forth of the name Four and Tobias - I understand the usages but it jarred me while reading</li><li>One other small thing (and more a preference thing) the up and down emotions of Tris for Four irritated me, but remember I am 41 and jaded</li></ul><b>Favorite Quotes/Passages</b><br /><br />"The truth has a way of changing a person's plans."<br /><br />"The Candor sing the praises of the truth, but they never tell you how much it costs" <br /><br />"My parents lost their lives out of love for me. Losing mine for no good reason would be a terrible way to repay them for that sacrifice, no matter what I've done.<br />Let Guilt teach you how to behave next time," my father would say." <br /><br />"My father taught me to see Erudite a particular way.&nbsp; He never taught me that they made no judgements about what people believed, but designed things for them within the confines of those beliefs.&nbsp; He never told me that they could be funny, or that they could critique their own faction from the inside."<br /><br /><b>Who Should/Shouldn't Read</b><br /><ul><li>Obviously fans of Divergent will enjoy&nbsp;</li><li>If you haven't read Divergent already, I would highly suggest you read it before reading this</li><li>For fans of post-apocalyptic and dystopian literature</li></ul><b>5 Dewey's</b><br /><br /><b>I received this in exchange for an honest review - and I am eternally grateful for Rosalyn Steele for introducing me to this series and for getting me free babysitting!&nbsp; </b><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-8519934653482616280?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-75039816076998305062012-05-01T08:09:00.000-07:002012-05-01T08:09:55.135-07:00The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to Their Younger Selves edited by Sarah Moon<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Qw4jDh0CstE/T5qu1LkaRbI/AAAAAAAAC_w/Dr8SkLI6quE/s1600/12843717.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; cssfloat: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" oda="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Qw4jDh0CstE/T5qu1LkaRbI/AAAAAAAAC_w/Dr8SkLI6quE/s320/12843717.jpg" width="214" /></a></div><a href="http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/book/letter-q">The Letter Q: Queer Writers' Notes to Their Younger Selves</a><br />edited by Sarah Moon<br />Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic)<br />ISBN: 978-0-545-39932-6<br />Suggested Ages: Grade 7+<br />Release Date: May 1, 2012<br />Buy from <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Letter-Queer-Writers-Notes-Their-Sarah-Moon-James-Lecesne/9780545399326-item.html?ikwid=the+letter+q&amp;ikwsec=Home">Indigo</a><br /><br /><b>Description:</b> Life-saving letters from a glittering wishlist of top authors. If you received a letter from your older self, what do you think it would say? What do you wish it would say?<br /><br />That the boy you were crushing on in History turns out to be gay too, and that you become boyfriends in college? That the bully who is making your life miserable will one day become so insignificant that you won't remember his name until he shows up at your book signing?<br /><br />In this anthology, sixty-three award-winning authors such as Michael Cunningham, Amy Bloom, Jacqueline Woodson, Gregory Maguire, David Levithan, and Armistead Maupin make imaginative journeys into their pasts, telling their younger selves what they would have liked to know then about their lives as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgendered people. Through stories, in pictures, with bracing honesty, these are words of love and understanding, reasons to hold on for the better future ahead. They will tell you things about your favorite authors that you never knew before. And they will tell you about yourself <br /><br /><b>The Good Stuff</b><br /><ul><li>David Levithan's essay was so hilarious yet sweet and honest - will now be looking for some of his writing</li><li>A good mixture of humour, sadness and anger </li><li>The message of hope and forgiveness is so prevalent and beautifully and honestly&nbsp;done</li><li>Very powerful and inspiring</li><li>Brian Selznick's essay was extremely funny and tender</li><li>Martin Moran's essay is heartbreaking, so brave to have told his story - such strength of character and a very inspiring story to those LGBT youths with thoughts of suicide</li><li>Wise and non preachy advice for helping kids who are struggling with their sexuality </li></ul><b>The Not So Good Stuff</b><br /><ul><li>Brutal to hear of parents &amp; educators abuse of&nbsp; children&nbsp; over something as natural as sexual preference</li></ul><b>Favorite Quotes/Passages</b><br /><br />""I'm still not entirely sure whether I use the word <i>irony</i> correctly, but I believe there's something exquisitely ironic about making fun of your non-gay teacher for being gay, and then going home and listening to Barbara Streisand's <i>Broadway Album</i> over and over again." David Levithan<br /><br />"Yes, the indignities you suffer at the hands of bigots can make you bitter. But they can also strengthen your ability to empathize with the oppressed, and in doing so, enlarge the capacity of your heart." Doug Wright<br /><br />"You will discover that all gay men are not stylish, witty, promiscuous, and viciously entertaining. No one said that equality was going to be fun." Paul Rudnick<br /><br />"I hear you say, I want to die, and it tears at my sould that you're only thirteen and ready to give up on life."&nbsp; and "No! Don't get back at everyone by dying. Get back at them by living and saving lives, starting with your own. Fight for your life." Mayra Lazara Dole<br /><br /><b>Who Should/Shouldn't Read</b><br /><ul><li>For teens of ALL genders and sexuality -- the message of believing and loving yourself apply to everyone and not just those struggling with their sexuality </li><li>My Uncle should have read this and maybe he would have loved and accepted his son no matter of&nbsp; Bruce's&nbsp;sexual preference. My cousin told his Dad that he was gay and my Uncle never spoke to him again. My Dad became a surrogate father to Bruce and tried to help him but ultimately Bruce's life was&nbsp;cut short&nbsp;by the acts of self-hatred and abuse (Drugs, alcohol, dangerous sexual partners, etc) caused by his fathers abandonment.</li><li>This should be in every public and school library so kids struggling can hear the message of hope that you will get through this from those who have</li><li>Required reading for ALL educators and parents</li></ul><b>5 Dewey's</b><br /><br /><b>I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review</b><br /><br /><b>My advice to my younger self </b><br /><ul><li>Michael Tinker is never going to go for you - get over him</li><li>Michael Corsini is&nbsp;MARRIED - he is scum for not telling you this -- but hey the man who ended up defending you and giving your friends hell - you end of marrying and having two beautiful heathens with him (And&nbsp; BTW he's moving you to Calgary next month so you might want to think about getting over your hatred of country music)</li><li>Stop with the diet pills, they are going to fuck up your digestive system for life -- you are beautiful the way you are</li><li>Stop pretending to be someone else so people will like you -- accept who you are and love yourself for that and people will actually like the real you</li><li>Don't sleep with all those divers -- they are not going to love you -- they just want in your pants and you will hate yourself for it</li><li>Don't have a fight with your Dad the night before he goes on vacation to Bermuda -- he dies there and you will not be able to tell him you are sorry and how lucky you were to have such an exceptional (and completely wacky) guy for a Dad </li><li>Get over your fear of driving (sorry snorter porter&nbsp;-- you still got to work on that one)</li><li>What that man did was wrong, he abused his position of power and it was not your fault! </li><li>For gods sake you are smart enough to go to University and become a Librarian - tell that nasty voice in your head to piss off (cause quite frankly Librarians get paid way more than the Library Technician you became)</li></ul><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-7503981607699830506?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-85844637032521049352012-04-23T07:42:00.000-07:002012-04-23T07:42:42.975-07:00The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healey<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8E668z_tglU/T414pdpw3SI/AAAAAAAAC9c/xxXgfKPqc_A/s1600/12969560.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; cssfloat: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" qda="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8E668z_tglU/T414pdpw3SI/AAAAAAAAC9c/xxXgfKPqc_A/s320/12969560.jpg" width="228" /></a></div><a href="http://www.harpercollins.ca/books/The-Heros-Guide-to-Saving-Your-Kingdom-Christopher-Healy?isbn=9780062117434&amp;HCHP=TB_The+Hero+s+Guide+to+Saving+Your+Kingdom">The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom</a><br />by Christopher Healy<br />Walden Pond Press (HarperCollins)<br />ISBN: 978-0-06-211743-4<br />Suggested Ages: 8+<br />Buy from <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/titleandauthor/9780062117434-item.html?s_campaign=aff-001-2980581-HarperCollins+Publishers+LLC-ProductCatalog-10408997-3922594">Indigo</a><br />Release Date: May 1, 2012<br /><br /><strong>Description</strong>: Enter a world where everything, even our classic fairy tales, is not at all what it seems.&nbsp;&nbsp; Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You've never head of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as "Prince Charming." But all of this is about to change...<br /><br />Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Guztav stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it's up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other associated terrors to becom the heroes no one ever thought they could be.<br /><br /><strong>The Good Stuff</strong><br /><ul><li>Absolutely delightful, one of my favorite middle school reads in the past year</li><li>Laugh out loud funny</li><li>Something for readers of all ages</li><li>Strong female characters &amp; nothing sterotypical </li><li>Fabulous character development</li><li>Has a Shrek, Hoodwinked, How to Train Your Dragon feel to it</li><li>I was laughing so hard that Jake actually asked if he could read it when I was done</li><li>Awesome cover</li><li>Love that Briar Rose is&nbsp;a nasty piece of work - some of her dialogue is priceless </li><li>Cannot wait to see the finished product to see the rest of the artwork that will be included - only drawback about getting ARC copies - but think it will be awesome based on artwork included in ARC</li><li>Nice moral, life lessons included in a non shmaltzy in your face way which kids, and old bags like me adore </li><li>Unusual plot twists that keep you on your toes and you have no idea what is going to happen next - again not at all sterotypical </li><li>Looking forward to future books in this series - next one I believe is scheduled for 2013</li></ul><strong>The Not So Good Stuff</strong><br /><ul><li>Some repetition might have been a tighter story with a wee bit editing </li><li>People were staring at me on the bus because I was reading a kids book and laughing hysterically </li><li>Almost impossible to only pick three quotes for my quotes section </li></ul><strong>Favorite Quotes/Passages</strong><br /><br />"Instead of simply frying the man where he stood, Zaubera offered to let him go in exchange for his young daughter.&nbsp; The peasant was surprisingly quick to agree to this (he was&nbsp; not a very good dad), and that was how Zaubera ended up with Rapunzel."<br /><br />"We all know somebody who's a bit eccentric - the girl who talks to herself, maybe, or the boy who eats the erasers of his pencils like they're gumdrops. They could be wonderful people, but thanks to their quirky behavior, they don't have the easiest time making friends."<br /><br />"On still another road, a green-haired man wobbled by on peppermint-stick stilts; a fiery-plumed bird of paradise perched on his shoulder. But he's not in this story, so don't pay any attention to him."<br /><br /><strong>Who Should/Shouldn't Read</strong><br /><ul><li>Perfect for both intended audience of middle school kids and for adults - Teachers and Librarians this would be a good read a loud book that you could do over a semester/term</li><li>Jake is begging me to hurry up and finish so he can read </li></ul><strong>4.5 Dewey's</strong><br /><br /><strong>I received this from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review &amp; Jake will be reviewing as well as soon as he is caught up on his school work</strong><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-8584463703252104935?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-6799454040882506102012-04-22T13:50:00.044-07:002012-04-24T11:02:52.883-07:00Arranged by Catherine McKenzie<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zUdV3fkfD7c/T5Rs55tjgEI/AAAAAAAAC_E/N2TWlrX-z_k/s1600/12935956.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-zUdV3fkfD7c/T5Rs55tjgEI/AAAAAAAAC_E/N2TWlrX-z_k/s320/12935956.jpg" width="212" /></a></div><a href="http://www.harpercollins.ca/books/Arranged-Catherine-McKenzie?isbn=9781554687619&amp;HCHP=TB_Arranged">Arranged</a><br />by Catherine McKenzie<br />William Morrow (HarperCollins)<br />ISBN: 978-0-06-211539-3<br />Release Date: May 15, 2012 (US Release Date)<br />Buy from <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Arranged-Catherine-Mckenzie/9781554687619-item.html?ikwid=arranged+catherine&amp;ikwsec=Home">Indigo</a><br /><br /><strong>Description</strong>: <span id="freeText16605931337153011121">Anne Blythe has a great life: a good job, good friends, and a potential book deal for her first novel. When it comes to finding someone to share it with, however, she just can't seem to get it right.<br /><br />After yet another relationship ends, Anne comes across a business card for what she thinks is a dating service, and she pockets it just in case. When her best friend, Sarah, announces she's engaged, Anne can't help feeling envious. On an impulse, she decides to give the service a try because maybe she could use a little assistance in finding the right man. But Anne soon discovers the company isn't a dating service; it's an exclusive, and pricey, arranged marriage service. She initially rejects the idea, but the more she thinks about it-and the company's success rate-the more it appeals to her. After all, arranged marriages are the norm for millions of women around the world, so why wouldn't it work for her?<br /><br />A few months later, Anne is travelling to a Mexican resort, where in one short weekend she will meet and marry Jack. And against all odds, it seems to be working out-until Anne learns that Jack, and the company that arranged their marriage, are not what they seem at all</span><br /><br /><strong>The Good Stuff</strong><br /><ul><li>Chicklit + - It has all the usual marks of chick lit, quirky characters, goofy twists and turns, but it also has intelligence, warmth and dry humour</li><li>I love&nbsp; her writing style and will now purchase anything she writes</li><li>She's Canadian and doesn't depress the crap out of me (yes I know get over it - you go to school in this country and you will know what I mean - feckin Margaret Laurence)</li><li>Her characters are quirky but believeable</li><li>Love Anne's family and how her and her brother were named (dude I'm Canadian I'm all about the Anne of Green Gables love)</li><li>Enjoyed the relationship between Anne and her brother Gil and the scenes where Anne interacts with her sister in law and nieces are delighful, sweet and real</li><li>Love the banter scenes between Anne and William and Anne and Sarah - many of them made me laugh my ass off</li><li>Laughed at the reference to Amber Sheppard from her previous novel Spin</li><li>Anne is such a delightfully damaged character whom I sorta wished was real because we would be totally be best buds</li></ul><strong>The Not So Good Stuff</strong><br /><ul><li>Do you have any idea how hard it was to only choose 3 quotes for the following section </li><li>Damn you the story was so fun and engrossing that I didn't want to put the book down and I have stuff to do you know I'm a mom and not to mention I am trying to get organized to move to Calgary in a couple of months</li></ul><div><strong>Favorite Quotes/Passages</strong></div><br />"She smiles. "If someone figured out a way to bottle woman-been-wronged, they'd make a fortune."<br />"What I really need is a product that can cure a broken heart."<br />"I think it's called alcohol."<br /><br />"Have you ever noticed how no story that begins 'I read his emails' ever finishes with 'I was completely wrong; he wasn't cheating on me?"<br /><br />"I want to have kids. And not alone, in the sperm-bank supermom way."<br /><br />"I need a strong drink and a cigarette, but it's no longer acceptable for journalists to drink or smoke on the job. I'm pretty sure productivity has gone done 50 percent since the policy was implemented, but I guess that's not the point."<br /><br /><strong>Who Should/Shouldn't Read</strong><br /><ul><li>Perfect for curling up on the couch or at the beach with</li><li>If you like your chick lit with a dose of intelligence and warmth, this would be perfect for you</li></ul><div><strong>5 Dewey's</strong></div><br /><strong>I received this from William Morrow in exchange for an honest review</strong><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-679945404088250610?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-22061937753188291322012-04-22T13:34:00.000-07:002012-04-22T13:34:09.729-07:00In My Mailbox<b><span style="font-size: large;">For Review</span></b><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PB_kDqcy-RY/T4ggpj_Yp6I/AAAAAAAAC80/NJVwTLlyviw/s1600/review.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PB_kDqcy-RY/T4ggpj_Yp6I/AAAAAAAAC80/NJVwTLlyviw/s320/review.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Thanks Penguin and HarperCollins</td><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;"><br /></td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qBlUr6SHJrc/T5GbuM0VnfI/AAAAAAAAC9s/adEK0CwSGVg/s1600/scholastic.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qBlUr6SHJrc/T5GbuM0VnfI/AAAAAAAAC9s/adEK0CwSGVg/s320/scholastic.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Thanks Scholastic</td></tr></tbody></table><strong><span style="font-size: large;">Razorbill Signing</span></strong><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xA_7rLTZnM4/T5Rq8WCI23I/AAAAAAAAC-0/430y7rgXBvU/s1600/razorbill1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xA_7rLTZnM4/T5Rq8WCI23I/AAAAAAAAC-0/430y7rgXBvU/s320/razorbill1.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0sBlO0We6HE/T5RrA-IdGyI/AAAAAAAAC-8/8h9r4ZuvQqw/s1600/raz2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-0sBlO0We6HE/T5RrA-IdGyI/AAAAAAAAC-8/8h9r4ZuvQqw/s320/raz2.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Thanks Jenn for getting these signed for me!!!</td></tr></tbody></table><b><span style="font-size: large;">Random House YA Blogger Event</span></b><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PKgA-PbgE7s/T4ggtX1T9ZI/AAAAAAAAC88/IpDi2yykG9A/s1600/RandomHouse.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-PKgA-PbgE7s/T4ggtX1T9ZI/AAAAAAAAC88/IpDi2yykG9A/s320/RandomHouse.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Thanks Random House For Incredible Event (3 books are signed by authors)</td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-size: x-large;"><b>Won</b></span><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NJxZY5i9InA/T5GcYtqTfmI/AAAAAAAAC90/FeYYHrlidL4/s1600/klout.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NJxZY5i9InA/T5GcYtqTfmI/AAAAAAAAC90/FeYYHrlidL4/s320/klout.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Thanks Klout</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2WSVL_g3fDs/T5GcbCwZHpI/AAAAAAAAC98/WloikSA3iJs/s1600/tn.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2WSVL_g3fDs/T5GcbCwZHpI/AAAAAAAAC98/WloikSA3iJs/s320/tn.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Thanks Pampers.ca</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Book of Awesome Event</b></span><br /><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IABLGVlPXgc/T5GckkmlGNI/AAAAAAAAC-E/GF7nsvJ_fmA/s1600/awesome.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IABLGVlPXgc/T5GckkmlGNI/AAAAAAAAC-E/GF7nsvJ_fmA/s320/awesome.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Thanks Penguin and Jenn for an Awesome event!</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OfDqW5DRkjo/T5GcoMa7ziI/AAAAAAAAC-M/EGUdr159Thw/s1600/liamjen.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OfDqW5DRkjo/T5GcoMa7ziI/AAAAAAAAC-M/EGUdr159Thw/s320/liamjen.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Got to hang with my "son" Liam and bud Jenn</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AQuHoRhI5oY/T5GcrBPoQuI/AAAAAAAAC-U/zWHMixFQDhM/s1600/541092_10150683375702469_37855237468_9480667_1938179175_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="213" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AQuHoRhI5oY/T5GcrBPoQuI/AAAAAAAAC-U/zWHMixFQDhM/s320/541092_10150683375702469_37855237468_9480667_1938179175_n.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Me, Captain Awesome and Jenn</td></tr></tbody></table><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Miscellaneous</b></span><br /><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dXP7E7M_HAs/T4ggxwWXpdI/AAAAAAAAC9E/uZBHgosqFeo/s1600/giftcard.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dXP7E7M_HAs/T4ggxwWXpdI/AAAAAAAAC9E/uZBHgosqFeo/s320/giftcard.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Thanks Colleen - Made me LMAO!</td></tr></tbody></table><table align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" class="tr-caption-container" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;"><tbody><tr><td style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bZHZx1HTY7Q/T5RqMpB3dpI/AAAAAAAAC-s/jkcZVtfGeAc/s1600/library+sale.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-bZHZx1HTY7Q/T5RqMpB3dpI/AAAAAAAAC-s/jkcZVtfGeAc/s320/library+sale.jpg" width="320" /></a></td></tr><tr><td class="tr-caption" style="text-align: center;">Bolton Public Library Monster Book Sale</td></tr></tbody></table><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-2206193775318829132?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-75048588500544828872012-04-20T10:49:00.002-07:002012-04-20T11:34:34.399-07:00The Thirteen by Susie Moloney<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Epi49z7DvNI/T5BHYkZKk3I/AAAAAAAAC9k/q-pHMajIHiw/s1600/12596990.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; cssfloat: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" qda="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Epi49z7DvNI/T5BHYkZKk3I/AAAAAAAAC9k/q-pHMajIHiw/s320/12596990.jpg" width="212" /></a></div><a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/books/The-Thirteen-Susie-Moloney?isbn=9780062117663&amp;HCHP=TB_The+Thirteen">The Thirteen</a><br />by Susie Moloney<br />RWilliam Morrow<br />ISBN: 978-0-06-211766-3<br />Buy from <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/The-Thirteen-Susie-Moloney/9780307361585-item.html?ikwid=the+thirteen&amp;ikwsec=Home">Indigo</a><br /><br /><b>Description</b>: Haven Woods is suburban heaven, a great place to raise a family. It's close to the city, quiet, with great schools and its own hospital right up the road. Property values are climbing, and the crime rate is practically nonexistent. <br /><br />Paula Wittmore hasn't been back to Haven Woods since she left as a disgraced teenager. Now she's returning to care for her suddenly ailing mother, and she's bringing her daughter and a pile of emotional baggage. She's also bringing, unknowingly, the last chance for her mother's closest frenemies . . . twelve women bound together by a powerful secret that requires the sacrifice of a thirteenth. <br /><br /><b>The Good Stuff</b><br /><ul><li>Absolutely loved the dogs in this one, they had so much personality</li><li>Very dark and suspenseful </li><li>Fabulous character development for Marla, a character that could easily have been a caricature</li><li>Quite a few on the edge of your seat moments</li><li>Some nice humour added in just the right spots, made me want to pick up other books by the author for this alone</li><li>Fabulous cover - that chick really gives you the creeps!</li><li>Satisfying&nbsp;ending</li><li>Rowan and Paula were likeable characters, would have rather had the story only told from their point of view - think it would have been a far tighter story that way</li><li>The description from Goodreads really says it all "<span id="freeTextContainer4921446692434680556">"Desperate Housewives" meets "The Witches of Eastwick"</span> <div style="text-align: left;"></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>The Not So Good Stuff</b></div></li></ul><ul><li>Think that author has a hate on for cats LOL!</li><li>A little too much animal and child nastiness for me personally - I'm a wee bit sensitive when children or animals are tortured </li><li>Jumps around a little and I was very confused at times about what was going on -- now this could also be because I am exhausted from lack of sleep and stress - so take this comment with a grain of salt</li><li>Way too many character point of views</li><li>Its uneven and I was very frustrated with how stupid some of the characters were in terms of their actions - really you didn't notice that&nbsp;no one else was in the hospital and than did nothing about it when you did find out </li></ul><b>Favorite Quotes/Passages</b><br /><br />"She stared at Glory sprawled on the grass, her mouth open in horror, then looked at the doll in her hand. It was covered in blood to the knees. <i>Murder-Weapon Barbie</i>."<br /><br />"It was big news and it got around fast; even in those days before Twitter and Facebook, everyone seemed to know."<br /><br />"There were really so many: shoes, lunch out, slow and quiet lovemaking in the morning, a glass of wine when you were cooking, fresh laundry, a laugh -<br />A person didn't need much. Not really. She wished she'd known that sooner."<br /><br /><b>Who Should/Shouldn't Read</b><br /><ul><li>Those looking for a fun, spooky story with witches </li><li>Good beach read</li></ul><b>3.5 Dewey's</b><br /><b><br /></b><br /><b>I received this from&nbsp;William Morrow &nbsp;in exchange for an honest review</b><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-7504858850054482887?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-44383614627624695322012-04-17T10:55:00.001-07:002012-04-17T10:57:00.463-07:00Neil Pasricha reveals his #1 awesome thing and Some contest linksNeil Pasricha of 1000 Awesome Things (the blog) and the #1 bestselling Awesome books is revealing his #1 Awesome Thing on Thursday, April 19! <br /><br /><br />He’ll be officially unveiling it offline the day before at an Indigo event at the John/Richmond street location Wednesday April 18, 7pm, free&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/storeevents/">http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/storeevents/</a><br /><br />There's als a Twitter Chat with Neil at 7PM EST TONIGHT using the hashtag #CelebrateAwesome.&nbsp; Neil will be answering questions, and asking for guesses about his #1 Awesome Thing<span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: xx-small;"><span style="font-family: Verdana; font-size: xx-small;"></span></span><br />Penguin is hosting a twitter contest <br /><br />Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/penguincanada">Penguin Canada</a> on Twitter for more details <br /><br />Penguin is also hosting a&nbsp; -- wait for it -- <a href="http://www.penguin.ca/static/pages/features/2012/awesome/index.html">Awesome Contest</a> <br /><br />Penguin is&nbsp;hosting a twitter contest <br />Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/penguincanada">Penguin Canada</a>&nbsp;on Twitter &nbsp;for more details<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-4438361462762469532?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-45175691891110325992012-04-16T12:18:00.000-07:002012-04-16T12:18:13.978-07:00Honky Tonk Girl: My Life in Lyrics by Loretta Lynn<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hlNvGjnSNwU/T4h1oUu66NI/AAAAAAAAC9M/Av7YNs1NbTs/s1600/0307594890.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; cssfloat: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" qda="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hlNvGjnSNwU/T4h1oUu66NI/AAAAAAAAC9M/Av7YNs1NbTs/s1600/0307594890.jpg" /></a><a href="http://www.randomhouse.ca/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780307594891">Honky Tonk Girl: My Life in Lyrics</a></div>by Loretta Lynn<br />Alfred A. Knopf (Random House)<br />ISBN: 978-0-307-59489-1<br />Buy from <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Honky-Tonk-Girl-My-Life-Loretta-Lynn/9780307594891-item.html?ikwid=honky+tonk+girl&amp;ikwsec=Home">Indigo</a><br /><br /><b>Description</b>: One of the most beloved country music stars of all time gives us the first collection of her lyrics and, in her own words, tells the stories that inspired her most popular songs, such as "Coal Miner's Daughter," "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin'," and, of course, "I'm a Honky Tonk Girl."<br /><br />Loretta Lynn's rags-to-riches story--from her hardscrabble childhood in Butcher Holler, Kentucky, through her marriage to Oliver "Doolittle" Lynn when she was thirteen, to her dramatic rise to the top of the charts--has resonated with countless fans throughout her more than fifty-year career. Now, the anecdotes she shares here give us deeper insight into her life, her collaborations, her influences, and how she pushed the boundaries of country music by discussing issues important to working-class women, even when they were considered taboo. Readers will also get a rare look at the singer's handwritten lyrics and at personal photographs from her childhood, of her family, and of her performing life. Honky Tonk Girl: A Life in Lyrics is one more way for Lynn's fans--those who already love her and those who soon will--to know the heart and mind of this remarkable woman.<br /><br /><b>The Good Stuff</b><br /><ul><li>Always had&nbsp;a soft spot for Loretta Lynn (Though to be honest I am always shocked that she doesn't look like Sissy Spacek LOL!) , even-though I am not a fan of country music.&nbsp; My parents took me and my cousin when we were like 10 to see Coal Miners Daughter and I have been interested in her ever since.</li><li>Charming and self effacing look into the inspiration behind her songs</li><li>Unique idea&nbsp;</li><li>Pictures are a lovely bonus</li><li>Classy foreword by Elvis Costello</li><li>Quite funny at times, which I won't lie I was surprised by</li><li>Touching and painfully honest - some of the lyrics and the inspiration behind them will move you to tears</li><li>Lyrics to Dear Uncle Sam are touching and beautiful and enjoyed the story behind Fist City</li></ul><b>The Not So Good Stuff</b><br /><ul><li>Would have liked a story about every song</li><li>Makes me want to go find a copy of Coal Miners Daughter and I won't lie was singing that damn song out loud every-time I picked up the book and kids looked at me all strange</li><li>Stories are often repetitive</li></ul><strong>Favorite Quotes/Passages</strong><br /><br />"I put my whole hear and soul and body into my writing. I write about how feel and what I am. I guess I never need to go to a psychiatrist -'cause I get everything out in my lyrics."<br /><br />"Poor Dolittle couldn't get away with nothin'. If he did anything, I would write a song about it and world would know."<br /><br />"But I am loyal ... and as long as they do a good job and do right by me, I stay."<br /><br /><b>Who Should/Shouldn't Read</b><br /><ul><li>Perfect for the Loretta Lynn fan obviously</li><li>Those who are fans of Country Music will find much to enjoy in it as well</li></ul><b>3.5 Dewey's</b><br /><b> </b><br /><b>I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review</b><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-4517569189111032599?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-32517651718230877332012-04-16T11:47:00.000-07:002012-04-16T11:47:55.651-07:00Mom and Me Mondays: One Dog and His Boy by Eva Ibbotson<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5L6Gn0R_D34/T4iEQJs7z1I/AAAAAAAAC9U/bdCKhZk1TdM/s1600/12351641.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5L6Gn0R_D34/T4iEQJs7z1I/AAAAAAAAC9U/bdCKhZk1TdM/s320/12351641.jpg" width="213" /></a></div><a href="http://www.scholastic.com/browse/book.jsp?id=1318031&amp;FullBreadCrumb=%3Cdiv%3E2617+%3Ca+href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Fwww.scholastic.com%2Fbrowse%2Fsearch%2Fkids%3FNtx%3Dmode%2Bmatchallpartial%26_N%3Dfff%26Ntk%3DSCHL30_SI%26query%3Done%2Bdog%2Band%2Bhis%2Bboy%26N%3D0%26Ntt%3Done%2Bdog%2Band%2Bhis%2Bboy%22+class%3D%22endecaAll%22%3E%3Cimg+alt%3D%22%22+src%3D%22%2Fbrowse%2Fimages%2Fsearch_filters_remove.png%22%2F%3E%3C%2Fa%3E%3C%2Fdiv%3E%3Cdiv+class%3D%22filter_high_guard%22%3E%3C%2Fdiv%3E%3Cp+class%3D%22clear%22%3E%3C%2Fp%3E">One Dog and His Boy</a><br />by Eva Ibbotson<br />Scholastic Press<br />ISBN: 978-0-545-35196-6<br />Suggested Ages: 9-12<br />Buy from <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/One-Dog-and-His-Boy-Eva-Ibbotson/9780545351966-item.html?ikwid=one+dog+and+his+boy&amp;ikwsec=Home">Indigo</a><br /><br /><b>Description:</b> <span id="freeText11457004809464845247">Eva Ibbotson's final masterpiece, a tale of a boy and dog who were meant to be together.<br /><br />All Hal had ever wanted was a dog. "Never!" cries his mother. "Think of the mess, the scratch-marks, the puddles on the floor." But on the morning of Hal's 10th birthday, the unbelievable happens. He's allowed to choose a dog at Easy Pets, a rent-a-pet agency (a fact his parents keep from him). The moment he sees the odd-looking terrier, he knows he's found a friend for life. But no one tells Hal that Fleck must be returned. When Hal wakes up on Monday morning, Fleck is gone. If dog and boy are to stay together they'll have to run away. . . . From the renowned Eva Ibbotson comes her final novel, a tale laced with humor and brimming over with heart, stunning in its beauty of the love of all things dog.</span><br /><br /><b>Jake's Review:</b>&nbsp; It was a cute story but kinda boring and sad at times. I liked all of the dogs and wish my mom would get us one (mom's note: you have a cat and we have a one pet limit dude)&nbsp; Hal's parents are jerks and make me think that my&nbsp; mom and dad aren't all that bad.&nbsp; There were some funny parts that I liked.&nbsp; I think it would be a good book for kids a little younger than me though, as I figured out things pretty quickly.<br /><b>Jake's Rating</b>: 7/10<br /><br /><b>Mom's Review</b>:&nbsp; A delightfully sweet, yet somewhat old fashioned little story.&nbsp; I can see why some older kids might be put off by the style of story, but I agree with Jake that a younger reader would especially enjoy. Obviously dog loving kids are going to love this quirky adventure story. This would be a good tale for a classroom read and discussion and I will be passing on my copy to Jake's school.&nbsp; There are good messages throughout the story such as&nbsp; money not being able to buy everything, the importance of friendship and that dogs are a truly awesome creatures. I also enjoyed some of the secondary characters laced throughout this charming tale, I found the parents to be almost cartoonish and not enough character development was put into them, but that is my only real complaint.<br /><b>Mom's Rating</b>: 8/10<br /><b><br /></b><b>We received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review</b><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-3251765171823087733?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-55582515466915403162012-04-16T11:46:00.000-07:002012-04-16T11:46:07.169-07:00Voyagers of the Titanic by Richard Davenport-Hines<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5ZmtnXhKRMA/T2tfDiX3bSI/AAAAAAAACyA/hLDevgsPD_I/s1600/12448720.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; cssfloat: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img aea="true" border="0" height="320" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5ZmtnXhKRMA/T2tfDiX3bSI/AAAAAAAACyA/hLDevgsPD_I/s320/12448720.jpg" width="211" /></a></div><a href="http://www.harpercollins.ca/books/Voyagers-of-the-Titanic-Richard-Davenport-Hines?isbn=9780061876844&amp;HCHP=TB_Voyagers+of+the+Titanic">Voyagers of the Titanic: Passengers, Sailors, Shipbuilders, Aristocrats and the worlds they came from</a><br />by Richard Davenport-Hines<br />William Morrow (HarperCollins)<br />ISBN: 978-0-06-187684-4<br />Buy From <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Voyagers-Titanic-Passengers-Sailors-Shipbuilders-Richard-Davenport-hines/9780061876844-item.html?ikwid=voyagers+of+the+titanic&amp;ikwsec=Home">Indigo</a><br /><br /><b>Description:</b> <span id="freeTextContainer16885179298847314196">Late in the night of April 14, 1912, the mighty Titanic, a passenger liner traveling from Southampton, England, to New York City, struck an iceberg four hundred miles south of Newfoundland. Its sinking over the next two and a half hours brought the ship—mythological in name and size—one hundred years of infamy.&nbsp; Of the 2,240 people aboard the ship, 1,517 perished either by drowning or by freezing to death in the frigid North Atlantic waters. What followed the disaster was tantamount to a worldwide outpouring of grief: In New York, Paris, London, and other major cities, people lined the streets and crowded around the offices of the White Star Line, the Titanic’s shipping company, to inquire for news of their loved ones and for details about the lives of some of the famous people of their time.&nbsp;</span><br /><br />While many accounts of the Titanic’s voyage focus on the technical or mechanical aspects of why the ship sank, Voyagers of the Titanic follows the stories of the men, women, and children whose lives intersected on the vessel’s fateful last day, covering the full range of first, second, and third class­—from plutocrats and captains of industry to cobblers and tailors looking for a better life in America. <br /><br />Richard Davenport-Hines delves into the fascinating lives of those who ate, drank, reveled, dreamed, and died aboard the mythic ship: from John Jacob Astor IV, the wealthiest person on board, whose comportment that night was subject to speculation and gossip for years after the event, to Archibald Butt, the much-beloved military aide to Theodore Roosevelt and William Taft, who died helping others into the Titanic’s few lifeboats. With magnificent prose, Voyagers of the Titanic also brings to life the untold stories of the ship’s middle and third classes—clergymen, teachers, hoteliers, engineers, shopkeepers, counter-jumpers, and clerks—each of whom had a story that not only illuminates the fascinating ship but also the times in which it sailed. In addition, Davenport-Hines explores the fascinating politics behind the Titanic’s creation, which involved larger-than-life figures such as J. P. Morgan, the ship’s owner, and Lord Pirrie, the ship’s builder. <br /><br /><b>The Good Stuff</b><br /><ul><li>Thoroughly well researched, amazed on how much research was put into this</li><li>Incredibly detailed</li><li>Gives you a fascinating look into the period of time when the tragedy occurred and especially dealing with class separation </li><li>Loved the little back stories he mentions about the passengers - gives you more insight into the time</li><li>Really liked how the book was organized into stories based on what class the passengers were on or what their responsibilities were (shipbuilders, first class, second class, third class, sailors - you get the idea)</li><li>Learned some things I never knew before about the tragedy - and let me tell you that is huge considering all I have read on the Titanic</li><li>Fascinating to learn about those who were supposed to be on the boat but through a twist of fate never boarded </li><li>Great photos (would have liked more, but hey just picky)</li><li>Quite a few mentions of Canada and Canadians&nbsp;</li><li>Impressive Index&nbsp; </li><li>Good account of what happened as boat was sinking and rescue mission afterwards&nbsp;</li><li>Tons of amazing stories about the bravery of women during the tragedy </li></ul><b>The Not So Good Stuff</b><br /><ul><li>Because of the detail and mentions of so many passengers it can be a tad confusing </li><li>Again because of the attention to detail and mentions of all the passengers it can be quite dry and not very engrossing - its one that you want to read over a long period of time</li><li>Some of the mentions of derogatory names for different nationalities, although very true of the time, can be quite offensive</li><li>Since I am a Titanic junkie and have read so much about the tragedy I was often frustrated at some of his references to facts a little off -- for example there are quite a few varying theories on how Ismay got off the boat and author only uses one theory and states it as fact without mentioning other scenarios (Hope that makes sense, had a hard time putting it into words)</li><li>Didn't need to see the picture of the corpse of one of the victims (in their defense the picture isn't too close up&nbsp;but its still creepy)</li></ul><b>Favorite Quotes/Passages</b><br /><br />"Joseph Conrad had posted the manuscript of his story "Karain" to his new York admirer John Quinn, one of those American collectors who rifled Europe for rarities to hoard in their private troves. "Karain" was lost in the sinking."<br /><br />"Morgan ranked himself with the pharaohs and popes, the ruling houses of Medici, Hapsburg, and Bonaparte, the princes and dukes whose collections he dismembered and acquired."<br /><br />"Millet wrote in a letter posted at Queenstown. "Looking over the list I only find three or four people I know but there are .... a number of obnoxious, ostentatious American women, the scourge of any place they infest, and worse on shipboard than anywhere. Many of them carry tiny dogs, and lead husbands around like pet lambs. I tell you the American women is a buster. She should be put in a harem and kept there."<br /><br />"It had steamed westward as if it were invulnerable, plunging too fast into an ice zone to stop when an iceberg hove in view. There had been a woeful inadequacy of lifeboats, there had been a shambles loading them, and the crewmen who were put in charge of them often proved blundering or weak nerved, The ship's last hours had been a climax of deadly folly."<br /><br /><b>Who Should/Shouldn't Read</b><br /><ul><li>I would say strictly for the Titanic buff, but that is just my opinion</li></ul><b>3.75 Dewey's</b><br /><b> </b><br /><b>I received this from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review</b><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-5558251546691540316?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-60710919483005107562012-04-12T12:47:00.000-07:002012-04-12T12:47:35.786-07:00Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bV6cov8aAVA/T4brpTny_aI/AAAAAAAAC2k/oD237x_sVGs/s1600/8570787.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; cssfloat: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" qda="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bV6cov8aAVA/T4brpTny_aI/AAAAAAAAC2k/oD237x_sVGs/s320/8570787.jpg" width="212" /></a></div><a href="http://books.simonandschuster.ca/Drop-Dead-Healthy/A-J-Jacobs/9781416599074">Drop Dead Healthy</a><br />by A.J. Jacobs<br />Simon and Schuster<br />ISBN: 978-1-4165-9907-4<br />Buy From <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Drop-Dead-Healthy-One-Mans-A-J-Jacobs/9781416599074-item.html?ikwid=drop+dead+healthy&amp;ikwsec=Home">Indigo</a><br /><br /><b>Description</b>: New York Times bestselling author and king of “immersion journalism” A.J. Jacobs tackles his most challenging experiment yet: a yearlong mission to radically improve every element of his body and mind—from his brain to his fingertips to his abs. <br /><br /><br />Having lifted his spirit in The Year of Living Biblically and sharpened his mind in The Know-It-All, A.J. Jacobs had one feat left in the self-improvement trinity: to become the healthiest man in the world. He doesn’t just want to lose weight, or finish a triathlon, or lower his cholesterol. His ambitions were far, far greater. <br /><br />The task was massive. First, he had to tackle a complicated web of diet and exercise advice, most which is nonsensical, unproven, and contradictory. Second, he had to consult a team of medical advisers. And finally, he had to subject himself, over the course of two years, to a grueling regimen of exercises, a range of diets and nutritional plans, and a brutal array of techniques and practices to improve everything from his hearing to his sleep—all the while testing the patience of his long-suffering wife. <br /><br />This latest book bursts with hilarity and warmth, all the while testing our culture’s assumptions and obsessions with what makes good health and allowing the reader to reflect on his or her own health, body, and eventual mortality <br /><br /><b>The Good Stuff</b><br /><ul><li>I think this is my favorite non-fiction books this year</li><li>Author is self deprecating and you know I adore that in a writer</li><li>Truly fascinating, unique and positively hilarious</li><li>Touched by his obvious love for his wife and children and the appreciation he has for them putting up with all his shenanigans&nbsp;</li><li>I need to read all the rest of his books now </li><li>Has a "Super Size Me" feel to it</li><li>He is a master at transitioning from one topic to the next - very impressive!</li><li>Classy and tactful</li><li>I have never laughed this hard while reading a non-fiction book before &amp; I have read ALOT of hilarious non-fiction</li><li>Enjoyed the comments from his wife about some of the things he did -- she sounds like a fabulous woman</li><li>Best idea ever for motivating someone to stop doing something - don't want to spoil it for you but page 231 in my ARC&nbsp;</li><li>The bit about Coco Chanel will make you laugh</li><li>Inspired me to make some changes in my life </li></ul><b>The Not So Good Stuff</b><br /><ul><li>If he was my husband I would have killed him by now with all the crazy stuff he does</li><li>When I read about the Dr who actually performs surgery to change the sounds of your farts - I laughed so hard the cat jumped off my lap and left nasty scratch marks on me -- A.J. you owe me some polysporin </li><li>Now have sudden urge for dried mango's</li></ul><b>Favorite Quotes/Passages</b><br /><br />"I want to be around to teach the importance of having compassion and why the original Willy Wonka is superior to the remake."<br /><br />"If done properly, with enough protein and B12 supplements, it's certainly better than the Standard American Diet. (Then again, eating nothing but asbestos sandwiches is probably better than the Standard American Diet.)<br /><br />"His quotes are both hilarious and inspiring: "Fifteen minutes to warm up? Does a lion warm up when he's hungry? 'Uh-oh, here comes an antelope. Better warm up.' No! He just goes out there and eats the sucker." I printed that out and put it on my wall next to the passage about Carl Sagan."<br /><br />"Though in the case of my children, the rate is much higher.&nbsp; It's amazing how a strip of sticky plastic will make my kids' pain vanish. Lucas will be howling about a stepped-on finger, but as soon as the SpongeBob Band-Aid touches his pinkie,&nbsp; he is all smiles. My sons are so convinced of the magical healing powers of Band-Aids, they think they can solve almost any problem. A couple of years ago, when our Sony TV blew a fuse, Jasper stuck a Band-Aid on the screen hoping to revive it."<br /><br /><b>What I learned</b><br /><ul><li>About who created the graham cracker and why he created it (No I am not telling you - go buy the book - or go to your local library and pick up a copy - and while you are there tell the Library workers how wonderful they are -- and maybe bring them some chocolate)</li><li>Tons of other fascinating facts about health and diet that sorta scared me at times</li><li>About Blueberries - trust me that was interesting </li></ul><b>Who Should/Shouldn't Buy</b><br /><ul><li>Yup this one is a highly recommended read for everyone&nbsp; </li><li>This will be a Christmas purchase for the brother in laws -- all FOUR of them </li></ul><b>5 Dewey's</b><br /><br /><b>I received book from Simon and Schuster in Exchange for an honest review&nbsp; </b><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-6071091948300510756?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7873763052657747623.post-79697844908285306622012-04-12T11:58:00.000-07:002012-04-12T11:58:59.126-07:00CONTEST and Very Fond of Food: A Year in Recipes by Sophie Dahl: Chef Jeff Reviews<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xq0hubhrl0w/T4byJyLBIcI/AAAAAAAAC4E/_Z9tCCO2IUc/s1600/12216270.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; cssfloat: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" qda="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xq0hubhrl0w/T4byJyLBIcI/AAAAAAAAC4E/_Z9tCCO2IUc/s320/12216270.jpg" width="230" /></a></div><a href="http://www.randomhouse.ca/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781607741787">Very Fond of Food: A Year in Recipes</a><br />by Sophie Dahl<br />Ten Speed Press (Random&nbsp; House)<br />ISBN: 978-1-60774-178-7<br />Cooking Level: Intermediate<br />Buy From <a href="http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/books/Very-Fond-Food-Year-Recipes-Sophie-Dahl/9781607741787-item.html?ikwid=very+fond+of+food&amp;ikwsec=Home">Indigo</a><br /><br /><b>Description</b>: A stylish and charming cookbook from a rising food star that interweaves personal anecdotes about food and the good life with 100 simple and appealing seasonal recipes. <br /><br /><br />Bestselling author Sophie Dahl offers up 100 wholesome recipes for health-minded home cooks who yearn for a bit of indulgence in her gorgeous second cookbook. Favoring natural sweeteners, minimal meat, and abundant produce, these dishes satisfy yet never feel ascetic. Recipes ranging from Roasted Pumpkin with Sautéed Greens and Toasted Cumin Dressing to Rhubarb Rice Pudding are organized seasonally, and the book finishes with a full chapter of luscious desserts. But the recipes are only part of the story--Sophie’s food-filled memories and musings on the good life make this a book to treasure for its writerly charms as much as for its advice in the kitchen. <br /><br />Very Fond of Food will enchant the eye with evocative photography and whimsical drawings; inspire the mind with witty recollections on family, travel, and romance; and captivate the palate with recipes that comfort body and soul. Sophie Dahl invites you into a delightful world where every meal is a story, and there’s always an excuse for cake<br /><br /><b>The Good Stuff</b><br /><ul><li>Very Unique in terms of layout and recipes</li><li>Pictures are rustic and attractive&nbsp;</li><li>Interesting and quirky to read</li><li>She's nice to look at&nbsp;</li><li>Most of the recipes are very healthy with fresh natural ingredients </li><li>Some very unusual but tasty combinations</li><li>reminds me of some of the foods my English relatives enjoy</li><li>Wife says the index is good (nerd)</li></ul><br /><b>The Not So Good Stuff</b><br /><ul><li>recipe fonts and colours are hard to read and book doesn't stay open very well which makes ACTUALLY making the recipes very challenging</li><li>Not a lot of recipes that our family could enjoy together </li><li>Very few quick easy recipes - many take a lot of ingredients that we don't have on hand and involve a lot of steps </li><li>Really didn't like how the recipes were set up </li></ul><b>Favorite Recipes</b><br /><ul><li>Potato Pancakes with Smoked Salmon and a Cucumber and dill salad&nbsp;</li><li>Coconut and Crab Rice with Lime and Cilantro (This one was easy and quick to make)</li><li>Ceviche with Shrimp and Avocado</li></ul><br /><b>Who Should/Shouldn't Use</b><br /><ul><li>Lots of vegetarian recipes so it would appeal to those who are vegan</li><li>Better for the more intermediate cook with a sophisticated palate</li><li>Not for my wife - as many of the recipes involve way too much prep which she really isn't good at&nbsp;</li><li>Those who enjoy and can afford the organic lifestyle would enjoy </li></ul><b>3 Dewey's</b><br /><b><br /></b><br /><b>We received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review</b><br /><br /><b>Pictures</b><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-U8cpokAfSoc/T4clwUa9EpI/AAAAAAAAC7M/tU6O0lRrEYo/s1600/cookbook.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-U8cpokAfSoc/T4clwUa9EpI/AAAAAAAAC7M/tU6O0lRrEYo/s320/cookbook.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hmvWejeoLKY/T4clx09Y1rI/AAAAAAAAC7U/mPAka4Ehxlw/s1600/crabrice.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hmvWejeoLKY/T4clx09Y1rI/AAAAAAAAC7U/mPAka4Ehxlw/s320/crabrice.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Contest</b></span><br />1 Copy Very Fond of Food by Sophie Dahl<br />Ends April 27th, 2012<br />US/Canada Only<br /><br />Fill Out Form below<br /><br /><iframe frameborder="0" height="338" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" src="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/embeddedform?formkey=dDFDcFVTZ1JiWFBVdnBqN2FUVkJNVHc6MQ" width="360">Loading...</iframe><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/7873763052657747623-7969784490828530662?l=www.misbehavinlibrarian.com' alt='' /></div>mountie9http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364278330486592567noreply@blogger.com0