Monday, September 29, 2014

My YA Reading List for the Year

Happy Monday, all!

My daughter is in seventh grade this year. (A yikes)

That's a whole other issue. But I'm trying to encourage her to read more so I decided to read her list of required reading along with her for her Language Arts class.

What's on her--er, now MY list?

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I think it'll be good for my daughter to see me reading what she is reading so I can empathize with her and also bring up some good discussions about the books as well, which might help her in school.

Actually, I've never read a Neil Gaiman book but always meant to and here is my chance, so I'm pretty excited about that!

I've also meant to get back to reading YA too. I've kind of drifted away from it but I'm ready for a change again.

Do you read or have you read what your kids were reading in school?

Have you read any of the above books?

Monday, September 22, 2014

For the Love of Libraries--and Read a Banned Book

Happy Monday!

Like that nifty bracelet?
I picked it up for Banned Books Week (this week):
September 21-27th

And in case you want to read a banned book in honor of the right to read, check out this article on 33 Must-Read Banned Books: here.

Anyhew, this ties in with my Library title.

I'm pretty involved with my local library, and right now we're creating a Strategic Plan for the next few years for it, which is basically, what we're going to plan to do/buy/make/build in the next few years that will support our mission statement.

Wow, did you ever think libraries actually did all that?

Well, I even went to a Library Conference a few weeks ago to learn more. (Not really by choice, but I'm glad I went) I really got a lot of cool ideas. Like, the NY Public Library put a photo booth in theirs so people visiting NYC can take a picture then tweet about the library, which is great for marketing as well.

Makerspaces are really big right now for libraries. Makerspaces are pretty much spaces in the library where people from the community can come together to learn or create something. Some people learn to knit, or create 3D robots, fix a flat tire, dissect radios, create videos or commercials. It really depends on your community and hobby need/want. Libraries are trying to stay current and viable by branching out and becoming more than just a warehouse of books.

I even got the suggestion to bring back phone booths in our library. Really? Yes, but without actual phones. Everybody has cellphones now, but no quiet place to use them. There was also a suggestion to put in video screens so people visiting can Skype friends and family.

The possibilities are endless.

Needless to say, once we start brainstorming in a few weeks, it's going to be very exciting and fun.

So I now I'm wondering, does your local library offer any cool programs or technologies?

How often do you use your local library?

What is your favorite banned book?

Monday, September 15, 2014

For the Love of Google

Happy Monday!

I don't know how it is in your neck of the woods, but I am LOVING this crisp fall weather right now!

Have you seen this carton above?

It cracks me up because it's so true. I can't tell you how many times I'll be in a conversation with someone and we'll question something and then I'll have to immediately pull it up on my phone to find out more about it.

In fact, I was looking through the history on my phone and thought I'd share a little of what I've been inspired to Google recently:
(in no particular order)

1) How old is Katie Perry - my daughter asked and well, then I became curious too

2) What is pepperoni -- I wasn't sure if it was pork or beef. It's both!

3) Can dogs east corn --my dog was looking forlornly at me and I wanted to give him some. It's ok in moderation.

4) Best Back of Arm flab exercises --again, just curious...

5) How to dye hair with Kool-Aid--my daughter wanted to do this to her hair before school started

6) Best way to get rid of fruit flies -- there were tons of fruit flies in my house. But not anymore!

7) Peek-a-Boo bulldog-- saw this on the news and it was so cute I wanted to tweet and share it

8) NJ minimum wage 2014-- I knew it went up but I couldn't remember when exactly. Just curious again.

9) Banana Whip calories-- had this for lunch on the boardwalk and wondered what I had consumed. Not much, thank goodness.

10) Rice Krispie Treat recipe-- wanted to make some recently but the recipe wasn't on the cereal box so I had to look it up

The list goes on.

I think I look up things several times a day. Am I smarter as a result?
Yes. No. Maybe? LOL
All I know is that I'm very grateful for the Internet.

How about you? Do you look up things as frequently as I do when a question pops in your mind?
What have you Googled lately?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Almost Forgot to Come Back!

Hey, all!

I know summer isn't technically over, but I hope everyone had a nice summer.

I had a REALLY good one.
Too good.
So good, I couldn't wait for it to end because I thought it was going to kill me. LOL

But because of my complete frolicking and fun, I did not write ONE WORD.


Because of my complete frolicking and fun, I also BARELY READ.

What the?

I know, right? I really don't know what happened to me except that I needed some time off to do other things besides read and write. I also didn't want to be a slave to blogging or Facebook. I wanted to do it when I wanted to do it, not because I had to.

It was quite liberating.

However, it's time to blog again. One of the things that I do love about blogging (besides the people)is the accountability. And I find there is a correlation between writing and blogging. When I blog, I'm more plugged into what's going on in the writing world and more likely to be motivated to write.

It's a sort of catch-22.
It takes time away from writing to blog, yet if I don't blog, I write less anyway. :)

Anyway,I'm back! Remember me?

So nice to see you again!

Anyone feel the way I do about blogging and writing, too?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A Break in this Break :-)

Hi, all!

Yes, I'm still on blog break but I wanted to make you all aware of my buddy's New Adult book that's out right now!

I just bought it and can't wait to dig in!

Stephanie Monahan


Sometimes the song on the radio really is about you.

You know that catchy song you keep hearing on the radio?

It’s about you.

Natalie Jamison has spent five years trying to forget the girl she was in high school: popular, pretty…and, okay, mean. Now in her twenties and living once again in her small town, she’s right back where she was: following Queen Bee Amber and keeping secrets from her best friend, Sarah.

Secrets like Jack Moreland.

Everyone knows Jack Moreland—his new album, Good Enough, is everywhere. He’s famous. Impossibly handsome. Completely untouchable. But what none of Natalie’s old clique knows is that in high school, Natalie and Jack fell in love. And their secret relationship was incredible, painful—and earth-shattering enough to inspire an entire album.

Facing friends and enemies isn’t easy, but Natalie will go to great lengths to prove she is good enough—to her friends, to herself, and most of all, to the small-town boy turned worldwide heartthrob she never forgot.


Check it out!

Hope you all are keeping cool!

Monday, June 9, 2014

A Little Break

Happy Monday!

Well, June is here and with school coming to an end for the kiddo, I've decided to take some time off from the blogosphere this month--possibly the summer. We'll see how much I get done.

In the meantime, I'll see you on Twitter or Facebook!

Have a great June!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Cover Reveal!

Hi, all! Happy Monday!

I'm excited to help out my bloggy friend Carol Kilgore!
She has a new book coming out and today is her COVER REVEAL for it!

Ta da!!!

By the end of a long evening working as a special set of eyes for the presidential security detail, all Kat Marengo wants is to kick off her shoes and stash two not-really-stolen rings in a secure spot. Plus, maybe sleep with Dave Krizak. No, make that definitely sleep with Dave Krizak. The next morning, she wishes her new top priorities were so simple.
As an operative for a covert agency buried in the depths of the Department of Homeland Security, Kat is asked to participate in a matter of life or death—locate a kidnapped girl believed to be held in Corpus Christi, Texas. Since the person doing the asking is the wife of the president and the girl is the daughter of the first lady’s dearest friend, it’s hard to say no.
Kat and Dave quickly learn the real stakes are higher than they or the first lady believed and will require more than any of them bargained for.
The kicker? They have twenty-four hours to find the girl—or the matter of life or death will become more than a possibility.

Carol writes grocery lists, texts to her family, new lyrics to old songs for her dogs, love notes to her husband, and novels for herself. And for you. In between, she blogs weekly at Under the Tiki Hut and is active on Facebook and Twitter.

She sees mystery and subterfuge everywhere. And she’s a sucker for a good love story—especially ones with humor and mystery. Crime Fiction with a Kiss gives her the latitude to mix and match throughout the broad mystery and romance genres. Having flexibility makes her heart happy.

You can connect with Carol and her books here:


It's gorgeous!!