Here is a list of books that were passed along to me, so I am passing them along to you:
“It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury. But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die?”
I really liked this book. It was a quick read and I was wondering about how it would end. It reminded me of the Final Destination series.
This book is, in a word……AWESOME!
Finding Money in your old coat pocket, when cashiers open up a new lane, hitting all of the green lights, popping bubble wrap, locking someone out of the car and pretending to drive away. These things are just awesome!
This is a quick read with each “awesome” story lasting only a page or two. I loaded this book by Neil Pasricha on my iPad on a whim and was not disappointed. It was fun to read through these and think of how awesome those things really are and how the little things make our days.
…That I write a post. I read The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom, and this book is all about TIME.
How many times a day do we check the clock or look at the clock on our phones or schedule appointments or feel like we are running late or running out of TIME? We are always asking, “What TIME is it?” “What TIME is lunch?” “What TIME does the movie start?” Just to name a few. I do it all of the TIME. I am constantly scheduling and checking my watch (yes, I still wear one). Sometimes we are just staring at the clock hoping that TIME will move more quickly. After reading this book, I will never think of TIME the same again.
This book takes place in all different spaces of TIME. Dor is the original inventor of TIME and he was wise beyond his years and started to notice the sun and the moon and was the first person to ever start counting in a time before it was even thought of, long before clocks and calendars. He is the man that we know of as Father TIME. This book tells his story and how he came to be and how he spends his days and years in a cave where there is no longer TIME, only cries of people for more or less TIME.
Fast Forward to present day and we meet two characters of very different means and of having an unlikely chance of ever meeting. Victor is a millionaire who has been diagnosed with cancer and does not have long to live. He is determined to be in charge of his destiny and try to beat death and live forever in his own sense of mortality against a ticking clock. Sarah, is a senior and an overweight teen who is still recovering from her parent’s divorce and is just counting down the TIME until she graduates so that she can be free of the humiliation of high school. Until she meets Ethan who is a boy that she volunteers with at a shelter and she is in love. He agrees to go out with her too and things transpire and she has fallen head over heels in love, but unfortunately it is not the same for him. Sarah no longer wants to live. She just wants TIME to run out for her, and far too soon.
Through space and time, Dor is the only one that can save them both, though he has no idea how. You should check it out, before you run out of TIME.
Here are just a few of the sayings that we say every day that have to do with TIME:
Time after time; Time to go; Quality time; The time is right; The time is now; No time like the present; Take time to smell the roses; Time will tell; Third times the charm; Time is of the essence; Time heals all wounds; Only time can heal a broken heart; So little time; Running out of time; Time management; Spend your time wisely; It is just a matter of time; Passing time; Killing time; A stitch in time saves nine; Time is everything; It is about time; Time of your life; Time’s a wasting; All in good time; Time well spent; Desperate times; May you live in interesting times; It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; Time is money; Time flies when you’re having fun; Keeping time with the music; Tracking time; Time travel; The time has come; One day at a time; End of times; One at a time; Time is up; Time is on your side; Time is of the essences; Time out; Another time, another place; Time flies when your having fun; Time seems to drag on; Perhaps, another time; Timing is everything; Half-time; At this time next week or By this time tomorrow; Break time; Time for me to fly; Time is of the essence; pressed for time; time of your life; just to name a few.
TIME to go!
I read two books recently that turned out to be great reads. Did someone tell me about them? Were they on the cover of a magazine? Were they on a bestsellers list? Did the cover draw me in and I couldn’t wait to find out what was inside? Nope. They were available from the library for my iPad. I am determined to use my iPad for more than just Words with Friends and Temple Run. So, I decided to download some books. The library offers them FREE right, so why not? So I took some time to look through our Woodlands catalog to see what was there. It is easy. You can download books to any eReader. There are different ways depending on the eReader, but it is pretty simple (especially if I can do it!) and someone can easily help you too. You just have to download Adobe Digital Editions and browse the catalog. Just go to http://mymcls.com/download to learn all about it.
I was also hoping to do some reading while spending some time on a borrowed elliptical, but when I found myself standing on it and reading, I decided that I may as well be comfortable on the couch.
Woodlands downloadables works just like a regular library, only it is virtual! There are books that are “available” and you can download them instantly and begin reading from home! You can get on a list for other books, but because of my impatience, I just looked for some reads that were available, and it turned out that I loved them both!
The first one, “How I Live Now” by Meg Rosoff is about a girl that goes to visit her cousin in England from the United States and there is a war going on. It is very sad and reminds me of Katniss from the Hunger Games (which has been referenced many times here). She is trying to take care of her cousin and make it on her own and it is just devastating that while she tries to get back to her other cousin, she both loses and finds herself. Very dark but good.
The second book was called, “The Summer I Learned to Fly” by Dana Reinhardt and it was an excellent read. Birdie, the main character is helping her mom who owns a cheese shop and her dad has died and she is 13 and trying to figure things out in life. She spends a lot of her time doing the right thing and establishing relationships that seem unlikely and while she is sad, she is making the most of her life. There are just so many questions that she wants answered. She meets Emmett, a mysterious friend, and her life is changed. They decide to go searching for answers together. It is a great book and it reminds me of “Sorta Like a Rockstar” which you can read about here.
Anyway, both of these reads were great and it was so nice to find a little surprise tucked away in the Woodlands search. You can download them both now, because I turned them back in and they should be available. Or, you can request or check out a copy in print from the library as well and find them in the catalog the old fashioned way: The Summer I Learned to Fly & How I Live Now
I think that it does. This is one of my favorite break-up stories to tell, even though it probably doesn’t really count in the record books of break-ups. This is at least one story that I am willing to share. In the days when “going out” was determined by secret notes when you circle yes and no and holding hands on the playground, my best friend and I decided to be “going together” in 4th grade. We did everything together anyway, right? It just made sense. We sat by each other in class and borrowed answers from each other. We would play games on the playground and sit together at lunch, so I think that it was inevitable that he become my boyfriend. I’m sure that one of us asked a friend to find out for us. On Valentine’s Day I must have heard from a friend (of course) that he got me a gift, and I realized that I should do the same. I made my mom take me to a local small store and I purchased a cute little penguin “I Love You” stamp and some candy. We exchanged gifts and things were great. After a while though, as with any relationship, things changed. He started acting differently and instead of being my best friend to play kickball on the playground with, he started to act like a boyfriend. Something I was not a fan of. I tried to explain this politely, and that I just wanted my best friend back and that we could still be friends (doesn’t everyone say that?), but that we were breaking up. He took it really hard. Worse than I thought that he was going to, considering that we were still going to see each other every day. He was upset and maybe even shedding a few tears, and he took out the beloved penguin stamp and smashed it in front of me on his desk! This was not like him at all, so I was both shocked and surprised and a little mad, since I had given that to him. So much for a nice, clean break. Luckily, we grew up and stayed close and even went to prom together (I hear some people have some good break-up stories from prom) and are still friends today, so we are both beyond what I will always refer to as “The Penguin Stamp Incident.” My advice? Don’t give anything as a give that you can’t handle watching get destroyed in the event of a break-up.
Don’t forget to leave a comment about your own break-up story. Prizes will be given out for the best story at the DDLHC Party on February 17th!
Nocturne: A Claire de Lune Novel
By Christine Johnson
Another werewolf book in this series. Just in time, because if you watched Breaking Dawn Part 1 and it left you feeling like you could use a little more wolf-time – this is your book. No, it doesn’t involve Jacob taking off his shirt, and it is told from a girl’s point of view, but this is part two of the first in the Claire de Lune series by Christine Johnson. The story picks right up where the last one left off. Claire couldn’t be happier that her life has finally settled down. She’s been fully initiated into her family’s pack of female werewolves, her best friend Emily is back in town, and she’s finally allowed to be with Matthew, the human love of her life. All she wants to worry about is finding the most gorgeous dress to wear to the Autumn Ball with her perfect boyfriend. But as Claire knows all too well, the life of a werewolf is never that simple, or that sweet. When Claire’s human and wolf lives start to collide, her worst nightmares come true. She is hurting her best friend. She has been caught lying. And then the unthinkable happens: Someone discovers Claire’s secret. If Claire’s werewolf identity is exposed, everyone she knows will be put at risk. And the pack’s response comes at a cost higher than Claire can imagine. Claire will be forced to determine just how far she is willing to go to protect her family, her identity and her life, before she loses it all.
Hanover Falls hasn’t had a werewolf problem in over one hundred years. Seattle, Copenhagen, Osaka–they’ve had plenty of attacks. But when humans begin dying in Claire Benoit’s town, the panic spreads faster than a rumor at a pep rally. At Claire’s sixteenth birthday party, the gruesome killings are all anyone can talk about. But the big news in Claire’s mind is the fact that Matthew Engle–high-school soccer god and son of a world-renowned lycanthropy expert–notices her. That night, Claire learns that she is the latest in a long line of Benoit werewolves, and that contrary to popular belief, all werewolves are female. Killing humans is forbidden by the code of the pack, but a rogue werewolf has been breaking that law, threatening the existence of Claire’s new pack. As the pack struggles to find and fight the rogue werewolf and Claire struggles with her lupine identity, her heart and her loyalties are torn in two. Claire must keep her new life a secret from even her best friend–and especially from Matthew, whose father is leading the werewolf hunt…and with whom Claire is impossibly and undeniably falling head-over-paws in love.
That is the review according to the website: http://www.christinejohnsonbooks.com/
You can find this book on our online catalog.
This book is a lot like the Twilight series, only with werevolves. It reads a lot like Twilight and I would recommend it to the Twilight readers. There is a second one in the series called Nocturne that was released on August 23, 2011. I’m reading that one now. So far so good.
“Shattering Glass” by Gail Giles a YA novel that has been around for a while. After re-reading it with the Youth Center Book Club, I’m even more certain that it will be a true classic. It’s the story of high school uber-loser, Simon Glass. When the popular guys decide to make Simon popular with manipulation and a makeover, they find Simon’s computer wizardry to be a bonus of their experiment. Unfortunately, Simon’s years of humiliation by his classmates combined with his nearly absent parents, have made him quite the psycho. When Simon refused to stick to the plan – things turn viciously violent.
This book is beyond intense – the ending is sudden and unbearably awesome. The author’s technique of starting each chapter with a different person’s statement – essentially provides the sequel to the story – so pay attention to each statement – even if it is confusing.
Even though everybody at book club read the same book, almost everyone had a different interpretation of who was the aggressor and which role was played by whom. Nobody’s interpretation is wrong, the author is just so gifted at giving you the basics and letting you try to figure out what is reality. Even people that had read the book before, discovered different perspectives. The cover alone of the paperback gave us at least a half an hour of discussion.
This book definitely has a lot of language and some raw violence, so if you are sensitive to that – be wary.
You will love this book if you like psychological thrillers, realistic fiction, a certain amount of twistedness and coming to your own conclusions. This book is not for you if you are sensitive to ambiguous characters and abrupt endings.
Smitten with the excellent cover, featuring an old school lighter, this Printz honor book is the best YA novel I’ve read in a LONG time. Finally – a teen character who sounds authentic! Vera Dietz is a smart, witty, insecure, brave, pragmatic, wishful, hard-working, cynical idealist who has issues with her parents, her childhood friend and secret love Charlie, mean girl Jenny Flick, alcohol and cigarettes. The book opens with Vera and her dad attending Charlie’s funeral. Charlie has committed suicide and Vera, who knew he was broken, before they broke apart, doesn’t know what to feel, only that all the feelings coming at her are too much to handle. The story unfolds from there, flashing back and forth from past to present.
We know that a lot of YA authors are guilty of sticking in too many tired, plot devices – emotionally distant dads, best friends who are unexpressed true loves, moms that leave, and make out sessions that lead characters to consider the “appropriateness” of their choice in partner, never just having a great time. (Call me hyper-critical, but even teen suicide feels like it’s become a routine topic to hinge a plot on, not the devastating, unbearable, and horrific event that it really is). Certainly, A. S. King uses a lot of these stock situations, but the character of Vera, is so vibrant and strong – I didn’t care about the overused plot points. Vera blows fresh air into a kind of stale genre! Many of the twists and turns in the story worked for me because I just want to hang out with Vera and have her tell me what’s happening with her.
So in my, you’ll love it/it’s not for you style – here’s what I’m thinking.
You’ll love “Please Ignora Vera Diez” (PIVD) if you love (or long for) a character who is so sharp and funny, that even when she is trying not to be noticed, she is incredibly compelling. or if you like a plot that moves quickly, has a few unexpected twists, and doesn’t resort to making someone reform in the end to make sure that you get the message. Or, if you are looking for a little bit of creepy sub-plot – you’ll love PIVD. Oh yeah, or if you’re a teenage guy who is smart enough to read good books with strong female characters, and then used what they learned to connect to women in their own life.
PIVD is NOT for you if you’re looking for answers, vampires, werewolves, wizards or animals that talk. Or if you don’t like reality fiction with a fair amount of sophisticated subject matter – including teenage drinking, sexual abuse and suicide.