As part of my job, every year I go to the National Federation of the Blind‘s annual convention. This year, it was in Orlando, Florida. I didn’t have time to go to Disney or Harry Potter World while I was there because I was busy with conference stuff. However, on Wednesday morning, we did do one very interesting thing. We broke a Guiness World Record! My friend, Tony, looking dashing. On Wednesday morning, we all lined up and formed the world’s largest umbrella mosaic. Don’t worry, I didn’t know that it was a thing either before we did it. Apparently the previous record was 2100 people. Here is what we did. It’s 2480 people holding umbrellas to form the NFB’s new logo and the words Live the Life You Want. Here’s a news article. I’m not mentioned or anything, but its a pretty cool thing to have done. Oddly enough, this is my second world record. I also hold one for participating in the World’s Largest Secret Santa on Reddit Gifts. If you like Secret Santa’s, I highly recommend participating in it when Christmas rolls around again. Next week is an honest to goodness vacation. However, there is such thing as too much of a good thing and I almost wish we were going home. Happy Summer!
Control by Lydia Kang Published by Speak on February 5th 2015 Pages: 416 Format: Paperback Source: Free for Review Buy on Amazon “Control blew me away. The twists and turns and suspense made for a thrilling ride . . . Highly recommended” – James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze RunnerSet in 2150 — in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms — this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.When their overprotective father is killed in a terrible accident, Zel and her younger sister, Dylia, are lost in grief. But it’s not until strangers appear, using bizarre sensory weapons, that the life they had is truly eviscerated. Zel ends up in a safe house for teens that aren’t like any she’s ever seen — teens who, by law, shouldn’t even exist. One of them — an angry tattooed boy haunted by tragedy — can help Zel reunite with her sister.But only if she is willing to lose him. This book had several things going for it. The main character, Zel, suffers from Ondine’s Curse. This is the nickname for two real disease and could refer to eitherÂ congenital central hypoventilation syndrome (CCHS) or primary alveolar hypoventilation. Basically, Zel’s brain doesn’t tell her lungs […]
As you all know, I’m participating in the 2015 Summer Blogger Promo Tour. Its running from July 5th – August 12th. Today I’d like to introduce you to the creative team behind SBPT themselves, The Book Bratz. Jessica, is an avid (and already published) writer and reader, and Amber is a Speed Reader Extraordinaire. they’ve been blogging for over a year now. They are both fond of movies, books, cute boys, and chocolate. For their intro post, I asked them to choose their favorite blog post so I could feature it here. They introduced me to a kerfuffle that shock the blogger world last year. An author, Amy Spaulding, made a Bingo Card thatÂ hurt a lot of feelings. You can see it here if you have no idea what I’m talking about. I didn’t when I saw this post. The wonderful thing about Jessica and Amber is that instead of being hurt, they focused on why authors and readers love and appreciate each other and worked to bring the community back together. Thanks to them for their empathy! Let’s Talk: Blogger & Author Appreciation Originally posted here. Blogger & Author Appreciation Â Recently, some tension has developed among the blogging and writing communities. (If you know of the whole “Bingo Card”Â extravaganza, you know what we’re talking about.) Us ladies here at The Book Bratz have decided to reach out […]
My summer is full of work travel and a couple of fun trips. I spent two weeks traveling the country with my family. Then immediately afterward I got to go to a Garth Brooks concert! Â I was really excited when I realized I could shoehorn seeing this gentleman into my schedule. I’ve been a huge fan of his since high school. Â I will be the first to admit that I don’t listen to a lot of music. I didn’t listen to music at all before I discovered Garth Books and Billy Joel. Which I know is a foreign concept to almost everyone else. Â Since then my tastes have expanded slightly, but I still don’t listen to music very often. This is the only picture I got of the show unfortunately. My schedule was tight and I could only get tickets to the second show. There was a concert going on inside when we got there and they lined us up outside in a corral. Soon we weren’t a line, we were a mass as far as I could see. Frankly, the venue was lucky there were no emergencies because it the way they had us pressed together in an enclosure could have lead to tragedy. Despite the situation waiting for the doors to open, the concert was incredible. Garth Brooks put on an amazing show. Very much worth the […]
Title:Â Haven Lost Author:Â Josh De Lioncourt Genre:Â Fantasy Format:Â ebook Publishing Information:Â 6/16/14 by Bookbaby Source:Â Free for review Librarything | GoodreadsÂ | Amazon Synopsis Sixteen-year-old Emily Haven is the star of her hockey team at Lindsey High. She believes her success comes from an innate ability to see the future right before scoring a goal. Hockey is her first love and her escape from her chaotic, deteriorating life with her drug addicted mother and her motherÂ’s live in, drunk of a boyfriend. The day she misses a shot that she knew without doubt she would make, is the day everything changes. She begins to see a dirty boy in torn clothing looking out of reflections at her. When disaster strikes, she runs towards her vision and away from her school, hockey team and life. Waking up in a new land, she finds herself torn between two factions in the middle of a rebellion she knows nothing about. Thoughts I really liked the setting in this book. Emily is pulled into a different world and I love discovering the rules of a world different than our own. She quickly becomes a candidate to be a SorceressÂ’s apprentice and meets other girls with special abilities like her own. The magic in this world seems to be organically based. There were no fireballs in sight, but lots of growing vines like in Sleeping Beauty. Josh De Lioncourt […]
RobertaÂ R. is a senior blogger with a penchant forÂ YAÂ books. Her love of music has landed her a job as a host for a local radio station. Her fancy for TV series, Â from police procedural to sci-fi to urban fantasy, causes her to experiment wild adventures with too many fictional characters in her night dreams. Her urge to spread the love for overlookedÂ YAÂ novels drove her to start her blog,Â OffbeatÂ YA, in 2012. It started with a book. It always does. In 1997, I stumbled upon the blurb of a 8 year old Christopher Pike novel, Remember Me, inÂ the YA section of a book catalogue. Please take special note of the following: I wasn’t familiar with his stuff, or with the whole YA phenomenon for that matter (what with being in Italy); I was already past the age of reading YA novels…or so I thought. I was only going through the whole catalogue because I’d read pretty much anything, telephone address books included.Â But the image of a deceased girl who sets on investigating her own murder began to haunt meÂ to the point that I impulsively went out and bought the book. Little did I know at the time that such a simple action would have started my love affair with afterlife novels…and Pike himself (IÂ mean his writer persona of course…). The fact is, I simply love everything about afterlife novels. […]
Interrupting our regularly scheduled TTT Thursday post’s I’d like to introduce you to the Book Bratz’s Summer Blogger Promo Tour.Â I’ve been really busy this summer, traveling all over the country. I teach braille in the summer with the National Federation of the Blind’s BELL program. I also just got back from an amazing road trip vacation. San Francisco Â Badlands National Park The Grand Canyon Yellowstone National Park So I’ve been really busy. I signed up for the blogger promo tour too and I’m really excited about participating. So every Sunday until the end of August, I will be posting an intro to a different blogger. On Thursday’s instead of TTT Thursday, I will be posting a picture an description of where I am and what I’m doing, since every week I will be somewhere new. It will be busy, but I know you will love getting to know these bloggers as much as I have.
Title:Â Another Day Author:Â David Levithan Genre:Â YA Format:Â Paperrback, 336 Pages Publishing Information:Â 8/25/15 by Knopf Books for Young Readers Source:Â Free ARC from TLA Librarything | GoodreadsÂ | Amazon Synopsis Every day is the same for Rhiannon. She focuses on getting through school and not upsetting Justin. She follows the rules she has made for herself. Don’t be needy. Don’t upset him. Don’t expect too much. Then one day, one perfect day, Justin becomes the man that Rhiannon always wished he would be. And everything changes. Thoughts I posted earlier about Every Day in my TTT Thursday post. This is the companion to that book. It’s not really a sequel. Â Then I said that I thought Every Day by David Levithan was a really interesting premise. In Every Day, every day is always different for A. Every single day, A wakes up in a different person. AÂ doesn’t know why this happens but its been true for as long as A can remember. This works until the day that A wakes up as Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. Another Day follows the same characters in the same story but it tells the story from Rhiannon’s perspective. As soon as I saw this book in the author signing line. I knew I had to have it! If you liked Every Day, Another Day is a must read. If you haven’t read Every Day yet, […]
Did you like Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races? If you did, you are in the majority. That book has inspired serious loyalty in it’s fans. IÂ enjoyed it immensely, but perhaps not to the degree everyone else has. You can check out my review and see for yourself.Â Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon In The Scorpio races, the Cappail Uisce come on land every November and the bravest Thisby Islanders catch them for the race. The luckiest racers live through it, other die trying. Puck Connolly never wanted to race, but this year, due to circumstances beyond her control, she has to. Sean Kendrick races every year and wishes he didn’t. What I really loved about the book was the Water Horses and how deadly they were. I really enjoyed how the author took a much loved animal and turned it on its head. She turned horses, a beautiful, noble animal that every little girl loves into something to be feared. The Cappail Uisce are wild and uncontrollable. They are both magical and horrifying. If you liked The Scorpio Races, then you might like… Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon In Rampant, unicorns are real. However, everything you think you know about them is wrong. Unicorns aren’t beautiful, peaceful, magical creatures. No, they are ravenous, indiscriminate killers who love human flesh. Luckily, there is a secret sect of girls uniquely suited […]
Librarything | Goodreads | Amazon Synopsis Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the outer realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world–and each other–the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe. Thoughts: I posted the actual book summary from the back of the book, because in my […]