I was Â happy to have the chance to review The Sister Pact by Stacie Ramey. It’s a deep book that had me thinking on different levels. I’m thrilled to have the chance to share this interview with you today. Hearing from Stacie’s perspective have answered some questions about the book for me. What do you think? What was your inspiration for this book? I wanted to write about the sister relationship because siblings are the only ones who completely know each otherÂ’s story. And yet, even as much as you think you know, you really only know what they want to tell and show you. Allie is an artist and painting is a large part of this book. Are you an artist yourself? I am not an artist at all although I used to be really into photography when I was a teenager. I am envious of anyone who has the talent to work in the visual arts. I grew up near Washington, D.C. and used to drag my friends toÂ the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden whenever I could. I finally made it to MOMA a few years ago and was blown away. Did you do any research to write this story? IÂ’ve spent the last 26 years as a pediatric speech language pathologist and have taken many courses in mental health issues and pharmacology over the years. […]
It’s my birthday! (almost) I am… no, I’m not telling you how old I am. However, I wanted to celebrate because I’ve had such a great time blogging and I’ve made so many friends. Being the giving, generous personÂ that I am, I’m celebrating my birthday by giving you presents! If I won my own giveaway, I would have so much trouble picking! Hopefully you have an easier time. If you could win any 2016 release, which would you pick? These would be some of my top picks , but for you the sky is the limit! Â a Rafflecopter giveaway I’m off to celebrate my birthday. I’m going to the Renn Faire! I will post pictures on IG if you want to follow along. Good luck!
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff Series: The Illuminae Files, #1 Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 20th 2015 Buy on Amazon This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing sheÂ’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet thatÂ’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and EzraÂ—who are barely even talking to each otherÂ—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit. But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say whatÂ’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again. Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documentsÂ—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and moreÂ—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, […]
Dark Screams: Volume Five by Brian James Freeman, J. Kenner, Bentley Little, Mick Garris, Richard Chizmar Series: Dark Screams #5 Published by Hydra on October 6, 2015 Genres: horror Pages: 160 Buy on Amazon Mick Garris, J. Kenner, Kealan Patrick Burke, Del James, and Bentley Little pry open a sarcophagus of horror and dread in Dark Screams: Volume Five, from Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar of the esteemed Cemetery Dance Publications. EVERYTHING YOUÂ’VE ALWAYS WANTED by Mick Garris It was supposed to be the night of his life: a celebration of his one hit slasher flick. But the price of admission is higher than this has-been filmmaker ever could have imagined. THE ONE AND ONLY by J. Kenner When he was seven, Will UnderwoodÂ’s nanny told him she had the Sight. Years later, a broken heart sends him to New Orleans . . . but itÂ’s fate that leads him to Madame DarklingÂ’s Voodoo Emporium. THE LAND OF SUNSHINE by Kealan Patrick Burke Although she was mute long before the affair that nearly wrecked their marriage, her silence has tortured her husband ever since. Now he will seek out what he has lostÂ—or be driven mad by remorse. MECHANICAL GRATITUDE by Del James Arnold loves his Â’68 Camaro almost as much as he loves his wife, and heÂ’s willing to do anything to protect them bothÂ—especially after hearing […]
Now that school is starting on Monday and summer is over, I thought it would be a good time to wrap up my summer travels. I’ve talked some about how crazy my summer was and how I was gone almost the whole time. Looking back the best way to explain it is to look at this map. I drove from Pacific coast to the Atlantic coast to the Mexican border and almost to Canada. This is the map of my epic summer. We drove 9, 636 miles! We visited 20 different states! Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. We visited 9 national parks! Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, Yosemite, Alcatraz, Yellowstone, Devil’s Tower, Gulf Island National Seashore. All in all we had an incredible summer. However, I was so glad to be home. What did you do this summer?
Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dou Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! (literally No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!, referred to as “Watamote” for the rest of this post for the sake of brevity) is a comedy manga serialized in Gangan Online, written and illustrated by Nico Tanigawa. Tomoko Kuroki has one desire out of her high school life: to be popular, with a cute boy toy on her arm. However, due to her less than stellar social skills, she instead finds it a struggle to even get through the day. The manga chronicles her life throughout high school and how she slowly (very slowly) comes out of her shell. I will admit, this review will be shorter than my other ones because I find it incredibly hard to be unbiased toward Watamote. In fact, it is almost certainly one of my top five manga of all time with a protagonist that definitely ranks up there as one of my favorite fictional characters in any medium. But I don’t want to gush too much, so I’ll cut myself short here. This series’ greatest strength is its character writing and Tomoko in general. Tomoko does not start this series as a good person. And indeed, as we’ve hit the middle of the series (with the class trip of second year arc going on longer […]
So this was a slow week. I only read 5 books. However, I really enjoyed all of them. 3 were ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) that I received at TLA. Title:Â So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed Author:Â Jon Ronson Genre:Â Nonfiction Format:Â ebook Publishing Information: 4/30/15 byÂ Riverhead books Source:Â purchased Librarything | GoodreadsÂ | Amazon I love Jon Ronson. He writes nonfiction about odd or interesting topics. This book explores the new trend of internet retribution; the way people’s lives can be destroyed with one stupid comment on social media. I also recommend The Psychopath Test. Title:Â The Master Author:Â Kresley Cole Genre:Â Romance Format:Â ebook Publishing Information:Â 2/17/15 by Gallery Books Source:Â purchased Librarything | GoodreadsÂ | Amazon This is number 2 in a series. Its about a Russian mobster who finds love in the least likely place. The Heroine is running from her past and runs straight into Maxsim’s arms. Â The story and the characters were very detailed. I like a good story with my romance. Read this if you like Nora Roberts. Title:Â Everything, Everything Author:Â Nicola Yoon Genre:Â YA Format:Â Paperback, 320 Pages Publishing Information:Â 9/1/15 byÂ Delacourte Books Source:Â received free ARC at TLA Librarything | GoodreadsÂ | Amazon I’m going to do a more detailed review of Everything, Â Everything in a few days. The theme really reminded me of The Fault in Our Stars. It was about young love and living every day as if it’s your last. I highly recommend it! It comes out […]
Sorry for no post last week. I was combating the dreaded final projects that every student must face. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (literally Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun) is a romantic comedy four panel manga serialized in Gangan Online, written and drawn by Izumi Tsubaki. High school student Chiyo Sakura has a huge crush on classmate Umetarou Nozaki. If you’re worried that this series that centers on the eternal “Will she confess?!” question, have no fear — from the first page out, Chiyo makes her feelings for him quite clear. However, due to her roundabout way of confessing to him (“I’ve always been your fan!”) Nozaki takes her to mean she’s a fan of his manga, and puts her to work as his assistant. The series follows Chiyo’s adventures in trying to get Nozaki to notice her, and engaging all her friends with Nozaki’s manga. Chiyo is a great heroine both from a romantic and a comedic perspective. Although her crush doesn’t make much sense from a realism standpoint, it still captures the feeling of high school infatuation. She’s sweetly devoted to Nozaki… Perhaps to the point where it clouds her judgment. However, in issues where Nozaki isn’t involved, she can clearly pinpoint the eccentricities of her friends, making her an excellent straight man. This also means that she isn’t the butt of the joke all the time, which is particularly nice […]
I love books. I’ve always loved books. I like to talk about books and I love it when people ask me for recommendations. I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Texas Library Association (TLA)’s annual conference last week. There were lots of great sessions for librarians full of interesting information but I didn’t attend any. I had an Exhibit Only badge and I spent my time wandering around. It was a dream come true! People were handing me books left and right!. My Haul I’ve been toying with the idea of starting a book blog for years. While I was at TLA, someone who I respect and admire told me I should start one. Hearing her tell me that I speak eloquently about books made my day, maybe my year. It convinced me it was time to start. I have all these books from TLA to read. Let me tell you about them.