December 29, 2014

My Favorite Reads of 2014

What were your favorite reads of 2014? 
Here are my top picks out of everything I read this year!

Favorite Fiction
All the Rage by Courtney Summers 
(2015 release)

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Boy 21 by Matthew Quick

Lady Thief by A.C. Vaughn


Favorite Nonfiction

Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyle Melton

The Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality by Avital Norman Nathan, editor

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
(I highly recommend the audiobook version!)

The End of Your Life Book Club by Wlil Schwalbe

December 22, 2014

An end of year update

It's been a while since I've blogged! Between work and taking care of our baby, I've lucky if I can find time to even shower or eat dinner some days. My husband works nights and weekends, so I'm home alone with the baby quite a bit. I'm so excited that he'll get to move to day shift soon!

Baby's 1st library visit
So what have I been up to? I went back to work half-time when baby was 6 weeks old and then full-time when he was 8 weeks old. My recovery took a bit longer since I had a C-section, so it was great that they let me ease back into work! I've been enjoying getting to know the library's teen patrons better and providing programming and services for them.

The teen room
Our most popular programs are the Anime Manga Club and Wii Wednesday. They also enjoy movies, board games, and crafts. A couple simple, inexpensive crafts we did were Zombie Barbies and DIY Gift Boxes. 

We made Zombie Barbies the week of Halloween. One of my co-workers found Barbies for 99 cents each at Goodwill, and I donated a few of my own that I didn't care to destroy. Then I simply put out scissors, paint, sharpies, and other random craft items and let the teens get creative! While we made them we discussed our favorite zombie books, movies, and tv shows and discussed our survival strategies for the zombie apocalypse.
Zombie Barbie example
 Since the holidays are rapidly approaching, we made DIY Gift boxes. We used TP rolls and paper towel rolls and covered them with scrapbook paper using mod podge. Then we pinched the ends in and tied them with a ribbon. Simple and fun! I gave the teens who participated candy to fill up their boxes.
DIY Gift Box example
I've been having fun ordering new YA books and creating themed displays monthly as well. In October I did a Teens Top Ten display featuring previous winners to encourage them to vote for this year's nominees. In November I did a "We Moustache You to Check Out These Books" display in honor of Movember/No Shave November, and it was a big hit. In December I did a display based on the idea "I can't remember the title, but the cover was blue." 

Adding moustaches to books!
I've also kept busy weeding the YA collection, writing grants for 3D printers (fingers crossed!), visiting the local schools, and brainstorming ideas for redoing the teen room furniture. I'm hoping we can get our Teen Advisory Group up and running in January to help decide on a name for the teen room and provide input into programming for the new year.

It's been a great fall, and I LOVE my new job. I can't wait to see what 2015 brings!

October 12, 2014

Scribd Reads (3)

Scribd is a monthly eBook subscription service. For someone who reads as much as I do, it's a great value and a nice supplement to my library checkouts. If you're interested in trying it out for yourself, feel free to use my referral link to get an extra month added on to your free trial period! 

I'm still using and loving Scribd! After having the first 4 months free (thanks to the free trial and referrals), I've decided to keep the subscription. It's been awesome to have this app on my phone so that I can read while nursing my little one late at night. Here's what I've been reading lately: 

Babyhood by Paul Reiser
So funny and relatable! Definitely needed a laugh during these tough days of early parenthood.


Your Baby's First Year Week by Week 
and
Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby's First Year

These have been really helpful reads for this first time mommy! 

Have you tried out Scribd or other eBook subscription services? 

September 30, 2014

Meet our baby bookworm!

Our sweet baby bookworm is here! He arrived on September 5 weighing in at 8 pounds 13 ounces and measuring 22 inches long. The past several weeks have been a bit overwhelming as we've been adjusting to life with a newborn (and I've been recovering from an unplanned C-section). But we are so in love! 

Photo by Kristen Johnston
Photo by Kristen Johnston
Of course I had to have a book-themed picture! 
Baby loves when daddy reads to him. 

I only finished 3 books in September, but I'm surprised I even managed to read that much! Thank goodness for my Kindle and for the Kindle app on my phone - it's great for reading during late night breastfeeding sessions. Hopefully I'll find time to blog again here and there, but I'm not putting too much pressure on myself. I need to soak up all the time I can with my little one before I go back to work. :)

August 30, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (21)


Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
 It's all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

Borrowed
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson (audiobook)

Received for Review Consideration
Damsel Distressed by Kelsey Macke

Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin

Wildlife by Fiona Wood

What did you add to your shelves this week? 

August 16, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (20)


Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
 It's all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.


Borrowed
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor (audiobook)

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (audiobook)

I actually own both of these as print books but haven't got around to them yet since my TBR pile is so huge! So I checked out the audio versions from the library (one for my phone and one on CD for the car). I love using audiobooks to help speed up my TBR pile progress!

What did you add to your shelves this week?

August 13, 2014

Goodreads Challenge complete!


This year I set a goal to read 100 books, and I'm happy to say that I've reached my goal quite a bit early! I count audiobooks toward my goal, so that definitely helped the numbers. I don't think I will up my goal at this point because I'm not sure how much time/energy I'll have for reading in the first few months after baby bookworm arrives, and I don't want to put any pressure on myself. Anything else I read this year will just be icing on the cake! 

Did you set a Goodreads goal this year? Are you on track to reach it by the end of the year? 

August 9, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (19)


Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
 It's all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.


Borrowed
The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

Purchased
Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen (audiobook - snatched this up when it was an Audible Daily Deal!)

Make it Count by Megan Erickson

What did you add to your shelves this week? 

August 4, 2014

Scribd Reads (2)

Scribd is a monthly eBook subscription service. For someone who reads as much as I do, it's a great value and a nice supplement to my library checkouts. If you're interested in trying it out for yourself, feel free to use my referral link to get an extra month added on to your free trial period! 

Here's what I read on Scribd in July: 
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
This was a highly entertaining story! At first the dialect and the lack of quotation marks threw me off, but soon I was sucked into the story and used to the writing style. I will definitely be continuing with this series!

Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches' Guide to Romance Novels 
by Sarah Wendell and Candy Tan
As a librarian, I've been trying to expand my reading horizons over the past several years and have been trying out genres outside of my normal comfort zone. Since I can't read ALL THE BOOKS (unfortunately), I also like to read genre guides and familiarize myself with the popular authors and appeal factors of those genres. This book was informative but also incredibly funny! If you read the Smart Bitches Trashy Books website or listen to the DBSA podcast, I'm sure you'll enjoy this book.

I Can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous and Obscure 
edited by Smith Magazine
I'm a fan of the six-word memoirs series, but I hadn't read this one yet. It's a quick read and I read it in one sitting over a lunch break at work. Six-word memoirs are a fun thing to do for a passive program at the library. Provide some examples and leave some post-it notes out for teens to write their own six-word memoirs on and share with one another!

The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, vol. 2 by HitRecord, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and wirrow
This was another quick lunch break read for me. I already own it in print but saw it on the app and wanted to do a re-read. I love the stories and artwork. It was fun to revisit this favorite! 

Upcoming Reads: 
Rebel Heart by Moira Young (Dustlands #2)
I'm looking forward to continuing this addicting series.  

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
I know, I know...how have I never read this?! I've never seen the movie either. I figure I'll give the book a try first. My fellow readers seem to love it or hate it, so we'll see where I fall. 

August 2, 2014

Stacking the Shelves (18)



Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews.
 It's all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

Borrowed

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman (audio)

Downloaded

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (audio)

Received For Review Consideration

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
My True Love Gave to Me Edited by Stephanie Perkins

What did you add to your shelves this week?

August 1, 2014

A new job!

I have some good news to share--I was recently offered a job as a Teen Librarian at a local public library! I'll actually be starting at 36 weeks pregnant and then taking a short maternity leave once the baby arrives.

As some of you may already know, my husband's job requires that we live in a certain county, but until now I've always had to commute out of the county for work, the furthest being 2 counties away (I don't even want to think about how much money we've spent on gas or how many miles I've put on my car commuting these past several years...yikes.) While I'm sad to leave my current library and awesome co-workers, I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to finally work close to home, especially now that we are expecting a little one. The new job schedule works really well for daycare and will allow me to spend more time with family, too.

And let's not forget the most exciting part -- the library recently went through renovations and created a brand new teen room! I'm really excited to get in there and start doing teen programming and collection development. :)


July 31, 2014

Readalong time!


Today marks the kick-off of a 3 week readalong/blogging event hosted by multiple bloggers celebrating the release of Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins.

This week everyone is reading Anna and the French Kiss and next week we will read Lola and the Boy Next Door. Then we'll be ready to read Isla and the Happily Ever After on its release day! To see the full schedule and sign up to participate, visit Paper Riot.

I'm really looking forward to re-reading Anna and Lola and finally getting to read Isla! Will you be joining the readalong?

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