Last week, on the coldest day of the summer, the library hosted a Luau on the Lawn. So much fun was had! We played musical beach blankets, had a limbo contest (boy, those kids were bendy!), there was a Nerf archery contest, an Iron Chef contest, and we topped it all off with a water balloon toss and fight. Good times were had by all!
This is just half of the balloons we had on hand! Also, how cool is it that my hibiscus got its first two blooms on the morning of our party?
This morning I gave away another fantastic basket! This week’s prize basket includes a make-your-own slushee kit, the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, cookies, candy, Chipotle coupons, and of course, books! I think it’s another fun one. You can’t win if you don’t play, so be sure to stop in and see us. We are down to our last two prize baskets, so it’s now or never.
I am still working on my Summer Reading Throwdown Challenge. I pledged to finish 12 books in July. I am on track to exceed that number. Nine down, three to go, with ten days left. No problemo!
Be sure to stop by Books Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great reading suggestions.
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
- Fool Moon by Jim Butcher is the second installment of The Dresden Files. I am definitely a fan of this urban fantasy series starring a wizard and the Chicago PD.
- Landline by Rainbow Rowell is yet another fun, romantic offering from the author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl. Big fan, here!
- The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson is the first in a steampunk-y series. It took a while for me to warm up to this one, but in the end I really liked it! Sign me up for more!
- In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo is a unique collaboration of story and art. Both the text and the images tell the story of a secret society of immortals and the young man who is trying to stop them.
I don’t ever want Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor to end. Ever. It is so beautiful and horrific. I also started That Night by Chevy Stevens, a new suspense/thriller.
I am still trying to find my next big read. You know, that book you just can’t put down? The one you think about when you aren’t reading it? These books that I am working on are fine and I am enjoying them, but I am not lost in any of them. I want to be lost! Suggestions?
Posted in Book Lists, Book Reviews, Mondays with Megan, Teen events
Tagged ARC, audiobooks, graphic novels, It's Monday! What Are You Reading?, Jim Butcher, Jim Di Bartolo, Kiersten White, laini taylor, mystery, netgalley, Rainbow Rowell, reading challenges, romance, Summer Reading Throwdown
Wow! It has been two full weeks since I last blogged! Since I’ve been gone we gave away two more awesome summer reading baskets. This week’s winner is taking home a tie dye kit, the movie The Outsiders, some books, candy, and more. Next week’s basket has some funky duct tape, The Big Bang Theory pens, candy, books, and more! Stop by the Reference Desk to sign up and get busy reading so you can enter the drawing!
Before I get to my own reading list, I have to mention that Wednesday, July 16 will be the second annual Luau on the Lawn at the Library. Students finishing grades 5-8 should join us at 2pm for fun games (Musical Beach Blankets and water balloon tossing, anyone?), snacks (we’ll have smoothies, watermelon, and candy), and even an Iron Chef competition. Not interested in competing? We’ll have Rainbow Looms and bands handy for you to get crafty.
Now for two weeks worth of reading to report! Be sure to stop by Books Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great reading suggestions.
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
- The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker is a page-turner of a mystery. I couldn’t put this one down.
- The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown is the inspirational story of the 1936 U.S. Olympic crew team. Fantastic audio!
- In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang is a yet-to-be-released graphic novel about a teenaged girl and her experience with a multiplayer roleplaying game.
- Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich is the latest installment in the Stephanie Plum saga. It is exactly what I have come to expect from these novels. They are my summer fluff reading.
- The Girl With a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson is another mystery/thriller. It wasn’t my favorite, but the audio was engaging.
- Bad Medicine, vol. 1 by Nunzio DeFilippis is the first volume in a new graphic novel series that pairs an eccentric doctor and a NYPD detective as they investigate a seemingly impossible medical phenomenon. It was pretty good and I will be watching to see where the series goes.
- Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter is the first in a series about a camp for supernatural teens. I am still not sure how I feel about this one. I was disappointed with the world building. Mostly this was a romance with a love-triangle, set at a camp. I will most likely stop here.
- Animorphs: The Invasion by Katherine Applegate is the first in the wildly popular middle grade series. I am looking for a book that will interest my soon-to-be second grade nephew. He loves animals, music, trucks and tool. He is quite well-rounded in his interests, but doesn’t have the patience to sit for long while being read to. I’ll gladly take suggestions for books his mom can read to him!
Posted in Book Lists, Teen events, Top Ten Tuesdays
Tagged ARC, audiobooks, Brandon Sanderson, It's Monday! What Are You Reading?, Jim Butcher, laini taylor, mystery, netgalley, nonfiction, Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Plum
This week The Broke and The Bookish are looking for beach reads! My beach bag will mostly likely not see a single grain of sand this summer because I will be too busy doing grass/patio/porch reading. Sand makes me twitchy. So, my lazy summer days reading will hopefully consist of the following books:
1. The One by Kiera Cass. Honestly, I do not even like this series. But I *must* know how it ends.
2. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. True story: this book is too big for me to commit to right now! Have you seen it? It’s a monster. I will be reaching for this one when I have a few days off!
3. After the End by Amy Plum. I plan to read this new post-apocalyptic suspense this summer. I have it at home now, so possibly sooner than later.
4. Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I can’t wait for this new book to come out on July 8th.
5. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. The ultimate beach read! Look at the cover; they are on the beach!
6. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher. I just started this series and I can already tell that these books will be my go-tos when I am struggling to choose a book. I suspect that Harry Dresden is dependable. I will be able to count on him to be entertaining.
7. The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt. I can always count on Lindsey Leavitt to deliver a fun, cute read. Perfect for summer.
8. Pointe by Brandy Colbert. I almost didn’t add this to my TBR list because of ballet. Eh. But people keep raving about it and it’s a mystery/thriller. Also, I remembered that I have no interest in high school football but I still I LOVED Friday Night Lights, so Pointe gets a chance this summer! *NOTE* I accidentally forgot to bring a book to work for my dinner break so I grabbed this one off the shelf and read the first chapter. I definitely want to read this book now!
9. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. I have enjoyed Zevin’s YA books, but have never read any of her adult works. This one sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to read or listen to it this summer.
10. The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner. I think I need a touching/moving/crying type summer book. From what I hear, this one will do the trick.
What books are on your summer reading list?
Posted in Book Lists, Top Ten Tuesdays
Tagged Amy Plum, Beach Reads, Brandy Colbert, Cassandra Clare, Gabrielle Zevin, Gae Polisner, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Jim Butcher, Kiera Cass, Lindsey Leavitt, Rainbow Rowell, summer reading, Top Ten Tuesday