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Dramarama

I had the library get this (and all of her other books) in from the inter-library system because after reading the Ruby Oliver series, I wanted to check out her other books. I like this one, I’m about half-way through, but there’s something bugging me. I’m thinking it may just be her writing style because it happened with The Boy Book too.

Love You Hate You Miss You

I started this last night for the 1 ARC Tour and so far, it’s so so good. I pretty much fell asleep reading it last night because I was so tired but didn’t want to put the book down. It’s Elizabeth Scott, which pretty much guarantees its awesomeness, but I seriously thinking it’s kicking all of her other books *sses. Will definitely finish it today.

Wish You Were Dead

I started this one earlier this week and haven’t picked it up since. The beginning is super-intriguing but then…blah. I’m not sure whether I’ll pick it up to give it another shot or not.

What are you reading?

Anyone going to the Laura Wiess signing in Muncy, PA next Saturday?!

The Miles Between

Title: The Miles Between

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Rating: 8/10

Good If… You’re looking for a one-day roadtrip book.

Summary: (Taken from Amazon)

Destiny Faraday makes a point of keeping her distance from her classmates at Hedgebrook Academy. Her number-one rule: Don’t get attached. But one day, unexpectedly finding a car at their disposal, Destiny and three of her classmates embark on an unauthorized road trip.

 They’re searching for one fair day—a day where the good guy wins and everything adds up to something just and right. Their destination: Langdon, a town that Destiny’s unsuspecting companions hope will hold simply a day of fun. But, as Destiny says, “Things are not always what they seem.” Only she knows that Langdon holds far more than that—a deep secret she has never shared with anyone.

My Thoughts: This book is definitely a step away from the ordinary. It makes you believe one thing for most of the novel and then when you find out that it’s completely different, it’s shocking.
Destiny is an interesting character, as is her Aunt. You never really find out what game she’s playing until the very end and you’re led to believe something very different from the truth. Her friends were fun but I would have loved for them to have a little more depth. Even now I can remember very little about each of them. I must say that my favorite character in the whole book was the little lamb they pick up.
The adventures they go on throughout the day are really fun and kinda unexpected.
The ending was…incredible. I had no clue it was coming. Wow.
Overall, I definitely recommend this!
 

If you saw yesterday’s post, you know that I’m working on some ways to help my library out. With the help of those who commented (especially The Compulsive Reader) I came up with a bunch of great ideas and this morning, I went to the library to run them by my librarian. We’ve come up with a few things that will hopefully be a hit.

1.) Autographed books. TCR suggested this, saying that if I had books I wanted to get rid of, I could have the author sign them and use them for a Chinese Auction type thing. I loved the idea, as did my librarian, but the problem is that since I live in such a small town, author names don’t really mean anything. It would just be another book and we aren’t sure how much that would help. I do have a few already autographed books that I want to try it with and if it works, it’s something we can do next year on a bigger level.

2.) Book Groups. Instead of the autographed books, we decided that grouping books together and using them for the Chinese Auction may work best. From this point on, I’ll be saving most of my ARCs/review copies for this and I’m also looking to collect some if. So, reviewers/authors/whoever, if you have any books just lying around that are in good shape and you’d like to get rid of them for a good cause, email me. Anything will work – YA, MG, childrens, and adults – since it won’t be just teens entering for this stuff.

3.) Chinese Auction. Like I mentioned, we’ll be doing a Chinese Auction. It will include the books mentioned above and hopefully I’ll be able to get donations from local businesses. I also plan on buying things like giftcards, etc. that people would enjoy. My grandma plans on putting together some baskets of various things, I believe.

4.) Sponsor A Book. I actually just came up with this one, it has been run by my librarian yet, but hopefully it will work out. I plan on making a list of YA/MG books that the library needs to complete series or to fill an author’s collection and finding the current price on Amazon. Then, when people come to the bake/book sale, they will have the option of sponsoring a book by donating the price listed so we can order the book. I’m not sure how many people will be interested but I figure it’s atleast worth a shot.

5.) Bake Sale. This is the most defiinite thing I plan on doing. I did it a few weeks ago for their early summer bake sale but unfortunately, I did most of the baking. We did raise $50 though. This time, I plan on getting more people to bake stuff, possibly by posting a sign-up sheet in the library. We also won’t price stuff and let it be donations only which may raise more money.

So that’s what we’ve come up with so far. Does anyone have any comments on what I’ve listed or suggestions for new things?

Tangled

First off, I absolutely ADORE this cover. I love the covers and the hearts are just so cool. Second of all, I loved the one Mackler book that I read so I’d love to try more of her stuff, even though I have no clue what this one is about.

As many of you know, I live in a small town. Living in a small town equals having a small library. A small library means a small book selection. Now, don’t get my wrong, I LOVE my library. I go there three or four times a week to hang out and help. BUT, their teen section pretty much sucks. In the last year it’s gotten better because I donate my books and a few of my friends complained about not having enough teen books but the truth is, they get in very few books due to their small budget.

So a few friends and I have made it out mission to help out the YA section of our their. A few weeks ago when they had their book sale we ran a booksale. It only raised about $50 (like I said, small town. And I pretty much baked everything) but that paid for a few books.

They have a fall booksale that usually attracts more people because they do it during a town festival. We are going to try to do more fundraising around that time. We’re thinking another bakesale but I’d like to try some other things too. My grandma suggested a basket raffle or Chinese Auction but I’m not sure how to get items for those.

I know many of you volunteer at libraries, are librarians, or just come up with good ideas and I’d LOVE it if you could provide any suggestions. I’ll be running everything by my librarian, of course, but I need stuff to run by her. 🙂

Presenting Lenore did this interesting post about the books she reviews, which you should really check out here. She linked some other posts you should definitely check out. I decided to do it because I expect the result to be interesting.

Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott – requested from publisher.

Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender – offered by publisher.

Confidence is Queen by Susie Castillo – offered by publisher.

Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis – requested from publisher, also sent randomly after.

Lipstick Apology by Jennifer Jabaley – sent randomly by publisher.

Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott – from a trade with fellow reviewer.

Destroy all Cars by Blake Nelson – sent randomly from publisher.

Cathy’s Ring/Cathy’s Key – offered by publisher.

You Are Here by Jennifer E. Smith – won in author contest

Hold Still by Nina LaCour – sent by publisher randomly

Also Known As Harper by Anna Haywood Leal – requested from publisher

After by Amy Efaw – requested from publisher

Shiver by Maggie Stievfater – requested from publisher.

Same Difference by Siobhan Vivian – requested from publisher.

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter – offered by publisher.

The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan – requested from author.

After the Moment by Garret Freymann-Weyr – requested from author.

Cathy’s Book by Sean Stewart – offered by publisher.

David Inside Out by Lee Bantle – requested from publisher.

The Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti – requested from publisher

As you can see, I get most of my books directly from the publisher and occasionally from authors. Unfortunately, as you can see, I’m not able to buy many books. I do buy them or ask that my family members buy them but they’re often books that I’ve already read from an ARC and want to support the author or books I won’t review (like 20th in some random series). If I cut out my ARCs, they would be less reviews but I’d still have a lot to review because I do get books from my library too.

**If I had done this in the first couple of months I started, it would look nothing like this. Only recently have I started getting this many books from publishers and I’ve been at this a year and half.


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