Wednesday, September 02, 2015

August 2015 reads

August is considered a "down" month in our department.  Usually we have fewer - or no - programs scheduled and many take vacation time.  I did take advantage of the lighter schedule and took a few vacation days here and there.  That is just a small part of the reason I was able to read 44 books in August.  I also latched onto an author suggested to me by a colleague, and managed to read 12 of the books (two companion series) over the last half of the month.  Yes...I was averaging a book a day.  Obviously they weren't dense literature.

Here are the books I read in August. As usual, the titles that are in bold are ones I have rated five stars on Goodreads.

Bite Me by Shelly Laurenston
Star Wars: Jedi Academy, The Phantom Bully by Jeffrey Brown
Deadpool: Dark Reign by Daniel Way          
Darth Vader and Friends Bully by Jeffrey Brown
Wolf with Benefits by Shelly Laurenston
Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
Bear Meets Girl by Shelly Laurenston
Why'd They Wear That?: Fashion as the Mirror of History by Sarah Albee
Puss and Boots by Ayano Imai
Elephants Can't Jump! by Jeanne Willis
Big Bad Beast by Shelly Laurenston
Superman for All Seasons by Jeph Loeb
Beast Behaving Badly by Shelly Laurenston
Beauty and the Beast by Ursula Jones
The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach
Ninja Bunny by Jennifer Gray Olson
Bow-Wow's Nightmare Neighbors by Mark Newgarden
Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters by Oliver Jeffers
Room for Bear by Ciara Gavin
Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry
I Don't Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty        
Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman
The Mane Squeeze by Shelly Laurenston
The Mane Attraction by Shelly Laurenston
The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Here, Kitty Kitty by Shelly Laurenston
Go Fetch by Shelly Laurenston
Pack Challenge by Shelly Laurenston
The Beast in Him by Shelly Laurenston
The Mane Event by Shelly Laurenston
Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm
The Devil Is Here in These Hills: West Virginia's Coal Miners and Their Battle for Freedom by James Green
Lover Revealed by J.R. Ward
Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward
Lover Eternal by J.R. Ward
Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
Dinosaurs before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne
Joker by Brian Azzarello
Nextwave, Agents of H.A.T.E. Ultimate Collection by Warren Ellis
Marvel's Ant-Man Prelude by Will Pilgrim
Rocket Raccoon, Vol. 1: A Chasing Tale by Skottie Young
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

2015 Reading Resolutions update

It's been some time since I've updated on my Reading Resolutions for 2015.  Here ya go:

1. Participate in at least one 48-hour Reading ChallengeIf not done by June 30, 2015, organize my own. One day I will do this!  Dewey’s  24-hour Read-a-thon is slated for April 25, 2015!  I did it!  I did it!  I participated in the Dewey 24-hour Read-a-thon! It’s been three months and I am itching to do another one.

2. Read more books from the below lists.

Read at least six honors/winners from: Newbery (400 total books 96 read/1 abandoned), Printz (77 total books 38 read and 7 abandoned), and CSK author (161 total books. 38 read. 1 abandoned).   Thanks to the Dewey 24-hour Read-a-thon, I finished the CSK titles.  I’ll likely read more throughout the year.

Our Only May Amelia by Jennifer L. Holm
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos
CSK author
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Remember: The Journey to School Integration by Toni Morrison
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The Other Side: Shorter Poems
by Angela Johnson
I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This
by Jacqueline Woodson
From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun
by Jacqueline Woodson

3. I’ve decided that 2015 is going to be the Year of Non-Fiction.  This means I plan to focus on reading non-fiction titles - not just those on award lists such as YALSA Non-Fiction (25/30 read as of December 15, 2014) and Sibert  (39/53 read as of December 15, 2014) – but non-fiction in general for a variety of ages.  This will include biographies. YALSA Non-fiction finalists were announced in December, but the winner for that award – and the winners and honors for most of the other Youth Media Awards won’t be announced until February 2, 2015. (UPDATED TOTALS: YALSA Non-Fiction (30/30 read) and Sibert (46/59 read).  It has become more the Year of Graphic Novels than the Year of Non-Fiction.  I need to get on the ball!

4. Read the Harry Potter and the Outlander series again. Both are favorites of mine.  After recently watching all of the Harry Potter movies, I realized how many details I had forgotten (that are missing from the movies as well).  I think it is time to revisit the stories.  I’ve listened to the Outlander series twice.  It takes quite some time!  Hopefully by starting them again this month I will finish in time for the next book to be published. (Please be soon.  Please be soon. Please be soon.) I was participating in a Buddy Read of the Harry Potter series through one of the Goodreads groups I belonged to, and had read books 1, 2, 3, and 4, and 5 for it. Since then I dropped that group (too many changes lately).  It took me a while, but I did read HP6 over June and July.  I plan to start book seven soon.

I finished Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, and The Fiery Cross. I’m taking a little break to listen to other books before continuing the series.

5. Set aside time each week to read the libraryland blogs, journals and other news sources. This really needs to be a part of my regular workweek.  Ever since Google’s blog reader bit the dust, I’ve fallen behind on reading blogs.  I’m trying Feedly, but need to get in the habit of checking it on a regular basis. I give up on this.

6. Keep up with tracking books read!  I read over 775 books in 2013.  My goal for 2014 was 1000, and I ended up reading just over that amount. In 2015 I am going to go with a less hectic goal of 500. I have been using Goodreads for years, and plan to continue. I lowered my goal to 250 and feel so much less stressed!  So far I am doing well with the new goal and am more than 40 books ahead of schedule.  I’ve been reading a lot of graphic novels, especially Marvel superheroes. 

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

July 2015 Reads

I was slower on the reading in July, having only finished 16 books.  As with June, a few, such as the Outlander and Harry Potter titles, were repeat reads.  Several were picture books or graphic novels. As usual, if the title is in bold print then I rated it five stars on Goodreads.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
Little Miss, Big Sis by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Daredevil, Vol. 1: Devil at Bay by Mark Waid
Deadpool: Secret Invasion (Deadpool, #1) by Daniel Way
The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon
Buzz Boy and Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Do Super Heroes Have Teddy Bears? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man - Volume 1 by Brian Michael Bendis
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson
Fool Moon by Jim Butcher
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
P. Zonka Lays an Egg by Julie Paschkis
Float by Daniel Miyares
Sea Rex by Molly Idle
Stella Brings the Family by Miriam B. Schiffer

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Call the Doctor (Who)

In June I held the first of two Doctor Who themed programs of the summer.  These programs, open to Whovians of all ages - children through adults, are always fun!  Since I knew some of the people coming had been at my previous Doctor Who events, I decided to add some new activities and crafts.

These photos are all taken from my Instagram account.  

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Summer Reading programming fun!

Warning!  This is a photo heavy post!

We've had a lot of fun programs this summer!  Here are some of the pics I shared via my Instagram account.  Many of these programs were with Miss Brindi.  There are more - like my photos from the Doctor Who program, but that will be in later post.

Waffles with Dad

Superhero Yogi Boot Camp

 Superhero Stretch Yoga (teen program)

Big Bang Theory (teen program)

Kent State University - Trumbull Campus Summer Stock presents: Rumpelstiltskin

Some programs didn't make it to Instagram.  Mostly because I was too busy to do more than snap a few photos! 

Toddler Carnival


Branches' SRP Finale