Jan 4, 2014

Goodreads Reading Challenge 2014

Posted by Kirsten at 1/04/2014 11:44:00 AM 0 comments
So I'm back, and I'm doing the 2014 Reading Challenge from the Goodreads website. This is an awesome challenge because you are really challenging yourself. You get to choose how many books you want to try to read for the year and Goodreads keeps track for you! I'm being optimistic this year and I'm going to try for 150 books. That's going to include all varieties. Books, Graphic Novels and probably even some plain old awesome comic books.

I feel like I'm off to a good start! My New Years Resolution this year is to try my best to conquer 150 books. It is a bit daunting though. I did the math and that's around 12 to 13 books a month! Wish me luck!!!  I've already finished one! Book #1 was Design on a Crime by Ginny Aiken.

Design on a Crime (A Deadly Décor Mystery, #1)

Dec 13, 2012

Dark Star by Bethany Frenette

Posted by Kirsten at 12/13/2012 12:05:00 PM 0 comments

Super hero mom?


Mom’s super powered Sidekick who doesn’t like being called a sidekick?


Your own super powers even though they’re not as awesome as your mom’s?


A best friend that always has your back?


Finding out your mom doesn’t fight crime but actually fights demons and the only thing standing between the safety of your family and city and destruction?

Check! Wait what?

Audrey Whitticomb should be the safest person in Minneapolis what with her superhero mom, Leon the teleporting sidekick and a best friend that rocks. When she finds out that her mom aka Morning Star fights Harrowers “livid, merciless beings who were trapped Beneath eons ago”. They’ve escaped from beneath and they want Audrey dead. To survive she’ll need to practice the power she has and try to stay a step ahead of the Harrowers.  It’s up to her to use everything she’s got to save her family and her city!

I’m only half way through this book right now and I have to say, I really like it. I may not be a teen anymore but I can totally identify with Audrey and her not so regular problems. The twists that pop up with the people around her catch me every time with a “Wait? What? OMG!” I’d say give it a try. It’s not your everyday girl in distress story and that’s a big draw. Audrey knows she’s not some damsel in distress and if she can just prove it to everyone else (and a bit to herself) you just know she’s going to kick ass!

Oct 23, 2012

Where has the time gone…

Posted by Kirsten at 10/23/2012 12:44:00 PM 0 comments

Where has the time gone. When I add it up, I know it’s there, yet I seem to have no time to read. When did this happen? What kind of librarian only has time to read book jackets and covers.  Changes are a’comin’ I say! I will make time to read if it kills me. I never thought a day would come when I had to “make time” to read. Yikes! So if you see me out reading, don’t interrupt me on pain of death! I will read! You should too. What are you reading? Next up for me? Guitar Notes by Mary Amato. See you on the other side!


Jun 5, 2012

ASHEN WINTER by Mike Mullin, a sequel everyone needs to read.

Posted by Kirsten at 6/05/2012 06:29:00 PM 0 comments

How many times have you picked up a book and after reading it thought it was one of the best books you’ve ever read? Then you’ve found out that there was to be a sequel and you got all hyped up about it only to find out it was terrible.

I can honestly say this is not the case today! Last year when I read Mike Mullin’s first book ASHFALL I was excited, intrigued and couldn’t put it down. It was my favorite read of the entire year. I recommend it to all of the teens that come into my library and to a few who’ve never stepped foot inside. (Yes, it’s just that good!) I was beyond excited when I heard that there was a sequel in the works! A little skeptical because of the book 2 curse that many authors seem to suffer.

There was even a happy dance I will admit when I got the electronic advanced reader copy. I’m not ashamed to admit how stoked I was. Here’s what I can tell you about ASHEN WINTER. Mike did not even remotely suffer the 2nd book curse. It bypassed him completely I’m glad to say!

Not only is Ashen Winter a supremely awesome read, I have to say that it may be even better than Mike Mullin’s first book! I was caught up from the first page and couldn’t put it down! The drama, the excitement, and the situations Alex, the main character find themselves in had hooked form the beginning. The emotion of the book makes it that much better. I don’t know how anyone could not love these characters. If you haven’t read ASHFALL yet, I suggest you get a copy whether, its from a bookstore or your local library, and read it now so that when ASHEN WINTER comes out (the release date is October 8th, 2012) you can read it right away!

I know I’m already anticipating the 3rd book in the series. If it’s even half as well written and exciting as Mike’s first two books, it’s going to be great!

If you can’t wait for ASHEN WINTER’s release, Mike has the first two chapters posted on his webpage. There’s a link on his webpage at http://mikemullinauthor.com/ just click on the ASHEN WINTER tab and the link is towards the top of the page!

Apr 9, 2012

Mike Mullin, a new favorite!

Posted by Kirsten at 4/09/2012 02:01:00 PM 1 comments


Imagine being 15, home alone and the biggest disaster to ever hit the US has not only happened, but your stranded in the middle of it with no idea whether your family is ok. Add in a huge dose of realism and danger, a tiny bit of romance and a healthy dose of OMG! and you have ASHFALL.

I’ve read it twice now and it has got to be one of my favorite reads of the past couple of years. After reading it, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. What would I do if I was in Alex’s shoes? Would I make the same decisions? Could I survive the intense situations he encounters? It almost felt as if I was holding my breath throughout the book. (really, there was a huge sigh of contentment when I finished). 

I’m not one of those people who yells at the screen when I watch TV and movies or normally gets super worked up about what I’m reading but I have to tell you, when I read ASHFALL there was a point when I found myself actually yelling at the book. “NO DON”T GO THERE THERE”S STILL ____ AMOUNT OF PAGES LEFT IN THE BOOK! NO GOOD CAN COME OF THIS!!!!” (notice how I didn’t tell you how many pages so you won’t know which part! Winking smile )

This is one of those books that I think everyone should read. Mike Mullin’s writing is very realistic. If The Yellowstone supervolcano was to actually erupt, I could easily see this story being someone’s reality.The chapters are super short so if you absolutely have to interrupt your reading to do other things its easy to find a stopping point. Not that you’d actually want to though! Everyone who’s read this so far (in my circle) loves it. There’s nothing better than to look up while I’m at work and see teenagers, both male and female, so engrossed in a book that you have to call their names several times to get their attention. There can be no better endorsement for a book than a teen who can’t put it down!

If you haven’t read ASHFALL yet, I highly recommend you pick it up today. The sequel, ASHEN WINTER is due to be released on October 8, 2012. My boss and I are already squealing with excitement over the advance reader copy! I can tell you these books will be on my bookshelf at home and will be read multiple times!

Here is a brief synopsis (for anyone who hasn’t figured out what ASHFALL is about yet) from Goodreads)!

Ashfall is the story of Alex, a teenage boy left alone for the weekend while his parents visit relatives. When the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts unexpectedly, Alex is determined to reach his parents. He must travel over a hundred miles in a landscape transformed by a foot of ash and the destruction of every modern convenience that he has ever known, and through a new world in which disaster has brought out both the best and worst in people desperate for food, water, and warmth.

Mar 22, 2012

love this video

Posted by Kirsten at 3/22/2012 06:01:00 PM 0 comments
It's about my hometown!

Don’t cover it!!!

Posted by Kirsten at 3/22/2012 04:19:00 PM 1 comments

I think I’ve mentioned before that I think book covers can be beautiful pieces of artwork. If I haven’t, well now you know how I feel on the topic. Here are a few of my current favorites. Also, I’m doing something new. I always imagine what I think a book is about just from the cover. Sometimes I’m correct and sometimes I’m ridiculously wrong, but always entertained.

Blood Ninja by Nick Lake


What I think this book is about: This is one that I was pretty much right on the money about.  Blood Ninja is a prime example of the cover representing the book accurately. I couldn’t come up with anything funny about this cover. I just love it though. I see this cover and immediately think “OOOH! Nick Lake wrote a book about vampires and ninjas! I bet they fight! Wait! Wait! I bet there are vampire ninjas in the book!” And of course I was correct!

If you want the actual review, go look it up on Goodreads. I should have to say anything other than  VAMPIRE NINJAS!!!!

1st impression: I Love the simplicity of this cover. I don’t know who designed it but it speaks to me. So many of todays book covers are just overdone and cluttered. I love it when I come across a captivating cover that’s not trying too hard.

Just Your Average Princess

by Kristina Springer


What I think this book is about: I think this book is about a girl who’s favorite thing to do is get dressed up and sit on top of giant bales of hay. She probably has a guy best friend who follows her around like a lost puppy and takes pictures of her and the hay bales so that one day, she can publish a coffee table book called “Me and my Bales” or “Not Yo Mama’s Hay”. Of course, like every good teen novel she’ll eventually find out that there’s more to life than bales of hay and pretty dresses and realize that she desperately loves her lost puppy guy. It will of course be too late because he’ll have given up. She will finally win him back after some sort of selfish act and rename her future coffee table book “A Girl, A Guy and Their Awesome Bale of Hay”

1st Impression: I love this cover. She just looks so happy and comfortable with herself. I mean, you’ve got to love a girl who wears rubber boots with a super girly dress right? This cover reminds me of the quote from Shrek

What it’s really about according to Goodreads: Jamie Edwards has loved everything about growing up on a pumpkin patch, but ever since her cousin Milan Woods arrived, things have really stunk. Jamie can’t imagine it was easy for Milan to leave her life back in Los Angeles and move to Average, Illinois, population one thousand. But it’s kind of hard to feel sorry for her since (a) Milan’s drop-dead gorgeous; (b) she’s the daughter of two of Hollywood’s hottest film stars; (c) she’s captured the attention of everyone in town, including Danny, Jamie’s crush since forever; and (d) she’s about to steal the title of Pumpkin Princess right out from underneath Jamie!

Cinder by Marissa Meyer


What I think this book is about: I think this book is about a girl who always wanted to wear super high heels but due to a strangely weird and freaky spaghetti incident (gotta love my stream of consciousness) which destroyed her ankle bones was never able to wear them. But wait! There’s more!!! Prom is coming up and our main character, who I’ll assume is named Cinder, not covered in them, finds out about a nifty new ankle replacement surgery which not only will allow her to walk without braces and assistance, but will allow her to wear the lovely and supremely awesome pair of red high heels that her grandmother bought her when she was seven. I don’t know why she gave them to her when she was seven but hey, there’s a reason I read books and don’t write them! Anyway, Cinder and her cyborg ankle go to prom in the awesome heels and everyone lives happily ever after.

1st Impression: This is another of those covers I love. Again, the simplicity of it gets me every time. The red shoe draws the eye right away before you ever think to look at the title and by the time you really look at it and notice the cybernetic ankle and foot bones, you just know that this is going to be an interesting read.

What it’s really about according to Goodreads: Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl...
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction.
Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future


Straw House, Wood House,
Brick House, Blow

by Daniel Nayeri


What I think this book is about: I think that this book is about the aftermath of the Three Little Pigs story. It’s obvious from the cover that the story follows the Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf as they suffer through the court trial and the necessary therapy required after  the incidents from the original story. Pig number one gets grilled (pun intended) about his bad decision to make his house out of straw. I can hear it now “but your honor, it seemed perfectly logical at the time!” Pig number two will be shaking in his little piggy boots as his therapist questions his use of sticks and whether or not his relationship with his mother had anything to do with his choice of building materials. Pig number three is being questioned about the paranoia that caused him to build in the forest using bricks. “It’s not really paranoid if there really IS someone out to get you right?” AS for B.B.Wolf? He’ll be led from the courtroom screaming “It wasn’t me! I was framed! I was all the way across town  eating at the Vegan Palace! I’m a freakin’ vegetarian!!!” Of course no one will believe him any more than they believe in vegetarian sparkling vampires. Yup! That’s how I see it in my head.

1st Impression: Again the simplicity is wonderful. I love the use of the images from the Three Little Pigs and the lines on the cover all make it seem like there has to be more to this book than what it seems. Unfortunately, as far as I can tell, It doesn’t seem to have much to do with the contents of the book. It will, however, get people to at least read the back cover and find out what it is about so it serves a purpose.

2nd Impression:The interesting thing I found about this book and what might get me to read it is the fact that it was written completely written on an iPhone! Seriously! Imagine how much time that took.. the crazy auto fix typos! It would’ve driven me nuts!!!

What it’s really about according to Goodreads: This bold collection of novellas by Another series author Daniel Nayeri features four riveting tales. These modern riffs on classic genres will introduce young adult readers to a broad range of writing styles that explore universally compelling themes such as identity and belonging, betrayal and friendship, love and mortality.

Straw House: A Western sizzling with suspense, set in a land where a rancher grows soulless humans and a farmer grows living toys.

Wood House: This science-fiction tale plunges the reader into a future where reality and technology blend imperceptibly, and a teenage girl must race to save the world from a nano-revolution that a corporation calls "ReCreation Day."

Brick House: This detective story set in modern NYC features a squad of "wish police" and a team of unlikely detectives.
Blow: A comedic love story told by none other than Death himself, portrayed here as a handsome and charismatic hero who may steal your heart in more ways than one. With humor, suspense, and relatable prose, this hip and cutting-edge collection dazzle

Jan 25, 2012

What’s a girl gotta do?

Posted by Kirsten at 1/25/2012 12:09:00 AM 0 comments

What’s a girl got to do to get a signed copy of John Green’s brand spankin’ new book The Fault in Our Stars? You’d think that preordering it back in June of 2011 when it didn’t get released until January of 2012 would be plenty. Especially when he spent the summer  signing all of his preorders. Of course, you, like me, would be wrong. Because Amazon would have a problem processing your payment and would then cancel your preorder, causing you to have to go back in and have to reorder the book you’ve been waiting patiently for during the last


OK, well maybe it was 7 months. Of course, this means that its no longer a preorder and while you now have the book you’ve been waiting for for so long, its not the signed copy you’ve been dreaming about. It’s not the copy that may or may not have had a yeti drawn on it by John’s wife or been one of the 5% that got hanklerfished by Hank Green, both of which would’ve been beyond awesome. Nope. Not for me. I got my nice brand new pristine copy (which I’m excited to read) that I’ve heard so many great things about already. I can’t even look at the copy I got in the mail today without a humongous wave of disappointment. Of course, if I’d just wanted to read a copy I could’ve borrowed it from my library. It’s not like my library doesn’t have it. I mean, I order the books so of course we have it!!! I read so much teen fiction that it isn’t possible for me to buy them most of the time, so me not only buying a  copy, but preordering it before there was even an official cover was huge! I’ve been discussing it and all of his books with my teen patrons for ages now. But now, here I am, probably the only John Green fan in the entire United States without a signed copy of TFiOS. I can guarantee on thing. I’ll be frequenting either Borders or store driving the hour to Kids Ink  in Indianapolis from now on. Amazon is definitely made its way onto my list along with other pet peeves and annoyances such as people who only type in caps (seriously, would they shout all  the time in real life?) and the people who have no understanding of personal space.

I know that there are more important things in life to be disappointed about but right now, at this moment, in this second, my entire week has been crapped on and I have to say, I am not happy about it. This sucks more than when I wanted that Barbie Dream house when I was a seven and my dad sent me the crappy super tiny house that I couldn’t even fit my dolls in. I got over it though and I’ll get over this. Hopefully, by next week I’ll be beyond my fit of anger at Amazon, beyond my unhappy thoughts of preordering mishaps and be able to look at my shiny new copy of the book without wanting to go cry in a corner.

Jan 8, 2012

So Many Books, So Little Time….

Posted by Kirsten at 1/08/2012 03:58:00 PM 0 comments

There are so many books that I’d like to read. If only I had the time to sit down and read them all. Unfortunately, like the rest of the world, I have both a  life and  a job, so no time to read everything. Thank goodness for Goodreads or I’d never be able to keep track of all the ones I’m planning to get to! Here are a few of the ones I’m either currently reading or planning to get started on soon! Titles lead to book info. Names lead to author info. I’ll report back once I’ve finished reading them!



Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby

Emma is a Fairy Slayer? Need I say more? REALLY? Ok, then if that’s not enough to get you to read it then listen to this quote form the back of the book “How hard could it be, right? Wrong! These menacing beasts with their tiny hipster clothes and mocking sarcasm…” How can you not read a book with that in the description?



Cloaked by Alex Flinn

“It all started with the curse. And the frognapping. And one hot-looking princess, who asked me to lead a rescue mission.” That’s what the book cover tells us. A fairy tale brought into modern times starring a completely normal guy working in a shoe repair shop so he could help out at home, and then BAM! magic comes along! Again, how can you not want to read this?


imageThe anti-prom by Abby McDonald

The popular girl, the bad girl and the shy, studious, über-planner all get together and team up for a night of revenge, rebellion and romance. There are things you just don’t mess with when girls are involved. Prom is definitely up there on the list! I can’t wait to read this one, so I’m going to listen to the audio book version!



Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly

I haven't read any of Dorien Kelly’s books before, but I have to admit that I’m an UBER FAN of Janet Evanovich and have read every book she’s ever written that I can get my hands on and probably always will. I love her sense of humor so writing with her is, in my opinion, a good choice. If I like this book, which I do so far, I’ll probably be looking into Dorien Kelly’s books.

Anyway, about the book. You’ve got Kate Appleton trying to renovate her parents old house The Nutshell into a Bed and Breakfast all while trying to pay back the mortgage and Matt Culhane who’s trying to find a saboteur in his restaurant and microbrewery.  So OF COURSE Matt hire’s Kate to help him out. Between her house, the saboteur and the sexual tension, things are bound to be exciting!!!

Jun 22, 2011

Hunger Games Book TRailer

Posted by Kirsten at 6/22/2011 11:45:00 AM 0 comments
Check out this awesome book trailer for Hunger Games I stumbled upon!!!


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