Top Ten Tuesday Freebie: Ten Books I Want to Read with My Book Club

*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish*

I’m in the planning stage where I’m starting to pick out next year’s books for my two book clubs.  I keep a running list of books that I’d like to use in the future, but here are a few of the highlights.  Some are even being used in 2016!

     Dead End in NorveltDead End in Norvelt– Jack Gantos

The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, #1)

The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy Tale Detectives– Michael Buckley

The Fourteenth Goldfish

The Fourteenth Goldfish– Jennifer L. Holm

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp– Kathi Appelt

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library– Chris Grabenstein

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

A Sick Day for Amos McGee– Erin Stead

Bridget's Beret

Bridget’s Beret– Tom Lichtenheld

Good Dog, Carl

Good Dog, Carl– Alexandra Day

The Day-Glo Brothers

The Day-Glo Brothers– Chris Barton

Imogene's Last Stand

Imogene’s Last Stand– Candace Fleming


Program Possibilities: Star Wars Reads Day

Star Wars Reads Day is October 10th!  I’m seeing lots of awesome ideas for programs to celebrate.   Our library isn’t hosting a program that day (a local festival is the same day), but I thought I’d share some ideas from a Star Wars themed program I did a few years ago.  Jenni-Wan Kenobi can help full in the blanks….. 

Lightsabers– Easy peasy.  Cut foam pool noodles from your local dollar store in half.  Let kids decorate about a third of each half with duct tape or electrical tape to make the hilt.  Add the caveat that if the lightsaber is used in the library outside of program activities,  the librarian gets a new lightsaber.  🙂

Jedi Training Camp– Have kids test out their Jedi skills with an obstacle course.   I did ours in two parts: Lightsaber Training and the obstacle course.
Lightsaber Training–  Give each participant a balloon.  Have them use their lightsaber to keep the balloon in the air.  If it hits the floor, they’re out.  There is occasionally a “disturbance in the Force” when I come running through with my lightsaber, knocking balloons out of the way. 
Obstacle Course– Think of what you have that you can make into an obstacle course.  Now, how can you theme it?  I had some trays of white fabric and foam that became the ice planet Hoth that kids had to trek through. A recycling bin covered with a piece of cardboard with a hole in it became the one weakness in the Death Star.  It takes bean bags ion torpedoes to destroy the Death Star! 

Printables– A quick Google or Pinterest search will find you a ton of free printables to use for your event. I found Boba Fett and Yoda masks for the kids to make while they waited to go through the obstacle course.   The kids also went home with a certificate I found saying they completed their Jedi Training, as well as a small card to remind them what makes a Jedi (they also happen to qualities that make you a good person!).

Questions?  I quick typed this on my phone, so I apologize for the lack of links!

One Liner Book Review: August

I had a great reading month in August.  I enjoyed everything I read, not one single dud in the bunch!


The Taming of the Queen

The Taming of the Queen– Philippa Gregory

Love Philippa Gregory.  Great to get some perspective from Kateryn Parr.

Thirteen Reasons Why

Thirteen Reasons Why– Jay Asher

Finally was in an appropriate headspace for this.  Absolutely fantastic and should be required reading for all high school students.

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why

Ms. Marvel, v.2: Generation Why?– G. Willow Wilson

So happy my teen librarian has purchased these for our library!  This one has Wolverine!!!

The Book of Speculation

The Book of Speculation– Erica Swyler

Fantastic debut novel.  Impossible to put down.  Very eerie.

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

The Queen of the Tearling– Erika Johansen

Great main character.  Can’t wait to read the next in this trilogy.

The Iron Trial (Magisterium, #1)

The Iron Trial– Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

If this book does not draw you in after reading the prologue, we can’t be friends.