Top 10 Tuesday: New to the TBR Pile

Ohai TBR Pile!  How are you?

*Charlie Brown teacher noises*

Yes, I know I keep adding books.

*More Charlie Brown teacher noises*

Yes, I know I haven’t been choosing books from you to read.

*Again with the wah wah wah*

Yes, I know I may never read everything in the pile.

*Something that doesn’t need be translated*

That was rude and uncalled for.  Just for that, I’m adding more things.  And removing your speaking privileges.

And here are 10 more things added to my TBR pile!

Three Dark Crowns


The Gilded Cage



Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit

My Lady Jane

The Island of Dr. Libris

Only Ever Yours

The Wedding Dress

All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation

Bone Gap

What have you added recently?


Top 10 Tuesday Freebie: 10 Reasons Why I HATE Summer

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

I hate Summer.


Why?  Let me count the ways:

1.) Sunburns- My background is Irish.  To say I’m pale is an understatement.  Sitting outside for 20 minutes without sunscreen will gain me a respectable sunburn.  The sun= IT BURNS.

2.) Humidity- I grew up in Kentucky, in the Ohio River Valley.  My hair is thick, coarse, and wavy.  It can also detect humidity from 100 miles away.  It grows into a magnificent fluff ball in the summer.  It’s hot.  And don’t get me started on what the humidity does to my already oil complection.

3.) Sweat- Do we really have to say anything else on the subject?

4.) Summer Attire- Yeah, my legs are not made for short shorts, or any shorts really (and they REFUSE to tan).  If it could be fall when I could rock some tights, that would be great.

5.) Shaving- Again, do we really need to say anything else?

6.) Mosquitoes- They love me.  I hate them.

7.) Allergies- If it grows, it makes me miserable.  And while I love the smell of freshly cut grass, my allergies hate it.

8.) Hot Cars- Nothing like hopping into a black car with tinted windows (I didn’t think of these problems until after I bought the car) that has had the windows up all day because it was looked like rain.  Speaking of rain….

9.) Impromptu Summer Storms– I only hate these because storms FREAK OUT  The Tiny Human.  Especially if they come in the middle of the night.

10.) Summer Reading– This is a love-hate relationship. I love seeing all of the kids.  I love the programs.  I HATE planning it and I HATE the hateful people who have to complain about EVERYTHING we’re doing during the summer.

I can’t be the only one who hates summer.  Who else is with me?!

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.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books Recently Added to Your To-Be-Read List

*Runs to check Goodreads account*

1.) The Before Now and After Then by Peter Monn

2.) Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

3.) Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

4.) Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins

5.) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

6.) Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar

7.) The Gospel of Winter by Brenden Kiely

8.) Confessions by Kanae Minato

9.) Lock In by John Scalzi

10.) Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

I think most of these were added because of YALSA’s 2015 Hub Reading Challenge or because I entered a drawing for the book.  But they all seemed interesting!  I did start reading Vanessa and Her Sister but had to return it.

What’s on your TBR list?

Librarian Skills: Summer Reading Preparations, Part 1

It’s that time of year, folks.

Summer Reading is about to consume my every waking moment.

Well, not quite yet.  The panic doesn’t officially begin until May 1st when I claim no responsibility for anything I say or do until after Summer Reading.  THEN it’s time to panic.

Planning for SRP is a year round event.  Even when it’s no where near Summer, you’re still thinking about SRP.  You may come across a Pinterest craft in October that will be perfect for SRP.  A book that comes in in March will be just what you need for an SRP Storytime.  A parent will ask you in January when SRP starts.

And for some of us lucky few, we get to plan a program for multiple branches (six to be exact).  Six times the prizes, six times the paperwork, six times the programming, and six times the headache fun!

Here’s how my planning breaks down (our program runs from June 1st to August 1st, and we use the Collaborative Summer Library Program, for reference):


-CSLP disc and catalog is shipped to us from the State Library.

-We (the adult librarian, teen librarian, and I) go ahead and place an order for prize/staff t-shirts, prizes, and posters immediately.  As it gets closer to Summer, they do run out of some of the materials, so we like to make sure we get what we want.  We have the numbers from past Summers for reference in terms of how much to order.

-Begin looking through files on the disc to get ideas.  I will print out certain portions of the manual because it’s easier for me to look through it.  I flag any programming ideas that appeal to me


-Begin looking for a kick-off event.  We host a big kick-off event for the whole family at each of our six branches for SRP.  I typically start getting fliers/advertisements from different vendors in January.  I just like to get this done and out of the way ASAP.

-Look for an intern.  My library is fortunate to be a hop, skip, and a jump from a university with a Department of Library and Information Sciences.  Without someone to help out during the Summer, there is NO WAY we could have programming at our branches- end of story.  Interns gain real-world programming experience by doing these programs for me.  Fun fact: I started my library career at the library I’m working at as the Summer Reading Intern.

-New books.  Publishers are very in tune to what we’re doing for Summer Reading.  About this time of year, there are (conveniently) a TON of new books that will be perfect for this year’s theme, whatever it may be.  Time to stock up!

This finishes up the preliminary Summer Reading plans.  March is when things really go into high gear…..






The One Liner Book Review: February Edition

I realized that I haven’t done a lot of book reviews lately (on my blog or Goodreads).  I’ve been reading, just not talking about it.

Here’s another secret: I’m not a fan of writing book reviews.  It’s tricky for me to talk about a book beyond “I like it,” “I hate it,” “Not a fan,” “THIS IS THE WORST BOOK EVAR!,” or “OMGYOUMUSTREADTHISORIWILLNEVERSPEAKTOYOUAGAIN!”

Thus, we have the birth of the One Liner Book Review!  Every month, I’ll (try) to post one liner reviews of books I read the previous month.  And by one liner reviews, I mean just one line to give my thoughts on the book.

There is a good chance it will turn into two liner and three liner reviews.  Just saying.

February selections:

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)

1.) The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

About damn time I read it and I loved it!  Mrs. Coulter gives me the heebie-jeebies.


2.) You by Caroline Kepnes

Gave me nightmares, you have been warned.

A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1)

3.) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle

Re-read for book club.  Charles Wallace is awesome.