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Trivia Rocks!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on May 11, 2009

On Friday, May 10, we “experienced” the final Blatant Bibliophiles’ Friday Trivia @ The Unquiet Library of the year. And we rocked the house. In fourth lunch it was a close race between the Witty Wombats, Team Alpha Rainbow Snake Commander Squadron, Mandarin Elections, Bojangles!, Fortune Cookies, and NeverEnding Twilight. Managing to pull off a win by only one point were the Witty Wombats, featuring Danny, Patrick, Devin, Breanna, Sarah, and Calvin.

In fifth lunch, the race was on between the Babbling Bumbling Band of Baboons (spoken with an English accent), The Plastics, Time Honored Brewing Process, We’re On a Boat, Wookie Hookie, Mystery Inc., Team 3, and The Procrastinators. Time Honored Brewing Process, although inappropriately-named, managed to pull off a victory. The team consisted of Tim, Zach, Wade, Jan, and Blake.

The big winners of the day, with the highest point total ever, answering 25 of 30 questions correctly, was “???,” consisting of Tri, Megan, Josh, Jack, and McKenzie. They may not have been very creative when it came o thinking of team names, but they came through in answering the questions. And they even overcame ChaCha cheaters and Google cheaters. That’s right, you know who you are.

So today we celebrated with Domino’s, Coke, and cookies. Thanks to James, the manager at the Lathemtown Domino’s for giving us a great deal on the pizza, Sprite, and Coke. And thanks to Dr. Eddy for paying for the snacks and lunch. And thanks to Mrs. Beasley and Mr. Fleet for picking up the cookies and snacks. And thanks to all who participated and made trivia a blast. We love you, Trivia People!

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I Have a Kindle 2 and You Don’t. Or Maybe You Do.

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on May 11, 2009

Kindle by Joe Shlabotnik

Kindle 2 Photo Courtesy of Joe Shlabotnik by Flickr Creative Commons

Hello, all you unlucky people out there who don’t have a Kindle yet. I have nothing but sympathy for you, because I am now the hap-hap-happiest person in the whole world because I just got a Kindle 2 for Mother’s Day. (Yes, it is true that I am the greatest Mom in the world–not). But I got a Kindle 2 anyway. And I love it. My daughter got one a couple of months ago and she has been so in love with it that she conned my husband and son into divvying up with her to buy one for me for Mom’s Day. So now I have one, too, and I am madly in love. It is the best thing that has happened to me since audiobooks on Audible and iTunes. But don’t worry, iTunes, we won’t be breaking up any time soon, because even though my Kindle will read the books to me, its voice capacity leaves a lot to be desired. But the downloads are virtually instantaneous from Kindle’s 3G wireless network and only cost $6.04, as opposed to around $25-$30 for the audiobooks on iTunes and Audible. Sometimes more. Sometimes much more. And you can turn the Kindle 2’s audio off and on quickly and easily, or choose from a male or female voice. You can choose from over 275,000 books (plus newspapers, magazines, and blogs) and your Kindle 2 will hold over 1,500 of them. The new Kindle DX will hold even more–4,500 books, but it’s bigger, pricier, and not yet available. I figure by the time I could collect that many books, something new will be out. Plus the Kindle 2 is lighter than a paperback and as thin as a magazine, but tinier, so it fits easily into even a small purse. The Kindle DX also includes a native PDF reader, whereas the Kindle 2 has to convert them, and some complicated files might not convert perfectly. Most will, however. You can also obtain cool tools for your Kindle. I immediately ordered a cover/platform to use for hands-free reading by the pool and a tiny little nightlight for reading in bed. You can order all kinds of goodies from Amazon, the Kindle’s hometown. This is a link to more info about the Kindle 2 and all of its accessories. The Kindle 2 set my family back $359, whereas you’ll have to fork over $489 if you opt for the Kindle DX. And, oh, yeah, the Kindle 2 really is quite readable outside in bright light, unlike your evil laptop. And you can get documents (including the aforementioned PDFs) sent to you via email on your Kindle. I am so in love!

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Go Bibliophiles!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on May 4, 2009

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Blatant Bibliophiles book drive. We had over 500 books donated to the Canton Family Violence Center. Meghan F.’s mom took these books to the shelter last week where they are starting a new library for the children and teens who are there with their families while they are unable to be in their regular homes due to violent situations. This is a truly wonderful thing you have done in helping these families. The winners of the Barnes & Noble gift cards were Falyn T., who donated the most books, and Marlize S. and Paul B. who were winners in our random drawing. I would especially like to thank those who donated: Megan B., Paul B. (who donated 69 books), Emilie Ko. (who donated 75 books!), Marlize S. (who donated 49 books), Alex D., Haley P., Mrs. Shearer, Eli C., Sabrina G., Ashley J., Mrs. Shugart, Katie B., Falyn T., Tim D., Jessica H., Danielle C., Paige A., Kasey W., Sarah D., Alisha O. (who donated 49 books), and teen author Melissa Walker. Our book drive was featured this weekend on the readergirlz blog as part of their coverage of Teen Book Drop 2009.  You can read about it us at Your generosity was truly amazing! Thanks, guys!

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Some of My Favorite Quotes from The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on April 27, 2009


OK, so I promised you I would send you some of my favorite lines from The Perks of Being a Wallflower that I thought might be comment-worthy. Our discussions were great, but there were some things we didn’t get around to discussing, at least in some of the groups, that I thought you might want to ponder.

I also want to recommend a “read-alike” to you. If you liked Perks and you’re interested in another book with a teen guy who becomes overwhelmed by depression, you might want to borrow my (personally autographed) copy of It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini. I heard Ned speak a couple of weeks ago, and he is hilarious! This fiction book is loosely based on Ned’s own story of his five days in the psychiatric wing of a hospital when he was a teenager. I think you will feel more positive that Craig, the story’s narrator, will be be able to overcome his depression than some of you felt about Charlie, the narrator or Perks.

If you see any quotes you a) find humorous, b) wish to comment upon,  c) find touching, or that d) apply to your life, please send in your comments by clicking on the title of the post and then entering your comment. Some of my brief comments are in bold italics. What do you think Charlie (or actually Stephen Chbosky) means by some of these lines? I think some of them are pretty profound, and some are just cool. Thanks, Mr. Chbosky, for such a great book! Anyway, here are some of my favorite lines. There are quite a few, because I am quite a fan:

  • “The thing is some girls think they can actually change guys. And what’s funny is that if they actually did change them, they’d get bored. They’d have no challenge left. You just have to give girls some time to think of a new way of doing things, that’s all. Some of them will figure it out here. Some later. Some never. ” (Ask your Mom what she thinks about this one; she’s probably still working on your Dad!)
  • “…sometimes people use thought to not participate in life.”
  • “We accept the love we think we deserve.” (Please do not “settle”! Demand the love you really deserve!)
  • “Then, I turned around and walked to my room and closed my door and put my head under my pillow and let the quiet put things where they are supposed to be.”
  • “Not everyone has a sob story, Charlie, and even if they do, it’s no excuse.” (If you don’t learn anything else from this book, please let it be this: don’t let the bad things that happen to you in life be an excuse to waste the rest of your life feeling sorry for yourself!)
  • “Patrick actually used to be popular before Sam bought him some good music.” 🙂
  • “Mary Elizabeth is a very interesting person because she has a tattoo that symbolizes Buddhism and a belly button ring and wears her hair to make somebody mad…”
  • “I just think it’s bad when a boy looks at a girl and thinks that the way he sees the girl is better than the girl actually is. And I think it’s bad when the most honest way a boy can look at a girl is through a camera. It’s very hard for me to see Sam feel better about herself just because an older boy sees her that way.”
  • “Maybe these are my glory days, and I’m not even realizing it because they don’t involve a ball.” (This is so “high school.”)
  • “”Sometimes, I look at my parents now and wonder what happened to make them the way they are. And then I wonder what will happen to my sister when her boyfriend graduates from law school. And what my brother’s face will look like on a football card, or what it will look like if it is never on a football card.” (Is Charley afraid that his brother would allow not succeeding at football to be an excuse for wasting the rest of his life feeling sorry for himself?)
  • “My dad and my brother and my cousins carry [my grandfather] out to the car of the person who is least angry at him.” 🙂
  • “I don’t think we should base so much on weight, muscles, and a good hair day, but when it happens, it’s nice. It really is.” (Whether we like to admit it or not, whether they should or shouldn’t, people do judge us by our appearance.)
  • “This is not a time for heroes because nobody will let that happen.”
  • “The thing is, I didn’t know what it said even if it said it very well.”
  • “I would give someone a record so they could love the record, not so they would always know that I gave it to them.” (Why do we really give each other gifts? Is it sometimes for the wrong reasons?)
  • “Something really is wrong with me. And I don’t know what it is.”
  • “It’s very easy to read, but very  hard to ‘read well.’ “
  • “After that, whenever I saw him around anywhere, he didn’t look like he was there. He looked like he was someplace else. And I think I knew that because that’s how people used to say I was. Maybe they still do. I’m not sure.”
  • “I almost didn’t get an A in math, but then Mr. Carlo told me to stop asking “why?” all the time and just follow the formulas. So, I did. Now, I get perfect scores on all my tests. I just wish I knew what the formulas did. I honestly have no idea.” (Compare Mr. Carlo to Bill who encourages Charlie to “stretch” himself as a learner”)
  • “…and the great part is that I took what the author wrote about and put it in terms of my own life. Maybe that’s what being a filter means.”
  • “I would die for you. But I won’t live for you.” (Wow! Powerful stuff!)
  • “The great thing about my mom’s purse is that no matter what you need at any give moment, she has it.” (Some of you commented that you didn’t think Charlie’s parents were “there” for him, but this is an instance in which I think Charlie’s parents were more helpful to him than perhaps we realized.)
  • “If somebody likes me, I want them to like the real me, not what they think I am. And I don’t want them to carry it around inside. I want them to show me, so I can feel it, too.”
  • “I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.” (Remember that–we can always choose were we will go from here, and that is what matters…)

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Have YOU Rocked the Drop?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on April 15, 2009

Operation Teen Book Drop

Don’t forget that we are Rockin’ the Drop with the Readergirlz , YALSA, and GuysLitWire by bringing in our gently used children’s and teen books to donate to the Family Violence Center. Tomorrow, April 16, is Teen Literature Day, but we are extending the donation day through Friday, April 17. We even got books yesterday donated by readergirlz diva Melissa Walker! Please clean out your closets and bookshelves TODAY and bring in your books tomorrow or Friday. We have candy (!) and we are giving away two Barnes and Noble gift cards. One to the person who donates the most books and one to a person whose name is drawn randomly from all donors. If you have donated books already and I did not take your picture, please come back in and remind me to snap a pic to send to readergirlz. Oh, and by the way, as of this minute we have 407 books donated so far! No, wait. Falyn just came in with three boxes FULL of books, about 200 more books!!!!!! Hooray! But bring in more books, please, the Family Violence Center is counting on us!

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Have You Forgotten About Book Divas?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on April 13, 2009


Have you visited the Book Divas website? Are you on Twitter? Well, if you are a Book Divas fan, and you’re on Twitter, you can follow Book Divas on Twitter to get all the latest news abut your favorite authors. Book Divas is an online book club with members all over the world. By following them on Twitter you can keep up with the latest author interviews,  giveaways, new books, reviews, and blog posts. Right now they’re having a giveaway for the complete Twilight saga series. How cool is that? You can also visit the site to read reviews of Donna Jo Napoli’s Alligator Bayou, Rachel Wright’s You’ve Got Blackmail, and Eva Ibbotson’s The Reluctant Heiress.

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Celebrate National Poetry Month, Day Three

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on April 3, 2009


Day Three. National Poetry Month. corydon & alexis, redux. Author D. A. Powell. Verse two in a fancy new feature from Image Chef called Word Mosaic. Cool, huh? You can make your own using any words you choose, any colors, several shapes, and one or two letters, like your initials. But I digress. Just go to the Academy of American Poets website, sign up for their Poem-A-Day via email, or just go right now to read all of corydon & alexis, redux. Or read about poet D. A. Powell. Whatev. You know the drill. You can also read other poems by Mr. Powell or read all of the poems posted so far this month.

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Celebrate National Poetry Month with “Unbidden” by Rae Armantrout

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on April 2, 2009


It’s day two of National Poetry Month, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. Here’s a Wordle of today’s poem, “Unbidden” by Rae Armantrout. Be sure to visit the Academy at their website to sign up to receive their poem of the day for this month. You can click here for today’s poem or you can click here to read more about poet Rae Armantrout.

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And The Winner Is…

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on April 1, 2009

Are we Creekview readers omniscient, or are we just perceptive readers? Remember when I posted the results of ourCreekview votes on the 2008-2009 Georgia Peach Book Award nominees? Remember that I predicted that our number one vote-getter, Impulse by Ellen Hopkins, and our number three pick, Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, would be in the top three? Well, we were right! The winner of the 2009 Georgia Peach Book Award is Impulse by Ellen Hopkins. Runners up are Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and Right Behind You by Gail Giles. The winners were announced today at the Kennesaw State University Conference on Literature for Children and Young Adults. And I was there!

First, I heard Laurie Halse Anderson AGAIN! She is not only an amazing author, but a fabulous speaker as well. I heard her yesterday and today, and I could listen to her again tomorrow without being bored. You probably read Speak in ninth grade, and I hope you read Twisted, one of this year’s Peach Book Award nominees, especially if you’re a guy. Both of these books are excellent. But you should also check out her other YA titles such as her historical thrillers, Fever 1793 and Chains. Catalyst is an excellent choice for fans of Speak, and Prom is perfect for those looking for something lighter.

Our second speaker was breakout author Bill Konigsberg. Bill has written a book called Out of the Pocket that has gotten great reviews and I can’t wait to read it. After I finish you can read my AUTOGRAPHED copy. If you liked Absolutely, Positively Not, I think you’ll like Out of the Pocket. It was recentlychosen for the New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age List. The Cooperative Children’s Book Center also lists it as one of their 2009 Choices for Teen Novels. It was also nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and was added to ALA’s 2009 Rainbow List. Bill is one of the nicest people you will ever meet!

The conference closed with author Ned Vizzini. Ned is the author of Be More Chill and It’s Kind of a Funny Story. Nick is a hilarious speaker who was first published at age fifteen. And then he ended up in a mental hospital. Ned now speaks to teens at schools through his program called Angstspiration. He realizes that many of today’s teens deal with the anxiety of over-achievement and that sometimes it can be an easy transition from over-achievement to institutionalization. If you have a problem with stress, Ned’s books are for you. You can also borrow my AUTOGRAPHED copies of these books. And talk to a trusted adult who can help you find some assistance.

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“Summer at Blue Creek, North Carolina” Opens National Poetry Month

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on April 1, 2009


It’s April! That means it’s time for the Academy of American Poets and their website at to celebrate by publishing a poem a day and also celebrating the poem’s author. We’ll be celebrating National Poetry Month along with them.  If you’re a poetry fan, you can go to the website and sign up to receive an email of each day’s poem. On April 30, they’ll also be celebrating their second annual Poem In Your Pocket Day.  Just find a poem you love and carry it in your pocket all day to share with friends and family. Today’s poem is “Summer at Blue Creek, North Carolina” by Jack Gilbert. You can read the poem here and read about Mr. Gilbert here. Oh, yeah, and here’s a Wordle of the poem.

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