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Archive for February, 2009

Georgia Peach Book Award Nominees for 2009-2010 Announced

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on February 27, 2009


Georgia Peach courtesy of totalAldo

Yes, we’re just now voting on this year’s Georgia Peach Book Award nominees, but the committee has just announced the nominees for next year, 2009-2010. Here’s a peek at what the nominees are. You can search our online catalog for the list of next year’s nominees also. If you have suggestions of books published within the past five years which you would like for us to submit to the committee for potential addition to the 2010-2011 list, please let us know. We’ll send your recommendations on to the committee. But for now, get started reading these jewels, especially if you plan on participating in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl for next year:

  • 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  • Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff
  • Blood Brothers by S.A. Harazin
  • City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • Deadline by Chris Crutcher
  • Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
  • Getting the Girl by Susan Juby
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Impossible by Nancy Werlin
  • Lessons from a Dead Girl by Jo Knowles
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  • My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger
  • Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs
  • Ophelia by Lisa Klein
  • Spud by John Van de Ruit
  • Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter
  • Unwind by Neal Shusterman
  • Wake by Lisa McMann
  • Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

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Vote the Peach!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on February 27, 2009


It’s time to vote for your favorite Georgia Peach Book Award nominee. Please stop by the library and pick up a form—or two, or three, or twenty—and vote for your favorite Peach Books before March 13. You can express your opinion on any Peach Book you’ve read before the March 13 deadline. Just rank each book you’ve read according to whether you think it was fantastic, great, okay, not so good, or “the pits.” Fill in the title and author of the book and drop it in the box in the media center. The media center staff will tally our results and send them in to the Georgia Peach Book Award Committee. Your vote will help determine which books will become the 2009 Georgia Peach Book Award winner and runners up. Last year’s winner was Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. Which book will win this year? Will it be Impulse by Ellen Hopkins? Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson? Uglies by Scott Westerfeld? You could make the deciding vote! Make sure you stop by the library before March 13 and make your vote count!

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Because Guys Are Readers, Too

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on February 26, 2009


You know I’m always posting about readergirlz, one of our favorite sites, because they are so great at promoting fun reading, celebrating strong girls, and inspiring girls to make their own history. But today when I was reading a blog post by one of the readergirlz founding divas, Justina Chen Headley, I was reminded that sometimes I forget to remind you about some of the great websites that promote reading for our guys, like Guys Lit Wire and GuysRead.


GuysRead is a great website by author Jon Scieszka. You know Jon, the author of The Stinky Cheese Man, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and other great books you’ve been loving since you were a little kid. You can go to the site and find great guy books for guys of all ages, and even books for adults based on your most-beloved book, favorite author, or a topic of interest.


GuysLitWire is a blog that reviews the kind of books that guys like to read. A post today reviewed Black and White by Paul Volponi, a great contemporary writer who really appeals to, well, you guessed it, guys. So, with apologies for ignoring all you guys out there, please forgive me, and check out these two great sites. And, hey, don’t forget that a lot of the books reviewed on readergirlz are still great for guys, too!

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Swimming with the Big Fish

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on February 26, 2009

Rent Books and Textbooks Netflix-style with Online Book Rental – via kwout

Can books swim? Have they had lessons? Do they wear those little water wings? Should they? Well, what I do know about books is that they are fun, and you can take them with you to the beach or the pool, and make that experience even more fun. But did you know that you can borrow books from BookSwim just like you borrow videos from NetFlix, for a low, low monthly fee? And unlike those evil librarians who charge you late fees, (what? who would say such a thing about lovely librarians?) you can keep them for as long as you want without late charges. They have a fabuloso selection of contemporary books that you will actually want to read. You don’t even have to get out  of  your pjs to go to the library and check them out, or pay big bucks to buy them for yourself at the book store. You just pick out the books you want, add them to your “pool,” and then BookSwim mails them to you with no delivery charge, which is just about the nicest thing that can happen to a person these days. You read the books, and then BookSwim mails then back to you, again with no delivery charge. And now you can even rent textbooks. College textbooks. Graduate school textbooks. For cheap, people. So, I’m working on my doctorate. The school I’m attending offers to sell me two books I need for something in the neighborhood of $150 each. I manage to find one at Barnes & Noble for $50. I just found it on BookSwim. I could have rented it from them for $28.60 for 90 days, the length of my class. I’m guessing they would have frowned upon my highlighting the pages, but to save that much money, I could have restrained myself. Another book for the same class was about the same price from a B&N used bookseller as it was to rent for ninety days from BookSwim (around $62 from each place) so it pays to shop around. At any rate, you can swim on over to BookSwim and see if you have been swimming in the right book pool.


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The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and Bibliophiles…

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on February 24, 2009


The Blatant Bibliophiles met today to discuss some ideas we had on our “back burner.” Here are the results of our meeting:

  • We elected officers: President: Emilie K., Vice President/President-Elect: Mubeen A., Secretary: Brooke G., Social Chairman, Sarah D. Congratulations new officers!
  • We planned our next meetings: We will meet on Monday, March 30 during each lunch shift to discuss Absolutely, Positively Not and to make (and obviously eat!!!!)  ice cream sundaes. Please read the book (we have four copies) before attending the meeting, if you have not done so already, so that you can participate in the discussion!
  • We will meet on Tuesday, April 21 during each lunch shift to discuss The Perks of Being a Wallflower and to decorate and (guess what?) eat cookies. If you have not yet read this book, we also have four copies of it, so please stop by the checkout desk and request a copy as soon as you finish reading  Absolutely, Positively Not.
  • If you have ideas of other things you would like to do, such as going to see the movie Inkheart or anything else, please post a comment to this post. All you have to do is click on the title to get a comment box to open up; then scroll down and leave a reply in the comment box.  Remember, it will not hurt my feelings AT ALL. You’re younger and more full of ideas than I am! I am very open to suggestions! I apologize for the fact that we have a difficult time scheduling meetings that everyone can attend simultaneously. We are a busy group!

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Can’t Wait Until March 10 to Read Hunted? Get Chapter One Now!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on February 9, 2009


Are you a fan of the House of Night series by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast? Well, if you are, then you know that the next installment in the series, Hunted, goes on sale March 10. Can’t wait? Then mosey on over to the House of Night website to read the first chapter online. But be warned, it’s addictive. After you read the first chapter, you’ll be driving yourself crazy hanging out at the bookstore begging the nice salespeople to sell you an advance copy of Hunted before it goes on sale. In the meantime, if you’re not familiar with the series, our library has the first four books, Marked, Betrayed, Chosen, and Untamed available for checkout. When someone else isn’t devouring them, that is.  You can also check out P. C.’s blog for more info. Happy Reading!

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