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Swimming with the Big Fish

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on February 26, 2009

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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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Absolutely, Positively Yes!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on December 12, 2008

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By the way, we have several copies of Absolutely, Positively Not in now, if you’ve been waiting for it. Please stop by to check out a copy if you’ve been waiting for it. If you check out a copy, please read it as quickly as possible so that other members can get their hands on it and we can be ready to discuss it in January.

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Let’s Resuscitate Our LibraryThing Account

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on December 9, 2008

Our LibraryThing account is sad because no one has entered any books in a long time. I entered a few last year as an example, and one of our Bibliophiles entered a couple, and then…nothing.  So I’m sending you a new link and directions for entering your books. Remember you can win a Barnes & Noble gift certificate for submitting reviews, so add your first name and last initial (ONLY) as a tag when you enter your review. OK, here are the steps:

  • Click on this link to go to LibraryThing
  • Log in with our user name and password. I will send this to you via email. If you don’t check your email often, ask me for it.
  • Click on the tab at the top of the page (near the left side) that says “Add books.”
  • Type the name of the book you wish to review in the search box and click on the search button.
  • Click on the title of your book in the results list that appears on the right side of the page.
  • Click on the link that says “edit book” beside a tiny pencil.
  • Click in the “tags” box to add some keywords that describe the book. You might want to look over our book list for ideas, or look at reviews of the book on Amazon. Be sure to enter your first name and last initial as a keyword.
  • Beside the word “rating,” give your book a rating of one to five stars. If you click on a star two times, you can make a star into a half star.
  • DO NOT ADD YOUR REVIEW IN THE BOX THAT SAYS REVIEW; add it in the box that says “comments.”
  • Please enter your own review, not one that you have copied from Amazon or some other source. Use your own words! The review can be very brief, just a few words, up to a long paragraph, if you wish. The review doesn’t have to be in complete sentences; it could be just a phrase.
  • Click on the “save” button.
  • Click on the “Your Library” tab at the top of the page to look at our book list and make sure that your review has been saved. Occasionally there is a glitch.
  • If you decide to change your review, you can click on the pencil to the right of your review to edit it. Be sure to save at the end of your edit.
  • You can create your own LibraryThing account (FOR FREE) to keep a list of all the books you have read for yourself if you want. All you have to do is log out, and from the sign in page, click on the link that says “Join Now” to set up a free account. Just create a user name and password, enter your email address, and you are all set! This would be a great way to keep up with all the books you have read or all the books you read starting today!

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Live Blog on the Georgia Peach Book Awards

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on December 5, 2008

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Hi, Guys: I will be live blogging from the Teen Conference in Macon at 9:45 about the Georgia Peach Book Awards for Teen Reacers. Stay tuned!

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Get Thee to a Theatre!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on November 29, 2008


If you haven’t seen Twilight yet, you simply must rush out and see it NOW! The movie was better than I expected, as I am rarely pleased with movies based on my favorite books. They never quite live up to the original. In the case of Twilight, though, the script was true to the novel in virtually every detail, so if you loved the book, you’ll adore the movie. Despite some negative reviews from those who have not read the Twilight series, the movie did what it was supposed to do–it transferred the book into film beautifully, including the characters. Prior to seeing the movie, I was not sure I “bought” Robert Pattinson as Edward, although Kristen Stewart seemed perfect as Bella from the start. After seeing the movie, however, Robert Pattinson is Edward. He was as gorgeous as Bella described him in the book; even though I’m old enough to be his mother, I could still detect the hotness. Peter Facinelli was a bit too pale as Carlisle–maybe if his hair hadn’t been so white, too–he was like looking at a blizzard. Carlisle’s albino-ness aside, the movie features breathtakingly beautiful scenes of the Pacific Northwest and an honest interpretation of the book that will have Stephenie Meyer’s fans clamoring for the release of New Moon. Oh, didn’t I tell you? Summit Entertainment, the producers of Twilight, announced this week that they are planning a movie based on New Moon. No release date has been set. So we still have something left to live for, Twilight fans!

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Author Judy Blundell Wins 2008 Young Adult National Book Award

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on November 20, 2008

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The 2008 National Book Awards were presented yesterday and author Judy Blundell was the winner in the children’s literature category for her novel What I Saw and How I Lied. Ms. Blundell won out over other teen authors Laurie Halse Anderson for Chains; Kathi Appelt for The Underneath; E. Lockhart for The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks; and Tim Tharp for The Spectacular Now. Other YA authors judging the event included former winners Holly Black, Lemony Snicket (also known as Daniel Handler), Angela Johnson, Carolyn Mackler, and Cynthia Voigt. What I Saw and How I Lied is about a teenage girl who falls in love with a handsome young ex-soldier from her stepfather’s company and finds herself in a complicated web of lies. At the awards ceremony last night Blundell told the audience of around 650 people that she has written over 100 books as a ghost writer and romance novelist, but that this is the first written under her name. She thanked her editor, fellow author David Levithan, for giving her her voice and for encouraging her to write something of her own. As a recipient of the National Book Award, Ms. Blundell will receive a check for $10,000. Prizes were also awarded in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. You can read an article in School Library Journal for more information.

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Celebrate November with the readergirlz!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on November 3, 2008

The readergirlz divas began their website to celebrate gutsy girls in life and literature (Sorry, guys, we love you, too, but…there is no such thing as readerboyz; maybe we’ll have to look into that!) Since November is election month, the readergirlz are celebrating the power of their collective voices and asking us to join them with these events:
1. Their election pick: Long May She Reign, by Ellen Emerson White, a powerful and relevant novel that explores the life of a president’s daughter kidnapped by terrorists. Don’t forget to join the readergirlz for an online live chat in the readergirlz forum on November 18 at 9 PM, EDT.
2. Be sure to check out the readergirlz Voting Manifesta by readergirlz diva Mitali Perkins. Mitali has also written about politics in her book First Daughter: White House Rules. Her blog includes information about potention first daughters.
3. You can check out the readergirlz and their personal statements about voting on MySpace or on their new blog, or become their fan on Facebook.
4. Don’t forget that November is also Native American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Author Cynthia Leitich Smith, author of Tantalize and Rain is Not My Indian Name, and author Joseph Bruchac, author of Sacajawea, will be featured on the readergirlz MySpace Forum on November 6 at 9 PM EDT.
5. Get ready for a blog scavenger hunt! More details to follow soon! Check the readergirlz website for details!

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Welcome to New readergirlz Diva Melissa Walker

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 31, 2008

Our friends at readergirlz have a brand new diva. Author Melissa Walker, whose book Violet in Private was featured on readergirlz in August, just joined the website as its latest author diva. Other books in her Violet series include Violet on the Runway and Violet by Design. The series follows Violet through the ups and downs of the fashion world. If you can wait until May, you can read her next book, Lovestruck Summer. Sounds like a perfect beach read! Melissa is from New Zealand, where she attended an elite finishing school for girls. She earned a BA in English from Vassar and now lives in Brooklyn. She is a former ELLEgirl Features Editor and Seventeen Prom Editor. Watch for the Violet books in The Unquiet Library. Not only do the readergirlz have a great website, but now they have a brand new blog. Be sure to check it out at http://readergirlz.blogspot.com/. You can also catch them on Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. Check out the readergirlz website for details.

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Peach Bowl Books, Anyone?

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on October 29, 2008

Are you trying to read the 2008-2009 Georgia Peach Book Nominees, but you’re not sure if the media center has them in our collection? Or suppose we have books you’re looking for, but are they available right now? Well, you can click on this link to search the online catalog. You can type in the name of a specific book, or better yet, look for the entire list of nominees. To see the list, click on the link to Exit Destiny Quest, then click on Resource Lists, Public Lists, and then scroll down to click on Peach Book Nominees 2008-2009. To the extreme right of the list, you’ll be able to see if the book is checked “In” or “Out.” You can come by the media center to place a book on “hold” if you want us to reserve it for you. Then you can be the next person in line to check out your selected book. If you are participating in the Reading Bowl, I have lists of the books, along with summaries, to help you decide which book to read next. Here is the link to my Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl links again, if you want to find out more info, Reading Bowl participants.

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