Monday, December 30, 2013

Cinder by Marissa Meyer ~

About the Book:  Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl. . . . Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future.

About the Author: 
Marissa Meyer on Cinder , writing, and leading men:  Which of your characters is most like you? I wish I could say that I'm clever and mechanically-minded like Cinder, but no--I can't fix anything. I'm much more like Cress, who makes a brief cameo in Cinder and then takes a more starring role in the third book. She's a romantic and a daydreamer and maybe a little on the naïve side--things that could be said about me too--although she does find courage when it's needed most. I think we'd all like to believe we'd have that same inner strength if we ever needed it. Where do you write? I have a home office that I've decorated with vintage fairy tale treasures that I've collected (my favorite is a Cinderella cookie jar from the forties) and NaNoWriMo posters, but sometimes writing there starts to feel too much like work. On those days I'll write in bed or take my laptop out for coffee or lunch. If you were stranded on a desert island, which character from Cinder would you want with you? Cinder, definitely! She has an internet connection in her brain, complete with the ability to send and receive comms (which are similar to e-mails). We'd just have enough time to enjoy some fresh coconut before we were rescued. The next book in the Lunar Chronicles is called Scarlet , and is about Little Red Riding Hood. What is appealing to you most about this character as you work on the book? Scarlet is awesome--she's very independent, a bit temperamental, and has an outspokenness that tends to get her in trouble sometimes. She was raised by her grandmother, an ex-military pilot who now owns a small farm in southern France, who not only taught Scarlet how to fly a spaceship and shoot a gun, but also to have a healthy respect and appreciation for nature. I guess that's a lot of things that appeal to me about her, but she's been a really fun character to write! (The two leading men in Scarlet, Wolf and Captain Thorne, aren't half bad either.) (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service)

My thoughts: This book was so fantastic. You just have to read it because I can't even begin to tell you how good it was.  You have to experience it for yourself. I loved that it took the the classic fairy tale and put such a unique and interesting spin on it.  Meyer has an imagination that would be hard to match.  I especially enjoyed the vivid picture that Meyer paints with her words.  You can see New Beijing in your mind with such clarity and detail it's like you are really there.  A wonderful story.  I can't wait to read Scarlet, the second in the Lunar Series.

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Steph's Top YA picks for 2013!

Best YA book 2013

10. Clockwork Princess, by Cassandra Clare: I have a love/hate relationship with Cassandra Clare, but was thrilled with her conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.

9. Going Vintage, by Lindsay Leavitt:  I don’t enjoy a lot of chick-lit, but I loved this quirky book about a girl who shuns all things modern in the hopes of getting her life back on track.

8. All the Truth That’s In Me, by Julie Berry: Part historical fiction, part mystery and part thriller, this is a book that fits in multiple categories, but this tale about a girl who disappeared only to return after two years with her tongue cut out is impossible to put down.

7. The Madman’s Daughter, by Meghan Shepherd: What if Dr. Moreau (of the Island of Doctor Moreau) had a daughter?  Shepherd’s take-off from the classic novella is a creepy thriller that you shouldn’t read before bed!

6. Scarlet, by Marissa Meyer:  I loved how Meyer’s incorporates Little Red Riding Hood into the second of her steampunk series.

5. Boxers & Saints, by Gene Luen Yang:  Okay, I cheated, these are two books.  But, they are companion novels and look so cool side-by-side, I’m giving myself a free pass.  Plus they are graphic novels, so you can read both in less time than it would take you to read any of the other books on this list!  They tell the story of China’s Boxer rebellion, and are so good you will devour both  in one sitting.

4. Star Cursed, by Jessica Spotswood:  Curse you Jessica Spotswood for making me wait until AUGUST 2014 for the third book!  When the second book is better than the first (Born Wicked) it should be illegal to make readers wait this long.  This re-imagined New England of witches, the Brotherhood and illicit romances had me on the edge of my seat – and I’m still there!

3. Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan:  I don’t cry often when reading a book, but David Levithan  managed to so beautifully capture raw and real emotion of seven teens  in different stages of relationships and discovering themselves, that I couldn’t help but tear up.

2. Maggot Moon, by Sally Gardner:  Standish Treadwell is different from the “train-track thinkers” and he discovers a dark secret about what is on the other side of the wall.  But the Motherland wants it to stay secret.  This book goes off the train tracks and takes you for a unique ride.

1. Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell:  I loved Eleanor and Park so much, that I stopped reading it because I didn’t want to let them go.  Heartbreaking and funny, and wonderfully written, this is my favorite YA book of the year.

What are YOUR top picks for 2013?
Honorable Mentions:
This is What Happy Looks Like, by Jennifer Smith
Curtsies & Conspiracies, by Gail Carriger
Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell
Somebody Up There Hate You, by Hollis Seamon
If You Find Me, by Emily Murdock
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, by Prudence Shen
Best YA book 2013
All titles are available at the Coventry Public Library!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday!

This weeks question: Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! What books did Santa stuff your stocking with this holiday season? 
My Answer: Sigh....the only book I got is titled Christmas on Main Street by Joann Ross.  It's actually three stories in one volume.  Looks like romance (not my favorite genre) and all about Christmas, which I love, but only right before the holiday season rolls around.  After Christmas is over I really don't want to read any Christmas stories.  I guess I'm all holidayed out!!
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Thursday, December 26, 2013

'Read the book first' Friday! ~ Mary Poppins & Saving Mr. Banks

I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see the movie Saving Mr. Banks with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.  I am a huge Disney fan and think Walt Disney was an incredible inspiration.  Did you know that when he applied for one of his first jobs he didn't get it because he supposedly "lacked imagination"? Can you believe that?  In spite of that rejection, he persevered, and believing in himself, managed to become one of the most respected and revered persons in the entertainment industry. His legacy lives on to this day!!!!

With that in mind, I recommend reading the book Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers, whose story the movie is based on.

About the book: From the moment Mary Poppins arrives at Number Seventeen Cherry-Tree Lane, everyday life at the Banks house is forever changed. It all starts when Mary Poppins is blown by the east wind onto the doorstep of the Banks house. She becomes a most unusual nanny to Jane, Michael, and the twins. Who else but Mary Poppins can slide up banisters, pull an entire armchair out of an empty carpetbag, and make a dose of medicine taste like delicious lime-juice cordial? A day with Mary Poppins is a day of magic and make-believe come to life!

About the author: Born in Australia to an Irish father and a Scottish mother, P. L. Travers was a voracious reader and began to write while she was still a child. She did some acting but quickly moved into literary and dramatic criticism; she wrote some highly respected poetry as well. However, it is her series of books for children, starting with Mary Poppins (1934), on which her fame rests. The prim, kindly, and enchanting nanny takes charge of the Banks's household and brings the children a seemingly endless stream of fantasy adventures. The book was an immediate success. Walt Disney's (see Vol. 3) musical version, in 1964, brought the stories to an even wider audience. Subsequent books about Mary Poppins include Mary Poppins Comes Back, Mary Poppins Opens the Door, Mary Poppins in the Park, Mary Poppins from A to Z, and Mary Poppins and the House Next Door.

About the movie Saving Mr. Banks: In Saving Mr. Banks, writer P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) tries to save herself that grief by refusing to hand over the film rights to her Mary Poppins books. But Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) doesn’t give up easily, and, well, if you’ve ever tried to wrap your mouth around the nonsense word “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” you can probably guess how that goes.

Official Movie Trailer:

Final thoughts: I think Hanks and Thompson are the perfect actors for this film because 1) Hanks can play anything, 2) Thompson proved she can pull of the whole Nanny thing in the movie Nanny Mcphee (which I loved).  Here I'm assuming that the Mary Poppins character is based upon P.L Travers herself.  I guess I'll have to watch the movie to find out!   As a child, I loved the book.  If you haven't read it, come on down to the CPL to grab a copy before your trip to the theater.


Teen Review Thursday -

Teen Review Thursday - The Book thief reviewed by Isabella (grade 9).

Monday, December 23, 2013

We Wish You a Merry christmas!!!!



From the Coventry Public Library!!!

I don't know about you, but I sure wish I was spending the holidays there!!!

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer ~ Book review

Endangered
by Eliot Schrefer
About the book: From National Book Award Finalist Eliot Schrefer comes the compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos -- and herself -- from a violent coup. Congo is a dangerous place, even for people who are trying to do good. When Sophie has to visit her mother at her sanctuary for bonobos, she's not thrilled to be there. Then Otto, an infant bonobo, comes into her life, and for the first time she feels responsible for another creature. But peace does not last long for Sophie and Otto. When an armed revolution breaks out in the country, the sanctuary is attacked, and the two of them must escape unprepared into the jungle. Caught in the crosshairs of a lethal conflict, they must struggle to keep safe, to eat, and to live. In ENDANGERED, Eliot Schrefer plunges us into a heart-stopping exploration of the things we do to survive, the sacrifices we make to help others, and the tangled geography that ties us all, human and animal, together.

My thoughts: This book will make you fall in love with bonobos and will make you want to take up the cause to ensure their safety and survival.  I loved this book.  It taught me about a species of ape that I have never even heard of before. Schrefer creates a vividly realized setting and a harrowing portrait of the chaos of a country at war. I enjoyed Schrefer's portrayal of the unbreakable bond between Sophie and Otto, and the close, awe-inspiring look at bonobos in general.Check out the book trailer below!!!

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About the author: Eliot Schrefer is the author of The Deadly Sister, The School for Dangerous Girls, Glamorous Disasters, and The New Kid. He lives in New York City, and has never discovered any bodies. Visit him online at www.eliotschrefer.com.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

'Read the Book First' Friday ~ Mortal Instruments (City of Bones)

Mortal Instruments (City of Bones) 
by Cassandra Clare
About the book: When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder--much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing--not even a smear of blood--to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy? This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know... Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.
My thoughts:  This book was entertaining.  I enjoyed the characters of Clary and Jace, but to be honest, I liked Clary's nerdy best friend Simon the best. Like many fantasy heroines, Clary isn't normal, and she's got all the secret parentage, dramatic revelations and amazing magic powers to prove it.  This book is full of complicated romantic triangles which keeps the excitement high even when the dramatic revelations tend toward the ridiculous. I was truly disappointed with the weird ending, but this book is still worth reading before watching the movie.
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About the Author: Cassandra Clare was born on July 27, 1973, in Teheran, Iran, and spent much of her childhood traveling the world with her family. Her real name is Judith Rumelt, and Cassandra Clare is her pen name. After college, she lived in Los Angeles and New York where she worked at various entertainment magazines. She started working on The Mortal Instruments series in 2004 and became a full-time author in 2006. Her first novel, City of Bones, was published in 2007 and received numerous awards including An American Library Association Teens Top Ten Award in 2008, the Abraham Lincoln Illinois High School Book Award in 2010, and the Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award in 2010. She is also the author of the Infernal Devices series and Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd. Her title's City of Bones and The\Shadowhunter's Codex made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013. (Bowker Author Biography)

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Shelter by Harlan Coban ~ Book Review

Shelter
by Harlan Coben
Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominations 2014.
About the Book:  The stunning young adult debut from international bestseller Harlan Coben is now in paperback! Mickey Bolitar's year can't get much worse. After witnessing his father's death and sending his mom to rehab, he's forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools. Fortunately, he's met a great girl, Ashley, and it seems like things might finally be improving. But then Ashley vanishes. Mickey follows Ashley's trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that Ashley isn't who she claimed to be. And neither was Mickey's father. Soon Mickey learns about a conspiracy so shocking that it leaves him questioning everything about the life he thought he knew. First introduced to readers in Harlan Coben's novel Live Wire Mickey Bolitar is as quick-witted and clever as his uncle Myron, and eager to go to any length to save the people he cares about.

About the author: Harlan Coben was born in Newark, New Jersey on January 4, 1962. After graduating from Amherst College as a political science major, he worked in the travel industry in a company owned by his grandfather. He writes the Myron Bolitar series and Mickey Bolitar series. His other works include Gone for Good, The Innocent, The Woods, Hold Tight, Caught, Stay Close, Seconds Away and Six Years. Tell No One was turned into the multiple award-winning 2006 French film Ne le Dis à Personne. He is the first author to win the Edgar Award, Shamus Award, and Anthony Award. (Bowker Author Biography)

My thoughts:  This book had everything I like!!! Mystery, action, adventure and intrigue.  What's not to like?  Mickey Bolitar is a fascinating character. He is both quick witted and clever, not to mention handsome.  At 6'4" he is a force to be reckoned with on the basketball court, but more than that, he's just genuinely a nice guy, even making friends with two of the school's misfits, Ema and Spoon.  Oh, I almost forgot to mention the creepy old house with the even creepier old woman peering out the window!  How could you not love a book that incorporates those elements????  YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!!!

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Series You must read!

We are ALL familiar with the Harry Potter series, but do you know about some of the other series to be found here at the Coventry Public Library?  Below are my Top ten series picks. 

10. Young wizards series 
 by Diane Duane
Something stopped Nita's hand as it ran along the bookshelf. She looked and found that one of the books had a loose thread at the top of its spine .. from a series on careers .. So You Want to Be a Wizard. A joke? or not?






9. Alex Rider Adventure
by Anthony Horowitz
They told him his uncle died in an accident. He wasn't wearing his seatbelt, they said. But when fourteen-year-old Alex finds his uncle's windshield riddled with bullet holes, he knows it was no accident. What he doesn't know yet is that his uncle was killed while on a top-secret mission. But he is about to, and once he does, there is no turning back. Finding himself in the middle of terrorists, Alex must outsmart the people who want him dead. The government has given him the technology, but only he can provide the courage. Should he fail, every child in England will be murdered in cold blood. The first in a thrilling new series by British writer Anthony Horowitz, Stormbreaker will have pulses racing from start to finish.

8.  The Cahill Witch Chronicles
by Jessica Spotswood
A Great and Terrible Beauty meets Cassandra Clare in this spellbinding fantasy Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they're witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship - or an early grave. Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word . . . especially after she finds her mother's diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family's destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra. If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren't safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood - not even from each other.

7. Quarantine 
by Lex Thomas
" As original as The Hunger Games , set within the walls of a high school exactly like yours." - Kami Garcia, New York Times best-selling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures novels It was just another ordinary day at McKinley High--until a massive explosion devastated the school. When loner David Thorpe tried to help his English teacher to safety, the teacher convulsed and died right in front of him. And that was just the beginning. A year later, McKinley has descended into chaos. All the students are infected with a virus that makes them deadly to adults. The school is under military quarantine. The teachers are gone. Violent gangs have formed based on high school social cliques. Without a gang, you're as good as dead. And David has no gang. It's just him and his little brother, Will, against the whole school. In this frighteningly dark and captivating novel, Lex Thomas locks readers inside a school where kids don't fight to be popular, they fight to stay alive. "Take Michael Grant's Gone and Veronica Roth's Divergent , rattle them in a cage until they're ready to fight to the death, and you'll have something like this nightmarish debut...Thomas' whirlwind pace, painful details, simmering sexual content, and moments of truly shocking ultra-violence thrust this movie-ready high school thriller to the head of the class." - Booklist (starred review)

6. The monstrumologist : William James Henry 
by Richard Yancey
These are the secrets I have kept. This is the trust I never betrayed. But he is dead now and has been for nearly ninety years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets. The one who saved me . . . and the one who cursed me. So starts the diary of Will Henry, orphan and assistant to a doctor with a most unusual specialty: monster hunting. In the short time he has lived with the doctor, Will has grown accustomed to his late night callers and dangerous business. But when one visitor comes with the body of a young girl and the monster that was feeding on her, Will's world is about to change forever. The doctor has discovered a baby Anthropophagi--a headless monster that feeds through the mouthfuls of teeth in its chest--and it signals a growing number of Anthropophagi. Now, Will and the doctor must face the horror threatenning to overtake and consume our world before it is too late. The Monstrumologist is the first stunning gothic adventure in a series that combines the spirit of HP Lovecraft with the storytelling ability of Rick Riordan.

5. Soul Seekers
by Alyson Noel
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Immortals, Alyson Noël, comes Fated -- a breathtaking new saga brimming with magic, mystery, and an intoxicating love story that will steal your heart away. Meet The Soul Seekers . Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter's sanity, Daire's mother sends her to live with the grandmother she's never met. A woman who recognizes the visions for what they truly are--the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker--one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead. There on the dusty plains of Enchantment, New Mexico, Daire sets out to harness her mystical powers. But it's when she meets Dace, the boy from her dreams, that her whole world is shaken to its core. Now Daire is forced to discover if Dace is the one guy she's meant to be with...or if he's allied with the enemy she's destined to destroy.

4. Trylle trilogy
by Amanda Hocking
Amanda Hocking is an indie publishing sensation whose self-published novels have sold millions of copies all over the world, and Switched is the book that started the phenomenon. Prepare to be enchanted... When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. Eleven years later, Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. She's not the person she's always believed herself to be, and her whole life begins to unravel--all because of Finn Holmes. Finn is a mysterious guy who always seems to be watching her. Every encounter leaves her deeply shaken...though it has more to do with her fierce attraction to him than she'd ever admit. But it isn't long before he reveals the truth: Wendy is a changeling who was switched at birth--and he's come to take her home. Now Wendy's about to journey to a magical world she never knew existed, one that's both beautiful and frightening. And where she must leave her old life behind to discover who she's meant to become... As a special gift to readers, this book contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, "The Vittra Attacks," set in the magical world of the Trylle.

3. Demonata
by Darren Shan
Grubbs Grady has stiff red hair and is a little big for his age, which means he can get into R-rated movies. He hates history and loves bacon, rats, and playing tricks on his squeamish older sister. When he opts out of a family weekend trip, he never guesses that he is about to take a terrifying journey into darkness. Hungry demons and howling werewolves haunt his waking nightmares... and threaten his life.
 
 
 
by Claudia Gray
The Evernight series, four books from HarperCollins beginning in May 2008, follows the story of Bianca Olivier. When the story begins in Evernight, Bianca has just left the small town where she’s spent her whole life. She’s a new student at Evernight Academy, a creepily Gothic boarding school where her classmates are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn’t fit in. Then she meets Lucas, another loner, who seems fiercely determined not to be the “Evernight type.” There’s a connection between Bianca and Lucas that can’t be denied. She would risk anything to be with him—but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart… and to make Bianca question everything she’s ever believed to be true.

1.  Last Apprentice
by Joseph Delaney
Young Tom, the seventh son of a seventh son, starts work as an apprentice for the village spook, whose job is to protect ordinary folk from "ghouls, boggarts, and all manner of wicked beasties." Capturing witches Binding boggarts Driving away ghosts For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried-some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive. Only Thomas Ward is left. He's the last hope; the last apprentice. Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook's warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county?

Skinny by Donna Cooner ~ Book Review

Skinny 

by Donna Cooner

About the book:

Characters:
Name: Ever Davies
Gender: Female
Age: 15
Occupation :  Student
Attributes:          Obese



Has a voice inside her head          saying all the secrets her classmates think about her; has a great singing voice; thinks about having surgery.

Genre:    Young adult fiction

Topics:    Obesity, Self-esteem, High school 





A remarkable new voice in YA fiction. And a powerful topic that is both timely--and timeless. Hopeless. Freak. Elephant. Pitiful. These are the words of Skinny, the vicious voice that lives inside fifteen-year-old Ever Davies's head. Skinny tells Ever all the dark thoughts her classmates have about her. Ever knows she weighs over three hundred pounds, knows she'll probably never be loved, and Skinny makes sure she never forgets it. But there is another voice: Ever's singing voice, which is beautiful but has been silenced by Skinny. Partly in the hopes of trying out for the school musical--and partly to try and save her own life--Ever decides to undergo a risky surgery that may help her lose weight and start over. With the support of her best friend, Ever begins the uphill battle toward change. But demons, she finds, are not so easy to shake, not even as she sheds pounds. Because Skinny is still around. And Ever will have to confront that voice before she can truly find her own. Donna Cooner brings warmth, wit, and startling insight to this unforgettable debut. (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics™, a Bowker service.)

My Thoughts: I thought this book was great!  I don't know about you, but I can certainly identify with Ever Davies.  I may not have a weight problem, but there have been many times in my life that I have doubted myself and many times that I've heard that "wee small voice" in my head telling me that I couldn't or wouldn't be able to do something.  I think that we all experience this at one time or another.  Have you?

I think what was really great in this story was that Ever finally realized that she is not unique in this way.  She finds out that even "perfect" people have insecurities and doubts about themselves or their abilities.

Book trailer: 

Author Notes:
Donna Cooner lives with her goat dog, Roxanne, in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she also works as a professor of education. A former gastric bypass patient, Donna was inspired to share some of her experiences with readers. SKINNY is her debut novel. You can visit her online at www.donnacooner.com.

Friday, December 13, 2013

'Read the Book First' Friday! ~ The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien




The movie The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug comes out in theaters on December 13th.  That means that if you get started right away, you will definitely have time to finish the book before it's out of the theaters!  Hurry on in to the Coventry Public Library to grab your copy of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

About the book:  J.R.R. Tolkien's classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum. Written for J.R.R. Tolkien's own children, The Hobbit has sold many millions of copies worldwide and established itself as a modern classic. 

About the movie:
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is a 2013 epic fantasy adventure film co-written, produced and directed by Peter Jackson. It is the second installment of a three-part film series based on J. R. R. Tolkien's 1937 novel The Hobbit, beginning with An Unexpected Journey (2012) and set to conclude with There and Back Again (2014). The three films together act as prequels to Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film series.
The storyline continues the events of An Unexpected Journey, in which the hobbit Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) travels with the wizard Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and a company of thirteen dwarves led by Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) into the Kingdom of Erebor, taking them through Mirkwood, Esgaroth, and Dale to combat with the dragon Smaug (Benedict Cumberbatch).
Jackson wrote the screenplay with his longtime collaborators and Lord of the Rings co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro, originally chosen to direct the Hobbit films. The film also stars Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt and Orlando Bloom.
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug premiered on 2 December 2013 in Los Angeles, and will be released internationally on 13 December 2013.[3] Like its predecessor, the film used a shooting and projection frame rate of 48 frames per second. The new projection rate was advertised as "High Frame Rate" to the public.

Movie trailer: