Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What's your favorite reading spot???

I would like to show off my new favorite reading spot.  I renovated my kids' tree house that they never really use anymore into my awesome little reading room!!!  I love it and find it so relaxing to sit out there and read.  It has electricity, a ceiling fan and a little heater!!!  What do you think????

Monday, May 19, 2014

YALSA Committee chooses Teens Top Ten Books for 2014

The YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) committee has chosen the books that they think are the best books for teens for 2014.  Have you tried any of these books???  C'mon in to the library or search the OSL catalog from home to reserve a book!
* Click on titles to locate in the OSL catalog

Friday, May 16, 2014

Dangerous Situations for Book Addicts.

  • 1:Bargain sections
  • 2:Used book stores
  • 3:Superstores (i.e. Costco)
  • 4:Thrift shops
  • 5:Garage sales
  • 6:Signs that say, "Free, take me!"
  • 7:Giving yourself a present for your birthday/holiday
  • 8:Feeling like you owe yourself a gift (For your troubles--keep truckin'!).
  • 9:When someone else offers to buy you books.
  • 10:When you go in to buy just one book, but see all the new ones that just came out.
  • 11:Cheap online websites
  • 12:Having a credit card
  • 13:Carrying a hand basket at a bookstore
  • 14:Having an overzealous bookstore sales assistant recommending you books.
  • 15:Being left alone in a bookstore.
  • 16:Heck, being left alone near books.
  • 17:Library--hey, free books!...for a few weeks!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Top Ten reasons to visit your library!!!

10. Because if the library doesn't have the book you are looking for  it they can usually get it. Either through the OSL system or through inter-library loan.

9.Because if you are about to take the SATs and you didn't go to some super expensive class, you can find test prep resources there.

8. Because librarians are super cool people who want to help you.  Our greatest desire is to make you happy and help you find what you are looking for!!!

7. Because of our movie selection.  We have literally THOUSANDS of DVDs.  If we don't have what you are looking for, we can often get it from another library and have it shipped to the CPL in just a couple short days.

6. Because we have FREE wi-fi and internet access.
5. Because of our music selection.  Not only do we have CDs, but we now have a service called Freegal where you can download 3 free songs every week to your device.  The songs are yours to keep FOREVER!!!

4.  Because it is a nice, peaceful place to hang out.

3.  Because there are often FREE programs with the teen population in mind.

2. Because when you are there you are surrounded by some of the greatest minds in history, all at your fingertips.

and yes, I know it's been mentioned a lot, but it's true...

1.  It's FREE, FREE, FREE, FREE FREE!!!!!!!  Did I ever tell you that my favorite work is FREE!! It is, seriously, ask my kids and they will tell you!

Monday, May 12, 2014

April 2014 ~ New YA books at the CPL!! 2

Have you been waiting for some new YA books to hit the shelves of the Coventry Public Library's YA area??  Well, here they are, our newest additions to the YA collection.  Thank you librarian Steph for the great choices!!!
Dreams of gods and Monsters by Liani Taylor

Fury of the Seventh Son by Joseph Delaney

Mad Dogs – Cherub by Robert Muchamore

Zom-B Mission by Darren Shan

The Last Forever by Deb Caletti

She is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

The Art of Secrets by James Klise

Half Bad by Sally Green

Never Ending by Martyn Bedford

Here and Now by Ann Brashares

The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer

The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

Unforgotten by Jessica Brody

Dangerous by Shannon Hale

Going Over by Beth Kephart

Swim that Rock by John Rocco & Jay Primiano

Flame by Amy Kathleen Ryan

The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder

Silver by Chris Wooding

The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams

I Have a Bad Feeling About This by Jeff Strand

Doctor Who Volume 1: Fugitive byTony Lee

Doctor Who Volume 2: Tessaract by Tony Lee

Doctor Who Volume 3: Final Sacrifice by Tony Lee

Friday, May 9, 2014

New YA Books being published in May

I don't know about you, but I am always waiting for new YA books to be published or released.  Here are some highly anticipated YA books coming soon!  Be sure to check the OSL catalog often to see if we have it!  We are getting new books in all the time and what could be better than FREE!!!!  That's right, you heard me,  I said FREE!!!!  That's why Libraries rock!!!

The 15 Most Anticipated YA Novels Publishing in May via Epic Reads

Here are some awesome new books to add to your TBR pile!   I hope that you've made it through your April TBR pile, but if not, you can just add some to it! The more books to read the better is what I always say!

The 15 Most Anticipated YA Books Publishing In May 2014

(Most anticipated = most YA books added on Goodreads as of April 24th, 2014 the data was collected).

1.)     City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
• The sixth book in the series!
• On sale May 27th from Simon & Schuster

2.)     The One by Kiera Cass

• The third book in the Selection series
• On sale May 6th from HarperTeen

3.)     We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

• A new standalone
• On sale May 13th from Delacorte

4.)    After the End by Amy Plum

• A post-apocalyptic story!
• On sale May 6th

5.)     Of Neptune by Anna Banks

• The third book in the Syrena trilogy
• On sale May 13th from Macmillan

6.)     Take Me On by Katie McGarry

• The fourth story in the Pushing the Limits series
• On sale May 27th from Harlequin Teen

7.)    Raging Star by Moira Young

• The third book in the Dustlands trilogy!
• On sale May 13th from Simon & Schuster

8.)     The Falconer by Elizabeth May

• First book in a new fantasy series. Was previously published in the UK last year.
• On sale May 6th from Chronicle Books

9.)     Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

• Contemporary standalone!
• On sale May 6th from Simon and Schuster

10.)     Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl

• New series set in the Beautiful Creatures world
• On sale May 20th from Little, Brown

11.)     Rebel by Amy Tintera

• Second book in the Reboot series!
• On sale May 13th from Harper

12.)     Mila 2.0: Renegade by Debra Driza

• The second book in this cyborg series!
• On sale May 13th from Harper

13.)     Free to Fall by Lauren Miller

• This is Lauren’s second standalone novel!
• On sale May 13th from Harper

14.)     Guy In Real Life by Steve Brezenoff

• A contemporary standalone!
• On sale May 27th from Harper

15.)     The Girl with the Windup Heart by Kady Cross

• The fourth book in the Steampunk Chronicles
• On sale May 27th from Harlequin Teen

Also publishing in May:

Monday, May 5, 2014

Book Review ~ Bloody Jack Series by L.A Meyer

Bloody Jack : being an account of the curious adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy / L.A. Meyer.

About the Series: Mary Faber's family dies of the pestilence during the eighteenth century, forcing her to join a gang of ragamuffins, hungry, desperate, and living in London's underbelly. When the nominal leader is killed, Mary sees but one way to survive: dress as a boy and get a job in the Royal Navy. Expecting this apprenticeship will provide her with regular meals and some time during which she can plan for the future, Mary adopts the name Jacky (which is quickly changed to Bloody Jack when she kills a man) and begins her short-term deception. Even though she enjoys the camaraderie of her shipmates and the promise of adventure on the high seas, Mary knows full well that one day her gender will betray her. Little does she expect, though, that she will fall in love with Jaimy, a fellow ship's boy. Stock minor characters (such as the boy who dies so that Mary can be reborn as Jacky,or the prostitute with a heart of gold) allow the plot to sail along at a fast clip. The ship's teacher molds the boys, Jacky included, into officers and gentlemen, and has them change their speech from street urchin-ese to more refined English constructions. Jacky's diary reflects this language growth but always retains her strong, proud voice. The abrupt ending ties up the plot but hints at more adventures to come

Summary: Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of eighteenth-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl . And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret. This could be the adventure of her life--if only she doesn't get caught. . . .

My thoughts: This is one of my all time favorite series!!!!  I love Jacky Faber and all the adventures, or more accurately, mis-adventures that she has.  These books have it all... adventure, daring exploits, romance, danger and humor.  The author, L.A. Meyer,  is a master at weaving books that leaving the reader wishing they had half the "spunk" that Jacky has.  There are, at this point, 11 books in this series.  I'm on book 9 and am still loving the series!!!

Bloody Jack series

  • Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary Jacky Faber, Ship's Boy (2002)
  • The Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady (2004)
  • Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber (2005)
  • In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber (2006)
  • Mississippi Jack: Being an Account of the Further Waterborne Adventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman, Fine Lady, and the Lily of the West (2007)
  • My Bonny Light Horseman: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, in Love and War (2008)
  • Rapture of the Deep: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Soldier, Sailor, Mermaid, Spy (2009)
  • The Wake of the Lorelei Lee: Being an Account of the Adventures of Jacky Faber, on her Way to Botany Bay (2010)
  • The Mark of the Golden Dragon: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Jewel of the East, Vexation of the West, and Pearl of the South China Sea (2011)
  • Viva Jacquelina! Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber Over the Hills and Far Away (2012)
  • Boston Jacky: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Taking Care of Business (2013)
About the author: L. A. MEYER received a master of fine arts from Boston University, and is currently the curator and exhibitor at the Clair de Loon Gallery in Bar Harbor, Maine. He lives in Corea, Maine.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Book Review ~ Tiger Lily ~ by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

About the book: Much has been written about Peter Pan, but Tiger Lily, the girl he spurned in Neverland, has remained more of a mystery. In this evocative tale of unrequited love, Anderson (Peaches) gives Tiger Lily new psychological depth. Told from the perspective of Tinker Bell, the novel explores how Tiger Lily meets and falls in love with Peter, despite being betrothed to another villager, a man Tiger Lily despises. Tiger Lily and Peter's complicated inner conflicts emerge as they sort out their feelings about freedom, power, loyalty, and responsibility. When a girl from England arrives, Tiger Lily feels the flame of jealousy for the first time, and the results could be deadly. The mythology of Neverland is eloquently woven into the story, and characters are reborn in fascinating ways-Hook is an alcoholic, Smee a serial killer, and Tiger Lily's adoptive father a "two-spirit" shaman, "born to be two genders." Readers will find it hard to resist being drawn into Tiger Lily's world, where dangers and emotions are painted several shades darker than in J.M. Barrie's classic fantasy. Ages 14-up

My thoughts: I really loved this book!  I loved how it was told from Tinker Bell's point of view and how Tiger Lily is an underdeveloped character in other tales of Peter Pan, but not in this book. This story gives the reader a completely unique look at Neverland and the characters that we grew up knowing.  I highly recommend this book!

Still not sure about this book????  Watch the book trailer below!

Official book trailer: