Week in Review: September 13

missprintweekreviewThis week on the blog you can check out:

This was a fun blog week as I got to talk about one of my favorite September releases Lock & Mori AND interview Heather W. Petty about it. I also have some fun stuff for Tonight the Streets Are Ours and you can check the block next week for my review of that and Walk on Earth a Stranger (two of my favorite books I read this summer).

Work has been really productive but I haven’t been sleeping all that well (and I worked Saturday) so it was a long week. I wish it would start to feel autumnal already too. Enough with the heat wave!

It was a really good week for mail too!

I’m really excited my Secret Sister “Claudia Kishi” sent me Never Never! When I plan the backlist component of my October reading I am hoping to fit in that one and Alias Hook (which my Secret Sister from the last round, Krystal, gifted me). (I rotate my books that I read through categories: backlist, committee, for review and BEA so backlist just means a book I own that isn’t an unpublished ARC.)

I’ve been on a reading tear this week getting through Dreamstrider, Blood Red Road, Dumplin’ and a good chunk of Unmade. They’ve been a mixed bag so you’ll just have to watch for my reviews to see what’s what.

If you want to see how my month in reading is shaking out be sure to check out my September Reading Tracker.

How was your week?

Tonight the Streets Are Ours: Blog Tour

TTSAO_blogtourAs part of the blog tour for Tonight the Streets Are Ours, I’m answering some questions today that Leila put together ask bloggers (since a blogger plays a pretty big role in the story). I’m also giving away a copy of Tonight The Streets Are Ours thanks to Macmillan!

What’s one thing you wish all your readers knew?

Generally speaking, I hope all of my readers know how much it means to me when they take time to read my blog. More specifically, I wish more people knew how much work goes into being a blogger. I think sometimes just looking at a blog post or seeing tweets, it’s easy to think that it’s all chatting and reading good books. But it’s also networking and minor coding. Writing a review can take hours or even days. Some thematic lists can take me a month to put together. I know other bloggers get it, but I would like for everyone to realize that this is really a labor of love.

What’s the hardest part about being a blogger?

Definitely having to live in the future. I often get the opportunity to read books months before they publish. But then I have to wait until they’re out to start recommending them and talking about them. It’s so hard sometimes when I just want everyone to read my latest amazing find so we can all talk about it!

In TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS Peter purposefully keeps his blog a secret from his friends and family so he can write whatever he wants about them. What do your friends and family think about your blog? Do they read it and comment on it?

My family never comments on my blog. I do have an aunt and cousin who I *think* read it (maybe even this post?) and my mom checks it sometimes. Any friends I have who read it are probably other bloggers who comment occasionally. I think most people are impressed by my blog and the fact that I’ve kept it going for so long (eight years and counting) and also some of the things it’s led to (like my interview with Gabrielle Zevin being featured in the paperbacks of All These Things I’ve Done and Because It Is My Blood). I’m a librarian so my blog has also become a big part of my professional identity which is an interesting thing (a new coworker told me in his first month here that he had been reading my blog for some time). Unlike Peter, I tend to assume everyone I know can find my blog and will read it. It’s a good way to keep myself honest–but not too honest!

What’s your favorite comment you’ve ever gotten?

I love every comment I get, but this one from Sydney on my interview with Claire Legrand about her book Winterspell is a recent favorite:

“I REALLY want to read this book now! Before all I knew was that it was a Nutcracker retelling-not-quite-retelling, and while that intrigued me I still wasn’t sure. But reading Legrand’s answers to these questions has definitely piqued my interest. I love that Clara ends up in a land that is ruled by women and grows to learn that she herself is a powerful woman. I definitely want more stories like that on my shelves. :P Great interview, Emma!”

Maybe it’s the librarian in me but I really love when I know one of my posts inspired someone to pick up a book I love!

Have you ever written a blog post that you later regretted?

I was hesitant to share either of these because I don’t like remembering the incidents involved, BUT I also am always in favor of full disclosure when possible, so here we go:

I have one critical review that reminded me that blogging is often a dialog–both with readers/bloggers and sometimes with authors. This review, in particular, became important because the author emailed me about it. That is never something I want to see an author doing (especially since I didn’t tag them or anything) but it was a really good reminder that authors can and will read my reviews whether I like them or not. I still have the response saved in my email and I think about it often to remember that even if I really, really didn’t like a book it doesn’t always mean that no one will.

In a less “teachable moment” vein I also tried when I first started this blog to keep it anonymous and often shared funny things coworkers would say (all using nicknames of course). I only had friends and people I told directly reading the blog at that point. You can, therefore, imagine my surprise when–in the middle of a discussion–a coworker blurted something along the lines of, “You’re going to put this on your blog now, aren’t you?” It wasn’t a great moment for me but it was a really good reminder that anyone (and everyone) can find your blog online.

So those are my answers to Laila’s questions for the blog tour. Now, onto a fun thing that’s in the works:

If you’re getting excited about Tonight the Streets Are Ours (and seriously, why wouldn’t you be excited?!) you might also want to check out a little something Leila and Macmillan have put together for September 19:

Tonight we adventure.

Tonight we make dreams come true.

Tonight this town belongs to us.

#TonightTheStreetsAreOurs.

On Saturday, September 19, starting at sundown and going as late as you want, do something fun, make a record of it, and share it with the world. Using the hashtag #TonightTheStreetsAreOurs, instagram or tweet whatever happens in your night. If you’re going to a party, aimlessly driving around with friends, or watching a movie alone in your PJs, we want to hear about it.

Here’s why: We’re celebrating the launch of Leila Sales’s novel TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS, the story of a 17-year-old girl who goes on an epic all-night road trip to NYC with her best friend in pursuit of her favorite blogger. It’s the sort of night where anything can happen, and almost everything does.

Now it’s your turn. Whatever you’re doing with your night, wherever you live, however old you are: you’re invited. Leila will be livestreaming her own nighttime adventures so you can join her remotely (link to be posted here). Or just do your own thing and post it online. We are all in this together. #TonightTheStreetsAreOurs.

As we gear up for the big night, invite your friends, and leave a comment below with a story about some amazing night when the streets were yours. One lucky commenter on this page and three people who participate in the event on September 19 will win signed copies of the book.

Together, we will own this night.

I’m also giving away a copy of Tonight The Streets Are Ours thanks to Macmillan!

Blog Book Giveaway: Tonight the Streets Are Ours [closed]

TTSAO_blogtourThanks to Macmillan I have a giveaway this week as part of Tonight the Streets Are Ours blog tour for a hardcover copy of Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales.

This giveaway is open to the US AND CANADA.

Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila SalesGiveaway is open to any readers over the age of 13. US/Canada only.

Giveaway will run from midnight September 10 through October 18. Winner will be notified September 19. If I don’t hear back from the winner by September 20 I will pick a new winner from the entry pool.

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I’m running the giveaway through a Rafflecopter giveaway. Details on how to enter can be found by clicking “enter” above or clicking the photo!

If you want to see more of the blog tour, check out the full schedule below:

Max the Brave: A (brief) Review and Blog Tour Post

Max the Brave by Ed VereMax is a brave and fearless kitten and he is totally ready to start catching mice. The only problem? Max isn’t sure what a mouse looks like. Max sets out to find mouse with hilarious results in this playful and engaging picture book.

Max the Brave (2015) by Ed Vere is a great read-a-loud choice. Each page features a different color background to make Max stand out even more in bold contrast. Animals drawn largely in black serve to underscore the big reveal at the end.

An amusing story with sight gags similar to John Klassen’s “hat” books, this one is sure to have lots of appeal with readers of all ages.

Want to know more? Check out the spotlight and trailer below:

Max is a fearless kitten. Max is a brave kitten. Max is a kitten who chases mice. There’s only one problem—Max doesn’t know what a mouse looks like! With a little bit of bad advice, Max finds himself facing a much bigger challenge. Maybe Max doesn’t have to be Max the Brave all the time…

Join this adventurous black cat as he very politely asks a variety of animals for help in finding a mouse. Young readers will delight in Max’s mistakes, while adults will love the subtle, tongue-in-cheek humor of this new children’s classic.

Ed Vere is an author, artist and illustrator with a long track record of success in the picture book category. Max the Brave was named one of The Sunday Times’s 100 Modern Children’s Classics. His book Bedtime for Monsters was shortlisted for the 2011 Roald Dahl Funny Prize and Mr Big was chosen by Booktrust as the official Booktime book for 2009 (and was distributed to 750,000 British schoolchildren making it the largest single print run of a picture book). Vere was the World Book Day illustrator for 2009.

Sourcebooks also has a giveaway for 5 copies along with nifty red capes now through OCTOBER 31. Head over to the Rafflecopter page to enter!

Social Media:

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuNbrpUVunE

Website: http://books.sourcebooks.com/maxthebrave/

Activity Kit: http://sourcebooksftp.com/Email/MaxTheBrave/MaxTheBrave-ActivityKit.pdf

Educator guide: http://sourcebooksftp.com/Email/MaxTheBrave/MaxTheBrave-EduGuide.pdf

Lock & Mori: A Chick Lit Wednesday Review

Lock & Mori by Heather W. PettyModern London can be a strange and dangerous place. For Miss James “Mori” Moriarty it can also be decidedly dull. Between school, where she knows all of the answers, and home, where life with her father can feel like stepping into a mine field, Mori’s only refuge is solitude.

After one especially bad day, Mori meets Sherlock “Lock” Holmes.

That night they meet again in Regent’s Park at the scene of a murder.

When Lock challenges Mori to solve the murder before him, she has no intention of participating in his game–particularly with the only rule being that they share all information. She has no intention of having anything to do with Lock at all.

Mori’s intentions quickly change when she is drawn into the investigation and realizes the truth might be closer than she could possibly imagine. Mori begins keeping secrets even as she finds herself drawn closer to Lock and to a revelation about the case that could change her life forever in Lock & Mori (2015) by Heather W. Petty.

Lock & Mori is Petty’s first novel and the start to a Lock and Mori trilogy.

Almost everyone knows what happens to these characters in the original Sherlock Holmes stories–it’s impossible not to when the struggle between Sherlock and Moriarty has become part of the public consciousness over the years.

Lock & Mori is an admirable homage to one of literature’s best villains and arguably the greatest of fictional detectives. It is also, thanks to a solid plot and some unique reinterpretations on Petty’s part, an excellent mystery in its own right. By imagining Moriarty as a girl, Petty complicates and adds new dimensions to Moriarty’s relationship with Holmes.

Lock and Mori are, of course, smart characters. Readers familiar with their inspirations would expect nothing less. Although both Mori and Lock are analytical in the extreme, they are never cold. Mori struggles with affection (both receiving and giving) while Lock is often mystified by basic human interaction. Even with those limitations, both characters have obvious moments of empathy and sincerity without any of the aloofness so often associated with a sharply deductive mind.

It is also fascinating to see these two characters when they are younger and less sure. Sherlock, so often beyond reproach, is still learning here. Mori, although the hero of this story, remains a mystery as readers wonder what path will unfold for her in future installments.

Lock & Mori is a fantastic series starter. A great read for mystery fans in general and Sherlock fans in particular. Highly recommended.

Possible Pairings: Loop by Karen Akins, Dial Em for Murder by Marni Bates, A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro, Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel, The Body in the Woods by April Henry, Every Breath by Ellie Marney, It Wasn’t Always Like This by Joy Preble, I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest, Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan, Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt, Never Never by Brianna Shrum, Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor, The Space Between Trees by Katie Williams

You can also read my exclusive interview with Heather!

Author Interview: Heather W. Petty on Lock & Mori

Heather W. Petty author photoThis summer I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty. As a fan of Sherlock Holmes in almost any form, you can imagine my excitement about this modern version where the main character is Moriarty. Needless to say, this book completely lived up to (and maybe even exceeded) my very high expectations and I am thrilled to have Heather here to talk a bit about the book and series today.

Miss Print (MP): Can you tell us a bit about your path as a writer? How did you get to this point?

Heather Petty (HP): I was always a huge reader, but I never thought of writing myself until my high school English teacher, Author Terri Farley (Phantom Stallion series) read an assignment I’d turned in and basically told me I needed to be writing. So, I joined the school paper. Then, in college, when I was kind of over the Journalism thing, I applied for a fiction writing class with Author Susan Palwick, who later taught me one-on-one. She really helped me find my niche as a kidlit writer.

I joined SCBWI shortly after I graduated, and my very first critique (of a really horrible middle grade book) at a conference was from Ellen Hopkins, whose debut novel CRANK was coming out later that year (2004). (Crazy, right?) She was very patient with my rookie writer ways and encouraged me to keep going. But I had a baby the next year and floundered for a bit with my writing until Author Cynthia Cotten read one of my silly LiveJournal posts one night and told me I should be writing YA. She pointed me in the direction of authors like Melissa Marr, Charles de Lint, and Holly Black. I was especially taken by Holly Black’s Tithe series, and started writing my own YA within days of reading VALIANT.

I got my first agent in 2009 with an Urban Fantasy novel about faeries at summer camp, but the market was already shifting away from Paranormal/Urban Fantasy (Twilight craze) toward Dystopian (Hunger Games craze), and I had zero interest in writing Dystopian. So I wrote a lot of paranormal and urban fantasy that had zero chance of selling, but still taught me a lot about crafting novels. And right before my second agent decided to retire from the business, I came up with this idea about a female Moriarty meeting Sherlock Holmes in high school. It took me a while, but I finished the book and found my current agent (who is a rockstar goddess)…and she sold the book in fall of 2013.

MP: What was the inspiration for Lock & Mori? What drew you to Sherlock Holmes as source material?

HP: I read an article on nemesis relationships, where the writer mentioned offhand that everything we know about Moriarty is what Sherlock tells us. He’s the only one who meets Moriarty in the canon. Those kinds of gaps are like chocolate cake to writers. Pretty much any time I can ask the question “What if?” I get super excited. In this instance, I thought, what if Sherlock lied to Watson for some reason? What if he’d known Moriarty since they were kids? What if something that happened when they were kids is why they’re rivals as adults? The story kind of spiraled out from there.

MP: Working off the last question, in the original stories, Moriarty is a villain. Period. What drew you to Moriarty as your narrator and protagonist? How did you go about reframing a villain as the hero of her own story?

HP: The whole idea of taking the characters back to their teen years creates an opportunity to reverse engineer a master detective and master criminal to who they might have been before. And really, Sherlock has been analyzed and dissected over and over in almost every iteration, so I felt like the more unexplored path was to tell Moriarty’s story. It was also more freeing, because we know a lot less about Moriarty, so I was able to craft her character any way I wanted within very few canonical parameters.

That said, I also knew it would be a challenge, because she had to eventually become the villain, which meant she would have to have a personality that might be hard to connect with for some readers. It also meant that she’d start making decisions that aren’t what we’re used to seeing from heroes in books. So, I’m always walking the line of making her someone a reader can at least empathize with and staying true to the direction she needs to take.

Still, the idea of getting to create a female villain who uses her intelligence as a weapon instead of her sexuality was too great a lure to stay away.

MP: While we’re talking about characters, did you have a favorite character to write in Lock & Mori? Is there any character you are particularly excited for readers to meet?

HP: Probably Mycroft. He’s always been a favorite in Sherlock pastiches, so it was fun to craft a younger version for my own.

MP: Lock and Mori are often similar characters in terms of their interests and capabilities although they also have very different ideas about what is right and what is necessary. Do you see yourself more as a Lock or a Mori?

HP: I’m probably a mix of both. I tend to have an overactive sense of justice, but I don’t believe in the law as strictly as Lock does in the book. I’ve seen how the law can be manipulated by politics, institutional biases, and bigotry.

MP: Lock & Mori is set in modern London. Did you always know this story would be in a contemporary setting? How did you decide which locations to feature in the story? Do you have a favorite location of the ones you featured?

HP: I’m not really interested in writing a historical right now, so making the decision to pull the story into a contemporary timeline was pretty easy. The locations were mostly all within the neighborhood of Baker Street, where they live and go to school. Having Regent’s Park so close was an amazing resource, because there are so many different aspects to that park. But my favorite locations were those outside of the city, if I’m being honest. I’ve probably watched/read one too many mystery that takes place in a small English village to keep my characters housed in London for the entirety of any book.

MP: A big part of this novel is, of course, the mystery surrounding the murder in Regent’s Park. As a writer, how did you go about pacing this aspect of the story and deciding what to reveal when?

HP: I’ve always been a huge mystery fan, from when I was a kid. And I think after you’ve read your 3948598345th mystery novel, you kind of get a feel for it. But still, writing any mystery is intimidating, probably because I’m such a fan. So I read a lot, now as a writer, watching how my favorite mystery authors craft their clues and pace out their novels.

Sherlock mysteries are a little different, though, because the Sherlock canon is more “CSI: Victorian London” than a traditional whodunit. In fact, in a lot of the Sherlock stories, you know who did it pretty early on, the rest of the narrative is just about either how Sherlock figures it out (usually told to Watson after the fact either by Sherlock or by the criminal in his super-long confession speech) or how Sherlock lays a trap to prove who did it (followed by how he figured it out).

MP: Lock & Mori is the first book in a series. Do you have a set arc for Mori’s story?

HP: Yes. When you sell a series, you write a general synopsis of the following books. My arc shifted a bit as I wrote (and rewrote) the second book, but I have a pretty firm handle on how everything will play out from here. And I always knew how I wanted to end the whole series.

MP: Can you tell us anything about your next project? (Semi-related: I’m dying to know if we’ll see Lestrade in this series.)

HP: If you mean book 2 of the Lock & Mori series, I can say that it’s written and I’m working on editing it now. No Lestrade in the series. Or, if he does magically appear, it’ll probably only be in passing. Because this is an origin story, I’m trying to preserve as much of how the canon plays out as possible.

MP: Do you have any advice to offer aspiring authors?

HP: My biggest advice to writers isn’t very sexy or inspirational. Be willing to do the work.

We tend to have this romantic notion of what it means to be a novelist. I’ve met plenty of writers who just want the romance of typing out their novels, each word inspired by their own in-born creative genius, so that typing THE END means the book is ready to go to print. And that’s an awesome fantasy, but the reality is that the greatest novelists pour their hearts and souls onto the page, then go back and shred apart all of their favorite bits and cut out inspired passages altogether, then rework the entire middle, because nothing is sacred. You have to be willing to do the work if you really want to create something great. And you have to be willing to do it over and over again, because writing a book is a months long marathon, not something you do in an afternoon between solving crimes with your girlfriend. (Looking at you, Castle.)

Thanks again to Heather for this awesome interview.

You can see more about Heather and her books on her website.

You can also read my review of Lock & Mori here on the blog.

Week in Review: September 6

missprintweekreviewThis week on the blog you can check out:

Things are finally quieting down at work as summer wraps which is much appreciated. I also finally had time to make a new display. Yay!

I reviewed two of my favorite books on the blog this week and also added a couple of new features which you can check out in my cool things that happened post.

Also I got to guest on a really neat podcast from The Oxford Comment about public libraries!

Here’s the episode description from OUP’s blog so you can see exactly what it’s about:

In this month’s episode, Sara Levine, Multimedia Producer for Oxford University Press, sat down to chat with Wayne A. Wiegand, author of Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library, New York City Librarian Emma Carbone, and Kyle Cassidy, creator of Alexandria Still Burns, a project featuring interviews with over one hundred librarians across America. From Benjamin Franklin’s Library Company of Philadelphia to the safe haven the Sweet Auburn Branch provided to African Americans, we explore America’s love affair with the public library, tracing its evolution alongside political, technological, and demographic shifts and its adaptation to our digital era. – See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2015/09/history-public-libraries/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=oupacademic&utm_campaign=oupblog#sthash.PjD6ph3h.dpuf

It was a lot of fun and super flattering to be invited to take part. If you are at all interested in public libraries, be sure to check it out.

This week I read The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough which has been on my TBR for a while. It’s blurbed by basically all of my favorite authors and it does not disappoint.

I also went to my cousin’s wedding on Saturday and it was nice to see that side of the family for the first time in quite a while.

I’ve been working really hard to cut down books in my life which means I have abandoned my plans to collect editions and I am getting rid of books I don’t love or will never read. It’s been very refreshing. It’s been effective too since my TBR is down to 93 (along with 29 books that are not yet released–coming later in 2015 or even in another year or more). Granted it’s a self-imposed battle but I like to feel like I’m in control of my books and not the other way around and this is a big help in that respect.

If you want to see how my month in reading is shaking out be sure to check out my September Reading Tracker.

How was your week?

Lady Thief: A Review

*Lady Thief is the second book in Gaughen’s Scarlet trilogy and picks up shortly after the conclusion of the first book Scarlet. As such, this review has major spoilers for the first book.*

Lady Thief by A. C. GaughenScarlet thought she escaped her past when she joined Robin Hood and his band to protect the people of Nottingham. That was before the thief taker Gisbourne arrived to capture Robin and his band. Before Scarlet was forced to marry Gisbourne in a gambit to save everyone she cares about.

Now, Scarlet is irrevocably tied to Gisbourne even as she sits in hiding with Robin, John and Much. Rob’s time in the Nottingham dungeon has left him scarred and broken. The entire band seems on the verge of collapse when Gisbourne returns with a shocking offer for Scarlet that has the potential to change everything.

When Prince John and the royal court arrive in Nottingham for the appointment of a new Sheriff, Scarlet is drawn into a game of politics and secrets where losing could be deadly in Lady Thief (2014) by A. C. Gaughen.

Lady Thief is the second book in Gaughen’s Scarlet trilogy and picks up shortly after the conclusion of the first book Scarlet.

While Scarlet is an excellent introduction to Nottingham and Gaughen’s version of Robin Hood, Lady Thief moves the series in new directions as the story prepares for the conclusion of the trilogy. Lady Thief brings Scarlet back to the courtly life she abhors and offers quite a few surprises and promises of more to come before the trilogy concludes with Lion Heart.

Lady Thief also introduces an especially frightening villain in Prince John. I won’t get into details here because it’s a spoiler, but some of what Prince John inflicts on Scarlet is so horrifying that I almost didn’t finish this book. (A year ago, I would NOT have finished this book, if we’re being honest.)

It’s fascinating to see more of court life and, horrible person that I am, I am quite fond of Gisbourne so I enjoyed seeing a slightly different side to him here. Lady Thief still has a lot of action as Rob and the band scramble to keep Prince John from appointing another horrible sheriff. Now that Rob and Scarlet have made their feelings about each other clear, readers also get a bit more romance along with the expected action and suspense.

This book focuses more firmly on Scarlet and her character. Instead of just doing what she has to in order to survive, Scarlet is now forced to consider not just what she is willing to sacrifice but also what she is willing to become in order to protect Nottingham and those she loves.

Lady Thief is a thrilling, fast-paced novel with a gut-wrenching ending that will leave readers anxious to get book three in their hands. Recommended for fans of Robin Hood and historical fiction with a twist. Not recommended for squeamish readers who prefer to avoid violence and gore.

Initially, I was going to end my review here. That was when I still had plans to read Lion Heart. Since then, I’ve taken a hard look at things and decided it was best for me to part ways with this series. My reasons are personal and spoilery but here they are: Basically Lady Thief came really close to giving me a breakdown. I did not handle it well when Scarlet’s fingers are cut off. It is never a favorite thing for me to read but it felt particularly visceral here to the point that for hours after reading about it, I had to talk through everything with Kayla. It brought back every bad memory I have of relatives who were sick and relatives who died and, honestly, I felt physically ill while I forced myself to finish the book. Will other people feel that way or have such a violent reaction? Probably not. But the more I thought about Lady Thief the more I felt like the book had betrayed me and the more I realized I could not continue with the series.

Possible Pairings: A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin, Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman, Fire by Kristin Cashore, Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee, The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley, Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund, Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell, Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson, Montmorency by Eleanor Updale, Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White

Fall into Your Next Book Display

Since September is finally here, it was time for a new book display at the library.

While I enjoyed my Summer Reading display and the RA fortune tellers seemed to be a hit, I also knew I didn’t want to be tied to a specific set of books for this display.

Since I wanted to do a back to school or fall themed display, I decided to go punny with “Fall into Your Next Book” which is versatile enough that I could stock the display with whatever titles are on hand. I also can trot this display out again next year and just change out some of the titles I highlight.

Working on my trusty sheet of foam core with help from PicMonkey I made five images for the display.

IMG_0241So as you can see I have nice autumn tree clip art with “Fall into Your Next Book.”

For the books to highlight I chose some titles I like that have fun connections to fall/back to school.

Here are the titles along with the quotes:

  • This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales: “You think it’s so easy to change yourself. You think it’s so easy, but it’s not. True, things don’t stay the same forever: couches are replaced, boys leave, you discover a song, your body becomes forever scarred. And with each of these moments you change and change again, your true self spinning, shifting positions–but always at last it returns to you, like a dancer on the floor.”
  • Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero: “Living a lie is painful, and doesn’t do anyone any good. I had to be true to myself, because, either way, God would know if I was lying.”
  • Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber: “She was completely soaked in blood. Her hair swung in red tangles around her shoulders, and her face was a gleaming mask, her eyes like hard diamonds.”
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: “It’s the surf on your face, the deadly magic of November on your skin.”

Here’s the display stocked with books:

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Some cool things that happened this week

I’ll be posting more about these again in my week in review BUT I thought it couldn’t hurt to do an actual blog post about them.

I spent most of the summer tweaking a page of tips for requesting ARCs for publishers so if you are a blogger looking to build some relationships I might have some useful information for you there (or links to other posts that will maybe?). If you aren’t a blogger and wondered how bloggers get ARCs, that might also be of interest.

You can click the image below to check out that page.

arctipsAlso, I’ve decided it’s time to share the wealth as it were. I get too many ARCs to read all of them (sometimes including titles I didn’t request or just ones I know I can’t review fairly). BUT I would still like for them to get some love and attention from bloggers so I have set up an ARC adoption page. If you’re a blogger, you might want to check it out (main things: I ask people to cover shipping and you MUST review the book in a timely manner). Click the image below for more info.

arcadoptionLast cool thing: I was in a podcast!

This week you can hear me in an episode of The Oxford Comment–a podcast from Oxford University Press–talking about libraries. I am definitely not the coolest person there but it was a lot of fun and totally flattering to be invited. If you want to hear about public libraries and what I have to say about them check it out. You can also hear my recorded voice which I still think sounds really different from my actual voice.

Here’s the episode description from OUP’s blog so you can see exactly what it’s about:

In this month’s episode, Sara Levine, Multimedia Producer for Oxford University Press, sat down to chat with Wayne A. Wiegand, author of Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library, New York City Librarian Emma Carbone, and Kyle Cassidy, creator of Alexandria Still Burns, a project featuring interviews with over one hundred librarians across America. From Benjamin Franklin’s Library Company of Philadelphia to the safe haven the Sweet Auburn Branch provided to African Americans, we explore America’s love affair with the public library, tracing its evolution alongside political, technological, and demographic shifts and its adaptation to our digital era. – See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2015/09/history-public-libraries/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=oupacademic&utm_campaign=oupblog#sthash.PjD6ph3h.dpuf

Thanks also go to Estelle for suggesting me as a guest and to Sara for having me. I’m still so honored and feel at least 35% cooler as a result.