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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Harry Potter Illustrated Books - Sneak Peek!!!

This year, Bloomsbury, a British publisher, will release a fully illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone! Some images surfaced on the Internet, and they're superawesomecoolfantasticbeautifulmouthwateringlydelightful! Here are a few sneak peeks, courtesy hypable.com:

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What scene are you looking forward to seeing illustrated? Comment below!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Reading Challenges for 2015 + MRL YA Book Club!!

I'm sure you guys know about monthly challenges. They're personal goals you set for yourself. Really the challenge checklists are just suggestions. You can also get a little creative and use them to fit your schedule. Of course, we're obsessed with monthly/yearly book challenges. You can search for one online, or check out these cool ones (click to enlarge):

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You could also join our online YA Book Club!!! Once a month, we'll post a review of a book. Check it out and enjoy! And don't forget--you can always submit your own book review and/or suggestion for the Book Club.


January's Book Club Read:
Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Dean is riding the bus to school one morning when his world changes. His bus and the one in front of him, holding his younger brother Alex, start dodging beach ball-sized chunks of hail. Cars are swerving, people are screaming, and his classmates are freaking out. Alex's bus driver crashes into the front of a Greenway (think: Wal-Mart). Dean's bus is heading for the school bus-shaped hole in the building when their driver is hit by hail. The bus flips to its side, seats are flying off, and Dean is now upside down. Oh, and the school bus is going to explode due to a gas leak.

Want to know what happens next? Read the Monument 14 series by Emmy Laybourne. Monument 14 is the first book in the series, and documents how Dean and his classmates try to survive living on their own. Everything in their world has changed. The Network (Internet/phone service) is down, and the air turns black when a nearby weapons facility releases toxins that affect people different based on their blood type. They are separated from their parents, but they still encounter frightening adult strangers from the outside world.

Even though they are facing life-threatening new elements, they're still kids--six high school students and some younger children. The older guys have problems with group leadership and desperate love triangles, and the younger kids are scared out of their minds. How will they manage to stay alive when it seems like everything (the toxins in the air, manic outsiders, and their own disruptive hormones) is out to get them?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Get Better Sleep - Read a Book!

via Wikipedia
Do you have trouble sleeping but don't know why? One answer may be that you spend too much time in front of a screen before bed. Scientists say that people who read a book on a computer/tablet/phone screen before bed get worse sleep than people who read a "printed book." They even give this advice:
“The message for parents and children is to reduce the use and brightness of screens in the hours preceding bedtime,” Lauren Hale, a sleep researcher at Stony Brook University, said in an e-mail. “Of course, this recommendation is much easier said than done.”
Check out this article from the Boston Globe for more information.

UPDATE: This article from the Washington Post also says that it's more difficult for us to concentrate to books on a screen vs. printed books.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Book News for New Year's!

In case you hadn't heard, Rainbow Rowell is spinning off her own book into a new one. For those of you who don't know, Rainbow's Fangirl is about a girl who writes an uber popular fanfic about Simon Snow (think Harry Potter). Fangirl even contains fake excerpts from the original book, from Cath's fanfic ("Carry On"), and news articles about the series. But it's all just pieces of an untold story. Until now. Rainbow is writing a full-length book about Simon Snow called, surprisingly, Carry On. It will focus on Cath's version of the story and characters.

She also announced a special edition release of Fangirl, complete with an excerpt of Carry On.
TL;DR It's a book based on a fanfic about a fictional series that appeared in another book. Hope that's not too confusing.
Here's the synopsis from Rainbow's Tumblr:

Simon Snow just wants to relax and savor his last year at the Watford School of Magicks, but no one will let him. His girlfriend broke up with him, his best friend is a pest, and his mentor keeps trying to hide him away in the mountains where maybe he’ll be safe. Simon can’t even enjoy the fact that his roommate and longtime nemesis is missing, because he can’t stop worrying about the evil git. Plus there are ghosts. And vampires. And actual evil things trying to shut Simon down. When you’re the most powerful magician the world has ever known, you never get to relax and savor anything. Carry On is a ghost story, a love story, a mystery and a melodrama. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story — but far, far more monsters.  

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Literary Playlist: The Beginning of Everything

Happy Holidays, everyone! Hope you enjoy this month's literary playlist:


The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider is full of pop culture references. Ezra Faulkner loves reading, listening to music, watching movies (especially when you leave a movie theater and it smells like popcorn and every conversation is about the same thing), talking about comic books with his childhood best friend, Toby Ellicott, and spending time with the new girl at school, Cassidy Thorpe. Before hitting play on this indie playlist, you may want to put on a Gryffindor uniform, take your iPod full of Bob Dylan to the Barnes & Noble cafe, and read The Great Gatsby to prepare. Oh, and don't forget to watch Dead Poets Society, see a performance of Hamlet, and play a Mario game on N64 first.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

More Insurgent News!

You guys, the first full-length trailer for Insurgent was released! Check it out:

What do you guys think of it? Is it living up to your expectations or falling short? Comment with your opinion!

And speaking of falling, check out these new posters:

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Gift from J.K. Rowling!!!

The amazing and wonderful author J.K. Rowling (a.k.a. Queen Jo) has a gift to share with the world this month: 12 new stories taking place in the Harry Potter universe! Apparently they'll feature brand-new "festive surprises and accompanying rhyming riddles" as well as "new potions and Moments" in the Pottermore website. New "gifts" will be released on Pottermore daily from Dec. 12-23.

(If you don't know what Pottermore is, it's an online Harry Potter resource, with games [you can make potions and cast spells!] and a very safe social aspect [it's completely anonymous]. You follow the course of the books through chapters--meaning you answer quiz questions written by Queen Jo herself to get sorted into a house at Hogwarts in the first one! Plus there is so much background on all your favorite characters, locations, potions... It's just really cool and fun! Wait until you read Professor McGonagall's background; she's fantastic.)

Queen Jo has been posting new HP information, backgrounds, and treats through the Pottermore site since it was released in 2011. More recently, she posted an article by Rita Skeeter about the HP crew in their 30's, as well as more background information about the notorious Dolores Umbridge.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Snowflakes!

Don't you guys just love snow? Come into the Main branch to make your own snowflakes! I mean, they're made of paper, but they're cool--and we'll put them on display on our bulletin board! We have a few instructions printed out, but for awesome designs, look at samples online!

And speaking of snow, when people say, "No two snowflakes are alike," they're totally right. But they don't mention how incredible snowflakes are up close! Here are some samples from a photographer named Alexey Kljatov (who even teaches you how to photograph snowflakes on his blog!):


Unreal, right?!

And for more snowy weather fun, grab a mug of hot cocoa and settle in with one of these books for snowy days (all of which are available through the library system!):
  • Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle
  • Dash & Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  • Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  • My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Matt de la Pena, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, and Kiersten White
  • Six Months Later by Natalie Richards
  • Starry, Starry Night: Three Holiday Stories by Lurlene McDaniel
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Brian's Winter by Gary Paulsen
  • The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan (we have the graphic novel and audiobook, too!)
  • Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
  • The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa
  • Holiday Princess by Meg Cabot
  • Tug-of-War by J.C. Pearce
  • The Year the Wolves Came by Bebe Faas Rice
  • The Diamond of Darkhold by Jeanne DuPrau
  • Far North by Will Hobbs
  • The Trap by John E. Smelcer
  • Winter On Her Own by Elizabeth Howard
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (or really any HP book; they have great winter scenes)



Monday, December 1, 2014

Literary Playlist: Books by Chuck Black

We were closed last week due to snow and Thanksgiving, so here's a literary playlist to make up for it!
 

The Kingdom Series and the Knights of Arrethtrae Series by Chuck Black contain something special at the end of each book: sheet music. Emily Elizabeth Black wrote a song for each book. The songs were then played on the audiobook versions in the background. They have all the songs on a soundtrack for each series. If you don't want to buy them or want to test them out first, some of the songs are available for preview on their website.

The Kingdom Series
  1. Kingdom's Dawn
  2. Kingdom's Hope
  3. Kingdom's Edge
  4. Kingdom's Call
  5. Kingdom's Quest
  6. Kingdom's Reign
The Knights of Arrethtrae Series
  1. Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione
  2. Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court
  3. Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart
  4. Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue
  5. Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor
  6. Sir Rowan and the Camerian Quest

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Exciting Adaptation News!!

Last night I had a dream that people were turning YA books into TV series and I could watch an in-depth, (hopefully) accurate adaptation of an awesome book series.

OH, WAIT! It's actually going to happen!!1!

Netflix is going to turn A Series of Unfortunate Events into an online series!! A VP at Netflix said: "The world created by Lemony Snicket is unique, darkly funny and relatable. We can't wait to bring it to life"!!! 

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!!!

Netflix is also in the works to create four Marvel series and a mini-series starring Daredevil!!
 
And Mortal Instruments is going to become a TV series, too! A producer from one of the movie adaptations for MI praised the new showrunner, saying, "We wanted someone who shares our passion and love for these characters and stories." That's an awesome sign! Hopefully they'll take a lot of care to get it right!

Speaking of movie adaptations, John Green has been posting photos, videos, and teasers for the Paper Towns movie. Can it be released already?!
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Also here are some awesome trailers for YA movie adaptations. (If you're going to see THG: Mockingjay Part 1 this weekend, let us know how it is! Comment with your review.)