The Styling Librarian

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Styling Librarian: #IMWAYR It’s Monday What are you Reading? Nov 26 2012 #titletalk

Thanks to: TeachMentorTexts for the inspiration! Thanks to Jen and Kellee for the meme!  This was a week where I felt like I didn’t read a variety of titles, but I just enjoyed reading…

Featured book:

The Great Unexpected by Sharon Creech – “Lar-de-dar”

I loved this book. Enjoyed the development of storyline and characters… the magical way that Sharon Creech can tie everything together is always breathtaking for me. Goodreads Summary: “I had big thoughts to match the big wind. I wondered if we find the people we need when we need them. I wondered if we attract our future by some sort of invisible force, or if we are drawn to it by a similar force. I felt I was turning a corner and that change was afoot. In the little town of Blackbird Tree live two orphan girls: one Naomi Deane, brimming with curiosity, and her best friend, Lizzie Scatterding, who could talk the ears off a cornfield. Naomi has a knack for being around when trouble happens. For she knows all the peculiar people in town–like Crazy Cora and Witch Wiggins and Mr. Farley. But then, one day, a boy drops out of a tree. The strangely charming Finn boy. Then the Dingle Dangle man appears, asking all kinds of questions. Curious surprises are revealed–three locked trunks, a pair of rooks, a crooked bridge, and that boy. Soon Naomi and Lizzie find themselves zooming toward a future neither could ever have imagined. Meanwhile, on a grand estate across the ocean, an old lady whose heart has been deceived concocts a plan. . . . As two very different worlds are woven together, Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech celebrates the gossamer thread that connects us all, and the great and unexpected gifts of love, friendship, and forgiveness.”

George Saves the World by Lunchtime by Jo Readman, illustrated by Ley Honor Roberts –Fantastic earth saving actions reviewed over a day. Great illustrations partnered with the text. Goodreads Summary: “George is determined to save the world by lunchtime but he’s not quite sure how. Grandpa suggests they start by recycling his yoghurt container, putting his banana peel in the compost pile, and hanging the washing to dry in the sun. On his bike, George discovers many more ways he can help save the world. A trip to the recycling bank, charity shop and local farmers’ market shows how recycling and reusing materials, and using less gas and more produce, can really help save the world. George even gets a favourite toy fixed!”

Oink? By Margie Palatini, illustrated by Henry Cole – A Margie Palatini I hadn’t read? Had to fix that immediately: Funny point of view… pigs not really caring led other animals to clean up… Goodreads Summary: “Everyone on the farm thinks Thomas and Joseph are sloppy, dim-witted pigs. Thomas and Joseph are content, but the other animals are not. The hens want the pigs to paint their pen, the rabbit wants them to eat healthier food, and the duck wants them to dig a water hole andtake a bath. Even though the other animals try to show them how it’s done, the pigs can’t seem to do anything right.Maybe being lazy isn’t as dumb as it seems.”

Of course I can’t pass up any hedgehog book, came across these two when weeding the picture book collection this week:
Hodge the Hedgehog by Kate Petty, Shona Grant –  cute brief little glimpse into a hedgehog life…

Hedgehog Howdedo by Lynley Dodd – Adorable quick read with hedgehogs hibernating.
Where’s My Cow? By Terry Pratchett – interesting story that turns into another story. Tried to see how it would fit within Discworld but perhaps I haven’t read enough of those books… Loved the dad adding his perspective to the story. Goodreads Summary: “At six o’clock every day, without fail, with no excuses, Sam Vimes must go home to read Where’s My Cow?, with all the right farmyard noises, to his little boy. There are some things you have to do. It is the most loved and chewed book in the world. But his father wonders why it is full of moo-cows and baa-lambs when Young Sam will only ever see them cooked on a plate. He can think of a more useful book for a boy who lives in a city. So Sam Vimes starts adapting the story. A story with streets, not fields. A book with rogues and villains. A book about the place where he’ll grow up.”

Wings – A new kind of faerie tale – Aprilynne Pike – Think I needed a little brain candy. I pulled this book out of my book bag at the bus stop on the way home. I began reading and could not stop. I completed it within three hours. Pike created a fantastic world of faerie’s that had me accepting the content readily. Been a long time  since I flew through a book like that. Good news? There are two other books waiting on my TBR shelf now. Ready for the next brain candy moment. (Then proceeded to read Spells as well. Now knee deep into Wild – called Illusions in the US.) Goodreads Summary: “Laurel was mesmerized, staring at the pale things with wide eyes. They were terrifyingly beautiful–too beautiful for words. Laurel turned to the mirror again, her eyes on the hovering petals that floated beside her head. They looked almost like wings. In this extraordinary tale of magic and intrigue, romance and danger, everything you thought you knew about faeries will be changed forever.” 

Plus, for our school book breakfast, we highlighted our favorite books, perhaps some of these would be useful for you to see:

Had fun creating a holiday shopping list for our school community:

Also, I participated this morning in #titlechat which I always enjoy when I can make it! I was overwhelmed by booklist inspiration this time and created this list of reference links to spend more time on. Perhaps others would also enjoy browsing: Probably will make a Pinterest page of all of these eventually!

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21 comments on “Styling Librarian: #IMWAYR It’s Monday What are you Reading? Nov 26 2012 #titletalk

  1. carriegelson
    November 26, 2012

    You are amazing to have created that list for reference out of title chat tonight. I missed the chat because of working on report cards. I will look through some of these lists when I get a little extra time. I just read The Great Unexpected last week and adored it. Creech has some kind of amazing gift for words and weaving stories . . .

    • The Styling Librarian
      November 26, 2012

      🙂 Only way I can make sense out of #titlechat is lists… Glad they might be useful. Agreed, love books by Sharon Creech. Such talent…

  2. Earl Dizon
    November 26, 2012

    Sharon Creech is apparently definitely someone I need to read. Even customers recommend her to me! Thanks for the #TitleTalk list.

    • The Styling Librarian
      November 26, 2012

      A quick brilliant one is Love that Dog, also A Fine, Fine School.
      Glad the #titletalk list will be useful. 🙂

  3. Gigi McAllister
    November 26, 2012

    Thanks for making the reference list. I also missed the chat. I am dying to read The Great Unexpected. Thanks!

  4. msyingling
    November 26, 2012

    The Great Unexpected was interesting, but I don’t know how much my students would like it. Anything that smacks of quirky stays on my shelves.

    • The Styling Librarian
      November 26, 2012

      So funny, with my students they gravitate towards quirky. Shall see… Although Ida B. didn’t move quite as fast as I would have liked for years now…

  5. What an amazing post this is! So FULL of information. Thank you for the reference list and as always, for sharing SO many books!

  6. Tara
    November 26, 2012

    I just could not get into The Great Unexpected…but your review makes me want to give this another shot.

    • The Styling Librarian
      November 26, 2012

      Truly is a mixed response from readers. For me it took 100 pages to get really invested.

  7. ponderingbks
    November 26, 2012

    I really enjoyed Wings and Spells. I have Illusions and Destined checked out, but they are due back today and I haven’t read them. Maybe I’ll cram Illusions in tonight. It sounds like it might be a quick read?

    • The Styling Librarian
      November 27, 2012

      Good luck cramming, I’ve been juggling time so am still working my way through it.

  8. Maria Selke (@mselke01)
    November 26, 2012

    Great Unexpected is definitely on my list. I love faerie books, and that one is not one I’d heard of before. Cool!

  9. Myra GB
    November 27, 2012

    Oh wow, great links you have here and fabulous titles too! Is the #titlechat part of Twitter (I noted the hashtag), I really can’t seem to wrap my head around Twitter yet. I have allowed our Pinterest to languish as well for so long, I really need to update it soonest. I’m getting more intrigued by The Great Unexpected, sounds like a novel to fall in love with. 🙂

    • The Styling Librarian
      November 27, 2012

      #titlechat happens on twitter once a month, love it… Was my goal this year to get comfortable with Twitter plus other venues. I use Tweetchat for Twitter chat events… Keeps me a little more sane/focused. Pinterest… Love it! I started organizing my blog posts there, helpful for my navigation needs.
      Happy reading to you!

  10. Maria
    November 27, 2012

    I had the (rare) opportunity to read The Great Unexpected while on a cross-country flight by myself in October. Best way to read it! I was totally pulled into the story. And wow, what a list! Thanks 🙂

    • The Styling Librarian
      November 28, 2012

      I agree, would be a beautiful way to read it. I loved reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks that way last year!

  11. Stacey Shubitz
    December 3, 2012

    My daughter is almost two and is starting to notice farm animals on our daily drives. (Remember, she still rides backwards so it’s hard to see what’s really happening.) I think there are a couple of titles here that she’ll really enjoy. Thanks!

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