Friday, January 31, 2014

Snowmen Feltboard

Here's a set of felt snowmen I put together. Easy and fun! I had a great time with these in storytime - this was before our "big snowstorm" this week. Most of the kids had not seen snow before, and had never made a snowman before. We talked about all the different colored hats. I really have the best job ever.

Here's the song we sang:

Five little snowmen riding on a sled
One fell off and bumped his head!
I called Frosty and Frosty said
"No more snowmen riding on a sled!”

Four little snowmen ....
End with: NO MORE snowmen RIDING on a SLED!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Top 10 Worlds I'd Never Want to Live In

This week's Top 10 Tuesday topic from The Broke and the Bookish is:
 Top Ten Worlds I'd Never Want To Live In.

Okay! Here are my top 10 places I'd give a big fat, "no" to. Ahem.

1. Westeros. I love high fantasy. I love magic and dragons. I love books with intricate world-building and lots of nations/cultures coming into conflict. So, I enjoyed the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. But, I would not want to live there. In making his series "realistic" by adding lots of death, rape, dismemberment, prostitution, muddy filth and general hardship, I know this isn't a world where I'd fit in.

2. Delirium by Lauren Oliver. Live in a world without feelings, where everyone has their emotions surgically removed? Boo! Thumbs down to that!

3. Tripods series by John Christopher. In this classic dystopian series, tripod aliens have taken over the Earth, forcing everyone to live with medieval level technology since that is all we are "responsible" enough to handle. Scary! No thanks!

4. Hytanica. In this fantasy trilogy by teen author Cayla Kluver, the country is run by a featherhead princess in love with a foreign mage prince. While she abandons her duties for true love, the country goes to pot.

5. The Giver by Louis Lowry. In this classic dystopian, everyone lives perfectly managed lives, and euthanasia/assisted suicide is perfectly cool. Feh. Do not want.

6. The Abhorsen series by Garth Nix. I loved to read this series, since it has a quasi-British feel and is chock full of strong heroines, but actually, I would not want to deal with some of the dangerously scary magic and undead spirits that Lirael has to handle in this book.

7. Thirsty by M.T. Anderson - This is a world that I would not want to live in because it is perfectly normal, boring suburbia, except for the fact that everyone (even if they don't realize it yet) is doomed by the evil vampire demon lord Tch'muchgar.

8. The Dustlands series by Moira Young. Living in a desert hellscape of desperate scavengers does not actually sound like very much fun.

9. The American Fairy series by Sarah Zettel. As if surviving the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl isn't enough - the characters in this magical historical also have to deal with malevolent fae who are bent on exacting torment on the already disadvantaged human Midwesterners.

10. Panem. Nothing about the world of The Hunger Games is good. Almost everyone is starving, and people are forced to watch kids kill each other on reality TV. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. No thanks. Well... maybe if I could be besties with Effie Trinket. Actually, you know what? No. Not even then.

Friday, January 24, 2014

January 2014 Book Haul

I hit an amazing post-Christmas sale and picked up the following books:

Vampirates: Empire of Night - Justin Somper
Hemlock - Kathleen Peacock
As You Wish - Jackson Pearce
The Swan Thieves - Elizabeth Kostova
Starcrossed - Josephine Angelini
Grave Mercy - Robin LaFevers

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Culling the TBR 2014

I wish I had time to read every book on this list, I really do! But, it's time to thin down my list of books "to be read." If you see any that are so wonderful that it would be a terrible, terrible mistake to take them off my list, let me know in the comments and I'll consider adding them back on. You know what's funny? I was looking at one of my first "Did Not Finish" lists from several years ago, and I did finally get around to reading at least 4 or 5 of them, so you just never know.

The Sweetheart of Prosper County
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol I: The Pox Party
Little Women and Me
Dark of the Moon
Close to Famous
The Demon Catchers of Milan
Doll Bones
Sorrow's Knot
Instructions for a Broken Heart
Something Like Normal
Ingo (Ingo, #1)
Prom and Prejudice
Incarceron (Incarceron, #1)
Girl Genius, Vol. 1: Agatha Heterodyne and the Beetleburg Clank
Toby Alone (Tobie Lolness, #1)
City of a Thousand Dolls (Bhinian Empire, #1)
Nobody's Princess (Nobody's Princess, #1)
Girl to the Core
Eona (Eon, #2)
Masque of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #1)
Nobody But Us
Book of a Thousand Days
The Juliet Club
I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend
Jane Austen Stole My Boyfriend
Tris & Izzie
Demonglass (Hex Hall, #2)
When the Sea is Rising Red
Love? Maybe
The Lipstick Laws
Tangled Tides (The Sea Monster Memoirs, #1)
Try Not to Breathe
Prada & Prejudice
A Company of Swans
The Reluctant Heiress
Ghost Flower
Death Comes to Pemberley
The Fine Art of Truth or Dare
The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1)
Warrior Princess (Warrior Princess, #1)
After Obsession
Wildefire (Wildefire, #1)
Banished (Banished, #1)
Starling (Starling, #1)
Archvillain (Archvillain, #1)
Once a Witch (Witch, #1)
A Rogue by Any Other Name (The Rules of Scoundrels, #1)
Amy and Roger's Epic Detour
Thumped (Bumped, #2)
The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie
Reconstructing Amelia
Cryer's Cross
The Wild Queen: The Days and Nights of Mary Queen of Scots (Young Royals, #7)
Victoria Rebels
Fury (The Fury Trilogy, #1)
The Fires Beneath the Sea
Fracture (Fracture, #1)
A Breath of Eyre (Unbound, #1)
Big Nate: In a Class by Himself
It's Our Prom (So Deal With It)
Wings (Wings, #1)
The Daykeeper's Grimoire (Prophecy of Days, #1)
My Misadventures as a Teenage Rock Star
The Juliet Spell
Fangbone! Third-Grade Barbarian
The Art of Wishing
Bad Apple
Shooting Stars
Tankborn (Tankborn, #1)
Saving Juliet
The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy
Icons (Icons, #1)
Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink (Pilgrims, #1)
A Witch in Winter (Winter Trilogy, #1)
Elemental (Auri, #1)
Hollywood and Maine
The Space Between
The Implosion of Aggie Winchester


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