Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson


This reminds me of the TV show Wonderfalls.  Loved that quirky show.  This is a great quirky story.  There are some words to be considered but it's a good story.  It has a bunch of layers to it.  I think it's perfect for the public library.

Winter night Trilogy The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

This magical legendary book is like traveling back to a darker simpler time in Russia.  It's a great read and I am looking forward to the next in the series.  I'm getting this for my high school library.  I think... nay I know, I'll need a bigger library!  Enjoy.  Also enjoy the audio book as well.

Denton Little Denton Little’s Death Date by Lance Rubin

It's a pretty funny book.  There is some sex but not graphic, just mentioned.  It's a mystery and all these seemingly random events happen to Denton.  He finds out a lot more then he bargains for.  Will I get for my high school library?  Probably not but I'm glad the public library carries it.

Five Kingdoms Time Jumper by Brandon Mull

Brandon Mull is a very creative writer and an excellent story teller.  His stories are perfect for higher elementary and middle school libraries.  Think Dungeons and Dragons, meets Lord of the Rings, meets contemporary kids in another world and you have fantasy adventure that students will be asking for the next in the series.  Enjoy.  Audio book also very good.

Slacker by Gordon Korman

This is a funny book!  It's a positive book and enjoyable as well as entertaining.  The audio book is done in an engaging way.  Perfect for elementary and middle school libraries.  Enjoy.

Everybody, Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult Peopleby Bob Goff

I really liked this book.  Bob is a Christian and how he connects with people around him is by his actions.  The book is told with humor, truth and personal stories.  No matter what your religious background is, this is a good book to read.  If you like Zig Ziggler, then you'll enjoy this book.  The audio book also is very good.  It's a good car audio book to drive around and listen when running errands or a road trip.  Enjoy.

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Eker

I'm reading books about money.  I'm reading these books because I want to help my high school students become better managers of money.  I liked this book a lot because it made me think about how my family looked at money and how I look at money.  I hope this helps my high school students because I wish I had read this book when I was in high school.  Also the audio book is also good.  I'm getting for my library.

Moon Base Alpha Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

It's funny and smart.  Perfect for elementary and middle school libraries.  It's a good guys read.  Enjoy.  Audio book also funny.

Monday, June 18, 2018

A Day in the life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss

It's a vanity book that was published because some one famous is connected to the book.  Save your money and time on this one.

A Day in the life of the vice president by Pence and Pence

Save your money.  It's more of a family member writing a book about their family and getting it published.  Save your time, as well. 

Damar The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

If you like Tamara Pierce series, you'll like this one as well.  Who doesn't like a good dragon story.  Great strong female character.  Enjoy.

Get Rich Slow by Sarah Riegelhuth


I'm getting this book for my high school library.  My goal is to prepare my students in the world of money management.  The more information they have and understanding as well as getting them ready for adulthood.  It's a good read.  Audiobook also good.

The Charles Schwab Guide to Finances After Fifty by Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz


Even though I run a high school library, I still might get this for the students to think about their future.  I know .... maybe not but I want my students to be ready for their financial adulthood.

Neveworld Wake by Marisha Pessl

Similar to We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.  A group of friends who were golden in high school regroup and end up in a car accident.  They are in a type of limbo where only one will live. There the truth of what happened to Jim, Bee's boyfriend is revealed.  Interesting read.  I think it's fine but a few gaps.  I don't think it will fit my student reader's interest in the library. 

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt


Have you ever seen The Christmas Story?  The one with the boy in a pink bunny outfit and a lamp in the shape of a leg?  Did you laugh and laugh and enjoy watching a family as they go through life?  Then you will enjoy The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt.  He's a tricky author.  He made me cry in Orbiting Jupiter.  It's a good book.  Should be in every library.  I know I'm going to add to mine.  The audio book also very good.

Side Hustle From Idea to Income in 27 Days by Chris Guillebeau

I liked this book. Audio book also good.  Will get for my high school students.  Easy to read.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Al Capone at Alcatraz Al Capone Does My Homework by Gennifer Choldenko

set in the 1930s and autism not nearly as known as it is now, this story incorporates facts of life on the island as well as a good story.  Worthy of any school library.  Especially middle school.  Enjoy.

Track Sunny by Jason Reynolds

Fine for any school library.  Enjoy.

Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead

This story is for young children.  A bit of mystery as a young girl returns and finds a childhood friend.  Good for younger children.

Faerie Song Fire & Ice by Michele Barrow-Belisle

The best part about this book is the cover art.  I couldn't finish the book and I really tried. 

One Year to an Organized Life by Regina Leeds

I liked this book.  Lots of advice.  I think I will be adding this to my high school library.  It's important to teach organization skills and I believe this book is very helpful.  It's a good read.

Make Your Kid A Money Genius by Beth Kobliner

Money management is very important and it is important that our young people are prepared for managing money.  I am planning to add this to my high school library. 

Financially Fearless by Alexa Von Tobel

I'm reading/listening to books about money to decide what to purchase for my high school library.  I want our students to learn more about money management.  By providing resources for them to learn more, I hope my students will be more ready in their adulthood.  Audio book also good.  Enjoy.

How to Retire The Cheapskate Way by Jeff Yeager

A helpful book about retiring and being frugal.  It's written with humor and good examples.  Enjoy.

The Talon Saga Inferno by Julie Kagawa

It's a good series.  Fine for any high school library.  It's good vs evil.  Enjoy.

Descendants Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

If you are a fan of the TV show, then this should entertain.  It's fine for any library.  Enjoy.

Descendants The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

The book is entertaining and fans of the TV show will enjoy.  It's fine for any library.  Enjoy.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

It’s Not What You’ve Got! By Wayne Dyer and Kristina Tracy

I like this picture book.  I'm also a fan of Wayne Dyer and sad he's gone but glad he left great books, video tapes and audiobooks about living a better life.  This book is a great starting point to get the conversation started about money.  You'll be seeing this book on my high school library shelf. 
enjoy watching this picture book as it is being read by the author

The Money Class by Suze Orman

I like Suze Orman,  I've heard her talk about her financial mistakes that led to making her become a better money manager.  Her life experiences and her education about making money earns her the credentials of being a money expert.  I'm starting a program in my library about money matters.  This book will be added to the resource section about money.  Audio book also very good.  Enjoy and learn about money.

Clark Howard’s Living Large in Lean Times by Clark Howard

I'm looking at books to add to my library to help my students find more information on money management.  My goal is to make them better aware of the importance of having a plan for money earned and spent.  This book will be added to my collection even though it is adult reading the reading is written for easy comprehension.  The audio book also very good.

Money Master The Game 7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom by Tony Robbins

I'm starting a new program for my high school students.  I'm reading and reviewing various books on the matters of money.  I will add this title to my shopping list and put it reference.  I think some students will find this a good resource.  The audiobook also good.

The Trials of Apollo The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

I know I have lots of teens who love Rick Riordan books.  This is another one I'll need to add to my high school library.  Mythology plus contemporary teens makes mythology refreshed and priming students for the study of the past.  Enjoy.

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Lady Janies My Lady Jane by Hand Ashton and Meadows

This is too funny.  History rewritten in an alternate universe.  The audiobook is the best with one of my favorite readers.  Great energy and humor in this story.  Enjoy.   I am looking forward to the next book.  I think it will appeal to a certain group of readers who enjoy Dr. Who stories. 

Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People by  Vanessa Van Edwards

I listened to the audio version of this book and learns some great hints and suggestions.  I think I would like this for my high school library for self help.  It's a positive book.  Enjoy.

Jane Austen Mysteries Jane And the Waterloo Map by Stephanie Barron

I love Jane Austen.  She's one of my favorite authors.  This new series is fresh and who doesn't love a good mystery.  I am looking forward to reading more.  This is more for my pleasure reading and not in consideration of my high school library.  Enjoy.

The Debt-Free Spending Plan: An Amazingly Simple Way to Take Control of Your Finances Once and for All by Joanneh Nagler

I'm getting ready to start a new program in my high school library about finances.  My goal is to have information, guest speakers and bring in questions students have about money.  My concern is that some people may not be as prepared about money matters by the time they are ready for adulthood.  I I plan on ordering this book and others for my high school library to help my students be better managers of their own resources.

Bruce Bruce’s Big Move by Ryan T Higgins

I love this series.  Bruce is darling.  A grumpy old bear who ends up adopting geese.  Start with book one and keep going.  Even though it's a young children's picture book, it's entertaining for all ages.  Filled with humor and adventure.  It's a great read.

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

I would say definitely read this book before you consider including in the library.  It has some language to consider and be aware of but more importantly it reflects what is going on the world with police shootings of people of color.  It is an important read.

The Penderwicks The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall

I love this series and I think this might be the last one. One can hope that the story picks up with grandchildren.  The family is darling.  Sometimes it is nice to read about a family who is a lovely connected and close family.  Enjoy.

Constellation Defy The Worlds by Claudia Gray

I liked this story a lot.  It had lots of good elements to make it a good read.  I am looking forward to more of Claudia Gray books.  Fine for any high school library.  Enjoy.

Carve the Mark The Fates Divide by Veronica Roth

Sometimes I think authors get inspiration from the news around them.  Good story.  Fine for high school.  Read book 1 first. 

Aftermath by Kelly Armstrong

I liked the story but it's more of a "Gaslight" kind of story.  There's a thriller/mystery.  It's good.  I'm glad it's at the Public Library.  I don't know if I would put it in a high school library just because of the shooting.  I want to be sensitive to tragedies of high school shootings.  Over all it's a good mystery. 

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor

This is a perfect book for middle schools.  Its a good story that incorporates determination, kindness, respect and research.  Perry is pretty mature for his age.  It's a good story.  Enjoy.

Arc of A Scythe Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Oh my goodness.  Wow such an intense story and a real page turned.  I would love to meet Neal Shusterman and ask where do you get such ideas?  It's good, evil and in the middle.  Powerplays, plot twists and surprises.  I'm looking forward to the next book.  So getting this for my high school library.  It's a good read.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornoll

I liked the book very much.  I know there are people who struggle to leave their homes. This book is fine for any high school library.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Wildlife by Fiona Wood

It's a bit on the edgy side.  I'm glad the Public Library carries this book.  Read it before you decide if you want in your library. 

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

This story is required reading at my high school for seniors.  One student was so affected by the book, they threw their copy of the book in great passion concerning the story.  It's that good.  By the way please don't throw books.  The first book is Half Broke Horses.  Her grandmother's story.  This is her mother and her childhood story.  Written with respect and crafted by a really good writer, we read her personal story.  I can't even imagine how challenging this story was to write.  Great Job Jeannette Walls! 

Where I Live by Brenda Rufener

This is a book that will haunt you for days later.  It's very good and I am putting it on the list to buy for my high school library.  The homeless concerns touches me deeply because I know some of my students have face being homeless.  Also the abusive boyfriend or any relationship must never be a secret.  It's smart and real.  It's a good read.

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

Leigh Bardugo is one of my favorite authors.  She writes beautifully and her stories are smart.  The dark side of fairy tales in the modern world revisiting the old world makes the Grimm Brothers wish they had met Leigh.  Enjoy!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

How to Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowndes


This is a good book to listen to or read for those who are looking to be better speakers.  I really liked the good tips.  Very easy to use.