8 Best Book Deals for 3/9/19: Six of Crows, Sharp Objects, Batman: Nightwalker, and more

As of this posting, all of these deals are active, but I don’t know for how long!
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Reign of Queens by Melissa Wright

Less than $2

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire

Less than $3

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Less than $4

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte


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11 Best Book Deals for 2/9/19: This Savage Song, Longbourn, Bloodwitch, and more

Book Deals

As of this posting, all of these deals are active, but I don’t know for how long!
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Haven by A.R. Ivanovich

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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West

The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor

Longbourn by Jo Baker

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Bonus Deal

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard – Preorder the hardcover for $12.91! I just finished this last night and if you liked the first two books, this is completely WORTH IT.

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MOVIE TRAILER: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

It’s here!!!

What do you guys think about the trailer? Despite my initial reservations about some (one) casting decisions, I think this movie looks like it’s going to be great! I mean, I stand by my original post, but I’m excited for the movie despite that. I still think John Corbett is the best (and only) decision for Mr. Covey so I’m SUPER EXCITED for that.

To be honest though, I’m a little nervous about this movie because Netflix has gotten some serious backlash recently about certain shows/movies like¬†13 Reasons Why and¬†The Kissing Booth (not making a comment on whether that backlash is deserved, just stating that it exists). I’m really, REALLY hoping that TABILB rises above all of that and is just a quality movie. The last thing I’ll say is that if that’s what John Ambrose McLaren is going to look like in future movies…I will be very upset (#TeamJohnAmbrose).

What were your guys’ initial thoughts after watching the trailer? Let me know in the comments!

TRAILER: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I’m sure most have you have already seen the trailer, but I just watched it for the first time. The casting looks pretty perfect and it seems like things stay pretty true to the book. Maddy is such a spunky character and I hope that comes across in the movie (I LOVED her book reviews). Check out my review for the ARC of Everything, Everything here. And here’s the trailer if you haven’t seen it at this point:

What do you guys think? Is the movie going to live up to the book/reader expectations? Or is that impossible? How do you feel about the casting?

Buzz Books 2017 | Young Adult Spring/Summer (Part 2)

Buzz Books 2017 Spring/Summer

NetGalley puts out this great compilation every season of some of the hot new Young Adult books that will be coming out. Here are my thoughts on the last 8 books featured (click here for my thoughts on the first 10). Again, covers link to Goodreads.

How to Be a Supervillain by Michael Fry (5/2)

How to be a supervillainCover: This definitely looks like it’s going to be a middle grade book and it’s kind of reminds me of Captain Underpants. For what it is, I think the cover is pretty good, but I’m not super into it (sorry, this is literally the only picture of the cover that I could find on Google). 5/10

Premise: This actually sounds pretty good! I think it’s definitely a book that I would have greatly enjoyed in elementary school. 8/10

Excerpt: I love that it’s a mix of text and comic panels. That makes it very readable and I think that a lot of kids will enjoy this series. It’s fun to have a main character who is trying to be bad, but just can’t do it. 9/10

TBR?: No, but I’d definitely recommend it to my young cousins

The End of Our Story by Meg Haston(4/4)

The End of Our StoryCover: I really like this cover! It’s really pretty and eyecatching. I think the font used for the title is perfect and I love the spacing of it too. I like the subtlety of the blurred people (are they walking away or towards each other???) It seems like it might be similar to¬†Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between. 10/10

Premise: First, they have weird names. I’m assuming they’re both short for something, but I feel like book characters often have names that normal people don’t. From the cover I thought this might be a sweet contemporary romance, but it seems like there’s going to be a lot more involved. I think that could either give the book more depth, or make it seem like the author is trying too hard. We’ll have to see I guess. 7/10

Excerpt: I just read the first chapter, but I really liked it. I can already tell that I’m going to like Bridge and Wil and probably Leigh (Bridge’s friend). The writing is really good so far, so I’m excited about that as well. 9/10

TBR?: Yes

Laugh Out Loud by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein (7/24)

Laugh Out LoudCover: This one doesn’t have a cover yet, so no rating.

Premise: This book sounds like it’s going to be cheesy with a lot of self-promotion by James Patterson. I’m not the biggest fan of it right now. 4/10

Excerpt: Okay, so there are actually a lot of references to a lot of different books by different authors in this book. I like that because it’s promoting other books that kids might want to look up after reading this one. That being said, I still hold by my cheesy comment, though it might be okay for regular middle grade readers. 6/10

TBR?: No

Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin (6/27)

Aftercare InstructionsCover: This cover doesn’t scream YA to me. It’s interesting enough and I like the colors, but it almost seems like an old-fashioned camping guide (which might be the point). It’s something that would catch my eye though. 7/10

Premise: I’m not really sure what it means by “Through the lens of an ongoing four act play within the novel…”. Does that mean the book is laid out like a four act play? Or excerpts from the play will be throughout the book (similar to Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell)? I’m just not really sure. I also get the impression that the main character is going to be super tough and possibly not very likable. 5/10

Excerpt: The writing seems super tight and I actually really like the play scenes. It’s an interesting way to do flashbacks so that the reader can get the backstory. At the same time, it makes it so that Genesis is a little detached from her past which I’m sure is how she feels. I also think one of the topics of this book (abortion) is definitely timely. With the election and everything else Pro-Choice vs Pro-Life is something that everyone seems to be really aware of. This might give some insight into that debate though maybe just from the Pro-Choice side. 7/10

TBR?: No, I don’t think this one is for me, but I think a lot of people will really like this one

Geekerella by Ashley Poston (4/4)

GeekerellaCover: So…it looks like it’s going to be a retelling of Cinderella. The cover’s not great, but it does give off the impression that this is going to be a really sweet contemporary romance without too much depth. There’s something about the colors, though, that I don’t really like. I think the cover would look better if the sky was blue instead of purple. 5/10

Premise: I’ll be honest, I’ve never met a girl-next-door type meets teen heartthrob and they fall in love story that I HAVEN’T liked. This one seems to be right up that alley. It’s not a terribly original storyline, but I just can’t make myself care. As long as the writing is okay, I think I’ll probably like this one. 8/10

Excerpt: Just from a quick skim of the first few pages, I still think I’ll like it fine, but it seems like it might be holding to the original Cinderella story a little too closely. I like when a subtle detail from the original fairy tale will pop out and surprise me. I don’t think the writing is anything super stellar, but it’s not awful. 6/10

TBR?: Yeah, probably

Rebels Like Us by Liz Reinhardt (2/28)

Rebels Like UsCover: The cover is nice enough, but at the same time, I’m just not loving it for some reason. It just looks so…Seventeen magazine and that’s not very appealing to me (since I’m MUCH older than 17–I actually didn’t realize how much older until just now). 5/10

Premise: Hmmm…it looks like this book actually has a serious theme which isn’t what I was getting from the cover. At all. It could be worth a read if it’s done right. Or, the main character could be super annoying and the author just wrote about this topic because it seemed like a good idea but she actually doesn’t have any first-hand experiences. It could go either way. 6/10

Excerpt: I just read the first couple pages and I’m already not very impressed. I mean…maybe I went into it prepared to feel unimpressed, but I don’t think that’s the only reason. The author is trying to use descriptive language, but it just feels like she’s trying too hard. She’s trying too hard to be hip and edgy and descriptive with just the right amount of sarcasm. It’s exhausting to read. 4/10

TBR?: No

Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor (4/4)

Definitions of Indefinable ThingsCover: It’s nice! It looks like it’s going to be a cute contemporary romance. Just from the cover it seems like we might be getting some quirky/cool characters based on the way they’re dressed. 7/10

Premise: The summary was super vague. It says it’s a cross between All the Bright Places and Juno. As I have not read All the Bright places nor seen Juno, I have no idea what to expect from this book. It mentions three characters, but there are only two on the cover. 4/10

Excerpt: Reggie and Snake seem to have a pretty good dynamic between them. That being said, I’m getting a little tired of Christians and Christianity getting a bad wrap in YA books. I understand that not everyone believes in it or any religion for that matter, but I feel like it’s NEVER portrayed in a positive light. It’s always the dorky kid at school or a character’s overprotective/involved parents. Just for once I’d like to read about a character (even a secondary one) who was Christian and normal. With that rant out of the way, there was another thing that I really didn’t like about this excerpt. I felt like Reggie’s mom genuinely cares about her and Reggie has a super bad attitude. Maybe this is a sign that I’m getting older, but if the whole book is like that then I wouldn’t be able to handle it. 2/10

TBR?: No

Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr (4/4)

Gem & DixieCover: It’s definitely interesting, I’ll give it that. I’m just not really sure what I’m supposed to get from it. I assume the two girls are Gem & Dixie though so…that’s a start. I’ve definitely seen this author’s name around, but I don’t think I’ve read anything by her. 6/10

Premise: There aren’t too many books out there that focus on a sister relationship (though there are some). That by itself is intriguing to me. Other than that, the rest of it sounds okay. 6/10

Excerpt: Oh man, already my heart is BREAKING for Gem and Dixie. Just from the first few pages I feel like the author does a really good job of helping the reader to know who Gem is and to start feeling things for her. Amazing. 7/10

TBR?: Yes

Let me know in the comments what you’ve heard about these books!

Parental Advisory for Books?

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Just a picture, not actually a warning for this post.

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you might remember that I did a post on parental advisory for books almost exactly a year ago. Within the last couple of months this post has¬†seemed to regain interest–the views have really started to pick up–and I’m not exactly sure why. I reread through that post and the comments the other day and I felt like I needed to write a new post addressing the topic. Now that I’m halfway done with my Masters in Library Science, I feel like I have a little more perspective and a more concrete opinion on the matter.

Just as a reminder from the brief research that I did for my last post, I didn’t find that ratings or labeling content as “explicit” was required for any medium (movies, video games, music) but that it was encouraged in a lot of them. I’ve seen some books that have warnings as part of the summary, but they’ve all been books that I’ve found on Amazon and appear to be self-published or published by a small publishing house–not by one of the big five.

The last time I talked about this, I proposed that books be given ratings similar to movies and video games. I think a lot of people took that to mean that children would be restricted from certain books if the rating was too mature like they are from R-rated movies and Mature rated video games (which started to feel like censorship to some).¬†As I’ve started my degree, I’ve discovered that librarians feel¬†very passionately about censorship (I’m taking an Intellectual Freedom course next term). They do not agree with it and actively fight against it in a lot of cases. I too do not believe that librarians have the responsibility to censor material for their young patrons–that is the job of parents. Who am I as a librarian to say whether or not someone else’s kid can read Fifty Shades of Grey? I know I wouldn’t let¬†my¬†kid read it, but that’s my own personal decision.¬†I realize now that I should have clarified something in my original post. I’m not proposing that kids be kept from reading certain books if they choose to read them. What I am proposing is that books be given ratings as a source of information for consumers (and parents of consumers).

While¬†you’re not given the responsibility to tell people what they can and can’t read as a librarian, you are given the responsibility of recommending books to people when they ask. This is called Readers’ Advisory (I took a class on that as well). Part of the RA interview is to determine a reader’s comfort level in certain areas. Perhaps you have a patron that loves reading romance. She’s comfortable with some steamy scenes, but she’s not a fan of erotica. It’s the librarian’s job to recommend books that fall within her comfort level. With what I propose, the rating system will only help readers to get the same information that they might get from a librarian during an RA interview. We already have a summary of the book, why not a brief summary of its adult content as well?

Ultimately I see this as a help for the consumer when determining what to read, but also for parents of young readers. My mom was a great mom. She was a stay-at-home mom so she was able to spend a lot of time with me and my siblings and was very involved in our lives. That being said, with the rate at which my sister and I consumed books, there was no way that my mom could keep up with what¬†we were reading. There were a couple of times when my mom caught wind of something “bad” in a book or series that I was reading and she made it clear that I was not to read those books. Honestly, I didn’t care. There were plenty of other books to read so I did what she asked (I mean, she’s my mom…what was I going to do?). I think if books had the kind of ratings that I’m proposing, my mom would have had a much easier time helping us to choose books with content that she thought was appropriate for us to be reading which is exactly what we as librarians hope parents will do.

So now that I’ve made some clarifications in my opinion, what do you guys think? Do you still think it’s a bad idea? Or would you find this kind of information helpful as well?

Do you want to be a librarian?

Hello everyone! I don’t usually post stuff like this, but I just wanted to get this information out there for anyone interested. Before I started this blog I had no idea how exactly one goes about becoming a librarian. Honestly, I didn’t even know that I might want to be one! After joining the book blogging community, I noticed a few bloggers mentioning MLS degrees and classes. I thought to myself, “What is this mysterious degree?” It turns out MLS stands for Masters of Library Science which is a degree that you need if you want to become a librarian. I know! I had NO IDEA that librarians had to get a specific Masters degree!

Anyway, after finding out about this glorious degree and feeling that it was the right path for me, I looked into and applied to a few different programs across the country. I started school last fall and will be done this December (fingers crossed!).¬†One awesome thing about the MLS is that a lot of schools have this degree 100% online! That meant that I could keep the job I already had plus I could start school. I’m currently working part time (28 hours a week) and going to school technically full-time (3 classes per semester, 2 classes per term). So far I’ve been loving it! It’s been hard for sure to find the balance between work, school, and personal life, but I’m excited with how quickly my progress has been towards getting this degree.

So here’s a little advice that I would give to anyone who is possibly interested in this degree.

  • It doesn’t matter what your undergraduate was in. My undergrad was Economics with a minor in Math–definitely unrelated. As long as you like books and feel passionate about the library’s role in society, you should be good.
  • Different schools require different things when applying. Some want you to have an interview, some have you take the GRE or GMAT, some require you to come to campus for an orientation, and they’re all different prices as well. So just pick the one that works for you! I personally went for one that didn’t require an interview, test (as long as your undergrad GPA was high enough), or on-campus orientation. In the end I think I had to send in transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a cover letter, and the online application.
  • Different schools have different classes and offer different specializations. Since I read a lot of YA, I decided to look into a Teen Services Specialization. Some schools didn’t have that and some did–so that’s something to think about. A lot of times you can find a list of the courses a school offers online. Find the one that has classes or a specialization you’re interested in!
  • If you don’t feel confident in your ability to be a self-starter or if you have a lot of other obligations on your time, online may not be the best route for you. You really do have to be on top of assignments and making sure you’re getting the readings done. With no face-to-face class time, there’s less accountability throughout the semester.

With all that being said, it’s been a really great experience for me. This is an email I was sent today and was asked to forward it to anyone who was interested:

Interested in obtaining your MLS degree 100% online?

Starting as early as this fall?

The IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI is taking applications until July 15.

The Master of Library Science program, accredited by the American Library Association (ALA-MLS) is the entry degree for a professional librarian, universally required for professionals in academic libraries; essential for leadership in public libraries; provides valuable information and management skills for people who advance information connections in a variety of organizations, public, private, and non-profit.

Admissions Information

Online application

Plans of Study

Questions?  Feel free to contact me!

Elizabeth Bunge

Graduate Program Coordinator

Indiana University

School of Informatics and Computing-Indianapolis

535 W. Michigan St.

IT 476

Indianapolis, IN  46202-3103

Phone:  317-278-9200

http://soic.iupui.edu