Monthly Archives: January 2014
Top Ten Tuesday
Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish
Well I will be off in library school all of 2014, well mentally anyway as it’s an all online program, but I will need fictional worlds to keep my sanity. So these are the books I am looking forward to the most this upcoming year:
Mixed emotions..this is the final book in the series right? So my fictional boyfriend is just leaving me…not fair! But I can’t wait to read it! And it’s released the day before my birthday!!
Cress by Marissa Meyer-Feb. 4
I should probably take the day off work when this comes out…
The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla: A Pink Carnation Novel by Lauren Willig- Aug. 5
Every time a book by the lovely Lauren Willig comes out, I feel like I’m getting an early Christmas gift 🙂
That Summer by Lauren Willig
….and I get two by her again this year!!! Lucky me !
Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl-May 20
I didn’t even know this was coming out until today…and now I don’t know what to do with myself. I. Love. Casters.
The Blood Of Olympus by Rick Riordan-Oct. 7
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo-June 3
Again…I may need to use some PTO…or become mysteriously ill…when this arrives.
Hollow City by Ransom Riggs-Today!
Great first book, excited for this one.
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness-July 15
So I despised the 2nd book. Ugh, so much, I was just bored out of my mind. But I’m hoping this conclusion can redeem itself.
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor-April 8
Again, I couldn’t stand the second book in this series, but I hope this one is much better.
Thoughts, feelings, additions???
Oh, Infernal Devices…You were amazing. The recovery process from the overload of emotions has taken a while, but I feel progress is being made. So much happened within your pages. So much love and hate, mixed feelings, action, heartbreak, and I met many, many wonderful people…I mean characters.. And that ending, in Clockwork Princess? OMG. I tried not to sob, I did, but it didn’t work. Now that you’re over…I feel empty. I’ve picked up 3 books since then and only finished one. I wasn’t even all that impressed with the one finished either. I have a feeling you have something to do with this. Nothing can quite compare to my friends the Shadowhunters. I miss Tessa, Will, and Jem along with all of the others and feel a little lost without them, but happy for having met them.
So my readers…go out and read the Infernal Devices, but beware that the books will change you…
I missed out on all of the Secret Santa book swaps over the holidays so I was super excited when I saw Chiara’s post on Books For a Delicate Eternity about a Book Blogger Book Swap hosted by the Chaotic Goddess. So I hurried on over and signed up!
For the swap you’ll be paired up with another blogger and you’ll purchase them:
1. A book you have read and loved.
2. A book you have not read yet but looks awesome.
3. A book from your partner’s wish list.
And then you’ll get a package in return with your partner’s picks for you! A chance to get to new reads and connect with other bloggers in a new way…Count me in! Head on over to the Chaotic Goddess to get signed up.
I was a bit skeptical about this as Harry Potter was big in my day, so would it still create excitement now with youth? Apparently so…
For this event we got sorted into our Houses, created our very own golden Snitch, Transformed into owls, went to Potion’s class, made a witchy treat, and had couple of props for photo ops. And we all had a blast. And most surprising to me was that the boys outnumbered the girls…which NEVER happens!
For the sorting I found a great printout for (what I considered badges) at My Cotton Creations and after cutting them out just stuck them in a witch’s hat and had the kids pull out their House for the night. They were excited they got to wear the badges and it made everyone feel involved because EVERYONE wanted to know who was in their House.
After we were sorted and settled we began our Snitch making (See example in above picture). For this project all that was needed were:
- Small Styrofoam Balls
- Gold Glitter
- Gold Glitter Glue
- Long White Feathers
- Mod Podge
- Paint Brushes
(Covering all tables to be used for the event with old newspaper is major clean-up time-saver too! And if you can get some volunteers to do it…Even better)
So first we poked holes in two opposite ends of our Styrofoam balls where our feathers would eventually go and then coated the whole thing in some Mod Podge. Then things got a little (well more than a little..) messy and we covered our Snitches in gold glitter. After that we put a squirt of gold glitter glue in our previously made holes, and stuck in our feathers. And there you have it…magnificent Snitches!
We left our Snitches to dry for a bit and moved on to Transformation class! For our transformations into owls we decorated some eye masks. For this project the following materials are what I used, however, the possibilities are endless:
- A few packages of Eye Masks (they are 5 for a $1 at the Dollar Store)
- Colorful Feathers (again tons of options at the Dollar Store)
- Puff Balls
- Glue/Glue Dots
This one’s pretty self explanatory…just let the kid’s creativity go crazy and they will come up with a great “owl” mask.
After our Transformation we headed over to Potions. The following items are needed for this interactive experiment (Also, it’s nontoxic if anyone happens to get the urge to try the potions…which WILL happen):
- Tonic Water
- Different Colors/Flavors of Kool-Aid
- Lots of Clear Plastic Cups
- Solid Colored Plastic Cups
For this project, myself and a volunteer had prepared our magical potions beforehand. All the “magical potion” requires is mixing a bit of the Kool Aid flavoring in with enough sugar so that the color of the Kool Aid can’t be seen in the solid colored plastic cups. (It will take quite a lot of sugar in comparison to the Kool Aid.) Then we also filled up our clear plastic cups with the bubbly tonic water.
When the “students” arrived all they saw were cups that were apparently all white powder and then clear bubbly cups. They each took a cup of magic potion and a cup of bubbly water and then spooned in a bit of their potion. I didn’t know if this would go over because it was so simple, but they all seemed to enjoy it…a lot. Then they all began exchanging potions to see what would happen and of course they ended up turning different colors which was pretty cool too and not something I would have thought of. Of course everyone started to sneak in quick tastes of their potions so luckily nothing bad was in it.
After everyone was done with mixing their potions (and washing their hands) we moved on to creating our own snacks. Witch hats made out of Fudge Stripe cookies. I found this idea on Go Grow Go! They were simple for the kiddos to make and were verrry tasty!
- Fudge Stripe Cookies
- Orange Frosting
- Hershey Kisses
So each kid got a napkin with a cookie on it and a Kiss to unwrap, while an adult went around with the frosting. The frosting just got squirted on top of the bottom of the cookie and then the Kiss gets planted on top. Then they were ready to be eaten!
There were also a couple of photo props like the one below which I just handmade myself. The kids had fun taking pictures of themselves with their phones and I had some fun some with it too!
Well the New Year’s reading has not started off with a promising start…but it can only get better from here then right?
I decided to try a historical fiction novel, Confessions of Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey which I received from LibraryThing’s wonderful Early Reviewer’s Program. My mind needed a break from the Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter world I was immersed in for two weeks and for which my heart still misses. (I will post a review of the Infernal Devices Series once school has started back up again : )
This historical fiction story just couldn’t capture my attention. I read about 80 pages before calling it quits, which I DESPISE doing. (However, I guess I do already know how it’s going to end…) There may have been a couple exterior factors affecting why I didn’t enjoy the book like I didn’t realize it was the third book in a trilogy and I was still on a major book hangover from the Infernal Devices trilogy. Nonetheless, I did not feel any sort of connection to the characters and it felt more like I was reading nonfiction than fiction. Perhaps reading the first two books in the series would provide the reader with necessary background information and giver more depth to the characters.
Well on to finishing the Matched series by Ally Condie…let’s see how this goes!
Are there any cool Reading Challenges going on this year? I would really like to do one besides the Goodreads one I participate in every year…. Let me know!