Some people are confused by the fact that I can’t handle “scary movies” but am so intrigued by novels and biographies about serial killers. During my freshman year of college, I actually scared the student assistant at my college library. He asked which class required me to watch so many A&E Biography specials about serial killers and I answered, “It’s not for a class. I just think they’re interesting.” He shoved the movie across the counter and practically ran into the back office. When I returned the next week, he was nowhere to be found. Fortunately, we met through a mutual friend a few months later and figured out that we recognized each other because he was the AV guy at the library and I was the “creepy serial killer girl.” I was able to elaborate about how my interest was piqued during a high school psychology class and that viewing habits were based purely on curiosity. (Up until that point, apparently, he had been worried that I was a serial killer in training or something like that… Oops!)
This is another one of those books that I just cannot imagine reading from an actual book because it worked *so* well as an audiobook. Although the plot is not even remotely the same, this audiobook actually reminded me of Thirteen Reasons Why because it had one narrator for the main character and another narrator for a person who left behind a recording. I’m not sure what this says about me, but I really enjoy “listening in” on these recordings and the reactions they invoke from the main character! ;-) Continue reading
I finally read this book because of Justine Larbalestier’s new book Razorhurst, which just came out in the beginning of March. While talking to a friend about the interesting concept of Razorhurst, she asked if I had read Liar. I admitted that I hadn’t and decided I should read the older book before moving on to the new book. The only problem is that I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this story. There was just something about this book that rubbed me the wrong way. I mean…
Happy Teen Tech Week, everybody! Before I get to the actual audiobook review, I would just like to take a moment to remind y’all that public libraries are about WAY more than just books. Of course we lend out books and audiobooks — but we also lend music, movies, and video games. Many public libraries even lend e-books and downloadable audiobooks FOR FREE via OverDrive.com! As someone who listens to audiobooks ravenously, always has an ebook waiting on her Kindle, and is cheaper than cheap, this service is something I’m thrilled to take advantage of and to share with my library patrons and blog readers. (There are even streaming video and magazines available now on OverDrive, though I haven’t fully explored those options yet.) But, I digress.
As the outgoing President of the Youth Services Section of the NY Library Association, I had the honor of sitting at the head table for the 2014 YSS Empire State Award Luncheon. During the luncheon, the ESA winner, Jacqueline Woodson, was discussing some of the books she had read recently and could not stop gushing about Belzhar. (I didn’t realize at the time that she was also the featured blurb on the back of the book, but she had me sold.) I somehow managed to forget to add a request on the book when I returned to work, though. Fortunately, a colleague put Belzhar on the “Staff Picks” display last week and my friend [upon seeing it on display] asked whether I had read it yet. I said that I didn’t yet but certainly planned on it. She insisted that I take it home RIGHT THEN so that she would have someone with whom she could discuss the ending. Well, I picked it up for a “short” reading break yesterday afternoon, and I read more than half the book. I had to stop reading to eat dinner and to read bedtime stories with my kids, but I couldn’t stop thinking about Belzhar and had to finish reading it before I could go to sleep! Continue reading
It’s always fun to escape real life in the pages of a book, and I find it somehow more satisfying to read a book about a sweltering summer heat wave when I’m living through a snow-filled winter storm. Add that to the fact that all of Sara Zarr’s books are pretty darn amazing, and you have a fantastic reason to read this book right now!
OK everybody… I am geeking out BIG TIME over here because Emma Watson will be playing Belle in Disney’s new [live action] Beauty & the Beast movie! So, since I am obsessing over *that* fairy tale remake, I thought it only made sense to do a book review for *another* fairy tale remake I recently enjoyed. As I’ve admitted before, I’m a reader who often chooses to read/listen to a book based on my gut reaction to its cover. I read tons of book reviews as I make purchasing decisions, so I often forget what most of the books are about before they arrive. Even though I must have read a review for this book (since I decided to purchase it), nevertheless, I didn’t remember a thing about it. I honestly thought it was going to be a murder mystery or an action thriller when I saw in on the shelf a few months ago. Since I was nearing the end of my audiobook and I saw that the downloadable audiobook for this title was available via OverDrive, I decided to just go for it… Color me surprised when I started listening and realized it was more like Beastly than Dark Song! Continue reading