The one I didn’t finish…

I decided to give A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton a try, and while I’m only 4 days and 62 pages in… I think I’m going to give up on this one. Maybe it’s because it was written in 1982, has small, tight font or maybe it’s because I simply am not a fan of private investigator novels. I found the same with Cuckoo’s Calling, there’s a lot of going to talk to people, of watching people, and not a whole lot of action.

In A is for Alibi, there was a whole page dedicated to how the PI found an address of some one she wanted to talk to, there was a paragraph or two about watching the balcony and describing the ferns a woman had. There are also too many characters to remember, I always have a hard time figuring out how this one and that one are connected to the case. I like the crime books that unfold as the crime does (like the In Death series by J.D. Robb), ones that are full of action that keep me turning the pages long into the night. Unlike this one that I seem to set down after a couple of pages. Life is too short to read books that I’m not fully enjoying. So for now, this one will go back to the library unfinished.

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The Cuckoo’s Calling

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I am currently on book 62 out of my goal of 100 by the end of the year. That means I have less than 2 months to read 40 books. Maybe it is time to switch to YA or junior books to get them finished….

Recently I just discovered that JK Rowling has written some crime books under the pen name Robert Galbraith. I was excited to learn one of my favorite authors had moved to writing my more recent favorite genre. The first in the Comorman Strike series is called The Cuckoo’s Calling. Cormoran Strike is a private detective who has little clients, and has just lost his girlfriend and home. He finds himself given a secretary from a temp agency which he can’t afford, but doesn’t want to send away either. The brother of a recently deceased famous model comes to Strike asking him to prove his sisters death was not a suicide as was ruled, but a murder.

Dialogue driven, this novel follows Strike as he goes over the police files, follows up with witnesses, and chases after his own leads. Through these conversations the reader learns about the people in Lula’s life, and leaves them searching to figure out her death along side Strike and his secretary.

3.5 / 5

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One campus, one book, one community

Recently I began volunteering at the Saint John Free Public Library, usually I shelve books but last week I got to take part in and see some of the behind the scenes of One campus, one book, one community, which was presented by UNB Saint John, Lorenzo Society, Fog Lit Festival and the library. This year’s book was George & Rue written by George Elliot Clarke. The novel is a fictional account of the true last hangings in New Brunswick.

On Thursday November 5th, I helped set up for the Lunch n Learn book discussion and the Panel Discussion on race and crime. Despite not being able to read the book in advance (its on my list!), the book discussion was very interesting. The author discussed his connection to the story, his research process and other related stories. He also read some of his poetry from his book Traverse. Patrons attending were served lunch and were able to ask the author questions.

After a brief break for the author (which he spent most of signing books), there was a panel discussion on race and crime. In attendance were Mr. Clarke, a professor from UNB, a member of PRUDE and Carl White from the Human Rights commission. The panelists discussed their experiences with racism in Saint John, and the floor was opened up to the patrons to ask any questions. I found this discussion to be eye opening and would definitely attend more in the future. I am also very grateful for the librarians at SJFPL that allowed me to help out with this event.

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Divergent

I’m a little slow jumping on to the Divergent train {get it?}. I’m not sure why it took me so long to pick it up, I immensely enjoyed the Hunger Games, but it was only this year at library school that I discovered that I truly like science fiction.

In some ways this novel is similar to the Hunger Games, Across the Universe and The Giver. In these novels and in Divergent, citizens are either born or forced into certain categories in society and are forced to act in particular ways in order to remain in these parts of society. The societies are often controlled by one higher up power who does not have the citizens best interests in mind, and hold many secrets.

In Divergent we follow Tris as she decides which faction she will pledge the rest of her life too. She must decide between staying with her family or being who she truly thinks she is. We follow her through initiation, identify struggles, dealing with enemies and discovering first love. This story is action packed, yet also focuses on character as we go on this journey with Tris. Although the book seems big, it is a quick page turner that has left me wishing I had also borrowed the second one from the library.

5/5 stars.

Lately, I am reading more than I blog about and I will try to get on top of that.

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40 Resume Tweaks

Here’s a link to a blog page from INALJ on 40 resume tweaks to help you land an interview:

http://inalj.com/?p=85916

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“Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book”

Since I’ve been back to beautiful Long Reach, New Brunswick I have had ample time to read in the sun. Here are short reviews on the 4 books I’ve read since I have been home

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The Trouble with Destiny
by Lauren Morrill

This novel I received as an advanced reader’s copy from one of our guest lectures in Young Adult Materials. A young adult novel set on a cruise ship with musically talented teens who are competing for a top prize. Liza, the drum major, is faced with many challenges, including saving her band, chasing a crush, and dealing with a-once-friend-but-now-enemy. Liza is a bit high strung and easily stressed, but the story is still interesting. A quick read that is full of high jinx and situations that leave Liza lashing out at almost every one. A surprise ending could have given this book a higher rating. 4/5

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That Night 
Chevy Stevens

During school I read Stevens debut book, Still Missing. This novel is 5 times better than her first. Toni and her boyfriend, have been charged and sent to jail for 15 years for her sisters murder, which they did not commit. The novel follows both the story of young Toni leading up to that night, and current Toni as she reaches her release date. This fast paced, gripping novel keeps readers on their toes as they try to solve the crime along side of Toni and Ryan as they try to prove their innocence. Even Toni’s own mother does not believe her innocence. The  novel will have you turning the pages until the very end when all the pieces come together. 5/5

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The Pocket Wife
Susan Crawford

This is by far one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. With many similarities to Girl on the Train, the novel follows unreliable narrator Dana as she tries to find out what really happened the afternoon her neighbor was murdered. An afternoon which was full of sangria and blackouts for Dana, who suffers from bi-polar disorder. A fast paced, psychological thriller that has you searching for what truly happened up until the last few pages. 6/5

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The Giver
Lois Lowry

This book would have been read in one day, had I not been invited out for a BBQ. Never having read this in school, it was not at all what I thought. In a society where order and rules are what keeps everything running, Jonas is given an important assignment of receiving all memories of history, memories of things that no one else is aware of. He quickly learns that things are not as they seem, and Jonas must decide what he will do with this new honor, and perhaps power. A very quick read that is an eye opening look into the what ifs of the possibilities of how society is run. A coming of age story that reminds me of Hunger Games, and the Uglies series.  6/5

stay tuned for my review on… Back in the Game by Holly Chamberlain

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“Love Minus Eighty” A Reader’s Map

For the class Reader’s Advisory Service in the Public Library I created a reading map for the book Love Minus Eighty. This is a science fiction book written by Will McIntosh. This book is based on the premise of a technologically advanced world where social media rules the land and being frozen after death until some one wants to pay to have you revived is a regular thing for women. The story follows Rob, Veronica, Winter, Mira and others who are trying to navigate their relationships in this futuristic world.

Some of the themes and appeals of this book is creepy & thought provoking, character, relationships, cryogenics, cheating death, and technology.

The reading map I created links readers to other readalikes, movies, and tv series. It can be found here:

http://loveminuseighty.weebly.com/

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Prose Poetry in YA literature

Earlier this term I created and presented on Prose Poetry in Young Adult Literature.  Prose poetry (or verse novels) novels are one of my favorite type of books to read. Often easy and quick to get through, but each line can hold a deeper meaning. Below is a link to my presentation, which holds some useful resources when creating a prose poetry collection in your library.

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https://prezi.com/swiehqjux1an/present/?follow=8udqi5i0zdx9&auth_key=x1axsfd#6_30863873

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Kingston Peninsula

Last term I took the course Web Design & Architecture,  and as a final project I designed this website about the beautiful Kingston Peninsula New Brunswick, just out side of Saint John. Check it out, and I dare you to tell me you don’t want to visit there.

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“Even in the most stressed times there is always time for reading”

It has been a while, but I have still been reading, and working away at my two reading challenges. I am at 41 books out of 100 for the year, and have checked a lot off this reading challenge list.

Here is what I have read since my last update along with my rate out of 5. Some reviews can be found on my Goodreads account.

A book by a female author – Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn 5 stars
A book by an author you have never read – Meansteak Sandra Brown 4 stars
A book that became a movie – If I stay – Gayle Forman 4 stars
A book you own but never read – Accused – Lisa Scottoline 3 stars
A book set in the future – The accidental time machine – Joe Haldeman 5 stars
A book set in high school – Forgotten – Cat Patrick  3 stars
A banned book – Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger 3 stars
A book from an author that you love that you haven’t read yet – Forever – Judy Blume 3 stars
A book with a one word title – Mindscan – Robert J. Sawyer 5 stars
A book set in your home town – The Memory Chair – Susan White 4 stars
A book you can read in one day – I work in a public library – Gina Sheridan 5 stars
A book with numbers in the title – Love Minus Eighty – Will McIntosh 5 stars
A graphic novel – Stargazing dog – Takashi Murakami 1 star
A book with nonhuman characters – I Heart you, you haunt me –  Lisa Schroeder 4 stars
A mystery or Thriller – Naked in Death – JD Robb 4 stars

others:
Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins 5 Stars

Stay tuned for my review of a non fiction book:
Under the Bridge: The True Story of the Murder of Reena Virk by Rebecca Godfrey

For a complete list of what I have been reading check out my Goodreads account 

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