Saturday, August 22, 2015

What Do You Want To Read?

I have quite a few posts partially written and want to give YOU the chance to decide what I post next. Below is a poll with some of my work-in-progress posts and their associated tags in parenthesis, so click on the ones you like and I'll get to typing. ;)

Which Post Do You Want To Read Next?

RE: Favorite Commercials of 2015 (meesh responds, television)
RE: It Can Wait (meesh responds, technology, television, texting)
RE: Electric Vehicles for Everyone, Not Just the Elite (meesh responds, technology)
RE: Why we need negative book reviews (meesh responds, books, review)
RE: Millennial Lowdown (meesh responds)
Five Fictional Women (fandom, feminism, inspiration, women)
Panic At the Children's Desk (library life)
Review of The Clone Wars (fandom, feminism, inspiration, review, television)
Review of Cinderella (movies, review)
Girls in gaming... or something (gaming, video games)
Millenials & Pacific Rim (fandom, meta, movies)
Conference Round Up: TLA 2015 (after action report, conference, library life)
Leadership Lies (advice, leadership, library life)
Review of Welcome to Night Vale (podcast, review)
Poll Maker

Friday, August 21, 2015

Yaks From Yakyakistan

On the drive home after picking up dinner on Thursday night, my sister updated me on all things My Little Pony... including a strange bit of information about the Yaks from Yakyakistan.

You can listen to that discussion here:

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Two Book Tuesday

There are a number of upcoming releases that I am super excited to read, but seeing as I've called it "Two Book Tuesday," I will limit myself to just two books from entirely different collections... all the while wondering just what titles you are looking forward to this Autumn?

The first title is Lizard Radio and it is a young adult science fiction novel written by Pat Schmatz. What I noticed first about this title is the cover and if the novel is half as good as the cover then this should prove to be quite an interesting read.

Having just finished reading Static by L.A. Witt, I was surprised to see another title with a main character who does not fit the mainstream image of a single-gendered person. Kivali, the fifteen-year-old protagonist of Lizard Radio has grown up in a gender-rigid world that doesn't accept her status as a "bender." Abandoned as a baby, she doesn't know where she came from or what she is, but she does have a special gift... Kivali is able to enter a trance-like state to harness the "knowings" inside her. Just what are these "knowings" and how do they help Kivali in this coming-of-age story? Well, I guess we will have to read this book and find out!

The second book that I am excited to see is a picture book written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (who may be a new favorite illustrator of mine). The Day the Crayons Came Home is a companion to the insanely popular The Day the Crayons Quit! and is sure to be just as popular with children and parents as the first book.

In this beautifully illustrated picture book, Duncan is about to take on the task of rescuing crayons from beneath sofa cushions and inside of socks. This is a story about finding friends in the unlikeliest of places, surviving the tough times in life, and coming home (to the crayon box).

Monday, August 17, 2015

#AtMyBookstore campaign

What is the #AtMyBookstore campaign?  Boy, am I glad you asked!

The challenge runs from August 17 - 31 and is an effort by bloggers to raise awareness about local book stores and the fact that people still love to visit (and continue to use) these physical locations.  It is part shelfie challenge as well, with participants encouraged to take a selfie/shelfie of themselves at book stores they visit and with titles they purchase from those stores.

I will be participating in this challenge and already know of three book stores that I'm going to visit.  Follow me on Instagram @s_michellehos to see my shelfies for the #AtMyBookstore challenge!