Friday, July 18, 2014

Finally Friday July 18

As always click through to see embedded content. I'm off in the great Pacific Northwest visiting family!

So I'm going to start off with a ridiculous one. It's four months early and on the one hand this stuff is just awful. On the other? AWESOME.

Awesome cakes about kids' books!

Here is a random giraffe pic. Just because who doesn't love random giraffe pics?

I would love this outfit if the idea of wearing white pants to school wasn't kind of ridiculous. Also I haven't gotten off the weight I gained back. AGAIN. :P #clotheshoppingisntfun

Oldie pin but goodie.

Monday, July 14, 2014

#IMWAYR July 14

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now… who knows, you might discover that next “must read” book!

Our Kid Lit to YA version is hosted by Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers.

GREAT IDEA! Check out all of the What Are You Reading? participants for title ideas.

In order of favorite to least ...

  • This is a Moose
  • Revolution 
  • The Forbidden Library (can't wait to share this one! I quite liked it!)
  • Jedi Academy 1&2 (jumps ahead of Revolution in terms of Kid Appeal)
  • Reading in the Wild (PD)
  • Scowl 
  • Say What You Will (YA)
  • Young World (YA)
  • Revenant of Thraxton Hall (YA or adult)
Go to Goodreads to see more info on specific titles.
I mentioned Jedi Academy already this week (seriously ... if you are a TL you need it for school and if you are a classroom teacher of grade 4 or above you need them and if you are a parent get them for your readers, too! They're silly but fun!). I will probably have finished Secrets Underground by the time this post goes live.

Well and there is also this one. I can't say I love it, though. #forcedrhyme

What next? This week I am heading to SEATTLE so we will see. I haven't been there since the summer between sophmore and junior year of high school. Visiting family and maybe old stomping grounds. Reading could be light. Pretty sure I will finish Rose and the Lost Princess. Maybe next I will read Carly Keene: Braving the Brontes. Or The Copernicus Legacy: The Serpent's Curse. Or Loot. Or Skink. Or Guys Read: True Stories. My goal will be two of them. Getting to anything else will be icing on the cake.

Thank you for stopping by!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Finally Friday July 11

Still know when it's Friday ... even in the summer! Click through if you're in a reader to see embedded content.

Most of the resources on this page are for teaching Spanish ... but I thought this was worth remembering.

So my very favorite is still Fitness for Nerds. But John and Hank (like how I pretend we're on a first name basis?) produce some pretty cool educational content as well. WOO-HOO!

I want to go to London. Before these go away. #notgonnahappen

If I cooked I would try this.

Or maybe this one.

I've preached Chrome before. Ditto what this presentation says.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

TBT Connecting with Authors

This is a presentation I did for Simple K12 a couple years ago. It's always been up on the top menu ... though it's old enough maybe I should take it off until I update it?).How would you update it?

Besides acknowledging the demise of Google Reader, obviously. Anyone had a cool student/author/illustrator interaction on Twitter? (Still nerding out over Corey Rosen Schwartz seeing our Ninja Pigs illustrations because of a shared link via Twitter!) Or a cool Skype? Or is there an author using Pinterest to share book related content?

Hmmm. Also I hope you all see something above this. It's not showing up in the "preview" though with embedded stuff that's not all that strange. Anyway. If I messed up the code then you can see it through the page link in the top menu.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

#summerreading #auntANDteacherlibrarian

This is one of my nieces. She's staying at my house for most of the summer in between a move.

We're hitting up programs.

On a side note this library prints something on their receipts I thought was interesting.

Really only been going since the summer. Checked out a couple during the spring but as the location is kind of inconvenient for anything else and (then, at least ) my previous library card was still good I usually went to that system on the way home from work. Adds up fast, no? Shouldn't be so hesitant to renew the SA city library card for the out of county price. Which is. $200. :/

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Carbonite: Part Awesome and Part Sloth #backupyourdata Also JEDI ACADEMY

Tech Rant ahead then books at the bottom ...

My first hard lesson was 4 years ago in October. A jerk broke into my house and loaded up a car with TVs, jewelry, cameras, and computers.

Lost a lot of pics and files that day that I can't get back. :(

So when I got a new computer I was NOT EVER going to have that happen again. Enter Carbonite! Automatic backup of anything I ever save. Don't even have to set up Time Machine (Mac). LOVE that. Always remind everyone ... "Back up your files OFF site!" I'm lucky they didn't see the external drive or they might have taken that, too ... along with the $100+ in bookfair change I had ready for the following Monday. But I wasn't good about regularly backing stuff up on that drive so it was very hit and miss.

(insert mental picture of Han Solo here ... can't find one that embeds neatly)

But (and there is a BUT here) ... OH MY WORD CARBONITE IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SLOW! I'm remembering now. It took it three weeks just to back up the files I DID have. Three weeks.

And now? Moving files over from one machine to another? Going to take even longer as I have more files. #Sigh They say they released the "throttle" on data but gotta say ... not seeing it. And I have high speed internet that allows multiple devices to stream video and direct downloads of individual files are super fast.

Attempts to use the Mac Migration Assistant were also less than primo. Software and I can be friends. But hardware related? #notasgood

So. All this just to say ... it's better than not backing up. But it could be better.

I finally read the first Jedi Academy book yesterday. And the second. TOO FUN.

Star Wars: Jedi AcademyStar Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Too funny. I can't believe it took me so long to get around to reading this one. First I got an early egalley and then I've actually owned a copy since ... last fall's bookfair, I think.

Roan is hilarious. Readers will need to be at least somewhat familiar with the SW universe. After that, though, the story stands as a sci-fi Wimpy Kid. Only less annoying.

Must get a couple copies for the school collection!

This one isn't quite out yet. I received an advanced e-copy via Netgalley.

Star Wars: Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan (Book 2)Star Wars: Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan by Jeffrey Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After taking almost a year to read the first one (which really I can't explain because I am a SW fangirl) I managed to read both 1 & 2 this afternoon.

Too fun. It does take a little getting used to, reading all of the SW names in a handwritten font. That will cause some issues for some readers. But beyond that? TOO FUNNY. I love the characters. I love the references to classic SW moments. I love the "Holobook" and the lessons Roan and his classmates have to learn about being kind and to use an oft repeated phrase ... "seeking first to understand, THEN be understood."

Will definitely be getting both of these books for our school collection.

PS The Carbonite link is not a referral. Could have been but I'll leave it up to you. I LOVE it for the peace of mind. I am ready to scream at it for being so slow.

Monday, July 7, 2014

#IMWAYR July 7

It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now… who knows, you might discover that next “must read” book!

Our Kid Lit to YA version is hosted by Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers.

GREAT IDEA! Check out all of the What Are You Reading? participants for title ideas.

This post comes to you from my NEW COMPUTER! That ... I'm not sure if I like. Got a desktop instead of a laptop (they don't cost as much :/ plus I now actually have a desk where said device CAN reside and I never did before) but I can already see ... it's going to take some getting used to. Keyboard feels strange and I'm stuck in my office. :P Note to everyone ... Mac Migration Assistant? Bunk. Don't bother. Started off saying it would need 287 hours. Got stuck at 155 for 8 hours about a day later ... which is when I said "enough is enough" and pulled that plug.

Reading was not as successful this week. Didn't really like much of what I finished. What's up with that?

Don't bother with these two (both are "adult" books, anyway). And usually I quite enjoy both authors.

I DID really like this one, however.

The Mark of the DragonflyThe Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Took me a while to actually open it up but once I did? I really enjoyed it. One of the first steampunk-ish type books I've ever read where the bits of machinery seemed necessary to the story.
Will definitely pick up the companion novel when it becomes available.

Definite possibility for middle school and even upper elementary (the hint of romance is not a major plot point).

I'm currently reading ...

Revolution and Secrets are my highest priorities. Love historical fic, personally. Have a harder time "selling" it to others. This one is really making me think. WOW people had to be brave that summer. I hope I would have been that brave. Also I have a weird fascination with old tunnels. Wouldn't catch me down there for anything but I love to read books or watch documentaries or look at photos of urban explorers.

I started the audiobook of Snicker months ago. Should I start it over? I just wasn't loving it like everyone else seemed to. Ungifted is good. Just keep getting distracted. Reading in the Wild is good so far but it's not really anything new. Just good to hear it from someone else. ;) Even though I'd still like to hear her talk more in her books about collaboration with her campus teacher librarian. Continuous Conversion is not one I have to finish quickly. It's more like one you read a few pages and think about it first. I also started The Revenant of Thraxton Hall (but apparently forgot to add that to Goodreads).

May have to take my niece to B&N for a picture book session.