About SamiK

I'm a Library Director for a small(ish) Texas town with a desire to share my love of books and the library with my community.

Currently, I am working towards my MLS (Master of Library Science) from Texas Woman's University (my alma mater!).

When I'm not treading through a pile a school work and work work, I make precious memories with both my handsome men at home. Whether we are playing with the sand between our toes, making a campfire, or just taking in a movie at home, every moment is unique.



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April 21, 2011

Review: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares

Okay I'm going to make this short and simple.

Book: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan


If you enjoyed Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, then you will definitely enjoy this one!

Lily's parents and grandfather are away for Christmas and her brother is too involved in his boyfriend to spend time with her. To spice up her holiday (and life) he creates a Book of Dares in a red moleskin which they hide in the Strand for the perfect finder.

Told through alternating chapters (Cohn as Lily, Levithan as Dash), the adventure is full of twists and turns but did have a few predictable moments. I loved the references to pop culture and politcal/corporate stabs throughout the book. Although a work of fiction, Cohn and Levithan did a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life.

Teen girls would really enjoy this novel.

I will note that there is some crude language (mostly from Dash).

Review: The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I have to admit that some of my favorite reads are about dystopian civilizations (Lord of the Flies, Fahrenheit 451, Animal Farm) especially those that involve human psychology and behavior (see above examples). The Maze Runner by James Dashner did not disappoint!

After receiving a Nook for Christmas, I immediately downloaded this ebook. Unfortunately, time did not allow me to really sit down, read, and enjoy until last week. After a few hours I finished and couldn't wait to start on the sequel -- The Scorch Trials!

Confession: I have not been this excited about a series since the Twilight Saga, but in a completely different way. These series are completely different!

Summary: Thomas wakes up in the lift remembering only his name and fragments of unspecific memories. He is delivered to the Glade where teenaged boys have been dropped off for two years with no memory. After Day One, he wants to be a Runner. On Day Two, she arrives with the message that "everything is going to change."

It was a real page turner that kept me reading for hours! I couldn't help but wonder how Thomas and Teresa knew eachother. Although the book covers short amount of time in the Glade, this allows for more character development and understanding of the setting. I couldn't have asked for a better ending that allows for transition into the sequel.

I highly recommend this book to EVERYONE!

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IT WAS AMAZING!!!! You should be at the book store right now buying it! :)
I really liked it. You should def check it out and give it a shot
It was ok. At least read the synopsis on the back.
Eh....It was alright. It's borrow from a friend material.
Leave it on the shelf!!

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