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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December 28, 2011

It's about dang time!

I've been slacking lately on EVERYTHING - reading, blogging, and *ZZZZZ*...*ahem* (sorry) sleeping!  So let's jump right in to the updates:
Life has been super busy with Christmas, wedding planning (follow that here), finals (I passed - and if you didn't notice I even changed my about me :P)
Well I finally got around to posting my review for Flamingnet. Here it is for all to read.
BOOK REVIEW 
Trevor enlists Jules in his plan to make a profit from the suicides of frequent visitors of a depression chat room. Jules makes a “pact” with each victim to commit the act together. Jules fakes it, and Trevor swoops in to make off with the valuables. Everything goes as planned until she begins to fall in love with Gabe, their seventh potential victim. Now, Jules faces the most important decision she has yet.
Vander Ark’s novel is filled with dark romance and twists and turns that keep the reader turning the pages. Unlike most young adult novels with mature content that can be overlooked to enjoy the book, the content of Lighthouse Nights cannot. It is as much a part of the book as the setting and characters. I would definitely recommend this book to others who enjoy realistic novels, but it may be triggering to some.
I give the book a 4/5. That may seem high but it really was a good book. I took points off because of the ending. No spoiler here, but I did not like it! Not in a "what was Vander Ark thinking! gah he's an idiot!" way, but a "ohmygosh! NOOOOOO!!!!! Gabe?!?! Why?!?!" moment. If you don't mind the language or graphic descriptions, you'll make it through, but if not, DO NOT PICK IT UP!
I'm looking forward to trying some of his other novels to see how they compare. But heck! For a screenwright turned author, Vander Ark is awesome! (now that I remember Lighthouse Nights was originally a screenplay, it makes sense why the book read like a movie. heh! memory you function but not in a timely manner :/
and...
I still have not started any of the books at home, but I did add another to the To Be Read stack - The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler! EEEEK!!!!  Keep checking back for reviews on all the books!


December 7, 2011

Taste Test in Leasing

I (proudly) say that I ordered my first set of books today - lease books actually. We have decided to try our lease program, which has been majorly successful with adults, on the teen patrons. So in a few weeks the YA Wall will have a new section - Lease YA! Hopefully, this test will go well and the collection will become more than temporary. The section will feature ten books that can be checked out like any other book in the collection, however, only one LYA will be allowed to be checked out at one time.

Be on the look out for:

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Every Other Day by Jennifer Barnes
Wolf Mark by Joseph Bruchac
Sweet Little Lies by Lauren Conrad
Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Invincible by Sherrilyn Kenyon
You Have Seven Messages by Stewart Lewis
Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have) by Sarah Mlynowski
Blood Red Road by Moira Young
December 3, 2011

Fill me up, Ally!

It's been too long since I posted! So much has happened in the past few weeks:
*I'm now officially engaged :)
*Planned most of the wedding
*I finished two of my books (finally)
*I found a book I did not like despite all the good reviews
*Completed about half of my Christmas shopping

well I think you get the picture!

Book Review
This is post is mostly about the sequel to Matched by Ally Condie, Crossed.

It took longer than I thought it woud to finish once I had started. I'm really starting to believe I read slower than I use too :/ It took three days!
Day 1 (last week) - Read about 1/6 of the book
Day 2 (Thursday)- Spent 6 hours reading about 2/3 of the book
Day 3 (last night)- Finished the book

Summary (from Goodreads)
In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky - taken by the Society to his certain death - only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart - change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.


My thoughts:

If you can't tell from the title of this post, the book left me empty - not in a bad way - I want more! A few parts were not what I wanted (but I'm not the author, so what I want really doesn't matter), but I am now more anxious than ever for the third book in the trilogy. I don't want to ruin the book for anyone so there may be spoilers from here out.

There is nothing remotely wrong with this book, however, there were a few twists and characters that I found upsetting (which is okay, I promise).

When I read the Twilight saga, I wasn't happy when I first found out Bella was pregnant, I almost threw the book at the wall. BUT Meyer redeemed the story with the imprinting of Jacob. Although I didn't nearly throw Crossed, I did exclaim loudly (thankfully no one else was home) when I came across my list below.

1. I was not happy with Xander being a part of the Rising. I don't know, but it makes me mad that he is.
2.And what is with Indie?! I just don't like her character very much. Maybe because she gets to share the Rising with Ky and Cassia doesn't?
3.Oh, I can't forget the last chapter! I'm thinking it's Xander not Ky she is going to meet, but we will never know until book three comes out. The only reason this upset me is because the book ended with a major cliffhanger since there is no information for the final installment to the trilogy (at least none that I have heard). What do you think, was it Xander or Ky?

I really am excited to finish the rest of the trilogy, do not mistake my rant above for dislike of the book. This is one of my favorite series, and Condie has not left me unsatisfied yet!

Other


1. Lighthouse Nights (Flamingnet)review coming soon!
2. Gave up on Blue Bloods. I kept trying and just couldn't finish it. I can't say it was bad because it wasn't the writing, but it's not my preferred type of book. I had no interest to keep going even though I've had at least five people recommend them. Have you ever had a book you just couln't read?
3. I (finally) finished Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado. However, I won't be doing a review on it.

Currently Reading

1. XVI - Julie Karr
2. The Death Cure - James Dashner
(only two right now due to the final two weeks of the semester!)

Rating System

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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