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Happy April! I can't believe March is already over. The trees are starting to bloom which I always enjoy seeing every year.
Hope you survived April Fool's Day unscathed :) I saw some creative jokes including one involving Oreos with just the cream filling and no cookie (wish that one was real) and Goodreads' new Literary Chit Chat Line. My personal favorite was from Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN). They sent out a message about a new telepathy service that will allow librarians at the reference desk to telepathically know what patrons are actually looking for when they want "that book with the blue cover", etc. The memo then went on to talk about other uses and the future release of other features like teleportation and telekinesis. See, librarians do have a sense of humor! :)
This past week at the library I had book discussions on Tuesday and a movie night on Thursday (I showed Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them). I also met with the other programming librarians to discuss this year's Comic Con. We have a lot of exciting plans and I hope we get the presenters we want. This is going to be the year I finally dress up as Kamala Khan, the new Ms. Marvel (I just need to get my mom on board to make the costume since I can't sew). This week I have my Peeps Diorama workshop on Monday night. Only a couple of kids have signed up though a lot of people have taken entry forms for the actual diorama contest. They have until Saturday to turn in the dioramas and hopefully we'll get a decent showing to make it more fun.
I've had a quiet weekend. It was cold on Saturday so I just stayed in and finished my library book. I think the weather should be warming up again this week. I'd like to put my sweaters away for the season but I know that until mid April there is still the chance of snow.
Last week on my blog:
Hunted by Meagan Spooner (review)
It Happens All the Time by Amy Hatvany
This book was a tough read as it deals with rape. One of the difficult things was reading the rapist's POV but I understand why the author included his perspective. I am working on my review and hope to have it posted later this week.
As Old As Time by Liz Braswell
I mostly enjoyed this retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It is based on the Disney version but with a twist--Belle's mom was a witch and she cast the curse on the Beast. You get the backstory on Belle's mom and dad and why she did what she did and then the "present day" with Belle and the Beast and Lumiere and Mrs. Potts, etc. There are other changes from the Disney version as well though the author does include some quotes and scenes from the movie. There were some inaccuracies with the historical setting, etc. that were a little jarring for me but teen readers likely wouldn't notice.
Books listened to:
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (reread)
Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
So far I think this book is fun. I loved You've Got Mail and while this book doesn't quite live up to the movie that inspired it, that's to be expected. I do love the references to classic movies. I still haven't seen North by Northwest and need to do that someday (It's actually showing at my theater this weekend but I don't feel like paying that much to see it).
On my TBR pile:
Always by Sarah Jio
I am moving this up my TBR pile because it is due back at the library this week and there is a waiting list. I used to love her books and it's been awhile since I've read one but this appealed to me.
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
I am really looking forward to this after all the glowing reviews I've seen. Also, I love that cover.
The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff
A Twist in Time by Julie McElwain
New books received:
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline (library book)
A Bridge Across the Ocean by Susan Meissner (library book)
These Ruthless Deeds by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas (library book)
In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen (library book)
The Fortunate Ones by Ellen Umansky (library book)
For Time and All Eternities by Mette Ivie Harris (library book)
The Vicar's Daughter by Josi S. Kilpack (for review)
Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal (for review)
Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis (for review)