This story is proof that my co-workers are awesome. It was my birthday a few days ago. Dave told me he was going to make cupcakes and ran some flavor ideas past me. Then he asked me what I wanted on them. Our conversation went something like this: Dave: So… What do you want on your delicious cupcakes? Me: Icing? Dave: Obviously, icing. What do you want on top of the icing? Me: … Dave: I want to put something you love on them. Puppies? Books? Sunshine and smiles? Me: Make me Harry Potter cupcakes and I will die. Dave: *grins* So I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but holy cow. Check these out. Not only were they delicious but they were adorable too: Not shown, but decorated in all their glory, were additional cupcakes for Hermione, Hagrid and Ron. Man, I could not be happier. Hooray for literary goodness! Have you ever put your favorite book/characters on edible snacks? Do tell! Read More
People said this book was sweet and romantic. They weren’t kidding. Summary from the inside jacket: Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she’s less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris – until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? This is the first YA book I have read in a long time where I actually felt like I was back in high school. And that’s really saying something, because this book is set in Paris and I went to school in, um, rural Connecticut. But Stephanie Perkins is so darn good at capturing that ‘Does he like me?…Should I even like him…What the heck is happening here?‘ internal... Read More
So today is Groundhog Day. That’s right, the day we put all our faith of an early Spring in some furry little rodent. OK, fine. He is a kind of cute, but still. This holiday is comprised of about .003% scientific fact and a whole lot of hoopla. Bill Murray knows what I’m talking about. (And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, go watch Groundhog Day. Right now.) Anyway… It is really no surprise that our pal Punxsautawney Phil did not see his shadow today. Half the United States is currently covered by an ice-sleet-snowstorm blizzard likely conjured up by the devil – who has been sending snowstorms my way once every third day for all of January, and now February, mind you – but I guess this means we’re getting an early spring. And this is where I get confused. Let’s break this down. If the groundhog sees his shadow, it means the sun is out. Meaning it’s a nice sunny day and perhaps, spring really could be coming early. If he... Read More
What a ride! This story was jam-packed with twists and turns and it does not disappoint. Summary from the inside jacket: Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the spaceship Godspeed…Amy and her parents believe they will wake on a new planet, Centauri-Earth, three hundred years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed‘s scheduled landing…Amy is violently woken from her frozen slumber. Someone tried to murder her. Now, Amy is caught inside a tiny world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed‘s 2,312 passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader. And Edler, Eldest’s rebellious teenage heir, is both fascinated with Amy and eager to discover whether he has what it takes to lead. Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she put her faith in a boy who has never seen life outside the ship’s cold metal walls? All Amy knows is that she and Elder must race to unlock Godspeed‘s hidden secrets... Read More
Sometimes I pick up a book just for its cover. This was one of those times. Summary from the inside jacket: Mackie is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murkey water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess He is a Replacement – left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood and unconsecrated ground, Mackie is slowly dying in the human world. Mackie would give anything to live among us. He just wants to play bass guitar and find out more about an oddly intriguing girl named Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the slag heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs. This is not my typical kind of read. I’m not a big fan of “horror” or “scary stories” and the like, but as... Read More
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