February 17, 2013

What Makes Me Happy (3) - Pinterest


There are so many things in life that make me happy. Great books, music, movies, T.V., family, friends…the list could go on and on. I wanted to take a moment to pause and reflect on these things and figured the blog was a great place to share what brings me joy in hopes it might make you happy too!

Today- I am sharing my gratefulness for Pinterest



Founded in 2010 Pinterest is an online tool for organizing, collecting and creating visual boards of the things you love, discover or want to try. I am a huge fan. 

It's easy to spend hours "pinning" and I won't lie, time passes quickly as I browse and create boards but I love the idea of creating an online collection. I have a boards designated for recipes, books, fashion, quotes, library programs all ready to explore or use with a click, all without the clutter in my own home. 

Aside from personal use, I use it as a form of social media for my blogs and consulting business. I use it to share library programming ideas and there have been many networking opportunities as well. 
So a big shout out to the creators of Pinterest for creating this additive but useful site... wish I had thought of it!

Are you on Pinterest? 
What's your favourite thing about it? Leave a link below so I can follow your boards! 

You can follow mine by clicking the red and white P at the top of the sidebar under Find Me.

February 7, 2013

Giveaway!!! Sharing the Book Love



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It has been FOREVER since I’ve hosted a giveaway, and I figured with Valentine’s day coming up, now was the perfect time!

 To share the book love I’m giving away a $25.00 gift card to Amazon or Book Depository! 

Instead of hosting the giveaway on my blog though, I’m hosting it on Lost in the Libraries Facebook Page. Follow this link, like my page and then tell me what the best book you ever read was to enter.

The giveaway ends on February 14th, and the winner (who must be over 13) will  have 48 hrs to reply.

Book Review: Prodigy by Marie Lu

Prodigy (Legend, #2)

Prodigy by Marie Lu
Published by Putnam January 2013
384 pages
Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review

Summary:

June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector. 
It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long.
But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?


My Thoughts:

  I am a major fan of the Dystopian genre, something about it speaks to me as a reader. Even so, I was late to get on the “Legend” train so to speak as I only picked up Marie Lu’s first novel of the series (Legend) in early January of this year.  I fell in love with the characters immediately, and with the author’s writing style. I enjoyed reading the dual perspectives of June and Day though the alternating inks in the book became a little distracting.  I had high hopes for Prodigy, and was thrilled when asked to participate in a blog tour for it.
   Prodigy picks up exactly where Legend ended and we find Day and June searching for the Patriots in Vegas and hoping to be reunited with Tess. Tess is one of my favourite characters in the books. Resilient, forgiving and strong, Day needs her and has leaned on her much more than he realizes. Though the relationship between Day and June is sudden and complex it is written so well that it is  believable.  They trust one another when from an observers point of view they should be doing anything but trusting each other. Though not as action packed as the first novel, I was still completely engaged. I found the descriptions of the world they live in whether that be the Republic or the Colonies compelling, and we also discover in Prodigy what the catalyst was for the division in America.
One of the most fascinating aspects of this series is that you never really know who the “bad guy” is. The person who you believe to be the enemy isn’t always, and much depends on perspective. I think this theme through out the books is such a great comment on our reality.  I can’t even talk about that ending. (tears)

A gripping follow-up to Legend and I can  not wait for more. Highly recommended for fans of Delirium by Lauren Oliver, and Divergent by Veronica Roth.