Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Color me confused.

I finally got all the books gathered together to donate to the local High School and delivered them this morning. The reception was a little lackluster, I must say. Most of the books were hardcover first editions, by debut authors, and fairly popular titles.

The librarian looked through them and seemed concerned that a few of them might not be appropriate. This is where my confusion comes in. This is a Senior High School, grades 9 - 12. None of the books were of an adult nature. Some of them were Historical Fiction, which I assumed might make history a little more interesting.

When I was in school, we had a wide variety of books in our library. Not all of them were the "Mary Poppins" type. Seriously, I can understand being discerning, but this seemed a wee bit like "1984".

Is there a librarian in the house? If so, would you like to comment on how books are chosen for school libraries? I'm really interested.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

So excited about new books!

Ice by Sarah Beth Durst went on sale today.

In the interest of full disclosure, I was sent an actual hardcover First Edition copy of the book, I assume from the publisher, which I promptly devoured like a triple scoop ice cream cone after spending a day exploring the Mojave Desert - and then handed it off to my 12 year old son. When he is finished with it, I'll be donating it to the Jordan Middle School library, because funding is limited and I'm sure they will appreciate it. The only profit I gained in reading this book was the joy of reading a new take on a Beauty and the Beast kind of tale.

Ice is a fun read, though I suspect girls will enjoy it more than boys.

Books I haven't read yet, but am REALLY looking forward to...

At Home on Ladybug Farm
Donna Ball

I read A Year On Ladybug Farm a little while ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is the followup.

An Echo In The Bone
Diana Gabaldon

I've been reading this series off and on for years. I read the 6th book just before my son's birth, back in December of 2001. Needless to say, I can't wait to get into the new adventure.

No Time To Wave Goodbye
Jacquelyn Mitchard

I read Deep End of the Ocean years ago and wondered if there would be a sequel. Now I know, and No Time To Wave Goodbye is on my wishlist.