Archive of Bibliojunk

25Jan2011
Author
Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk
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What’s on my nightstand, er, living room bench

I saw on 5 Minutes For Books this morning an invitation to join in the "what's on my nightstand" blog post for the fourth Tuesday of every month.  Sounded like fun.  My eyes are always bigger than my stomach, metaphorically speaking, so I'm actually doing "what's on my living room bench".  A few days ago I realized that the library book situation at our house was reaching ridiculous proportions

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10Jan2011
Author
Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk

Awards season

Today the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz and other awards were announced by the American Library Association.  Here's the official press release, if you'd like to peruse it.  Personally, I consider this a to-do list.  I like to have read what books are all the buzz before the awards are announced, but that didn't happen this year.  Let's be honest, that's happened once.  But I aspire to be the ki

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06Jan2011
Author
Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk

Indulgent reading/I love Percy Jackson

I don't get it when people tell me that they don't read because it feels like a guilty pleasure.  Okay, let me back up.  I don't get people who don't read, like, at all.  That's an enigma I won't explore at this time, but what really puzzles me is people who do like to read but don't because it feels like indulging.  For some reason, I've run across lots of these types of people over the years

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13May2010
Author
Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk, Kids, Picture Books

The Top 100 Picture Books

Since so many of you enjoyed the post about the top 100 children's novels, I thought I would do some digging and present the top 100 picture books list from 2009.  There were a whole pile of books I didn't recognize in this list, though the top 15 were all ones I have read or own.  Here are the books that didn't make the list, in case you were curious.  I would do some major shuffli

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10May2010
Author
Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk
06May2010
Author
Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk, Kids

The Top 100 Children’s Novels

Recently I found myself eagerly checking the School Library Journal's blog every single day.  They had called for librarians, writers, readers and all who were interested to rate their top ten children's novels of all time.  There was a system of how many points a book got according to its placement on each person's list.  I'm glad I'm not the one who had to figure it all out, inste

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25Feb2010
Author
Caren
Category
Bibliojunk, Fantasy, Fiction
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Taking a page from Jenny’s book

After December's co-review, I decided to read some of Jenny's favorites from 2009. Highly recommended, by the way. Since she's already reviewed them, I don't want to be redundant. But I also couldn't just set them aside without briefly sharing my thoughts.Of the three that I read, The Help, by Kathryn Stockett, was my very favorite. The characters were so well-drawn and the writing was so enga

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18Feb2010
Author
Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk
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Meeting Brandon Mull

I should title this post, "Standing in line for an hour in an overcrowded Barnes & Noble to meet Brandon Mull for 2 1/2 seconds and only getting one book signed." Oh man, it was quite a night. I dragged all my kids (including newborn baby) and my neighbor to a B&N about 12 miles away to meet Brandon Mull, author of the Fablehaven books. I love that series of books and with the latest in

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06Feb2010
Author
Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk, Fiction
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Reading and nursing

I've been ignoring the blog lately, if you couldn't tell. Having a brand-new baby is great for having plenty of time to read, with all the breastfeeding down time and all the hours in the middle of the night waiting to be filled, but writing anything down about what I've been reading has been a near impossibility. I'm barely getting a shower in every day, people, but I'm sure I'm preaching to t

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31Dec2009
Author
Caren
Category
Bibliojunk, Co-Review

Co-review: 2009 Best and Worst

Happy New Year! But before we move on to 2010, let's take a look back at 2009. For December's co-review Jenny and I decided to share the best and worst books we read in 2009. Keep in mind that these are not necessarily books that were published in 2009, but rather were read for the first time that year.Caren's List of Favorite Reads:I had quite the battle trying to decide which books should mak

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