Janice H.

Sippy Cups Are not for Chardonnay

Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

As an expectant mother, I am trying to read and gather information about being a parent before I have a crying newborn on my hands (and probably very little time to myself to read). The title of this one sounded great and right up my alley - I don't know that much about newborns, sippy cups, car seats and so on. While I found this book to contain some helpful information, I wouldn't say it was "the book" best suited for the subject but I very much enjoyed the author's humor and the humorous way she handled situations and told personal stories - I even found myself laughing out loud several times. So if you're in the stage of your life that I'm in, I would recommend this book

Janice, Youth Services
 

Fearless

Monday, July 27, 2009
Taylor Swift
I love this CD! I've listened to it like crazy. I'm not a Country fan but I've become a huge Taylor Swift fan - I think it's a great balance of popular and country so that fans of either type of music will enjoy it.
 
Janice, Youth Services
 

To the Limit

Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Pamela Britton
I don't usually read paperback romances... but a friend showed me this "Nascar library" series of romances and I was intrigued - a NASCAR romance!?
 
I enjoyed reading this on my vacation. Main character was a strong female who's an engineer designing racecars - she has 2 guys interested in her (both very different - one is a driver; one a billionaire who owns the raceteam) and she needs to figure who she's interested in. I gave it 4 stars out of 5 - I found it enjoyable.

Other NASCAR romances by Pamela Britton: On the Edge and Total Control.

Janice, Youth Services
 

Hairspray (Music CD)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

I love musicals and loved the 2007 version of the musical Hairspray. I was so happy when my hold came in for the soundtrack. I love listening to soundtracks for musicals; you get to revisit the whole play. So I checked out the library's copy and listened to it in my car for about a week straight (and I drive about 1 1/5 hours a day). It always put me in a great mood. So if you've seen the movie, be sure to check out the soundtrack.

Janice, Youth Services

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The Reminder

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Feist

If you're like me you hear a catchy song in a commercial or in a movie and it sticks with you and each time you hear that commercial, you find yourself saying, "That's the song!" and asking your spouse if he knows the name of it. Well, my husband should be pleased that I finally remembered the name of the song & artist of the "1,2,3,4" song from an iPod commercial. I finally got it checked out and have been listening to it on my commute & I am really enjoying a few songs on it.

A reviewer from All Music Guide described The Reminder as:
"warm, lazy music made for those summer afternoons that creep into evening before you realize it."

Janice, Youth Services

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Dream Factory

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler

"When the character actors at Disney World go on strike, the teens hired as replacements learn that it isn't exactly the Happiest Place on Earth. Ella gets to be Cinderella, simply because the shoe fits. It should be a dream come true, but Ella no longer believes in dreams. Luke is a fur character, Dale the chipmunk. Chip is played by his girlfriend, Cassie, who is perfect in every way. Why, then, does Luke find himself more drawn to imperfect things like the theme park's Phantom? A team-building scavenger hunt brings Luke and Ella together. As they uncover the Magic Kingdom's treasures, they discover an undeniable magic between them."

A fun, comedic, coming of age story for teen 'romantics at heart' or Disney fanatics.

Janice, Youth Services

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Peak

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Roland Smith

The story of a fourteen year old boy who attempts to not only make the journey up Mount Everest, but be the youngest person to reach the top. As he makes this journey, he also learns more about his father, who he has never really gotten the chance to know. One of my favorite teen books of 2007.

A great adventure book - especially for teen boys!

Janice, Youth Services

 

Megan Meade's Guide to the McGowan Boys

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Kate Brian

I got hooked on this book from the first couple of paragraphs that I read as part of the Online Book Club (Teen one). Each day I received a few paragraphs in my e-mail for a few days - finally I could take it no longer and checked the book out so I could find out what else happens and how it ends!

A romantic comedy - A great book for teen girls and "reluctant reader" teen girls! Summer is dwindling down and Megan Meade's parents tell her that they've decided to spend the following year over seas. Megan is shocked - there were so many things she was looking forward to this coming year - including the potential to be captain for some sports teams. Arrangements are made so that Megan can stay with a family in Boston - it will be a different than where she is now but at least it won't be another country. When she arrives she is shocked that her host family has seven sons. Will she ever be able to survive with all these boys?! She is even more amazed when she begins falling for one of them. I did laugh out loud at a few parts - a very enjoyable read.

Janice, Youth Services

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Skuldduggery Pleasant

Sunday, February 24, 2008
Derek Landy

Average teen Stephanie's uncle passes away and she is stunned to discover that she inherits his house and belongings. When she stays overnight on her own at his house one night, she is startled when someone tries to break in. Not really someone but something - not human - some sort of creature. Skulduggery Pleasant comes to her rescue and saves her life.

She has only met Skulduggery twice before, at her uncle's funeral and at the reading of his will. Both times he was clothed from top to bottom, even his face was was covered by a scarf. This time, he has revealed his true form - he's actually a skeleton. It's a little bit of an involved story, him turning into a skeleton... but he was once a person - a magical person. Stephanie is immediately thrust into a world of magic that exists within hers and she's in up to her neck - luckily Skulduggery is a detective & ready to help out. Because they need to figure out what's going on, how to save the world, why Stephanie is in danger, and if an ancient relic exists and how it relates to all of this. Get ready for quite a ride!

Janice, Youth Services

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Yoga Journal (Magazine)

Sunday, February 24, 2008

I'm not normally an avid magazine reader but lately I have been enjoying reading Yoga Journal. In the February 2008 issue, there is a list of "10 tools for creating your happiest life". And who couldn't use some tips on this?

Before the list, there is a brief explanation of the list and why you might need it. Beginning with:

"There are times when you know just what to do, and life seems to rise up and support you and your ideas. And then there are times when it is all a little murky, and you might feel a bit lost..."

Even if you're not into yoga, you may be able to appreciate this list and some of the other suggestions in other issues of YJ.

If you are a yoga lover (or new to yoga), there are always great tips for getting more out of your yoga practice.

Janice, Youth Services

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