Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May Favorites

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Loved this. I love how Rowell can create such a cozy, inviting world in her books. I want to hang out with her characters and still find myself wondering what they’re up to. This book was about real life, two teens who don't fit in anywhere falling in love and trying to see if they can make it work in high school.

The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams. David Walliams is hilarious, and this book is funny and touching. Quick read, highly recommended for middle graders regardless of gender. It's not totally in the realm of transgender issues, more about a boy who likes fashion being teased for that instead of encouraged to explore his passions.

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios. LOVED this book! The characters and setting were so cozy, I wanted to crawl in and never leave. Touching story, well-written without being overly sappy. Skylar is ready to get out of her tiny town and go away to art school, even if that means leaving her mother, a recovering alcoholic, behind. When Josh, an old coworker, comes back from Afghanistan, Skylar starts re-thinking her place in the world, and where she can do the most good.

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bergman. If you never read any other book I recommend, please read this one. I love this book SO much, I already want to re-read it. Codes, hidden books, visiting landmarks in an historical city - what’s not to love? Emily has been an active Book Scavenger for years, so she’s excited when her family moves to San Francisco, even though she’s tired of moving once a year. Now she’s in the hometown of the man who created Book Scavenger, and he’s about to release a new game! But when he’s mugged in a subway station, no one knows if the game creator will make it, and Emily is worried her family will move again before she can participate in the game.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Yes, I’m just now reading Harry Potter for the first time. I tried to read it when it first came out, but it just wasn’t my thing. Also, my reading interests were narrower, and I had less time to read. I also saw the first two movies and wasn’t blown away, so I just figured I’d never read the book. This year’s summer reading theme made me interested in trying, so I started… and I actually love it so far! Much less fantastical than I thought they would be; I like how everything is explained parallel to “normal” life, which keeps it grounded for me. Eager to finish the series.

Friday, May 27, 2016

The Podcast - Episode 14

I love reading picture books to my son, and he loves them too! I talk about some of our favorites, my predictions of which will become classics, and try to remember what picture books were read to me so many years ago.

Listen to the podcast on iTunes or PodBean.

Authors discussed on this week’s podcast include:
Mo Willems
Drew Daywalt
Oliver Jeffers
Eoin Colfer
Dan Santat
Herve Tullet

Friday, May 20, 2016

The Podcast - Episode 13

This ramble-y podcast is my first that is mostly unedited - be warned! I talk about HIFAB housekeeping, and then delve into my reading habits and why I might need to change them.

Listen to the podcast on iTunes or PodBean.

Sound off on this week’s topics:
I get a bit ramble-y about my reading habits, but basically, I read ALL THE TIME until nothing interests me and I fall into a slump. Do you have any reading habits? Keep multiple books going at once? Read only before falling asleep? Share them! I want to know, because I think I might need to change mine...

Books discussed on this week’s podcast include:

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Interviewed by Ruth Hunt

Ruth F. Hunt, the author of The Single Feather, interviewed me and shared it on her blog. The Single Feather is a great book about an artist with disabilities trying to overcome all the political and social constraints against her. Ruth asked some great questions, and I'm thinking up some equally good ones to ask her, and share an interview with her on this blog soon.

Check out the interview here.

Friday, May 6, 2016

The Podcast - Episode 12

I've been so focused on books and my reading life that I haven't shared something very important, both to me AND How I Feel About Books: my journey of working with people with disabilities! My past involves volunteering, art classes, and writing workshops. In the near future, I plan to start a book club for adults with disabilities and provide library services for this population.

Listen to the podcast on iTunes or PodBean.

Just like my coffee, this week is DONE! Thanks for listening!

Links mentioned:
Next Chapter Book Club

I didn't talk about this on the podcast because I completely forgot! I need to start making notes about points I want to discuss. While I was still volunteering at SRVS with the art class, I also started my own program called We Are Storytellers. I worked one-on-one with an individual to tell and illustrate their own story. This continued for several months, even after I was an employee, until my other duties became more consuming and I had to let this project go. I had big dreams for it, so I hope to revive it soon, maybe in the form of a writing workshop (which Next Chapter Book Club also promotes - how perfect for me is this organization?!). Check out the site: We Are Storytellers.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Career Prep for Teens with Disabilities

Employment for teens with disabilities is notoriously low, with 16.6% of teens with disabilities ages 16-19 having jobs. On the other hand, 29.9% of teens with no disabilities are employed (“Youth Employment Rate”). Libraries can help local teens land jobs—for the summer or beyond—by hosting career preparation workshops. These workshops should be open to, and helpful for, teens with disabilities and without, but some of the advice is exclusively for teens with disabilities.
See the whole "debate" at YALSAblog.