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Just some Librarian randomness

I really don't have anything interesting to post about so I'll just share these two images Pinterest thought I would be interested in this week.
First up Lego Librarian! Source: via Biblioteca CC. da ComunicaciĆ³n on Pinterest

This is a great PSA of sorts! Source: via Veronda on Pinterest

Summer Reading Challenge Wrap-up!

Wrap-up!  The first day of Fall was 9/22 and I fell four book short of my challenge goal.  I'm happy I said I'd only read the books listed on FictFact because there are more book associated with the Long Tall Texans series than listed here.  I'm going to keep reading now, I need to finish these four books!

Series list from Titles highlighted yellow have been read before this challenge.  Titles highlighted in purple have been read for this challenge.  ClahounJustinTylerSutton's WayEthanConnalHardenEvanDonavanEmmetRegan's PrideThat Burke ManRedbirdColtrain's ProposalPaper HusbandA Long Tall Texan SummerChristmas CowboyBelovedCallaghan's BrideLove with a Long, Tall TexanMatt Caldwell: Texas TycoonA Man of MeansLionheartedMan in ControlThe Founding FatherCattleman's PrideCarrera's BrideBoss ManWinter RoseIron CowboyHeart of StoneHeartlessThe MaverickTough to TameDangerousTrue BlueMerciless

Color Coded Reading Challenge - Rose

This book fills the "any other color" requirement.

The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

I was sad to see the Ceder Cove series end, but I understand Debbie's reasons (shared in a note to readers in this book) and I think it was wise.  Too often I find that an author seems to just push out books in a series and the stories end up stale.  While I was sad, I was also happy to see that this book was set in Ceder Cove, a nod to her long time readers, Debbie heard our requests to still be kept up to date with the characters we've grown to love (again mentioned in the note to readers).

From the first book it looks like the series will focus on the individuals who come to stay at the Rose Harbor Inn.  The book also sets up to follow Jo Marie as she deals with the changes life has dealt her and her new start in Ceder Cove.  The first two guests, Josh and Abby, are both returning to Ceder Cove to face their pasts.

There were some near paranormal e…

Tap Out - Book Review

Tap Out by Eric Devine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've been struggling with writing this review.  As a librarian I have one view of the book and as a reader I have another, and they don't match up and I don't know how I should review the book. I finally decided to just write this review as a reader, because when I think about the library in and our readers, I don't think this book would fit in with what our YA readers are interested in reading.

This book was full of things that shocked me, especially since I was reading a YA book.  The language was the first shock. There were just too many curse words for my tastes, I think the language could be toned down and still have the gritty feel that the author wanted to achieve.

The second shock was the story line involving Charity.  I know things like that do happen, but it was just not what I'm used to reading.  It was a bit disturbing, but it fit in with the story, again I think it could have been toned down and not so int…

Color Coded Reading Challenge - Rainbow

This book fills the "word that implies color" requirement.
Midnight Rainbow by Linda Howard
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The cover of this book has a quote from Booklist that reads:

Contains all the ingredients of a classic Howard romance.

To me a "classic Howard romance" is one that with a few updates can be set in a more modern setting and still be just as good.  While this wasn't one of my favorite books by Linda Howard, it was a quick and enjoyable read.

Originally published in 1986 there are a few changes that would update this story quite easily.  The missing microfilm turns into a flash drive, Vietnam becomes Afghanistan, there's either no connection or something happens so there's no cell phone service, and he wears a condom.

This is also a classic story line, a girl gets held hostage somewhere in Central/South America and a super special elite former/current military guy goes in and rescues her.  

I liked Jane, she was a great heroine.  She tries to be st…

Color Coded Reading Challenge - Green

The Green Mile by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this story.  Stephen King and I have a so-so relationship. He likes to write stories that scare the bejeebus out of me and I like to read his books. I have only read a handful of his books and I'm always careful about which ones I pick up I tend to stay away from the books that were made into movies since the movies scare me.

I read this book in the six serialization format it was originally published in and I have to say, it was worth reading that way.  If I had read the books when they were first being published I don't think I could have waited a month between books, especially between books 4 - 5 - 6.  

I didn't initially get into the story, the first book kind of dragged so I did wait a bit in between books.  I really started to get into the story by book 3 and from there I breezed through the rest of the books.  

The one thing that I didn't care for, but I know was importa…