Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Delirium


Synopsis from goodreads:

Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.

Delirium leaves the readers with lingering feelings of both sadness and hope; it will stay with them long after the last page is turned.


My Review: It's not often you find a book that you generally enjoy from the first page to the last. This book had me turning pages faster then I could read because I was so intrigued with figuring out if Lean was going to have her procedure to get rid of the dreaded disease "love" or follow her heart and let love take her over and fall for Alex. It's a gripping story with wonderful character development, a realistic setting and the hope that love really is the greatest thing you'll ever learn. 

A must read for those that believe in love, enjoyed reading The Uglies or Matched series or just want a good read =] 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Because of Mr. Terupt


The start of fifth grade is never an easy one at Snow Hill School. This book encompasses several characters including a new girl named Jessica who is having a difficult time fitting in, ALexia, a bully one minute and your best friend the next; Peter, a troublemakers; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who rarely stands up for herself when she is bullied and shy Anna who is an outcast. 

Mr. Terupt, the fifth grade teacher knows how to deal with each individual in his one funny, sensible and unique way. This particular teacher is extremely creative and aware of each student unlike the "mean old fats" that don't put up with the students tricks. Through a variety of life lessons, this novel briefly narrates these individual students in their own voice. 

The characters are authentic in each of the short chapters, some even less then a page. It's a skillfully arranged novel allowing readers to move towards a very satisfying and beautiful conclusion. It's a must read for students, teachers and families. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Favorite Books of 2012

Hey everyone! I'm so sorry it's been a while since I've posted something but I'm glad you're all hanging with me.

I wanted to start a book club but it was pretty difficult with school, attempting to find a full time job and planning my wedding to add a book club in the mix. I thought instead I would just let you know a few of my favorite books so far and hopefully you'll enjoy them as much as I have!


Wrapped in a landscape of a Wisconsin winter, this autobiographical novel explores sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country and the romance of two coming-of-age lovers. This is a tale of secruity, discovery, playfulness, faith and tragedy. Told in a graphic novel form, this quick read will leave you memorized over the details of the images, the wisdom of the main character and the love and loss that we all hold deep within our hearts.


Wonder by RJ Palacio was one of the most inspiring reads I've ever come across. You not only begin to cheer for August and all of his friends and family that he meets but you want him to succeed, to enjoy being a child and above all, to know that beauty is skin deep. A must read for parent and child alike.


 Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.
But what begins as a life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different. Friendship, compassion, and the chance for great love lead the characters to forget the real danger that has been set in motion and cannot be stopped.
This one another favorite of mine. I actually listened to it in audio format which was helpful since there are several characters in this novel, and it allowed me to keep track with who was who based on the tone of the voice. A witty, humorous, loving, suspenseful and addicting book. I'm sure this will be a re-read for many years to come. 


What are your favorite books this year?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Have you heard of this new novel called Wonder by RJ Palacio? It's been the huge rage in many of my library course's in graduate school, just like when The Hunger Games came out. It's not a series but it's a novel that will def give you a new perspective on a 10 year old boys journey about his how people view him. He isn't a normal looking boy. He seems himself as ordinary despite his facial deformity.


Curious about the novel? Watch the book trailer below :) 



Check out this book at your local library or your nearest bookstore! When you're done reading it let me know! I'd love to have a discussion about it. For me, I couldn't put it down from page 1 until page 308!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Handle with Care


Every expectant parent will tell you that they don't want a perfect baby, just a healthy one. Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe would have asked for a healthy baby, too, if they'd been given the choice. Instead, their lives are made up of sleepless nights, mounting bills, the pitying stares of "luckier" parents, and maybe worst of all, the what-ifs. What if their child had been born healthy? But it's all worth it because Willow is, well, funny as it seems, perfect. She's smart as a whip, on her way to being as pretty as her mother, kind, brave, and for a five-year-old an unexpectedly deep source of wisdom. Willow is Willow, in sickness and in health.
Everything changes, though, after a series of events forces Charlotte and her husband to confront the most serious what-ifs of all. What if Charlotte should have known earlier of Willow's illness? What if things could have been different? What if their beloved Willow had never been born? To do Willow justice, Charlotte must ask herself these questions and one more. What constitutes a valuable life?
Emotionally riveting and profoundly moving, 
Handle with Care brings us into the heart of a family bound by an incredible burden, a desperate will to keep their ties from breaking, and, ultimately, a powerful capacity for love. Written with the grace and wisdom she's become famous for, beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult offers us an unforgettable novel about the fragility of life and the lengths we will go to protect it. (source)

My Review: This was a fantastic book. Truth be told I've only read one another Jodi Picoult novel ( My Sister's Keeper) and also thought it was extremely well written. This really captures a families emotional journey trying to make what they believe are the correct decisions for their daughter. How many people have ever been in a difficult situation like this where they think they're making the right choice only to realize... it wasn't? A powerful novel that must be picked up at your local library right now! 

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Using books to build community

The other night I came across this great story on NBC that discussed a man who began building small libraries for the community to take and give back books. A simple concept turned into a huge ordeal and is now across the country! Take a look at this fabulous video and let me know what you think! 

Using books to build community <-- click this link!

I'm thinking I may start working on my own little library for my community to use!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Hey Girl

A lot of people are getting into the "Hey Girl" picture and thankfully a friend of mine showed this this website in class and I immediately got giddy!! Granted, it def pertains to us "library folk" but hopefully you'll get some of the jokes even if you're not a librarian.




All pictures are from this Tumbler

And of course Ryan isn't bad to look at either ;) 

Book Club Suggestions

Thanks so much for all your comments and e-mails. I thought I would put a list together of a few of the books that are being asked to be selected for March's Book Club. Here are some of the suggestions



A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin


Divergent by Veronica Roth

Out of these suggestions, which ones would you be interested in reading?

Friday, February 10, 2012

Classroom Ideas

Looking for new classroom ideas that involve some exciting websites? Well no look further friends! Here are the top 5 websites to use according to Education Nation.


1. Poppleta one-stop shop featuring a combination of mindmapping, online bulletin board and presentation tools. It's extremely fun and easy to use and works great with a wide range of grade levels. Double-click anywhere on your Popplet board to add a content bubble (called a popple). A popple can hold all sorts of media including text, images, videos and even Google maps! Create mindmaps by dragging connections between popples and arranging content on the board. Finally, use Popplet as a unique presentation tool. Choose the order of the content using the presentation menu, then the app will zoom in on each popple while you are presenting. This is a great way to teach students to go beyond traditional, linear presentations. Make sure you give Popplet a try for its ease of use and versatility in the classroom.


2. Vuvox- Students can create a stunning digital collage which includes images, text, video and more. Think of it as a horizontal scroll of digital creativity. In addition, interactive hotspots can be included to display even more multimedia content. Cool image editing features are included, such as the ability to cut out part of an image. The final product can be viewed as a scrolling presentation or explored freely. Put Vuvox on your shortlist and use it for your next project-based learning unit.


3. Myna- powerful audio mixing and creation tool that is a blast to use. Part of the Aviary suite of tools, Myna will rock your classroom! Students drag music loops to the tracks and create their own musical masterpiece. A cool feature is the ability for students to record their own voice, add effects and combine it in the mix. For example, students can create a radio commercial or audio for a video project. Please note that audio projects can only be six minutes total and each individual recording must be less than a minute. This restriction actually helps students keep their projects concise. The final product can be mixed down to an mp3 file and used in numerous ways


4. Linoit- Perfect for visual learners, your students will love building projects just like pinning items to a bulletin board. Set the background to look like a cork board or even use a picture such as a world map. Then add content with stickies, images, videos, documents and more. Have your students use Linoit for brainstorming as well as creating digital posters and multimedia projects. You can even use Linoit as a cool and non-traditional classroom homepage!


5. Flipsnack- a super easy and indispensable tool for teachers who want to share student work! In short, Flipsnack converts PDF files into really cool flipping books. Using this site is a snap - simply upload your PDF and voila! Flipsnack works great for displaying student work or sending out information to parents. If you have an interactive whiteboard try this: Scan your best student work and load it to Flipsnack. Then have each student talk about their amazing work at the IWB. They can “flip” the pages by dragging - they’ll love it! Try it for parent night as well! For personal use, scan all of your child’s drawings and create a flipbook of their masterpieces. Then, share the link with family.


What do you think? Would you use these in your classroom?
Don't forget to keep thinking of books for a new book club :) 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Book Club

I mentioned yesterday that I wanted to start a book club and I hope you'll join me on this journey! Here is what we'll do.


  • We will select a book together from three different choices
  • We will have one month to read the book
  • After the month is up, I will dedicate a blog post to a review of the book and feature a few questions about the book that we can all discuss together

E-mail me at FitFierceFabulous@gmail.com with your suggestions or leave a comment on this post. I'll tally up a vote and the top 3 will be then posted and voted here on the blog.

Can't wait to hear your suggestions! 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Hello Friends

Hi everyone! For started I thought I would introduce myself to you if you don't already follow me on my other blog Fit, Fierce and Fabulous. On that blog I discuss various day to day activities that I'm doing such as planning my wedding, work out routines, recipe ideas and many more. I'm a "librarian in training" meaning that I'm attending graduate school and hoping to be a librarian either in an Elementary school or in the public setting working with children or teens.
Books and reading have always been number one in my life. No really! Ever since I was a child my mother always brought me to our local public library and I checked out as many books as my 5 year old fingers get  a hold of. I adore story time and making new "friends" (aka the children's librarians) and of course looking over the displays that were constantly changing throughout the building.

As I grew older in my teen years, books became not only something of a way to escape the present but also like friends. I began to learn about the world around me both in my community as well as outside the United States. I "met" new characters and learned their strengths, triumphs, heartbreaks and family relationships. So many stories and not enough time to get through them all.

During college my love of reading for pleasure dwindling since school took up most of my time but when I graduated two years with a degree in Elementary Education I knew that I really wanted to spend more time reading and teaching children to develop the same devotion that I had to the novels I read. I enrolled in a 2 year program at a school about an hour from my house and have been enjoying it ever since.

On the blog I'll be featuring several things including

  • Book Reviews for both Children, Teens and Adults
  • Guest posts from other blogger who have love to read
  • A possible book club that discusses a particular book during the beginning of each month
  • Various website articles/ideas for school librarians to look at
  • Various website articles/ideas for public librarians to view
  • Your thoughts and opinions about certain books/genres/e-readers and more
I can't wait to get this started and hope you'll share with friends, students or colleagues. 

90 Minutes in Heaven

 This book was brought to my attention by my soon to be father-in-law who began reading it after his double knee surgery. The cover and title was most appealing and I thought I would enjoy reading a book such as this.

90 Minutes in Heaven talks about the life of Don Piper, a Baptist priest in Texas who gets in a terrible car accident. He's pronounced dead on impact due to a truck colliding with his car head on. During his 90 minutes, Don is actually in heaven. He describes it as a place filled with light surrounded by loved ones that have past away.  “Because I was able to experience heaven,” he says, “I was able to prepare [friends] for it. And now I am preparing you.”

Although the description of heaven only lasts about 15 of the 205 pages, the story itself is remarkable and certainly something to think about. I hope one day I can be in the place that Don describes, surrounded by family and friends that I've missed for so long,

Would you read this book?


If you're a fan of Goodreads check my post out on my other blog! We  can compare books and even suggest ones we love!