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Every year bookish folks from all over the world get together and hand out books. Free!  This year I handed books out at a local YMCA that I’m affiliated with. My home will always be with the Y no matter where I live.

Did you hand out books for World Book Night? What did you hand out and where?


World Book Night is April 23!



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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Unconventional Librarian Ocean at the End of the LaneThere is something to be said for buying into the hype when something new comes out.  This time is one of them. Heretofore, I’ve respected Neil Gaiman’s work, although the only work of his I really liked was Chu’s Day, a picture book.  Coraline made my skin crawl. I passed out free copies of Good Omens on World Book Night.

Seeing as NG was the most uttered word at BEA13 I thought for sure I would’ve had a chance to run him over and charm him with my, um, charms.  Our paths did not cross nor did I snag the coveted new book.

As luck would have it, I came across newly released Ocean at the End of the Lane at work and my co worker loved it.

And finally I can say, so. do. I.

it’s a little bit creepy.

but who doesn’t love 7 year olds?

What are some of YOUR fave Neil Gaiman’s books?

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Lisa Scottoline Book Club – Don’t Go UPDATE!!

I know I know, how many book clubs can one woman person belong to??

As many as I can!

So that is why I started the Lisa Scottoline book club at Towne Book Center and Cafe. There are many reasons to read Lisa Scottoline:

  1. She writes good stories
  2. She’s a local and includes local landmarks
  3. There’s a chance to get invited to her house!!!

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That’s me mugging with her latest book, late at night, at work.  Booksellers are notorious night owls!

Even though this is only my second Lisa Scottoline book (the first was Look Again), I got caught up in the plot very quickly.  I also thought I had the story figured out.

Boy was I wrong.

No spoilers here, but man was this a good story of a soldier serving in Afghanistan who has to deal with some inexplicable crises.  And while this is a quick moving tale, I would love a little bit less conversation and a teeny bit more descriptive text.  But man did I go through the coffee finishing this one; I didn’t want to put it down!

Thanks for a good read Lisa, I hope to see you at your house this fall for your Book Club Open House soiree!!

Can’t wait to go clubbing tonight!


Book club was SO SO fun! We had an excellent discussion and even agreed to keep the book club going through the summer which is no small feat, for sure.  I’m looking forward to reading one of Lisa Lisa’s older titles:  Come Again, for  our June meeting!


The uber cool people over at Macmillan hipped me to this thing called SoundCloud where you can listen to snippets of books.  I may have found my new addiction after cake, coffee, and Pinterest.  Lisa’s book Don’t Go is available to listen to on audio over at SoundCloud.  Check it out below.

How cool is that, huh?


way. oh boy, i’m gonna need another ipad just to listen to books. good thing my birthday is coming up in (sigh) 6 months…

Go enjoy the book!


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World Book Night

Tonight is World Book Night!

I had the distinct pleasure of hosting a World Book Night Giver reception at Towne Book Center & Cafe recently.  We had drank a little wine, swapped stories, and had a great time.

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Are you participating in World Book Night?

Tell me about it!

Blogging from A to Z Challenge Books

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It’s Q day I hafta be brief today, sorry!

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Here’s The Queen’s Lady by Eve Edwards.  I like historical fiction as much as the next book lover, but COME ON WITH THIS COVER???? Seriously? this looks as historically accurate as I do in my tiara.  Here’s a blurb from Goodreads:

1584 – Surrey, England When Lady Jane Rievaulx begins service to the Queen at Richmond Palace, she is thrilled at the court’s newest arrival . . . Master James Lacey. Despite her previous courtship with his older brother, James is the man she truly loves. And for his part, he cannot deny his fascination with her. However, James is setting sail on a treacherous journey to the Americas, seeking absolution for what he sees as past sins. But when Lady Jane is forced into a terrible situation by her own family, there is only one man to save her. Will Master James return to his lady ­- before it’s too late?

Hopefully, for those of you who can’t get enough of these kinds of things, you’ll like it.  I might hafta pick up the queen of historical fiction, Philipa Gregory’s books and see what they’re about.  I do love a good historical read.

What about you?

Gotta dash, getting ready for a World Book Night party tonight!

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Lisa Scottoline and World Book Night

You might have heard about World Book Night.  It’s this great opportunity for book lovers to give  away books for free! Really, there’s no catch! This year, I again applied and was chosen to be a World Book Night Giver. The even funner part of this is that now that I work at a bookstore, Towne Book Center & Cafe, I get to help provide some of the magic of giving!

For example, we made a display of all the World Book Night picks.

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And In honor of my pick being chosen as a World Book Night choice, we decided to have a Lisa Scottoline reading group, and you’re invited! The group will meet Wednesday March 27 at 7pm in the bookstore.


Want to join us? You can meet us in person or you can join us online at our Facebook Page and we can chat that way as well.

I’m very excited about reading Lisa’s book as this will be my first book even though I met her last fall at an event she did at the book store!

It is my wildest dream that she’ll show up since she’s local; a girl can dream, right?

Anyway, I’d love to hear more about what you’re doing for World Book Night.

Tell me about your pick!


Want more information about World Book Night and maybe joining next year? Here’s the link.

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Be A World Book Night Giver!

Last year I had the fun opportunity to be a World Book Night Giver. World Book Night is a great event in which you apply to receive a box of books (really popular titles) and you get to give them away for FREE!!


Seriously! The point is to go somewhere and hand out books, especially to people who might not otherwise get a book. Encouraging people to read is the funnest thing in the world!

Last year I got to give away kids books at the YMCA but you can choose to give your books anywhere: bar, pool, corner, church, etc.

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As you can see, Bailey and Cleo were part of my Giver Team and I got a fun pin telling the world I was a Giver!

Sound like fun? It is and so easy.  Click on the link, choose your book to donate, and apply.  Then wait and see if you get chosen (the earlier you apply, the better your chances are)!

Here’s a peek at some of the great books available for the giving:

World Book Night 13 Selection

See? Something for everyone!

So, if you”re looking for something to do, sign up and let me know and we’ll have a party!

Maybe we could read a book together like a book (club) and party? With cake!!


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#AtoZChallenge: T is for Team World Book Night

T is for Team World Book Night

and I’m on the team to pass out books tonight


I’m giving out

Because of Winn Dixie

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which was also featured on B day!