Bedtime Stories

See the source imageI came across a book at my local library called The Reading Promise (my father and the books we shared).  When Alice Ozma (the book’s author) was in the fourth grade, she and her father promised one another to read aloud together every night for 100 consecutive nights.  As it turned out, 100 nights became 3, 218 nights (ending only after she left for college), and naturally, those nights of reading left a life-long mark on Ozma, now a published writer of books herself.  I didn’t borrow The Reading Promise on the day of the encounter, reasoning that it was going to be ‘one of those books’ that was neat and that I liked at first sight, but that ultimately I’d never actually find time for; I’d eventually return it unread, and what would the point of that be?  There’s a reason I couldn’t keep from feeling a little guilty when I heard about the Japanese word つんどく (tsundoku), which is “defined as the stockpiling of books that will never be consumed” (Brooks, Huffington Post).  But a couple of weeks later – innocently – I returned to the library and came across the book again.  There was that same draw as before.  What could I do?  I borrowed it. Continue reading

Jumanji

Jumanji

Those who know me have come to understand and (hopefully) accept my ever growing obsession with Dwayne ‘ The Rock’ Johnson. Having seen pretty much all of his movies, one would assume that I would be super excited to watch his latest one – Jumanji. Normally, I would be at the theatre on opening day, grabbing some snacks and a bathroom break so as not to miss any of the action! But this time, I was a little hesitant. Why? I don’t have to explain it to you really, I’ll just leave you with this: The Robin Williams version.

Finally, however, months after its release, I borrowed a copy from the library and was more than pleasantly surprised. Without giving too much away, the concept is the same, yet different – modified to fit what’s popular today. The setting is on point (filmed primarily in Hawaii), the soundtrack is great (who doesn’t love Guns N’ Roses?) and the dynamic between the characters was super entertaining. Speaking of which, watching Jack Black portray a young teenage girl was hilarious – he stole the show! I laughed until I cried and then I laughed some more (seriously, I have abs now). The Rock was great too, naturally (obsessed, remember?).

So, if you’ve got a free Friday or Saturday night to just curl up with a good movie, I recommend this one for you! And, if you’re feeling nostalgic, check out the original as well.

Happy watching!

Big Library Read: Flat Broke with Two Goats

Jennifer McGahaHave you heard about Big Library Read? It’s a global eBook club that you can join using your library card via Overdrive, complete with a discussion board that remains active for a full week after the end of the book club period (this month it goes from April 2 – 16). You’ll have to sign up on BLR to comment on the discussion board, but it’s a really straightforward process to do so, and it looks like the board is quite active, too! And if you’re meeting up with friends to talk about it as well, BLR also provides a discussion guide and other complementary materials – this month there’s an exclusive interview with the author on Overdrive with the Professional Book Nerds podcast, as well as a letter from the author.

So this month, the title is Flat Broke with Two Goats by Jennifer McGaha, which is available both as an eBook as well as an audiobook. All you have to do to join in this club is sign into Overdrive using your library card and 4-digit PIN number and borrow either the eBook or the e-audiobook!