Star Wars Reads day



Is that not the best image, ever?

If you did not know, today (October 10, 2015) is Star Wars Reads day. It's a pretty big deal (obviously). Check out the Facebook page if you don't believe me.

You don't have to be a Star Wars fan to think this event is worth celebrating. Anything that promotes reading on a global level is worth telling someone about.

Check out local events in your area by calling your local library, Books-a-Million, or Barnes and Noble stores. You might be pleasantly surprised by what you find. And if there isn't anything happening in your area, maybe you could put that in the works for next year?


Learn more about the events all around the globe here and here. May the force be with you. 


#TBT: Book Covers

I'm not really one for taking pictures and plastering them on social media or using hashtags for that matter, but Throwback Thursday seems like a perfect time to talk about some oldies (but goodies) in the book realm. (And by the way, just wait for Man Crush Monday. Wowza!)

I started reading YA novels with a passion when I started teaching middle school. I know, it seems a bit weird to consider myself a YA reader well after the target age has passed. It happens. I try to stay current on the books that are out there so I can recommend something to a kid when they ask. (And I kinda like YA anyway...)

One of my favorites of ALL TIME is the Song of the Lioness series by Tamora Pierce. I happened upon this book at Borders when it was going out of business. I needed something to read aloud to the kids (I chose Walter Dean Myers' Scorpion for that) when the title of this book caught my eye. I've never seen a character with my name-- and spelled correctly, mind you-- before. Naturally, I picked up book 1 and 2. Then I left town for a holiday trip that took 13 hours in a car. I finished both books before hitting Alabama; it was going to be a long ride home. I was so in love with the story that I had to keep reading and I did not want to wait until I got home. I searched every book store I could find from Mississippi to the Florida border for books 3 and 4.

I didn't have much luck with my search so I settled on reading Wuthering Heights for the ride home. But you can bet I got my hands on the rest of this series as soon as possible. But then I discovered the story continued in a new series. Alanna was still in it (as a minor character) so of course I had to get those as well. But then she goes and has kids and creates yet another series... so I got that one too. I believe there are about 12 books total with Alanna as a character in some way. Pretty impressive.

If you've read this series, I'm curious to know if you are as fond as I am of the characters. I can't help but feel that Tamora Pierce set the bar high for YA fantasy when she started crafting these tales.

Alanna: The First Adventure (Song of the Lioness, #1)  In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness, #2)  The Woman Who Rides Like a Man (Song of the Lioness, #3)  Lioness Rampant (Song of the Lioness, #4)


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