Weekly Round Up (#37)

There’s nothing that ever says a shared link has to be from something published this last week. I like to share anything and everything that I have found interesting, even if it’s a few months, and quite possibly a few years old!

My feature consists of an average of 10 links that I fell in love with, or at least felt the need as an information specialist to share with you, whether you’re just an avid book reader or a librarian who hasn’t seen this particular article yet. Sometimes, I share Youtube videos, and maybe I’ll one day be thematic! But for now, please enjoy the following links, and feel free to share your own in the comments down below.

The Links

  1. After all the posts I’ve read about how book bloggers have organized and reorganized their shelves to meet that particular moment in time when things needed to be re-done, I have found this article of PopSugar with 3 tips to organize your bookshelf(ves) – Go ahead, go laugh ;)
  2. Do you get the same feeling about reading?
  3. Do you have a book-inspired tat?
  4. Ever wonder what is making Indie Bookstores prosper?
  5. Earlier this month, Patrick Ness launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for Syrian refugees
  6. I actually want to read this story:

  7. In honor of Banned Books Week, the grandiose question of “How do books really get banned?
  8. Catch Marie Lu’s interview with Kirkus TV about her book The Rose Society.


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Monthly Wrap-Up (#13)

This month has been strange; I’m hoping to finish more books though! I’ve started listening to audiobooks more consistently, so hopefully that’ll help me get to my annual goal of 50 books (I’m at 23 and it’s October).

I have decided over my Christmas holidays I’ll be rereading all the Harry Potter books, don’t ask me why, it’s been decided. I also might not be registering for another semester of classes to save a little bit of money.

Moving on!

Here’s what’s happened over the month past:


Cryer’s Cross
Love and Other Perishable Things
(I seriously thought I read more books than that :( )

I’m Still Reading

Never Have I Ever
Schizo (Audio)
Growing Up Muslim: Understanding the Beliefs
and Practices of Islam


Average Rating: (this no longer applies since I’ve begun
implementing the “Librarian Approved” stamp)
Total # of Posts: 8
Views: 104 79 visitors
Top visiting country: USA <= 62 views
Most Viewed Review: The Battle for Wondla <= 5 views!!

Class is going well. Work is going well – I’ll be hosting my first book fair of the school year in a few weeks. Life is going relatively well.

May your reviews be plentiful and your TBR shrink.

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Review: Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann

Published: 2011
By: Simon & Schuster Audio
Source: Borrowed
Format: Audiobook
ISBN:  9781442337404



I’m not going to lie, I totally never looked at this cover properly. I’ve had many (female) students withdraw this book, and every time I glanced at the cover I saw deep slashes and a razor-blade – I’m sorry. But it also made me increasingly interested in why my students were withdrawing something so morbid. But I was wrong about the content, only because I’m one of those people who doesn’t read the synopsis on the back-cover.

This story takes place in a tiny farming community, and strange things have been happening. The year before a young girl, Tiffany*, disappears without a trace. And before we [the reader] knows it, it happens again to Kendall’s boyfriend/childhood buddy, Nico.

At the same time as all these weird happenings, the extended family of a local farmer has moved in to help out. They have two teens to join the tiny one-room schoolhouse.

Kendall has OCD, and although throughout the book it’s slightly nerve-wrecking as she insists on keeping her “problem” a secret from everybody and yet deals with her organizational ticks, she is forced to confront the issue when a town-wide curfew is instilled and she has to catch a ride with her neighbor’s stand-offish grandson, Jacián**. But it also saves her in the end!

  There’s the awkward romantic stuff that I’ll skip because I think it’s just weird drama that nobody wants to deal with. Kendall is confused and scared – she’s hearing things and can’t explain the deep-grooved graffitied message on the 50+ year old desk where Nico once sat, and before that Tiffany. Something was unsettling and she just couldn’t understand.

I’m going to admit, there was a bit of drag but the end was exciting and distracting (from cooking dinner ;) ) The mystery and thrill of what Kendall winds up going through is different. I’ll save the details and let you figure it out, but the story within the story is also pretty creepy.

And to answer that one question: Yes, Jacián and Kendall wind up together – I think it’d be wrong if they didn’t, once Kendall realized the reality of Nico’s disappearance and how it shouldn’t stop her from feeling the desires Jacián gave her that Nico never could.

  • * I listened to the audiobook so spelling might be differnet from the book.
  • ** I Googled his name because I seriously knew the way I was writing it was wrong.


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