Book Review: Guarding Mr. Fine

I really enjoyed this addition to the LGBTQ romance genre. An impulsive fling gets complicated with lightning speed, and Sean and Rick have to balance their interest in each other with a dangerous, developing diplomatic situation. The book is well-paced, and the lead characters are very relatable. I would definitely read more by this author, and recommend this title to anyone looking for a new read in the genre.

Thanks so much to NetGalley and Loveswept for the opportunity to preview!

Book Review: The Day the Crayons Quit

Duncan just wants to color, but the twelve crayons in his desk have some concerns they want heard. The story unfolds through a series of letters, one from each crayon, and accompanying crayon illustrations. When everyone is able to have their side heard, the resulting harmony is gloriously Technicolor.

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. Published 2013 by Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. Reviewed for book genre training at My Place Of Work; review originally posted at Goodreads.


This month I transferred from my original branch library at MPOW to my new branch library. I've been here for an hour and a half, and I am already digging into my new responsibilities. First on the list: ideas for my display for April!

I went looking for a list of April "celebrations". Did you know that April is:

Book Review: Red, A Crayon's Story

Red is a crayon who's red - his little paper label says so! But he has a hard time living up to expectations until one of his friends sees past the word on his side to the real Red within. The colorful cut paper and crayon illustrations are eye-catching and do an excellent job of supporting the reader's developing sympathy for Red.

Red: A Crayon's Story by Michael Hall. Published 2015 by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins. 40 pages, illustrated. Reviewed for book genre training at My Place of Work. Review originally posted at goodreads.

Book Review: Bark, George

Bark, George! A puppy named George and his harried mama deal with an unconventional problem in this funny picture book. Its colorful illustrations are simple, but add to the hilarity. A great selection for preschool storytimes or for kids who love funny stories.

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer. Published 1999 by Michael di Capua Books. 32 pages, illustrated. Reviewed for book genre training at My Place of Work.

I feel it bears mentioning here...

[ Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge - completed! ]

At the beginning of this year, I set myself the goal of reading 52 books. It seemed like it should be a reasonable goal, especially for a librarian, and it also seemed as though I might find it challenging, with my years-entrenched habit of alternative media consumption. But a couple of topics grabbed me by the throat and demanded I Read! All! The! Books! I discovered audiobooks as a great way to pass the time spent behind the wheel of my car commuting. And so here I am, with two whole months and change left in the year, four books over my original goal.

Week 7: Teen Lit

For the last three months, I've been focusing on the OTHER training I needed to do as a newish employee of my present organization. But for the past two weeks, my training time has been devoted to reading about intellectual freedom, and my brain is telling me if I don't switch focus for just a little bit it's going to leak out my ears.

So. Young adult literature!