Saturday, February 26, 2011

In My Mailbox (17)

For Review (from Ingroup)
I'm excited to read this book, since it's a little different from my regular choice of books. Haha, but doesn't the cover look like Justin Bieber? What did you get in your mail?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Libraries Matter, No More Cuts & YA ARC Program Help

All book bloggers have felt it by now, unless you live in some really remote rich country or in the bottom of the sea, where they have a secret stash of cash untouched and unmarred by the economic crisis.

The library budget cuts. Libraries are being placed lower on the county agenda, replaced by schools and the county safety public departments, which are of course equally and more so important. However, as we all know, libraries are one of the perpetrators for increased literacy, help provide a place to study quietly and read books, in which we can escape the pressures of school. For me, especially, a library is a second home.

I am currently a student member of the Friends of the Library, which is a non profit organization separate from the county libraries but essentially helps provide for the funds for library programs, in addition to assigning grants to specific libraries. As a student member, I get to create programs for teenagers that benefit both the library system and the Friends of the Library.

One of the programs I hope to start is an Advanced Reader Copy program, in which teens can borrow the ARCs, which doesn't limit their reading choices to only the YA books at libraries, and can write reviews about them. To jumpstart the program, I'm planning to email YA publishers very soon. However, I wanted to ask all book bloggers for your help and even possible contributions. A lot of bloggers are in contact with publishing agents or have a lot of ARCs lying around, which can't be sold. I wanted to ask you guys to help me start the program, by donating extra ARCs for this library program or help me get in personal contact with publishers. It would help salve the pain of the budget cuts for teens at our library system. (In addition, if you have any personal suggestions or comments, please let me know.)

How do you guys cope with the budget cuts? Do you guys have any programs for teens that you think are great? If so, please please let me know. I really am open to comments and suggestions (even defamation.)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Incarceron MOVIE?! Emma Watson and Taylor Lautner

Oh God. How could I miss this?!

Incarceron is being turned into a movie (projected release date is 2013, too far away) and Taylor Lautner is cast as Finn, while Emma Watson is the number one candidate to costar with Lautner (probably as Princess Claudia).

While I love Lautner (with his abs and looks, of course, drools :)), I really can't imagine him as Finn. Finn is supposed to be small and weak, who grows up, but with Lautner's body and age, I'm not sure they can pull it off. However, I do think Emma Watson will do a fantastic job as Claudia, because she express the bossy streak for Hermione really well and I absolutely cannot wait to see her in another movie.

But, I'm actually interested in how the chemistry will play out between Watson and Lautner. What do you guys think? Will this movie be a flop with the casting?

Source: ScreenJunkies

In My Mailbox (15)

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren and inspired by Pop Culture Junkie.

Borrowed (from Library):
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver (absolutely loving it and so excited that there's going to be a series!)
What did you get?


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