The winner of the 6 Word Memoir contest is (drum roll, please)….
“I have something to fight for.”
Choosing the best 6 Word Memoir was extremely difficult and our panel of judges felt that there were more than a few 6 word memoirs that deserved some extra attention (in which we give them the undeniably wonderful prize of being mentioned on the blog – don’t you feel famous!).
These 6 Word Memoirs have grabbed the award for best confidence. You’re awesome, but you already know that don’t you.
“Way too amazing for six words.”
“I am the most awesome kid.”
“I am a very smart girl.”
“I can write very good memoirs.”
The following 6 Word Memoirs are nominated for the deepest and most soul searching. You don’t need a prize – your prize is speaking what’s in your heart.
“I am simply striving for success.”
“Better to feel pain than nothing.”
“Your yesterday will mirror my tomorrow.”
“Life goes on, no matter what.”
“I am unashamed of the Gospel.” (Romans 1:16)
This honorable mention goes to the two memoirs that mentioned books. (We are librarians, after all.)
“Great books can keep me flying.”
“Dogs art nails shoes books friends”
Finally this mention goes to the 6 Word Memoir that made us giggle. We don’t know what it’s about (other than Kevin Bacon), but we liked it anyway!
“bacon bacon bacon bacon Kevin Bacon.”
If you didn’t see your 6 Word Memoir on this post, have no fear your chance for fame and glory will come again. Our Teen Writing Contest is happening now, but you only have until October 31st to submit your 1,000 word short story. If your 6 words were awesome, just imagine how awesome 1,000 could be.
I love playing Skyrim on my free time and diving into the vast landscape and character development that this game offers. Sometimes, I feel the need to dive into this world but my console is far from reach. My solution: I check out a few books on the subject!
If you cannot get enough of the video game itself or the new online version that will be released in 2014, maybe a few books that take you on a journey through Tamriel would suffice.
You’ve never read any steampunk? Slip on a pair of goggles and pick up one of these action, dirigible, and corset packed books.
What makes a book steampunk? Usually, the story is set in an alternate world, similar to ours but one where steam and aether power machines and automatons instead of electricity from gas or nuclear power. It’s a world of airships, scientific discoveries, exploration, and goggles. Steampunk stories often take place during the Victorian Era so there’s time for tea and cakes in between fighting off dirigible pirate attacks with your aether ray gun while wearing the latest steel corsetry.
The LibrariCon is Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Union Township Branch. It starts afterhours at 6pm.
Summer has finally reached its end and now it is time to start getting up early, riding that horrid yellow-orange bus, and stepping foot into crowded halls full of students. Most of you will be zombie-like and nearly late to every class (since the bells always give you plenty of time to get there…). The least you can do is walk into class fashionable and fierce!
When I was in school, especially high school and college, I always tried to look presentable at the beginning of the year. I was an avid Hot Topic/Salvation Army shopper and I always tried to make my outfit as interesting as possible. Many of you are bringing the 80s back full force with half shirts, skinny bright colored jeans and tights, and crazy cool accessories that pull the look together. Here are a few books that can help you ready your school wardrobe and feel fashion-tastic throughout the entire school year!
Here’s a list from Goodreads of the most anticipated books coming out this fall. I’m definitely anticipating Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater and Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter!
Dream Thieves is the sequel to the awesome Raven Boys. Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after.
Through the Zombie Glass. Inspired by the childhood classic Alice in Wonderland, this harrowing and romantic story features teen zombie slayer Alice Bell who has lost so much—family, friends, her home. After a strange new zombie attack, Alice fears she may be losing her mind as well. A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do wicked things. The whispers of the dead assault her ears and mirrors seem to come frighteningly to life. She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more—including her boyfriend, Cole—than she does now. But as Cole strangely withdraws and the zombies gain new strength, Ali knows one false step may doom them all
Avast! Today be Talk Like A Pirate Day! Celebrate t’ holiday in swash-buckling style by spying the original Talk Like A Pirate Day website, where ye can be learning some pirate lingo to prepare ye for parlay with other bilge rats who be celebrating. Ye should take a gander at me list of Pirate-themed books, where ye might find a beauty of a story. Grab ye some (non-alcoholic) grog and a book, show ye pirate pride, and don’t be a land lubber this September 19!
Pirate Curse ~ by Kai Meyer: In a place similar to the 1706 Caribbean, two fourteen-year-old “polliwogs”–humans who can walk on water–rely on a mysterious figure known as the Ghost Trader and a band of pirates to help them escape from the evil that is chasing them.
Pirates!: the true and remarkable adventures of Minerva Sharpe and Nancy Kington, female pirate ~ by Celia Ress: In 1722, after arriving with her brother at the family’s Jamaican plantation where she is to be married off, sixteen-year-old Nancy Kington escapes with her slave friend, Minerva Sharpe, and together they become pirates traveling the world in search of treasure.
The Pirate Captain’s Daughter ~ by Eve Bunting: Upon her mother’s death, fifteen-year-old Catherine puts her courage and strength to the test by disguising herself as a boy to join her father, a pirate captain, on a ship whose crew includes men who are trying to steal a treasure from him.
To Catch A Pirate ~ by Jade Parker: When Annalisa Townsend seeks revenge on the pirates who stole her father’s treasure a year before, one scallywag, James Sterling, who stole a kiss on their first meeting, threatens to now also steal her heart.
Star-Crossed ~ by Linda Collison: Having been discovered as a stowaway as she tries to reach Barbados in 1760 to claim her father’s estate, teenaged English orphan Patricia Kelley struggles to survive by learning to be a ship’s doctor and by disguising herself as a man when necessary. Includes glossary of nautical terms.
The Outcasts ~ by John Flanagan: Skandian outcasts Hal, Stig, and others do battle at sea against the Wolves and the Sharks, in the ultimate race across icy waters where not everyone thinks of the competition as playing.
Everlasting ~ by Angie Frazier: In 1855, seventeen-year-old Camille sets out from San Francisco, California, on her last sea voyage before entering a loveless marriage, but when her father’s ship is destroyed, she and a friend embark on a cross-Australian quest to find her long-lost mother who holds a map to a magical stone.
In the belly of the bloodhound : being an account of a particularly peculiar adventure in the life of Jacky Faber ~ by L.A. Meyer: Jacky Faber and her classmates at the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston are kidnapped while on a school outing and transported in the hold of a slave ship bound for the slave markets of North Africa
Steel ~ by Carrie Vaughn: When Jill, a competitive high school fencer, goes with her family on vacation to the Bahamas, she’s magically transported to an early-eighteenth-century pirate ship in the middle of the ocean.
Demons of the Ocean ~ by Justin Somper: When twins Connor and Grace’s ship is wrecked in a storm and Connor is rescued by pirates, he believes that Grace has been taken aboard the mythical Vampirate’s ship, and he is determined to find her.
Shadows is a compelling and inventive novel set in a world where science and magic are at odds.
Maggie knows something’s off about Val, her mom’s new husband. Val is from Oldworld, where they still use magic, and he won’t have any tech in his office-shed behind the house. But—more importantly—what are the huge, horrible, jagged, jumpy shadows following him around? Magic is illegal in Newworld, which is all about science. The magic-carrying gene was disabled two generations ago, back when Maggie’s great-grandmother was a notable magician. But that was a long time ago.
Then Maggie meets Casimir, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen. He’s from Oldworld too—and he’s heard of Maggie’s stepfather, and has a guess about Val’s shadows. Maggie doesn’t want to know . . . until earth-shattering events force her to depend on Val and his shadows. And perhaps on her own heritage.
In this dangerously unstable world, neither science nor magic has the necessary answers, but a truce between them is impossible. And although the two are supposed to be incompatible, Maggie’s discovering the world will need both to survive.
Creative countess and blog post scribe? (Okay maybe not a REAL countess, but who cares.)
I live for hot bacon mornings? (Too true. Too true.)
Morning is my nemesis, so evil. (So evil, it is eviillll. I’m tormented because bacon is a breakfast food.)
The challenge is on. Submit your six word memoir to our new teen contest for a chance to win a copy of I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets: Six Word Memoirs by Teens Famous and Obscure by Larry Smith and some magnetic poetry. Maybe my mornings wouldn’t be so bad with a little poetry hanging on my fridge.
Have you read Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater? It’s all about Blue Sargent a clairvoyant in a family of uncanny women. Blue becomes entangled with some Raven Boys, wealthy boys attending a nearby exclusive school. What follows is a mystery, a haunting, a love story, and totally captivating.
Dream Thieves is the much anticipated (and not just by me!) sequel. Place a hold on it today. I promise to be quick when it’s my turn to read it :)
Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black is due out soon; place a hold on a copy today! Description from Goodreads: Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave. more »