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You're the BEST around, nothin's ever gonna keep ya down

Ah, this time of year brings about the holiday blues and the only cure for that is, of course, Best of the Year lists. So, with out further ado, here are the best books I read this year: Child 44, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Pretty Monsters, Tender Morsals, The Good Thief, Man In the Dark, and Candy Girl: A Memoir. While they are in no particular order, I have to lean toward Tender Morsals being the book I raced home to read. I really loved all of these books. The Auster novel made me think the most, the Sedaris made me laugh the hardest, and Child 44 was a total page turner.

There were only a couple of stinkers-books that made me wish I'd spent the time reading better books. They were: Sexy Librarian, Her Last Death, and Mind the Gap.

My new favorite discovered author is Etgar Keret. I look forward to reading the rest of his work in 2009.

So far, like the economy, the book forecast is depressing. I know only of a new Sookie Stackhouse book, and can report no other books that are coming out that I am excited about. I have vowed to start reading some of the books I own, so that is the mission I will focus on. I need to add buttons to all of the challenges I have joined. I'm gonna do the Chunkster Challenge again. That does not start for a bit, and I've started scoping my big babies. Darkmans is looking pretty good.


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I have had an insane amount of fun this summer, but I always try to do something for Shark Week. This year I called it Shark Lab and we are making three crafts I have never done with the kids before.

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Tonight's storytime followed the same format I use for all of my day storytimes as I have temporarily suspended my idea of doing storytime in reverse in order to get the kids sleepy. They only seem to run out into the library to pick out movies and books and the effect is lost. So here is what we did tonight.

Our theme was teddy bears, but our night storytime is always wear jammies, bring a lovey, and low action.

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