Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mindy Kaling’s book is hilarious and actually inspired me to give The Office (US) another chance. I’m a huge fan of celebrity memoir-ish books, so this fulfilled a need I have to live vicariously through famous people. I definitely recommend picking it up.

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Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder by Jo Nesbø

Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder Book 1Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder Book 1 by Jo Nesbø
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder
Author: Jo Nesbø
Series: Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder
Published: 2007 (Norway); 2010 (US)

I picked up this book at work and loved it a lot! While, yes, it’s about farting and childish humour it’s really smartly written and quite engaging. I definitely recommend it to readers of all ages!

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Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die, #1)Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Title: Bad Girls Don’t Die

Author: Katie Alender

Published: 2009

Series: Bad Girls Don’t Die

I’m going to get my major pet peeve with this novel out of the way, so I can talk about all of the things I really liked about it: multiple personalities are not a part of schizophrenia, so page 189 making that allusion threw me out of the story for a bit. I also don’t know if I like how that part of the storyline wrapped up in the end, but I’m not going to crusade against the novel because of this pet peeve. As my partner reminded me, it’s not something that the Joe Average Reader would pick up on.

I may be bringing up this novel in the child abnormal psychology course I’ll be taking at university this fall to see if any of my classmates have read it and what they felt about it if we end up talking about how mental illness is portrayed in popular culture.

That said, I really liked the novel. Once I started reading it, I was engaged for 80% of my reading. I could relate to nearly all of the characters and found myself really intrigued by how classic this modern thriller felt.

I cannot wait to get book two in the series and continue reading Alender’s work.

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Warriors – The New Prophecy: Twilight by Erin Hunter

Twilight (Warriors: The New Prophecy, #5)Twilight by Erin Hunter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Title: Twilight
Author: Erin Hunter
Series: Warriors: The New Prophecy
Published: 2006
Reviewer’s Note: I listened to the audiobook to get through this title in the second Warrior Cats series, so my review will be about that instead of a printed copy of the work.

The narrator for the audiobook really threw me off. I didn’t imagine any of the cats having accents coming from the British Isles. Then again, it’s never confirmed where the Warrior Cats books take place, so I’m sure it’s possible.

It had also been a really long time since I’d read from the Warrior Cats series, so it took me awhile to get back into the story. Now that I’m back into it, though, I’m remembering why I enjoyed the books in the first place.

I have a printed copy of Sunset (the final book in The New Prophecy) that I can’t wait to tear into.

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Guest Blogger: Aidan Skehan of Library@Facebook.

Hello, book fans! I’ve been contemplating allowing guest bloggers to come into my corner of the blogosphere for awhile now, and this opportunity just landed in my inbox so I had to give it a go. My first guest blogger is Aidan Skehan, promoting the facebook app: Library@Facebook.

The Library@Facebook is a free app that allows people to share books they are happy to give away and get new books in return.

Our goal is simple but big: Before buying a book see if you can get it for free. List the books you are done with, send them to people that request them and earn credit for new books. Involve your friends, exchange books, share experiences and get ideas on what’s good to read

When we looked online we found that online book-sharing sites were popular in America and some European countries however they were standalone communities that only a really committed book reader was likely to join. Facebook of course was the ideal avenue but we didn’t find anything on there that really matched our needs so we figured: let’s build it.

We wanted to expand our Facebook skill-set so we figured, at worst, The Library @ Facebook would make a good training project. We mapped out the idea and we began to research and spec how it might work. The beta version has just been completed and over the coming weeks we are looking for feedback (good and bad!) as we look to fine-tune the launch version.

We now have over 5,000 members in 30+ countries after our first few weeks, and are growing at a rate of about 200+ per day.

We are now adding an author’s section where you can promote your book to the community and their friends on Facebook. The process is really simple:

We are now adding an author’s section where you can promote your book to the community and their friends on Facebook. The process is really simple:

1. Donate 5-10 books to the membership

· We will advertise your donation to the members and we can select who will get your donated books based on your criteria e.g. You may only want US residents to get the books, women aged 25-44, etc.

· The Library updates the newsfeed of the person that gets your book so all of their friends will see that they are reading your book. On average our members have 187 friends on Facebook. They will also see any review that the person posts of your book. You can use these reviews to publicise your book.

2. Discuss

· You can set up an Author’s Bookclub and invite people to join your club in the library.

· Alternatively you may want this discussion to take place on your Facebook page or your own website. We will be guided by your requirements.

· We will list your book launch in our weekly membership email, The Library Card.

· We will announce your book launch on twitter, LinkedIn, and all relevant social media. You just tell us where you would like us to send the users.

Cost

The listing cost will rise as our membership increases but we are offering an initial offer of $69 for authors that sign up now.

If you’ve got any questions or comments, or need to get in touch for any reason, don’t hesitate to email me: aidan.skehan@luceytechnology.com

Alternatively, find us on

Facebook: http://on.fb.me/k9tOYx

Twitter: http://twitter.com/facebooklibrary

If you’d like to be a guest blogger here on She Loves Books, send me an email at shelovesbooks [at] live [dot] com and we’ll chat about it. 🙂