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Book of the Week: Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 31, 2010

As soon as I saw this book I knew I…I mean the Library had to have it! I’ve tried a few of Martha Stewarts recipes and they always turn out delicious. This cookbook ‘Martha Stewarts Cupcakes’ is full of amazingly beautiful looking cupcakes, some simple, some filled and a few more detailed.

Title: Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes
Author: Martha Stewart
Publication Date: June 2009
Location in Library: In non fiction under 641.8 STE
Blurb: Swirled and sprinkled, dipped and glazed, or otherwise fancifully decorated, cupcakes are the treats that make everyone smile. They are the star attraction for special days, such as birthdays, showers, and holidays, as well as perfect everyday goodies. In Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes, the editors of Martha Stewart Living share 175 ideas for simple to spectacular creations–with cakes, frostings, fillings, toppings, and embellishments that can be mixed and matched to produce just the right cupcake for any occasion. Alongside traditional favorites like yellow buttermilk cupcakes swirled with fluffy vanilla frosting and devil’s food cupcakes crowned with rich, dark chocolate buttercream, there are also sweet surprises such as peanut butter and jelly cupcakes, dainty delights like tiny almond-cherry tea cakes, and festive showstoppers topped with marizpan ladybugs or candy clowns.

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Reading Blog

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 28, 2010

Due to the fact that I’ve created this blog mainly for the students and staff at the school that I work for, I only write about books that we actually have in the library. But what you might not know is that I’ve also got another blog that I write which is a more general reading/book blog for all the books that I read. I enjoy reading both adult and young adult fiction, and every now and then some non fiction (mainly history based). So this other blog that I have, which is called The Readers Nook has reviews, wish lists, books that I’ve purchsed/borrowed/won and other interesting book related news. So if you’re interested in reading about books other than young adult fiction, head over to The Readers Nook and check it out.

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Review: The Last Song

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 24, 2010

Book: The Last Song
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Released: 2009
Location in Library: Fiction under SPA

Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Miller’s life was turned upside down when her parents divorced and her father moved to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains alienated from her parents, particularly her father…until her mother decides it would be in everyone’s best interest if she and her brother spent the summer with him. Resentful and rebellious, Ronnie rejects her father’s attempts to reach out to her and threatens to return to New York before the summer’s end. But soon Ronnie meets Will, the last person she’d thought she’d ever be attracted to, and finds herself falling for him, opening herself up to the greatest happiness – and pain – that she has ever known. In the tradition of his beloved novel A Walk to Remember, Nicholas Sparks brings us a deeply moving story of a young girl’s first encounter with heartbreak – and love.

My thoughts: I went into The Last Song expecting it to be a light read, something more entertaining than deep. And it was entertaining, but there was so much more to it than that. The book was also very touching, very deep and a great coming of age story.

Ronnie is horrified and angry to find out that her mother has decided that she and her younger brother Jonah will be spending the summer with their father in Wrightsville Beach. Ronnie hasn’t spoken to her father for the past three years since he left her mother and after her arrival spends as much time as possible away from the house. Because of this she meets the interesting Blaze, dangerous Marcus and Will, someone she never thought she could fall in love with, but does. As the story moves along Ronnie becomes a much more likeable character (she was a little childish at the start) and you can see her growing and accepting her father. I found it interesting that, even though Ronnie is the main character, the chapters changed from her point of view to her fathers point of view to Will’s point of view. I find in some books this is hard to follow, especially if there are too many people included, but The Last Song was very easy to follow, as each character stood on their own, with their own distinct personalities.

Like all of Nicholas Sparks’ other books this also has a twist at the end, which results in some very sad and touching moments. A piece of advice, make sure that you have some tissues with you when you get to the last few chapters of the book.

I definitely recommend this book, although I’m sure the girls will get more pleasure out of it than the guys.
Rating: ****

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Book of the Week: Soulless

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 14, 2010

Title: Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)
Author: Gail Carriger
Release Date: October 2009
Location: In Fiction under CAR

Blurb: First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social ettiquette. Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire – and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.
With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia is responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

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Can’t find the book you need in our Library?

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 10, 2010

I’m sure this has happened to all of us on more than one occasion. You’re really keen to read that new release fiction novel that’s come out, or want to read all you can on that topic that’s interesting at the moment but, alas, your library doesn’t have the book you need! I’ve created this form for when these moments occur. All you have to do is fill out as much as you know about the book you want and we’ll do our best to get a copy for the Library.

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Lunch time TV club

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 6, 2010

The Library has decided to start up a TV club! We’ve decided to give this a try for a few weeks and see how many kids are interested. Mr James and I thought that this would be a good idea for Friday lunchtimes, especially during the cold winter weather which is approaching us at the moment. We at first thought of a movie club, but decided we had too little time to run this, so settled on playing TV episodes. We’re currently playing season 2 of The Big Bang Theory so come on down to the Library this Friday at lunchtime for some great comedy!

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How Stuff Works

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 5, 2010

How Stuff Works would have to be one of my favourite websites. It’s a fantastic resource which offers information on so many different topics from history to science to animals to entertainment and so on.

My absolute favourite parts about this site are the blogs that some of the staff writers write. Plus twice a week they also run podcasts about some of the topics they’ve written about, which are very interesting and very witty, especially the Stuff You Should Know ones. Each podcast is created by two staff writers and include titles such as Stuff You Should Know (my favourite), Stuff Mom never told you, Stuff you missed in history class, Stuff from the science lab and more. You can find these podcasts on the website or download them for free from iTunes.

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Book of the Week: Lovely Bones

Posted by SalesianLibrary on May 3, 2010

Title: The Lovely Bones
Author: Alice Sebold
Publication Year: 2003
Location in the Library: SEB
Blurb: My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighbourhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him often about fertilizer.
This is Susie Salmon, speaking to us from heaven. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. There are counsellors to help the newcomers to adjust, and friends to room with. Everything she wants appears as soon as she thinks of it – except the thing she wants most: to be back with the people she loved on Earth.
From heaven, Susie watches. She sees her happy suburban family implode after her death, as each member tries to come to terms with the terrible loss. Over the years, her friends and siblings grow up, fall in love, do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But life is not quite finished with Susie yet.
The Lovely Bones is a luminous and astonishing novel about life and death, forgiveness and vengeance, memory and forgetting. It is, above all, a novel which finds light in the darkest of places, and shows how even when that light seems to be utterly extinguished, it is still there, waiting to be rekindled.

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