Mer L.'s blog

Incarceron Fever

I have recently discovered an awesome book, Incarceron by Catherine Fisher! It has kept me thoroughly captivated while anxiously awaiting Mockingjay, the 3rd installment

Batter Up!

vintage baseballWe are now firmly in baseball season! I don’t know about you, but I grew up watching baseball with my dad…okay, well maybe I wasn’t always watching the game…I might’ve been reading a book instead. But I have fond memories of watching my dad watching baseball. Below I’ve listed a few of my favorite baseball books. Who are you rooting for this season?
 

Mer’s Baseball Picks:

 

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

the lamps and the sakura by stuck in customsMay is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month and an opportunity for us to celebrate the history of Asians and Pacific Islanders who have contributed to America’s success and those who continue to help make the United States a vibrant, unique, and culturally diverse nation. Below I’ve picked some of my most favorite books with Asian American teen voices. How will you celebrate? 
 

Mer’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Picks:

 

Anime Mini-Con

L - Death NoteNever been able to go to an Anime Con and want a brief taste? Been to several Anime Cons and looking for another, more local, event? Join us next week for our 3rd Annual Freeman Anime Mini-Con! Hang out with and meet new friends, win prizes, and more!
  • Tuesday, May 11th – Anime Crafty @ 4:30 PM
  • Wednesday, May 12th – Anime Club @ 4:30 PM
  • Thursday, May 13th – Anime Gaming & Cosplay @ 4:30 PM
Flickr CC: L-Death Note Photo by: Sabrina Eras

Face the Music

record playerI don’t know about you, but music is a really important part of my life. A particular song can make a bad day better and another tune can bring back good memories. I’ve put together a list of books that I enjoyed where music plays a theme and hopefully you like some of them, too. What songs are your favorites?
 

Mer’s Music Picks:

 

"Way Back in the 1960s..."

liar liar recordFor as long as I can remember, I’ve been a little intrigued by the 1960s. What exactly was going on in this decade? Politically, artistically, socially, and globally (and on the moon!), the 1960s had a lot happening and changing and the decade’s impact can still be felt – I mean, come on, there isn’t an Elvis or Michael Jackson Rock Band…it’s The Beatles’. If you’re interested in the 1960s, you might check out some of these historical fiction and non-fiction titles. And bonus points if you can name the band whose song is quoted above!
 

Mer’s 1960s Picks:

 

Fantasy for People Freaked Out By Dragons and Talking Animals

dragonI’ve never been particularly fond of fantasy as a genre. My resistance to fantasy doesn’t really make any logical sense, because I love to read just about anything and there are some very smart people in my life who love reading fantasy titles. For some reason I just have a mental block: someone starts talking about a universe that doesn’t exist or fairy creatures or dragons or names with a bunch of consonants that are hard to pronounce and I just find myself drifting off and thinking about other things. But, despite my reservations, there are some really great fantasy titles out there for those a little suspicious of or turned off by the genre. I gave them a try and I was impressed. Which genres will you give a chance?
 
 

Mer’s Fantasy

Read, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

recycle signEarth Day is celebrated each year on April 22nd. But you don’t need to wait until Earth Day to learn more about protecting the environment or living a more ecologically-mindful existence. What will you do to celebrate Earth Day?
 
 
 
 

Mer’s Read, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Picks:

 

Women’s History Month: Real Stories of Real Women

we the people pictureMarch is Women’s History Month and what better way to mark the occasion than to celebrate the lives of real women? Who will you celebrate?
 

Mer’s Real Stories of Real Women Picks:

 

Happy Birthday, William H. Macy!

william h. macyWilliam H. Macy has a birthday coming up this week and it got me thinking of how many movies he has been in over the years that I really enjoyed. Ever since first seeing him in the Coen brothers’ Fargo, I’ve been impressed by his talent and his sometimes unusual choices.
 

Mer’s Happy B-day William H.

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