Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Holiday Music

Looking for something new to listen to this holiday season? Check out some of these NEW and CLASSIC tunes...


Album Title: Christmas Favorites
Artist: Nat King Cole

1. The Christmas Song
2. Adeste Fideles
3. Hark the Herald Angel Sing
4. The First Noel
5. O Tannenbaum
6. Silent Night
7. O Little Town of Bethlehem
8. O Holy Night
9. Away in a Manger
10. A Cradle in Bethlehem

Album Title: A Charlie Brown Christmas
Artist: Vince Guaraldi Trio

O Tannenbaum
2. What Child is This?
3. My Little Drum
4. Linus & Lucy
5. Christmastime is Here (Instrumental)
6. Christmastime is Here (Vocal)
7. Skating
8. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
9. Christmas is Coming
10. Fur Elise
11. The Christmas Song
12. Greensleeves
13. Christmas is Coming (Alternate

Album Title: White Christmas
Artist: Bing Crosby

1. Good King Wenceslas
2. Silent Night, Holy Night
3. Adeste Fideles
4. The First Noel
5. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
6. Happy Holiday
7. Deck the Halls
8. I'll Be Home for Christmas
9. White Christmas
10. Jungle Bells
11. The Christmas Song
12. Joy to the World
13. Silver Bells
14. Let it Snow!, Let it Snow!, Let it Snow!
15. Away in a Manger
16. O Little Town of Bethlehem

Album Title: Santa's Greatest Hits
Artist: Various

1. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree / Brenda Lee
2. Jingle Bell Rock / Bobby Helms
3. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer / Gene Autry
4. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas / Judy Garland
5. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus / Jimmy Boyd
6. A Holly Jolly Christmas / Burl Ives
7. Feliz Navidad / Jose Feliciano
8. The Chipmunk Song / Chipmunks
9. I'll Be Home for Christmas / Bing Crosby
10. Sleigh Ride / Ella Fitzgerald
11. The Little Drummer Boy / Harry Simeone Chorale
12. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) / Mel Torme
13. Santa Baby / Eartha Kitt
14. White Christmas / Bing Crosby

A "New" Twist on the Classics...

Album Title: A Very Special Christmas 7
Artist: Various

1. Have Yourself a Very Merry Christmas / Colbie Caillat
2. Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! / Carter Twins
3. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree / Miley Cyrus
4. Winter Wonderland / Vanessa Hudgens
5. The Little Drummer Boy / Sean Kingston
6. The Christmas Song / Charice
7. Do You Hear What I Hear? / Kristinia DeBarge
8. Jingle Bell Rock / Mitchel Musso
9. Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) / Leighton Meester
10. Santa Baby / Kellie Pickler
11. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Carrie Underwood
12. Last Christmas / Ashley Tisdale
13. Silent Night / Gloriana

Album Title: NOW That's What I Call Christmas! 4
Artist: Various

1. A Child is Born / Rihanna
2. Merry Christmas Baby / Sheryl Crow
3. Mistletoe / Colbie Caillat
4. All I Want for Christmas is You / Mariah Carey
5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas / Christina Aguilera
6. What Child is This / Carrie Underwood
7. Where Are You Christmas / Faith Hill
8. Silver Bells / Martina McBride
9. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree / Toby Keith
10. Candy Cane Christmas / Darius Rucker
11. Christmas You and Me / Brian McKnight feat. Vince Gill
12. Wonderful Christmastime / Kelly Rowland
13. Drummer Boy / Sean Kingston
14. Christmas Tree / Lady Gaga feat. Space Cowboy
15. My Only Wish (This Year) / Britney Spears
16. Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! / Michael Buble
17. Christmas Time is Here / Diana Krall
18. Happy Christmas (War is Over) / Maroon 5

Album Title: This Warm December: A Brushfire Holiday Vol. 2
Artist: Various


1. Party Hard / Zach Gill
2. Jingle Bell Rock / Rogue Wave
3. Christmas Blues / G. Love
4. In the Morning / Jack Johnson
5. Christmas Must be Tonight / Bahamas
6. Home for the Season / Neil Halstead
7. Frosty the Snowman / Zee Avi
8. Let it Ride / ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)
9. Make Time / Money Mark
10. Winter Swell Blues / Paula Fuga
11. Christmas Cookies / G. Love
13. Angel (Holiday) / Jack Johnson

ALBUM TITLE: Under the Mistletoe
ARTIST: Justin Bieber

Only Thing I Ever Get for Christmas
2. Mistletoe
3. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
4. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
5. Fa La La
6. All I Want for Christmas is You / feat. Mariah Carey
Drummer Boy
8. Christmas Eve
9. All I Want is You
10. Home This Christmas
11. Silent Night

Album Title: A Very She & Him Christmas
Artist: She & Him

1. The Christmas Waltz
2. Christmas Day
3. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
4. I'll Be Home for Christmas
5. Christmas Wish
6. Sleigh Ride
7. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
8. Silver Bells
9. Baby, It's Cold Outside
10. Blue Christmas
11. Little Saint Nick
12. The Christmas Song

Sunday, November 20, 2011

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Shatter Me / Tahereh Mafi

TITLE: Shatter Me
AUTHOR: Tahereh Mafi
OWNED BY CCLS? On order.

Juliette is untouchable. (Scratch that.) Juliette's touch is lethal. Her special powers are actually to blame for the death of a young boy at a supermarket. Due to this particular incident, Juliette finds herself locked away by The Reestablishment (a futuristic type of government) with no hope of ever seeing the outside world. She has been deemed a monster and a criminal and even her parents were glad to see her go.

While Juliette is "living" in her cell, The Reestablishment offers her the chance to live a life free of cells in exchange for using her special power to torture other prisoners and parterning up with Warner, a Reestablishment leader.

Will Juliette's desire for human connection force her to choose to use her powers for evil or will a surprising encounter with a guard cause her to believe in a better life, and in love?

M's Verdict: I'm on the fence. The premise was interesting and the ending left me wanting more, but I wish the beginning had been more to the point and less wandering. It seems like Mafi took a long time working up toward the roller coaster romance between Juliette and Adam and the thrilling escape from The Reestablishment.

In regards to the actual writing, something that drove me absolutely NUTS in the beginning of the book was Mafi's lack of commas. I'm the first to admit that I am queen of run-on sentences, but come on! Plus the strike through text and repetitive phrases was kind of annoying too (I do understand that it was a way of understanding Juliette's thinking process, but I still found it bothersome). Here's what I'm talking about:

Just like all of the other new YA books I've read recently, I smell a sequel if not a series... So if you enjoy Shatter Me, find comfort in knowing there must be another one coming along shortly!

Click on the title header (above) to check out Tahereh Mafi's site (book trailer & more available online).

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Racing in the Rain / Garth Stein

TITLE: Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog
AUTHOR: Garth Stein


(Adapted from Stein's adult novel The Art of Racing in the Rain).

Racing cars is similar to life in that it is not just about the speed; there are many other factors that come into play and can change the outcome. Enzo, a wise and wonderful canine, is one such "person" that has come to understand this in his many years as a dog.

On his deathbed, Enzo (named after Enzo Ferrari) explains to the reader how he has come to become a knowledgeable soul (by watching television and listening and observing his owner--race car driver Denny Swift) and how all of his acts as a dog will hopefully allow him to become a human in his next life (he believes in karma).

Enzo tells of the many events that have impacted his life and the life of his owner. From the time Denny picked Enzo out of his litter, to when Denny first brought home Eve (his future wife), to when Denny and Eve's daughter Zoe was born, to the nasty custody battle between Denny and his in-laws.

Reminiscent of John Grogan's Marley and Me, Racing in the Rain offers dog lovers a new inspirational story. Enzo's perspective is refreshing and the storyline is both unpredictable and an emotional roller coaster (so have the tissues nearby).

M's Verdict... If you are a dog lover, like to read fictional dog tales or enjoyed John Grogan's Marley and Me, you'll love Racing in the Rain! I couldn't put it down and am looking into some of Stein's other books. After reading Racing in the Rain, you will likely look at your dog(s) a little differently than you did before. Because if, like Enzo, they really do understand everything that is going on and are simply unable to verbalize their happiness, disgust or frustration with us, perhaps we'd better listen a little more carefully!

a MUST read! check it out @ your library!