Archive for October, 2011

Happy International Animation Day!

Posted: October 28, 2011 in General

Okay, so this may not be strictly relevant to the world of books and literature, but it has come to our attention that today, October 28th, is the International Day of Animation! We have decided to celebrate here on the blog by sharing one of our very favourite animations ever with you, our faithful readers. It’s kind of school themed (maybe?  because of the blackboards? okay it’s a fairly tenuous link).  Here you go!


Excuse me, would you like to see something awesome followed by something even more awesome?  WE THOUGHT SO.  Okay, here we go.

Firstly, it has come to our attention that one of our very favourite YA books, The Hunger Games, is being made into a movie, due for release in early 2012.  We loved this series so much when we read it that we can’t wait to see how it translates to the big screen!  Because of the book’s extremely dedicated fan base, casting the movie was a bit controversial, but thanks to the internet we can give you a peek at what the lead characters are going to look like.

From left: Gale, Peeta, and Katniss.

Also thanks to our good friend The Interwebs, we found this very short yet undeniably tantalising movie trailer, where Katniss roams the forest watching out for fireballs.

If you’re into The Hunger Games, you can find out heaps more about the movie at

So that was our first awesome thing.  But what could be even more awesome than making a movie out of The Hunger Games?  I will tell you.  Two literary geniuses named Aaron Geary and John Bailey Owen have written a parody of the book entitled The Hunger But Mainly Death Games.  Here is an extract from the book, where two central characters called Bratniss and Greta chat about life and death in the forest.

“You know, all this talk of the Hunger But Mainly Death Games makes me wonder what it would be like to kill a person,” I say. “I’m not sure I could do it.”
“I have a feeling you’d be fine,” Greta replies. “You just killed an entire
family of squirrels with a single ninja star.”
“But killing a person is different.”
“You just picked up a venomous snake, swung it around to break its spine,
and used it to lasso another snake, and now you’re eating that snake raw.”

True enough. But all the same, something inside me whispers that if I ever
had to turn my mustard gas gun on a person, I simply wouldn’t be able to.
Mustard gas costs upwards of one wood chip. No way I’m paying that much to kill
only a single human being.

You can read more here.  Not only have these hard-working satirists written a book, they have even gone so far as to make their own movie trailer, which you can watch right here on the library blog!  (WARNING: This video contains footage of someone being shot by an arrow which, though pretty obviously fake, make be upsettingly graphic for some viewers.  Like us, for instance.)

So there you have it:  all the news about The Hunger Games.  In closing, we would like to leave you with this picture of what some of the Hunger Games characters would look like if they were on South Park.  You’re welcome.

Vote for the PengTeen Awards!

Posted: October 21, 2011 in General

Hola, bibliophiles!  It has come to our attention that the good people over at one of our favourite book blogs, Between The Lines, have an interesting new initiative on the go!  The PengTeen Awards recognize YA books published in the last year across a range of categories including Favourite Villain, Favourite Girl Character, Favourite Boy Character, Favourite Kiss, Favourite Fight, Favourite Couple, Favourite Sidekick, and Favourite Scary Moment.  The list of books in contention for the awards is available here along with an explanation how to vote.  We at the library blog can’t wait to see who the winners will be across the different categories, so if you want to have a say then get voting!

One of the greatest things about the Harry Potter series, in our opinion, is the almost fanatical dedication of its legion of fans.  The sheer amount of cool Harry potter-based stuff on the internet is truly staggering (sometimes in a good way, sometimes not so much).  We here at library blog headquarters have had a little look around the interwebs to bring you this week’s pick of cool stuff from the Potterverse.

Harry Potter Facts Tumblr

A very dedicated Potter fan has put together this Tumblr, which is a collection of interesting facts about the Harry Potter books and movies advertising itself as ‘Your #1 source for all things Harry Potter [lightning bolt]’.  Some of these fun facts will make you go ‘gosh!’ and some will make you go ‘hmmm…’.  Be warned however that this blog does contain spoilers.  (And the odd angry comment from a disgruntled spoilers-reader, which is always good for a laugh.)

Butterbeer Recipe

Have you ever read about the kids at Hogwarts sneaking out for an illicit butterbeer and thought ‘Yum’?  Well luckily for you, some enterprising netizen has posted a recipe for butterbeer which looks mighty tasty although it contains some strange American ingredients like ‘imitation butter flavour’.  There are also some links to even more Potter-inspired recipes at the bottom of the post!

Hogwarts Sorting Quiz and House Shoes

For any enthusiastic Potter reader who has contemplated whether they would be a Ravenclaw or a Hufflepuff, and then gone on to think ‘But if only I could express my house affiliation through cool sneakers!’: the internet is here to help you out.  First of all, there are heaps of Sorting Hat quizzes to help you find your spiritual home in the appropriate house: two that we liked were this one and this one.  Secondly, some genius has designed a range of sneakers based on the different houses.  We here at the library blog are not afraid to admit that we squealed with delight upon first seeing these.  Here they are for your shoe-loving pleasure:

And finally…

Harry potter cupcakes.  ENOUGH SAID.

‘The Apothecary’ by Maile Meloy is a new book set during the Cold War.  It’s 1952 and Janie and her parents have moved from sunny California to a grim, post-war London to work on the production of a television series about Robin Hood.  This means a new school for fourteen year old Janie where  she first meets Benjamin, the son of their local Apothecary and the real adventure begins.  Janie and Benjamin get dragged into a plot to steal an ancient, magical book called the Pharmacopaea.  Not only must they protect it at all costs but they have to save the world from another more powerful atom bomb.  This is a fast- paced spy thriller with a bit of magic thrown in.  Janie and Benjamin are a feisty pair who are extremely brave, smart and loyal in the same vein as Harry, Ron and Hermione of Harry Potter fame.  It is a great read, full of suspense, humour and a bit of romance to boot.  Check it out at your friendly school Library!