Tuesday, November 12, 2019

MyBib - There's a New Citation Generator in town!

EasyBib was our go-to source for generating citations for quite some time but in recent years, the increase in ads (we use the free version) and some serious difficulties logging in using Google Accounts has bumped it down quite a few pegs for use with students.

Most recently, I have been using MyBib, which has proven to be a great substitute for EasyBib as a free citation generator to use with students.

Why MyBib?
  • Free
  • Ad-free
  • Google Login
  • Create multiple projects
  • Collaborate on shared projects
  • Export projects to Google Drive (Docs) for fully formatted Works Cited pages
  • Embed bibliographies into web pages/blogs (see below)
  • View Bibliography

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Review: The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cartaya's novel is the complete opposite of an "epic fail"!

When La Cocina de la Isla, the Zamora family restaurant, is suddenly in danger of being replaced by a fancy high-rise, Arturo has no choice but to fight for his family, his community, and maybe even for the girl. Through a voice that's both passionate and confused (well, Arturo is a 13-year-old boy) Arturo narrates a tale that will have readers laughing, crying, and ultimately rooting for Arturo all the way!

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Review: What If It's Us

What If It's Us What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

YA romance is not typically my genre, but I'm going to call "What If It's Us" a romantic comedy and roll with it.

Arthur and Ben aren't supposed to meet - or maybe they are - who knows what fate has in store? Arthur's recently out, only in NYC for the summer, and though he's an aficionado of Broadway musicals, he's got no game when it comes to real live boyfriends. Ben's been around the block (well, one time) and it didn't end well. He's stuck in summer school with his ex-boyfriend, and his best friend Dylan is jumping headfirst into yet another romance which means he'll be on the sideline.

When Arthur and Ben meet in a crowded post office - it's love at first sight - well, maybe it is, but who really knows. Fate intervenes, and they get separated, and then they get reunited, and sparks fly, but time is short and emotions (and humor) run high. And, yes, it's a whirlwind, and it's messy, and nobody's perfect, but isn't that what teen romances are all about?

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Review: We Set the Dark on Fire

We Set the Dark on Fire We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dani is the top Primera at the Medio School for girls, but she has secrets. Destined for a life as the first wife to a high society government official (future president?), she knows she could live luxuriously and forget about where she came from. But things aren't that easy. When she's forced to spy on her new husband by rebels or have her true origins exposed, Dani is suddenly caught in the crossfire between what she's worked so hard for and what she knows is right.

Mejia's story has just enough rebellion, intrigue, and romance to have readers waiting for the next installment.

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

TECH Note of This 09/28/2019

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Review: A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It is 1922 when Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov's life is spared, and instead he is sentenced to spend his remaining days inside the walls of Moscow's Metropol Hotel. Over the next 30+ years, through the Count's daily interactions, love affairs, friendships, and even service as head-waiter, readers are given glimpses of history unfolding even as time somewhat stands still within the luxury of the Metropol. Through witty tales, charming encounters, and sly maneuvers, Alexander Ilyich finds purpose in what was intended to be purgatory.

Stick with this one to the end and you won't be disappointed!

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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Review: When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes Air When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Paul Kalanithi didn't expect to spend a decade of his life fighting to become a neurosurgeon, only to find out that a rare form of lung cancer would derail his plans (and life). Written during the last year of his young life, Kalanithi not only chronicles his life but philosophizes about the choices he made and why he made them. Become a student of literature in order to understand life through the lens of fiction or become a student of medicine to understand life through the nuances of the human body? His choice to follow the path of science was one that led him to better understand life and death in ways that helped him to ultimately face his own mortality with grace and acceptance.

Kalanithi's memoir was touching and perceptive but at times his narrative proved to be almost too lofty for the average reader.

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