Articles by " Athena Flint"
1 Jul
2017

Book Bingo 2017

IT'S TIME FOR BINGO!

Well, you've all been asking when Bingo starts, and IT'S TODAY! (July 1st!)  This year, we have A THEME! That's right! It's all about learning new things and reading books that are new and different than other books you might have read before. Are you pumped to get started??? WE SUPER ARE SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!!!
Keep reading on for the full explanation of the game. We're stoked you're joining us for 2017 Book BINGO!!

Crossing off squares!

Read a book that counts for the square you'd like to complete. (or, do the action it requires)
When you are finished with a book, post a picture of your book (or open kindle) on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter and tag us! Make sure you tell us which square you're crossing off. Only one square per book, please!
One book per day! We know maybe you read faster than that so if you finish two books in one day, save one of the posts for the next day! And make sure you don't wait until last minute to post all your books. We are curious peeps and want to know what you're reading! :)
Each time you cross off a square you will get one raffle entry towards winning a $100 Gift Card to Kards! So, the more you cross off, the better chance you have of winning!

BINGO!

When you get Bingo, (5 squares vertical, horizontal or diagonal) you'll win a 10% off coupon for one item of your choice! Make sure you're keeping track at home. Just like in real bingo, you have to tell us you have a bingo in order to win. We'll be keeping track of your squares and will double check when you say 'BINGO!' on your Facebook or Instagram. (make sure you tag us, though. Don't be shouting into the internet randomly! We might miss it.)

The Rules:

-One square per book! Yes, we know that some books are on our summer pick list AND are Pulitzer Prize winners. but you have to read TWO books to cross of both squares.
-One book per day! Speed readers, just save those books for another post on another day!
-You have to post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, tag us, and include #KUBookBingo to get credit for your squares. Please take a picture of your book, post on Facebook or Instagram, tag Kards Unlimited, and make sure to say which square you're crossing off. Also, if you have a bingo, Say it LOUD! Here is an example: "(pretty picture of the book The Handmaid's Tale) Just finished reading The Handmaid's Tale for @Kards Unlimited book bingo! I've just crossed off the Banned Book square! #KUBookBingo"
-You have to post BINGO to get a bingo! While we'll be keeping track of your squares, you have to say it to win it! Just post on FB or Instagram that you've gotten a summer reading bingo and make sure to tag us! We'll get in touch with you to get you your coupon.

The Squares:

Show off your Coloring Skillz: Get yourself coloring book for grown-ups and do some ART! Post a picture of your creation to cross off the square.
Translation or Bilingual Author: Read something that was originally written in a different language, or by someone who speaks multiple languages.
RESIST WALL: Check out our display of Mind-Expanding Books and books about super rad resistors! Read any of those books to check off this square.
Dystopia or Utopia: This is pretty clear. There are so many books to choose that would count for this square. SO MANY.
Anisfield-Wolf Award: This award recognizes books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. Check out their website for a list of options!
Your Pick: Been wanting to read something that doesn't count for a square? Well, read it to cross of this one!
Minority Superhero: Read a story (fiction or nonfiction, graphic novel or written word) about a superhero who is a minority.
Alternate Spirituality: We're talking Zen, Yoga, Mindfulness, Happy Thoughts, anything that makes you sit back and think for a minute, or sit back and NOT think for a minute. Want to read a book about how to deep clean your apartment. Totes counts. Want to read Eat, Pray, Love? We'll count that too.
A Good ol' Bad Book: Re-read your favorite guilty pleasure, that one book that everyone loves to hate on, but you secretly love. OR read a book that has TERRIBLE reviews and then tell us what you thought!
Follow us on Facebook: This one’s really easy! Just hit the ‘follow’ button! If you already follow us, just tag us in a status or picture to get these squares crossed off.
Newbery Award: Read a book that has won a Newbery Award!
LGBTQ+ Romance: It doesn't have to be the main plot, but like, it should be.
FREE SPACE: Just cross it off already! You're one square away from a 10% coupon!
Cook from a cookbook: Try out a recipe from your new favorite cookbook and share a picture of your delish results!
Different Life Story: Read a book about someone growing up in a different place or time than you did!
Follow us on Twitter or Instagram: Same as the Facebook square, except it’s Twitter and Instagram!
Graphic Novel: Read a Graphic Novel. It's really that simple.
Outside Your Comfort Zone: Do you usually always read one type of book? For me, it's Fantasy and fiction. Read something completely different from your usual! Maybe instead of those historical romances, read a space opera! Or instead of that biography, read a book of poetry!
Minority Author: Woman, POC, LGBTQ+, there are so many authors out there that ....aren't white men. TRY IT OUT.
Our Pick: Tweet us or message us on FB, and we will choose you a book that we think you might LOVE!
Current Events: Fiction or Non-Fiction, read something about things that have happened ....let's say from 2000. That's current, right?
Ask the Library: Tweet at Carnegie Library to get a great book recommendation! Make sure to tag us and use #KUbookbingo! Like this: "Hey @carnegielibrary! @KardsUnlimted says you can hook me up with a reading suggestion! What should I read next?"
Pulitzer Prize: Read a book that's won a Pulitzer.
KU Staff Summer Picks: Check out our summer reading display and choose a book that speaks to you! ...Or maybe don't choose one that talks to you because talking books doesn't REALLY happen and you might need help.
Hugo Award: Read a book that's won the Hugo which is an award for best science fiction or fantasy for that particular year. Here's a link!

Good Luck! Read Hard!

For Book Suggestions, follow this link! 

 

1 Jul
2017

Bingo 20017 Book Suggestions


If you don't have a stash of coloring books at home, we have SO Many! Here are just some of the ones we have in stock. 
Pro tip: If you're the type of person who doesn't want to color in the book over those pretty pages, photocopy a page! Then you can color it over and over again until you GET IT PERFECT.

- American Gods Coloring Book
- Narnia Coloring Book
- Swearword Coloring Book
- Star Trek Coloring Book
- The Enchanted Sea Coloring Book
- The Pittsburgh Coloring Book
- The National Parks Coloring Book
- Color Me Jane
- The Serenity Coloring Book (as in, Firefly!)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer Coloring Book

 

We're not asking you to, like, go and learn another language here. (Although everyone should maybe at least try?) There are plenty of options to check off this box, but here are a few ideas!

- The Litte Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
- Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
- The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
- Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
- The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
- Night by Elie Wiesel
- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson 
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Visit us in the store to see our full "Read without Borders" collection! Just ask at the counter and we'll show you the way. For those of you that can't make it in, here are a few choice selections.

- The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
- The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
- I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin and Raoul Peck
- The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
- The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
- When We Rise: My Life in the Movement by Cleve Jones
- An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- V for Vendetta by Alan Moore

 

Dystopia is, like, so fetch right now. There are some pretty great classics that fit in this box, but plenty of new things as well!

- Utopia by Thomas More
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 
- Divergent by Veronica Roth 
- 1984 by George Orwell 
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 
- The Giver by Lois Lowry 
- The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau 
- The Circle by Dave Eggers
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding 
- The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

Here are some of the books that we know and love! For the rest of the award winners, visit their website!

- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
- On Beauty by Zadie Smith
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
- A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
- The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
- Invisible Man Paperback by Ralph Ellison 
- The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle by Lillian Faderman
- Far From the Tree by Andrew Solomon

It doesn't have to be a comic or a graphic novel, and we're pretty stretchy on the definition of Superhero....

- Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur by Brandon Montclare and  Amy Reeder 
- Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Sara Pichelli -                                                                                             --    -Black Panther by Ta Nehisi Coates
- The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
- Huck by Mark Millar

 

We're going to be pretty darn flexible about this square. Gardening books, yoga books, organization books, they all count! Step out of your comfort zone and read something that will enrich your mind AND spirit.

- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
- Zen and Tonic by Jules Aron
- Cosmos by Carl Sagan
- The Book of English Magic by Philip Carr-Gomm and Richard Heygate
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
- The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
- The Spell of the Sensuous by David Abram
- Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Tao of Travel by Paul Theroux
- Johnathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

You know the ones. They're the books that you're kind of embarrassed about reading, but also really can't stop yourself. We swear we won't judge. Most of us have probably read all of these books already.

- 50 Shades of Grey by E. L. James
- Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
- One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
- The Tommyknockers by Stephen King                                                                                                                           -The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Don't discount these books just because they're for a younger audience! There are some really amazing books in here, and they're probably a quick read too! Which means more time for more Bingos!

- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
- Holes by Lois Sachar
- The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
- The High King by Lloyd Alexander
- The Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil by E. L. Konigsburg
- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

It doesn't have to be a ROMANCE book. It can be any book that talks about LGBTQ+ love!

- Far From You by Tess Sharpe
- Y; The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan
- Luna by Julie Anne Peters
- Every Day by David Levithan
- Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
- The Fifth Season  by N. K. Jemisin
- The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
- Orlando by Virginia Woolf
- The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
- Parrotfish Ellen Wittlinger 

Don't forget to take a picture of your yummy food!!! We want to see your fab food creations!

- A Feast of Ice and Fire: The Official Game of Thrones Cookbook by Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer
- Very Fond of Food: A Year in Recipes by Sophie Dahl
- Jamie at Home by Jamie Oliver
- The Redwall Cookbook by Brian Jacques
- The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon
- Leon: Baking & Puddings by Henry Dimbleby
- The Bob's Burgers Burger Book by Loren Bouchard
- My Drunk Kitchen by Hannah Hart
- Big Gay Ice Cream by  Bryan Petroff, Douglas Quint, and Anthony Bourdain
- Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient by Jennifer McLagan

We don't necessarily know how YOU grew up, so here are a whole bunch of different life stories. Surely one of them is dissimilar to your own!

 

- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
- Anne of Green Gables by  L. M. Montgomery
- The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
- Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
- Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
- American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
- The Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain
- The Secret Garden by E. White
- Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Here are some graphic novels that we LOVE!!!! Incidentally, we carry all of these and EVEN MORE in the store.

- Preacher Vol. 1: Gone to Texas by Garth Ennis
- Lucifer Vol. 1: Cold Heaven by Holly Black
- Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham, James Jean, and Alex Maleev 
- Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes by Neil Gaiman, Sam Keith, and Mike Dringenberg
- Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow
- Wonder Woman: War of the Gods by George Perez
- Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze
- Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
- 100 Bullets by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso
- Spider-Gwen: Greater Power y Jason Latour and Robbie Rodriguez

Here is a list of books that cross a variety of genres. We don't know what you're usually into, but there's probably something on this list you never thought you'd try to read.

- The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
- Little, Big by John Crowley
- Good Poems by Garrison Keillor
- The Adventures of Tin Tin by Hergé 
- The Once and Future King by E. B. White
- A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie
- Carry On, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse
- Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs by Chuck Klosterman
- I Am Not Your Negro by James Baldwin and Raoul Peck
- Twenty Poems of Love by Pablo Neruda

The definition of Minority: a group that is different racially, politically, etc, from a larger group of which it is a part.

- Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
- The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
- Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Beloved by Toni Morrison                                                                                                                                                   -The book of Night Women by Marion James

We SAID anything from 2000 on, but we're not actually going to get that picky.

- Anything by Chuck Klosterman
- I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
- Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
-Bossypants by Tina Fey
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

You're sure to be able to pick a book that you've been meaning to read from the list of Pulitzer prize winners. Here are some of the ones we think are gems!

-  A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
-Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

There are SO MANY CHOICES!!! Here are some that we highly recommend and probably have on our shelves!

- The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
- Dune by Frank Herbert
- Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
- The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
- The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
- The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon

 

1 Nov
2016

November 2016 Holidays

november-2016-2Well, Halloween is over so we might as well all go home. JUST KIDDING! IT'S TIME FOR CHRISTMAS!

Well okay, we'll give you some time to adjust, how about for now we just celebrate ALL these super fun holidays that are contained in the month of November! This month holds a slew of fun things! For instance: Sandwich Day (Nov 3), Sesame St Day (Nov 10), I Love To Write Day (Nov 15) and Absurdity Day (Nov 20). Birthdays this month include Hello Kitty (Nov 1), Neil Gaiman (Nov 10), James Bond (Nov 11) and C.S. Lewis (Nov 29). For even more reasons to keep the party rollin', keep reading!

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Okay gents (and awesome non-gender conforming women), it's time to start growing your winter upper lip scarf! It's Mustache Month! Otherwise known as Movember. It's also National Model Railroad Month. CHOO CHOO! Oh! And it's Peanut Butter Lovers Month. Personally, peanut butter runs in my blood so this is MY MONTH. But I'll share.

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First up in the month is All Saint's Day and National Authors Day (both Nov 1). Get your paprika on for Deviled Egg Day (Nov 2)! Oh here is a great one: Men Make Dinner Day (Nov 3)! Guys, if you need recipes, we have SO MANY awesome cookbooks. It's also Cliché Day and Sandwich Day (both Nov 3). Oh and then the FUN begins! The weekend of the 4th is both Sherlock Holmes Weekend and also Punkin Chunkin Days! Who can solve the mystery of where all the pumpkins went???? I bet Mythbusters took them, guys.
Oh! Also Doctor Strange hits theaters on the 4th.
Don't forget to Remember Remember the 5th of November! And then you can celebrate Marooned without a compass day on November 6th.

Birthdays this weekend include:
Hello Kitty(Nov 1)

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It's Dear Santa Letter Week! Are you ready for that? I'm not ready for that, but it's happening. If you're not, there's always Area Code Day and Sesame St. Day (both Nov 10) and Veterans Day (Nov 11) and World Kindness Day (Nov 13)!

Birthdays this week include:
Margaret Mitchell and Bram Stoker (both Nov 8), Neil Gaiman (Nov 10), Kurt Vonnegut and James Bond (Nov 11), and Margaret Atwood (Nov 13).

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It's time to dust off the old board games in your closet for Games and Puzzle Week! And then there's I Love To Write Day and National Bundt Pan Day (both Nov 15).
The cutest holiday ever is up next: Have a Party With Your Bear Day (Nov 16). ....I mean, it's cute if you're partying with teddy bears. I guess it could get ugly if you try partying with a wild bear.

Next up is Homemade Bread Day (Nov 17) and Married to a Scorpio Support Day (Nov 18). Then there's Rocky and Bullwinkle Day and World Toilet Day (both Nov 19).
And of course, Absurdity Day on November 20th!

And HELLO DID YOU KNOW that the world of HARRY POTTER is returning to the silver screen on November 18th!!!! Do you have your tickets to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them yet? ARE YOU SO EXCITED? We are. We SO are. <3<3<3

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Start the week off right with the most TIMELESS HOLIDAY of ALL. Doctor Who Day (Nov 23)! And then, of course, there's Turkey Day. Good ol' stuff your face full of stuffing day! But did you know that this year Thanksgiving and All Our Uncles are Monkeys Day are the SAME DAY (Nov 24). So make sure to bring that banana pudding to Thanksgiving dinner for your Favorite uncle Harry. He will be so confused.

Of course, the day after Thanksgiving day is so very well know! It's You're Welcome Day(Nov 25)! Oh. And also Black Friday.

This Sunday, Nov 27th, marks the start of Advent, so Christmas is officially STARTING. Are you ready?

Birthdays this week include:
Frances Hodgson Burnett (Nov 24)

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Only one holiday this week, but it's a great one! It's French Toast Day on November 28th, so Treat Yo' Self.

Birthdays this week include:
Jon Stewart (Nov 28), Madeline L'Engle and C.S. Lewis (both Nov 29)

31 Oct
2016

THIS IS HALLOWEEN

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Happy Halloween, everyone! I hope you're spending today doing something super fun, like knocking on stranger's doors and stealing their candy!

We are super excited to see some customers in costume today! Please! Stop by and show us your amazing fun halloween personalities! 

What's that? You don't HAVE a costume? Well. we can't solve that whole problem for you, but we can get you started. We have a million fun costume hats that you can wear with normal everyday clothes and still feel a bit fun and fancy! Stop by to put them all on your head!

We also have some beautiful spooky decorations, so if you need that one last touch for your halloween party tonight, we can absolutely help.

Have fun and be safe out there! Watch out for harmful spirits and say hello to old loved ghosts tonight when the spirit world is so close to our own! And brush your teeth!

12 Oct
2016

Finding Home: Shelter Dogs and Their Stories

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This month is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. We have lots of feels about that: we love puppies and we especially love when puppies find a safe and  love-filled place they call home! So when we got this particular book in stock, we were all a-crying, sighing and full of warm fuzzier!  Finding Home: Shelter Dogs and Their Stories by Traer Scott is chalk full of pictures of some really amazing dogs, all of whom Scott encountered while volunteering at various animal shelters.

Scott combines the amazing photography with stories of these wonderful doggies: From Morrissey,  a pitt bull who struggled with anxiety behaviors while in the animal shelter until he found a forever home with a family with four children, to Bingley, a dog made deaf during a drug bust who found a family willing to love and live with a dog who can't hear. The stories are all inspiring, although some can be a but heart wrenching.

This book makes a great coffee table book and conversation starter for any and all dog lovers. Show all your visitors these beautiful sad-funny faces and maybe you can help convince someone to bring home their very own shelter dog friend! 

6 Oct
2016

Top Ten HATS TO BUY for MAD HATTERS

It's Mad Hatters Day!! In honor of this glorious holiday, we bring you: HATS! Kards has a huge selection of hats, so we thought we would show them off to you, readers! Many thanks to our beautiful models. You are all now famous, because I've said so!

But seriously, look how much fun these people are having with hats! You, too, could have that much fun! Stop by today to put a thing on your head!!