Articles by " Athena Flint"
1 Jun
2016

June 2016

June 2016

 

Welcome to June lovely readers! We have a good amount of holidays for you this month. This month is also EXPLODING with Birthdays!!! Cake! Every! Day! It's a life goal for some of us.

Here's a taste of June:  This month we're celebrating PRIDE all month long! We're also excited about National Go Barefoot Day (June 1), Doughnut Day (June 3), Bloomsday (June 16), Take Your Dog To Work Day and International Fairy Day (both June 24)! Birthdays this month include Oscar the Grouch (June 1), Prince (June 7), Marty McFly (June 12) and Captain Kangaroo(June 27)!  For an even more in-depth list of all the fun stuff happening this month, keep reading!!!

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31 May
2016

New book from Neil Gaiman hits the shelves!

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Here at KU, we get wickedly excited any time a new book comes into the world from the mind of Neil Gaiman! This time is no different! While this one is a non-fiction compilation, we're still head over heels excited! this book will give Neil Gaiman lovers some new and wonderful insight into the brain and thoughts of our god.

Stop in the store to pick up your copy! We'll have it along with all of the other books NG's ever written. Which we carry on our shelves at all times. Because all times are good times to read your first Gaiman book, and we are here to help that happen!

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24 May
2016

Book Club Wrap-Up: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes!

Book Club was fun-tactic as usual, dear readers! We had some pretty great discussion about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. 

For instance, we all kind of thought it was interesting to read about a time and culture where not having a job was like the cream of society and those WITH jobs were looked down upon with distain. HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED. Also, it's a little cray that people just like kept wild leopards and stuff on their estates for kicks. Like, look, here's a leopard  own now!

We decided that these aren't the type of mysteries that you can try and solve along with the book... Sherlock keeps a lot of things to himself. But over all, the stories are a VERY fun read. #worthit!

Next book is....... (drum roll please)

THE SECRET HISTORY by DONNA TARTT 

Here's what Goodreads has to say about it: "Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last - inexorably - into evil. " DUN DUN DUUUUNNNNNN.

We'll be meeting on July 17th, 6pm, in the store to talk about it, so stop by for your copy today!
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24 May
2016

Hot Presses! New Books!

Two fab new books are hitting the shelves today! The Last Star by Rick Yancey and The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin! Both of these books are follow-ups to some pretty serious stuff, so fans of the first books will be wicked excited to get their hands on these guys! If you need to re-read the series, we can probably help you out!

30 Apr
2016

May 2016 Events and Holidays

MayWelcome to May! Time for flowers and spring time! And Pickles!
"What? Pickles?" you may ask. "Yes. Pickles," I say to you.

May is packed full of fun things, including but not limited to: Children's Book Week (May 2- 8), May the Fourth, aka Star Wars Day (May 4, clearly), No Pants Day (May 6), National Chicken Dance Day (May 14),  National Miniature Golf Day (May 21),  and Geek Pride Day (May 25) just to name a few! Oh, and let's not forget Mother's Day on May 8th! Do you have your card and gift yet???

Keep reading for a listing of all of the events and holidays in May!

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May is Get Caught Reading Month! What happens when you get caught reading? Do the lords of lore come and give you a shiny gold star? Maybe you get magical book powers like the girl from Ink Heart! Or maybe, really, every time someone catches you reading they think you're one very cool and well rounded individual. Shout out to all the friends and lovers who met their other half over the binding of a book! This month is for you!

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The first week in May is both Children's Book Week AND Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-8)!! So celebrate your favorite teacher by reading one book they taught you to love. And then maybe send them a note to say thanks!

Other holidays this week include May Day, Batman Day, and Mother Goose Day, all on May 1st! May 1st is also the Pittsburgh Marathon, so if you're not running or cheering, you may want to consider not leaving your house because all the roads will be closed. Just saying.
On May 3rd,  Court of Misty and Fury by Sarah J. Mass is being released.

This week is also host to May the Fourth (May 4) aka Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you! Next up is Cinco de Quatro (May 5) and  the Kentucky Derby, Tuba Day and No Pants Day (all on May 6). We're also SUPER EXCITED about CIVIL WAR hitting theaters on May 6!!! Oh my gosh! We already have tickets!

Birthdays this week include: 
Joseph Heller (May 1), Alice who went to Wonderland (May 4), Leo Lionni (May 5), and Sigmund Freud (May 6)

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First and Foremost this week, there is Mother's Day (May 8)! Make sure you give your mum as much love as she deserves! And if you've forgotten to buy your card and gift, we'll be open from 10 to 5 that day.
Also this week is World Bellydance Day (May 9), Limerick Day (May 12), and National Chicken Dance Day (May 14).

Birthdays this week include:
Katniss Everdeen (May 8), Peter Benchley (May 8), J.M. Barrie (May 9), Kermit the Frog (May  9), Lisa Simpson (May 9), Daphne de Maurier (May 13), Robert Pattinson (May 13), Steven Colbert (May 13), George Lucas (May 14)

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Okay, here's where we get to the PICKLES! I bet you were wondering when that would come up. It's International Pickle Week (May 14- 25)!!! It's also American Craft Beer Week (May 16 - 22), and National Backyard Games Week (May 18 - 25) so I sense a really good backyard party with lots of games, beer and cookies in our future!

Next up is National Chocolate Chip Day (May 14), National Sea Monkey Day (May 16), National Pizza Party Day (May 20) and Eliza Doolittle Day (May 20)!
We'll hopefully see you all at 3 Rivers Comicon (May 21-22) and Food Truck-a-palooza (May 21) this weekend. If you're not into comics or food (what is wrong with you but okay) you could celebrate National Miniature Golf Day (May 21) or join in the fun at Venture Outdoors Fest (May 21)!
Birthdays this week include:
The lovely owner of this fantastic store! Sir Boss-Lady Kristen celebrates her birthday on May 15th! Stop by and buy something! She'd love that!
Other birthdays are L. Frank Baum (May 15) and Tina Fey (May 18).

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Start your week off right at BOOK CLUB! Cards Unlimited Book club will be meeting at 6pm on May 22nd to discuss The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Coincidentally, may 22nd is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's birthday, so we're super excited to be celebrating by reading this book.

Two books that we're pretty excited about come out this week: The City of Mirrors (The Passage Trilogy) by Justin Cronin and The Last Star of the Fifth Wave Series by Rick Yancey (both May 24). Geek Pride Day and Towel Day are both May 25. And then on the 27th, X-Men: Apocaplyse hits the theaters!!!!!!
If that isn't exciting enough for you, hit up the Pyro Fest over the weekend (May 28 - 29)!

Birthdays this week include:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (May 22), Scott O'Dell (May 23), Sookie Stackhouse (May 24), Cookie Monster (May 24), Dashiell Hammett (May 27) and Ian Fleming (May 28).

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It's Memorial Day (May 30)! AND THEN, NEIL GAIMAN IS RELEASING A NEW BOOK: The View From the Cheap Seats (May 31)!

Birthdays this week include:
Mel Blanc (May 30)

22 Apr
2016

Top 10 Gifts for that Earth-loving Hippie you know

Happy Earth Day! In honor of this wonderful holiday, we've compiled a list of things that you should buy some time for that friend of yours that really really loves green things!

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12 Apr
2016

Drop Everything And Read Day!

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Today is one our very very very FAVORITE holidays! It's D.E.A.R. Day! Otherwise known as Drop Everything And Read Day! Every year there's one day when you can just do nothing but read all day long. Drop everything else on the floor and don't clean it up until tomorrow! Today is a day for Reading!

What books are you reading today?

11 Apr
2016

Book Club Wrap Up: The Once and Future King Part 2, 3 & 4

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Last night we hosted our April Book Club and talked (again) about The Once and Future King by T.H. White! A big thank you to everyone who joined us. We're still munching on the left-over cookies.
(Yeah, we had cookies. Jealous?) :D

General consensus was that we really like this book, guys. I mean, it has some issues, like the lack of solid female characters, but it is a truely fantastic book to read if you want to familiarize yourself with the story of King Arthur.

If you missed book club and would like to gab about the book with someone, tweet at us, yo! We'll tell you all the feels.

Next up we'll be reading The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle! We'll be meeting on May 22nd, so stop by soon to get your copy!