Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

Hey everyone! I just wanted to take a moment and wish everyone a very Happy New Year! 2016 was a great year for reading I have no doubt that 2017 will be just as exciting. What were your favorites this year? What do you look forward to reading next year? Write in and tell us and have a--

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The iron Guy is excited about great new reading in 2017!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Have a Great Holiday Season--And Do Some Binge Reading!

Greetings of the season, guys! This is a great time of year, isn't it? Lights and decorations are out all over the place, kids get out of school and the grownup world ends its hustle, bustle and stress for a while to reflect on friendship, good cheer, family and good will. (and if you don't those are MANLY virtues, you're WRONG!) I sincerely hope that everyone has a great Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa this year--which, by happy coincidence, all happen roughly at the same time in 2016.

Now this is time that a lot of bloggers talk about their Best of 2016 Lists or recommend Books For the Holidays (and if you'd like to see some holiday book recommendations, look here and here) but this year the Iron Guy is going to something different while you're out of school.

I'm going to challenge you to do some binge reading.

"What is binge reading?" you  ask. Well, what is binge watching? Everyone knows what that is. This is the same idea. Instead of watching several episodes of your favorite show in a row, take some time to read several books in your favorite series. Or read several of your favorite individual books. Or graphic novels. Or biographies or nonfiction. You get the idea--take take some time and read a bunch. You've got a break from school; why not take some time for some serious binge reading?

The Iron Guy, of course, will lead the way. I'll have a few days off, so I plan to read the first two books in the Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom series. Plus several graphic novels. And some other random things.

What about you? Do you have any favorite series you'd like to catch up on? Of course, there are the usual books--Harry Potter, Percy Jackson/Kane Chronicles/Magnus Chase, The 39 Clues, My Weird School, etc. All of these would be great but let me also suggest:

The Copernicus Legacy
You've heard me talk about this. These would be perfect to binge on over the break. In fact, I got this idea of binge reading from Joanne Roberts, a blogger who left a comment about bingeing (is that spelled right?) on these books on my last post.














The Goofballs and the Secrets of Droon series
Also by Tony Abbott. Great for younger reader guys.














The Alvin Ho series
Funny, funny, funny and also great for younger or older reader guys














And there are many others. So grab a few of your favorites, turn off that computer or TV screen, find a comfortable spot and enjoy some big-time binge reading! Then don't forget to write in and tell us if you do. (that goes for you too, grownups!)

The Iron Guy in his happy holiday place with a MANLY stack of books for binge reading


And have a thoroughly wonderful holiday season!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Crown of Fire--A Fitting End to a Great Series

All right, guys, let me ask you---how do you feel when a favorite TV series ends? Or at the end of a day at a great theme park? Or after you've eaten the last slice of your favorite pizza? Or you happy and satisfied? Or are you a bit sad that it's over? Or do you feel both things at the same time? Well, that's what the Iron Guy is going through right now. I've recently finished The Crown of Fire, the final book in that terrific series The Copernicus Legacy by the unbelievably-talented Tony Abbott. I'm happy and satisfied after such a good read but I enjoyed it so much I wish there could have been more!

Where should I start? It would take way too long to summarize all that's happened in these books, so if you want a quick synopsis of the main plot line, click here for a review of an earlier book. This book wraps up the plot lines; we get to find all the Relics, see what happens when they are joined together (or when at least half of them are put together), learn what happens at CERN, what happens to Becca because of the poisoning, find out what all those nuclear warheads are for and finally discover the secret of Galina's past. Along the way there are characters who jump from building to building while bad guys shoot at them, look for the most powerful Relic in the Antarctic wilderness, have guns pointed at them by art-stealing Nazis, search in creepy flooded caverns under The Monster---and then there's the mind-bending and mind-blowing finale with all the paradoxes that time travel creates. In short, there's enough action and danger to leave any reader happy and satisfied.

There are some book series that grab hold of you so strongly that you spend every spare minute reading them. Then you remember them the rest of your lives. For me, they were the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books, (at least the first series) and then the Barnstormers/Sluggers series. Now The Copernicus Legacy joins that proud company. Go find them and read them!! Go find them and read them!! You will be richly rewarded when you do.

PS--don't forget there are also two books in The Copernicus Archives series, which tie in with the four other books and get referenced in this one especially. They are every bit as exciting as the Legacy books.

Monday, December 5, 2016

And Justin Claims His Prizes

Yes, guys, our good friend Justin, the other heavy hitter in the World Series of Reading Contest, has just sent me photos of him and his well-earned prizes:


As you can see, he won a copy of Dan Gutman's book The Million Dollar Goal, Mike Lupica's Game Changers and a flash drive. Well done, Justin! Enjoy them and let us know what you think of those books.

(Hey, I also see you've read a couple of the Keeper of Lost Cities books. How did you like them? I'm curious and would love to know what our fellow reader guys think of them)

Friday, November 25, 2016

Reid Claims His Prizes

Hey, everybody, and happy day-after-Thanksgiving greetings! I hope you had a good day yesterday. I know I did. And now we have one more reason to be thankful--our good friend Reid came by the library to claim his prizes for winning the World Series of Reading Contest. Here you see him striking a pose as he picks up his prizes--no doubt he's showing us how knocked it out of the park to win!



As you can see, he won a set of the first four Harry Potter books, a door hanger and a digital stopwatch. Reid really impressed me as he got his prizes. He already had the first four Harry Potter books. I asked him if he'd like to pick out some other books but he said, no, he'd give these books to a friend. Now that's a MANLY MAN!

Enjoy this long weekend, guys, and let me know if you read any cool books or listen to any good audiobooks. I hope to spend some quality time with The Crown of Fire. I've read the first three or four chapters and already there's been an escape from a gunfight, a reappearance of a mysterious assassin and a book that shrieks! I told you these books are good!

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Crown of Fire--- The New Book For Which This Turkey Is Majorly Grateful!

Stop Everything!

STOP EVERYTHING!!

The latest book in The Copernicus Legacy series has just arrived! Woo-hoo! This is great!! This is really, really---wait a second. I'm getting carried away. The Iron Guy must show his usual manly restraint at the good news:


WHOOPEEE!!!!!! This is GREAT!!!!!!!!!



Ahem, this is what I had in mind:


That's more like it.


(BTW, I got that clip art picture from Cliparts.co) In all seriousness, I usually write a post around this time of year to mention things I'm thankful for. I'm doing one early because I've just received The Crown of Fire by Tony Abbott, the latest and final book in that terrific-beyond-words series by Tony Abbott. Do I seem a bit enthusiastic? You bet!  These books really are that good. You get thrills, mystery, secret relics hidden for generations, puzzling clues, a world-wide evil organization, badly-outnumbered heroes--and Galina Krause, the most despicable and fascinating villain to come along in a long time and the center of all that mystery. 

You say you haven't read any of The Copernicus Legacy books? Then what are you waiting for?? Go check them out! Now! As I said, they are that good. Start with The Forbidden Stone, the first in the series. Don't forget to check The Copernicus Files books too; they're a couple of "in-between" books that take place  between books 1 and 2 and books 2 and 3. 

Every few years an author bursts out of nowhere to surprise and delight us with a series that's new, exciting and totally unlike anything else. Rick Riordan did it first with Percy Jackson, then Phil Bildner and Loren Long gave us the Barnstormers/Sluggers books and now Tony Abbott (though he has been around quite a while) has "wowed" the world with The Copernicus Legacy. People like him keep reading fresh and fun and for that I'm very grateful.

Wait a minute---did I say this book is the final one in the series?? Awww, man! I wanted more!! 
Oh, well, the Iron Guy will take the disappointment, as he always does, like a truly MANLY MAN:




Oh, forget it! Go check out these books. You'll enjoy them a lot. And let me know how you like them.

PS--the book that you see in these photos is one that Mr. Abbott sent me himself. And he signed it! Thanks, Mr. Abbott!

Update--Today is Monday and it's the day for It's Monday! What Are You Reading? Check it out and see what other cool books people are reading.


Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The People Speak!


We held a poll called "If Boys Could Vote, Who Would Be President?" with Harry Potter, Luke Skywalker, The Incredible Hulk, Willy Wonka and Annabeth Chase as candidates. People voted and guess who won?

That's right--Annabeth Chase! It was a close race. Luke Skywalker came in second with HarryvbPotter next and Willy Wonka last. Poor Hulk got no votes ("Hulk sit in cave and cry now!") Thanks for participating, everyone.

And watch this blog over the next week or so. A new book (well actually, the final book in a series) is coming out that the Iron Guy truly is excited about. Not just excited but over the top, beside himself, counting down the days until it's here excited. What is it?? Stay tuned!!