Member Blogs Archive > December 2015

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Calico Spy by Margaret Brownley

    Thu, 31 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Katie is sent out on a new case.  She's a Pinkerton detective and there have been two murders at the Harvey House she is infiltrating.  She's no waitress but she's going to have to learn fast.  Working on the inside should give her a better chance at identifying the killer.  The sheriff isn't impressed.  He thinks she's putting herself in danger.Barbour Publishing and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published tomorrow and there are others in this series, too.  They are all good reads.You can tell that Katie and Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Best of 2015: Our 10 Most Popular Blog Posts

    Thu, 31 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    It is hard to believe that 2015 is drawing to a close. What a great year! The staff at Books Tell You Why would like to take a moment to thank all of you: the loyal readers who followed our work throughout the year. Your interest and enthusiasm are a constant reminder of why we do what we do. Before beginning festivities tonight and moving on to 2016 tomorrow, we thought we'd take a moment to revisit our ten most popular blog posts from 2015. Care to join us? Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Bellwyn the Witch Stories by J.A. Pak

    Thu, 31 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Bellwyn is an unusual witch.  She's a bit absent minded, forgets how to do simple spells, and doesn't pay attention to the town gossip.  She does have a warrior who loves her.  And she's not a bad witch.  But she's not necessarily a good witch either.  She's just there - mostly...I've read work by Ms. Pak before and she writes good fantasies.  Her muse takes her all kinds of places and she articulates these mind journeys in a clear voice.  I bought this book on Amazon and enjoyed reading it.  Check it out.Bellwyn has been "possessed" which means she could Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Professor Challenger: New Worlds, Lost Places by J. R. Campbell, Charles Prepolec

    Wed, 30 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Professor Challenger is a big man with a big brain.  He's into adventure, seeks knowledge anywhere and has no fear of what he faces.  Even if it is a journey to another world, he's game.Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now on Amazon.I hadn't read about Professor Challenger before.  If I see more about his antics, I'll be reading them.  These short stories were way out and lots of fun.  There's a taste of Jules Verne, H G Wells, and Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Five Rare Rudyard Kipling Editions

    Wed, 30 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    With dozens of major works to his name, Rudyard Kipling was one of the most prolific writers of his time and a stalwart in the British literary landscape. Kipling was a master storyteller whose books transcended genre and audience, and his impact on the modern short story, children’s books, poetry, and long-form narratives like the novel still resonates with writers today. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Shadow Wrack: The Eldritch Manor Series by Kim Thompson

    Wed, 30 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    There are dark spots appearing again in Willa's life.  She doesn't want any visitors from the other side so she's worried about them.  Why are they there?  Who's bringing them?  Can she stop them?Dundurn and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 9th.This is an adventure with different magical animals that help or hinder Willa in her quest.  She's trying to keep them safe, trying to stop any infighting, and trying to figure out why the black holes are coming back.There's good action, some fighting (can you imagine a fight Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    The Antiquarian Book World in 2016

    Wed, 30 Dec 2015 01:00:11 Permalink
    Woohoo! It is almost 2016 and have you got a whirlwind year ahead of you! Interested in Book Fairs? Book events? Bibliophiles in general? The Antiquarian Book World has got you covered. Check out the most pressing book events (mainly CA or ABAA related) in early 2016 below! January: Now until January 10th: If you haven’t […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Redeeming Cade by Susan Crawford

    Tue, 29 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Cade is an ex-con who found God and is changing his life.  He's now an assistant director at the local gospel rescue mission.  He's found his calling in life.  He loves his job and the people there.  He's still a bit of a rule breaker, but he's got a good heart.  That's why he gets upset when he finds out there is new development going on and they are going to tear down the mission and use the land for the project...Redbud Press allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Five Beautiful Books by Nawakum Press

    Tue, 29 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Despite what critics and pundits have been warning for years, people like paper. Ebook sales have become stagnant. Everybody, even the college-aged, prefer to read tangible books. Print culture, for the moment, seems to be doing quite well. This environment has been of a particular benefit to one section of the publishing industry, one which has flourished in recent years. In a world of screens and immediate gratification, people are growing more and more attracted to books made by hand. One of the most impressive successes to emerge from this fine press revolution is the Santa Rosa-based Nawakum Press. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Plain Dead by Emma Miller

    Tue, 29 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Rachel is happily running a bed and breakfast and chairing a winter festival for the Amish to show off their arts and crafts.  When the local newspaper man hints he will print something nasty in the paper about her, she loses her temper and shouts at him.  He's already hurt an Amish family with his gossip column.  She doesn't want her past to ruin her future.  That becomes another worry for her.  It's even worse when he's found dead the next day...Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Borges, Puig, Cortazar: Where to Start with Argentine Literature

    Mon, 28 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    One literature differs from another, either before or after it, not so much because of the text as for the manner in which it is read. - Jorge Luis Borges Argentina is country so literary that its name is said to be derived from a Latin poem, and it has had a vibrant literary culture since the first co-mingling of Spanish culture with native oral traditions more than four hundred years ago. So, where is a person to start on the task of unraveling a complex literary culture? Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Guaranteed to Bleed by Julie Mulhern

    Mon, 28 Dec 2015 03:00:00 Permalink
    She and her daughter are back home again after spending some time in France.  After finding her husband murdered and taking care of his funeral, she needed some time away.  Especially since he was two-timing her and she needed to adjust to her muted grief and the shame of folks taking about her.  She's back now, attending the local football game, and refreshing her lipstick when she drops the tube.  It was a very expensive French lipstick, so she goes down behind the bleachers to get it back.  What she finds is young man who is bleeding and on his Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Song for the Brokenhearted: A Breen and Tozer Mystery by William Shaw

    Sun, 27 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Breen has been shot in the line of duty and is staying at Tozer's parent's house.  She's trying to keep him quiet so he will heal.  He's not a good patient.  When she tells him of her sister's murder which has never been solved, he finally has something he can look into to keep himself busy.  He'll wish he hadn't taken it on...Mulholland Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 19th, so you can grab a copy then.Breen is a very persistent cop.  He keeps kicking up the Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Politics and Children's Literature

    Sun, 27 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    How might we introduce children to important issues of politics in literature? While such a premise might seem unlikely, a number of children's books have depicted geopolitical violence at various moments in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, suggesting that illustrated books perhaps contain more power within their pages than many of us would anticipate. From Linda Sue Park’s historical book about 12th-century Korea to Thanhha Lai’s illustrated poems of exile from Vietnam, children’s books have a lot to teach us and the children in each of our lives.  Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Don't Worry, It's Only Me

    Sun, 27 Dec 2015 05:22:15 Permalink
    Reading Room in the Maud/Olson Library Back in October I wrote a couple of blog entries about my journey from the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair to Vancouver, BC to pick up the Ralph Maud/Charles Olson library, and then about my 3800 mile journey, accompanied by my old steaming buddy Henry Ferrini, across the United States, […]The post Don’t Worry, It’s Only Me appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman

    Sat, 26 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gus had a good life.  Happy marriage, two kids, he's a retired cop and everything is going his way.  Then his son goes out to play basketball with friends and dies on the court.  He had a heart defect that no one knew about.  Life as Gus knew goes down the toilet...G P Putnam's Sons and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 26th.It's been a couple of years now since the death, but Gus still isn't over grieving.  He and his wife aren't good together anymore, his daughter Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    A Brief History of Banned Books in America

    Sat, 26 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Books encourage people to ask questions. They equip people to understand lives different from their own. They encourage people to seek the truth, to reject what is false and convenient. It is no surprise reading is a powerful thing. For this reason, paranoid governments have always been suspicious of what people might be learning from between the covers of a book. Men might become corrupted. Women might become unchaste. So censors have defamed and condemned them, burned them and banned them—but there will always be people who believe books to be worth fighting for. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Secret of the Blue Glass by Tomiko Inui

    Fri, 25 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    What if you had a family of little people living with you?  What if they needed milk each day to stay alive?  And what if there was no milk to have?Pushkin Children's Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 26th.  I read about the Littles growing up, have met brownies and other creatures in stories, but this is the first time I've heard of about little people in Japan.  That caught my interest so I had to read this story.This family of little people is not as independent Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Tale of Rescue by Michael J. Rosen

    Fri, 25 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    They're vacationing in a cabin in the Appalachians.  They're townies and don't understand how quickly the weather can turn.  That's dangerous in the mountains.Candlewick Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so check with your local bookstore for a copy.When they get turned around in the woods because of a white out, there's nothing they can do except try to take shelter from the storm.  They're dressed warmly but there's wind and dampness in the air and they may not make it through the night.The father calls and whistles but Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Ten Beautiful Christmas Poems

    Fri, 25 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty. —Edgar Allan Poe Merry Christmas, everyone! Truly, Christmas is a lyrical holiday—one that is experienced through the stories told from day’s past and hopes strung together for the future. Whether it be through bible verses, Christmas carols, or the written word, there's no better way to celebrate the beauty of today than with some classic Christmas poetry. Here, we’ve compiled excerpts from ten Christmas poems. Enjoy the “rhythmical creation of Beauty” on this Christmas Day. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    River Road by Carol Goodman

    Thu, 24 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    She had a little too much to drink but she was fine for driving home.  The ice and snow added more difficulty.  Then she hit something.  She was sure it was a deer but she couldn't find it.  She gives up and heads home for bed.  She can't imagine why someone is knocking on her door in the morning.  Finding a policeman on her stoop is a shock.  It's even more of a shock when he tells her one of her students has been hit by a car and is dead.  And it gets worse as he suggests she was Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Five Little-Known Facts About Queen of Suspense, Mary Higgins Clark

    Thu, 24 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Mary Higgins Clark's name is now synonymous with the suspense genre. She's penned 35 suspense novels on her own, and she's worked in collaboration with friends and family on several more. Her books, including favorites like Before I Say Goodbye and He See's You When You're Sleeping, are bestsellers. In fact, her first suspense novel, Where Are The Children? (1975)—which was also made into a feature film—is in its 75th edition. So, we know her by her work, but what are some little-known facts about the reigning Queen of Suspense? Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Goblin's Puzzle: Being the Adventures of a Boy with No Name and Two Girls Called Alice by Andrew Chilton

    Wed, 23 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a slave.  He has no life of his own.  He takes care of the plants and grounds as ordered.  When he's ordered to go on a trip with the young master, he goes.  When he sees the other slave kill the young master, he's forsaken.  Even though he had nothing to do with it, he'll be killed for not stopping it.  So he runs, right into more trouble.Knopf Books for Young Readers and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 19th.The boy has no name.  That will be Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Welcome to Beantown: A Literary Tour of Boston

    Wed, 23 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    The City on a Hill. The Cradle of Liberty. Beantown. No matter how you refer to it, there’s no doubting Boston’s place in the landscape of American culture and history. A city defined by its revolutionary spirit, ferocious attachment to its sports teams, and stock of hearty, stiff-lipped citizens, Boston has also served as a launching pad and home for some of the world’s finest literary minds. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Collecting Antiquarian Bibles (What Better Time to Discuss than at Christmas?)

    Wed, 23 Dec 2015 05:12:04 Permalink
    The Bible is the most common English-language book in the world, so it would hardly seem like an ideal focus for rare book collectors. But the history and variety of Bibles make collecting them a diverting and challenging occupation—especially because one can often start a lovely collection without spending too much money. Finding Your Focus […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Harvest Moon by Sharon Struth

    Tue, 22 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a recovering addict.  She's still trying to get over being raped years ago.  There's an attraction between them but neither one is looking for anything permanent.  That's too bad...Lyrical Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It's coming out today, so you can grab a copy now.Trent is working with his brother on the vineyard he's established.  He has some family problems to overcome yet because of his past actions but he's on the straight and narrow now.  He likes being sober.  Now if he can just mend the past.Veronica has been Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Oona Finds an Egg (The Oodlethunks #1) by Adele Griffin, Mike Wu (Illustrated by)

    Tue, 22 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Oona is a typical cave girl.  Her only problem is that she gets lost.  She's lost when she tries to cross a bridge to go home and the bridge breaks!  She manages to reach the ground on the other side and rolls to a stop right next to this rock.  Oh, it's not a rock; it's an egg!Scholastic and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 5th, so you can grab a copy then.The Oodlethunks are an interesting family.  Mom works and Dad creates gourmet recipes in the kitchen.  When they Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The First Day of Winter: Five Frosty Reads for a Celebration of Snow

    Tue, 22 Dec 2015 08:00:00 Permalink
    Snow. Day.  Are there two words in the English language that, when strung together, elicit more joy in the heart of a child? Back in the day, news of a snow day was carried over a staticky radio. Hopeful kids listened for their school’s name in the cancellation list while tucked in bed or sitting in a warm kitchen that smelled of toast and freshly brewed coffee. When it made its alphabetical appearance, a typically quiet and sleepy morning house would be transformed into a household filled with excitement as children threw off their blankets and threw on their winter Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Doodletopia: Cartoons by Christopher Hart

    Mon, 21 Dec 2015 11:12:00 Permalink
    Does someone in your family like to draw?  This book is simple, practical, and offers you not only the guidelines but space to practice your skills.  It's great introduction to cartoons.I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  It has been published so you can get a copy now.Each chapter takes you through a different exercise in drawing.  I'm not very talented in that department but I think the instructions are easy enough to follow and I might even be able to create some art.  Even if you aren't exact, you can pretend you meant to do Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Cat Who Came In off the Roof by Annie M.G. Schmidt, David Colmer (Translated by)

    Mon, 21 Dec 2015 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a reporter who can never find anything to write about.  He writes about cats because he sees them around town, owns one himself, and they're always into something.  His editor tells him he has to get a better story, one with real news, or he'll be fired...Delacorte Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It's being published January 19th.This is delightful story for anyone who loves cats.  I grew up with a cat.  It even slept in the crib with me.  So it's a given that I would like this story.When he's visiting Read More
  • Showing 1-30 (of 82 total)
  • Page 1 of 3
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
next >

Looks like you are ready to submit this application

If you are satisfied that your application is complete, go ahead and click "submit this application."
Otherwise, click "review this application" to review your answers or make additional changes.