Member Blogs Archive > December 2016

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    Born to Run (North Oak #1) by Ann Hunter

    Sat, 31 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Alex always runs away from her foster homes.  She's also always caught and returned.  The last home she's in is the worst of the lot.  She and her best friend make plans to run that night.  But when Ashley visits the bathroom in the middle of the night to get ready, the night explodes...I received this ebook from instaFreebie and the author to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.Alex knows she's done an awful thing and will have to answer for it, so she runs again.  She's alone and Read More
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    The Best of 2016: Our Ten Most Popular Blog Posts

    Sat, 31 Dec 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    As the year winds down, the writers and staff at Books Tell You Why would like to take a moment to thank all of our loyal readers. Engaging with you over the course of 2016 has been a delight. It is your smart commentary, unique insights, and thoughtful criticism that make this blog a remarkable platform for rare book collectors and book-lovers of all kinds. Let’s take a look back at some of our highlights this year. Here are the ten most-read posts on blogis liborum, written and published in 2016. Read More
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    Descender, Volume 3: Singularities (Descender #3) by Jeff Lemire (Writer), Dustin Nguyen (Artist)

    Fri, 30 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Robots always draw me into a story.  In this tale, robots are feared.  There was an uprising long ago and now humans consider them dangerous and of use only as scrap.  One is just a little boy who lived a quiet life in his past but now has no home and no friends...Image Comics shared this book with me for a review (thank you).  It has been published now and you can get a copy.  I read an earlier book in this series and was intrigued to see what the author had done next.  It was different and it was Read More
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    The Very First Christmas Stocking & the Gifts of the 7 Coins by Terry Paul LaFargue

    Fri, 30 Dec 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Here's a different look at the birth of Jesus.  Instead of the three kings, a family of shepherds come to visit...Dog Ear Publishing and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published.I was expecting the traditional story with a few additions but this is a totally different look.  When a shooting star lands in the meadow where two children were watching the sheep and it turns out to be jet like star that two angels are riding, you know it's going to be different.It's a good tale with lots of lessons to Read More
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    Bessie Head's Experience at the International Writing Program

    Fri, 30 Dec 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Since 1967, the International Writing Program (IWP) at the University of Iowa has brought together writers from more than 140 different countries to be in residence for a semester at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. During the fall residency each year, the University of Iowa hosts events for the writers in residence, who read work from their recent novels, short stories, poetry collections, drama, and books of creative non-fiction. To be eligible for residency in the IWP, writers must have at least one book published, and they must have sufficient English-language skills. In 1977, Bessie Head traveled from Read More
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    Journey on a Runaway Train by Gertrude Chandler Warner, Anthony VanArsdale

    Thu, 29 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Remember the Boxcar Children?  Gertrude Chandler Warner wrote a great many books starring these children.  I think I read the whole series when I was young.  I at least read every one I could find.  When I saw this new mini-series, I had to revisit them and see how they have held up over the years.Albert Whitman & Company and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 1st.All the same characters are in this series, along with their dog.  The story begins at home when a funny looking man gives them Read More
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    Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune by Pamela S. Turner

    Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Many years ago in a land faraway, a baby was born.  His father went to war and never came back.  The new ruler intended to kill the sons of the defeated Samurai but the mother was very pretty.  He sends the boys to the monks in the hills to care for them.  Later he will be sorry he did that.  That baby might not even remember his father but he still has his proud heart and his will to succeed and put down his enemies.Charlesbridge and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will Read More
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    The Great Friendship of Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins

    Thu, 29 Dec 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The famous literary friendship between Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins began not in the world of the written word but on the stage. A mutual friend of the two, the Dickensianly-named painter Augustus Egg, connected Dickens to the younger Collins, who was a budding writer in his late twenties. Like Dickens, Collins was happy to perform on occasion, and in an amateur play production, he played the valet to Dickens’s leading role, a dandyish aristocrat named Lord Wilmot. Read More
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    Maresi: Book 1 in The Red Abbey Chronicles by Maria Turtschaninoff

    Wed, 28 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Maresi is thirteen and has come to the Abbey because her family doesn't have enough food to go around.  She knows her youngest sister died because of hunger so she goes and leaves what food there is to her family.  The Red Abbey only has women.  There are no men anyway on the island.  Fishermen bring them their food by boat and never ever step on the dock.  It should be safe.  But one young novice brings danger...Amulet Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published January 3rd.  This is Read More
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    The Obama Presidential Library

    Wed, 28 Dec 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    “(A Nation) must, above all, believe in the capacity of its own people so to learn from the past that they can gain in judgement in creating their own future.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt, June 30 1941, at the dedication of his Presidential Library For the bookish, there is something incredibly charming about the fact that the nation’s preferred mode of commemorating presidents as they leave office is the construction of a library. Read More
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    Freedom of the Press Battles in America

    Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    In 1853, a Swedish visitor named Per Siljeström noted that “In no country in the world is the taste for reading so diffused among the people as in America.” Alexis de Tocqueville reached a similar conclusion two decades earlier, while surveying the young nation. The French sociologist observed the overwhelming inclination for reading and self-education among the American people. He even went so far as to call this land “the most enlightened community in the world.” The United States began as a nation of bookworms. Read More
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    THE SECRETS OF MOONLIGHT COVE by A.G. Reid, Barb DeLong, Jill Jaynes, Shauna Roberts, Janna Roznos, Kathleen Rowland

    Tue, 27 Dec 2016 03:00:00 Permalink
    Moonlight Cove is a quaint little town on the coast of California.  Everything looks peaceful but there are some waves underneath.  There's also a lot of romance in town.  That makes it a fun read.The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  You can grab a copy at Amazon now.Mr. Valentine is a vampire that likes to play matchmaker.  Cupid wants him to stop...My favorite story is:  Maggie’s Mystery Man by Barb DeLong.  He's in town wearing a disguise.  Maggie is journalist.  And when the story goes live before Read More
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    A Pinch of Poison by Alyssa Maxwell

    Mon, 26 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Haverleigh School for Young Ladies is a proper young woman's school where those who are privileged attend.  Some common girls get scholarships but they aren't really welcome.  However privileged these girls might be, it doesn't protect them from murder.  When the head mistress eats a small cake for dessert after a public event, she suddenly chokes and dies...Kensington Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 27th.Phoebe and her housemaid and partner in crime, Eva, are at the dinner along with others who were working on the fund raising Read More
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    Feud Valley Showdown by Denis Hughes

    Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    When he headed  out on vacation to visit his sister and her husband, he was warned it was a rough town and to watch the sheriff.  He might be crooked.  What he finds is a burned down cabin with a dead man inside.  He figures it's his brother-in-law, the victim has been shot.  But where is Beth?  While he's looking for her, the sheriff shows up and takes him in for murder...Endeavor Press/Pioneering Press and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has now been published and you can find a copy Read More
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    Roots

    Mon, 26 Dec 2016 04:17:28 Permalink
    Funny the way this whole thing started, then took on a life of its own. I was having a coffee with a colleague some years older than me (these days they’re scarce), and he was lamenting the 15,000 maritime books he owns, just part of a bigger collection of tens of thousand of other sorts […]The post Roots appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon

    Sun, 25 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mrs. Creasy is missing.  Grace has picked up the habits of her elders and gossips with her friend, Tilly, about whether she just left or if she was murdered.  They decide to investigate.  They find secrets alright, but not the ones they wanted...Scribner sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has already been published so you can buy a copy now.The avenue they live on is filled with families in all stages of life.  Grace attempts to question people discreetly but it doesn't work well.  The more the girls snoop, the more questions Read More
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    Kill the Father by Sandrone Dazieri

    Sat, 24 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's suffering PTSD from her last assignment.  The man she wanted to take into custody was blown in bits in front of her as well as a good part of the restaurant and many other customers.  She was injured, in shock, and mentally impacted by the size of the damage.  She feels it was her fault.  So she's still not back at work.  And then they call and want her to come to the site where a child has been abducted.  She doesn't want to do it but she also doesn't want the boy to die...Scribner sent me an ARC Read More
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    Influential Images: The Night Before Christmas

    Sat, 24 Dec 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    "A Visit From Saint Nicholas” has the distinction of being perhaps the most well-known American poem. Also known as “The Night Before Christmas” and “'Twas the Night Before Christmas”, the poem was originally published anonymously in 1823 in the Sentinel, a newspaper out of Troy, New York. It was an immediate hit and was soon reprinted in papers across the country. Though there has been some controversy over the authorship of the poem (with some believing it to be written by Henry Livingston, Jr.), it is most commonly attributed to Clement Clarke Moore who eventually included the poem in a Read More
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    The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson by Nancy Peacock

    Fri, 23 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a story of a slave who loved a woman more than he should have.  He met her while he was being sold.  They were both sold to the same man and they were both attracted to each other.  But the master had taken a fancy to her also and he held the position of power...Atria Books shared an ARC with me of this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 3rd.The life of a slave is not a nice story.  Especially not when you have a sadistic master.  Persimmon is determined to help Chloe escape Read More
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    Multifaceted Creativity: Jim Dine as Both Artist and Poet

    Fri, 23 Dec 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Many Americans familiar with Pop Art or Conceptual Art might know of Jim Dine’s role in creating “Happenings” throughout New York City alongside other artists such as Claes Oldenburg and Allan Kaprow. Given that he has been such a prolific painter, experimenting with conceptual forms and new media, Dine often is thought of first and foremost as an artist. Yet, as a Fall 1969 issue of The Paris Review* made clear to readers, Dine is also a poet. Read More
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    The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

    Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    They've been friends for a long time.  Every so often they take off on a trip together to revitalize themselves and catch up on each other.  Pia is the leader by default.  She suggests and the others follow.  The majority of them like to lie on a beach and sip a cool drink but she suggests riding the rapids on a river in upper Maine.  The main character in the book is not fond of the idea.  Win is bit lethargic in life right now and would rather not do things that frighten her.  Facing your fears can make you Read More
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    The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World by David Jaher

    Thu, 22 Dec 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    I've always had an interest in Harry Houdini so this book caught my eye.  It's the story of Harry's life along with the folks whose spiritualism he tried to debunk.  I'd never heard of the Witch of Lime Street.  This is her story, too.I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.This is very detailed non-fiction look at Houdini and his talents and all the people he knew.  I was surprised to find Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the crowd.  Houdini used a lot of Read More
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    Local Legends: The Book Club of California

    Thu, 22 Dec 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The Book Club of California was founded in 1912 when John Henry Nash, W.R.K. Young, James D. Blake, and Edward Robeson Taylor went to lunch with Charles Moore. Nash and company were hoping to showcase some of the books they owned in the upcoming Panama Pacific International Exposition. Moore said their entry would have more weight if the request came from an organization rather than a handful of individuals. Though the exhibition fell through, the newly formed Book Club of California grew to 58 members by the end of the year. Now, membership is close to 1,000. The club is Read More
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    The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters: The Jolly Regina by Kara LaReau, Illustrator Jen Hill

    Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jaundice and Kale Bland are just that:  Bland.  They have their routines and follow them every day.  They make no changes, hardly even go outside.  They have oatmeal for breakfast ALL THE TIME.  And they're waiting for their parents to come home.  They went out on an errand and haven't returned.  They're content with their lot.  They'll just keep waiting.  And then someone knocks on the door...Amulet Books sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published January 10th.When one of them answers the door because the caller has promised a surprise, Read More
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    Winter Solstice: Short Stories from the Worlds of KP Novels by Lincoln Cole, Linda Cassidy Lewis, Jessica Knauss, Jacqueline Ward, Ann Omasta, Jada Ryker, Fiona Quinn, & 3 more

    Wed, 21 Dec 2016 08:30:00 Permalink
    Winter is coming in through the door, so I thought reading this one would be good timing.  There's a mix in this short story collection from romance to mystery to horror.  It's a very nice collection from Kindle Press authors.  I haven't read much from that source so I found some new authors in my read.InstaFreebies shared this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can find it on Amazon.It begins with romance and the stories are light and Christmasy.  Just what I needed to help get me in the mood for Christmas.They were Read More
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    First Day of Winter Reading Guide (Or, Four Strategies for Ringing in the Season)

    Wed, 21 Dec 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    Winter, let us say, has its detractors. Beyond a certain latitude, the Winter Solstice is a symbol of minimal sunlight, bracing cold, and brutal snowstorms. This does not mean that the season has nothing to recommend it. The colder months offer the opportunity to stay in, drink hot cocoa, and watch something seasonal or festive, say, It's a Wonderful Life (1946). And really, snow’s not so bad if you’re watching it fall from the comfort of your own home. Here are four strategies for reading around the winter solstice. Read More
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    Secret Origins by James Riley

    Tue, 20 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    After their escapades in the past in comic books, you'd think that Owen and Bethany would be smarter than to step through a portal into a new world.  After all, they got in big trouble before.  Why would they think this time would be any easier?Aladdin and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 17th.This is written for middle graders and has comic book heroes and villains as well as interesting skills that Charm (from the other world) has endowed Bethany and Owen with.  It's an interesting story with Nobody trying Read More
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    VLOG: Four Videos on the Art of Chromolithography

    Tue, 20 Dec 2016 08:00:00 Permalink
    The word lithograph comes from lithos, the Greek word for stone. Lithography differs from similar image-based printing methods by not requiring the artist to carve into the medium, as she would have to do with a copper engraving or a woodcut relief. Instead, she draws the image onto the smooth surface of a limestone block, and then uses oil and other substances to transfer it onto paper. Read More
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    The Silver Gate by Kristin Bailey

    Mon, 19 Dec 2016 09:00:00 Permalink
    Elric knows his sister, Wynn, is different but she's honest, laughs a lot, and is good, sweet, and loving.  He's not sure why his mother and Wynn live in the woods by themselves while he lives with his dad, but he gets to visit and he's content with that.  However, when his mother dies, things fall to pieces.  His father wants to sell his sister to the castle as a servant.  He can't let that happen!Katherine Tegen Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 10th.I liked this book for Read More
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    Feeding the Rat

    Mon, 19 Dec 2016 04:39:19 Permalink
    Well, all the chores are done. The winter’s wood is cut, split, and stacked. The compost has been turned one last time. The bills are paid. The books from the last couple of catalogs are wrapped and shipped. I’ve even got my Christmas shopping done. Everybody’s getting the same book – Fredrik Sjoberg’s The Fly […]The post Feeding the Rat appeared first on Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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