Member Blogs Archive > February 2018

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Harper and the Night Forest by Cerrie Burnell, Laura Ellen Anderson

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Would you like to take a ride on a magic flying umbrella?  Would you enjoy being able to play music that does magical things?  Harper does...Sky Pony Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 20th.Harper has friends in her apartment house and they go on adventures together.  Her parents are away right now and she wants to help the Wild Conductor catch the Ice Raven.  He thinks that will help him get his job back.  But it's not that straight forward.  It seems the Ice Raven is part of a fairy Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    In Their Own Words: Books to Be Inspired by on President's Day

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    The British have had ripe occasion recently to appreciate a leader whose oratory and philosophy were integral to his ability to improve the world. With movies like Dunkirk and Darkest Hour and TV shows like The Crown, memories of Winston Churchill, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, sting all the more sharply as they are juxtaposed against what many view as the failures of some of our current leaders to live up to truly noble aspirations. It's always good to remember our presidents and statesmen who led with a certain moral obligation, integrity of character, humanistic concern, and displayed a talent for Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    My Other Job

    Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:53:07 Permalink
    I spend 10-20 hours a week volunteering for Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety. I work with fellow survivors in Massachusetts, organizing for various survivor causes, and helping with public appearances in which survivors’ stories demonstrate, first hand, the terrible costs of gun violence.Last Thursday at 5 pm I got an email from an editor at the NY Times. She needed 1000 words on the Florida shootings by 11 am the next day.Continue reading My Other Job at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    Elegant Endpapers

    Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:31:00 Permalink
    ffepAka: FFEP or ffepfront free endpaperA common abbreviation for Front Free EndPaper. Generally, it is the first page of a book and is part of a single sheet that also spans across the inside of the front board (called the front pastedown) via a fold along the gutter with the purpose of connecting the boards to the stitched textblock.As a result of this purpose, the paper quality of the ffep is generally of a heavier weight than those used for the pages of the book, and is often decorative.[Biblio.com] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Master Key by Masako Togawa, Simon Grove (Translated by)

    Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is the story of an apartment house in Japan for women only.  Most of the inhabitants moved in during war days and didn't think they'd be there long.  Years later most of them are still there and stay in their little apartments from habit and for safety.  The story begins and ends with death...Pushkin Vertigo and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 27th.They are burying a little boy in the basement of the building.  This incident is tied to a kidnapping.  Practically everyone in this apartment house has a Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

    Sat, 17 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    There's an old girl's school on the outskirts of the city.  When Fiona finds out they are going to rebuild it, she's horrified.  Her sister was killed and her body was left near Idlewild.  It haunts her to think of it operating again.  She's almost obsessed with the death of her sister.  Her killer is in jail but it doesn't make Fiona feel better.  She convinces her boss to let her write an article about it and begins to do some research on it...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will published March Read More
  • from Kristian Strom, Bookseller

    Travel Blog

    Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:52:01 Permalink
    Travelling is one of the major part in our life, either it may be a business travel or leisure travel, or a spiritual travel, everything has it’s own identity to travel. With stunning beaches, a rich culture, ancient heritage buildings and majestic temples, India is an enthralling country to visit. Travelers to the country do benefit from a […] Read More
  • from Kristian Strom, Bookseller

    Love Travelling Alone?

    Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:52:01 Permalink
    Travelling is one of the major parts of our life, either it may be a business travel or leisure travel, or a spiritual travel, everything has it’s own identity to travel. With stunning beaches, a rich culture, ancient heritage buildings and majestic temples, India is an enthralling country to visit. Travelers to the country to benefit from a […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Lost Books and Old Bones: A Scottish Bookshop Mystery by Paige Shelton

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's an American who is working in a Scottish bookstore.  She loves her job, has friends and life is good.  Until a new friend she made is found dead behind the bookstore...Minotaur Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published April 34rd.Delaney likes the medical students she's met but it leads into a murder case.  She finds an old case from the past has something to do with the current events and she tries to make sense of it.  The history of the old crime is fascinating, if a bit gruesome.  It's Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It's time for her twin brother to become the "Chosen One".  He'll be the new ruler for the kingdom.  Marabel really doesn't care about that, but she would like to be recognized as a member of the family instead of always standing in her brother's shadow.  It's not his fault, he tries to include her.  It's her father who thinks she unimportant.  Then her aunt comes to the event and kidnaps him!Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    How Ian Fleming Began Writing His First James Bond Novel

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Perhaps Ian Fleming is being self-deprecating when he calls Casino Royale (1953), the first of more than a dozen Bond novels and stories he would write in his lifetime, his “dreadful oafish opus.” Or, perhaps his alliterative turn of phrase is a sincere appraisal of a work that sprung from surprisingly humble origins. After all, at the time of the book’s writing, Fleming was a newspaperman but hardly a writer in the more elevated sense. Rather than serving as a reflection of any sincere desire to become a beloved author, it seems that Fleming’s inaugural Bond installment was written primarily as Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    A Congress. A Book Fair. A Blog.

    Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:36:56 Permalink
    $400,000.00  Could I sell my first born male child to fund this purchase?  OMG, I so want[ed] this book.  But I leap ahead, for that yearning comes later in the week…  the week, actually 11 days, started with a road trip.  A Vanilla road trip, but nevertheless, a road trip.  Saturday morning, the 3rd of […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Wild Inside by Jamey Bradbury

    Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    I was expecting a tale of young girl growing up in Alaska and competing in the dog sled races.  Alaska can be cold and deadly and I thought it'd be a bit about survival, too.  What is, though, is really a horror story...William Morrow and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 20th.Tracy learned survival skills from her mother and she still follows those rules.  But she doesn't understand that she's almost more wild that the animals she traps.  She runs with her dogs and spends time in the woods alone.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Tweet Hearts by Susan Reagan

    Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Need a Valentine's Day gift suggestion?  Here's one for the little one in your life.Robin Corey Books sent me a copy of this board book for review.  It has been published and would work very nicely for a gift.  It's special because it has a pop up at the end of the book that says "I love you."Here are two birds tweeting themselves through the numbers from 10 to 1 as well as showing a lot of hearts. It's sweet and easy to read and those little fingers will be able to handle this book.Books are better than candy; they Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Collecting Yoko Ono's Artist Books

    Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Collecting artist monographs and exhibition catalogues can be an especially exciting endeavor. In addition, many artists’ books are, themselves, pieces of art to be collected. For example, many artists created hand bound, limited editions that can be added to any discerning collector’s shelves (and, in most cases, can and should be displayed). Yoko Ono has an interesting personal history, as well as a fascinating role in the contemporary and conceptual art worlds. Prior to meeting John Lennon, Ono was involved in performance and conceptual art movements in New York City. Most notably, she participated in “happenings” involving many performers and Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Flicker of Old Dreams by Susan Henderson

    Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She works in her father's mortuary.  Her mother died when she was born.  She and her father love each other but neither has a warm relationship with the other.  She has a better relationship with dead people than she has with live people...HarperCollins and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 13th.Mary is almost thirty and really hasn't even had a date yet.  She's a little too odd for the small town she lives in.  Everyone knows how she lives and what she does.  Who wants to be a mortician?When the Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Valentine's Day for Cynics: The 10 Worst Couples in Literature

    Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    For many people, Valentine's Day is a holiday filled with roses, romance, and affection. Giant teddy bears show up on people’s doorsteps, flower delivery services are swamped, and getting a reservation for two at a nice restaurant is nearly impossible. However, for us singletons and cynics, Valentine’s Day often causes more of a dull nausea in our stomachs than the sensation of little butterflies fluttering about. So if you, like me, take a Grinch-like approach to this fluffy pink holiday, I hope you find some solace reading about 10 of the worst couples in literature. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

    Tue, 13 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Anna still misses her parents.  First her father committed suicide, then a year later her mother did.  She's devastated and can't understand why her mother would leave her alone.  Anna is now a mother of her own and she wishes her mother was still here.  Be careful what you wish for...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 13th.Anna thinks she sees her mother around, out of the corner of her eye, standing in the shadows when she walks by.  When she tells her boyfriend about it, he tells Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    My View

    Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:14:27 Permalink
    Looking down from my aerie at the inferno of Lost Angels, hard upon the Sea of Broken Dreams, the mountain stronghold of Boss Town looming behind.The hills above Pasadena, from which the inferno of Lost Angels might be glimpsed on a morning’s hikeMaybe it’s just a matter of putting things in perspective. My great Mexican War discovery turned our to be wrapped in falsehood.Continue reading My View at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The 2018 Caldecott and Newbery Award Winners Are...

    Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:45:00 Permalink
    Every year, we anxiously await the selection of the Caldecott and Newbery Award-winning books. These titles are the best of the best, and every year, we can't wait to see if they're in our collection already or if we need to run out and grab a copy. The American Library Association announced the 2018 winners this morning. And the awards go to Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions by Mario Giordano, John Brownjohn (Translated by)

    Mon, 12 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Auntie Poldi retires to Sicily.  She plans to drink herself to death.  Nothing in life interests her anymore.  Then the young man who did odd jobs for her ends up dead.  Nastily dead.  She now has a new interest...Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.Since she found the body, the police look at her as a suspect.  At last one of the supervisors shows up and after a few questions, let's her go.  She begins by asking about the dead man and interviewing those he worked Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs

    Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They're watching a water parade of pretty boats and displays from the widows walk on a big house.  When one of the guests topples over the railing and falls, they think he has been hit by a cannon from one of the boats.  No, it's worse than that.  He's got an arrow in him...Berkley and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.This is a cozy mystery set in a tea shop with lots of discussion of tea flavors and food.  The rear of the book has some yummy sounding Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Guardian Angels and Other Monsters by Daniel H. Wilson

    Sat, 10 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an interesting group of short stories that tantalize your mind.  They're fantasy but they are close enough to reality to scare you a bit...Vintage and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.The description on Edelweiss said:  "In “All Kinds of Proof,” a down-and-out drunk makes the unlikeliest of friends when he is hired to train a mail-carrying robot; in “Blood Memory,” a mother confronts the dangerous reality that her daughter will never assimilate in this world after she was the first child born through a teleportation device; in “The Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    These Little Piggies Go to the Beach by Amy E. Sklansky, Christine Davenier

    Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story has the same rhythm and rhyme as the original nursery rhyme "This Little Piggy", but this time they are going to the beach.MoonDance Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.The illustrations are whimsical and the story is cute.  There are calamities at the beach but they adjust and enjoy their day anyway.  I liked how the story was put together and the piggies played just like young siblings do.  Here's a fun story to read to your little ones! Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Wonderful Baron Doppelganger Device by Eric Bower, Agnieszka Grochalska

    Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    His parents are inventors and they create some doozie inventions!  When he tells his class about the inventions and the adventures they have, his teacher thinks he is lying.  He spends most of his time in the corner with the dunce hat on...Amberjack Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 6th.This is written for middle grade readers and is silly enough to give them some laughs.  It will probably make them wish they had some of these devices to play with, too!The Doppleganger Device can change anyone or anything into Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Graphic Novels About Irish Independence

    Thu, 08 Feb 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you’re interested in learning more about Irish independence and also love graphic novels, we have some exciting book recommendations for you. Gerry Hunt, an Irish artist, writer, and cartoonist who founded Dublin Comics, created a series of graphic novels depicting the Easter Rising of 1916 and the subsequent fight for independence from Britain. Have we piqued your interest? Let us tell you more. Read More
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    Ten of the Best Quotes from Charles Dickens

    Wed, 07 Feb 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Charles Dickens is widely considered to be the most important writer of the Victorian age. Dickens' success came, despite the odds being stacked against him. He had to work in a factory from a young age to support his family; his father was in debtors' prison. Dickens was eventually able to spend two years in school after which he worked at a law office. An interest in theater eventually led to a job as a freelance reporter. He published the majority of his novels as weekly or monthly serials, beginning with The Pickwick Papers in 1836. He was an immediate Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Why We Should Thank Charles Dickens on His Birthday!

    Wed, 07 Feb 2018 03:12:48 Permalink
    Every year we post a blog about Dickens around this date… it is his birthday, after all! What better way to honor our main man than keep his writing and memory alive? This year we thought we’d do something a bit different – instead of a long rambling blog about some aspect of his life, […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Exiled Otherkin by D. Lieber

    Wed, 07 Feb 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    She's been banished from the Fae world by her stepmother after her father's death.  It's not fair but it's a rule she can enforce.  The stepmother even has her old boyfriend escort  her out of faerieland.  She has a mean streak and likes to bury the knife deep.The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  You can grab a copy now.The first thing that happens is Ember discovers her magic is gone and she has to hide her ears.  Then she happens upon an alley fight and defends the Read More
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    As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner

    Tue, 06 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a novel about a young family who is moving to Philadelphia to learn a new trade and try to leave behind the pain of their baby son's death.  All is going well.  Uncle Fred takes them in and he intends to leave the business to their father upon his death.  They make friends at school and at home.  There is a war going on but they aren't affected by it yet.  Then the Spanish Flu comes to town and their father gets called to war ...Berkley shared an ARC of this book with me for review (thank you).  Read More
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