Member Blogs Archive > February 2018

  • from Tavistock Books

    2018 is Not a Leap Year. That Being Said… Get ready for 2020!

    Wed, 28 Feb 2018 09:59:43 Permalink
    Sometimes, children ask ridiculous questions. I think everyone here has probably rolled their eyes at a bright and inquisitive child at least once, while answering questions like “Why is the sky blue?” or “Why do we have to wear pants?” (The latter of which I am still not sure of a legitimate answer to.)  But […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Hat by C. S. Boyack

    Wed, 28 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lizzie is just trying to stay alive.  She's working two jobs to pay for her apartment.  She was staying with her grandmother but she had a stroke.  She moved into the apartment with a roommate who didn't stay.  And now her grandmother has died and her uncle is cleaning out her second hand shop.  She asks if she can have something to remember her grandmother by and he hands her a small item and tells her to leave.  She sneaks a box out of his truck and gets out of there...The author and Net Galley allowed me to read this Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Magic Chair Murder: A 1920s English mystery by Diane Janes

    Wed, 28 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Frances is on the board of the Robert Barnaby Society.  They are staying at the hotel with "The Magic Chair" that is part of the Barnaby legend.  A lady is to speak about the tale and the chair the next day, but she's missing.  When she's found, she's dead...Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.Frances teams up with Tom and starts looking into things.  She had talked to her the night before and doesn't believe it was suicide as the police do.It turns out the society Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Teju Cole and the Art of the Twitter Novel

    Wed, 28 Feb 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    What defines a novel or a short story? In the age of e-books, novels and short stories clearly don’t need to be physical objects with pages that you hold in your hands. But must these works take certain forms? Certainly, many writers from the early twentieth century and onward have pushed the boundaries of the literary form, from Jean Toomer’s Cane (1923), which was initially published as short-story pieces and poems in various journals, to a work like Italo Calvino’s If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler (1979) or Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves (2000). Of course, if we’re Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Theo Paxstone and the Dragon of Adyron by James Turner

    Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a mechanic at the local steam mech repair shop.  He has books about a brave knight and dreams of becoming one himself.   The fact that he's an orphan and poor has nothing to do with it.  He's brave (almost) and has his dreams.  While he focuses on being a hero, he's building himself his own steam machine.  It looks odd and has his own engineering in the design so it's experimental for the most part.  He hasn't run it yet.  But he will soon...The author and Net Galley shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Falling of the Moon (Moonfall Mayhem Series) by A. E. Decker

    Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a good buy.  It's all three books in this series in one volume.  All three were good reads for those like fantasy and magic.  There are plots within plots and this third book puts some of the pieces together for you.  I wouldn't mind reading more about these characters.  Oh, and watch out for the flying cat with wings...World Weaver Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will published March 20th.In "Into the Moonless Night", Ascot is determined to find Catch again.  He believes he's the golden one and is going Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Four Interesting Facts About John Steinbeck

    Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    There were only two authors whose work I encountered in each year of high school: Shakespeare and John Steinbeck. His novellas like The Pearl and Of Mice and Men, his novels The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden, even his inspiring Nobel address, informed my burgeoning understanding of what an American writer sought to accomplish and examine. Steinbeck turned his attention and sympathy toward that majority of people—those who toil, who care for their family, who seek joy and exaltation in however rare supply those delights may be. His style, mixing the merits of both American plainspokenness and figurative Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Hearts Entwined by Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, Melissa Jagears

    Mon, 26 Feb 2018 11:42:00 Permalink
    This is a collection of sweet romance stories with a Christian touch to them.  There are four novellas and there's not a bad one in the batch.  I started this book and read straight through to the end.  It has variety and all are pleasantly written.Bethany House sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.The Love Knot has a young woman who has moved away from home and become self-sufficient who gets a letter from her little sister.  The sister says she's made a Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    It's Good For You!

    Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:54:53 Permalink
    I’m cooling my heels at the Ritz Carleton in Washington DC waiting for the conclusion of the winter meeting of the Democratic Attorneys General. Following the meeting there will be a press conference featuring selected AGs, teachers, and survivors of gun violence. You can guess where I fit in.Maura Healey, the Massachusetts AG, is going to talk about gun violence in schools, and about the notion that armed teachers might “harden” school sites.Continue reading It’s Good For You! at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Pajama Frame: A Madison Night Mystery by Diane Vallere

    Mon, 26 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    She's established a business by buying retro clothing and furniture and decor and offering it to customers.  She'll even help them decorate.  When she finds a friend of hers left her an old pajama factory, she's overwhelmed.  She doesn't know what to do with it.  And she can't even get in it because it was the scene of a crime years ago and is still padlocked.  Even worse, there's lots of gossip about what happened all those years ago.  Is this a blessing or a curse?Henery Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Reluctant Fortune-Teller by Keziah Frost

    Sun, 25 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Norbert has spent most of his life in the background.  He's not forceful, he was an accountant, and he's a widower.  His only joy in life is the chihuahua that his aunt left him.  He's behind in his bills and he has to get food from the local food bank to carry him through the month.  When one of the members of a woman's club sees his visit the food bank, she tells the others in the group.  It isn't long until their unofficial leader decides to take him in hand and get him better suited financially.  She has the Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Inky the Octopus by Erin Guendelsberger, David Leonard

    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Inky has recovered from his injury.  He likes his friends in the tank and the aquarium is clean and they get a lot of human visitors, but it's just not the same as freedom...Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 3rd.They have a lid on the tank but one day, it's left a bit loose.  Inky invites his friend to go with but he says no, so Inky sneaks out on his own.  He finds a drain he can use and suddenly he shoots out of the other end Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Five Great Writers Who Burned Their Own Writing

    Sat, 24 Feb 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Maybe it’s confirmation bias, but it seems from a literary perspective that a writer’s request that her work be burned upon her death is ill-advised at best and disingenuous at worst. The prospect of a literary canon that fails to include Franz Kafka, for instance, is almost too sad to contemplate, but he instructed his literary executor to destroy his unpublished writings upon his death. Luckily, as we know, Max Brod flagrantly violated Kafka’s wishes, thereby earning the gratitude of a century of readers and writers. Vladimir Nabokov, too, wanted his unfinished works burned, but his wife and son found Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Apprenticeship of Nigel Blackthorn by Frank Kelso

    Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nigel is a spoiled thirteen year old boy whose mother favors him.  He doesn't do chores,  just lazes around.  His family is from Wales and they are coming over to the states to convert the Indians.  It didn't turn out any better than it did for the Whitman family in Washington.  The Indians slaughter them and the only reason Nigel makes it because he hides...BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.Since Nigel can't even cook for himself, he's in bad shape.  When he Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Widow 1881 by Sara Dahmen

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 03:00:00 Permalink
    She's a widow who never had a love match and she gets involved with the brother of her sister's husband.  It's not meant to be a long term relationship but when she finds out she's pregnant, she knows she has to leave town.  She can't live with all the gossip and shame.  So she goes to be a housekeeper in the Dakotas...The author and Goddess Fish Blog gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  You can grab a copy now.She's a neat trim lady wearing mourning clothes when she arrives at her new job.  He Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Goldfisch Volume 1 Manga (English) by Nana Yaa

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story reminded me of King Midas and his golden touch.  This young boy steals an artifact that talks to him.  It tells him to drink it.  He does and now everything he touches turns to gold.  It doesn't turn out any better for him than it did for the King...Diamond Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.His father is an adventurer who is often away.  When he finds a treasure map, he uses it and ends up what could be Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Anaïs Nin's Struggle for Success

    Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Anaïs Nin, born Angela Anaïs Juana Antolina Rosa Edelmira Nin y Culmell in 1903, was the daughter of Cuban expats living in France. Though her early life was spent in Spain and France, her family moved to the United States when she was young. All of Nin's work was written and published in English. As a diarist, novelist, short story writer, and critic, Nin was embraced by the feminist movement in the 1960s, bringing a renewed interest to the craft she had honed her entire life. But before this recognition, Nin struggled to achieve any kind of success, self-publishing four Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Devil's Revolver by V. S. McGrath

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a tale of the old west with dark magic intertwined.  It makes for interesting if unsettling read...Brain Mill Press and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can buy a copy now.The old west fascinates me because it was a rugged life where death was handed out regularly.  Add in a pistol that only works for the person it has bonded with that can kill without bullets and you have a big reason for why people are dying.  Everyone wants that pistol.  The fact that you Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Brandon Sanderson's White Sand Volume 2 by Brandon Sanderson, Rik Hoskin, Julius M Gopez

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Kenton is the Grand Mastrell of the Sand Masters, mostly because everyone else is dead.  He's trying to work on alliances with other leaders but it's not going well.  Not only that, there are assassins after him...Dynamite Entertainment and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.The artwork is fabulous.  It's hard to tell who is safe and who is dangerous.  Everyone has bodyguards.  Even the friendly folks have their own agendas.The story is full of action, there are monsters and madness, and the skill Kenton has to use the Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    James Joyce's Dublin

    Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you’re traveling to Dublin anytime soon and are a James Joyce fan, you might want to set aside at least a couple of days for visiting the dozens of locations connected to some of Joyce’s most famous works. Most notably, visitors to Dublin can trace the path through the city that Leopold Bloom takes on June 16, 1904. In addition, visitors can walk by the house—which was listed for sale the last time we were in Dublin, if you’re in the market—that served as the setting for “The Dead,” Joyce’s last story in his famous collection Dubliners (1914). Are Read More
  • 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.[] 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 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
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