Member Blogs Archive > March 2018

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Fed-up Cow by Peta Lemon (Goodreads Author), Maria Todoric (Illustrator)

    Sat, 31 Mar 2018 09:50:00 Permalink
    This is a very charming children's picture book.  The author was inspired by a bored looking cow in a field.  The story it inspired is cute and funny and makes a great read for young ones.The author shared a copy of the book with me for review (thank you).  You can purchase a copy now.Hilda is bored.  There's nothing to do but chew her cud and wait for another day to go by.  As she watches the other farm animals, she's sure that they are having a better time.  Look at all the sheep.  They even get shorn each year Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    A Brief History of The Pickwick Papers

    Sat, 31 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    English novelist Charles Dickens is indisputably one of the most important figures in English literature and perhaps the most financially successful of his Victorian contemporaries. Dickens published most all of his novels serially with installments appearing monthly and, in some cases, weekly. His novels, including such standouts as A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, and A Christmas Carol, are counted among the great classics of English literature. His works have been adapted across multiple mediums. His influence on the language can be easily traced, with one notable example being his character Ebeneezer Scrooge, whose surname is a commonly-used sobriquet Read More
  • from Kristian Strom, Bookseller

    Considerable Tips to Reach Greater Success with your Travel Blog

    Sat, 31 Mar 2018 02:25:41 Permalink
    Most of the individuals love travelling around the city, state or also the country to get more information about the different places and enjoy the experience of the different culture. Some of them would also like to go from one country to another country to know different languages, different culture, different people and everything you […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Keturah by Lisa T Bergren

    Fri, 30 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Their father has died in the West Indies and now Keturah is the oldest in the family.  The farm her father was managing over there hadn't made any money for a couple of years and he had used up their capital trying to improve the farming techniques.  They'll lose the home they are living in if it continues.  So she's going to the West Indies to manage the farm and find a new overseer.  But she's not going alone.  No matter how she tries to talk them out of it, her two sisters come with her...Bethany House Publishing sent me Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Crook's Hollow by Robert Parker

    Fri, 30 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    Someone is trying to kill Thor.  With pure luck he evades death by a piece of farm equipment.  It doesn't take him long to figure out why:  His land is worth money to a developer.  But who is trying to kill him.  Is it his family or his girlfriend's family?  Black Rose Writing 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.Remember the tale of the Hatfields and McCoys?  This rivalry is even worse.  The two families in Crook's Hollow hate each other and always Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Charles Darwin's Literary Inspirations

    Fri, 30 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Charles Darwin's theory of evolution revolutionized the scientific world. An avid reader, Darwin built a personal library that included over 1,500 volumes of science, philosophy, and literature. Just as Darwin was influenced by what he read, he has also influenced generations of scholars and authors. A significant number of his letters, books, and papers belong to the Cambridge University Library. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    In Places Hidden (Golden Gate Secrets #1) by Tracie Peterson

    Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Camri is coming to San Francisco to find her brother.  He's not sending his usual letters and no one knows where he is.  She doesn't know how she will find him but she knows she won't leave until she finds out what happened to him...Bethany House Publishers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.She meets two ladies on the train who are a bit poor, so she offers to take them to her brother's home to stay.  His servants are still there and Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Fistful of Elven Gold by Alex Stewart

    Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Drago is a bounty hunter.  He's a gnome, only two feet nine inches tall, but he's fast and efficient with his sword.  When he goes after someone, he gets them.  The only problem he has is that he sometimes gets underfoot and the bad guy will fall on him.  That ends up with the bad guy being impaled.  But it was self-defense, so he takes his reward and doesn't get nailed for the crime.  All's fine until bounty hunters start showing up dead all over the city...Baen and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for  review (thank you).  It Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Philip Pullman: Teacher, Writer, and a Book Collector's Dream

    Thu, 29 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    “As a passionate believer in the democracy of reading, I don't think it's the task of the author of a book to tell the reader what it means…Anyway, I'm not in the message business; I'm in the "Once upon a time" business.” ~Philip Pullman The democracy of reading. The fact that every single person who picks up a Philip Pullman book (and the selection to choose from is a good one!) can and should form for him or herself the meaning and message between and within the lines. What a lovely thought! We like this idea. After all, it’s the Read More
  • from Barner Books

    Mushroom Seekers - DVD Finding Edible Mushrooms around the World

    Wed, 28 Mar 2018 10:53:00 Permalink
    MUSHROOM SEEKERSA Movie by Pam KrayDVD includes Full movie plus 30 Minutes of ExtrasTo purchase the Movie CLICK HERE©2002 TRT: 55 minutes©2012 Mushroom Seekers DVD w/30 minutes of new extrasUPC:  884501592482Mushroom Seekers is a first-person exploration of the world of wild mushrooms and thepeople who look for them. When American filmmaker, Pam Kray, noticed peoplecarrying baskets of wild mushrooms in the subways of Prague in 1993, she began toexamine her own lack of familiarity with mushrooms in her surroundings. The ensuingjourney of filmmaker into mushroom cultures took her from the Czech Republic throughthe U.S. to Mexico, from national pastime to Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Amish Teacher's Gift by Rachel J. Good

    Wed, 28 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ada is a new teacher and she has been hired to teach special needs students.  She's been reading about their needs and how to teach them but school days are drawing near and she's nervous.  She takes care of her seven siblings and one of them is deaf so she has skills.  She just doesn't know how each child will react...Forever and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 24th.Josiah has a son who can't hear.  He has terrible tantrums and he's difficult for most people to handle.  Will Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Collecting Latin American Authors

    Wed, 28 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Latin American literature incorporates a variety of languages from Spanish and Portuguese to indigenous languages of Central and South America. Known for, but not exclusively devoted to, magical realism, Latin American literature came to worldwide notice in the 1960s an 1970s during a movement which is now known as the Latin American Boom. The boom, partially due to an exceptionally prosperous economic state throughout the continent, helped to a create an outpouring of literature that focused on the culture, language, people, and politics of a region that had not previously held a large place on the global stage. Since then, Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Disappeared by C. J. Box

    Tue, 27 Mar 2018 10:41:00 Permalink
    First the game warden disappeared and then a young English woman does the same.  Joe is asked to go find the young woman and see what's going on.  It's a new governor sending him and he's not anxious to do it but it's best for his future if he says yes.  The only positive thing about it is that he'll get to see his oldest daughter while he's there.  She works for the dude ranch the woman disappeared from.Penguin and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.He begins to get the Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

    Tue, 27 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Eelyn is an Aska clan member and she fights against the Riki clan with her father and friend.  They killed her brother and she intends to kill as many of them as she can.  What shocks her is that when they are fighting the current battle, she sees her brother on the Riki side.  He was dead, she saw him.  How could he be fighting for the enemy?Wednesday Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 24th.The next time she sees him, she follows him.  He won't acknowledge her Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Oops, Jim Kay Did it Again! A Briefing on the Sacramento Book Fair

    Tue, 27 Mar 2018 02:18:36 Permalink
    by Vic Zoschak Jr. Jim Kay did it again!  “What?”, you ask?  Nothing less than host the umpteenth million [or so it seems] successful Sacramento  book fair!  Seriously, in one iteration or another, I’ve been attending this book fair since the mid-1980s.  For northern California bibliophiles especially, it’s a local gem.  Jim [pun intended] resurrected […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Warrior By Tira St. James

    Mon, 26 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an epic tale of a fictional world where the Queens are the ultimate authority.  Women can make good rulers but they are subject to poor rulers here and there just like men.  There's a lot wrong in this world and it will take someone who is able to think of their feet and can make decisions quickly.  Sina can do that but she's just a princess.  That changes...The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can find a copy on Smashwords.The story begins with family life Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Doing the Math

    Mon, 26 Mar 2018 08:14:22 Permalink
    My wife and I spent last Saturday afternoon in Washington, DC at the March For Our Lives. We were with other gun violence survivors, assembled from across the nation and down the years, in a bullpen near the big front stage.The sun was warm. The music was very loud. Pop idols passed through, bound to or from the stage, and we would part before them, those magical names on our lips. An iconic rapper, or the guy who wrote “Hamilton.” Miley Cyrus!Continue reading Doing the Math at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Master Blacke: Tales of the Great Wood by Pete Brown

    Sun, 25 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her parents went out and didn't come back.  Rue is a pocket mouse and she's an only child.  She goes out to look for them and finds it's easy to harvest food in the forest.  She doesn't know she's in trouble until she sees a fox sizing her up.  She only escapes the fox because a friendly skunk sprays him to make him go away.  Then she takes Rue home with her...Book Publicity Services and the author shared a copy of this book with me.  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Master Blacke is a raven Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Master Blacke: Tales of the Great Wood by Pete Prown

    Sun, 25 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her parents went out and didn't come back.  Rue is a pocket mouse and she's an only child.  She goes out to look for them and finds it's easy to harvest food in the forest.  She doesn't know she's in trouble until she sees a fox sizing her up.  She only escapes the fox because a friendly skunk sprays him to make him go away.  Then she takes Rue home with her...Book Publicity Services and the author shared a copy of this book with me.  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.Master Blacke is a raven Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    Etsy Shop Spring Sale

    Sun, 25 Mar 2018 06:58:00 Permalink
    20% off your order of $20 or more on orders placed through our Etsy shop, now through March 29. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    So Pretty a Problem by Francis Duncan

    Sat, 24 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's an amateur sleuth but he reminds me of Hercule Poirot.  He's slow and deliberate in his actions and he uses his brain to solve the crime.  The big difference between the two detectives is that Mordecai is a bit of a romantic and sometimes he has to fight his emotions.  He was taking a nap on the beach when his neighbor wakes him with the news she has shot her husband and he's dead...Sourcebooks Landmark and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published May 1st.The victim is an artist Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Secret Lab by A.B. Carolan

    Sat, 24 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    The trouble all started with the cat.  I could have told them that since I've been living with cats for years but they look so sweet, love to be petted and they purr.  It doesn't take long before you feel fond of them and then watch out.  They're great manipulators.  In this case, the cat is really the innocent one...The author and Booksprout allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.This is a fun fantasy about kids growing up on a space station. This is unusual but Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    West by Carys Davies

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's a widower.  He's tired of moping about and sleeping too much in his sorrow.  When he reads about dinosaur bones being found in Kentucky, he decides to go find himself one of those big animals.  It'll be an adventure and then, rejuvenated, he can head for home again.  He asks his sister to watch over his child.  She says no but he talks her into it.  He tells his daughter the trip will probably take two years but he'll be back.  He's wrong.Scribner and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Paper, Scissors, Death: Book #1 in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series by Joanna Campbell Slan

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:30:00 Permalink
    The story begins with the death of her husband.  She can't believe what the cop is trying to tell her.  He was in good health and still young, how could he die?  They believe it was a heart attack but she doesn't.  But who would have killed him?The author shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can pick up a copy now.It gets worse.  Despite living well and having plenty of money to spend, she finds out he was in debt and she will have to liquidate everything.  If Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Muriel Wright: The Inspiration for Ian Fleming's James Bond Girls

    Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    The stories of James Bond have left readers and audiences mesmerized for decades, but the titular character can't take all the credit for their entertainment. Alongside the adventures of this daring and dangerous spy, there have always been supporting characters called the Bond Girls. They may be friend or foe, but no James Bond story would be complete without them. When author Ian Fleming first dreamed up the tales of Bond and his girls, was it all pure fantasy? Most speculate that a woman named Muriel Wright provided the inspiration for these legendary women. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Twenty-One Days: A Daniel Pitt Novel by Anne Perry

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Daniel is a relatively new attorney and he's trying to save a man from hanging.  He's making an impassioned plea when someone tries to interrupt him.  His boss has sent him a message to leave the case he's on and go to another.  He refuses and finishes his plea.  Then he waits to see what the jury decides.  They find his man not guilty.  Then he runs on to the next case.  He's not so lucky there.Ballantine Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 10th.This client also says Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Five of the Best Western Novels

    Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    In place of Romulus and Remus, of Ra and Isis, Americans created two popular mythic heroes: the superhero and the cowboy. While the superhero has only grown in its capacity as one of the United States’ most recognizable cultural exports (and as cinema’s most lucrative subject), the Western genre has diminished in status, falling from the wide popularity on television it enjoyed as recently as 40 years ago. The shift has come with justifiable reason, as an increasingly skeptical audience finds it hard to identify heroism within a violent environment built on the deliberate extermination of the American Indian, and Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Murder at the Mushroom Festival by Janet Finsilver

    Wed, 21 Mar 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kelly is hosting a cooking class in her bed and breakfast to promote her business.  Instead of promoting business, it promoted murder...Lyrical Underground and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published April 17th.When a obnoxious reporter is killing on sacred Indian ground, Kelly's Indian friend is taken into custody.  She knows he didn't do it.  So she and the Silver Sentinels set out to solve the crime through old fashioned fact finding.  One of the uncommon facts Kelly learns is that the sunken cedars under water are worth big bucks.  The minerals Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Five Works of Poetry You'll Never Get to Read 

    Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    In Jorge Luis Borges’ 1941 story "The Library of Babel", he describes an infinite library containing volumes that feature every possible combination of symbols. At one point, some of the inhabitants of this library go on a rampage, wantonly destroying many of the unique, unread books. While many of their fellow denizens are outraged that works with no copies have been expunged forever, they eventually reason that if the books really are infinite, then any particular destroyed volume will have an accompanying volume that is almost completely identical, and that, really, no harm can be done. I’m not sure whether Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    How Will Today's Vernal Equinox Affect Your (Book-Buying) Life?

    Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:24:28 Permalink
    By Margueritte Peterson Like most women, I’ve been called many things in my (relatively short) lifetime. Diva, Brat, Goddess Divine (just kidding… though I may have to hint that one to people as clearly that one I deserve)… you name it, we are called it. What’s the one name I’ve been called (derogatorily, of course) […] Read More
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