Member Blogs Archive > June 2018

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan

    Sat, 30 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Being Midas' daughter wasn't a bad thing until he turned her to gold...Blink and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 14th.She may be a princess but everyone is afraid of her.  She spends most of her time hiding in her room being lonely.  Her uncle keeps trying to find her a husband but that's not going well.  Then she meets one who doesn't fear her.  She  should wonder why...She goes on a quest to get her father's gold back (he will die without it) and thinks she might Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Getting Lost in Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

    Sat, 30 Jun 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell has staying power. Today, the book turns 82 years young, and it continues to be heralded as a favorite by readers of all ages. Gone with the Wind has become a sort of benchmark for Southern Literature since its publication in 1936, and while some contest its portrayal of African American and period-based racism, it remains widely studied and referenced both by scholars and readers alike. The book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1937, and a now well-known and well-loved film by the same name was released in 1939. We've collected everything we Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Necessary Murder Book Two in the Heloise Chancey Mysteries by M.J. Tija

    Fri, 29 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    It starts with a little girl murdered in the outhouse.  Then men begin dying of a slit throat.  What's going on?Pantera Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.As more men die, Heloise's mother gets more upset.  She's afraid her nephew might be the killer.  Heloise has several suspects but then they end up dead.The cause for the retribution lays in the past and it takes some digging to get to the truth.  Heloise almost ends up dead herself.This was a good mystery even Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Stranger in Town by Cheryl Bradshaw

    Thu, 28 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    A missing child sends a tingle up everyone's spine.  Especially when they were just next to Mom and now they are missing.Kobo Writing Life and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this story for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.There is a common reason these two girls were grabbed but it's not apparent.  With a PI and a local sheriff snooping around, they find clues and they move closer to a solution.  Will they be in time?  This read keeps you glued to every page hoping for a happy ending even Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Seven Favorite (Unexpected) Romance Authors

    Thu, 28 Jun 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    It is officially wedding season. June is one of the most popular months to get married, and nothing says "love" like a romantic book. These authors have delivered true tales of romance—though many of them aren't considered "romance writers." Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Murder of a Lover by Faith Martin

    Wed, 27 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Working on cold cases isn't as exciting as working on live ones but it is rewarding to solve them.  Hillary is good at what she does and she views a ten year old closed case as just another case to find a missing piece...Joffe Books and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.He was a young college student who was obsessed with sex.  He slept with everyone, boys or girls, didn't matter to him.   So who stuck a pair of scissors in his gut?As Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Four Facts About Julia Child

    Wed, 27 Jun 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Julia Child is arguably the most well-known cookbook author in America. Child launched her impressive career in 1961 with the publication of her book Mastering the Art of French Cooking co-authored with Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle. The goal of the book was to make French cooking accessible to home cooks in America, and it was an unprecedented success. Its precise style and measurements changed the entire cookbook industry in the U.S., which had until then focused more on loose sketches of recipes. The success of the book as well as promotional television show appearances helped launch Child's career as Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Highlight on the 2018 Tavistock Books Educational Scholarship Winner Ellen Saito and her business, Excelsa Scripta Rare Books!

    Tue, 26 Jun 2018 09:57:03 Permalink
    *** Welcome, Ellen! As the latest recipient of the Tavistock Books Educational Scholarship to Joel Silver’s course at RBS, what were you most excited about, in terms of RBS? The class? Meeting more like-minded people? Thrilled to secure the Tavistock scholarship, I was elated to attend this course as my first choice by far. For […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Good Luck With That by Kristen Higgins

    Tue, 26 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They became fast friends at a fat camp when they made plans to be thin and do things fat girls can't.  But one of them does not have that much time...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.When one of the three dies, she gives them copies of those long ago goals and asks them to complete them.  She makes them promise.While this is a good look at what you can do to yourself with old tapes of the past, it's also a look at what you can do Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Ten Quotes from the Inimitable J.R.R. Tolkien

    Tue, 26 Jun 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    No one can argue that J.R.R. Tolkien has a way with words. In his massively successful novels, the story, characters, and landscape comes to life in readers' minds due in large part to his effective authorial voice. Take some time today to enjoy some of the best quotes from Tolkien, both from his stories and from interviews with the man himself. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Forest Queen by Betsy Cornwell

    Mon, 25 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her brother has always been a bully and mean but she's been able to avoid him.  Now the King is is ill and he's appointed him sheriff.  With him ruling the lands, everything will go to chaos soon...Clarion Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 7th.She runs with her friend from childhood and a pregnant girl from the village.  The forest is more friendly than the castle.  She tries to leave the past behind but it won't leave her alone.  Soon it becomes a battle between her and her Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Keepers: Project Earth Book Two by Brenda Cooper

    Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lou is an environmentalist who wants to save wolves and other wildlife.  Her sister is a city girl.  They are working together to keep the peace and make the remaining world and people get along.  Not everyone shares the same goals.Pyr Science Fiction and Fantasy  sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thnk you).  It will be published July 10th.Lou wants to save everybody but she can't.  Her sister wants to save those she loves but nobody can escape death.This is an interesting look at a dystopian future.  Who's right, who's wrong?  As each holds their Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    What Works?

    Sun, 24 Jun 2018 07:53:56 Permalink
    I’m having a hard time these days figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Here’s a case in point:The annual RBMS Dealer’s Showcase took place in New Orleans last Tuesday and Wednesday. I spent a couple of days preparing for this event – selecting alluring manuscripts and ephemeral items that would represent the range of my stock while fitting into and surviving transit in a hard-sided suitcase.I made sure they were in fresh plastic envelopes or wrappers, with terse and easily visible descriptions attached.Continue reading What Works? at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Unloaded 2

    Sat, 23 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    There might not be any guns, but there is plenty of death...Down and Out Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 16th.Here's a list of authors:Chris Holm, Laura McHugh, James Ziskin, Steve Cavanaugh, Terry Shames, Dave White, Bill Crider, Alex Segura, Dana King, James R. Tuck, Kris Calvin, Andrew Case, Jay Stringer, Jon McGoran, Lori Rader-Day, Michael Kardos, Josh Stallings, John Rector, Lili White, Nick Kolakowski, Scott Loring Sanders, E.A. Amar, Sara Paretsky, and Eric Beetner.These are mean stories of power and greed grinding out the weak.  Spouses and Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Hint of Hydra by Heidi Lang and Kati Bartkowski

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    All she wants to be is a master chef in her own restaurant.  So how did she end up in the middle of a scientists and elf fight?Aladdin and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 10th.She kills all sorts of poisonous alien animals to cook with various sauces and side dishes for unique flavors for her customers.  She's an apprentice, but she's learning.When the scientists come up with robots who don't quite behave well, things start getting weird.  The elves take over part of the human population.  Those Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    10 Books to Read This Summer

    Fri, 22 Jun 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    What is it about summer that makes it the perfect time to pick up a new book or to reacquaint ourselves with an old favorite? Perhaps it’s the longer days and warmer nights that give us the illusion that we have more time to spend reading for leisure. Maybe it’s a vacation on the horizon that will provide some uninterrupted down time to dig into a good book. If you’re looking for summer book recommendations, we’ve got you covered. From mysteries and thrillers to classics and young adult literature, our list has something for everyone. Here are ten books that Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Caught in Time by Julie McElwain

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    They came to investigate damage at the local mill; they found murder...Pegasus Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).   It will be published July 3rd.The mill owner tries to blame the Luddites, but Sophie and the duke don't agree.  The mill owner has his own secrets, there is more going on at the mill than should be and no one wants to answer any questions.  As they keep chipping at the edges, the truth starts to emerge.  But it's dangerous.It's a good thing Sofie and the duke protect each other, they have no friends here.This Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Lengthy Books to Read or Add to Your Collection on the Summer Solstice

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Summer is officially here in the northern hemisphere!  What better way to spend your extra daylight than by grabbing a favorite book to read or exploring a used or rare book store in search of a collectible? We love a good summer read, whether you plan to enjoy it on the beach, in your backyard, at a lake house, or in the comfort of your air conditioned home. Check back tomorrow for some of our favorite books to read in the summer months. For now, we got thinking about some of our favorite "long" books. After all, today marks the Read More
  • from Barner Books

    Thu, 21 Jun 2018 03:25:00 Permalink
    SAVE THE DATESeptember 29 - 30thBarner Books will be joining other vendors at Behel Woods for a festival!Some know that Bethel Woods is the site of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival.  We'll be glad to be there - be sure to visit our booth and enjoy the great activities.Featured will be activities for families, music, and vendors.   We'll be there and hope you'll join us!Get together with fellow lovers of creativity, craft, DIY, and fun at In the MKNG: a new, unique festival at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, in Bethel, NY September 29th-30th.  Celebrate and get inspired with Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Her Fear by Shelley Shepard Gray

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She can't believe it when she tells him of her pregnancy and he walks away.  Then he tells her parents she's lying.  Now she's staying with relatives she doesn't know and getting ready to raise a baby on her own...Avon Inspire and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 24th.Sadie has done what she was told since childhood.  She has no sense of independence.  But she's going to have to grow some backbone.  This home has problems, too.I always think of the Amish as strict and god-fearing, but I didn't associate wrong-doing Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    A.A. Milne's Complicated Relationship with P.G. Wodehouse

    Wed, 20 Jun 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Alan Alexander Milne is best known for creating the characters of Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin, and company. Yet A.A. Milne wrote much more than children's stories; he penned detective novels, screenplays, and poetry. His complex relationship with P.G. Wodehouse had a significant impact on both authors, but frequently gets overlooked. Read More
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    The Wild Dead by Carrie Vaughn

    Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Set in the future after wars and economic and social failures, this is a tale of what's left of humanity and how they deal with their problems.  There are still some left with integrity. John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 17th.It started with an argument over restoring an historic home.  It ended with murder.  Teeg wants to walk away and leave it because it's out of their jurisdiction.  Enid wants to know why it happened.  The answer is buried and no one wants Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Rhino in Right Field by Stacy DeKeyser

    Mon, 18 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a fun read with lots of laughs.  Nick is twelve and wants to live his own life.  He wants to be batboy for a day, but competition is on a Saturday and he has to work... Margaret K. McElderry Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 10th.They do their ball practice in the zoo and if they hit the ball too hard, it ends up in the rhino enclosure.  Uh oh...I played next to a cattle pasture with a nasty bull in it.  He made Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Kill the Farm Boy: The Tales of Pell by Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson

    Sun, 17 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    There's witches, curses, a warrior, a Darkling Lord, a woman half bunny rabbit, a goat, a farm boy, fairies, elves, trolls and more in this story.  It's most irreverent, very busy and keeps you reading.  I liked it!Del Rey and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is scheduled to publish on July 17th.An evil fairy visits the farm boy and tells him he's the chosen one.  He has to wake the princess in the tower from her sleep.  When he gets there, the thorns are almost more than he can conquer.  But he's Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Tide of Battle by Michael Z. Williamson

    Sat, 16 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    Tales, some shorter, some longer, all about war.  Mr. Williamson has an active imagination that makes you think about what the future might be.  Or might not be...Baen Books and Edelweiss shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It will be published July 3rd.The ones I liked best were the ones with out-of-this-world characters that worked with humans.  These combinations always fascinate me and his stories are good.  Creating teamwork with humans is always interesting; with aliens it's even more intriguing.For war game enthusiasts, there are several stories where war strategies make all the difference Read More
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    Detox in Letters by Cheryl Low

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a world shining with sex and drugs, where death doesn't matter, andpower is what reakky matters.  Even if you die, you die you can be brought back to life.  But if the Queen is trying to kill you, do those rules apply?World Weaver Press sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published in September.This author always makes me feel like there's a plot piece running ahead, hiding behind the corner.  The more I learn, the more I wonder.  What's really going on?The prince and princess seem safe enough, but Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Literature's Best Quotes About Fathers and the History of Father's Day

    Fri, 15 Jun 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    Celebrations of fatherhood exist around the world. The U.S. celebration of Father's Day has become popular in many nations and most commonly is celebrated on the third Sunday in June (that's in two days, if you still need to purchase a gift!). While the U.S. celebration has its modern roots in the early 20th century, days devoted to celebrating fatherhood can be traced back to the Middle Ages. Read More
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    Together Forever by Jody Hedlund

    Thu, 14 Jun 2018 09:00:00 Permalink
    She's signed up to escort immigrant children and abused children to, hopefully, a better life in further west.  It's not easy because they are easy for her to love and not want to give away at the end but it's a good cause.Bethany House sent me a copy to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can purchase a copy now.Her fellow guardian is a good looking male with a past.  She has one too...You learn about how rough life is for the young ones, the difficulties of placing them well and the pain of letting Read More
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    How Harriet Beecher Stowe (and Lincoln) Freed the Slaves

    Thu, 14 Jun 2018 08:00:00 Permalink
    In the mid-eighteen hundreds, women had no voice in American politics. Yet one woman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, played a central role in triggering the Civil War and bringing about the abolition of slavery. Prior to Stowe’s novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, abolitionists were considered an extremist group—even in the North. Yet the publication of Uncle Tom changed everything. In honor of her birthday, let's take a look at Harriet Beecher Stowe's influence. Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    A New Leaf

    Thu, 14 Jun 2018 01:14:00 Permalink
    Last week my friend Patricia and I went for an evening walk in the Union Bay Natural Area, which is an area along the shore of Lake Washington a bit north of Husky Stadium behind the UW playing fields.  It's a wonderful place to walk without many other people around.  The area is a former landfill that has been/is being restored to a more natural state with rustling grassland, big trees, wetlands, and is full of wildlife, especially waterfowl: ducks, geese, eagles, osprey, and herons.  We saw a blue heron catch and swallow a fish, which bulged in its throat Read More
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