Member Blogs Archive > December 2019

  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Best of 2019: Our Top Ten Blog Posts

    Tue, 31 Dec 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    It's hard to believe another year has come and gone. We hope your holiday season has been a wonderful one and that you're looking ahead to 2020 with joy and excitement. We like to take time at the end of each year to take stock of our work over the past 12 months. We've compiled our top posts from 2019. Thank you for reading and commenting! This community of book enthusiasts is why we do what we do. Here's to a bookish 2020! Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Much Ado About A Widow by Jenna Jaxon

    Tue, 31 Dec 2019 03:00:00 Permalink
    She's a widow.  With no viable way to support herself, she's been living with relatives.  But that's coming to an end.  And the only way her father will let her come home is if she will agree to marry his choice.  She's not enthused but she has no choice.Goddess Fish  Promotions allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today by Kensington Books.When she is kidnapped by thugs, she does her best to get away.  The men are after her and her maid and there is no place to hide when she runs into Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Aosawa Murders by Riku Onda, Alison Watts (Translated by)

    Mon, 30 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are having a big family event:  Three generations are all having birthdays and it's a big party day.  When some children show up later to join in, they find almost everyone dead...Bitter Lemon Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 18th.There is one lone survivor.  She's blind and she didn't see what happened.Someone delivered sake and pop, all of it laced with cyanide.  The cop who questioned her feels she must be responsible but someone had to help her.They look for the delivery boy and finally find him Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Home for Goddesses and Dogs by Leslie Connor

    Sun, 29 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a story of a young girl who has to grow up fast.  Her father has left them and her mother is sick.  She has a bad heart.  She works on creating happy memories for her daughter.  It works even if she is so sad after her mother's death.  She still has her goddesses in artwork.  Now if she could just get in the mood to do some more...Katherine Tegen Books and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 25th.Her mother's sister comes to collect her and her Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Imaginary Museums by Nicolette Polek

    Sat, 28 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    These stories are all short flights of fancy.  You never know where the author is going to take you.  Some stories don't seem quite done so you can decide the ending...Soft Skull Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 14th.Many of the people in these stories don't know what they want, they are just discontent.  They do strange things just to be doing something.One story was about two rival falconers facing off over two town's argument.  One story was about a man who went to a spa but kept Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Calling on Quinn by Blue Saffire, Series: The Blackhart Brothers

    Sat, 28 Dec 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    Alicia was almost at the altar this time last year and she's still feeling the effects of picking the wrong man.  Then her best friend uses all her money and she ends up homeless.  She's strong enough to land on her feet.  But she has problems ahead of her...Sourcebooks Casablanca  and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 25th.Quinn's sister and her husband are shot in front of their home.  Since they are in the hospital, Quinn gets to go with his niece to her driving lesson.  Alicia is the teacher.  When Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Top Books by State: Hawaii

    Sat, 28 Dec 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today we continue our literary journey through the United State with our Top Books by State series. The next stop: Hawaii. Hawaii is one of very few states to have been a sovereign nation before statehood. While the U.S. had acknowledged Hawaii as an independent nation and had established treaties, the U.S. and European businessmen organized a coup to overthrow the Kamehameha monarchy. The U.S. government supported the coup, stating that military demonstrations in Hawaii and the queen's new constitution expanding her personal power were a threat to U.S. citizens; however, control of the sugar trade was a primary motivation Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Lilac Princess: The Princess Series Book 1 by Wanda Luthman

    Fri, 27 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Princess isn't allowed to go out  past the castle walls.  It's too dangerous.  But the fields of purple flowers draw her.  When a boy at the market inside the walls gives her a flower, she loves the way they smell.  He tells her they are lilacs.BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  This has been published and you can get a copy now.Next time she sees him she asks if he can get her a cloak to wear so she can sneak out.  He brings her his dead father's cloak.  She sneaks out Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Wish and the Peacock by Wendy S. Swore

    Thu, 26 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Paige and her family are living on a farm that has been in her family for generations.  When father dies in a road accident due to a driver that was texting, all she can do is think it's her fault.  She should have gone with him but she said no...Shadow Mountain Publishing and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 4th.Now it appears her mother is going to have to sell the farm.  They can't keep up with the payments.  Paige may only be twelve but she knows how Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Winters edited by Serena Ulibarri

    Thu, 26 Dec 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of short stories written by:  Sarena Ulibarri, Wendy Nikel, Holly Schofiel, Sandra Ulrich Almazan, Sarah Van Goethem, Steve Toase, Heather Kitzman, Tales from the EV Studio, Commando Jugendstil, Tessa Fisher, Jennifer Lee Rossman, Thomas Badlan, Lex T. Lindsay, R. Jean Mathieu, Brian Burt, Jerri Jerreat, Catherine F. King, Shel Graves, and Andrew Dana Hudson.World Weaver Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 7th.Many of the stories are set after world disaster.  Much of the time it was natural failure due to humans using everything up.  There Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Ten Profound Henry Miller Quotes

    Thu, 26 Dec 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Born December 26, 1891, Henry Miller left a profound mark on American literature. Best known for his candor, Miller was unafraid to discuss and include topics in his works that many other authors shied away from in the mid-20th century, causing many of his major works to be banned in the United States and Britain. It was not until the freedom that came with the 1960s that his works were widely published. Because of his candor, his works contain a level of profound insight that other works lacking this particular trait fail to ever reach. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Straight Outta Dodge City by David Boop (Edited by)

    Wed, 25 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This grouping of stories has fantasy stories, many with horrors within.  The authors are:  Joe R. Lansdale, Mercedes Lackey, Jonathan Maberry, James A. Moore, Harry Turtledove, James Van Pelt, Ava Morgan, Sam Stone, Eytan Kollin, Julie Frost, Kim May, Irene Radford, David Boop, and Tex Thompson.  There are a lot of good tales here.Baen and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on February 4th.Joe Lansdale takes you on a ride on the death train to save one innocent soul.  Mercedes Lackey has a man going to save sacred ground.  He gets Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Tis the Season to Read Merry!

    Tue, 24 Dec 2019 12:22:18 Permalink
    The 2019 Christmas Season is upon us, bibliophiles. We’d like you to take some time out of the busy practices of the holiday season and take up a Christmas tale or two… some quiet time amidst the chaos is just what the Doctor ordered! Here’s a mini rundown on some of the most beloved Christmas […] Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    A Gourmet Christmas

    Tue, 24 Dec 2019 10:20:47 Permalink
    Our 7th year at Gourmet Trees (100% gluten free!) started slowly. Delivery was a week later than usual, owing to a late Thanksgiving, and two of our big sales weekends were marred by heavy snow and then rain. By the end of last week we still had about 30 trees on the lot, so we held a half price sale. That took care of 25 more, but by Saturday night, we still had five trees left, so on Sunday we left the lot open and let people take what they wanted for free. Continue reading A Gourmet Christmas at Ten Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Boy Who Grew Dragons by Andy Shepherd

    Tue, 24 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's helping his grandpa clean up his garden area when he runs across an odd plant.  It has bright red fruit that looks about ready to harvest.  He convinces his grandpa to let it go until he can do some research on it.  It's a dragon fruit tree...Little Bee Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on February 4th.What Tomas finds is that it literally grows small dragons.  He sneaks it home with him and makes some unsavory discoveries.  It poos all over and it smells awful.  Some of it even Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    'Twas the Night Before Christmas: The Authorship Question

    Tue, 24 Dec 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    It is a fact that this stalwart Christmas poem, now considered a tradition, was initially published as an Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas in New York's Troy Sentinel newspaper on December 23, 1823.  It was published anonymously. The poem is credited with connecting St. Nicholas to Christmas and planted the seeds that led to our idea of Santa Claus. It also established most of the reindeer names. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Divided Loyalty by Charles Todd Series: Inspector Ian Rutledge Mysteries

    Mon, 23 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Chief Superintendent doesn't like Inspector Rutledge.  His favorite thing to do is set him up to fail, so he can get rid of him.  But Ian is a very good detective and he usually manages to solve his cases...William Morrow and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published February 4th.The first case he gets is a dead young woman.  He determines her killer when the doctor didn't tell him about her venereal disease.  The doctor confesses.Then he's sent to look at another case of a young woman's death.  No one knows who Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Thorn by Intisar Khanani

    Sun, 22 Dec 2019 10:59:00 Permalink
    Princess Alyrra goes for rides on her horse to escape the people at the castle.  She has a meadow she visits where the wind comes to visit with her.  Her brother likes to hurt her so she hides from him as much as she can.  Then she finds out her mother has arranged a wedding with another palace and she needs to ready herself to go...Harper Teen and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 24th.She knows nothing of the other kingdom but that it's bigger and stronger than her own.  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Beekeeper's Bullet by Lance Hawvermale

    Sun, 22 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ellenor is working as a beekeeper and teacher in Germany.  She's an American but she wanted to see the world.  She never anticipated getting close to the war.Wild Rose Press shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.She's trying to determine what caused two of her hives to die when she notices a plane crash.  She goes to see what happened and finds the pilot wounded.  When he tries to grab her, she shoots him.  He deflects the bullet with his hand.  She decides to Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Things in Jars by Jess Kidd

    Sat, 21 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Bridie Devine investigates crimes.  When she's asked to find a missing child of a doctor's, she's willing.  She has no idea how macabre the case will become before the end...Atria Books sent me an ARC of this story to read for review (thank you).  It will be published February 4th.This is a combination fantasy and horror story.  It's about oddities in the world, many of them human, that were shown in freak shows or museums or gathered by collectors.  The doctor says his daughter is odd, but he won't say why.  She tries to talk to staff, but they don't have Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Pippa Park Raises Her Game by Erin Yun

    Fri, 20 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Pippa loves playing basketball but her sister won't let her because her grades are too low.  She has a problem with math.  Then she finds out that she has signed her up with a tutor.  He's from the snobby private school.  He's also so good looking she can't believe it.  Studying with him isn't going to be easy...Fabled Films Press sent an ARC of this story to read for review (thank you).  It will bw published on February 4th.In a short period of time, she finds herself invited to the "snobby private school" on a basketball scholarship.  She thinks maybe Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Discovering Your Own Uniqueness (Wise Bear Series) by Scott Cranfield

    Fri, 20 Dec 2019 08:30:00 Permalink
    When their daughter comes home from school discouraged and down in the mouth, her parents suggest she visit with the Wise Bear.This is a series the author has written for young ones.  He mentions common problems and then provides them with answers and skills so they can deal with them.Publishing Push and the author shared this book with me for review (thank you).  They have been published and you can get a copy now.It seems they were giving prizes for schoolwork.  The daughter got good grades and thought she should she get at least one award if not two.  She Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    From Sea to Stormy Sea: 17 Paintings by Great American Artists and the Stories They Inspired by Lawrence Block

    Thu, 19 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    The paintings are all by American artists.  They include:  Harvey Dunn, John Steuart Curry, Reginald Marsh, Thomas Hart Benton, Helen Frankenthaler, Winslow Homer, Rockwell Kent, Grant Wood, Childe Hassam and Andy Warhol.  Some of the authors included are:  Jerome Charyn, Jane Hamilton, Christa Faust, John Sandford, Sara Paretsky, Walter Mosley, Charles Ardai, Barry Malzberg, and Janice Eidus. Mr Block sent me a copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Here's a list of the contents:The Prairie is My Garden, copyright © 2019 Patti AbbottMother of Pearl, copyright © 2019 ArdaiSuperficial Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Nine Caldecott Winners for the Winter Season

    Thu, 19 Dec 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    The first snowfall of the year, the anticipation of Christmas, the wealth of holiday traditions: the end of the year is filled with opportunities for joy and fascination for the young (and young at heart). It’s no surprise, then, that the list of Caldecott award winners is filled with winter tales. It’s the perfect time of year to snuggle up with loved ones and read a book, so here are some classics to enjoy, from The Polar Express to The Big Snow. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Whales, Maidens and Gold by Suzanne Smythe

    Wed, 18 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an historical account of a man's life when you made money by hard work and moved where the best opportunities appeared to be.  Henry was looking for adventure, new land and things to see and he found it all in his lifetime.  He was brave and started over more than once.Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Henry worked on a whaling boat.  The way they harvested whales in those days is very scary.  They used a harpoon but Read More
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    The Lost World: 5 Books Steven Spielberg Almost Adapted

    Wed, 18 Dec 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Steven Spielberg (who turns 73 today!) is more than just one of the most successful and well-respected directors in Hollywood—he’s also a prolific adapter of books and other literary works for the silver screen. Some of his best known works, from Jaws (1974) to the Color Purple (1982) to Jurassic Park (1990), were originally based on books of various levels of literary acclaim. Because one of the great all-time literary and filmic pastimes is comparing novels to their screen adaptations, the book lovers of the world owe Spielberg a huge debt of gratitude (the fact that many of these films Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Kiki - Perfectly Imperfect by Pauline Gibb

    Tue, 17 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kiki lives in Japan with his Mom and siblings.  He's a white mouse with a red mark on the back of his neck.  He has a hard time sneaking out at night and has to wear a dark colored jacket for camouflage.  They live in Japan. Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd let me read this book for review (thank you).  I has been published and you can grab a copy now.As he learns from his mother and older brother, he's growing more stealthy and can now travel on his own.  It doesn't take long before he wants to travel the world Read More
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    Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series: Barbara Cooney

    Tue, 17 Dec 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    Each year the Caldecott Medal is awarded to the children's book most representative of the highest level of quality and skill in the industry. While sometimes the author and illustrator are one in the same, as with Barbara Cooney's 1958 win for Chanticleer and the Fox, just as often the illustrator in question did not write the book, which is the case for Cooney's 1980 win for her collaboration on Donald Hall's Ox-Cart Man. Cooney is a perfect example of what a recipient should be. Her work is prized not only for the exceptional addition it makes to children's books, but as Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Pirate's Children by Michael Lloyd

    Mon, 16 Dec 2019 09:00:00 Permalink
    This one is a wild ride that is fun to read.It begins with a funeral.  Eleanor is seventeen and has three siblings.  When she meets with the lawyers, she learns she inherits the estate which is bigger than she ever imagined.  When she finds out her father is alive but in a Spanish jail, she's determined to save him.  She knows his old boat is still in the area so she goes to find it.  She finds the last crew member on it raising animals.  She tells him she's going to restore the boat to seaworthy condition and go after Read More
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    Hero vs. Villain: Jane Austen's Male Characters

    Mon, 16 Dec 2019 08:00:00 Permalink
    When thinking of Jane Austen, one, primarily, first thinks of her heroines. While a perfectly reasonable instinct since they are the main protagonists, their male counterparts are often overlooked and shuffled to the side and considered only in their marriage eligibility, a rather fair occurrence when one considers how female characters were often treated by Austen’s contemporaries. This does, however, offer a disservice to Austen’s work. Her male characters are just as carefully crafted as her female protagonists, each providing specific insight into the different kinds of men, both heroes and villains, Austen and her heroines experienced. Read More
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