Member Blogs Archive > July 2020

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Tie Die by Max Tomlinson

    Fri, 31 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story started back in the 60's.  Steve was the lead singer in a band until he woke up with a dead under aged female in his bed.  Then he ran from the law because he didn't kill her but they didn't believe him...Oceanview Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 8th.Now he has a problem of his own.  His young daughter has been kidnapped and he asks a P I to help him.  She hasn't gotten her approved license yet but she's willing.As she looks into the case, Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Bookish Apps for the Avid Collector

    Fri, 31 Jul 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    If you have a book collection, you’re probably like many other collectors of books and ephemera—you want to catalogue what you have. You probably also want to have an easy way to access information about your collection. There are some apps available that can help you to do just that. Beyond apps, some websites also exist for the sheer purpose of helping you to catalog your book collection, as well as to keep a “wants” list for new books that might pop up for sale. We’ve looked at a number of these apps and sites, and we’ve tested some of Read More
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    The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper

    Thu, 30 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Fleur fell in love and married in a short period of time because her new husband was going to war.  She daydreamed about moving to Australia and living happily ever after.  Then she recieves news he's dead and he's willed his estate to her.  She doesn't want his estate, she wants Hugh!Thomas Nelson and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Since it's her inheritanance, she decides to go look for relatives and give most of it to them.This is a story in two parts:  Part Read More
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    Iconic Images of Author Jack London

    Thu, 30 Jul 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    On January 12, 1876, author Jack London was born John Griffith Chaney. The son of astrologer William Chaney and music teacher/spiritualist Flora Wellman, London grew up in poverty. After working as a sailor, going to Alaska for the Klondike Gold Rush, and even doing a stint as a hobo, London came to see writing as his means of escaping the work "trap." He began his career, fortuitously, at a time when new printing technology made it more cost effective to publish magazines cheaply, and he was soon making an excellent living thanks to the burgeoning demand for short fiction. London Read More
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    Kind of a Big Deal by Shannon Hale

    Wed, 29 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her singing made her kind of a big deal in high school.  Could she get a part on Broadway?Roaring Book Press and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 25th.What sucked me into reading this was the fact that as she read books using the glasses she got in the bookstore, she stepped into that story.  The characters became her friends she had in real life and she had many adventures.The boy she loves is in her stories.  So is another boy she has her eye on.  She gets in death Read More
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    Movie Adaptations Aren't All Bad: Tom Hanks Proves It

    Wed, 29 Jul 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    As emotionally fraught as it can be for readers to see their beloved classics adapted for the big screen—even when those adaptations are faithful and well-produced—movies improve upon their bookish source material just as often as they botch it. Surely this seems like sacrilege coming from an antiquarian books blog, but let’s do a little thought experiment: Let’s say that there’s a roughly even distribution of (1) good movies based on good books, (2) bad movies based on good books, (3) good movies based on bad (or just okay) books, and (4) bad movies based on bad books. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Tail for Two : A Fur Haven Dog Park novel by Mara Wells

    Tue, 28 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lance agrees to take care of his little brother's dog.  He had no idea doing so would turn his life upside down...Sourcebooks Casablanca and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 29th.While he's at the dog park, he sees his dog he had while married with a three year old boy.  He gets angry.  She wouldn't let him have the dog but she must have given it away.  The dog and the boy come to see him.  And not long behind is his ex-wife.  It seems the boy and the dog are Read More
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    One for the Books by Jenn McKinlay

    Mon, 27 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lindsey, library director and Sully, boat captain are going to get married soon.  They are deeply in love and excited about the marriage.  But when they find a man dead on his parent's island, it throws a wrench in the business.  That man was Sully's friend and he was going to marry them...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on September 1st.Sully wants to find out who murdered him.  Then they have a hard hunt ahead if them to find soneone who can marry them.  Their options are limited in Read More
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    Too Cool for This School by Kristin Tracy

    Sun, 26 Jul 2020 08:58:00 Permalink
    Hardcover. Middle school is hard for Bessica. Title: Too Cool for This School Author Name: Tracy, KristenCategories: Children's Intermediate Readers, Edition: 1st Edition.Publisher: U.S.A., Delacorte Books for Young Readers: 2013ISBN Number: 0385740700ISBN Number 13: 9780385740708 Binding: HardcoverBook Condition: Near Fine Jacket Condition: Near Fine Type: Book Seller ID: 022056 Price: $12.00 Read More
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    The Vanished Bride by Bella Ellis

    Sun, 26 Jul 2020 03:00:00 Permalink
    The Bronte sisters hear of a missing woman and they know the nanny there.  They find a lot of blood but no sign of the missing woman.  They decide to investigate.This is a new cover and it is quite attractive.  It has been published, so you can grab a copy now.They find that the man she married is a monster.  His first wife committed suicide to get away from him.  Might he have killed his second wife?This is a well thought out mystery with the sisters sharing what they've found out.  They each have their own strengths.  Some are braver Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    "What's your best price?" – In praise of bottom feeders

    Sun, 26 Jul 2020 02:32:54 Permalink
    There’s been a lot of talk this weekend on the ABAA and IOBA chat lines concerning the phrase, “What’s your best price?” The original poster shared his answer to this perennial question on the several Discuss lists, and most of the regulars pitched in with answers, anecdotes, and advice. It’s a question every book dealer has heard, and responses to the original email were as varied as the  responding dealers themselves. We were treated to canned lectures about the dignity of the trade, stories of hundred dollar bills thrown back in the faces of bargain hunters, encouraging explanations, canny empathy, Read More
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    Winner Cake All by Denise Swanson, Series: Chef-to-Go Mysteries

    Sat, 25 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dani is catering the engagement party of a lifetime.  Her word of mouth advertising has brought her Yvette who is marrying a man with money.  She's picky and the engagement takes place soon, but money is no object.  They are having it in a fancy tent, so Dani hires some help and gets to cooking.Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 29th.Dani is dating the university chief of police and it's like they can never find a day they are both free.  They date as they can.  Read More
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    The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Gerda Muller

    Fri, 24 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a beautifully illustrated story that adds to the charm of the story.  He's a homeless orphan and no one cares.  He decides to follow two cats and see who feeds them.  Maybe they would have food for a young boy, too.Floris Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be pub;ished September 29th.The man who answers the door invites him in and asks questions as he eats.  He's a sorcerer and he needs an apprentice.  The boy anxiously asks for the job.  He gets room and board and has to work.  Read More
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    The Twelve Dogs of Christmas by Lizzie Shane

    Thu, 23 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ally came to Pine Hollow to help her grandparents out.  They ran a dog rescue in their barn and she was in between jobs, so she'd help.  But not long after she got there, she finds out their funding was cut out of the budget for next year.  They needed it for the roof of the community center, which collapsed under the snow.  She can't argue with that but where are they going to place the twelve dogs they have in four weeks?Forever and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 29th.She Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    Pistil Photo Essay

    Thu, 23 Jul 2020 04:32:00 Permalink
    Here's a look into a small online book business.Our entrance off the alley.Meet Whiskey, our new bookstore kitty, age 5 months.Stacks waiting to be shelved.Sean's stack of books to read on his desk.Recycled blank books and toaster boy.Artwork by James Koehnline, R. Crumb, and Jon Strongbow.Bookmark collection and tiny books.Plenty of reading material in the throne room. Read More
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    Rancho de Amor by Dan Harder

    Wed, 22 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Catherine is on the hunt for an old lady that wrote an outstanding romance that has sold a lot of copies.  The company she is working for is going under and if she has more manuscripts they might carry them through this crisis.West Margin Press and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on September 15th.The lady is an elusive one.  No one in town has seen her and no one knows where she lives.  She keeps asking but gets no answers.  Then the cowboy who fell at her feet as she Read More
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    The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline

    Tue, 21 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Evangeline is a young, naive girl serving as a governess.  She's seduced by the son and gets accused of stealing the ring he gave her.  She's also pregnant.  Then she pushes the housekeeper down the stairs because she's saying mean things.  The housekeeper is OK but the lady of the house calls it attempted murder and sends her away with the police.  Suddenly she finds herself on a boat heading to Australia.William Morrow sent me an Arc of this book to read for review (thank you).  It will be published September 15th.She strikes up a friendship with Hazel.  She's younger Read More
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    Norbert the Winter Gnome by Daniela Drescher

    Mon, 20 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Norbert is eating warm porridge for his breakfast when he thinks of the other animals and their lack of food.  He decides to share.Floris Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 15th.This is a perfect book for little ones.  The illustrations are lovely and the kind acts by Norbert will have them smiling.  It's a book they will read again and again.He gives nuts to the squirrel, hay to the rabbit and more goodies until all the animals have been fed.  By then, it's almost nightfall, and he goes home.  Read More
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    Wishes and Wellingtons by Julie Berry

    Mon, 20 Jul 2020 08:30:00 Permalink
    Mauve hates the boarding school she's been sent to and spends a lot of time in trouble.  When she is sent to sort the garbage, she suddenly finds a sardine can that is moving .  When she opens it, a djinni comes out and wants to grant her wishes.  Wow!Sourcebooks Young Readers and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 13th.This is an exciting and entertaining read.  She shares her discovery with her roommate.  The orphan boy next door is looking in the window and finds out, too.  He wants to have Read More
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    Sweet Dreams by Peter Leonard

    Sun, 19 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kate is trying to find the bank robber who likes to kill people.  When she questions one suspect they've been following, he shoots her.  She shoots back killing him.  He was not a good man, but he wasn't her bank robber.  While she's in the hospital, she gets a vase of beautiful flowers.  But no one from work sent them.  Who did?Rare Bird Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on September 14th.Kate has seen someone in a gray car following her and staring at her apartment.  She's had enough and Read More
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    In a Midnight Wood by Ellen Hart

    Sat, 18 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Jane and Constance are going to visit their friend, Emma, and attend the local art festival.  There's also a class reunion going on, so they're sure to see old friends.  Jane wasn't expecting to do any sleuthing during the visit...Minotaur Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 8th.When she goes to visit the old graveyard, they are digging up an old grave.  They need to move the wife over one spot so the husband can be buried by her side just like they slept in bed so many years. They Read More
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    All He Knew by Helen Frost

    Fri, 17 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Henry got very ill at a young age and lost his hearing.  His older sister takes care of him, sticking close.  But when he reaches school age, his parents must make a choice.  Will they send him to the school for the deaf or to the school for those who have physical problems?  Mom wants to send him to the school for the deaf but she doesn't like what the matron has to say.  She thinks he's stupid even before she's met him.  They send him to the other school.Farrar, Straus, and Giroux and Net Galley let me read this Read More
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    A Dog-Friendly Town by Josephine Cameron

    Thu, 16 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    His parent's own a dog friendly bed and breakfast.  He's the dog walker for one nervous dog and he enjoys it.  He's also going to a new school when summer is over and he's not sure about that.  He also  has a little brother and sister he's supposed to watch and keep out of the guests way.  This summer isn't really relaxing...Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published August 4th.They have a famous St Bernard come to stay with his owner and trainer and his little sister, Read More
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    Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas

    Wed, 15 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lady Sherlock is shocked to hear Inspector Treadle is in jail.  He was found in a room with two dead men, covered with blood, and waving his gun at the police officers.  The worst part is that he won't speak in his defense.  He says nothing except that he's sorry.  His wife comes to visit and asks if Sherlock Holmes will help.  Lady Sherlock checks and says yes.Berkley Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 8th.Lord Ingram is around.  He's getting a divorce and is in love with Lady Read More
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    Robert B. Parker's Fool's Paradise by Mike Lupica

    Tue, 14 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    They've found a dead man out at the lake.  He didn't drown, he was shot.  Jesse Stone was surprised he recognized him.  He'd been at the AA meeting he had attended a couple of towns away.  His name was Paul but that was all he knew about him.  He had no ID, no phone or anything else that could identify him.  What was he doing here and who had he come to see?GP Putnam's Sons and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 8th.It takes Jesse and several of his team Read More
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    Crystalia by Andrea Denver

    Tue, 14 Jul 2020 08:30:00 Permalink
    This is a great book of fantasy for the young reader in your household.  It has magic, danger, and a race to save the world they live in.The author sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.The earth became full of evil and bad creatures, so these beings left and started a new world.  All is going well until they find a hole in their world and the evil staring at them.  Then they begin a new quest to find all the crystals and Read More
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    The Darkest Evening : A Vera Stanhope Novel by Ann Cleeves

    Mon, 13 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Vera was going home for a social event, but she missed her turn and had to go the long way around.  She had found a car off to the side with a young child still in it.  The door was wide open.  She took the child inside but there were no strangers.  It was what she expected.    At least in the beginning.  Then someone found the missing mother dead in the snow in the back.Minotaur Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 8th.Vera warns everyone away and calls the station Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Left Behind

    Sun, 12 Jul 2020 12:07:04 Permalink
    Whew! This Schulman business has me plum tuckered out. I thought of another 25,000 words to share with you on the topic, but I just don’t have the heart to write them. Suffice it to say that Priore and Schulman are guilty, and nothing will mitigate or alter that truth. However, Carnegie librarians still await their serving of guilt pie, and I hope it comes soon. As for the regrettable and, frankly, embarrassing behavior of some of our colleagues, well… Since I got nuttin’ more to say on the topic, what about this week’s blog entry? Continue reading Left Behind Read More
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    Killer Kung Pao : A Noodle Shop Mystery by Vivien Chien

    Sun, 12 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lana Lee has too much to do.  Her mother wants her to modernize their restaurant, she's in charge of the sidewalk sale at the mall she's in, and she has her own noodle house to run with little help.  She doesn't need anything more but...St Martin's Paperbacks and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thabk you).  It will be published August 25th.Lana witnesses an accident at the mall.  Two cars back into eqach other.  Both women are hotheads and after much shouting one threatens to sue the other.  Mildred is claiming her neck was hurt .  They take Read More
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    The Barnabus Project by Terry Fan; Eric Fan; Devin Fan

    Sat, 11 Jul 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Barnabus was part mouse and part elephant.  He was a toy that didn't turn out quite right but he had lots of company.  They ate the food they were given and lived in their containers peaceably.  But then one day they marked them all with a red sticker that said "failed".  They were going to be remade...Tundra Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on September 1st.Barnabus says they need to escape.  They tell him it's impossible.  He hits the glass wall. smashes into it and kicks it with no Read More
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