Member Blogs Archive > August 2020

  • from ten pound island book company

    Fulfillment

    Mon, 31 Aug 2020 10:27:26 Permalink
    Have you noticed how much stuff is sitting on the side of the road these days with a FREE sign printed on cardboard, propped up against the (fill in the blank) moldy teddy bears/broken office chair/couch that smells like old shoes/old-fashioned baby carriage/worn out tires/glass front bookcase with broken glass/85-pound color TV circa 1995/box of Grannie’s Reader’s Digest Condensed Books? That’s because people are stuck in their houses. After a few months they look around and realize no one has sat on that couch in years because it smells like old shoes. Continue reading Fulfillment at Ten Pound Island Book Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Murder in the East End by Jennifer Ashley

    Mon, 31 Aug 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    When Kat finds out children are missing from the foundlings home, she's upset.  They're young, small and can't protect themselves.  Where did they disappear to?Net Galley and Berkley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.As she questions staff, they tell her they've been adopted.  But the addresses that have been given are either empty lots or new development going up.  When the little nurse living there and taking care of the children disappears it's another concern.  Kat gets her boyfriend to help.  He finds the nurse but Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Blacklisted by Jay Crownover

    Sun, 30 Aug 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dr. Presley Baskin has lost both her parents but gained a whole new family she knew nothing about.  She's a bit standoffish and quite reserved.  They are not!  So when her almost twin calls her and asks her to come down to the bar to help her, she goes.  And finds a shot up biker.  She does what she can but she says he needs a hospital.  They take him back to the club; it has hospital facilities and they have a doctor.  She goes with them.  He survives.Forever and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Girl in the Mirror by Rose Carlyle

    Sat, 29 Aug 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    They are mirror images of each other but they have a dark place in their souls...William Morrow and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 20th.Iris has been jealous of her twin summer for a long time.  Summer became her parent's favorite and she married Adam and is living happily ever after.  Iris married Noah but got divorced.  She's doing OK but she's jealous of her sister's relationship.When her father dies, all his money will go to whomever Carmichael has the first baby.  There are a lot of Carmichael's and it creates Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Midwinter Murder by Agatha Christie

    Fri, 28 Aug 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    I've always loved Agatha Christie's tales.   They are solidly put together, not obvious and it's great fun to try to solve the murder beffore the main character does.  Sometimes it's a total shock when you do find out and it's always her man or woman who reveals it.  This is an anthology with stories set in winter.William Morrow and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read and review this book Z(thank you).  It will be published October 20th.You have Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot in a couple of stories each.  I'm fond of Miss Marple.Whether you are an old fan Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Peter Rabbit and Friends by Beatrix Potter

    Thu, 27 Aug 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    These are stores I read as a child.  My grandparents had them in mini-books and I read them while visiting.  They have a special place in my heart.Penguin Publishing Group and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 13th.Mrs Rabbit leaves Peter and his sisters home while she runs an errand.  She tells them where they will be safe and warns them to stay out of the garden.  She's very strict about it but that doesn't stop Peter Rabbit...Benjamin Bunny gets in trouble, too.  No wonder he's a friend of Peter's!Mr. Jeremy Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series: Beni Montresor

    Thu, 27 Aug 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    The Caldecott Medal for outstanding children's book illustration is awarded every year to the illustrator who has proven themselves to be at the forefront of what is possible in the world of children's literature. 1965's winner is notable not only because his art style was vivid and unusual, but also because he was inspired almost entirely by his work in another field. Beni Montresor's illustrations, often done in a variety of mediums, were heavily influenced by his work as a set designer for ballet and opera. This lead to illustrations both dynamic and compelling, a clear testament to his love Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Wishes and Wellingtons by Julie Berry

    Wed, 26 Aug 2020 09:00:00 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
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    No Ordinary Thing : The Tale of the Traveling Snow Globe by G. Z. Schmidt

    Wed, 26 Aug 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Adam is living with his Uncle since his parent's deaths.  They live above the Biscuit Basket and work in the bakery below.  Then a stranger comes in and tells Adam to check out the attic.  He shows him a snow globe and indicates there may be another up there.  The snow globe doesn't arract him all that much but the idea it was his parent's is enticing.Holiday House and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 13th.When his Uncle sends him up to the attic to look for things of value Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Wishes and Wellingtons by Julie Berry

    Wed, 26 Aug 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
  • from Books Tell You Why

    The Difference Between Having a Book Collection and Having a Library

    Wed, 26 Aug 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Do you have a personal library, or do you have a collection? And is there really a difference between the two? It depends on who you ask. In general, we do think a book collection is distinct from a personal library, although the two are not necessarily separate from one another. Why does it matter? Well, the way in which you might conceive of and shape a personal library is likely to be quite different from the way in which you might conceive of and shape a book collection. Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    A 100 Year Old Victory

    Tue, 25 Aug 2020 11:36:25 Permalink
    In the grand scheme of things, what is 100 years? In terms of your lifespan, it may seem like a lot. In terms of history, on the other hand? Well, in terms of history it is a mere slip in time. Now what would you say if you were to realize that American women have […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Cinders & Sparrows by Stefan Bachmann

    Tue, 25 Aug 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Thirteen year old Zita Is an orphan and a housemaid at the orphanage she's in.   She really can't remember her family.  She just remembers going into the woods and never coming back...Greenwillow Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on October 13th.Then the orphanage gets a letter for her.  She has inherited the mansion they lived in.  She doesn't remember it but she's not going to give it up.  She heads out to get there and finds the way long and the passage slow.  The last stage takes her to Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Mimi Lee Reads Between the Lines by Jennifer J. Chow

    Mon, 24 Aug 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mimi has a hot boyfriend, a talking cat, and a sister she loves.  When she goes to meet her sister and they are walking out of the school, they find a teacher slumped in the car, dead.Berkley and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on November 10th.When Detective Brown decides her sister is the leading suspect, Mimi jumps to her defense and begins her own investigation.  There are several things happening at the school which makes those involved look suspect.  The principal liked to give everyone a little hug.  Now he's been Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Authenticity

    Mon, 24 Aug 2020 05:46:10 Permalink
    Had an interesting email conversation with an IOBA colleague the other day. Although he dealt mainly in fantasy and science fiction, he had just acquired a letter written by a US Navy admiral. He wanted to sell it with a fantasy novel that, I presume, had a naval theme, but he was concerned about the letter’s authenticity. Could I help?He’d already found an example of the Admiral’s signature, and had done quite a bit of research into his correspondence.Continue reading Authenticity at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    They Threw Us Away by Daniel Kraus

    Sun, 23 Aug 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Buddy wakes up in the middle of a garbage dump.  How did he get there?Macmillan Children's Publishing Group and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published now and you can grab a copy.I still have my teddy bear from childhood.  He is a small panda missing one eye and quite a bit of hair.  But he's still my friend.  So how could I not read this book?Buddy finds other teddies and helps them out of their boxes.  They all have individual personalities.  They decide they need to get out of the dump Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Girl Who Wasn't There by Vincent Zandri

    Sat, 22 Aug 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's finally out of jail for the first time in ten years.  He was the driver and hadn't killed the family but he was the last one standing.  The whole time he was in prison, he had to watch his back.  His boss didn't want him leaking any facts.Oceanview Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 13th.He  goes a bit outside his parole boundaries to take his family to the lake.  While his daughter is playing with another girl, he and his wife retreat to the hotel room for Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The French Widow by Mark Pryor

    Fri, 21 Aug 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hugh Marston was walking when he saw a man pull a gun out and start shooting.  He killed one lady and kept shooting, so Hugh pulls his gun and shoots.  He misses with the first two shots, but he hits the gun with third shot and the killer with the fourth.  He's a hero for a short while until they find the guns the man had came from them embassy that Hugh worked at.  Who and how had that happened?Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It was published September 15th.This mystery is Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Reynard the Fox by Renate Raecke, Jonas Laustroer

    Thu, 20 Aug 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Reynard can talk himself out of anything.  Some of it is lies, but those listening don't know that.  When the King declares his peace days and invites everyone to come.  He listens to complaints and makes judgement.  It seems like everyone has a complaint against Reynard.  He sends his advisor out after him.Mine Editions and Edelweiss let me read this book so I could review it (thank you).  It will be published on October 6th.When the bear advisor returns, he's worse for wear.  The fox trapped him in a fallen tree by taking the wedges out.  He was looking for Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Unexpected Meetings Between Legendary Authors and Celebrities

    Thu, 20 Aug 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Authors are contributors to their culture, and as part of the job, they tend to cross paths with their famous contemporaries. These can be other authors, artists, actors, leaders, and cultural icons, and at times can create some rather unlikely pairings. Here are a few of these moments immortalized on camera. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Rock Hole by Reavis Z. Wortham

    Wed, 19 Aug 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    It all started with tortured animals.  They were showing up everywhere.  And Ned started finding catalog or newspaper pages under them of children.  He's afraid the killer is working his way up to them...Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on October 6th.Ned has no idea who could be doing this.  They'd had animal killings years ago but it stopped.  Why was it back?  Was it the old killer or is it a new one?While all this is going on, a man gets out of prison and comes home Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Do I Have a First Edition?

    Tue, 18 Aug 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Is it a first edition? This is a question that many people ask when they discover what they think might be a rare and valuable book at a flea market, in a thrift shop, or in a box in a family member’s attic. Even if you’re not a rare book collector and you don’t know much about rare books in general, you’ve probably heard the term “first edition,” and you likely associate the phrase with an item of value. Everybody wants to have a first edition, right? Generally speaking, a first edition of a book often will have significantly more Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Breath the Sky by Michelle Hazen

    Tue, 18 Aug 2020 03:00:00 Permalink
    Mari is a bio and saves endangered animals.  She's on site with a crew building towers and there's one guy no one wants to do business with.  Of course, she gets assigned to his crew...Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published today.Jack is rough and loud and gets mad at his crew if they are not careful.  At times they are so high a fall would be a killer so he watches them like a hawk and comes to the rescue when he can.  She knows he's loud but she Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Spy Penguins: Golden Egg by Sam Hay, Marek Jagucki

    Mon, 17 Aug 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    When they find out a crook has broken out of jail, the two penguins decide they will get him back.  Then the FBI might accept them as part of the team.  But they didn't anticipate babysitting an egg while they were doing this...Feiwel & Friends and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 15th. They find themselves in a contest they didn't intend to enter thanks to the Mom who gave him the egg to watch.  She's not feeling well and goes to lay down.  He and his friend plan to fail the Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Lily to the Rescue: The Not-So-Stinky Skunk W. Bruce Cameron, Jennifer L. Meyer

    Sun, 16 Aug 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lily is going with her girl and the father to gather up prairie dogs and move them.  The only way to catch them is to vacuum them up!Starscape and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 29th.While they are vacuuming up the prairie dogs, Lily goes sniffing out all the strange animal smells.  She finds a black fuzzy animal with some white stripes and she's pleased when it presents its butt for her to sniff.  However, the humans are not!They immediately grab Lily and take her down to give her a bath Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Lily to the Rescue: Dog Dog Goose W. Bruce Cameron, Jennifer L. Meyer (Illustrated by)

    Sat, 15 Aug 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lily is a rescue dog who dearly loves her little girl. They go to the shelter every day so Lily can visit her friends.  No one expected to find baby geese on the property...Starscape and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 29th.A fox has scared the mother away, so they are going to rescue the goslings.  The girl puts Lily in the nest to help them calm down.  It works but it doesn't.  She calms them down but they imprint on Lily as their mother!This is a sweet story with all Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    When Pumpkins Fly by Margaret Lawrence

    Fri, 14 Aug 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a cute tale of how children in remote areas get their pumpkins and celebrate Halloween. Inhabit media and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on September 8th.The illustrations are lovely.  It's amazing what happens to the pumpkin in the extreme cold.  You even learn a couple of new words.  This would make a wonderful Halloween gift!  Just be sure you explain the spirits away Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood, Don Wood

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    The little Mouse looks out his door and finds a gorgeous red strawberry ready for picking.  He gets his ladder and goes out to pick it.  While he's harvesting it, he finds out there is a bear in the woods who loves strawberries too.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 15th.The mouse tries all kinds of unique ways to hide his strawberry, but he knows the bear will find it.  So he does the most sensible thing, he cuts it in half, shes it with the narrator, and Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Remembering Neil Armstrong

    Thu, 13 Aug 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    On August 25, 2012, the world lost a truly great man: Neil Armstrong. The first man to walk on the moon, Armstrong inspired a nation--and generations--with the hope and excitement of space exploration. Born August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, Armstrong discovered his love for flight very early. By the age of 16, he'd already earned his student license. When he began at Purdue University, it was to pursue a degree in aeronautical engineering under a full scholarship from the US Navy. However, when the Korean War broke out, Armstrong's education was interrupted by the call of duty. He flew Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Kits, Cubs, and Calves by Suzie Napayok-Short, Tamara Campeau

    Wed, 12 Aug 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
     Take a trip to Alaska from your comfortable reading chair.Inhabit Media and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 1st.When a little girl goes to stay with her aunt and uncle, she learns a lot about nature.  She sees a fox and her kits on the way home.  They are going on a picnic the next day and will get to view polar bears and their cubs.  It used to be a camp for her family but the bears took it over.On the boat, heading for the island, she sees beluga whales Read More
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