Member Blogs Archive > September 2020

  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Legless by Eileen Mueller

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    When a new elf knocks on Santa's door, he doesn't even recognize him.  He has to show him his ears.  He's a woodland elf and much taller and lankier than the other elves.  He wants to help make toys.The author shared this book with me for review (thank you). You can get a free copy HERE.He's working away when the door opens and in comes a goblin.  The elf grabs his bow and shoots him.  Luckily the mask came off and the elf wearing it was safe.  Then the elf goes out and starts riding a reindeer.  Santa goes after him Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    Five Things Bibliophiles can Accomplish in Fall of 2020

    Wed, 30 Sep 2020 02:47:47 Permalink
    We know, we know… 2020 hasn’t been the easiest of years. If we can, we work with no exciting breaks in sight, we have given up on lofty ideas of promotions or raises. We are tired of spending hot days inside, away from friends and family. It hasn’t been easy, and yet – we’re powering […] Read More
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    Champagne Charlie and the Amazing Gladys by B.G. Hilton

    Tue, 29 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
     Charlie is looking for who killed the steam cab driver.  Gladys is looking for her partner in a magic show. (Women are not allowed to do magic by themselves.  She and Charley team up; they'll help each other.Library Thing and Odyssey Books let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.I like steampunk novels.  They make wonderful inventions.  However this story is a cross between steampunk and science fiction.  That doesn't make it bad, it just makes your mind stretch further...There are other creatures living in space.  The animals Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    John Newbery: The Father of Children's Literature

    Tue, 29 Sep 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    John Newbery was born in 1713 in Berkshire, England. The son of a farmer, he saw to his own education and through his efforts became apprenticed to a printer when he was sixteen years old. Eventually, the business was sold and Newbery's continued efforts with the new owner, William Carnahan, resulted in him being left the business along with Carnahan's brother when he passed away. Now in charge of the press, Newbery saw a place in the market and used his literary and sales sense to create a not only a new genre of literature but cause it to thrive Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    FAQ

    Tue, 29 Sep 2020 01:47:15 Permalink
    1. WHERE’S THIS WEEK’S BLOG ENTRY? ANSWER – I’m too busy trying to upload books and images for the next 3 virtual book fairs. 2. HOW COME YOU ONLY HAVE 17 ITEMS IN THIS WEEK’S ABAA VIRTUAL FAIR? ANSWER – I was too busy trying to catalog books for Maritime List 293 to fill my virtual booth. 3. WHERE IS MARITIME LIST 293, ANYWAY? YOU SAID IT WOULD BE OUT WEEKS AGO. ANSWER – I was too busy trying to upload books and images for the next 3 virtual book fairs to finish the list. Continue reading FAQ at Ten Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Brownsville Bred: Dreaming Out Loud by Elaine Del Valle

    Mon, 28 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is based on a true story.  This woman lived a tough life.  She grew up in a bad part of town and her family ends up splitting up because her father was doing drugs...The author sent me a copy of her book to read and review (thank you).  It is out now and you can buy your own copy.Because she's from Puerto Rico, her parents ended up in not the nicest neighborhood.  Things are very expensive in Brooklyn. This is the story of her childhood.  There are a lot of predators out there.  She usually isn't allowed out oon her Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    MAGICAL MEANDERINGS: A Collection of Short Fiction by Irene Radford

    Sun, 27 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This was a fun read.  If you like fantasy and pixies and fairies and the like, you'll love this book!Library Thing and the author shared this book with for a review (thank you).This book is filled with short stories about everything magical.  All of the stories have a positive spin.  I liked them all.  The only bad thing is that you'll have to put it down and do something else or you'll read it all in one sitting.Why not take a trip away from the worries of the world and read about the magical adventures in this book? Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Fire and Vengeance by Robert McCaw - Series: Koa Kane Hawaiian Mystery

    Sat, 26 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Koa is a cop who is no angel.  He never told anyone but he had murdered a man when he was younger.  Now, when he finds someone dead, he feels bad and still has residual guilt that shows up.  When a school suddenly explodes and sets itself on fire, they find dead students and dead teachers.  Who built the school over a fault line from a volcano?Oceanview Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has already been published so you can get a copy now.The school is forty years old but as they ask Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    One of Our Own : A Gregor Demarkian Novel by Jane Haddam

    Fri, 25 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This story is complicated and complex.  It deals with problems of today and doesn't have good outcomes for most.  It holds your attention. Minotaur and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 17th.Gregor has retired.  He and his wife have just taken a foster boy on.  No one knows where he came from and they haven't found any relatives.  He's Spanish.  He also is trying to eat to make up for the times he was hungry.  He's a bottomless pit.  He also bought the priest's dog with him.  The priest says he can Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Shelly Struggles to Shine (The Derby Daredevils #2) by Kit Rosewater

    Thu, 24 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
     Shelly is part of a group of schoolmates that play in the Derby.  All the others had special skills.  She doesn't think she has any...Amulet Books sent a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.The illustrations go with the story line well.  Sophie Escabasse is the illustrator.What Shelly can do is draw.  She draws the team and wants to find them some costuming materials to make them stand out.  They have a tournament coming up and she wants to help them win.Her first attempts don't turn Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Alice Adams: Master of the Short Story

    Thu, 24 Sep 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Short story writer and novelist Alice Adams was born in 1926 in Virginia. She studied at Radcliffe College during which she also attended writing classes at Harvard University. She worked clerical positions in medical offices for many years and throughout her marriage. Toward the end of her marriage, a therapist suggested she quit writing and continue with her marriage. Adams applied the exact opposite advise and to great success. Throughout her career, she published numerous novels and short stories, twenty-five of which were originally published the prestigious magazine, The New Yorker. Though Adams' novels were never particularly critically acclaimed, she Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Hans Christian Anderson The Journey of His Life by Heinz Janisch

    Wed, 23 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    I think I've read almost all of Hans Christian Andersen's stories.  This is the story of life with a bit of fairy tale thrown in.North and South sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.A little girl and her mother are going to another town on the stage and there's a man already there when they board.  The girl looks him over and after a while asks him if he's old.  Her mother tells her you don't ask questions like that but Hans tells Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Well of Ice: Series: An Inishowen Mystery by Andrea Carter

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Benedicta “Ben” O'Keeffe is working hard over the holidays.  Several people are buying houses and hope to be settled by Christmas.  This means she has no time to lose...Oceanview Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 10th.Ben goes to Dublin to see her parents and runs into the man who murdered her sister.  He's finally out of jail and it appears he was looking for her.  He acts like he's been rehabilitated but he threatens her as she leaves.  Her boyfriend is a cop so she has him check with his Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Top Books by State: Louisiana

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today we continue our Top Books by State series with a close look at some of the best books from Louisiana. Louisiana is an eclectic mix of small town, big city, and bayou, making it a popular destination for American and international tourists alike. Perhaps best known for its annual Mardi Gras festival, New Orleans is a vibrant mix of culture, reflected in its music, food, and people. Its Cajun and Creole cultures have their roots in French, African, and French Canadian cultures respectively and there is also an influence from Haitian immigration. Let's take a look at some of Read More
  • from Pistil Blog

    Masks Required

    Tue, 22 Sep 2020 04:51:00 Permalink
     Our local Metro buses have been showing "Essential Trips Only" and "Masks Required" on their signs during the pandemic.  With this in mind, Seattle artist and friend of Pistil Books, Jon Strongbow, showed us his latest drawing today:You can purchase books of Jon's work here. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Fox and Rabbit Make Believe by Beth Ferry

    Mon, 21 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Does your child have a good imagination?  This book will fascinate any child as he/she watches the characters imagine impossible situations and they always get out safe.  The illustrations are by Gergely Dudas abd are bright and clean.  This is a graphic novel.Abram's Books sent me a copy to read for review (thank you).  It's beeen published so you can get a copy now.This is a chapter book with several stories to enjoy.  There is an owl, a hungry bird, a turtle and more to help our main characters out.  I enjoyed reading these stories.  I bet your young ones Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Sorry, Not This Week…

    Mon, 21 Sep 2020 01:27:02 Permalink
    I had a great entry in mind for this week’s blog.I was going to reveal the Secret of Life, and how I’ve employed this recondite but simple trick to drive my career to the heights of the the international book trade, guaranteeing success, fiscally and in terms of the reverence with which my colleagues and customers have come to behold me.Unfortunately, I just didn’t have time to get to it.Continue reading Sorry, Not This Week… at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Thanks a Ton by Sabrina Moyle

    Sun, 20 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a fun picture book to read.  The little elephant goes through a list he's thankful for and comes up with presents that rhyme...Abram's Books sent me a copy of this to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.The illustrations are done by Eunice Moyle and are bright and colorful.The presents are not little things.  Young readers will get a charge out the presents chosen.  This would be a fun book to read together! Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Witch Hunter by Max Seeck

    Sat, 19 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a creepy read.  There's an author who writes about witch hunting long ago and whether they were guilty or not, most of them died.  It turns into a current investigation when they find his wife dead,  All of a sudden the awful deaths in the book start surfacing in current day Finland.  There are no clues to tell them who's doing it.Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 27th.They start searching everything and as they do, they come up with more victims.  All of them killed in Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Reading Champions Developing Readers 30 Book Collection Level 6 to 10 (Series 2) - Ages 5-7 - Paperback

    Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This a very special set that will help your little learn to read.   There are thirty books in the set and this set starts at the age of five.Books 2 Door sent me this sample to read and review (thank you).  You can buy a copy from them HERE.The first books are quite simple with easy words and not a ;lot of text.  The illustrations are joyful!  The next set of books moves on to more text and a few bigger words.  And it continues getting a bit harder and teaching to read.  They can read them on their own Read More
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    The Last Tea Bowl Thief by Jonelle Patrick

    Thu, 17 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Robin works in a firm that identifies antiques.  She know by how it was made and what era that would be.  She would rather share Japanese poetry but she has to find something that others have not to finish her degree.Seventh Street Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 20th.  This is a mix of modern day Japan with the Japan of years ago where we follow the poet and the pot maker in their trials.  Robin meets another young Japanese woman who has found an old pot hidden in her grandmother's Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    An Eoin Colfer Primer

    Thu, 17 Sep 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Eoin Colfer writes fantasy adventure books intended for kids in grades 5-9. His books appeal to a much broader audience, but that is the target group. Colfer grew up in Wexford, on the Southeast coast of Ireland with four brothers. His father was an artist, elementary school teacher, and historian. His mother was a drama teacher and stage writer. He was encouraged to appreciate the arts and writing and began writing in elementary school by composing Viking stories based on the history he was being taught. His first work was a class play called Norse Gods. He got a university Read More
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    Lily Rose by Deborah Robinson

    Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Lily Rose was an accident.  It was the first time her mother had sex and she didn't think about contraceptives...Skyhorse sent me a copy of the book to read for review (thank you).  It is being published today.She makes a deal with the boy's parents.  She'll put the baby up for adoption and not tell who the father is for a sum of money.  She moves on, using the money to completely change her lifestyle.Lily is adopted by a loving couple and lives happily with them until they are killed in an accident.  Then she goes to live with her Read More
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    A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe

    Tue, 15 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Thea is helping her mother by assisting with her various alchemy experiments.  Her mother doesn't appreciate her but she has steadier hands so she gets to help.Wednesday Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 13th.Her mother is attempting to create the Philosopher’s Stone.  It can heal, can change base metals into gold, and more.  But there is a curse on it.  As they get closer to completion, her mother locks the work room and won't let her in.  She intends to keep the prize to herself.  Not a good Read More
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    A Look Inside Presidential Libraries

    Tue, 15 Sep 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today is the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's birthday. In addition to having been an exceptional statesman, Lincoln, like many of America's forefathers was also a prolific reader, amassing an impressive personal library. In honor of the late, great president, we've put together a post to give you a look inside presidential libraries. Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    Too Much of a Good Thing?

    Mon, 14 Sep 2020 09:45:11 Permalink
    Well, I’ve made three sales after the first three days of the Brooklyn Virtual Antiquarian Book Fair. Results reported by colleagues are as mixed as they’d be in a “live” book fair. The difference might be that having only 15 books per booth allows for greater focus on the part of buyers.After searching by keyword and finding two interesting items (already sold within the first 5 minutes of the show!) I worked through all the booths, book by book.Continue reading Too Much of a Good Thing? at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Lola Koala's Travel Adventures by Dr. Tinita Ortego Kearney, CCC-SLP/L

    Mon, 14 Sep 2020 03:00:00 Permalink
    Fun Lift-the-Flap that Teaches Early Language Skills pretty well describes this book.  It teaches Who, What, Where & Yes/No.  Not only is a fun Board Book to read, it has charming illustrations by Jasmine T Mills.The author and PR by the Book invited me to be on this blog tour (thank you).It is being published this month.Here's a li8nk to where you can purchase it HERE.There questions where the child lifts the flap and finds the answer.  This isn't as hard as it sounds because the illustrations shows you what the item is and where it's located.  You'll just have Read More
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    Lola Koala's Travel Adventures by Dr. Tinita Ortega Kearney, CCC-SLP/L

    Mon, 14 Sep 2020 03:00:00 Permalink
    Fun Lift-the-Flap that Teaches Early Language Skills pretty well describes this book.  It teaches Who, What, Where & Yes/No.  Not only is a fun Board Book to read, it has charming illustrations by Jasmine T Mills.The author and PR by the Book invited me to be on this blog tour (thank you).It is being published this month.Here's a link to where you can purchase it HERE.There are questions where the child lifts the flap and finds the answer.  This isn't as hard as it sounds because the illustrations show you what the item is and where it's located.  You'll just Read More
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    The Silver Arrow by Lev Grossman

    Sun, 13 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is quite an adventure.  Kate's birthday is coming soon, so she writes to her rich uncle and asks him for a present.  She sure never expected what she got...Little Brown sent me an ARC of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.He takes her out in the backyard and shows her his gift.  It's a full sized steam train.  She and her brother thinks it's cool, but Mom and Dad don't.  Kate and her brother are going to have the biggest adventure of their life!They sneak out and play Read More
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    Still Life : A Karen Pirie Novel by Val McDermid

    Sat, 12 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Karen works on cold cases.  She didn't expect that a person missing, assumed to be a suicide, ten years ago would be related to a body recently found in the water but it may be.Atlantic Monthly Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published October 6th. Val always writes complicated mysteries that keep you wondering until the end.  I enjoy reading them.Karen travels all over trying to put pieces of her investigation in place.   This has art fraud, a wife left behind, homosexual relationships, and a crabby superior officer.  Karen has two young Read More
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