Member Blogs Archive > September 2020

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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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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    Anya and the Nightingale by Sofiya Pasternack

    Fri, 11 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Anya and her friends managed to save one of the last dragons in the land.  He's a river dragon, so as long as he stays out of sight, he's safe.  The children like to play with him.Versify and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on November 10th.Now the soldiers have taken her father away because the neighbors lied about him.  Anya is going to get him back.  She takes her best friend, Ivan, with her.  And the dragon comes, too.They meet a woman who can help them get there sooner.  The problem Read More
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    Murder by Milk Bottle by Lynne Truss

    Thu, 10 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Constable Twitten is expecting things to slow down but when they find three dead bodies that were killed with a milk bottle, that ends that fantasy.  There are no clues, just broken milk bottles. Bloomsbury Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 10th.None of the police involved in the investigation are particularly smart.   The Constable has good instincts and tries to share them with his boss, but he doesn't want to hear it.There is a lot going on, some of it even in the police station.  This is almost a Read More
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    Top Books by State: Kansas

    Thu, 10 Sep 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    The next stop on our literary journey throughout America in our Top Books by State series is Kansas. This Midwestern state is primarily known for its location in the heart of the Great Plains. While Kansas is one of the country's largest producer of wheat, corn, soybeans, and sorghum, it's not just farmland. The state is home to several metropolitan centers namely Wichita and Kansas City. Today, Kansas is mostly associated with farmland, but at the time of it's entry into the union, the decision of whether or not to be a free or a slave-holding state led to great Read More
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    No Reading Allowed : The WORST Read-Aloud Book Ever by Raj Haldar, Chris Carpenter, Bryce Gladfelter

    Wed, 09 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a fun read.  It shows you how you can change a sentence with different words that sound the same but have different meanings.Sourcebooks Explore and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published November 10th.The English language is like that.  Put a comma in and you've changed the meaning.  Some words are spelled the same but have different meanings.There are examples all through the book.  Some will make you laugh.  Once you get used to the idea, it might be fun to see what sentences you can create that show this off.I Read More
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    The Art and Life of Eric Carle

    Tue, 08 Sep 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Few children's book illustrators create work as recognizable as that of Eric Carle. His work has been published across the world, translated into sixty-six languages. His dedication to creating fun, playful books for young children has spanned over four decades and has resulted in books that generations of children have not only loved, but have grown up to share with their own children. Let's take a closer look at the life and work of one of children's book illustration's most celebrated artists: Read More
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    The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux by Samantha Vérant

    Tue, 08 Sep 2020 03:00:00 Permalink
    Sophie is really close to making her dream cone true.  They only need one more star to be ranked high on the Michelin scale.  She's cooking part of the meal and another cook comes over to taste her soup.  He tells her it needs more spices so she adds them.  Then they find out not only did they not earn another star, they lost one they had!  Then the cook who had her add spices tells the boss it's her fault.  The boss tastes her soup, spits it out, and fires her.  It was a set up to get rid Read More
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    Murder in Old Bombay by Nev March

    Mon, 07 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Captain Jim used to be in the military but the last time they fought, he got disabled out.  He's asked by one of his friends to find out why his wife and her friend were killed.  It didn't look like suicide but no  one saw them be thrown off the balcony either.  He agreed to look into it.Minotaur Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on November 10th.It's a bit of a challenge to keep the various tribes segregated and figure out how to ask the questions in a form that Read More
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    Just in the Nick of Time, Some Timely Thoughts by a Guest Blogger

    Sun, 06 Sep 2020 10:27:14 Permalink
    Whew! I’ve been so swamped in the mess occasioned by my decision to try to arrange my stock in an orderly manner, that I despaired of having time to post my weekly “Bookman’s Log” entry. Fortunately, old friend and colleague Rich West, of Periodyssey, sent in a guest blog. I found it thought-provoking, and so will share it with you (while I head back down to the catacombs to search for books whose authors’ names begin with E-F-G- or H).Continue reading Just in the Nick of Time, Some Timely Thoughts by a Guest Blogger at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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    A Christmas Resolution by Anne Perry

    Sun, 06 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Detective Hooper and his girlfriend, Celia, are worried about a friend they have.  She's made her mind up to marry a man who is very rigid and opinionated.  He also appears to be abusive.  When he finds out Celia has talked to her, he comes and threatens Celia.  She tells Hooper.  He decides to try to find out what happened to his first wife...Ballantine Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you),  It wull be published on November 3rd.I like Anne Perry's books so I had to read this one.  It's not a cheery book.Hooper Read More
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    Wonderful You by Lisa Graff, Ramona Kaulitzki (Illustrator)

    Sat, 05 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a precious picture book.  It takes you through the process of having a baby.  It would make a special baby shower gift.Philomel Books shared a copy of this book with me for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can get a copy now.The story starts when they find out they are pregnant.  They walk you through the stages of the baby growing.  Everyone is so excited.  You get to see people of all colors awaiting the birth.The last page is great.  They tell the baby she will always be loved Read More
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    Sion's Misfortune by Chen Jiafei, Wang Ran

    Fri, 04 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sion was a fortune teller and a very good one.  But when things started going wrong for him and he said it might be a good thing the villagers worried about his mind.Karadi Tales Picturebooks and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published  September 1st.  The illustrations are lovely.First, his horse takes off and he can't go after it.  When it returns, it brings him more horses.  His son loves the horses but fell off and broke his leg.  Everyone is sorry for him but the father still says it could be a Read More
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    Pirate Nell's Tale to Tell A Storybook Adventure by Helen Docherty

    Thu, 03 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Nell has finally become a pirate.  Her Captain doesn't let her do anything, though.  She can wash the dishes and keep the floors clean but he'll pilot the boat and claim all the treasure.  He doesn't even want her pirate book on board...Sourcebooks Jabberwocky and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published September 15th.When she finds a map, the Captain snitches it and heads off to find the treasure.  They get caught in the storm and he falls off the boat.  She rescues him and then heads out of the weather.  She Read More
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    In Defense of Book Collecting

    Thu, 03 Sep 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    There are so many different ways to collect books, and never-ending variety when it comes to shaping a book collection and deciding what you will collect. Some book collectors focus on completion, or collecting all of a particular author or publisher’s printed works. Other collectors are more esoteric, making their own rules for what belongs (and what doesn’t) in the collection. Book collectors have widely disparate sums of money to spend on book collections, and developing a collection certainly does not have to involve spending a substantial amount of money. To be sure, many collectors do spend a lot of Read More
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    The End by Mats Strandberg

    Wed, 02 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an interesting book.  There's a meteorite that will collide with the world and take earth out of existence.  They have a few months to prepare for it but how do prepare for the end of life when you feel fine?Arctis Books and Net Galley let me read this boook fir review (thank you).  It will be published on October 6th.This written from the perspective of teenager responses.  There are families that commit suicide.  Some of the teens turn to drugs  Relationships bud, some of them die.  People lose their tempers.  It's a great feeling of unrest.Simon is in Read More
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    Give Me Chills: A Devil's Beach Novella by Tara Lush

    Tue, 01 Sep 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Hadley left home and moved away after she found out her boyfriend was untrue.  She's running an ice cream van and makes her own ice cream.  He sneered at that, too, so she's starting over.Tara 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 not doing bad at all when a very good looking young man comes up for ice cream.  He likes it so well, he takes more home to share with his aunt.  She loved it, too.Unfortunately, his aunt dies.   He asks Hadley Read More
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    Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series: Evaline Ness

    Tue, 01 Sep 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to one of the best illustrated children's books published that year. Additionally, a handful of other worthy books are given the Caldecott Honor as runners-up.The winner of the 1966 medal has the unique of being named a Caldecott Honor recipient not for three years in a row before she finally was given the medal for Sam, Bangs and Moonshine. Join us today in our Caldecott Winning Illustrators Series as we take a look at the art and career of Evaline Ness: Read More
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