Member Blogs Archive > November 2020

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    How Desperate Are We?

    Mon, 30 Nov 2020 10:16:20 Permalink
    Well, our Norman Rockwell-style family Christmas tree farm had a great run – 8 years of selling Gourmet Trees© to our friends and neighbors. Thanks to these fine folks, we sold out every year. Sadly, inevitably, the cost of goods kept rising. Because we only ordered 250 trees each year, it became increasingly difficult to compete with bigger operations who got better price breaks by ordering thousands of trees. In the end, it just got to be too much work for too little money.Continue reading How Desperate Are We? at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Perfect Guests by Emma Rous

    Mon, 30 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
     This tale is told in two time periods:  1988 and 2019.  It's a bit confusing at the beginning but as you keep reading you see how it all ties together.Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you) and it will be published  on January 12th.Beth is 14 when she's taken to Raven Hall by her Aunt to be a friend to their daughter, Nina.  It goes well and she even feels like part of the family.  They ask her to take part in a reunion with the man's father and pretend she is Nina.  She Read More
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    The World Needs Who You Were Made To Be by Joanna Gaines

    Sun, 29 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This children's picture book has a good message:  You don't all have to do it the same way.Thomas Nelson sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.A group of children are making them hot air balloons to go exploring.  Each team makes theirs in a different order or a different way, but all of them work and are beautiful. Use your talents and your creativenesss to do the projects assigned.  Doing it the way someone else would, will cramp you style.What's important is that you Read More
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    A Whisker in the Dark by Leighann Dobbs, Series: Oyster Cove Guesthouse (#2)

    Sat, 28 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Her guest house is almost full when her contractor finds a skeleton in the wall.  It's only bones and it's 300 years old.  But he used to be the previous owner and he was supposed to have a treasure...Grand Central Publishing and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you). It will be published on January 12th.The worst part is that the people staying at her guest house are all relatives.  They decide there might be a treasure hidden on the grounds and everyone goes out and buys shovels.  They promise to refill the holes after checking it Read More
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    The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry by C. M. Waggoner

    Fri, 27 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Dellaria Wells is behind on her rent again.  She needs money so she becomes part of a team to be sure the young woman they are transporting to her wedding arrives safe.  Doesn't sound like a big job but it's not as easy as she thought.Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published the 12th of January.Dellaria finds one of her companions attractive.  Winn is attracted to her, too.  Things start going wrong right away.  One of the group is a shapeshifter and they find her dead.  They stick together and Read More
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    The Man Who Didn't Fly by Margot Bennett, Martin Edwards

    Thu, 26 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Four men were going to fly to Dublin on a chartered flight.  Only three men showed up and they never made it to Dublin, they went down in the sea.  The police visit the place where they had been rooming and started asking all kinds of questions.Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this story for review (thank you).  It will be published on January 5th.The had a variety of personalities amongst the men as well as the family.  The father was going to give one of them money to invest.  He had dreams of great returns.  His daughters Read More
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    Rare Book Terminology You Should Know

    Thu, 26 Nov 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    When you first enter into the world of rare books, you might think you’ve encountered a new language in some ways. Rare booksellers, collectors, and archivists use many words and phrases that can be difficult to parse. In addition, there are simply a lot of those words and phrases to learn. Some refer to the condition of the book, others refer to the way the book was made or to its style and aesthetic, and yet others still reference information about the book’s publication or ownership. And in many cases, there are multiple terms in use that refer to the Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Murder in Mykonos by Jeffrey Siger

    Wed, 25 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    The new Captain in the police force has been moved to an island that is full of tourists.  He's not real happy with that.  He wanted more variety in his job instead of just hobnobbing with the tourists.  He should have been more careful about what he wished for.Poisoned Pen Press and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 5th.He gets a phone call about a body in a church.  It's a decomposing body hidden in the crypt.  And as they search other churches, they find more bodies.  It seems they have Read More
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    Brock McGuire by Gladice Guillermo

    Tue, 24 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Brock has it made.  He's only in the sixth grade but he's great at speaking in front of people and throws in jokes for laughs.  If only he had brothers instead of sisters and the school bully would leave him alone.BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Brock loves playing video games, so he gets his little sister to clean up his room, plays music to make them think he's practicing his saxophone, and uses his friend's math homework to get his done.  He's Read More
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    Top Books by State: Massachusetts

    Tue, 24 Nov 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    As one of the thirteen original colonies, Massachusetts has a long history dating back to the very beginnings of America. Massachusetts history begins with Plymouth colony and was the setting for numerous events throughout the making of the nation. The state has been a major player history, academics, and industry throughout the entire existence of the country. While numerous important figures—both historical and literary—hail from Massachusetts, today we continue our bookish journey through the America by taking an in depth look at some of the best quotes from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, a book that was not only a Read More
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    Return to the Most Beautiful Village in the World by Yutaka Kobayashi

    Mon, 23 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mirado has been traveling with the circus and plating his flute.  He enjoys the travel and playing the flute but he's getting homesick.Museyon and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on November 1st.He tells the circus master he wishes to go home and he lets him.  It takes a lot of walking to get there.  He meets a family that lets him sit around the fire and feeds him.  The father even gives him his flute, which is a good thing because his own father's flute he was using broke. He continues Read More
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    Bone Canyon Eve Ronin, Book 2 by Lee Goldberg

    Sun, 22 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    When a wildfire hits the Santa Monica mountains, it doesn't just burn trees and houses.  They find human bones in the aftermath.  Thomas & Mercer and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published January 5th.A partial skull is found in the blackened ground.  As they continue searching the ground, they find that two women are dead.  Eve learns there was another woman with the younger woman and she tracks her down.  The lady talks to her and gives the clothes she was wearing that night but she doesn't want her name brought up.Eve Read More
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    Ralph Compton Frontier Medicine by Robert J. Randisi, Ralph Compton Series: The Gunfighter Series

    Sat, 21 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Gabriel has come west because of an ad he saw.  An older doctor is loooking for a partner that can take over the business.  He meets the older doctor who is a bit crusty and crabby and they decide to share the workload.  He has a bit of trouble fitting in because folks are used to the other doctor, but when they get him in western clothes and he does so well with children, they accept him.Berkley and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).Gabe stays with the old doctor at first but soon moves unto an Read More
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    Lego with Dad by Warren Nash

    Fri, 20 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a cool book that has all kinds of information about legos.  It's a way to bond with your child.Rockynook sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and would make a great Christmas gift with some legos.He tells which bricks get used the most and gives you samples of what you can create.  The best part is that there are photos to show you exactly how to build things with them.  Once you've finished with things in the book, why not brainstorm with your little one and come up with Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Angel Six Echo by Robert Appleton

    Thu, 19 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an interesting look at the future.  There are two different alien forces that want to take over the world.  They fight with each other and the humans.  When her husband enters the war, she suits up and heads out to help protect him.Book go social and Net Galley let me read this book for review.  It has been published so you can grab a copy now.She used to be in Special Ops so she has all kinds of weapons normal folks don't.  She has a suit that forms to her body and gives her powers she didn't have Read More
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    Belgrade Noir by Milorad Ivanovic

    Wed, 18 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an anthology of stories set in Belgrade.  The authors are as follows:  Oto Oltvanji (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Misha Glenny (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Kati Hiekkapelto (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Vesna Goldsworthy (Contributor), Mirjana Đurđević (Contributor), Vladan Matijević (Contributor), Muharem Bazdulj (Contributor), Vladimir Arsenijević (Goodreads Author) (Contributor), Dejan Stojiljković (Contributor), Miljenko Jergović (Contributor), Aleksandar Gatalica (Contributor), Vule Žurić (Contributor), Verica Vincent Cole (Contributor), Goran Skrobonja (Contributor). Akashic Books sent me a copy to read for review (thank you).   It will be published December 1st. These stories are mostly creepy.  You have thieves, traitors, spies, corrupt doctors, psychiatric patients, former policemen, and mafia clans all Read More
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    The Star-Crossed Sisters of Tuscany by Lori Nelson Spielman

    Tue, 17 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Not one of the second born Fontana sisters has found love.  This generation of daughters is determined to prove that false.Then an old aunt of theirs invites them on an expense paid trip to Italy.  She's to meet the love of her life there on the church steps on her 80th birthday.Berkley and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.As they travel through Italy, there are sexual encounters and temporary love but nothing log-lasting.Their aunt's love never shows up but they find out he's ill.  Poppy goes to visit and he Read More
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    "I have had to learn the simplest things last."

    Mon, 16 Nov 2020 09:52:32 Permalink
    There’s been a lot of chat, pro and con, on industry listserves and chatlines, about the efficacy of the platform on which Boston Virtual Book Fair has been presented. The VBF dashboard can be confusing to non-Biblio users, and the time lag between post and appearance, as well as the occasional disappearance of entries are daunting. The reason for all this confusion is a simple one. The Biblio platform is confusing. At least when it comes to setting up virtual book fairs – because, as colleague John Kuenzig has pointed out, it was designed to do something else entirely. Continue Read More
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    To Fetch a Felon by Jennifer Hawkins Series: A Chatty Corgi Mystery (#1)

    Mon, 16 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Emma has moved to a small town leaving her financial job behind.  She wants to start a tea shop with nummy desserts to eat with their tea.  The problem she runs into is that the building she wants to use belongs to the crab in the village.  The lady doesn't want to rent to her...Berkley and Edelweisss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on December 29th.Emma makes some scones and goes to visit her again with the gift.  But she finds her dead in the kitchen.  She wasn't popular but who want to Read More
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    The Bog Beast (Big Foot and Little Foot #4) by Ellen Potter, Felicita Sala

    Sun, 15 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Big Foot in this story is a Sasquatch and the human is Little Foot.  This is the fourth book in the series and it was fun to read.  It can be read as a standalone.Harry N Abrams sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can pick it up now.  Maybe along with the other three?Today is the day they get their Bimbling Badge, which allows them to explore the North Woods on their own.  They have to gather three thing in the assignment to pass or they Read More
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    A Hanging at Dawn : A Bess Crawford Short Story by Charles Todd, Series: Bess Crawford Mysteries

    Sat, 14 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a story of Bess while she was a child.  Her parents took in a boy who was full of anger and tried to settle him down.  He teaches Bess, how to ride ride a horse and protects her.  They are living in India.Witness Impulse and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).The family keeps Simon's secrets.  His parents were killed early in his life and his grandfather didn't want him.  Due to his size and manner he joins up in the army.  Bess' father is a commander in the army and he trains Simon who Read More
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    Chilled to the Cone : A Bakeshop Mystery by Ellie Alexander: Series: A Bakeshop Mystery (#12)

    Fri, 13 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Juliet has a special opportunity to open another shop in town.  They won't serve the same thing, they'll do frozen coffee drinks and rich, cold custards.  They begin working  on the shop which is really a mess.  Her staff thinks it is a great idea and they help.St. Martin's Paperbacks and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on December 29th. Juliet's husband has come to visit.  He was on a cruise ship and she had left him there when she went home.  They still love each other but will he be happy in Read More
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    Fairy Stories & Fairy Stories by Clive Johnson

    Thu, 12 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an interesting book.  You read the well known fairy tale and right after that you read an adult version set in present time.  It's totallly different but the message of the story is the same.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.I'm familiar with fairy tales but I've never looked for messages in them.  I'll read them differently now.  The adult tales hold your interest and you begin to see a parallel between them and the original fairy tale.  He Read More
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    Collectible Irish Literature

    Thu, 12 Nov 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
     Whether you already have a collection of Irish literature or you are thinking about starting one, you should begin thinking about where you want to start and, ultimately, where you want to end up. There are many different ways you could approach an Irish literature collection, from eighteenth-century Irish literature up to the present. You might, for example, consider a collection made up entirely of Irish poetry. Or you might develop a collection that focuses on Irish independence and is linked to the 1916 Easter Rising. There are a lot of different possibilities. We don’t want to frame your collection Read More
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    The Chanter's Blade by A A Lee

    Wed, 11 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    The moon eating serpent is coming and there's on;y one moon left...The author shared an ARC of this book with me to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Makanas has made himself part of the last emperor's household.  He's planning on courting their secluded daughter.  She's smitten by him but doesn't know if he loves her.  He hasn't even seen her yet, just a finger wave.  Then disaster visits the household.It seems they think her father is breaking the law.  Not being of the patient type, the accuser cuts her father's Read More
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    Ralph Compton Red Trail by John Shirley, Ralph Compton Series: The Trail Drive Series

    Tue, 10 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Mace Durst has cattle he has to drive to the agent that gave him a good price.  They can't use the regular trails because the Comanches are hostile and they love to steal cattle.  So he decides to take a little known trail that is hazardous but not inhabited by Comanches.  It's not safe either.The problem is he needs the money.  They are behind on payments for the ranch.  So he gathers some men and heads out.  He doesn't realize that one of his hands will be paid for killing him...Berkley and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for Read More
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    Nine of the Best Quotes from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    Tue, 10 Nov 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    J.R.R. Tolkien was born in South Africa in 1892. He spend his early years there, returning to his parent's native England to visit, but staying permanently after the death of his father. It was during this time that he became familiar with the landscape of the country he would come to love, visiting villages and countrysides that would become he basis for the most famous of his creations: Middle Earth, the setting for The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, the language and mythology of which would become his life's work. One such place was his aunt Jane's Read More
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    The Ghost of Walhachin by Ramona Nehring-Silver

    Mon, 09 Nov 2020 03:00:00 Permalink
    His mother has married again and now she has no time for him.  He decides to spend the summer with his aunt and cousin in a small desert town.Goddess Fish Blog and the author let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.He didn't realize it would be so boring.  In Seattle, something was always going on.  The big excitement here is going to get an ice cream cone.Then, one day, he sees another boy.  But that boy is transparent.  He's a ghost and he wants Kean to find Read More
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    Hidden Treasure : A Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery by Jane K. Cleland Series: Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries (#13)

    Sun, 08 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Josie and her husband, Ty, have found the perfect home.  It's called the Gingerbread House and the elderly lady that lived in it is going to assisted living facility.  Everything is going well until the lady says she's missing part of her belongings.  Josie searches for them.Minotaur Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published December 8th.She finds the trunk and the cat statue and tells Maudie about it.  Maudie moves it and then it goes missing.  Even worse, one of her relatives has been killed in the house...It's a long hunt Read More
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    See you in court, Don.

    Sun, 08 Nov 2020 07:28:19 Permalink
    The salute is my favorite part…Continue reading See you in court, Don. at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
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