Member Blogs Archive > November 2020

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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
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    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
  • from ten pound island book company

    "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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    Snowdrift by Helene Tursten, Marlaine Delargy (Translated by) Series: An Embla Nyström Investigation

    Sat, 07 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Embla gets a phone call that makes her head spin.  It's from her best friend of fourteen years ago and she thought she was dead...Soho Crime and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on December 8th.She doesn't talk long and doesn't say where she is.  Embla wishes she could find her but she's got a case to deal with.Embla gets a phone call from one of her relatives telling her there is a murdered man in one of the cottages they rent.  When she gets there she finds she knows him.  The Read More
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    This Magnificent Dappled Sea by David Biro

    Fri, 06 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a story of a time of war and a baby that was adopted  and grew up in a small Italian village.  He was raised Catholic but he when he gets leukemia and they have to find a bone marrow donor, he finds he's Jewish.EB PR 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 only match they can find is a Rabbi in Brooklyn, New York.  His marrow helps Luca get well.  But it raises a lot of questions, too.  His father said Read More
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    Stories for the 12 Days of Christmas Two Good Feet Book 1 by Linda Mansfield

    Thu, 05 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    These stories are real.  No fantasy characters.  Some are sad but most are happy.  The stories are short and memorable.BooksGoSocial and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.This isn't a feel good book, things don't magically happen, but it sounds like some of the Christmases I've been at.I liked the one that featured a horse, and several others.  Give it a try, you'll find some that you can relate to, I'm sure. Read More
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    San Francisco's Rare Book Scene

    Thu, 05 Nov 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    Do you live in the Bay Area, and are you just starting to put together a rare book collection? Are you traveling to San Francisco at any point in the near future? The Bay Area is truly an antiquarian and rare book treasure trove. From rare bookstores to antiquarian book fairs to rare book archives, you couldn’t ask for much more than everything the Bay Area has to offer. While our title centers in San Francisco, we want to introduce you to the rare book scene in the Bay Area more generally, and to encourage you to plan several days Read More
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    Black Lotus 2 The Vow by K'wan

    Wed, 04 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Kahllah takes it personally when someone murders a cop and then puts a black lotus to be found with him.  That's her trademark and she hasn't killed for a while now.  She'll have to see if she can find the killer.Akashic Books aent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).  It was published yesterday.She used to work for the brotherhood but no more.  As she asks questions and is searching for answers, she finds someone is after her, too.  Anybody involved in the pot seems to turn up dead.  Dead people don't answer questions.This story Read More
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    The Preserve by Ariel S. Winter

    Tue, 03 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is an interesting tale.  There are more robots than humans...Atria and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you.).  It will be published November 3rd.The police chief in the preserve is human and took this position to get away from serious crimes.  He mostly deals with drunks.  But when he takes a phone call he finds murder has struck even in his safe haven.  The murdered man was part human, part cyborg.  He has no suspects, so he sends his officers out to ask questions.Then he learns that someone is killing robots.  Now it's really turning into Read More
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    The Life and Work of D.H. Lawrence

    Tue, 03 Nov 2020 08:00:00 Permalink
    This month we celebrate the birthday of writer, playwright, poet, critic, and painter, D.H. Lawrence. While today, Lawrence is acknowledged as a brilliant observer of human sexuality and modernity, in his time he was censored, banned, persecuted and scorned for his art. Let's take a look at this amazing writer who unfortunately did not live to see the impact his work would make on literature: Read More
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    Poisoned by Jennifer Donnelly

    Mon, 02 Nov 2020 09:00:00 Permalink
    Sophie went out for a ride into the forest with the huntsman.  He said he had some place special to show her.  What he showed her was his knife.  Her stepmother had ordered her death.  He cuts her heart out and goes back to the queen.Scholastic Press sent me an ARC of this book to read for review (thank you).It was published October 20th.Sophie's father, the King, died in the war and she was to be the next queen when she came of age.  Her stepmother thinks she's too weak in spirit for it so she gets rid of her.Woodsmen Read More
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