Member Blogs Archive > February 2021

  • from ten pound island book company

    Survivor Tree

    Sun, 28 Feb 2021 11:55:56 Permalink
    I was doing some painting down in the former Flatrocks Gallery space, and I needed something to put my drippy paint cans on. There was a pile of old newspapers over in a corner so I picked one off the top and spread it out.Not until I had completed the job and was cleaning up, did I notice that the newspaper was dated Tuesday March 3rd, 2020. Now, ordinarily, that date wouldn’t mean a thing to me.Continue reading Survivor Tree at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Year of Everyday Wonders by Cheryl B Klein

    Sun, 28 Feb 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a good way to look at things.  At the start of the new year, everything is a first.  Qin Leng is the illustrator and her graphics are lovely.Abrams Young Readers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.All year long is a season of firsts and that makes it fun.  The thing that really related to me was her fights with her brother.  I had a little brother that loved to antagonize me.  This girl has problems with hers, too!This would be Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The 2nd Best Haunted Hotel on Mercer St. by Cory Putman Oakes

    Sat, 27 Feb 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    The Ivan Hotel has been there for ages and the same family owns it.  They have several ghosts as staff.  Some are relatives.  But another haunted hotel has moved in...Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.The ghosts are all a little bit quirky.  You never know when they will start to fade and move on.Then they find out that a reviewer is coming around to visit both hotels and rate them.  The Ivan crew decides to put on a murder mystery Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Redefining the Rare Book: An Interview on Andrew Stauffer's Book Traces

    Fri, 26 Feb 2021 11:37:13 Permalink
    What makes a book rare? Can books have afterlives? And when might markings and ephemera in well-loved texts actually increase the worth of the object? Andrew Stauffer's new book, Book Traces: Nineteenth-Century Readers the Future of the Library (U of Pennsylvania Press, 2021), investigates the personal and collective narratives that arise out of nineteenth-century library books in circulation at varied institutions. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    A Pig in the Palace by Ali Bahrampour

    Fri, 26 Feb 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    He's home rolling in the mud when the postman shoves an envelope under the door.  What could that be?Abrams Young Readers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you van get a copy now.It's an invite to eat with the queen.  He has fleas and isn't all cleaned up but he goes to bed with the intention of doing it in the morning.  He only awakens when the car arrives to take him to the palace.  Oh well...This reminds me a bit of our family dinners we had when Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Milo's Christmas Parade by Jennie Palmer

    Thu, 25 Feb 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Milo loves the Christmas parade.  He attends every year so he can see all the new wonders.  His family comes too, but all they are interested in is the food people have dropped.Abrams Young Readers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.Milo decides to create his own float so he can join the parade.  It's not going as smoothly as he would like, so his family joins in.  They might not be impressed by the parade, but they love Milo and help him Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Thanks a Ton! Sabrina Moyle, Eunice Moyle

    Wed, 24 Feb 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is sweet picture book where the little elephant wants to say thank to his friends but words just don't do it...Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.He starts by sending gifts.  The gifts get bigger and bigger each time.  Soon his wagon is overflowing.  You'll be amazed by all treats he comes up with.This is a good read for the younger set.  Just hope they don't ask you for one of those gifts! Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    JoJo and BowBow Jingle bells and Mistletoe by JoJo Siwa

    Tue, 23 Feb 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    JoJo is going with her friends to the mountains to watch the performance of the Snow Queen.  Another friend is playing the main part.  Once they get there it starts to snow.Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read and review (thank you).  It has been published so you can get a copy now.They have a few days there and they are going to take skiing lessons as well as doing some ice skating.  All is going well until Miley has a disagreement with one of the boys.  Then she starts acting weird.Unfortunately the snow does not Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    The Hall of Books

    Mon, 22 Feb 2021 04:20:23 Permalink
    Funny the way things happen. Miraculous, almost…This winter, after I’d finished removing all the books from the premises of Howland and Company, there was nothing left but – book shelves.Two truckloads of book shelves to be precise. Which, for reasons I did not understand at the time, but which proved to be perfectly obvious upon further reflection (book sellers can’t resist book shelves), I took them all home with me.Continue reading The Hall of Books at Ten Pound Island Book Company. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Murder with Strings Attached by Mark Reutlinger

    Mon, 22 Feb 2021 03:00:00 Permalink
    She's been taken to jail by the cops because she was caught in someone else's house.  She was going to use her one phone call to talk to her boss, but he was already there.The author and Goddess Fish Blog Tours let me read this excerpt to review (thank you).She manages to get out of jail because she has a clean record and had nothing on her person from the home she was in.As they leave her boss asks some very searching questions.  He asks why she shot him and where she put the violin she was supposed to be Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Ghoulia and the Ghost with No Name (Mortina #3) by Barbara Cantini

    Sun, 21 Feb 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Ghoulia and her aunt are getting ready for the "Dead But Not Departed" New Year's Eve party.  Then there is a knock at the window.Amulet Books sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.There's a ghost outside who would like to come in.  He doesn't remember his name or anything about him.  They determine what era he's from and then Ghoulia sneaks out at night to get the church record and determine who she he is.  She gets caught in the church but she Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    My Magical Leprechaun by Yujin Shin

    Sat, 20 Feb 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This time it's a leprechaun instead of snowman, but it's just as much fun!Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read and review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.This is another push, pull, and slide book.  The little leprechaun is looking for the end of the rainbow.  Do you think he will find it?I can see little ones having a lot of fun with this book. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    My Magical Snowman by Yujin Shin

    Fri, 19 Feb 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Yujin Shin is an illustrator and her graphics stand out in this book.   They are charming and fun.Abrams Appleseed allowed me to read and review this book (thank you).  It has been published.This is a push, pull and slide book that changes what you are looking at.  It should fascinate little ones when they read it to see what shows up.  Mom or Grandma will have to read the book but I know the little one will want to do the interactive things! Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Is It Time For Christmas Yet? Frederick Glasser

    Thu, 18 Feb 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a lift the flap book that is sweet and full of Christmas cheer.  Edward Miller was the illustrator and he does a great job with the illustrations.Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to read and review (thank you).  It has been published and would make an excellent gift for a young one in the Christmas season.The book reminds me a bit of the old time story of Santa coming down the chimney with his gifts.  The flaps add more to the story and it will be great fun in anticipation of Christmas! Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Bjorg AEgisdóttir

    Wed, 17 Feb 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    A body was found in the water by the lighthouse.   They knew who she was but they had no idea why she was killed.  It wasn't suicide.Orenda Books and Edelweiss allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on March 1st.This is the story of a few families in a small town.  The woman killed was a quiet youngster who had a limited number of friends.  She also had a evil side.As they try to dig up what happened, they know some are not telling all they know.  This is set in Iceland and Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Winterkill by Ragnar Jonasson, David Warriner (Translated by) Series: Dark Iceland series

    Tue, 16 Feb 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    He liked working in this small town, there weren't many big problems.  But then he gets a call about a dead body in the main street of the town.  He goes and when he sees who is dead, he knows he'll never get that image out out of his head.  She's only nineteen but her life is over...Orenda Books and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 1st.Ari doesn't know if she jumped or was pushed from the balcony of the building.  He starts asking questions.  The lady had opened the door Read More
  • from ten pound island book company

    My Old Man

    Mon, 15 Feb 2021 12:18:28 Permalink
    Well, the Greenwich Village Book Fair is in its last hours, and it was sorta like I remembered. Not too big, not too much to buy, but comfy. The only thing missing was – Greenwich Village. All of New York City, for that matter. And one other thing. Despite the fact that promoter Marvin Getman instituted an innovative “early admission” opportunity, it still was not possible for dealers to walk around the fair during setup, seeing manuscripts in the wild, grabbing rare books tumbling out of boxes, being hailed by nervous dealers who, desperate to make a buck before opening, Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Black Panther, Illustrations by John Buscema

    Mon, 15 Feb 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This comic book character comes to life in this Mighty Marvel First Book.Abrams Appleseed sent me a  copy of this book for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.You learn about the Black Panther, who he is, who he works with, and then you get to see him in battle.  This is a great way to introduce your child to comics.The illustrations are great, the lift a flaps show more, and I bet your young one will be rooting for the Black Panther! Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Love Block by Christopher Franceschelli, Peskimo

    Sun, 14 Feb 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This a lovely block book.  It has all kinds of animals in it and they share the various nuances of love.Abrams sent a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.There are lift up flaps that expand the illustrations, some have additional text on them.  The graphics are lovely, the message is clear:  Love is for everyone!Young ones should have fun lifting the flaps and telling them they are loved should make a big smile on their face. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    What's Up Fire Truck? by Matthew Reinhart, Toby Leigh

    Sat, 13 Feb 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Do you have a child that is interested in fire trucks?  This is the perfect book for them!Abrams Appleseed sent me a copy of this book to review (thank you).  It has been published and would make a special gift.The child can read the text about how fire fighters get ready.  There are lift up flaps that show more.  The best part is that the book turns into fire truck!  The directions for doing so are on the back cover.What fun!  I can see them doing it again and again, can you? Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Sunflower Sisters by Martha Hall Kelly

    Fri, 12 Feb 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a tale of slaves during the Civil War.  You learn about how they were treated and what their limitations were.  It's a fictional account but it shows you the facts.  Being a slave was not pleasant.Ballantine Books and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on March 30th.Georgeanna Woolsey, a Union nurse during the Civil War,  Jemma, a young enslaved girl who is sold off and conscripted into the army, and Anne-May Wilson, a Southern plantation mistress are the main characters. You see how the war changes things.  Not everyone has Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Phantoms and Felonies by Lucy Ness, Series: A Haunted Mansion Mystery (#2)

    Thu, 11 Feb 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Avery is excited that the theatrical group is going to do a play at the club she runs.  There are a lot of details to work out and they are in the midst of getting everything ready when they find one of the actors dead...Berkley and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 30th.Avery's boyfriend is a cop and he takes her Aunt to the station because she was found standing over the victim with the knife in her hand.  She said she found him dead and she didn't Read More
  • from Books Tell You Why

    Rare Books We Love, Just in Time for Valentine's Day

    Thu, 11 Feb 2021 08:00:00 Permalink
    When Pope Gelasius established Saint Valentine’s Day in 496 AD, he certainly had no idea that the holiday would persist for centuries. The holiday was first associated with romance and love during the High Middle Ages, thanks to the burgeoning tradition of courtly love in Geoffrey Chaucer’s day. And nothing says “love” like giving the perfect book! Here’s a look at some favorite Valentine’s Day gift ideas for the bibliophile and rare book collector. Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Meet America's Presidents!: 2-Minute Visits by Scott Peters

    Wed, 10 Feb 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a very nice way to learn facts about the presidents and what they accomplished during their presidency.  It's quick to read, very concise, and has photos of all the presidents.The author and Library Thing let me read this book for review (thank you).   It has been published so you can get a copy now.I was amazed to see how many of them had died from a heart attack or stroke.  Then there were assassinations that cut their term short.  It's not easy to be president.This would be a good reference book.  It shows the years they were alive Read More
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    Top Books by State: Missouri

    Wed, 10 Feb 2021 08:00:00 Permalink
    Today we continue our literary road trip by taking a look at some of the best books set in the state of Missouri. Known for its bustling cities as well as the Ozarks, Missouri is a diverse and beautiful natural state of Missouri. St. Louis is one of the largest and most important cities in the Midwest, full of history and landmarks. The Missouri River flows into the Mississippi River here as well, which is especially notable considering the books we're focusing on today. Join us as we take a closer look at the work of Mark Twain in our Read More
  • from Tavistock Books

    The Dangers of Pip's "Great Expectations"

    Tue, 09 Feb 2021 12:56:40 Permalink
    During this week of Dickens’ 209th birthday, we thought to do a short exposé of sorts into one of his most famous works. Great Expectations has captured the hearts and minds of millions since its publication in 1860, a story of presumptions, manipulations, love and fear. The novel centers on young Pip as he follows dreams that […] Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    The Wolf in Underpants at Full Speed by Wilfrid Lupano, Illus. by Mayana Itoïz and Paul Cauuet

    Tue, 09 Feb 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    This is a cute story.  The birds are all getting ready for a race.  The wolf who wears underwear goes unto the woods to find out who beat up the guards.  It's a little bird that one wing didn't develop; he can't fly.Lerner Publishing and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on March 2nd.The bird is really depressed but the wolf comes up with an idea.  He takes the bird to where the race was started, pulls the banner back like a slingshot and flings him in the air.The bird loves Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Checking Out Crime by Laurie Cass - Series: A Bookmobile Cat Mystery (#9)

    Mon, 08 Feb 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    Minnie drove the bookmobile with her cat, Eddie.  She's traveling back roads and almost gets run over by a car driving too fast and partly in her lane.  She manages to avoid the car but then she sees something worse.  There's a man lying in the road and she doesn't know if she can stop soon enough.  She managed to stop but she was close to him.  She tries to help him but it's too late for that...Berkley and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published March 30th.She wonders if the car going Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Feathered Serpent and the Five Suns: A Mesoamerican Creation Myth by Duncan Tonatiuh

    Sun, 07 Feb 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    The gods of Mesoamerica attempted to create humans.  Instead they created some animals.  So they threw the bones to their version of the devil...Abrams Books for Young Readers sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can get a copy now.Only one god did not give up.  He was the Feathered Serpent.  He went after the bones.  He had to go through tests to get there.  It was good that he had Xolotl from the first challenge with him.When he gets there he asks for the bones.  The other Read More
  • from Journey of a Bookseller

    Big Little Spies by Krista Davis

    Sun, 07 Feb 2021 09:00:00 Permalink
    The judge's dog is missing and everyone is searching for it.  Holly finds the pet detective in someone's backyard.   He's dead.Berkley and Net Galley gave me the opportunity to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published on March 30th.There is a group of ladies in town that is called Wagtail Animal Guardians or WAG.  They have cats or dogs and enjoy get togethers with both the people and the animals eating.The police initially consider Holly as a suspect because she found him.  So Holly launches her own investigation.  She thinks it's someone in the group because Read More
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