Thursday, August 25, 2016

Review: Mother Daughter Book Camp

* Book 7 in the Mother Daughter Book Club Series *
The summer before college Emma, Jess, Megan, Becca, and Cassidy become counselors at Camp Lovejoy in the wilds of New Hampshire. Besides looking after their darlings, they each have an activity to teach.

To combat the homesickness of the younger girls, the five friends decide to hold a book club at camp - reading Understood Betsy. Of course camp wouldn't be the same without hijinks and a little mayhem. 
My Thoughts: I'm glad this series came back for one more final book because I adore these characters (dare I hope for a spin-off series next?).  I loved learning more about the five friends' plans for the future. I liked the younger girls adjusting to camp. I love how the five adjusted along with the younger girls as it was their first time too. I really loved this series and the ending was fantastic.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: A must have for libraries with the rest of the series

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Harry Potter Book Tags

A little while ago, I was searching for something fun for the blog and I came across these tags. SO of course I had to participate! Kimberly made these awesome tags - check her post out here.  I'm going to try to limit them to books read this year. And here I go...

HP Spells Book Tag

Grabby Hands on an Upcoming Release
Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

Anything she writes, I will read.
Favorite series starter
The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth DurstThe Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean

So different and yet both so good.
Book that gave you the warm fuzzies
Wanderlost by Jen MaloneThe Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

travel - banter - dogs- romance 
What's not to love?

Book that made you cry - hard
Last Man Out by Mike Lupica
I cried about three times in the first 20 pages...but a really good book.
Heroine you'd want to protect you in real life
Crossing the Line by Meghan Rogers
Jocelyn has the skills, but hopefully that would never happen because I lead a quiet life.
A Book you wish you could make EVERYONE read because it's just that good
Where You'll Find Me by Natasha Friend

Trust me, just read it!
Book series you wish Never ended
Foreign Éclairs by Julie HyzyThe Crown by Kiera Cass

Loved both of these series and I understand why they ended, but I will miss them.
Book with an uplifting final message
The Girl in the Tower by Lisa Schroeder

A good heart is worth more than anything
An author who can always get you out of a reading slump
The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot books always make me happy
Swoon worthy hero - aka my new book boyfriend
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Book that made you forget the rest of the world because you HAD to keep reading
Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally

So many books are like this for me, but Defending Taylor was the latest, And all Miranda Kenneally books are like that for me.

Book that made you laugh out loud
The Pursuit by Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich always makes me laugh. 
Book world where you'd love to visit
Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn

I would love to visit with the Bridgertons 
Book with shocking twists and turns
The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

This series always has me on the edge of my seat

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Overdue TBR pile

This week's topic is Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven't Read Yet  - I've been blogging for almost 8 years. I hope there's nothing on my shelves that I still haven't read, but I do tend to get behind with library books that are due....

ARC August is helping a little with that, although I have read several library books too. I love the idea of ARC August and will be attempting that each year. I guess I should really clean up my shelves, but it's just so hard :) So here are some books that I've been meaning to read for a while.
meme from The Broke and the Bookish 

Deception's Princess (Deception's Princess, #1)Pennyroyal Academy (Pennyroyal Academy, #1)Prodigy (Legend, #2)Spoiled (Spoiled, #1)Gods and Warriors (Gods and Warriors, #1)
The Jewel (The Lone City, #1)The Beautiful and the Cursed (The Dispossessed, #1)This World We Live In (Last Survivors, #3)Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle, #1)Gone Too Far

Have you read any of these? 
Let me know!

Tween Tuesday Review: The Last Great Adventure of the PB& J Society

Annie and Jason are best friends - they do everything together. Until they learn that Jason's family has financial troubles and might be moving. Luckily Annie has lots of ideas on how to raise money to save Jason's house.

Except none of them work out the way she planned. But she's not about to give up. She can't lose her best friend. Can she find a way to save them? Maybe an ancient pirate treasure? Or maybe win the lottery. Or maybe...
My Thoughts: Oh man, this book was excellent and it seriously tugged at my heartstrings. I felt terrible for Annie and for the thought of her best friend leaving her. I like that she had a lot of ideas to help. She has a really big heart, even if none of the ideas turned out well. I felt terrible for Jason, for what his family was going through and for how his parents acted. I love how Annie and Jason befriendeMrs. Schuster. I loved the realistic ending.

Cover Thoughts: Really Cute
Source: From the Library
Library Recommendation: Highly Recommended for Middle School/Tween collections

Monday, August 22, 2016

Tween Review: Classy Crooks Club

AJ's stuck spending the summer with her strict grandmother while her parents travel to the Amazon for a research trip. Her grandmother wants to turn her into a proper young lady. She must answer to Annemarie, she must not skateboard or run in the house, her friends may not come over, and she must learn how to sew. AJ is sure this is going to be the worst summer ever - until she accidentally goes into the forbidden part of the house.

There she uncovers birds - lots of birds. Just to make sure, she didn't dream everything, she breaks into the room again to discover her grandmother and her friends where she learns the truth. These ladies steal things and they want her to help.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. In the beginning, I felt terrible for AJ as her summer looked dismal outside of her soccer practices. But as the book went on, her summer improved. I like how her relationship changed with the grandmother. I love how she learned new skills. I like how the ladies formed the club and how they rotated through their members. I liked the friendship drama between AJ and her best friend - how she couldn't tell her about her real summer and the misunderstandings. A fun book with a brave character who wasn't afraid to stand up for what's right. 

Cover Thoughts: Amazingly Good
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Highly recommended for tween sections

Friday, August 19, 2016

New Favorite Picture Book: Spot, the Cat

I just read this yesterday day and really loved it. I'm going to have to get it for my library. It's a brilliant wordless picture book with the cat escaping from an apartment and a little boy missing him. Both the cat and the boy wander around the city, the cat exploring and the little boy searching for his pet. Of course there's a happy ending. Plus in every spread, you must find Spot.

The art work is amazingly good. You could just start at the illustrations for hours!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Review: Riverbend Road

 * Book 4 in the Haven Point series *
Wyn Bailey likes being a police officer, but lately life has been a little boring. She's looking for something more and she's not sure that she'll find it in Haven Point. Plus she's in love with her boss, who treats her like his little sister. Maybe leaving Haven Point will help bring her some perspective.

Cade feels attraction for Wyn, but she works for him and he doesn't want to lose her. He's also been keeping a secret from her, that's bound to come out once she starts asking questions. When Whyn finds herself in trouble, Cade must decide the depth of his feelings.
My Thoughts: I loved Wyn and her protective nature. I love her moments on the job from the mundane tasks to the dangerous situation she found herself in. I liked her conversations with her new neighbor and how she helped them ease into a new town. I liked her family and how she came from a long line of police officers. I love the brother's best friend romance trope, so this one was fantastic. I like how Cade struggled with his feelings. I liked learning more about his terrible childhood. I'm a huge fan of this small town series and I'm so looking forward to the next book.

Cover Thoughts: Beautiful
Source: My Library
Recommendation: Highly recommended for all library romances sections.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Books I'm Dying to Read: October Edition

As fall begins, so do the really big publishing months! With the cooling weather, reading on the couch is a perfect way to spend a couple of hours. The leaves will be turning and the puppy will be more interesting in cuddling. What's better than a cuddling puppy and a good book?

Picture Books:
Madeline Finn and the Library DogCara's KindnessTek: The Modern Cave BoyThe Storybook Knight
Books, Tablets, skating - how can you go wrong?

The Secret Life of Lincoln JonesIf the Magic Fits (100 Dresses, #1)
Stories to write. Dresses make the perfect disguises

Middle Grade
Kyle Finds Her WayIsabella for RealAddison Cooke and the Treasure of the IncasFinding PerfectLike Magic
Journey's EndDear Poppy
Friendship, poetry, and adventures.

Superhero Books
Iron Man: The Gauntlet Black Widow: Red Vengeance (Black Widow, #2)
Saving the world.

YA Books:
This Adventure EndsMy Unscripted LifeIn Case You Missed ItThe Secret Diary of Lydia BennetIt's Not Me, It's You
Love, drama, and friendship

Adult Books:
The Boy Is Back (Boy, #4)High Heat (Nikki Heat, #8)The Librarians and the Lost Lamp (The Librarians #1)A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock, #1)While the Duke Was Sleeping (The Rogue Files, #1)
Emails, danger, librarians, detectives, and romance

Christmas Books:
Twelve Days of ChristmasWhat LightThe Twelve Days of Dash and LilyEggnog Murder
Gingerbread ChristmasLittle Babymouse and the Christmas Cupcakes

Bonus Christmas Book
Snowfall on Haven Point
This one comes out in September, but somehow I missed it last month