Friday, August 22, 2014

SummerTime Book Review: Chasing Perfect

Books perfect for the beach or to read by the pool

Last year I read the Christmas book Christmas on 4th Street and I wanted to read the series from the beginning. So I started them over the summer.

Charity Jones just accepted a new position of City Planner in Fool's Gold, moving to take the job after a bad break-up. She's surprised to learn that the town has a serious lack of eligible single men and that one of her jobs will be to attract new businesses to the area.

In the first meeting to secure a new project for the town, her meeting is hijacked by the town's Golden Boy. It seems everywhere she turns, someone's mentioning Josh Golden. He may be a former cycling champion who still has big dreams and an even bigger secret, but finding a man isn't on Charity's to-do list. Sometimes, life doesn't work out the way we want...
My Thoughts:  A great introduction to this quaint small town, I loved meeting characters along with Charity and learning the town secrets. I liked the girls night and how quickly gossip spreads. I liked learning more about Josh and his past - especially his racing past. A fun romance that's perfect for summer reading and the start of a charming series that I can't wait to keep reading.

Cover Thoughts: Cute - I like the blend of colors
Source: My Library

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Guest Post: Patty Blount

I'm excited to have a special guest Patty Blount talking about an important issue on learning the truth before speaking and the dangers of internet attackers. 

Among the deepest pain I’ve ever felt in my life is being unfairly judged and punished for something I never did by someone I trusted, someone who should have known me better. It hurt so much, I wasn’t sure I’d survive. I kept asking myself how anyone who knew me could think me capable of this. 

Thankfully, the internet did not factor into this particular trial. Imagining that sort of condemnation by hundreds of people who do not know me is a form of torture, I’m certain of it.

This is precisely how main character Grace suffers in Some Boys. After she’s attacked by sports celebrity Zac McMahon at a party, her friends, most of the school, and her parents don’t fully believe her side of the story. Worse, complete strangers enter the debate online, after her attacker posts an incriminating video. 

As I write this post, the internet has been lit up with news of the tragedy that occurred when race car driver Tony Stewart hit and killed another driver, who’d left his wrecked car. Internet users forget that they’re posting about people with feelings, people who may be experiencing guilt we can’t even imagine. They forget that they do not have all the facts in hand and are rushing to judge—to pile more guilt on top of what people are already trying to cope with because it’s just so easy to step onto that virtual soap box. 

Also as I write this post, news of comedian Robin Williams’s death has just reached me. In my favorite role as John Keating in Dead Poets Society, Williams said, No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”

Some Boys is sadly a story inspired by too many real news events. If my words and ideas can change the world, I fervently hope they will help encourage readers of this book to practice internet restraint the next time something happens in real life that compels them to take sides, to unfairly criticize or condemn someone simply because everyone else is doing it, or to shame them for something that was not their fault. 
Some girls say no. Some boys don’t listen.

When Grace meets Ian, she’s afraid. Afraid he’ll reject her like the rest of the school, like her own family. After she accuses Zac, the town golden boy, of rape, everyone turns against her. Ian wouldn't be the first to call her a slut and a liar.

Except Ian doesn’t reject her. He’s the one person who looks past the taunts and the names and the tough-girl act to see the real Grace. He’s the one who gives her the courage to fight back.

He’s also Zac’s best friend.

Patty Blount works as a software technical writer by day and novelist by night. Dared by her 13-year-old son to try fiction, Patty wrote her first manuscript in an ice rink. A short version of her debut novel, Send, finished in the top ten of the Writer's Digest 79th Annual Writing Competition.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What's on My Hold List (88)

My Librarian friend Jess from I Read to Relax came up with a great idea.  It's to highlight the books on hold at the library. I usually have 20-40 items checked out at the library and another 20 items on hold. 

Picture Books: Even though I don't have kids and I'm not a Children's Librarian, I still love picture books. Here are a few I'm looking forward to reading.

Have You Seen My Dragon?: Love Dragon books - can't imagine losing one though.

Dinner with the Highbrows: Sounds like an entertaining dinner - lots of laughter and fun

What to do When You're Sent to Your Room: Usually I just read - but I'm sure this little boy also has some fun - he looks mischievous

Catch that Cookie: Honestly, the title grabbed my attention - it's a take on the gingerbreadmen story and it sounds clever and fun.

Monster Chefs: Looks super cute - a kind demands better food than eyeballs and ketchup

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Recommended Books

This week's topic is recommended books that I should read. A month ago, TFIOS would have been on the first book on the list, but I've read that one. So here are some others that people have mentioned....

My co-worker reads more books that I do, she reads really quickly. She's always sharing titles with me, which I love as we have very similar tastes.

Candy Aisle Crafts: Create Fun Projects with Supermarket SweetsMurder Is Binding (Booktown Series #1)It Had to Be You (Chicago Stars, #1)

Books that other bloggers have raved about:
Code Name VerityRose Under FireThe Glass SentenceOn the Fence

Emma Watson 
The Queen of the Tearling: Preview Edition e-Book

Kristan Higgins
Find My Way Home

My Husband:
Blood Song

Tween Tuesday Review: Robots

For anyone who is interested in the history of robots, robots of today, and what the future might hold. A great overview for anyone who finds robots fascinating. 
  • The book's divided into sections - Robots that Work, Robots that Protect, Robots that Explore, Robots that Fly, Robots that Help, Robots that Play, and Robots that kids made.
  • History of Robotics dating back to early automatons.
  • Break-out Points are in bright colors

  • What I Like:
    1. The examples of college students' work in the field. 
    2. The photographs are wonderful
    3. Informative and Entertaining but not too text heavy
    4. Reading Robots
    5. Mini Robots shown to size
    6. LEGO Robots
    7. Websites for more info
    8. The creativeness behind the robots build for kids
    A fabulous introduction to robots in an easy to read format with excellent photographs/illustrations

    Monday, August 18, 2014

    Zest Summer Bloggin' Tour

    If you have teens stuck on duct tape - this book is perfect for them. I tabbed several that would be great at my library including:
    * Gift Bow
    * Carnation Pens
    * Basic Sticker
    * Cupcake Purse (everyone needs one of these)
    * Headbands
    * Rings
    * Bookmarks (We've done this before at the library, but they weren't rounded - nor did they have tassels)

    Plus obviously you can build upon each of these ideas. Don't fancy a cupcake purse, create a basketball one instead using the same ideas. 

    There are lots of great projects for going back to school

    The Set-Up:
    After the list of tools you can use and setting up your workstation, there's a chapter on basic duct tape techniques.
    Great pictures to go along with the instructions
    Levels of ease
    Time length it should take to complete each project
    List of materials
    Highlighted tips

    I confess, I'm not a huge lover of vegetables (those who know me, know that's a understatement - I really don't like them at all).  But I really enjoyed reading this book - it made me think about the foods that I do eat and how I could improve my eating habits.

    What I like about this cookbook:
    * The Set-up (see below)
    * Season dishes: I love the alternatives for dishes depending on fresh food
    * I love the idea of fresh food
    * Each recipe comes from a teen
    *Pictures are great
    * My favorite part of cookbooks is always the desert section

    The Set-Up
    Short Essays in the beginning which range from Vegetarianism to Eating Locally
    Chapter on basic recipes - staples for your kitchen
    Easy to follow recipes

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    • Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects book info:

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    ABOUT ZEST BOOKS: Zest Books is an award-winning publisher of smart and edgy titles for young and new adults that cover timely topics in creative ways by incorporating solid life advice, practical how-to instruction, and humorous commentary. Distributed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, you can learn more about Zest Books at

    Contest: You can win ONE of the books: The prize includes an autographed copy of the book of your choice, and may even include a roll of duct tape or a special green-themed cooking tool, depending on which book you choose for your contest. 

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

    Mysterious Saturday Review: Boiled Over

    * Maine Clambake series book 2 - Book 1 Review *
    Julia Snowden wants to belong to Busman's Harbor. After leaving for college and then finding a job in New York City, she's always felt like an outsider when she returns home. Now that she's back living in Maine, she decides that something needs to be done. She joins the Founder's Day Committee.

    The festival's off to a great start until a body's discovered in the clam bake oven.

    One of Julia's workers was seen fleeing the scene. N one can find him. Julia was so desperate to hire someone, she failed to complete the proper background check. As a result, they know next to nothing about Cabe.

    Julia refuses to believe that Cabe murdered someone. The more she digs into his background, the more questions arise. 
    My Thoughts: The second book in the series doesn't disappoint. I love the setting - it's both beautiful and believable with the small town charm and also the gossip grapevine.  I like how there are lots of secrets and the town protects their own. Plus, everyone has an opinion about your life.  I love the food - you can almost smell the goodies; it makes my mouth water. I love the plot twists. I appreciate how Julia's trying to become part of the community. Mystery blends with the romance, making me anxious for the next book in the series.

    Cover Thoughts: Charming
    Source: my Library 

    Friday, August 15, 2014

    Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After

    Isla's had a crush on Josh forever - and during their senior year, he's started noticing her. Could he be a part of her future - a future she hasn't decided? Isla had no idea what she wants to do after graduation. Everyone seems to have a plan, except for her. What could be holding her back?
    My Thoughts: Like most readers, I've waited ages for this book. And it was worth it. This book is utter perfection. Here are just a few things I loved
    * The art. Ok so there isn't really art in the book, the the art is described and it's beautiful
    * The trip to Spain - I loved seeing new places. Yes I looked up the buildings and park where they traveled
    * The moments with Anna and St. Clair plus Lola and Cricket
    * Kurt
    * The banter between Isla and Josh before they fell for each other
    * The Falling
    * The moments with her sisters
    * The way it ended

    Cover Thoughts: I like it - but most of it takes place in Paris.
    Source: My Library