Friday, June 23, 2017

New in my shop

Some new Etsy items are in my shop, some simply perfect for summer! 

See something you like? Use the code BOOKNERD17 for a small discount

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Puppy Update (3)

Kind of sharing a bed


More Sleeping

Awake and annoyed at the picture taking.

first family portrait (taken by my MIL)

It's easy to take pictures of her while she's sleeping, because it's the only time of day when she's still enough. She's a very busy little puppy and loves to race around the house.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Children's Picture Book Review: Who Wants to be a Princess?

What it was really like to be a Medieval Princess.

I really enjoyed this book. In a two page spread, one page was the Disney version of Princesses and the second page showed reality for Princesses.  It was great to see facts vs Disney ideals from gowns to balls to castles to forest animals. I loved the charming illustrations.  

A great addition to both school and public libraries!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Want to Start

This week's topic is series I want to start reading. I love a great series but I have a problem ending them and starting them...
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Somebody Like You (Darling, VT #1)All Laced Up (Breakaway, #1)
Small time romance set in Vermont
Skating book!

Elementary, She Read (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #1)Something About You (FBI/US Attorney, #1)
Sherlock Holmes Book Shop Cozy
FBI/lawyer romance

To Have and to Hold (The Wedding Belles, #1)You Say It First (Happily Inc., #1)
Wedding Planner
Happily Ever After

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Ash & Bramble (Ash & Bramble, #1)
Because everyone says it's amazing
Fairy Tales! 

Bonus (Not yet released):
A Deadly Éclair (A French Bistro Mystery, #1)The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen, #1)Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1)Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Review: Girl out of Water

Anise can't wait to spend the last summer before senior year hanging out with her friends and surfing. She feels most at home by the ocean, so much so that she isn't considering leaving for college. But when her aunt is in a serious accident, her father decides that they will both spend the summer in Nebraska helping out.

Anise isn't pleased with this situation.She's going to miss so much time with her friends and the waves. Sure, she wants to be good and help take care of her cousins, but she also wants her own summer.

Taking care of three kids isn't easy, but luckily their town has a skate park where they hang out most days. Anise gets suckered into learning how to skate with a bet from Lincoln. Could skating help her overcome her loneliness and make the time go by?
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. I loved the surfing and the skating parts. I enjoyed watching Anise struggle while she tried to not follow in the footsteps of her mother who leaves everyone behind. I loved her moments with Lincoln (a diverse character). I really liked her moments with her cousins - both the twins and Emery. I like that both Lincoln and Anise had baggage but they were able to look past it. i like how they were able to tell each other the truth about themselves. A great summer romance with family and friendship drama while trying to figure out your path in life. 

Cover Thoughts: Great - I get it more after reading the book
Source: ARC sent for review.
Library Recommendation: A great book for your library - sporty romance.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Cozy Review: Silence of the Flans

 *Book 2 in the Emergency Dessert Squad series*
In a moment of kindness, Winnie offers to take an apprentice to help her boyfriend keep a student in good standing. The girl shows up one day and it turns out to be a disaster of a day. The one delivery of the day yields a murder - and the weapon just might very well be the dessert Winnie delivered.

She's just getting back on her feet after her failed bakery attempt due to high rent and she's not about to go down without a fight. But the next few days are silent with no phones ringing.Winnie's determined to figure out what happened to the college student and clear her business's name.
My Thoughts: I really like this series. I love the unique twist on the bakery idea with the ambulance and the delivery system. I really like Winnie and her friends, especially Mr. Nelson. And Lovey the cat adds a little humor to the story. I like the relationships in this series. The banter between them adds to the story. I love the twists and turns of the plot. Plus the desserts in this book make my mouth water. Another sweet addition to the series. 

Cover Thoughts: Adorable
Source: My Library
Fun Fact: Laura Bradford is coming to my library for an event on Tuesday!
Library Recommendation: A great cozy series just perfect for foodies. Highly recommended for your public library. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Review: Starting Over on Blackberry Lane

 * Book 11 in Life in Icicle Falls series *
Icicle Falls changes for three women when a handy man arrives in town. They pool their money together to win a bid on his work at a fundraiser. Stefanie can't stand the fact that her husband starts projects and never finishes them. Griffin's decided to take a chance on her dreams and move to New York City, but her house needs some work before it will sell. Cass has a leaking roof, which desperately needs fixing.

As their home improvement needs get sorted out, their lives move forward in ways they couldn't imagine. Stefanie starts have marital issues when her husband's pride is hurt. Griffin isn't sure she should chase her dream because she doesn't want to leave Icicle Falls. But she also knows if she doesn't leave now, there's a chance she might always regret it. Cass's kids barely spend time at home anymore, only during the summers now that their in college. Could her house be too big for just her? Maybe it's time for her to move on too.
My Thoughts: I adore this series. I love seeing old friends and meeting new people in town. I loved the age difference in these three friends - and how that changed where they were in their life. I enjoyed Grant Masters - he was wise about life. I liked this relationship with his sons. I felt for each of these women in their struggles - as they made potentially wrong turns, but I love how they stuck by each other. The characters make this series for me.  I can't wait for my next visit to this small town.

Cover Thoughts: Beautiful
Source: My library
Library Recommendation: The perfect romance series for the public library.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Review: Pumpkin

 This raccoon had a traumatic experience as a baby. She fell out of a tree and broke her leg. Her parents abandoned her.  A family took her in to help her. They were a foster family, until the raccoon was better. But Pumpkin fell in love with their dogs and they loved her. Now, she lives with them and believes she's just another dog.
The book consists of telling her story, pictures with the dogs, and funny stories. A sweet, funny, fantastic coffee table book that's meant to be shared. It's great for libraries.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Picture Book Review: No More Bows

Milly Loves her dog so much. She also loves dressing him in bows. Hugo hates the bows. The other dogs laugh at him and he attempts to take the bows off. He's so frustrated with Milly that he runs away. But on his adventures, he spots a shop that might solve their problem.
I really loved this book. I love how Hugo solved his problem, because he really does love Milly. I loved that he outsmarted the bully dogs laughing at him. I love how he knows what he likes. A really cute book that readers will enjoy. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Top Ten Tuesdays: Dads in YA

This week's topic is in honor of Father's Day and I'm using it to share books I've read this year with great Dads. 
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Girl Out of WaterLetters to the Lost by Brigid KemmererAlex, Approximately by Jenn BennettHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
The Hate U Give by Angie ThomasWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya MenonConfessions of a High School Disaster by Emma Chastain
What books have you read lately with great dads?

Monday, June 12, 2017

Review: Heat Storm

* Book 9 in the Nikki Heat Series *
Nikki Heat swears she saw her mother - alive. After seventeen years of believing her to be dead, she's ready to tear down the world searching for her and discovering why her mother faked her own death.

But her mother doesn't want her to interfere. She left to keep her daughter safe. She's warning Nikki to say away from the mystery.

Nikki isn't about to give up - even if everyone is telling her to leave this mess alone. She wants her mother to be able to come out of the shadows and she'll do anything to make it happen.
My Thoughts: I really loved this series and of course the show. I know this book came out later because \no one knew the show was going to end so abruptly. I really enjoyed learning more about Nikki's mother and her life. Of course I loved the moments between Rook and Heat. I really liked the ending. And could the ghost writer have finally revealed himself?

Cover Thoughts: Fun
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Purchase where other books in the series are popular.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Adult Review: About a Dog

 * First in a new series *
Mac left her hometown directly after her wedding that wasn't and she hasn't returned. Now her best friend is getting married and she's the maid of honor. She can't wiggle her way out of this one. to make matters worse, Emma has asked her to look after her brother during the wedding week. What the bride doesn't know is that Mac and her brother has a romantic past.

Mac isn't thrilled about being thrown together with Gavin, especially given their history. But she's making the best of it. She's happy to see her aunts, she's happy to be back with her friends, and she's even happy to see Gavin. Even if her is off limits and even if he isn't giving up.
My Thoughts: I adored this start of a series and I can't wait to go back to Bluff Point and read more. I loved the small town charm. I loved the bridal party and their moments together. I loved their banter and easy friendship. I adored Gavin. I like how he didn't give up. I love the aunts and their outlook on life. I loved Tulip, she stole the book in some ways. I really enjoyed Mac and how she changed a bit over the course of the book. I enjoyed her moments with arch nemesis. A entertaining read with great friendships, strong family ties, and a fun romance. September can't come soon enough! 

Cover Thoughts: Adorable
Source: My Library
Next Book: Barking Up the Wrong Tree due out in September
Library Recommendation: Get this one for your public libraries! 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Review: Alex Approximately

Mink moves out to live with her father after her mother's marriage hits the rocks. She's been communicating with the boy online who could very well be her soulmate, but she's scared to tell him about the move. Instead, she's determined to hunt him down incognito beforehand - just to make sure he's normal.

Mink's adjusting well to her new town, but she has yet to locate Alex. Her dad got her a job where she she works with the most aggravating boy ever - even though he is dreamy. They snark at each other intensely. Could there be sparks?
My Thoughts:  I adored this You've Got Mail inspired story. I loved the museum where Porter work. I love their banter. I love Mink's father and his new relationship. I really loved Porter's family - especially his mother. I felt terrible for all that they had been through. I really enjoyed Grace and her relationship with Mink. I really liked watching Porter and Mink interact. And I loved how they became friends. I really liked the moments they spend together outside of work. I adored the slow burn! I didn't want to put this book down! 

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Great book with a fun romance and great parents. Highly recommended for public and school libraries.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Puppy Pictures

Update on the puppy:

Her name is Emma
Her brother is Mr. Darcy (who belongs to my boss)

She loves to play and has moments of crazy time. Note the wild eyes.

She's a busy girl and likes to bite - everything. Hair, blankets, face, fingers - if it's in front of her, she bites it. We're working on that. 

She has a few moments of quiet time...when she's sleeping. She likes to sleep cuddled up next to her new brother. He tolerates it most of the time. They look adorable all snuggled up.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Picture Book Review: What to Do with a Box

What can you do with a box? Whatever your imagination allows!
A really great book - perfect for this year's summer reading theme.
I loved the spark of imagination and playing wherever it takes you.
Great illustrations. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Contemporary Romance

This week, we're talking about books added to our TBR pile. I'm on a contemporary romance reading kick. I love small town romances and I've read a couple lately, but I always want more. Here are some I'm waiting to read. 
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Barking Up the Wrong Tree (A Bluff Point Romance #2)Any Dream Will Do: A NovelSecond Chance GirlLost and Found Sisters (Wildstone, #1)
Sugar Pine Trail (Haven Point, #7)Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay, #4)New York, Actually (From Manhattan with Love, #4)
This Is Our SongThe Lucky Dog Matchmaking ServiceBlue Hollow Falls (Blue Hollow Falls #1)
And I'm always looking for more, so let me know if you have a great author recommendation!