Thursday, June 21, 2018

Review: Why We March


Signs from the January 17th Women's March around the world.

Signs of hope, justice, equality for everyone.

Reading the signs of this book gave me so much hope for the world. And I'm not going to lie, I teared a few times over it and had to put the book down. With everything going on in our country right now, it was a great reminder of the good in people. 

There are so many great photos. I bought this one for the teen section at the library, hoping that they will learn from our mistakes and be the change the world desperately needs. Yes, I'm pushing my feminist agenda on them, but in reality, the library has something to offend everyone. And if this book offends you, that tells me all I need to know about you as a person.

Also keep up the good fight!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Picture Book Review: Super Manny Stands Up


What's Manny going to do when someone is mean at lunch?
Will he have the courage to say something?
A really important book with a great message about being brave and determined. Bullies won't stand a chance. Plus everyone can be both a sidekick and a hero. I loved the part about the invisible cape. 

Perfect for school and public libraries.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Top Ten Tuesdays: Pool Side Books

This week's topic is pool side books. I have two minds here: historical romance and contemporary romance books. So I'll share five of each I'll be reading this summer (not by a pool because sadly we don't have one).

I'll pretend this is my pool:

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Contemporary Romance
Rainy Day Friends (Wildstone, #2)Cottage by the SeaHow to Keep a SecretThe Cottages on Silver Beach (Haven Point, #8)The Real Deal

Historical Romance
An Affair with a Spare (The Survivors, #3)One for the Rogue (Studies in Scandal, #4)What a Difference a Duke Makes (School for Dukes, #1)The Highlander's Princess Bride (The Improper Princesses, #3)Wicked and the Wallflower (The Bareknuckle Bastards, #1)

What types of books to you read by the pool?

Monday, June 18, 2018

Review: Elle of the Ball

Elle of the Ball
Elle's in the seventh grade but a recent growth spurt has made her life miserable. She's nearly six feet tall already. Her basketball game's suffering because of her new height.

She's also forced into a dance - a school tradition. She's so tall that she has a hard time dancing with the boys. She also can't find her rhythm. She's dreading the dance - from her lack of skills to her terrible partner to the dress she's forced to wear.

Why can't life be easy?
My Thoughts: A fun middle grade - about sports, fitting in, and trying to be yourself. I really enjoyed the first book of this series and I'm looking forward to more. I felt terrible for Elle - being at that awkward stage in her life and being so tall. While I was never that tall, I was also tall for my age. Plus of course, I loved the basketball parts of the book. And who didn't hate being told what to do by the school. I love how that worked out.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My library

Library Recommendation: Grab this one for your public and school libraries; it's perfect for your sporty readers

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Movie Review: Solo

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A few weeks back we went to see Solo.
And while I liked it, I had some thoughts.

The Good:
Lots of action and danger
Coming up with the name Han Solo
The Heist
The elaborate plans

The Bad:
Solo didn't have his swagger

My Thoughts:
I was talking with my husband afterwards and we thought that it's better to create movies based off other characters than the original ones. I loved the other spin-offs with Rey because I enjoyed getting to know her character. But it's really hard to replace Harrison Ford. It just didn't have the same feel.

But I would love seeing a movie about Qi'ra. She fascinated me. I think she stole the movie.

Friday, June 15, 2018

On Your Radar: (12)

Title: Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare
38256484Author:  Shannon and Dean Hale
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Date: September 25th 

Why it Should be on Your Radar:
Science and STEM 
Secret Identities
Team Work
Problem Solving
Pure fun!

Source: BEA book 2018
Cover Thoughts: Adorable

Library Recommendation: A must have for school and public libraries

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Graphic Novel Review: Hey Kiddo


Jarrett had a difficult childhood - his grandparents gained custody of him after his mom failed him too many times. As a heroic addict, she spent time in and out of jail. Jarrett's grandparents loved him, but they had their own issues too. He had no idea who is father was - until he sees his birth certificate in high school. But he does have a love for art and he's determined to prove himself.
My Thoughts: I started reading this in line at BEA and I couldn't put it down. It's sad, but powerful and thoughtful. I loved Jarret's fondness for art and how he didn't give up on his dreams. I liked learning about his family and how it functioned (or didn't function). I really loved the end notes. I loved learning about the coloring process of the book. The color scheme makes the book pop. In some ways, this was a hard book to read and know that it happened. I just wanted to give younger Jarrett a great big hug.

Cover Thoughts: Great
Source: BEA book
Release Date: September 25th 

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Picture Book Review: Brother and Sister Books


What is means to have a sister - or a brother. Most of the time, it's great. Sometimes it's not.

I loved these books. They're fun to read side by side because you can see the similar page spreads and the different ones too. The message is great. As always, the colors and illustrations are vibrant and unique. There's a love letter at the end from Todd that is heartwarming.

I simply love his books; they're perfect for school and public libraries.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Traveling

This week's topic is all about traveling. I love it when a book makes me want to travel. I'll share a few recent reads and some old favorites. I adore travel romances, so I could go on forever, but I'll stop after 10. 

Side note: I also love books that make me want to travel to the fictional town. Like Stars Hollow. (I know that's a TV town, but you all know what I mean...)

Recent Reads:
Starry Eyes
Go hiking (I'm doing this later this summer)

See You on a Starry Night by Lisa Schroeder
Go to a beach side town

Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter
Visit Alaska

Royals by Rachel Hawkins
Visit Scotland

Some old favorites

What books make you want to travel?

Monday, June 11, 2018

Review: Lucky in Love

Lucky in Love
Maddie's got her life planned out; she studies hard to earn a college scholarship. After a lackluster birthday, she buys a lottery ticket. She's shocked when she discovers she's won. All of a sudden her life changes; she's no longer concerned about money. She has enough to pay for college. She can give money to her parents and her brother. Maybe it will turn their luck around.

She's also throwing money around by hosting a party on yacht one night, a clothing shopping spree, and a diamond necklace. Soon she's realizing that people are talking to her because of her money. Maddie's not sure who her real friends are after an article appears about her spending habits.

Her only solace is her job, working at the local zoo and hanging out with Seth, who doesn't know anything about her recent windfall. Sooner or later, she'll have to tell him. When she does, will everything change?
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. I liked the study parties, especially the snacks. There were times when I wanted to yell at Maddie about her decision, but I like how it all played out. I loved the moments at the zoo. I adored Seth and his banter with Maddie. Of course this made me think of all the things I would do if I won the lottery. There are a lot of ideas!

Cover Thoughts: Adorable - it sold me on the book before I knew what it was about.
Source: My Library
Final Thoughts: A fun cotemporary romance perfect for the summer

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Summer Reading Program at Your Local Library

Joining the Summer Reading Program at your local library is important for several reasons.:

For Your Child:
1. It helps prevent summer slide, reading just six books over the summer truly helps.
2. It helps give children time to read for fun - something they need to cement their love of reading. Let them choose to read whatever they think looks fun. 
3. There are TONS of programs at your library this summer - programs targeted for all ages.

For Parents:
1. Children model their behavior after parents, which means they need to see their parents reading. All of their parents. It doesn't matter what you're reading (although it's harder for them to recognize you're reading articles online). Let them see you reading; let them see you picking out books. I read before bed every night, but if your kids don't see you reading, you're missing a huge opportunity. Share your passion for reading with your kids.
2. Libraries have programs for adults too. (My library has a program where you read a book and get to pick out a free book. We also have weekly raffle prizes to local businesses)
3. Talk about books, authors, illustrators, and libraries - not in school based way but in general everyday conversation.
4. Read together 
5. Read aloud - it's fun for everyone. Plus you can talk about the story together.

For Your Library:
1. Summer is the busiest time of year for the library.
2. We count on summer to coast us through the lighter months (Winter in New England) when people don't come to the library as much.
3. We want you to come to our programs because we're hosting them for you.
4. But we want you to check out books; we need our circulation statistics to be amazing. 
5. Our summer numbers help boost us over the edge when it's budget time.
6. We want to help readers find books that they will love to read
7. Say hello to us, because we love it when we recognize library families. 

Also, some libraries have summer lunch for kids 18 and under, which helps replace the free lunch from school. If your library has it, it's available for ALL kids, no questions asked.

So head to your local library this summer, changes are they are doing amazing things!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Review: Life Inside My Mind

Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles
31 YA authors share their personal stories in small essays.

My Thoughts: Oh boy. This was a great book to read and to start conversations, but it was also hard to read because of the subject matter. I love that so many authors shared their stories and I hope that this book spurs conversations among teens. I hope they see they are not alone. I hope they find themselves sharing their own stories. There isn't any judgement here, it's all very matter of fact. I love that so many of the essays talked about what worked for them and how it won't work for everyone. I love how they advice readers to get help and figure out the method that might work best for them. This book is so powerful - from the number of authors sharing their stories to the range of mental illnesses shared. It's an eye opening read.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: ARC sent for review
Library Recommendation: A must have for middle school, high school, and public libraries.

Thursday, June 7, 2018


A Prom to Remember

Today is all about Proms. Here's a secret. I didn't go to either of my high school proms. In junior year, my friends and I decided to skip it and make our senior year awesome. But by the time senior year rolled around, I wasn't friends with them any more. I actually didn't really have friends my senior year of high school.

I did however go to a prom with a work buddy. It was awkward as anything because it was a small school and I'm an introvert. But I was excited to go and it was sweet. I had a nice time, but it would have been better if I had a friend or two there.

My mom made my dress and here I am posing with my sister. It's one of my favorite pictures together.

I've written a lot about proms and prom books, mostly because they are so much fun to read.

Here is ten favorite Prom books from 2011 and earlier 

Here's my If You Like pin about Proms

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Picture Book Review: Princesses Wear Pants

Princesses Wear Pants

Princess Penelope Pineapple believes there's more to life than pretty dresses; she has things to do. In order to achieve her accomplishments, she wears pants. Of course, they help her save the day!

This is a great picture book with a fantastic message. Princesses get stuff done. The illustrations are fun as well. Grab this one for your feminist picture book collection; it's both girly and feminist, showing girls that you can be both.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Giveaway: Supergirl

About the Book:
Welcome to Midvale, home to Liberty High School and an unusual girl names Kara Danvers. While it may seem like your ordinary town, girls like Kara make it extraordinary. She's super-strong, she can fly, and she crash-landed on Earth in a rocket ship. But for Kara Danvers, winning the next track meet, celebrating her 16th birthday, and surviving her latest mega-zit are her top concerns. Now Kara's incredible powers are kicking into high gear and people she trusted are revealing creepy motives. The time has come for her to choose between the world where she was born and the only world she's every known.

About the Author:
Markio Tamaki is an award-winning Canadian writer living in Oakland California. She's the author of Saving Montgomery Sole and the co-creator with Jillian Tamaki of This One Summer, which received the prestigious Eisner and Ignartz awards as well as Caldecott and Printz honors. Her growing slate of critically acclaimed comics and graphic novels included Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tomb Raider, Adventure Time, She-Hulk, Lumberjanes, SuperGirl and New Super-Man.

On Thursday, I got to chat with the author.

Today I'm giving away one copy!
(US only please)

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer TBR Pile

This week's topic is Summer TBR pile - and of course I have a large one. I'm counting books coming out in June -July and August here. What are you looking forwards to reading this summer?

Kids/Middle Grade:
Lucky Little ThingsNightbooksDrum Roll, PleaseSee You on a Starry NightMaking Friends

Surviving Adam MeadeCatwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons, #3)These Rebel Waves (Stream Raiders, #1)Let Me List the WaysThe Other Side of Lost
Someone I Used to KnowThe Impossibility of UsNotes from My CaptivityThe Supervillain and Me (Morriston Superheroes #1)Chemistry Lessons
Not the Girls You're Looking ForSave the DateHow We RollAlways Forever MaybeThe Summer of Us

Cottage by the SeaHow to Keep a SecretWhen We Found HomeThe Real DealAn Affair with a Spare (The Survivors, #3)
Till Death Do Us Tart (A Bakeshop Mystery #8)The Cottages on Silver Beach (Haven Point, #8)One for the Rogue (Studies in Scandal, #4)Rainy Day Friends (Wildstone, #2)Wicked and the Wallflower (The Bareknuckle Bastards, #1)