Thursday, January 17, 2019

On Your Radar (20)


Title: A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Book 1)



Author:  Brigid Kemmerer
A Curse So Dark and Lonely

Publisher:  Bloomsbury
Publication Date: January 29






Why it Should be on Your Radar:
* Beauty and the Beast Retelling 
* Grey
* Fierce Heroine
* Banter
* The Curse
* Character with cerebral palsy
* Becoming a Princess
* Spreading Kindness 
* Learning how to throw a knife
* Family
* Friendship
*Survival
* Hope


* Highly recommended - give this to readers of Sarah J Maas a Court of Thorns and Roses
** The only bad part about this book is waiting until next year for more of the story.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Picture Book Wednesday: Building Books


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Katie loves to build - anytime anywhere. 
Owen likes to read - anytime anywhere.
They both insist their way is best until a librarian forces them to try reading and building.

And she's right. Katie also loves reading and Owen also loves building. They can do both - together.  Of course I loved this book, it's about discovery the love of reading and it takes place in a library. It's the Perfect combination. The message is sweet, the illustrations are great, and I love that the two main characters end up having fun together. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: New to Me Authors

This week's topic is 2018 authors that I loved who were new to me. I had some fun romance recommended to me via Twitter. And I'm really looking forward to reading more books by these authors.



Intercepted (Playbook, #1)The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1)A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)One and Only (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1)The Wedding Date
RoomiesMy Fair Duchess (Dukes Behaving Badly, #5)Forbidden (Old West, #1)Edenbrooke (Edenbrooke, #1)A Duke in Shining Armor (Difficult Dukes, #1)


Monday, January 14, 2019

Review: Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden

* Book 2 about the Vanderbeekers *
The Vanderbeekers and the Hidden Garden (The Vanderbeekers #2)
The Vanderbeek children are having a boring summer. Isa's off to camp - leaving Jessie, Oliver, Hyacinth, and Laney home in the sweltering heat. While they're visiting their neighbors, Mr. Jeet has a stroke. He's rushed to the hospital, where he'll have to remain until he's strong enough to come home.

The siblings are devastated and want to do something for him. They decide to create a secret garden for him. They pick an abandoned overgrown lot for the garden. But starting a garden from scratch is a lot of work. They need resources and time - something they don't have a lot of.
My Thoughts: I adored this second book in the series - I call it a series because there's at least one more book coming! I love the siblings and how the bicker between themselves but also how they stick together. I loved the description of the garden - and how it sounded very much like the Secret Garden. I love how they tried so hard and didn't give up even after everything went sideways. Even though this series is modern, it has a nostalgic feel to it.

Cover Thoughts: Charming
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: A must have series for your public and school libraries.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Graphic Review: Kristy's Big Day

Kristy's Big Day (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #6)








* Book 6 in the Graphic BSC series 


Kristy's mom is getting married and Kristy gets to be in the wedding. The only problem - the wedding is in two weeks and they're moving before the summer ends. Plus with the wedding moved up so far in advance, families are coming in early to help - with their kids. There will be fourteen kids in all!

It's the perfect job for the Baby Sitters Club. But can they handle all the kids and find time to help get ready for the wedding?
My Thoughts: Another fun addition to this series. I loved seeing all the kids together and the way the club handled different crisis. I can't wait for Boy Crazy Stacey!

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: A must have series for your school and public libraries 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Review: Paperback Crush

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Gabrielle Moss writes about the tween and teen books of the 90s and 80s - the first golden age of teen books where the Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High ruled the school.


My Thoughts: I couldn't put this book down!
I loved learning tidbits about the publishing world during this time. I loved the snark. I loved the nostalgic feeling this book gave me. It made me want to go back and read some of these books again. No surprise here - I read several of these books.

I was a bit disappointed that this book didn't talk about Freshman Dorm.

I'm an Elizabeth.
I wanted to be Claudia (for her art skills and all that candy hidden around her room.)

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

PIcture Book Review: Dreams





Against the odds and despite bullies, the main character achieves her dream of becoming a singer. Author Jessie Chris is an up and coming singer through Disney Radio Country

Dreams carries a great message about making your dreams come true through determination, hard work, and persistence. 


* this book was sent for review

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: 2019 Books

This week's topic is most anticipated books from now through June.
I'll be honest, I have a massive list of books I want to read this year. But that's nothing new.
I will attempt to limit myself to just 10 and they won't include any ARCs I have waiting for me to read. And I will limit the books to strictly YA book.


When Summer EndsOn the Come UpNight MusicSmall Town HeartsUnleaving
Somewhere Only We KnowHer Royal Highness (Royals, #2)Hope and Other PunchlinesHot Dog GirlSerious Moonlight

Picking only 10 is HARD!

I have several other books that I can't wait to read - and this doesn't even tough all the adult romances and middle grade books. 

Monday, January 7, 2019

Globe Fashion

I love the Golden Globes; I think they might be my favorite award show to watch. And I love looking at the dresses. 

Here are some of my favorites from the carpet and as you can see, I have a type of dress that I adore!


I loved the host's Old Hollywood Royalty look:
A nominee for her starring role in <i>Killing Eve</i> and one of the night’s hosts, Sandra Oh arrives ready to celebrate at the first show of the awards season. (Photo: Getty Images)
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Other Dresses I Loved:
<i>If Beale Street Could Talk</i> star KiKi Layne wears a gauzy pink number for her Golden Globes red carpet debut. (Photo: Getty Images)
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<em>The Good Place</em> actress Jameela Jamil rocks a pretty coral look. Although you can’t see it, Jamil wore jeans underneath her dress, because, as she said, it was “<a rel="nofollow" href="https://twitter.com/jameelajamil/status/1082035899523723264">forking cold</a>.” (Photo: Getty Images)
Jameela Jamile from Getty Images 
<p>Rachel Brosnahan attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 6, 2019. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
Rachel Brosnahan from Getty Images 

<p>Dakota Fanning attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 6, 2019. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
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<p>Mj Rodriguez attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 6, 2019. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
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Emmy Rossum attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 6, 2019. (Photo: Getty Images)
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Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell attend the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 6, 2019. (Photo: Getty Images)
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Camilla Belle attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 6, 2019. (Photo: Getty Images)
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<em>Crazy Rich Asians</em> actress Constance Wu attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 6, 2019. (Photo: Getty Images)
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<p>Danai Gurira attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 6, 2019. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
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Some Dashing Men:
<p>Michael B. Jordan attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 6, 2019. (Photo: Getty Images) </p>
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Richard Madden, a winner for his lead acting role in <em>Bodyguard</em>, attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 6, 2019. (Photo: Getty Images)
Richard Madeen from Getty Images 
<em>A Quiet Place</em> director and star John Krasinski attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Jan. 6, 2019. (Photo: Getty Images)
John Krasinski from Getty Images 

Saturday, January 5, 2019

End of the Year Survey: 2018

**2018 READING STATS**
From Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner 

Number Of Books You Read: 238 kids, teen, and adult books and 729 picture books
Number of Re-Reads: 1
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary romance


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I will try NOT to use the same books for answers

1. Best Book You Read In 2018?

I did a top ten for LibFavs on twitter and my favorite was P.S. I Miss You
P.S. I Miss You

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

Front Desk

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

As a librarian, I push A LOT of books towards people - I'm not sure how to answer this question. But here are some I talked about frequently:
Stay SweetCheck, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History

 5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

I read a LOT of series books!
Started:
A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)Wicked and the Wallflower (The Bareknuckle Bastards, #1)Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards, #1)
Sequel:
Nightfall (Keeper of the Lost Cities, #6)The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare (The Princess in Black #6)The Girl with the Dragon Heart
Ended:
The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

I have several:
One and Only (Bridesmaids Behaving Badly #1)Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet, #1)The Wedding DateThe Vanderbeekers of 141st StreetSpinning

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

Second Chance Summer

I don't like books that I know will make me cry - but I loved this one even though it made me cry like a baby.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

The Parker InheritanceFront DeskHey, Kiddo

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

Some of my favorites:
Christmas CampThe Geography of Lost ThingsThe Girl with the Dragon HeartSmart Cookie

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

Front Desk

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

Good Luck with That

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

Good Luck with That

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read? 

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5)

16.Shortest and Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Shortest (beside the pictures books): 48 pages
Longest: 794 pages
Nightfall (Keeper of the Lost Cities, #6)
Harry Potter: Diagon Alley: A Movie Scrapbook

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)
Nightfall (Keeper of the Lost Cities, #6)Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

The Prince and the Dressmaker

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Too many to name

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

Check, Please!: #Hockey, Vol. 1

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

P.S. I Miss You

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Queen of Sorrow (The Queens of Renthia #3)

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Royal Crown (From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, #4)Rainy Day Friends (Wildstone, #2)Born to Dance: Celebrating Moments of Joy, from Toddler to TeenStarry EyesStay Sweet
Love Scene, Take TwoAbout That Kiss (Heartbreaker Bay, #5)A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)It's Hard Out Here for a Duke (Keeping Up with the Cavendishes, #4)The Big Bad Fox

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

Second Chance SummerJourney of the Pale BearCatwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons, #3)The Rose Legacy (The Rose Legacy, #1)More Than We Can Tell (Letters to the Lost, #2)

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Love à la Mode

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2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018?

Maybe this one for National Library Week chatting about all the great things libraries do!

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018?

When I ran into my #OTSPsecretsister at BEA

I feel like I take less pictures now at author events and it's silly!

4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)?

I always love BEA
but this year, Shannon Messenger came to CT! I've been reading her amazing books for years.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

My Blog turned 10 this year!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

I made my blogging goal of 300 posts, but I didn't make my goodreads challenge. 
*Shrugs * 
These things happen.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

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1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
I read this over New Year's and it was amazing!

This is my next one:
Flashback

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

SO many!

Courting Darkness (Courting Darkness Duology, #1)

But this one I was super excited to hear about!

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

We Hunt the Flame

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

Her Royal Highness (Royals, #2)

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

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