Thursday, February 21, 2019

Romance Review: As Good as the First Time

As Good as the First Time (Sugar Lake, #1)
* First Book in the Sugar Lake series * 
When Olivia gets the wind knocked out of her after she loses both her job and her boyfriend in the same day, she's more than happy to help out her aunt. She and her sister travel back to the place that once upon the time stole her heart. 

She grew up in Sugar Lake with her extended family, the bakery, and the boy next door. She discovers upon her return that not much has changed. The small town has changed but the bakery is still the same. Drea (Olivia's sister) has plans for improvement. Together both sisters help their aunt while gaining insight into their troubled relationship. Olivia works on figuring out her future while making peace with her past. Could her past be the key to her future?
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. My mouth watered almost the entire time I was reading and I had a desperate urge to bake something. I enjoyed the second chance love story. I loved how Olivia had to go home and face her past in order to move forward with her future. I love how the sisters ended up, but it was hard reading them fight with each other in the beginning. I'm so looking forward to reading more about this small town and this family.

Cover Thoughts: Charming
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: A mouth-watering read that's perfect for your romance collection

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Picture Book Review: Pies from Nowhere


The National Lunch Company employed a cook by the name of Georgia Gilmore. When Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to move, she organized a movement of women who cooked and baked goods to sell for the cause. They didn't want their names mentioned, so they became the Club from Nowhere.

A fantastic picture book biography of Georgia Gilmore in this moment in time. I loved learning about her; I didn't know about her. I love how she and others baked in secret and how they helped the protests the way they knew how. I love her bravery and how she used her knowledge to become her own boss, further helping others. Great illustrations.

A must have book for school and public libraries. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Quiet Middle Grade

This week's topic is quiet books - books you enjoyed and want more people to read. 

Here's a few I've talked about previously.

As I started looking, this very quickly turned into a middle grade post.

Friday Night Stage LightsThe Great Shelby Holmes and the Coldest Case (The Great Shelby Holmes, #3)Love Double Dutch!Out of TuneYou're Invited (RSVP #1)
Elle of the BallWhy Can't I Be YouJourney of the Pale BearNo Place Like HomeSee You on a Starry Night
Lost in HollywoodKitchen Chaos (The Saturday Cooking Club Book 1)A Dash of DragonVIP: I'm With the BandJourney Across the Hidden Islands

Monday, February 18, 2019

Guest Post Today

Hi Everyone, I'm over today at Teen Librarian Toolbox 

where I'm talking about some of my favorite (older titles) books with Girls Saving the World as part as their Feminist AF series.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Universe of Stories: Summer Reading Program for Teens (3)

I'm working on getting performers for the Children's Summer Reading Program but I haven't done much with the teen programs yet. Or fleshed out any ideas for kids beyond the performers. But I do have some ideas from Pinterest.

I shared food ideas two weeks ago, last week and this week is all about crafting

Galaxy Jar:

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Review: The Poet X


The Poet X is 
and talented.
She doesn't take crap 
and she stands up for herself.
But she questions
her feelings
her mother
and most importantly herself.
But she doesn't let
tell her 
how to think
how to feel.
She's strong
and talented.

Friday, February 15, 2019

On Your Radar: Quiet You Carry (22)

Title: Quiet You Carry

Author:  Nikki Barthelmess

Publisher:  Flux
Publication Date: March 5th

The Quiet You Carry
Why it Should be on Your Radar:
* Foster Care
* Family Drama
* Trust
* Secrets
* Betrayal
* Friendship
* New Beginnings
* Understanding
* Hope

This book might be a trigger for some readers as it deals with heavy topics such as sexual abuse and there is a suicide attempt.

* ARC for review in VOYA

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Read a Romance Book Day

I talk about Romance Books A LOT

Because I love them. 

There's something to be said about knowing the book will end happily.

I used to feel like they were a guilty pleasure. And then I read something where someone (I wish I remembered who) said guilty pleasures shouldn't make you feel guilty. And I realized reading romances simply made me happy.

I stopped hiding the romances I read from public eyes.
I started reading them in public.
I started telling people who might frown upon romances why I read them.
I started ordering books from the library knowing I might get judged by my reading habits.

I stopped caring what other people thought. Because romances made me happy.

And that's really all that mattered.

Now years later, I have read hundreds if not a thousand romance books. And I have hundreds more that I can't wait to read.

I read them because:
1. They end happily.
2. They're written by smart women
3. The banter between the heroine and the hero
4. The friendships (I read a lot of series and the friends all get books too)
5. The small town charm  - if contemporary
6. Historical fun - I've read about women doctors, women game makers, and women who run orphanages - they're all interesting and they speak to the historical moment of the times.
7. Strong women characters
8. Reading about first love
9. Anticipation of the first kiss
10. Broken Heroes

I'm always reading at least one romance.

Here are a few upcoming romances I can't wait to read.
Here are a few favorite couples and some favorite authors.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Picture Book Review: Before She was Harriet


A picture book biography of Harriet Tubman

A beautiful book with gorgeous illustrations highlighting so many amazing moments in her life with her free and beautiful spirit. She was so inspiring.

A must have book for both schools and libraries.  

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Couples

This week's topic is favorite couples and to no one's surprise, I have several.

All Time Favorites:

Darcy and Elizabeth:

Anne and Gilbert:

Mia and Michael:

Poison Study (Study, #1)The Truth About ForeverGraceling

Recent Favorites Include:

A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals, #1)When Dimple Met RishiStarry EyesMore Than We Can Tell (Letters to the Lost, #2)Earls Just Want to Have Fun (Covent Garden Cubs, #1)

Lady Bridget's Diary (Keeping Up with the Cavendishes, #1)The Proposal

Author Favorites
And it's hard to choose favorites between these authors because I love their books:
Sarah MacLean
Jill Shalvis
Julia Quinn
Kristan Higgins
Sarah Morgan
Susan Mallery

I could go on, but I'm forcing myself to stop here.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Universe of Stories: Summer Reading Program for Teens (2)

I'm working on getting performers for the Children's Summer Reading Program but I haven't done much with the teen programs yet. Or fleshed out any ideas for kids beyond the performers. But I do have some ideas from Pinterest.

I shared food ideas last week, this week is all about crafting

Galaxy Soap:

Galaxy Snow Globes

galaxy, snow globe, sensory, outer space, calm down, for kids, christmas, snow globes, holiday DIY, Figment Creative Labs, Austin TX, Science activity,
Lava Lamp:

Saturday, February 9, 2019

On Your Radar: Field Notes on Love (21)

Title: Field Notes on Love

Author:  Jennifer E. Smith

Publisher:  Delacorte Press

Publication Date: March 5th

Field Notes on Love
Why it Should be on Your Radar:

* Siblings
* Trains
* New Adult/YA book
* Filming movies
* People's Stories
* Relationships
* Names
* Road Trip (sort of)
* Two Dads
* Grandmother
* Dreaming Big
* Going after your Dreams
* Friends
* Finding the meaning of Love

Highly Recommended Read
I love Jennifer E Smith's book and was So Happy to have an ARC sent to me.