Saturday, July 13, 2024

Watch That, Read This (6)

It's been a minute since I did one of these posts.

But I watched a few Halmark movies (their passport of love series) recently and they reminded me of books. 

So here goes:

This book is set in Italy, but it's SO good!


One YA and one Adult

Not just a romance
This one has a little bit of adventure mixed with the romance

All the ice cream!


Friday, July 12, 2024

Review: There's a Mountain in this Book


What do you know about mountains? I definitely learned about mountains and their environments. 

The illustrations in this book are soft and charming. Information about animals, how mountains are formed, and the different environments of a mountain the higher it grows. There's a glossary at the end of this book about mountain terms. 

This wonderful book makes a great gift and is perfect for the summer reading theme

* This isn't a book for libraries as there are flaps that showcase more information.
** This book was sent for review

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Cozy Review: Smoking Bun


* Books 18 in the Bakeshop Mystery series *

Ramiro's family is visiting Jules and company after the holidays. They are busy planning all sorts of outings. But one of those outings ends in murder. 

And one of the main suspect's is Andy's friend. He asks Jules for her help in solving the murder. She can't turn him down. 
My Thoughts: Although I love a good Christmas book, I enjoyed the fact that this book took place after Christmas and included New Year. I love this series - for the mouth-watering food and the characters. I enjoyed reading more about Ramiro's family - especially the moments between his mom and Jules. I liked the winter traditions in Ashland. It would be a fun place to spend a week! It's always fun to visit Torte and I can't wait to read what's coming next for Jules and her family. 

* Now I'm finally caught up and ready for the next book which comes out in August! 

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Picture Book Review: Lolo's Sari-Sari Store

One little girl loves helping her grandfather out in his store in the Philippines during the summers. She loves the community around them. Lolo has something for everyone and has a pulse on the community. He knows how to listen. But this summer is different and she is missing that sense of community. How can she help?

This a charming story with bright colors shares that community is all around us if we just stop to look. People always need help and kindness. What have you done today to spread kindness?

* Book sent for review

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Top Ten Tuesday: That July 9th

 This week's topic is a freebie. As it's July 9th, I thought it would be a good time to explore Taylor Swift Lyrics. Here are some songs that would make good books or scenes in books

* Startlight
* No Body, No Crime
* Begin Again
* Right Where you Left Me
* Long Story Short
* Last Great American Dynasty
* Mad Woman
* Cruel Summer
* Cornelia Street
* Now that We Don't Talk

Which song would you like to see in a book?

Monday, July 8, 2024

Middle Grade Review: Princess Protection Program

Sleeping Beauty awakens when the prince kisses her, but she's not thrilled about the kiss. She leaps up and runs off. She instantly gets transported to a boarding school for Princesses. There, they are safe from their stories.

Some of the fairy tales have horrible stories. This school attempts to keep all the princesses safe. The first night she arrives, she notices two girls sneak out of the school. She follows them to a pizza shop. There Rosamund becomes friends with Sienna and Rana.

Breaking the rules has consequences, Sienna gets sucked back into her story. Rosamund has so many questions. No one wants to answer her questions, but she notices that something strange is going on.  Can she figure out what's going?

My Thoughts: This took me a little bit to get into this book - but once I did, I was hooked. I loved seeing all the Princesses. This is a great feminist story. I loved the big question of the book: can someone change their story. Some fun moments: pizza is magical and unicorns are entertaining. I loved the moments of sisterhood and friendship. Of course, cleaning is the worst. This is the start of a new series - I'm looking forward to the next book! 

Cover thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: This is such a fun book and will be easy to give readers.  

Saturday, July 6, 2024

Review: Pizza for Pia

It's meal time and Pia's family is making pizza. They think she loves pizza.
But she doesn't.

What does she love instead?

This is a funny book about cooking together and meal-time. It's a great book to talk about pizza toppings. Everyone is happy.

What's your favorite pizza topping? 
Mine changes often but I make a white pizza with ham and mushroom. 

* books sent for review