Thursday, November 15, 2018

On Your Radar (18)

Title: Rayne and Delilah's Midnite Matinee

Author:  Jeff Zentner 

Rayne & Delilah's Midnite Matinee
Publisher:  Crown Books for Young Readers 

Publication Date: February 26, 2019

Why it Should be on Your Radar:
* Friendship
* Life After High School
* Romance
* Bad Horror Movies
* MMA Fighting
* Family Drama
* Recording a TV show
* Arliss
* Pancakes

 * I reviewed this title for SLJ

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Picture Book Review: Loved to Bits


One boy does everything with his teddy bear - but Teddy's so loved that he begins losing body pieces. It doesn't matter!

A sweet story about a boy and his bear having all kinds of adventures. It made me nostalgic for my own childhood teddy bear. The boy loves his bear fiercely. I loved the illustrations.

Here's a picture of childhood bear. 

His name is Honey Bear. He reminds me Corduroy.
My mom knit him that sweater - isn't it cute?

Monday, November 12, 2018

Review: Dear Sister

Dear Sister
An older boy becomes a big brother - much to his dismay. His parents force him to draw pictures and write letters for her baby book. He's less than thrilled and his letters/pictures usually get him grounded.

As time goes on, he grows to care for. But maybe not every choice of reading material. The letters continue until he leaves for college.
My Thoughts: I loved this epistolary novel. I loved the letters and the pictures and the illustrations. It was a perfect combination. I loved how the brother was annoyed at the request to read the same book and over again. It was a quick but emotional read. I loved how the relationship between the siblings evolved from annoyance to acceptance to love. The end made me tear up.

Cover Thoughts: Funny
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: A great one for your school or public library collection.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

NaNoWriMo Check In

NaNoWriMo 2018 Facebook Cover

How's everyone doing?

As of yesterday I have 20K words written.
I haven't started my writing today.

I like to write 2K a day - mostly because I know there are some days where I'm not going to be able to get much done.

And I like to have that cushion.

So I'm trying something new this year - an adult romance.

It's set in Vermont.

I was at 10K before I decided to write a second POV.

So you can see how much work it's going to take to revise.

And that's ok, I'm just about getting the words down.

Tell me how you're doing this year...

and if we're not writing buddies, please add me. I'm YA Book Nerd there too.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Mysterious Saturday Review: Death and a Pot of Chowder

Death and a Pot of Chowder (A Maine Murder Mystery #1)

* First in a new series * 
Maine’s Quarry Island has a tight-knit community that’s built on a rock-solid foundation of family, tradition and hard work. But even on this small island, where everyone knows their neighbors, there are secrets that no one would dare to whisper.

Anna Winslow, her husband Burt and their teenage son have deep roots on Quarry Island. Burt and his brother, Carl, are lobstermen, just like their father and grandfather before them. And while some things on the island never seem to change, Anna’s life is about to take some drastically unexpected turns. First, Anna discovers that she has a younger sister, Izzie Jordan. Then, on the day she drives to Portland to meet Izzie for the first time, Carl’s lobster boat is found abandoned and adrift. Later that evening, his corpse is discovered—but he didn’t drown.

Whether it was an accident or murder, Carl’s sudden death has plunged Anna’s existence into deadly waters. Despite barely knowing one another and coming from very different backgrounds, Anna and Izzie unite to find the killer. With their family in crisis, the sisters strive to uncover the secrets hidden in Quarry Island—and, perhaps, the ones buried within their own hearts.  (summary from publisher)

Here's a list of reasons why I liked this book
* Small Maine Island
* Small community with quirky character
* New family
* All the descriptions of food
* New business idea
* Teenage boys

I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

Cover Thoughts: Loved it - it sold me on the reading
Library Recommendation: Grab this one for your mystery section - your foodie readers will be happy.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Red Book Tag

Created by Awkwordly Emma
I adore Taylor Swift and her songs.  I think I love them so much because each one tells a story. I think Red is probably one of my favorite albums ever. Since Jessica from Just Another Teen Reading tagged me, I've been listening to it nonstop in the car. Do you have a favorite song from that album? 

I'm going to try to fill this out with books I've read this year. I confess I took out the negative ones because I feel bad about answering them.

State of Grace - "And I never saw you coming/And I'll never be the same."

A book you unexpectedly loved.

Front Desk by Kelly Yang
I cried at the end of this book. It was powerful and blew me away.

Red - "Faster than the wind, passionate as sin/Ending so suddenly."

A book that was a whirlwind experience to read.
Catwoman by Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J Maas has a gift for writing twists that I never see coming.

I Knew You Were Trouble - "I knew you were trouble when you walked in/So shame on me now."

A favorite villain.
Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts

She was pure evil
Although I do Love Jessica's pick with Neverseen,  They'd be my second choice.

All Too Well - "But maybe this thing was a masterpiece til you tore it all up."

A book or series you think is a masterpiece.

Good Luck with That by Kristan Higgins

Friendship - empowerment - love - being comfortable in your own skin. There's nothing to change about this book - it's just that good!

22 - "We're happy, free, confused, and lonely in the best way."
A happy, carefree book.
Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

This book had me a feminist and ice cream. And it was Everything I wanted it to be.

Stay Stay Stay - "So I think it's best if we both stay."

A book with a happily ever after (or a happily ever for now).
Rainy Day Friends by Jill Shalvis
I adore Jill Shalvis - her books always make me happy!

The Last Time - "Put my name at the top of your list."
A book written by two authors.
The Princess in Black and the Science Fair Scare by Shannon Hale
I adore this series - it's smart, cute, and the ladies always kick butt.

Holy Ground - "But I don't wanna dance if I'm not dancing with you."

A relationship that doesn't continue past the last page of the book.

I honestly don't think I've read one of these this year. 

Sad Beautiful Tragic - "What a sad beautiful tragic love affair."

Your favorite sad book.
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
I Read this one for Andi at Andis ABCs and it was great and I cried like a baby.

The Lucky One - "Another name goes up in lights, like diamonds in the sky."

A popular character (within their book or within the book lovers' community).
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson!

Everything Has Changed - "All I know since yesterday is everything has changed."

A friends-turned-lovers story. (Inspired by that adorable music video.)
I had never seen that video before - it is cute!
Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
This is one of my favorite tropes.

Starlight - "I met Bobby on the boardwalk, summer of '45."

Your favorite historical fiction story.

Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean
I love a great historical romance and Sarah's books always hit the spot.

Begin Again - "But on a Wednesday in a cafe, I watched it begin again."

A book you wanted to reread as soon as you'd finished it.
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
I don't do many re-read but this one was so fun, I didn't want it to end.

That was fun! Thank you to Jessica for tagging me! Please join in the fun if you feel inspired and haven't been tagged.