Saturday, July 21, 2018

Movie Review: Safe

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To be honest, I haven't read the book, so I don't know how it compares to the show.

But, the show was good. It's only 8 episodes.

The people were terrible human beings who did terrible things.

The show was intense with lots of characters, lots of drama, lots of layers, and lots of plot twists.

It was a binge worthy show - one that you didn't want to stop watching until you uncovered all the answers.

Watch if you enjoyed Broadchurch.

Friday, July 20, 2018

If You Like Pins (15)

I haven't done one of these in a long time. But my goal this year for work is to diversify our picture book collection. I recently bought a bunch of new picture books about inclusion. Someone came looking for one a few days ago - and they were all checked out. Which is both great and terrible at the same time - great because we needed the books in the collection and people are finding them, but terrible because they weren't immediately available.

Here are some of the books:

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Books and Treats (11)

A new blog idea inspired by Andi @ with the Pub Date where a few bloggers share book and beer pair ups.  Andi states that the idea is the brain child of Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide.

Smart Cookie

Frankie and her family run a B and B, she's responsible one day a week for baking cookies. I craved cookies while reading this one!

You know, the kind that are still warm and the chocolate is gooey in the middle...
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It's a cute story and I reviewed it on Fresh Fiction.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Picture Book Review: Some Bunny Loves Me


Adorable pictures
Fun poems
Perfect for animal loving kids 
Tips about taking care of animals
Different animals

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Top Ten Tuesdays: Shorts

This week's topic is  Favorite Novellas/Short Stories - I have a hard time with these because if I like them, they always seem too short. And I want an entire book. But here are some that I enjoyed.
meme from That Artsy Reader Girl

Books I read:
Fireworks (Four Summer Stories)MistletoeMy True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday StoriesDear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their StoriesLife Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles
How I Resist: Activism and Hope for the Next GenerationThe Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)

Books I'm still waiting to read:
Snow in LoveMeet Cute: Some People Are Destined to MeetSummer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories

Monday, July 16, 2018

Blog Tour: Spill Zone

Book News:
New paperback design for book 1
Newly released book 2
Duology is now complete.

Ten Reasons to Read it:
1. Photographs
2. Sisters
3. Secrets
4. Creepy Dolls
5. Breaking the Rules
6. Betrayals
7. Danger
8. Bike Riding
9. Plot Twists
10. Addison 

I enjoyed reading these books and the second book answered more questions. I'm a little disappointed there won't be a third because there could be more books. I raced through the books in one sitting, because I needed answers. And they were not the ones I was expecting. I really loved Addison - her fierceness and determination made me admire her. I also enjoyed how she needed to protect her sister. The moments between the sisters made me smile. Plot twists kept me on the edge of my seat.

About the Author: Scott Westerfeld

Scott Westerfeld is a New York Times bestselling author of YA. He was born in the Texas and now lives in Sydney and New York City. In 2001, Westerfeld married fellow author Justine Larbalestier.

He is best know for the Uglies and Leviathan series, and his next book, Afterworlds, comes out September 23, 2014.

His book Evolution's Darling was a New York Times Notable Book, and won a Special Citation for the 2000 Philip K. Dick Award. So Yesterday won a Victorian Premier's Award and both Leviathan and Midnighters 1: The Secret Hour won Aurealis Awards. Peeps and Uglies were both named as Best Books for Young Adults 2006 by the American Library Association.

I've met Scott Westerfeld a few times.

About the Illustrator: Alex Puvilland
Alex Puvilland
Having grown up in France in the eighties, Alexandre Puvilland may have mad cow disease and holes in his brain. He might also be perfectly normal.

Alexandre lives in San Francisco with his ridiculously talented wife LeUyen Pham and their no less spectacular sons Leo and Adrien.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Review:Shelter in Place

Shelter in Place
In Portland Maine things change very quickly when three shooters enter the mall with the intent to kill as many people as possible. Some are saved, some injured, and some perish. Eight minutes later, the shooters died themselves.

Those who lived will be forever reminded of this day, no matter how much they try to suppress the memories.

Year pass and life begins to return to normal. But one personal wasn't satisfied with the outcome that day and she's determined to finally make things right. She has her targets in mind, the one who called 911, the one who became a cop, and the one that shot her brother. She's not finished yet, but they will be.
My Thoughts: The shooting took place in the first chapter and ended quickly. Somehow I didn't realize this, but the book gripped me from the start and never let go. I needed to know what happened to the characters; how they survived the aftermath. I love how they lived their dreams, followed their passion, and tried to make a difference in the world. I enjoyed the romance, the friendship, and the families. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough to see what happened. Shelter in Place is the type of book that stays with you long after you've stopped turning the pages.

Cover Thoughts: I love it after reading the book. I didn't understand it before, but it's great.
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: A must have for public libraries.