Friday, December 9, 2022

TikTok: Travel


 I had the good fortune to take a vacation to see my BFFs and also visit a Christmas town I've been wanting to see. We spent a few days in Leavenworth and it was amazing.

Check it out: 

@yabooknerdlibrarian Leavenworth lights look magical in the snow! #christmas #leavenworth #holidaylights #winterwonderland ♬ It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas - Bing Crosby
@yabooknerdlibrarian Chihuly sculpture- amazing pieces. This is just one room in the museum. Impressive! Gorgeous! #glass #glassart #museums #museumsoftiktok #seattle #chihuly ♬ SPRING - Cavendish

More about our adventure on Sunday! 

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Picture Book Wednesday: Christmas Board Books

 



Just a couple cute board books for the season.


A Santa Mouse baking treats will make readers want to create their own cookies. A sweet story with charming pictures. 

* book sent for review


Nature, animals, friends and winter and snow. Each snowman is just a little bit different - like people. A fun winter read. 

While this book isn't a Christmas story, it's perfect for those little ones wishing for a White Christmas or snow. 

* book sent for review


Counting Christmas items with the Very Hungry Caterpillar - you can find the caterpillar on each spread. 

A fun Christmas counting book that will delight readers of all ages. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Tpp Ten Tuesday: 10 more books

 This week's topic is a freebie - so this week I'm sharing 10 books I hope to read before the end of the year. Most of these are on my holds list at the library












Have you read any of these? Which one should I start with?

Monday, December 5, 2022

Holiday Gift Idea: God of War Cookbook

 


My husband plays God of War, so I've seen parts of the games. 
So, when this came to my attention, I was curious.


And it's cool - both as a gaming book and as a cookbook.

As a gamer: this contains sketches from the game's world, information about the nine realms, and background history of the recipes.

As a cookbook, each recipes contains a level of difficulty, the amount of prep time, how much the recipe makes, and any dietary notes. The pictures are food are also gorgeous and are on each page. The recipes are straightforward and there's a good mix of food 

This one would make a great gift. 

* This book was sent for review.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Christmas Movie Reviews (4)


Another round-up of some fun movies.

Magical Christmas Village
All about mothers and daughters. 
When her grandmother moves in, she brings her Christmas village. And tells her granddaughter to make a wish. Which she does. 
It was cute - but the ending was a little strange.
Not my favorite of the bunch. 

My Southern Family:
A reporter travels South to write a story on Southern Christmas - and the man who just happens to be her biological father. But she doesn't tell him who she is.
Sweet story
Moria Kelly (Cutting Edge) is in this one!
I loved the sister moments

Another fun movie to watch. 

Haul out the Holly 
Emily travels home for the holidays after a breakup
Her parents are leaving for a trip
And she's watching the house for them
Where the HOA is serious about Christmas
Against her wishes she becomes heavily involved with the events.

This was really funny and sweet. Loved the friendship moments. All the events looked really fun. 

A must watch movie - this is my second favorite Hallmark movie this year. 

 

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Bookstagram (13)


Graphic Novel Review

I've been waiting to read this graphic novel for a while. 
And it did not disappoint. 

It's about a group of kids who meet in the cafeteria for community service hours. 
They are not friends - yet. But as the time goes by, they discover a secret and they come together to help someone else. 

A Breakfast Club type graphic novel




 

BookTok: Weekend Reading


 Some recent checkouts from the library.

@yabooknerdlibrarian Booked all weekend! So many great books from the library #librarybooks #loveyourlibrary #bookedup #booktok #amreading ♬ original sound - Jennifer @YA Book Nerd 📚📚📚

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Picture Book Wednesday: Curtain Up!



Take a tour behind the curtains at the Royal Opera House with Figaro the Cat. (You can find him on every page.) 

While this isn't strictly a Christmas book, this does showcase the Nutcracker performance. This is a super cute book - lots of information about the theater and all the work that goes into the performances. There's also a glossary for harder words and an encore for how to get creative yourself. This is a perfect book for older readers, especially for dance lovers.

* This book was sent for review 

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday: Cozy Feeling

 This week's topic is all about the books that give you that warm cozy feeling. After you've finished - sort of like a book hangover. 


Sometimes it's the setting of snow that makes me feel cozy, but often it's the characters. 
When the book ends, it's like being wrapped in a warm hug. 














Monday, November 28, 2022

Middle Grade Review: Charlie Thorne and the Curse of Cleopatra

 


* Book 3 in the series *

Charlie Thorne is back - and this time she's checking in Cleopatra's history.  She's rumored to have left behind an ancient treasure. Charlie is on the case and she's determined to uncover it before anyone else - and before anyone can stop her. She might need the help of her favorite CIA agents - her half-brother and his girlfriend. Can they uncover the clues and find the treasure?
My Thoughts: This one does not disappoint. Lots of action, danger, and adventure. I loved traveling the world looking for treasure with Charlie. I loved watching her figure out the clues. I had to read this one quickly, because I needed to know what happened. I loved the banter between Charlie and her enemies. I loved learning more about Ancient Rome and Ancient Eygpt - especially all the dirt of Cleopatra. I can't wait for the next book in the series - on to Newton. 

Cover Thoughts: Cool
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: This is a must have series for your school and public library. 

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Christmas Movie Reviews (3)


Watched a few more movies this week...

From Hallmark:

In Merry Measure:

High school rivals
Teen singing competition
Family
Chasing Dreams

This one was cute. The actor lost his glasses half-way through, which was strange.

A fun movie - especially if you like music. 


Three Wise Men and a Baby

Three estranged brothers must come together to take care of a baby left at the firehouse. This remake was fantastic - I laughed so hard. It was funny, charming, and heartwarming.

Oh - and that dance! 

I hope there's a sequel next year because this is the must watch movie of the season. 

Spirited

A re-telling (Sort-of) of a Christmas Carol as a musical.

I'm actually not a Dickens fan, but this was really good. I loved the idea of exploring can people really change. And I loved the friendship. 

Also very funny. 

This one is not to be missed either.