Thursday, May 26, 2022

Review: Forbidden City


* Book 3 in the City Spies series *

After their last mission, the team is used to help turn a North Korean nuclear physicist. The man rarely leaves the country, but his son is an excellent chess player involved in a tournament, Luckily Paris is also great at chess. 

The team will use the tournament as a cover to make contact and turn the scientist. Unfortunately, they are not the only team interested in this man's abilities. And the other team isn't as nice - they aren't above kidnapping. 

Can the team complete the mission with all the curve balls thrown at them?
My Thoughts: Another great book in this series. I loved the chess angle and how the tournament split up the team. I liked the socialite angle - and especially her father. I enjoyed the birthday party and Sydney taking a undercover gig as a journalist for the family. I loved how the code needing to be broken was on social media. I loved watching Rio eat his way through the cities of Russia and China. I'm on the fence about Charlotte appearing and I hope that's fleshed out in the next book. Of course I can't wait for the next book to read more from my favorite spy family!

Cover Thoughts: Great
Source: My Library

Library Recommendation: A must have series for your school and public libraries.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Picture Book Review: Soup Day

The weather turned this week from humid to windy and it feels like a good day for soup:

On a snowy day, a mother and her daughter visit the store to buy ingredients for soup. Together they make the soup and play while it cooks. Finally, they eat together has a family once the girl's father comes home.

While on the surface this is a simple book, there's a lot packed into it. I love how concepts are introduced. I really love the mother and daughter playing together - and that they pick up afterwards. I love the illustrations and bright colors. It does make me want to make soup, which is perfect because there's a recipe in the back.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday: Middle Grade Books

 This week I'm changing the topic to upcoming middle grade books I'm looking forward to reading

Any of these on your list too?

Monday, May 23, 2022

Mini Review: Blackout


Six authors - six stories that connect about one night in New York City when the lights go out. 

It's a story about romance - second chances, moving on, and meeting new people. It's a story about friendship. It's a story about survival. 

And at the end, there's an epic block party. 
My Thoughts: I loved how the stories all came together at the end at the block party. I loved the romance and friendships. This was a fast and fun read.

Library Recommendation: Highly recommended for school and public libraries

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Board Books (17)


Just a few new board books for the library that I enjoyed!

It's never too early to start this conversation. This book helps talk about choices and explanations that will work with older toddlers very nicely.

Cars and Trucks - I love this series. This book shares all kinds of transportation vehicles - which means lots of great vocabulary words.

This song book has moving pieces (But they seem study enough for the library).  There are 4 stanzas to the song and lots of animals. This is a brightly colored and beautifully illustrated book. 

Nita's Day with baby signs - perfect to start communicating with your little one while they can't talk. This book has double sided tabs with signs that go along with the story.

Another favorite series - this one is all about bugs and love. The rhymes are great, and the illustrations are super cute! 

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Picture Book Review: Knight Owl


Owl has a big dream - he dreams of becoming a knight. But can he become a knight with his size limitations?
A great book about making your big dreams come true, working hard, and taking advantage of your strengths. I loved the moments with the dragon and the pizza!  The illustrations are lovely. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to share it with others.

Library recommendation: Highly Recommended for your school and public library

Friday, May 20, 2022

Movie Review: Along for the Ride

I'm a Huge fan of Sarah Dessen's books, so I was so happy when another one of her books was being turned into a movie. It's been a long time since I've read the book - but I loved it.

The movie captured the feeling of the book. 

I loved seeing Colby come to life. I wish there were a few Easter Eggs from other books though. Maybe there were and I missed them. I thought there was one.

I loved Sarah's cameo. But I would have missed it had they not said her name. 

I enjoyed the friendships - after that awkward meeting. Especially singing in the car.

The food fight was funny. 

Have you seen this one yet? What did you think? If this one does well, maybe they would film The Truth About Forever next! That's my favorite Dessen novel

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Review: GOAT Debate


The Greatest of All Time Debates - this book is really fun. But it's better to read it with someone so you can have a spirit debate. I do wonder if readers will know some of these people. Each pair is set up with a mini biography and then a mini debate. The book leaves it up to the reader to determine the winner.

Some of the winners are easier to choose than others. 

Pairs include: 
The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones 
Da Vinci vs Tesla
Eistein vs Marie Curie 

More topics include:
Chess players
Stunt Person
Video Game
TV Moment

What pair would you like to see go head to head?

Highly recommended for school and public libraries.
This could also be used as an ice breaker when going into classrooms. 

* Book sent for review

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Picture Book Wednesday: Yours in Books


This is my new favorite picture book and I chat about it on TikTok. Of course, there were things I forgot to mention...

This one is great for older readers - 1st and 2nd graders. They will appreciate the humor.  

Library Recommendation: A must have book for your school and public library collection!

@yabooknerdlibrarian New fun picture book with a grumpy hero who finds he has a soft heart! #picturebook #booktok #owl #librarian #newbook #grumpyhero ♬ original sound - Jennifer @YA Book Nerd 📚📚📚

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'm still Excited to read

 This week's topic is books I'm still excited to read. Do you have this problem? I imagine it's a problem that every book nerd has...we'll never have enough time to finish ALL the books. Honestly, most of the books I read are from the library. But there are ARCs and gifted books that I needed but still haven't read yet. 

A favorite author of mine

I was saving this book for a hike that was canceled...but now it's back on for this year.

I've had this one for years....

this one too

Purchased this trilogy last year - love this author

Bought this one last year too

This is several years old - I started it once and didn't finish - probably because a library book was over due...

bought this a few years back...need to dive in

Monday, May 16, 2022

Review: Killer Research


* Book 12 in the Library Lover's series *
The mayor race is heating up in Briar Creek. The Lemon, Ms. Cole, has a definite advantage. But things take a turn when a body's discovered in her car. She has no idea what happened, but rumors are flying.

Lindsey and Beth vow to uncover the truth before Ms. Cole does something she'll regret- like drop out of the race. Lindsey can't believe that Ms. Cole had a rebellious youth, but sometimes rumors don't lie. Could someone be targeting Ms. Cole to keep her from becoming the next mayor?
My Thoughts: I loved this one. I loved learning more about Ms. Cole. I must admit I've grown to like her and even admire her. Which if you told me when I read the first book, I would have laughed. But she's grown on me. And I really hope that she becomes Mayor and shakes things up for the town. As always, it was great to see my favorite characters and catch up with them. I always love the chatter about books and authors (especially the Pride and Prejudice conversation). And there was even a Castle (tv show) reference!   I can't wait to see what happens next. 

Cover Thoughts: Fantastic
Source: My library
Library Recommendation: A must have series for your library's mystery collection.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Picture Book Review: Love in the Library


Tama works in the library in the internment camp. George visits her every day. In the middle of all the horror, they fall in love.

There's a lot packed into this picture book - despair and terrible times and racism - but there's also hope and love. I love how they fell for each other over talking about books in the library. The author's note is a must read for adults.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

On Your Radar: 53 (Built to Last)


Title: Built to Last
Author: Erin Hahn
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: October 22, 2022

I love this cover! It's stinking cute.

Why It Should be On Your Radar:
* Second Chance Romance
* Hollywood Secrets
* Home Renovation Show
* Banter
* Family
* Proving Yourself

I didn't want this book to end and I'm so happy there are companion novels on the way.!!!!

Mood Board:

* Read through Netgalley

Friday, May 13, 2022

Book List: STEAM picture books

I've been reading a few good STEAM picture books lately and thought I would share them

Books Pictured:
Boxitects by Kim Smith
Meg loves creating items out of boxes - until Simone comes along, She is also a boxitect. They have to work together as a team in a competition - but can they stop arguing long enough to create something?

Abdul's Story by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
Writing can be hard, but Abdul has so many ideas. His hard work and determination allow him to write the story inside his head.

She Persisted in Science by Chelsea Clinton
16 women in the world of science who didn't stop when their dreams hit a roadblock. 

The Art Lesson by Allison Marks
A Grandmother and granddaughter create art projects together with special items from an art cabinet. For Shavout, they create a special papercut craft. 

Ty's Travels: Lab Magic by Kelly Starling Lyons
Ty and his brother visit a science museum. But when Ty's brother is too little for an experiment, they go home and create their own magic. 

John's Turn by Mac Barnett
The whole school takes turn showing off their talents. When it's John's turn, he dances - beautifully. 

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Review: Games in a Ballroom


About the Book:

She was forbidden to love him.
He only wanted her heart.
Can a childhood game bring them together?

London, 1815

Olivia Wilde has resigned herself to never finding a love match. Her father has insisted she marry a man with a title, but the men her father deems acceptable are either boring or are only interested in increasing their own diminishing coffers. With her future looking dismal, Olivia vows to enjoy the last few months of freedom with her childhood friends, including Emerson Latham. His devilish smile and flirtatious teasing stirs up feelings she knows she cannot entertain.

Emerson is struggling to rise to his responsibilities after his father's death. Though he is still learning his place, one thing he knows for certain is that he wants Olivia Wilde to be his wife. Emerson had long ago fallen in love with her quick wit, beauty, and passionate heart. Yet, without a title, he will never be permitted to court Olivia openly. But he has a plan that may give him a chance to court her in secret.

As the Season kicks off, Emerson proposes a playful game of tag. Olivia's friends are delighted by the idea, though Olivia is wary. After all, the game must be played in secret as they tag each other at dinners and balls. As the romance builds between Olivia and Emerson, so does the risk of being discovered. Not only are their reputations at stake, so is their safety if they are caught by Olivia's strict father.

Can their love find a happily ever after before the game ends?

My Thoughts: I really felt for Olivia and her mother - for dealing with such an abusive father/husband. And her poor clothes!  I'm glad that Olivia had friends to turn to for support. I really enjoyed Emerson's friends. They gave the book humor, especially the pig scene. I would enjoy reading books about their romances. 

About the Author: 
JENTRY FLINT is a bookworm-turned-writer with the propensity to try just about anything. She has a true love of history and believes a good quote can fix most things. She lives in southern Utah with her husband and two daughters—who, naturally, are named after characters from books.

Her favorite things in life are flavored popcorn, her grandmother’s purple blanket, and curling up on the couch to watch a movie with her husband. Games in a Ballroom is her debut novel.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Picture Book Wednesday: Amy Wu and the Warm Welcome

There's a new student in Amy Wu's class from China. Amy wants to welcome Lin, but he doesn't say much. After witnessing an exchange between Lin and his sister, Amy has an idea.
This was a sweet story about language barriers and making new friends. I love how they bonded over food and a party. Another great addition to these charming books. 

Highly recommended for your school and public library's collection!

* Book sent for review