Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Picture Book Wednesday: The Lodge that Beaver Built


Beaver builds a lodge for his family - and it helps lots of other animals in the stream.

This is a great nature book - which showcases the circle of life. I love that the lodge helps so many other animals - even when the beavers have moved on. There are so many different animals to talk about. I love that they are all connected to each other. A smart book with lovely illustrations. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Bookmarks

 This week's topic is a rewind freebie. I'm going with favorite bookmarks.

Ones I have:

A few favorites still to purchase


It's easier to paint two together and then cut...

A reading tree

A series of dried flower bookmarks:

Are you a fan of bookmarks or do you just use any piece of paper handy?

Monday, March 20, 2023

Review: Sweet Pea Summer


* Book 2 in the Full Bloom Farm Series *

Eight years ago, May decided not to travel the world with Tom after graduation. She never told anyone the truth about that night and let everyone think he left her. Everyone in town turned against him, which wasn't a bad thing because he never came back.

Until his family needed him to come home and run the vineyard. But the vineyard is struggling. Tom needs the Northwest Food and Wine Festival to be a big hit in order to survive. He's willing to do anything to make that happen - including co-organize the event with May.

The more time May spends with Tom, the more she realizes that:
1. She was never brave
2. She should not have kept silent all those years ago
3. She's stuck in a rut
4. She might still have feelings for him.

Could there be room for a second chance?
My Thoughts: I enjoyed the second book in this four book series. Obviously, this is the Persuasion retelling. And I liked that May was the one in the wrong. The tight knit community might be a bit too tight in this one - I felt badly for Tom. He struggled with all the negative comments, but handled it well (much better than I would have.) I liked the moments between May and her father. Looking forward to book 3. 

Cover Thoughts: Charming
Source: Book sent for Review
Library Recommendations: Perfect for your Jane Austen fans and your Hallmark movie fans. 

Sunday, March 19, 2023

TBR Check In: Winter


I just shared my Spring TBR list - so it's time for a check-in from my winter list.

And I did ok but not great.

Part of the is the supply issue - ordering books for the library use to take a week. Now it takes a month or so for them to arrive. 

While I did read other books, out of this list, I read:
1 middle grade
0 YA (although I have three currently checked out from the library)
6 adult and 2 more are currently checked out.

I have read 45 books this year so far...

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Teen Summer Reading Program (4): We Are Stronger Together

Here is the final week of the summer reading program posts.

I talked about craft ideas for the week 1 and week 2. I talked about food programs for week 3.

And this week I'm talking about book ideas.

It's harder to buy books for this theme for teens. There are a lot more books for kids around kindness, community, and friendship...

There are a lot of older YA titles about friendship but I'm looking for new titles to add to the collection. 


What else could you add to this list?

Friday, March 17, 2023

Happy St. Patrick's Day


This is a cute board book about love and all things Irish. This rhyming story is one to share again and again. The illustrations are brightly colored and cheerful. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

Picture Book Wednesday: Snow Books

We haven't had much snow at all this winter where I live, so I'm living vicariously through these picture books. 

The snowman love dancing under the moon in the snow.

A cute story about snowman and penguins - dancing and marching. I love the message of working together.

Someone's excited for a ride on the sled, but nothing goes according to plan.

A funny story about sledding. I loved the ending. With not many words, this is a great read-aloud for storytimes.

It's snowing - and snowing - and snowing. Will it ever stop? How deep will the snow get?

My Thoughts: This is a cute nature book all about animals and snow. I love how it goes through the days of the week. Snowing and then melting. The illustrations are charming. This is a great book for discussion about seasons - winter and spring. With not too much text, this could be used for a storytime for older kids.

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR

 This week we are sharing are Spring TBR list - for me that's books coming out April, May, and June

Middle Grade and Kids:

Graphic Novels:

















Currently Reading and Loving:

Any of these books on your list too?