Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Top Ten Tuesday: The Spellshop

 This week's topic is 10 things I loved about one book. This is my last five star read and it was magical. Here's all the reasons why.

There are so many things to love about this book:

Librarian main character
grumpy/sunshine trope
Pinecone Coven
Caz, the magically enhanced plant
magical creatures
spell shop
jam and baked goods
book shelves/jam shelves

Reading this cozy fantasy book is like being wrapped in a warm hug. Don't miss this one! 

Monday, July 15, 2024

Middle Grade Review: Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara are twins. They just moved and are now starting middle school in a new place. Both are anxious and worried about making new friends. It takes a while for them to navigate the waters. As they start having different friends for the first time in their lives, they start to form their own identities. 
My Thoughts: Confession: I don't really know who Tegan and Sara are IRL, but I do love twin stories (Thank you Sweet Valley High). But this made me do a little research on the sisters and wow. I loved how they were growing into their own identities - even if that meant sometimes growing apart. I did have trouble telling the twins apart - but that's more of a me problem. However, I was glad when one cut her hair shorter.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: A great graphic novel for your school and public library's collection.  

Saturday, July 13, 2024

Watch That, Read This (6)

It's been a minute since I did one of these posts.

But I watched a few Halmark movies (their passport of love series) recently and they reminded me of books. 

So here goes:

This book is set in Italy, but it's SO good!


One YA and one Adult

Not just a romance
This one has a little bit of adventure mixed with the romance

All the ice cream!


Friday, July 12, 2024

Review: There's a Mountain in this Book


What do you know about mountains? I definitely learned about mountains and their environments. 

The illustrations in this book are soft and charming. Information about animals, how mountains are formed, and the different environments of a mountain the higher it grows. There's a glossary at the end of this book about mountain terms. 

This wonderful book makes a great gift and is perfect for the summer reading theme

* This isn't a book for libraries as there are flaps that showcase more information.
** This book was sent for review

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Cozy Review: Smoking Bun


* Books 18 in the Bakeshop Mystery series *

Ramiro's family is visiting Jules and company after the holidays. They are busy planning all sorts of outings. But one of those outings ends in murder. 

And one of the main suspect's is Andy's friend. He asks Jules for her help in solving the murder. She can't turn him down. 
My Thoughts: Although I love a good Christmas book, I enjoyed the fact that this book took place after Christmas and included New Year. I love this series - for the mouth-watering food and the characters. I enjoyed reading more about Ramiro's family - especially the moments between his mom and Jules. I liked the winter traditions in Ashland. It would be a fun place to spend a week! It's always fun to visit Torte and I can't wait to read what's coming next for Jules and her family. 

* Now I'm finally caught up and ready for the next book which comes out in August! 

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Picture Book Review: Lolo's Sari-Sari Store

One little girl loves helping her grandfather out in his store in the Philippines during the summers. She loves the community around them. Lolo has something for everyone and has a pulse on the community. He knows how to listen. But this summer is different and she is missing that sense of community. How can she help?

This a charming story with bright colors shares that community is all around us if we just stop to look. People always need help and kindness. What have you done today to spread kindness?

* Book sent for review

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Top Ten Tuesday: That July 9th

 This week's topic is a freebie. As it's July 9th, I thought it would be a good time to explore Taylor Swift Lyrics. Here are some songs that would make good books or scenes in books

* Startlight
* No Body, No Crime
* Begin Again
* Right Where you Left Me
* Long Story Short
* Last Great American Dynasty
* Mad Woman
* Cruel Summer
* Cornelia Street
* Now that We Don't Talk

Which song would you like to see in a book?