Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Character Names

This week's topic is character names. I'm going to share some of the rejected names for our youngest pup. I like to name our pups after literary characters. Here are some that we talked about.

We first thought we were getting a boy dog:
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Once we heard my boss (same puppy family) named her dog Darcy, we thought more Austen names:

But we finally settled on Emma

Monday, May 21, 2018

Review: Not if I Save Your First

Not If I Save You First
Maddie thought she and Logan would be best friends forever, until an incident drove them thousands of miles apart. Maddie still wrote to Logan, but he never wrote back. Eventually, she realizes she was almost alone in the world - until one day ten years later when he showed up on her doorstep.

Maddie's spent the last ten years in the Alaskan wilderness. She's  annoyed and angry with her former best friend and she wants answers. What she doesn't expect is for him to follow her when she's doing her chores.

She doesn't expect a man to come out of nowhere and attack her. Sure Logan's the President's son and he's a valuable target, but they shouldn't have found him here. Now she's the only one who can save him. Even if she wants to kill him herself.
My Thoughts: I loved this book and was so glad to read it. I'm a HUGE Ally Carter fan. I loved Maddie's toughness, but also how she was in tough with her girly side (bedazzled hatchet anyone?). I loved the danger and the action - both the wilderness and from the bad guys. I loved the letters from Maddie and how she kept asking him about them, asking him to explain what happened to her. I couldn't put this book down, which isn't unusual for an Ally Carter book. She writes the perfect blend of romance, humor, danger, and action.

Cover Thoughts: Perfect
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Grab this one for your school and public libraries - it's a must have.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Review A Quick Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns

A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them PronounsArchie, a non-binary artist, gets irritated when people misgender them. He's teaming up with his straight white friend, Tristan, to talk about it. They share their thoughts and feelings on the matter and explain why asking people for their pronouns is the right thing to do. And of course why it's important to use the right pronoun.

My Thoughts: The world is changing and it's hard for some people to understand and learn about others. But this book makes it easy and now there aren't any excuses. Share this book widely and don't be a jerk about anyone's identity. 

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: ARC sent for review
Release Date: June 12th
Library Recommendation: A must have book for school and public libraries.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Graphic Novel Review: Prince and the Dressmaker

The Prince and the Dressmaker

Prince Sebastian has a secret and he's not willing to share it. There are days when he likes being a prince and there are days when he likes dressing in dresses. When he spies a dress created by Frances, he tracks her downs and offers her a job as his personal seamstress. 

Frances can't believe her good fortune; she loves creating and designing dresses. 

Soon the two become great friends. But Sebastian's secret is hard to keep when Frances has the opportunity to meet her role model. Keeping the Prince's secret means keeping her identity a secret as well.

My Thoughts: I really loved this graphic novel; I didn't want it to end. I loved the art work. I loved the fashion. I loved the friendship between Frances and Sebastian. I felt bad for both of them dealing with this secret and trying to live in the palace. I loved Sebastian's parents. Believe the hype about this graphic novel because it's true!

Cover Thoughts: Adorable.
Source: my Library
Library Recommendation: Grab this one for all public libraries!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Review: Marley Dias Gets it Done

Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!

Marley Dias spreads her knowledge about making the world a better place through activism. She's only in high school but already she's made a difference and she's not done yet.
My Thoughts: Marley Dias is amazing. I loved this book - it's smart and funny. Plus it really makes you want to become an activist. I love the photographs of her - and her love for fashion. This book is inspirational; there's so much information in here. Marley talks about how to use social media for good, the difference between volunteering and activism, how to use the power of adults to help a cause, and how and why she started her project.  She's certainly someone to admire and someone to watch.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Great for school and public libraries - this one is a must have for your shelves.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Picture Book Review: Girl Running


This is story of Bobbi Gibb - the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon.

This book was SO inspiring - it actually made me want to run. I loved the solidarity with the male runners (not the officials). I loved how she broke the mold and other female runners followed. This book gave me all the feels.

A must have for your public and school libraries.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Bikes

This week's topic is a freebie, so I'm sharing covers with bikes on them. They're quaint and draw my eye to the cover. I hope this is becoming a trend. Do you find these covers appealing?

By the BookThe Late Bloomers' ClubKiss Me (Fool's Gold, #17)Beach Lane (Chesapeake Shores #7)He's So Fine (Lucky Harbor, #11)
My Oxford YearThe Rules of Love & GrammarThe Paris KeyAlong for the RideWhere You'll Find Me