Friday, June 23, 2017

New in my shop

Some new Etsy items are in my shop, some simply perfect for summer! 

See something you like? Use the code BOOKNERD17 for a small discount

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Puppy Update (3)

Kind of sharing a bed


More Sleeping

Awake and annoyed at the picture taking.

first family portrait (taken by my MIL)

It's easy to take pictures of her while she's sleeping, because it's the only time of day when she's still enough. She's a very busy little puppy and loves to race around the house.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Children's Picture Book Review: Who Wants to be a Princess?

What it was really like to be a Medieval Princess.

I really enjoyed this book. In a two page spread, one page was the Disney version of Princesses and the second page showed reality for Princesses.  It was great to see facts vs Disney ideals from gowns to balls to castles to forest animals. I loved the charming illustrations.  

A great addition to both school and public libraries!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Want to Start

This week's topic is series I want to start reading. I love a great series but I have a problem ending them and starting them...
meme from The Broke and the Bookish 

Somebody Like You (Darling, VT #1)All Laced Up (Breakaway, #1)
Small time romance set in Vermont
Skating book!

Elementary, She Read (A Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery #1)Something About You (FBI/US Attorney, #1)
Sherlock Holmes Book Shop Cozy
FBI/lawyer romance

To Have and to Hold (The Wedding Belles, #1)You Say It First (Happily Inc., #1)
Wedding Planner
Happily Ever After

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Ash & Bramble (Ash & Bramble, #1)
Because everyone says it's amazing
Fairy Tales! 

Bonus (Not yet released):
A Deadly Éclair (A French Bistro Mystery, #1)The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen, #1)Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1)Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Review: Girl out of Water

Anise can't wait to spend the last summer before senior year hanging out with her friends and surfing. She feels most at home by the ocean, so much so that she isn't considering leaving for college. But when her aunt is in a serious accident, her father decides that they will both spend the summer in Nebraska helping out.

Anise isn't pleased with this situation.She's going to miss so much time with her friends and the waves. Sure, she wants to be good and help take care of her cousins, but she also wants her own summer.

Taking care of three kids isn't easy, but luckily their town has a skate park where they hang out most days. Anise gets suckered into learning how to skate with a bet from Lincoln. Could skating help her overcome her loneliness and make the time go by?
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. I loved the surfing and the skating parts. I enjoyed watching Anise struggle while she tried to not follow in the footsteps of her mother who leaves everyone behind. I loved her moments with Lincoln (a diverse character). I really liked her moments with her cousins - both the twins and Emery. I like that both Lincoln and Anise had baggage but they were able to look past it. i like how they were able to tell each other the truth about themselves. A great summer romance with family and friendship drama while trying to figure out your path in life. 

Cover Thoughts: Great - I get it more after reading the book
Source: ARC sent for review.
Library Recommendation: A great book for your library - sporty romance.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Cozy Review: Silence of the Flans

 *Book 2 in the Emergency Dessert Squad series*
In a moment of kindness, Winnie offers to take an apprentice to help her boyfriend keep a student in good standing. The girl shows up one day and it turns out to be a disaster of a day. The one delivery of the day yields a murder - and the weapon just might very well be the dessert Winnie delivered.

She's just getting back on her feet after her failed bakery attempt due to high rent and she's not about to go down without a fight. But the next few days are silent with no phones ringing.Winnie's determined to figure out what happened to the college student and clear her business's name.
My Thoughts: I really like this series. I love the unique twist on the bakery idea with the ambulance and the delivery system. I really like Winnie and her friends, especially Mr. Nelson. And Lovey the cat adds a little humor to the story. I like the relationships in this series. The banter between them adds to the story. I love the twists and turns of the plot. Plus the desserts in this book make my mouth water. Another sweet addition to the series. 

Cover Thoughts: Adorable
Source: My Library
Fun Fact: Laura Bradford is coming to my library for an event on Tuesday!
Library Recommendation: A great cozy series just perfect for foodies. Highly recommended for your public library. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Review: Starting Over on Blackberry Lane

 * Book 11 in Life in Icicle Falls series *
Icicle Falls changes for three women when a handy man arrives in town. They pool their money together to win a bid on his work at a fundraiser. Stefanie can't stand the fact that her husband starts projects and never finishes them. Griffin's decided to take a chance on her dreams and move to New York City, but her house needs some work before it will sell. Cass has a leaking roof, which desperately needs fixing.

As their home improvement needs get sorted out, their lives move forward in ways they couldn't imagine. Stefanie starts have marital issues when her husband's pride is hurt. Griffin isn't sure she should chase her dream because she doesn't want to leave Icicle Falls. But she also knows if she doesn't leave now, there's a chance she might always regret it. Cass's kids barely spend time at home anymore, only during the summers now that their in college. Could her house be too big for just her? Maybe it's time for her to move on too.
My Thoughts: I adore this series. I love seeing old friends and meeting new people in town. I loved the age difference in these three friends - and how that changed where they were in their life. I enjoyed Grant Masters - he was wise about life. I liked this relationship with his sons. I felt for each of these women in their struggles - as they made potentially wrong turns, but I love how they stuck by each other. The characters make this series for me.  I can't wait for my next visit to this small town.

Cover Thoughts: Beautiful
Source: My library
Library Recommendation: The perfect romance series for the public library.