Saturday, March 17, 2018

Review: Sandwiches

Sandwiches!: More Than You've Ever Wanted to Know about Making and Eating America's Favorite Food

A fun cookbook for tweens and kids.

The pictures are super with lots of great information about the history of the sandwiches and other fun facts:

Here's the fluffernutter:

This is the  PB and J.
They show you how the make the sandwich. And dare you to add on other items or sometimes the different ways people make the sandwich. 

And the historical timeline of the sandwich. (Not all sandwiches get this - but it's fascinating)

A great book for sandwich lovers and perfect for public libraries. 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Review: Magic Murder and What We Wore

Murder, Magic, and What We WoreAnnis's father just died, leaving her with little money. She and her aunt must make their own way in society. Before she even thinks about becoming a governess, she dreams of opening up her own dress shop. But Annis has plenty of questions about her father's death.

Why was he traveling alone on such a dark night? Why was his truck headed in the opposite direction? Did his death have something to do with him being a spy? Annis needs those questions answered and she's not above going directly to the source to uncover the truth.

There's someone who doesn't want the truth to come out and he's willing to do almost anything to prevent it.
My Thoughts: It took me a while to get into the book, but then I was hooked. I loved the action and the danger. I loved the double life Annis led and of  course the problems that created. I loved the spy thoughts and how that changed over the course of the story. This historical fantasy (set in 1818) was fun - lots of action and danger plus lots of fashion and society. It's the best of both worlds. Add in a dash of magic and it's a winning combination. 

Cover Thoughts: Gets the dress right, but not the danger element
Source: Book sent for review

Thursday, March 15, 2018

My Feminist Journey part 2

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When I got to high school, I was still stuck in the fairness idealology. I was also firmly stuck in the girly doesn't equal feminist. I wish I could go back and tell my younger self that you can be both girly and a feminist. They're not exclusive.

I wasn't one of those girls who had a mirror in her locker. Or brushed my hair before lunch. I stopped wearing the horrible make-up of junior high. I didn't wear make-up comfortably for a long time. Even today, the most I ever really wear is mascara and lip gloss.

I made my feelings pretty well known. I was pretty vocal about them; calling boys out when they said something stupid. Believe me, that happened often. I'm sure I had a reputation. But that didn't bother me.

But something happened between high school and college. I became more self conscious. Sure I went to an all women's college. There were no sororities. They had a Women's Collective, a safe place for women. They held Take Back the Night demonstrations, which I participated in. Of course, some jerk would always yell terrible things out the windows at us as we marched through the streets. But that didn't stop me.

What did stop me was professor making terrible jokes in class. I wanted to say something to one professor who joked about rape with the text we were reading. It wasn't funny but for some reason I didn't feel comfortable talking up. I never did tell him my thoughts on his lecture.

Clearly there's a different between calling out boys in high school that you've known forever and calling out a professor. Still, I am disappointed in myself that I didn't share my concerns then.

Being at an all Women's College solidified my ideals, but it also broadened and deepened them.

If you missed the first part of my journey, read about it here.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Picture Book Review: Miss Paul and the President

Miss Paul and the President: The Creative Campaign for Women's Right to Vote

Alice Paul saw her father vote and wondered why she couldn't vote too! As she grew older, she fought to change the laws - going to the President himself to change the law.
I really loved this book; Alice Paul is so inspiring to me. She was determined against all costs. I loved the illustrations. I confess I didn't know about Margaret Wilson and I'm curious about her too. This story is a great introduction to Votes for Women and equal rights for women and  perfect for both school and public libraries.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Surprised Me

This week's topic is books that surprised me. I'm turning it into books where I didn't see the plot twist coming, which usually end up being favorite reads of mine. I'll start with the most recent.

P.S. I Miss You by Jen Petro-RoyIn Search Of Us by Ava DellairaNightfall by Shannon MessengerRenegades (Renegades, #1)Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)
Dear MartinWhat to Say NextA Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)Just Another GirlDawn Study (Soulfinders, #3)

Monday, March 12, 2018

Review: Sugar Pine Trail

* Book 7 in the Haven Point series *

Sugar Pine Trail (Haven Point, #7)
Julia Winston’s been putting her life on hold for everyone else around her. With her parents both deceased, her life has become empty. She must start living again. At a book club, she writes down a bucket list for the year. Julia know she’s not really going to achieve her goals, but she can’t be the only person without a goal. Plus she needs to come out of her comfort zone.

She’s renting out the upstairs of her house to her friend’s devastatingly handsome brother. She knows that a librarian isn’t his type, but a girl can dream. Julia can barely hold a conversation with him without blushing, but she can’t go back on her decision now. Hopefully all their encounters won’t be so awkward.

When she notices brothers in the library day after day, she starts to worry about them. Julia gives them a ride home one night when she spies them walking alone at night after the library closed. She discovers that their mother left them three days ago and hasn’t returned. The older boy, who’s eight, has been doing his best, but there’s no heat in their place. Julia calls Child Services. When she realizes that the boys will have to move towns and will likely be split up, she offers up her home.

Jamie finds Julia at her wits end and stays to help out. From that moment, things take a turn. They make a plan for Thanksgiving, which involves Jamie’s family. Their holiday isn’t the same, but they forget about their family troubles for just a bit.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book in the series. Haven Point crossed with Hope's Crossing in this book. I haven't read Hope's Crossing, but clearly it's on my list on books to read. I think knowing those characters would enhance the story for readers, but it's not necessary to enjoy this one. Of course, I loved seeing favorite characters again and meeting with Caine family. I enjoyed reading more about them. I loved the two boys. Clint and Davy stole the book for me with their antics. I felt terrible for them, but loved how they made a home with Julia. I really liked the interactions between Jamie and Julia - how they both thought they were stereotypes, but how they helped each other break out of their rules. They both had sad pasts, but helped each other move past them. Another great book in this series, I'm already looking forward to my next visit.

Cover Thoughts: Charming, but this and the title do not really fit with the story
Source: My Library
Reviewed: Also for Fresh Fiction
Library Recommendation: Grab this series for your public library!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Teen Summer Reading Program: Libraries Rock (2)

I haven't finished narrowing down all my programs for summer yet for teens, but here are some ideas I'm kicking around based on the theme this year.

Hey, I found this really awesome Etsy listing at

hymn necklace I Love To Tell The Story hymn Jewelry by GospelHymns
(this one is religious based, but I wouldn't do that)

Butterfly Watercolor Original on Inspirational Hymn "O Happy Day"  by kitsunderland, $75.00
(This one is also religious - again, I wouldn't do that)

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