Sunday, February 25, 2018

Teen Summer Reading Program: Libraries Rock

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.
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Recycling CDs

Make an EARPHONE HOLDER (...from a mint container) | via Make It and Love It

Do you know a music or podcast fan? Then they probably use their earbuds everyday. Here is a great do it yourself project to create a great earbud case with

Are you continually losing or breaking your sunglasses? You need a customized duct tape glasses holder! This DIY lesson will show you how.
Sunglasses Holder (so you don't get recognized)

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Romance Review: Beyond Scandal and Desire

* First book in a new series *
Beyond Scandal and Desire (Sins for All Seasons, #1)
Mick Trewlove desires revenge against the father who never acknowledged him - the Duke. He's written letters but they've all gone unanswered. Now he's taking revenge against his worthless son - the one who likes to gamble. Mick's also going to ruin his son's intended fiancé. Soon he'll be the one holding all the cards.

Lady Aslyn Hastings has know that she will marry Kip, she loves him after all. He seems luke warm about the idea. When the meet a man in the gardens, Aslyn finds herself drawn to him in away she's never been drawn to Kip. The more time she spends with him the less time she wants to spend with Kip. The rose colored glasses have come off and she's seeing Kip in a whole new light. Could she be willing to put her life into the hands of a man who isn't a gentleman?
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this novel. I love Mick and his family, especially his interactions with his sisters. I can't wait to read more about them. I loved this stolen moments with Lady Asyln and how they changed him. I liked learning about how he made his fortune and how he brought his family along with him. The twist at the end was one I did not see coming and it was good!

Cover Thoughts: Love that dress
Source: ARC sent for Review from Avon Addicts
Library Recommendation: Grab this one for your public library.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Graphic Novel Review: Time Machine

The Time Museum
Delia has an opportunity to spend the summer at a Time Traveling Museum as an intern, but she'll have to beat out five other applicants. Even though they're supposed to be competing against each other, they form a friendship, helping each other out of tight spots. Could they really only pick just one of them?
My Thoughts: This is the first in a new series and I loved it. I'm here for more. I loved how the different applicants for the internship were from different time periods. I love how they worked together, even against their better judgement at times. I love how they had their skills of expertise. I enjoyed the traveling through time and learning about time tears. It would be fascinating to see other time periods - for me it would Renaissance Italy and Regency England. Looking forward to seeing what happens next!

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Grab this one for your middle grade collections - both school and public libraries!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Review: Every Dog Has His Day

Every Dog Has His Day (Bluff Point, #3)
* Book 3 in the Bluff Point series *
Zach's been single since he had his heart broken years ago. He's not looking for anything serious - ever. But two girls knock on his door to rescue their kitten and his whole world changes.  Their kitten's stuck on his roof. Of course, he agrees to help him. He doesn't realize that their mother is Jessie - the woman who yelled at him last week and whom he can't stopping thinking about. After he meets the girls, there's no going back. They all become friends; the more time Zach spends with them, the more he loses his heart to them - and their mother.

Chaos is a fitting name for the kitten.  Jessie's trying to hold everything together as a single mother. Her ex did a number on her. She's not willing to let go of her independence. But when she witnesses Zach with her girls, things shift a little. After a blizzard cements their bond, Jessie realizes she wouldn't mind seeing more of Zach either - and not just because he's good with her girls.

Could the bachelor really be wanting to settle down? And would Jessie let him into their lives permanently?
My Thoughts: I find the cupcake series delicious, the library series charming and the hat series lovely - but this series by Jenn McKinley is my favorite. Once I start these books, I can't put them down; they're addicting. I love the large group of friends and seeing them again. I loved Gracie and Maddie - they were adorable, sassy, and mischievous. They really did steal the book. Their moments with Zach were precious.  Chaos and Rufus were also charming. I loved the moments between Jessie and Zach. I enjoyed Jessie and her time with her new women friends. The blizzard might have been my favorite part of the book - very cozy. Another magical read in this series and I'm so happy there are more books planned!

Cover Thoughts: Charming
Source: My Library
Library Recommendation: Get this series for your public libraries

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Picture Book Review: Grandma's Purse


Grandma Mimi is coming to visit - and of course she's bringing along her magical purse. It has everything she needs in it like candy, something to make her feel fancy, and make-up. Best of all, she has a surprise for her granddaughter.
Oh, I Loved this book. I loved the bond between the granddaughter and the grandmother. It made me miss my grandmother. I loved how talked about all the items in the purse and how it made them feel. I loved the ending.  The illustrations are super cute too.

This book is delightful and should find a home in everything school and public library.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Checked Out from the Library

This week I'm going rogue with my own topic. I have tons of books checked out from the library. I'm the best and the worst library patron. Most of the books I have checked out, I plan on using for story times later this year. But here are 10 that I can't wait to read!)

 meme from That Artsy Reader Girl

Isn't that a great looking set of books. The only trouble I have it which one to choose first!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Movie Review: Black Panther

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We went to see this yesterday and it was amazing.

It's a bit different from the other Marvel movies, which makes it stand out more.
There weren't any cameos from any Avengers, which I was a bit surprised by.
Stan Lee
There were twists I didn't see coming.
The message was great
I enjoyed the romance
I adored Princess Shuri - she was brilliant, sassy, and up for adventure. I loved the way she teased her brother.
The females were powerful, which I loved.
I adored the all female special army that protected the King led by Okoye
Wakanda was amazing
The after credits scenes (I can't wait to see how that one plays out)

I hope there are more Black Panther movies in the works!

Go see this movie - you won't regret it!