Monday, November 20, 2017

12 Gifts of Christmas: Day 1


For the 12 gifts of Christmas, my true love gave to me:

One snowglobe necklace perfect for your winter loving person

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Holiday Gift Ideas (2)


Lego Books: perfect for all ages

Over the summer, we had some Lego clubs at the library and remembered how much I love Legos. We went to a Lego store yesterday and there were so many things I wanted to build. So in light of that, I thought I'd share a few fun Lego books. Some I've read and some are wicked popular in the library.

Lego Guides:
Lego Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary [With Mini Figure]LEGO Batman: Visual Dictionary (LEGO DC Universe Super Heroes)LEGO Ninjago: Character Encyclopedia


Lego Picture Books and Easy Readers
Fight This Fire! (LEGO City)Fix That Truck! (LEGO City)
All Aboard! (LEGO City Adventures)LEGO City: All Hands on Deck! (Level 1)

Books about Lego:
The LEGO® BookLego (Brands We Know)

Lego Nonfiction:
Knights  Castles (LEGO Nonfiction): A LEGO Adventure in the Real WorldLEGO: The LEGO Movie: Emmet's Guide to Being Awesome

You have building with instructions
LEGO Harry Potter: Building the Magical WorldThe LEGO® Ideas Book

You have building with your imagination


You have building massive sculptures 
30 amazing sculptures showcased in this one


What more could you need for a Lego fan?

Friday, November 17, 2017

Mini Review: Lilac Lane

* Book 14 in the Chesapeake Shores series *
When Moira's mother suffers a heartache, she convinces her to come to America for an extended visit. Keira can help out around the house especially with the baby and help out in the family pub. with any luck, she'll find happiness and move stateside for good.

The Good:
Seeing old favorite characters
Keira's feistiness
Kitchen Wars
Keira and Bryan becoming friends
Fathers and Daughter
All the plotting
That ending

The Bad:
Nitpicking, but I missed a few favorite characters.

Final Verdict:
Another fun book in this series, one to read for sure.

This series has been brought to live on the Hallmark channel. We're all opening for a season three next summer.

Library Recommendation: If you don't have this series in your romance section, purchase immediately. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

I Never

On New Year’s Eve in Cabo, Janey’s world changed when her parents announce they are getting divorced. On the plane home, in own world, she accidentally sings aloud to her ipod.

She’s mortified when she realizes the cutest boy in school is sitting in front of her and overheard her singing. But that might not be a bad thing, because know he acknowledges her in school. Then Luke asks her out for coffee after track practice one day.

Janey tries not to read too much into it, but she’s more than pleased about the date.  She doesn’t want to jinx it. They have a really great time together. She’s not sure why Luke picked her, but she couldn’t be happier. The more time they spend together, the deeper she falls for him. Could he be her first everything?
My Thoughts: I loved this book. I tore through it wanting to know what would happen. And it's great for covering all aspects of sex. Some decide to have sex. Some decide to wait. Parents talk about sex with their kid. Teens talk about their parents having sex. The whole book revolves are sex and relationships. It's honest and frank and positive. I Never is this generation's Forever. I look forward to reading Laura Hopper's sophomore novel. 

Cover Thoughts: Cute - I get it after reading it
Source: Reviewed for Voya

Library Recommendation: Because of the honest nature, this might be one school librarians won't stock, but it's one that should be in all public libraries. I won’t be surprised when this book circulates like wildfire from word of mouth reviews. And it might be one of those most stolen books (you know the ones I mean)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Picture Book Review: Mice


All about mice and who really likes them - with a twist.
This picture book is several years old, but I'm just discovering it thanks to story time ( I used it for a mouse storytime just this week).
A simple text perfect for story time and sharing.  Fun illustrations from a favorite artists. I love her method of labeling items and using her paper art creations. While the illustrations are cute adorable mice, they work really well with the text. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books Still Popular in the Future

This week's topic is about books we hope future kids/teens are still reading. Here's my vote on books I've read in the past two years that I hope they're reading ten years from now.
meme from The Broke and the Bookish 

Wonder Woman by Leigh BardugoThe Hate U Give by Angie ThomasMoxie by Jennifer MathieuWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya MenonEliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Letters to the Lost by Brigid KemmererSome BoysDefending Taylor
Real Friends by Shannon HaleRoller GirlMr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics (Mr. Lemoncello's Library, #2)The Great Shelby Holmes (The Great Shelby Holmes, #1)

What do you hope kids/.teens are still reading ten years from now.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Holiday Gift Ideas (1)


Coloring Books

Nope this craze still hasn't gone away. Great for relaxing and unwinding after a hard day. Perhaps you know someone who could use a break. There are hundred of coloring books out there, one for every person. Here are a few that I've looked at this year. 

This one I got for Christmas last year and it's amazing!



Gifted from a friend

  


Sent for review.
You can see my write up and some favorite pages here

Sent for review: perfect for cat loving friends 
Kid friendly. 
Quotes on ones side, coloring pages on the other.

  


Sent for review. Perfect for animal loving friends
Kid friendly. 
Quotes on ones side, coloring pages on the other.
Mix of animals, not just puppies, a nice variety including pigs and snowman too.