Thursday, July 27, 2017

Graphic Novel Review: Real Friends

Shannon's best friend moved away. While she found a new best friend, it just wasn't the same. When Adrienne moves back, Shannon couldn't be happier. Everything will be back to normal.

Except it isn't. Adrienne's happy to be friends with Shannon, but she wants to hang out with other girls too. She becomes friends with the popular girls. Shannon joins them, but the popular girls don't seem to like her as much. And they are sometimes mean.

Shannon wishes they could break away from the group. But then she might have no friends. Is having no friends worse than having mean friends?
My Thoughts: A hard book to read, but I devoured it. It's hard to read because it's true and it hits home. Middle school is the worst for friendship and figuring out life. Girls are mean. You're insecure. It's just a cycle. I really liked this book and how it ended. It should be required reading for all middle schoolers because it's that good and that important. 

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library
Librarian Recommendation: Buy this one immediately. And give it to everyone!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Hallmark Movies

This week is another freebie. II'm a sucker for Hallmark channel movies, especially the Christmas ones. But also I love it when they turn a favorite book into a show or series. Would you watch these? Let's try to make this happen!
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About a Dog by Jenn McKinlay
Bluff Point series or just for their wedding movies in June

Exclusively Yours by Shannon Stacey
Large family - lots of laughs. Could be one movie or a movie on each of the books

Simply Irresistible (Lucky Harbor, #1)
Lucky Harbor - a series

The Best Man (Blue Heron, #1)
A series for sure!

Sprinkle with Murder (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #1)
A movie with series potential

Sleepless in Manhattan (From Manhattan with Love, #1)
A movie with series potential 

Snowfall on Haven Point (Haven Point, #5)
Could be a series or just a Christmas movie

The Diva Runs Out of Thyme (A Domestic Diva Mystery, #1)
Could be a series or just a Thanksgiving movie

Engaged in Murder (Perfect Proposals #1)
Another good wedding ones

An Appetite for Murder (Key West Food Critic Mystery, #1)
A fun movie with series potential 

It's YA but gymnastics and would appeal 
The Flip Side

Monday, July 24, 2017

Blog Tour: Royal Crush

Author: Meg Cabot
Pub. Date: August 1, 2017
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Pages: 192
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Being the newest princess of Genovia is WAY more complicated than she expected, but Olivia Grace Clarisse Mignonette Harrison is getting used to it. She gets to live in an actual palace with two fabulous poodles, a pet iguana, her very own pony, and, best of all, a loving family to help her figure things out!

And right now Olivia, having finally admitted that she likes Prince Khalil as more than just a friend, could REALLY use some advice. What is a princess supposed to do once she's found a prince she likes? With her half-sister Mia busy enjoying her honeymoon, Olivia turns to Grandmere for help.

The third book in the middle-grade Princess Diaries spin-off series, written and illustrated by New York Times-bestselling author Meg Cabot.
 My Thoughts: I really adored this book, as I did the previous two books.  Cute illustrations too! I love seeing characters from the Princess Diaries books. I love how similar Olivia is to Mia and also how different she is. They both want everyone to like them. I like how Olivia also has a nemesis  and how she deals with her.  I like her interactions with Prince Khalil. I liked the bet she made with her best friend regarding Mia's baby names (even if it didn't work out the way she expected). I adored Grandmere as a chaperone, especially the Tupac scene. I loved the pop culture references. Olivia has a good heart and she wants to spread kindness, which is admirable. Excited to see what happens to her next!

Cover Thoughts: Love it!
Source: book sent for review
Library Recommendation: Get this one for your library! 

About Meg:
Meg Cabot is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of books for both adults and tweens/teens. There have been over 25 million copies of Meg’s nearly 80 published books sold in 38 countries. Her last name rhymes with habit, as in “her books can be habit forming.” She currently lives in Key West, Florida with her husband and various cats.

Follow the Tour:
Week One:
7/24/2017- YA Book NerdReview
7/25/2017- BibliobakesReview
7/26/2017- Margie's Must ReadsReview
7/27/2017- Never Too Many To ReadReview
7/28/2017- The Autumn BookshelfReview

Week Two:
7/31/2017- Little Miss Drama QueenReview
8/1/2017- The Book NutReview
8/2/2017- Becky on BooksReview
8/3/2017- Pervy Ladies BooksReview
8/4/2017- YA Books CentralSpotlight

 Giveaway Details:
3 winners will receive a finished copy of ROYAL CRUSH, US Only.

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Puppy Update

Some more puppy pictures for you. She's Growing! 

Still likes to share a bed

Eating her first custard

Which toy to choose?

Tuckered out

Sleeping funny

Friday, July 21, 2017

In My Shop: Christmas in July

It's Christmas in July at my shop, you can order a few things ahead of time.

Don't forget to use coupon code BOOKNERD17 for a small discount.

These are just a few. I have more ornaments up, so take a look. Plus of my other items make great gifts too! 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Review: Lights, Camera, Middle School!

Now in middle school, Babymouse joins the film club. She wants a shot at being famous. The club will be making a film. But the club can't decide on what type of movie to make: romance, drama, or detective. Babymouse wants to combine them all and make an epic film.

For her contribution in getting everyone on board, the club adviser awards her the role of Director. Plus since it's her vision, Babeymouse gets to write the screenplay.

Excited about the prospect, Babymouse goes hog wild creating her vision. But she forgot to think about what her vision will mean for everyone else. Can they really shoot a scene in Paris? What about those elephants? How big is their moving making budget anyways?
My Thoughts: Alternating between text and graphic novel panels, Babymouse hasn't changed much. Sure she's older, but she's the still lovable mouse who has problems with her whiskers, trouble with her locker, and gets carried away. I loved watching Babymouse struggle to figure out how to make the movie. I love how her friends and club members took their roles seriously. Of course Babymouse lets her power go to her head, but it's funny and sweet when it all works out. I adore Babymouse and can't wait to read more about her middle school drama.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: Book sent for review
Library Recommendation: Scoop this one up, your readers will thank you. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Great British Baking Show

For the past two weeks, I've fallen down the rabbit hole of The Great British Baking Show (seasons 2 and 3). And it makes me want to bake...Everything.

It also makes me realize I could never be a baker on the show. And here's why:

I'm a traditional baker
 I don't play around and experiment with baking
When I do change a recipes, it's mostly because of spices I don't like
 I don't make up my own recipes
 I don't recognize many of the desserts they make
 I would lose it under that intense pressure
 They shoot the show in Britain (different measuring system)
I wouldn't want baking not to be fun anymore
I don't think I could handle Paul's criticism 

Clearly I wouldn't measure up, but it's fun to think about. 

But now I'm also critical of baking - in a Paul and Mary sort of way. But only just for fun.

Here's my most recent bake:

Blueberry Buckle:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Adult books for 2017 (So far)

This week is another freebie week, so I thought I'd continue with my lists of best books I've read so far this year. This week it's adult fiction. Enjoy!
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New York, Actually by Sarah MorganExclusively Yours by Shannon StaceyDawn Study by Maria V. Snyder
Caramel Crush by Jenn McKinlayAssault & Beret by Jenn McKinlayFudge and Jury by Ellie Alexander
The Hero by Donna GrantAbout a Dog by Jenn McKinlayAccidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis
Instant Attraction by Jill ShalvisLady Claire Is All That by Maya Rodale

Monday, July 17, 2017

Review: Once and For All

Louna's mom owns a wedding planning business with her best friend. Louna's seen it all - couples that won't last, couples that argue over the silliest things, and couples that just might stand a chance. Combined with that knowledge and the fact that Louna's first love ended in tragedy, she's not sure she believes in love.

When the annoying brother of a bride Ambrose worms his way into the planning business, Louna isn't thrilled. Ambrose, a serial dater, flirts with everyone.

The two of them come up with a bet. Louna needs to go on lots of first dates, but only first dates while Ambrose needs to date only one girl for seven weeks. Both of them think it will be easy - but both are wrong.
My Thoughts: I adore Sarah Dessen books and this one was amazingly good. I love few easter eggs I saw and I'm sure there are more that I missed. I liked the banter between Ambrose and Louna. I loved William and the dog. Both of them added humor to the story. I liked learning more about Louna's first great love and how that changed her. I loved the terrible first dates. I loved the writing, there were many spots where I went back to re-read the sentences because they packed a punch both in sentiment and in craft. Another winner from Sarah Dessen.

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library
Fun Fact: My boss got me a signed copy at ALA!
Library Recommendation: Buy this one for all libraries. It's a must have. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

YA Stands For

This is #IReadYA week 

I've written about my love for YA several times. You can read them here.

But this year feels different to me. Maybe it's all the talk about diversity in the field or maybe it's all the terrible political news.  

I really thought there would be the first woman President in the White House this year. And because of that, my reading shifted a bit. I've gravitated towards feminist reads. Here's a few favorites from past years.

Girls who rescue themselves
Girls who save the world
Girls who kick ass

I read these books. I buy them for the library collection. I talk about them online. And I try to put them into the hands of other readers. Because it IS important. It's something that I can do. With enough females acknowledging our powers, we Can change the world.  

And I look for authors with similar values. I don't have to look too far. 

Twitter has become so much more political in this last year. There used to be a time when authors didn't talk politics. That's no longer possible. With this country in a downward spiral, I'm happy authors are voicing their opinions and sharing tips to try to change our world.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

On Your Radar: (8)

Title: All's Faire in Middle School
Author:  Victoria Jamieson
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: September 5, 2017

Why it Should be on Your Radar:
* Homeschooling switch to middle school
* Renaissance Fair
* Bullying
* Friendship
* Siblings
* Finding your family/friends
* Being comfortable in your own skin
* Admitting when you're wrong

I Loved this book. I was so happy to get an ARC in the mail because I adored Roller Girl. I loved how this one showcased the Renaissance Faire - it's not something you see much in Middle Grade or YA books. Another winner from Victoria Jamieson. Can't wait to see what she creates next!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Picture Book Review: Philomena's New Glasses

Philomena needs glasses to help her see the world more clearly. But once she gets them, her sister decides that she needs some too (even though she doesn't). Now all the sisters are wearing glasses. And then Philomena realizes she needs a case for her glasses. Audrey wants a case too, but she puts snacks in hers. Feeling the pressure, Nora Jane gets a handbag too. When will they stop competing with each other?
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the pictures of the guinea pigs. They were really sweet and entertaining. Wonderful pictures to pour over together. Plus the deleted scenes were super cute.

I enjoyed the three sisters and how they interacted with each other and how finally one of them spoke up. A great book about sisters and growing up and competing (or not.)

* Book sent for review
Library Recommendation: Great for school and public libraries.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Middle Grade Reads of 2017 (so far)

This week is another freebie week, so I thought I'd continue with my lists of best books I've read so far this year. This week it's middle grade reads. Enjoy!
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Real Friends by Shannon HaleBrave by Svetlana ChmakovaThe Stone Heart by Faith Erin HicksAll's Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
Batgirl at Super Hero High by Lisa YeeSupergirl at Super Hero High by Lisa YeeJourney Across the Hidden Islands by Sarah Beth DurstThe Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing Up by Jessica BrodySpy Camp by Stuart GibbsOut of Tune by Gail NallCake Pop Crush by Suzanne   Nelson

I'm currently reading and loving these two:
Lights, Camera, Middle School! (Babymouse Tales from the Locker)The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match (The Great Shelby Holmes, #2)