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Monday, March 4, 2019

Celebrate Every Day With Books 3/4/2019 - 3/10/2019

Celebrate Every Day With Books 3/4/2019 - 3/10/2019

It seems like everyday has some new theme to celebrate so I thought it might be fun to see what kind of interesting books I can find  (new, old, or coming soon) for an everyday holiday. In fact, most days have more than one holiday!

Just so you know I have not read most of these but the ones I pick seem the most interesting.  You can probably find tons more books for each holiday but I am only going to pick two books for every holiday.

Let me know what you think.  Do any of them seem interesting to you? Is there another book you think would be a better choice?


Snack Day

Title: The Snack by Jan Ormerod & Freya Blackwood
Genre: Fiction, Children’s, Toddler,  Board Book,
What It Is About?: Maudie holds a tea party with Bear.
Available: NOW

Title: Binge-Watching Eats by Katherine Bebo
Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook, Snacks
What It Is About?: From sweets to salty snacks to alcoholic drinks, recipes for some tasty stuff to eat while streaming your favorite tv shows.
Available: ON SEPTEMBER 10TH 2019!


Mardi Gras

Title: Mardi Gras In Kodachrome by Charles Cassady Jr. & Mary Lynn Randall (Photograph Collection of Ruth Ketcham)
Genre: Non-Fiction, History, United States, South
What It Is About?: Photos from the 1950s in New Orleans during Mardi Gras celebration.
Available: NOW!

Title: Downtown Mardi Gras by Frank De Caro, Robin Roberts, and Leslie A. Wade
Genre: Non-Fiction, Social Science, Folklore
What It Is About?: After the devastation of Katrina, the people of New Orleans came up with new practices and ways to celebrate.
Available: ON AUGUST 15TH 2019!


Dentist’s Day

Title: You Wouldn’t Want To Live Without Dentist by Fiona MacDonald (Illustrated by David Antram)
Genre: Non-Fiction, Juvenile
What It Is About?: Part of the You Wouldn’t Want To Live Without series.  Teaches kids how to take care of their teeth and not to be afraid of the dentist.
Available: NOW!

Title: Smile For The Dentist by Sophia Day & Megan Johnson (illustrated by Stephanie Strouse)
Genre: Fiction, Children,
What It Is About?: Part of the Real MVP Kids series.  Describes an appointment with a dentist.
Available: OCTOBER 29TH 2019!


Be Heard Day

Title: Written To Be Heard by Paul Borgman & Kelly James Clark (Foreword by Nicholas Wolterstorff)
Genre: Religion, Christianity
What It Is About?: Shaping text from the bible into speeches that can be presented out loud. Analyzing many of the gospels so they may be presented as sermons for all to be heard.
Available: ON MARCH 14TH 2019!

Title: Listen Up! By Mark Howard & Chris Howard
Genre: Non-Fiction, Music, Rock
What It Is About?:  Background stories on the producers and the recording engineers of the many famous acts in rock and roll today.   
Available: MAY 19TH 2019!


International Women’s Day

Title:  Visionary Women by Andrea Barnet
Genre: Non-Fiction, Biography, History, Women
What It Is About?: History of 4 great women Jane Jacobs, Rachel Carson, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters. Traces how they have changed the history of the world.  
Available: NOW!

Title: Women Who Dared by Jeremy Scott
Genre: Non-Fiction, Biography, History, Women
What It Is About?:  6 women who broke the rules of society to create something great.
Available: ON OCTOBER 4TH 2019!


Barbie Day

Title: Dressing Barbie by Carol Spencer
Genre: Non-Fiction, Art, Pop Culture
What It Is About?: Includes never seen photographs of many outfits of Barbie designed by Carol Spencer.
Available: MARCH 12TH 2019!

Title: Barbie Forever by Robin Gerber
Genre: Non-Fiction, Antiques & Collectables
What It Is About?: Interviews, sketches, photos and more. Celebrating the many years of Barbie.
Available: SEPTEMBER 30TH  2019!


Bagpipe Day

Title: Of Books And Bagpipes by Paige Shelton
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Cozy Mystery
What It Is About?: Delaney Nichols is just getting used to her job at a local book store that specializes in antique books and rare historical objects. During one of her work excursions, she comes along a dead body with an unusual book.  She needs to solve the mystery before she is booked for murder.
Available: NOW!

Title: Porridge The Tartan Cat And The Brawsome Bagpipes by Alan Dapre (Illustrated by Yuliya Somina)
Genre: Fiction, Children's, Picture Book, Cats
What It Is About?: This usual cat has a usually quirky family, the McFuns. The family is full of secrets and this means that sometimes trouble is waiting around the corner.   
Available: NOW!

Friday, March 1, 2019

Five Fun Facts - Author : Kate DiCamillo

Five Fun Facts

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo
Author of 2 Newberry Award Winning books The Tale of Despereaux and Flora & Ulysses

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1. When she was young her mother entered her into Little Miss Orange Blossom pageant (similar to pageant character from Raymie Nightingale wants to enter)

2. Once wanted to be a veterinarian but changed her mind after a gruesome incident with a German shepherd and it’s eye popping out.

3. She doesn't know how to cook.

4. Her laugh has gotten her kicked out of restaurants.

5. Before she was a writer she worked at Disney World, in charge of some of the ride lines.

Info collected from NPR interview, this NPR interview, this interview from, and BookPage interview.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Shannon's Review - The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

Title: The Chemist
Series: Possibly?
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Received: Purchased
Release Date: July 2017
Pages: 521

Author Stephenie Meyer’s Official Websites:

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Shannon’s Thoughts:

A woman on the run, aka “Alex”, is trying to survive day by day.  She used to work for the government doing things to people to make others tell their secrets.  She is a smart scientist who is running from her former bosses until one day one of those former bosses asks her to do one last torture to gain information to save the world from a deadly virus, after that she is free.  She agrees and soon finds the job they gave her isn’t what she thought it was. Surprise, surprise the boss lied.

So far I have pretty much read all Stephenie Meyer’s books.  I have really liked the non-Twilight books the best. This fits in that category.  “Alex” is not your regular heroine. She is no angel and has done many bad things. Things she uses to keep herself safe is almost very James Bond-like.  She is very smart and very scared. I enjoyed the little touches about the earring and rings with poison. The beginning of the book I was a little leary and wasn’t into it but that changed pretty soon after. I love the book the characters even if some of the book was over the top but for me, it was one of those books that I wasn’t sure what was going to happen.

One dislike would only be the romance part.  While I did like the thought of the romance, I think in real life this would never happen but that is what fictional stories do. They create the unimaginable and make you believe things that you may not have thought of.

The Chemist is rumored to be the start of a series, just like The Host.  I am eagerly awaiting a new book by Mrs. Meyer. I check her website a lot.  If you decide to read this keep an open mind it is entertaining fiction, not a philosophical book.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Shannon's Review - The Whistler by John Grisham

Title: The Whistler
Series: No
Author: John Grisham
Genre: Fiction, Legal Thriller,
Publisher: Doubleday
Received: Bought For Book Club
Release Date: October 2016
Pages: 374

Author John Grisham’s Official Websites:

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Shannon’s Thoughts:

Lawyers Lacy and Hugo are hired to investigate a claim from an anonymous report about a dirty judge using an Indian casino illegally to take money from. As the lawyers reveal truth there are unfortunate deaths and more than enough bad people.

I read this because of a book club I had been in.  The theme for the month was Grisham’s books. I had not read one of his in years.  The last probably being Pelican Brief around the time the movie came out. I felt that the book had so much action and suspense. So I was hoping for a similar story like his blockbuster The Firm.

Unfortunately, the thrill was gone from this book. How he stretched out this story over 350 pages is beyond me. This was barely a conversation over coffee with a friend. About halfway through we lose a character that I assume we are supposed to care about losing but to be honest none of them mattered to me.  The crimes that were done were not a surprise it is pretty much stated in the beginning what the dirty criminals had done. There were no big surprises or big horrifying truth revealed.

I know Grisham has some good books but this for me was not one of them.  Definitely not a legal thriller I considered his books to be.