Monthly Archives: June 2015

My Nightstand

I like the post about my holds list. Update: I haven’t read any of them. I have China Rich Girlfriend at my house right now (it is on my nightstand) and I checked out Spinster like 12 times and just did not like it. Anyway, here are some things that were on my holds list but that I have checked out and are sitting on my nightstand.


We are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen. First, who spells their name Susin? Second, I’ve started reading this and I hate one of the main characters so I may not finish.

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The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand and Summer Secrets by Jane Green. These women whip out books all the time. Sometimes they’re good and sometimes they’re not. But I always try them out.


The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes. This is not a book I would have picked up on my own (I may never pick it up from my nightstand) but I read a rave review about it on Abby the Librarian who said she also heard rave reviews. And so it sits, on my nightstand.



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Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave


I have never heard of this author. I’m pretty sure I found this book title while perusing Goodreads and checking out the books in the corner under, Readers Also Enjoyed. Don’t underestimate the power of analytics concerning your Goodreads account. They know what they’re talking about.

I enjoyed this book a lot. I even gave it 5 stars. Although if there was an option for half stars I’d probably give it a 4.5 but I decided to round up. This book is essentially about Georgia (who’s name I didn’t even know for like 50 pages because it was never mentioned) and how she walks out of her wedding dress fitting after seeing her fiance with another woman. She goes home to her parents’ vineyard only to find out she knows nothing about what’s going on with her family. It has great characters and twists and turns although some of the characters in her family are a bit flat. I thought it was a great quick read (only 4 days during a weekend when I was entertaining my own family). To compare, I’m pretty sure it came up on the suggested books when I was viewing the new Elin Hilderbrand book, The Rumor. So if you like her, you’ll like this. I also put these two books below on hold from the same book searching experience.


A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan


Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid


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Books I Love: Storytime

So I’m finishing my Books I Love series of posts with storytime picks. I love storytime. I am possessive about my storytimes. I want them to all be cohesive and connected so the kids have a routine. But alas, when you work with other people that does not happen. It’s unfortunate. So I just have to stick with things I can control, like my awesome book choices! These are books I love to read all the time for any reason I can think of.


My Garden by Kevin Henkes. I’m not one of those people who loves Kevin Henkes. I think he does a great job but this is actually the only book of his that I’ve read more than once and adore. He did win the Caldecott for Kitten’s First Moon but.. I don’t love it. BUT My Garden, I love it. You could read it for so many reasons. Moms, gardens, flowers, fruit, responsibility, growing things, humor! Forever and ever, amen.


Flip, Flap, Fly! by Phyllis Root. This book is so adorable. It has tons of baby animals with a non-gender specific baby at the end. Great for baby storytime. It rhymes and has animal sounds. It is just the best.

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Ten Little Fingers & Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and All of Baby, Nose to Toes by Victoria Adler. I love both of these books, also for baby storytime. They talk about body parts, in case you couldn’t tell. Ten Little Fingers & Toes has great diversity and talks about different babies born in different parts of the world. And All of Baby talks about different ways you can use all your body parts. Both are so cute and encourage parents and children to participate in storytime by identifying their body parts together. FIND YOUR TOES!


Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood. Sometimes I forget about this awesome book. Great for colors and animal storytimes. It could also be for seasons or flowers or whatever else the owl sees. Also has some nontraditional colors like pink and gold.

I could go on forever and ever. Don’t forget to check out my other Books I Love posts. Adult, YA, Kids Fiction & Kids Picture Books.

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Father’s Day

I love my dad. He is the best ever. And since it is Father’s Day I thought I’d share with you my favorite book about dads.


Daddies by Lila Prap. I love this book. I read it all the time in storytime. For everything! Jungle animals, body parts, animal sounds and daddies. It has a lot of action to keep the kids entertained and moving while reading. It is appropriate for today and every day!


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The Last Dragonslayer


I just finished this book. I am apparently on a fantasy kick right now. I recently read The Nowhere Emporium which is a kid version of The Night Circus. And I’m listening to an adult fantasy book right now that’s taking me FORever, Grace of Kings. I’m about at the point of giving up on that one. 623 pages is too long people! Anyway, I liked this book. It was definitely entertaining and may grab the interest of those who like Harry Potter. However, it was definitely a set up book. It is a series and this book was just to tell you about the world and set you up to know that the main character is the Last Dragonslayer. I imagine the subsequent books will be more interesting but I didn’t like it enough to keep reading the series. I rarely do. Could be a Children’s / YA cross over, like HP.

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Nowhere Emporium

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I read this book because it immediately reminded me of The Night Circus. The back of the book is what gave me this impression. “The shop from nowhere can appear at any time, in any city.” If that doesn’t remind you of this I don’t know what will. “The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.” The wonders that appear in the Nowhere Emporium remind me of the tents that appear at the circus. It is all very similar. Nowhere Emporium has a fight between wizards and a boy-girl friendship (non-romantic this time). It is all very enjoyable. Plus, it’s a stand alone! Thank God for books not in a series. Could also be a younger grade YA book. Is also available on NetGalley.



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Books I Love: Kids Picture Books

This is my last post about Books I Love. At least this cycle. I’m sure in a couple years I can do it again and have more! Check out the other posts: Adults, YA & Kids Fiction.

I’ve purposely niched myself into early lit as a focus for my career (aka 0-3 years old). I adore babies and baby storytimes but I also love kids.. until they reach about age 6 and then my love dwindles. Good thing I don’t have any of my own. Here are some of my favorite favorite books for the best age group ever.

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Ish by Peter Reynolds (click his name, he has so many ridiculously wonderful books) and Not a Box by Antoinette Portis are technically two books but I love them both for the same reason. So in order to talk about more books I’m putting them both in. Both of these books encourage imagination and creativity and are great for read alouds. If your library has Tumblebooks, Ish makes a great appearance there too. Peter Reynolds is one of my favorite illustrators and one of my other favorites of his is, You and Me which is really for emotional adults who miss their friends. WAH!


You will be My Friend! by Peter Brown. I love Peter Brown. And I love Lucy the bear. She wants friends but doesn’t really know how to get them. She soon discovers that yelling in a loud voice, “YOU WILL BE MY FRIEND!” is not the way. Her story began in, Children Make Terrible Pets.

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Lola series by Anna McQuinn is a great multicultural and library positive series. Lola loves the library and she loves stories. She now has a brother named Leo who also loves books. I read his book, Leo Loves Baby Time at baby storytime at least once a month. It is a great book and Lola is the best.


Oh Dear, Geoffrey! by Gemma O’Neill has the most gorgeous illustrations. I feel like I say this for almost every book but this one is for real. I would put these prints on the wall as art in a second. In fact, I follow this author/illustrator on Facebook and she sometimes sells her art. The best! Geoffrey is a clumsy giraffe who can’t make friends because everyone is afraid he’ll topple over on them. Oh the life of a giraffe (my favorite animal, btw).

Lastly, I lied about this being my last post. I’m going to do a Books I Love: Storytime books. Stay tuned!


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