Monthly Archives: June 2016

American Heiress


I got this book as an ARC at ALA a million years ago. No seriously, a million years ago. This book came out in 2011. I’m just now getting around to reading it and I’m sad it took me so long because I’m enjoying it so much. I love the time of corsets and fancy dresses for every hour of the day. Cora Cash (pun intended?) is an American heiress to a flour, not flower, fortune. Her mother sends her to Europe after her coming out party because she wants her daughter to have a legitimate title. She ironically meets a Duke after falling off her horse on a hunt and is soon married to him and becomes the Duchess of Wareham. There is a mystery but it moves slowly and I kept waiting for the shoe to drop. More of a slow and steady kind of plot.

Fun fact : the UK version of this book is titled My Last Duchess.


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Research shows preschoolers who watch Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood develop social and emotional skills

I have talked to others about the strangeness of Daniel Tiger in the past. I love Mr Rogers and the first time I saw Daniel Tiger I was completely taken aback at what they had done. And not in a good way. But the more I hear about this show the more I love it. I love that Mr Rogers is continuing down through the next generation and obviously doing it in a really great way considering this study. Go Daniel Tiger!

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Parents, take heart. Not all TV is bad. New research finds that watching America’s favorite tiger can be good for your developing child.

You remember Mr. Rogers, don’t you? The red sweater. The shoes. The songs. Your kids may not know who he is, but they likely know who Daniel Tiger is. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is the animated descendant of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, and features children of several characters from the original Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

In order to be successful once they enter elementary school, it is essential that kids develop certain social and emotional skills during their preschool years. A lot of things can help kids develop these skills. Researchers at Texas Tech University wanted to see if watching Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood could also help.

In the study, which will be published in an upcoming issue of Journal of Children and Media, 127 preschoolers watched 10 episodes of…

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YA Returns

I thought my love of YA had returned through my rapid reading of the Selection series. Alas, it has not returned and I checked out a lot of YA that I am now returning because I didn’t finish them. It’s not that I didn’t like them, I’m sure they’re great books. It’s that I don’t have time and YA just isn’t my jam anymore. These are the titles just in case YA is your jam. Just fyi, they are all part of incomplete series’ except the first one so beware of addiction.


The Problem with Forever by Jennifer Armentrout


The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi


The Glittering Court


The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye


Side note : YA book always have the most beautiful covers

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The Newlyweds


I found this book while perusing the audiobooks at my library. This seems to be my thing lately, listening to a book and then quickly finishing it in book form. The narrator, Mozhan Marnò, is a character on the Blacklist, which I used to watch. She has a very appealing voice.

Amina and George found each other online. Not your typical Tinder situation but more like for overseas. I think somewhere this book used the words mail order bride but that’s really not what it is at all. Amina and George voluntarily find each other and send emails back and forth and fall in love. He then comes to meet her in Bangladesh, proposes, and she goes to America so they can get married. This is not an I need a visa kind of thing. Problems arise, mainly from “cultural differences” which Amina talks about in the book as the only excuse to solve arguments. What do other couples say to resolve their arguments? Having a disagreement? Oh, it must be our cultural differences. I thought that was an interesting POV. I genuinely like Amina. I’m not sure if Freudenberger wants us to like George. He’s up in the air.

I thought this was a great story. I loved the perspective taken and examination of an unusual relationship.

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Summer Reading Prizes? NO!


I can’t tell you how much I hate the Summer Reading kitschy prizes. They mean nothing. The kids don’t like them and some studies even say that rewarding kids for doing something they should enjoy for pleasure makes them do it less. Come again?? Exact words “Research consistently shows that rewarding people for activities that are inherently pleasurable can result in less interest in doing the activity. Rewards send the message that the activity is not pleasurable and nobody would do it without a bribe.”

Tiny Tips for Library Fun talked about this in 2012 and I shared it on my Facebook. They then got rid of them in 2014. Good for them! It came up again today and I’m so happy because my library is getting rid of them this year. We’ll see how it goes.

Anybody else skip the Summer Reading Prizes?

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The After Party


Female drama much? I kind of knew there would be lots of drama considering her first book, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls. That book has a lot of sex. Know that going in. This one has less sex because the main character is married and is obsessed with her friend Joan, who is the character who has a lot of sex. But since it’s not from her POV we miss a lot of that, which is fine with me.

Cecelia (Cece) is friends with Joan. Has been ever since they were young. Not only that, when Cece was 14 her mother died and she then went to live with Joan and her parents. Basically, they’re almost sisters. Cece is obsessed with Joan. Thinks about her all the time and occasionally in her older years, it gets in the way of her marriage. This book takes place in the 1950s so by older years I mean she was married and had a 3-year-old by age 25. In their high school days Joan disappeared for a year and Cece was devastated. She had know idea where she went or if she was coming back. She did come back of course, but was changed. This is mainly about the years after her disappearance. Cece wants to know where she went and why. And so the mystery begins.

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2016 Horn Book Awards

Just when you think award season has died down The Boston Globe comes out with the Horn Book Award winners.

Congratulations to:

Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin, The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge and Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph written by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Francis Vallejo


Check out this link for past years and their winners

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