Monday, May 2, 2016

I Read YA

There are SO many reasons why I read YA books.

I wrote up a guest post for Teen Librarian Toolbox 5 years ago with some of the reasons.

Besides the fact the YA books are amazingly good this is one of my biggest reasons:
There are so many things I love about YA books, but the biggest is the first moments.Teen years are the biggest moments for firsts – first kiss, first love, and first heartbreak. It’s a time for drama: family, friendships, school, job, and relationships.It’s a time for finding you’re not alone in the world.It’s a time where you learn that other people have the same questions, quirks, feelings that you have and it’s normal. It’s a time for discovery and figuring out who you really are.
Why do YOU read YA books?

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Books and Treats (6)

A new blog idea inspired by Andi @ with the Pub Date where a few bloggers share book and beer pair ups.  Andi states that the idea is the brain child of Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide.

Fun books series and great cheese. This book series made me more cheese adventurous. I went looking for a different type of cheese. I'm a big fan of cheddar cheeses and Asiago cheeses. 

In the books, Charlotte owns a cheese shop where she talks about various cheese and what to eat in combination.

This cheese was delicious! Simply perfect.

Check out my review of the final books in the series. 

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Mysterious Saturday Review: For Cheddar or Worse

 * 7th and final book in the cheese shop mystery * 
The cheese festival in Ohio this year, features a conference for cheese makers, cheese sellers, journalists, and even a snobby well known cheese critic.

Tensions run high at the event. It's no surprise when the cheese critic who has several enemies turns up dead - murdered.

Except her door was locked from the inside and there's no other way inside. The murderer had to be someone from the conference. With several suspects, it will be hard to narrow them down.
My Thoughts: Although I'm sad that this series is ending, I love how everything turned out. I loved seeing Charlotte and Jordan in their life together. I will miss the cheese shop and all the cheese descriptions. This series influenced me to branch out and try other cheese and visit a few cheese shops. Lots of turns and twists trying to figure out the murderer. A fantastic series that will be missed.

Cover Thoughts: Cute!
Source: I won a copy of this book.

Friday, April 29, 2016

National Princess Week

I love a good princess story, so I was happy to discover that this week is National Princess Week.

I've talked about my love of Princess books on the blog before.

In 2011, I created my list for favorite YA Princess books.
I've talked about my love for the Princess Diaries series and how it changed my life.
In a blog tour post, I talked about what bookish things I would do if I discovered one day I was a princess and money was no object
When Princess Charlotte was born, I created a book list fit for a Princess

And I've created these If You Like Pins:

If You Like...Princess in Black:

If You Like...Royal We, check out these other royal reads:

If You Like... Princess Diaries, check out these other royal reads!:

If You Like...Tuesdays at the Castle:

If You Like... Princess of the Midnight Ball:

IF You Like The Orphan Queen, try these other YA fantasies:  

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Review: What You Always Wanted

* part of the If Only line *
Maddie Brooks blames her high standards for guys on her love for old movies. What guy her age can compete with Gene Kelly?

Maddie and her family move into a new town, where she meets her new neighbors. One of them becomes her best friend and the other could be her new crush (especially when she uncovers he's hiding a few secret dance moves)

But there's a reason his dance moves are a secret, and the more Maddie pushes him the more he retreats. At the moment, baseball is his one true love.

Can Maddie accept that?
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book and I'm a huge fan of this line. I really liked the addition of theater in this book and the old movies. I hope that readers look up the movies that Maddie loves and discover them and pass them around. 

I really liked Angela and Tiffany. They had a great friendship and some fantastic moments.

I loved the banter between Jesse and Maddie.  

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: My Library
Final Thoughts: A fun romance with flair. If you're a romantic comedy fan, don't miss this one!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Agency: cover reissues and contest

To Y.S. Lee, The Agency is…
A love letter to Victorian London, in all its glory and hypocrisy
A desire to see different kinds of people in historical fiction: the poor, the brown-skinned, the marginal
A teasing homage to the Victorian detective novel
A radical possibility for a poor girl in 1850s England

How I LOVED these books, let me count the ways:

1. Feisty female lead character who is a spy (also a diverse character)
2. Mary's intelligence and resourcefulness
3. The Agency is for women only
4. The romance 
5. Mary discovering her background (reminded me of Sally Lockhart)
6. James isn't going to "make" Mary do anything
7. Victorian London - love this setting
8. The action
9. The danger
10. Being in the Queen's household.
I wish there were more Mary Quinn stories but I'm really glad more people will discover them again. After I read the first one, I begged Candlewick for the ARCs of the rest. I rarely ask publishers for ARCs, but it was too hard to wait for these books to come out! Want to see what I thought of each book, check my reviews here.
Y.S. Lee has a Ph.D. in Victorian literature and culture and says her research inspired her to write Book One of The Agency trilogy. “Women’s choices were grim in those days, even for the clever,” she says. “The Agency is a totally unrealistic, completely fictitious antidote to the fate that would otherwise swallow a girl like Mary Quinn.” Y. S. Lee lives in Ontario, Canada.

Need more convincing? Read a sample chapter from book #1 or listen to the audio reading.

Have I sold you on these books yet? 
Well, you're in luck! Candlewick is gifting one lucky reader a complete set (all four books). 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Princess Diaries 3: Could it be?

Could this be real? Fingers crossed that the official news comes VERY soon! I can't even tell you how happy this makes me.

Earlier this week “Princess Diaries” and “Mother’s Day” director Garry Marshall, sat down with Larry King on the Emmy-nominated series “Larry King Now.” Director Garry Marshall tells Larry King that he had a meeting with Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews to discuss the third movie in the successful franchise, a sequel to 2004’s “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.” He says, “Disney always likes to announce things, so they said ‘Gary, shut up. We’ll announce it.’”

Garry Marshall’s episode premieres Wednesday, April 27 at 11am PST/ 2pm EST on

Check out this video clip where Garry Marshall talks about the meeting!
“Princess Diaries” director Garry Marshall tells Larry King that he had a meeting with Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews to discuss the third movie in the successful franchise, a sequel to 2004’s “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.”

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookworm Delights

This week's topic is Bookworm delights - little things that make readers happy.
meme from The Broke and the Bookish 

Reader/Blogger Side
1. Finding a book I've been dying to read on the library shelf
2. Books that come into the library on hold for me
3. Meeting favorite authors (and sometimes finding out they know my blog)
4. Maps - I love maps in books
5. That reader high I get when I finish an amazing book

Librarian side:
1. Ordering new books and opening up the packages, it's like Christmas
2. Talking about books with readers and discovering you like similar books
3. Finding a book that a reluctant reader wants to try
4. Having them come back and ask for more just like it
5. Learning about new books that you know readers in your library will love!