Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Recommended Books

This week's topic is recommended books that I should read. A month ago, TFIOS would have been on the first book on the list, but I've read that one. So here are some others that people have mentioned....

My co-worker reads more books that I do, she reads really quickly. She's always sharing titles with me, which I love as we have very similar tastes.

Candy Aisle Crafts: Create Fun Projects with Supermarket SweetsMurder Is Binding (Booktown Series #1)It Had to Be You (Chicago Stars, #1)

Books that other bloggers have raved about:
Code Name VerityRose Under FireThe Glass SentenceOn the Fence

Emma Watson 
The Queen of the Tearling: Preview Edition e-Book

Kristan Higgins
Find My Way Home

My Husband:
Blood Song

Tween Tuesday Review: Robots

For anyone who is interested in the history of robots, robots of today, and what the future might hold. A great overview for anyone who finds robots fascinating. 
  • The book's divided into sections - Robots that Work, Robots that Protect, Robots that Explore, Robots that Fly, Robots that Help, Robots that Play, and Robots that kids made.
  • History of Robotics dating back to early automatons.
  • Break-out Points are in bright colors

  • What I Like:
    1. The examples of college students' work in the field. 
    2. The photographs are wonderful
    3. Informative and Entertaining but not too text heavy
    4. Reading Robots
    5. Mini Robots shown to size
    6. LEGO Robots
    7. Websites for more info
    8. The creativeness behind the robots build for kids
    A fabulous introduction to robots in an easy to read format with excellent photographs/illustrations

    Monday, August 18, 2014

    Zest Summer Bloggin' Tour

    If you have teens stuck on duct tape - this book is perfect for them. I tabbed several that would be great at my library including:
    * Gift Bow
    * Carnation Pens
    * Basic Sticker
    * Cupcake Purse (everyone needs one of these)
    * Headbands
    * Rings
    * Bookmarks (We've done this before at the library, but they weren't rounded - nor did they have tassels)

    Plus obviously you can build upon each of these ideas. Don't fancy a cupcake purse, create a basketball one instead using the same ideas. 

    There are lots of great projects for going back to school

    The Set-Up:
    After the list of tools you can use and setting up your workstation, there's a chapter on basic duct tape techniques.
    Great pictures to go along with the instructions
    Levels of ease
    Time length it should take to complete each project
    List of materials
    Highlighted tips

    I confess, I'm not a huge lover of vegetables (those who know me, know that's a understatement - I really don't like them at all).  But I really enjoyed reading this book - it made me think about the foods that I do eat and how I could improve my eating habits.

    What I like about this cookbook:
    * The Set-up (see below)
    * Season dishes: I love the alternatives for dishes depending on fresh food
    * I love the idea of fresh food
    * Each recipe comes from a teen
    *Pictures are great
    * My favorite part of cookbooks is always the desert section

    The Set-Up
    Short Essays in the beginning which range from Vegetarianism to Eating Locally
    Chapter on basic recipes - staples for your kitchen
    Easy to follow recipes

    Follow the Tour:
    • Summer Bloggin Blog Tour page: http://zestbooks.net/summer-bloggin-blog-tour/

    More About the Books:
    • The Green Teen Cookbook book info: http://zestbooks.net/the-green-teen-cookbook/
    • Sticky Fingers: DIY Duct Tape Projects book info: http://zestbooks.net/sticky-fingers/

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    Contest: You can win ONE of the books: The prize includes an autographed copy of the book of your choice, and may even include a roll of duct tape or a special green-themed cooking tool, depending on which book you choose for your contest. 

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

    Mysterious Saturday Review: Boiled Over

    * Maine Clambake series book 2 - Book 1 Review *
    Julia Snowden wants to belong to Busman's Harbor. After leaving for college and then finding a job in New York City, she's always felt like an outsider when she returns home. Now that she's back living in Maine, she decides that something needs to be done. She joins the Founder's Day Committee.

    The festival's off to a great start until a body's discovered in the clam bake oven.

    One of Julia's workers was seen fleeing the scene. N one can find him. Julia was so desperate to hire someone, she failed to complete the proper background check. As a result, they know next to nothing about Cabe.

    Julia refuses to believe that Cabe murdered someone. The more she digs into his background, the more questions arise. 
    My Thoughts: The second book in the series doesn't disappoint. I love the setting - it's both beautiful and believable with the small town charm and also the gossip grapevine.  I like how there are lots of secrets and the town protects their own. Plus, everyone has an opinion about your life.  I love the food - you can almost smell the goodies; it makes my mouth water. I love the plot twists. I appreciate how Julia's trying to become part of the community. Mystery blends with the romance, making me anxious for the next book in the series.

    Cover Thoughts: Charming
    Source: my Library 

    Friday, August 15, 2014

    Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After

    Isla's had a crush on Josh forever - and during their senior year, he's started noticing her. Could he be a part of her future - a future she hasn't decided? Isla had no idea what she wants to do after graduation. Everyone seems to have a plan, except for her. What could be holding her back?
    My Thoughts: Like most readers, I've waited ages for this book. And it was worth it. This book is utter perfection. Here are just a few things I loved
    * The art. Ok so there isn't really art in the book, the the art is described and it's beautiful
    * The trip to Spain - I loved seeing new places. Yes I looked up the buildings and park where they traveled
    * The moments with Anna and St. Clair plus Lola and Cricket
    * Kurt
    * The banter between Isla and Josh before they fell for each other
    * The Falling
    * The moments with her sisters
    * The way it ended

    Cover Thoughts: I like it - but most of it takes place in Paris.
    Source: My Library

    Thursday, August 14, 2014

    Review: Courting Magic

    Five years have passed, Kat's still the same as ever. She's still a bit wild. She's still a magical guardian. Most importantly, Kat's about to make her debut into society.

    Unfortunately, the timing couldn't be worse.

    There's a rogue magician using illusion magic to elevate himself into society to steal jewelry. Kat's been summoned along with Alexander and two other gentlemen to discover the identity. Can they find the culprit without ruining Kat's debut?
    My Thoughts: I love Kat's stories and I'm so excited to read this novella. I've been wondering what happened to Kat as a teen for ages and this answers all my questions. I love that Kat's coming out and that in five years, she hasn't changed much. Although I did notice that her patience seems to be a little bit stronger when dealing with her family. I love her over-protective family, especially seeing Lucy again. The magical battles, the dancing, the garden moment were all perfection. Happy sigh. I love visiting characters again and this was a fabulous visit with Kat. 

    Cover Thoughts: Great
    Source: Sent for review

    Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    Books I'm Dying to Read: October Edition

    I love October books because that's finally when I start reading Holiday books. It's also a great time for cozies. Plus it's a big month for publishing, so lots of fabulous books are coming out this month. Here are a few I can't wait to read.

    Maybe This Christmas (O'Neil Brothers, #3)The Heart of Christmas (Whiskey Creek, #7)The Lodge on Holly Road (Life in Icicle Falls, #6)
    Maybe this Christmas: I love this series set in Vermont and I'm excited about Tyler's story.
    Heart of Christmas: Eve's story in the Whiskey Creek series
    Lodge on Holly Road: Book 6 in the Life in Icicle Falls series - with a man playing Santa Claus for the town as the hero

    In the Afterlight (The Darkest Minds, #3)Talon (Talon, #1)
    In the After Light: The third book in this amazing dystopian trilogy - can't wait to see what happens. 
    Talon: Secret Dragon Slayers - Dragons hiding as humans - what happens when they come together?

    Famous in LoveMy True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
    Famous in Love: I read this and really enjoyed it! 
    My True Love Gave to Me: Teen short stories about Christmas romance

    Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle #1)
    Snow Like Ashes: A broken kingdom with one hope at survival
    Exquisite Captive: Really excited for this one - grabbed an ARC at BEA. Jinni - slavery- and hope (Inspired by Arabian Nights)

    Double Vision: The Alias MenPennyroyal Academy
    Double Vision: Alias Men: Love this spy MG trilogy, excited to see read the last one set in Hollywood.
    Pennyroyal Academy: Looks super cute - have an ARC from BEA and I can't wait to read it - school for Princesses and Knights

    One in a Million (Lucky Harbor, #12)
    One in a Million: Lucky Harbor series where a girl returns home and sees her high school crush again - after swearing off love.

    RunawaysSide Effects
    Runaways: Also read this one, which surprised me. Really enjoyed it. Love story from the wrong side of the tracks - a murder - and people speculating about their relationship. 
    Side Effects: Just read this one and I liked it - very similar to Party of Five TV show.

    The Princess in BlackRain Reign
    Princess Black: Read this from BEA - super cute! Love that the Princess has a huge secret and she's feisty. 
    Rain Reign: A dog story that sounds sad, but also powerful. Plus Ann M Martin!

    One Potion in the Grave ( A Magic Potion Mystery #2)Picked to Die (Orchard, #8)
    One Potion in the Grave: Really enjoyed the first book in the series - looking forward to reading more about Carly Bell and her love potions
    Picked to Die: 8th book in this cozy series about a small town and an apple orchard owner.

    StrayNot in the Script (If Only . . . #3)
     Stray: Love the cover of this mixed up fairy tale (It was also talked about on Epic Reads Tea Time)
    Not in the Script: Another book in the IF ONLY series - set in Hollywood

    Doughnuts!: 100 Dough-Licious RecipesScissors, Paper, Craft: 30 Pretty Projects All Cut, Folded, and Crafted from Paper
    Doughnuts: After a recent purchase of a doughnut pan, I'm excited about the possibilities of baking them.
    Scissors, Paper, and Craft: I love paper crafting - excited to see some new craft ideas.

    Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914
    Shooting Stars: A WWI book on the Christmas Truce.

    Tuesday, August 12, 2014

    Tween Tuesday Review: Lucky Me

    Meghan believes in luck - and now thanks to the forwarding of a chain letter through email, she's cursed. With bad luck following her around, she's determined to break it. Her BFF tells her the only way to break the bad luck is to explain what happened to everyone in the chain and ask their forgiveness. If they say it's no big deal, than a double handshake is in need. Once that's completed the curse will be lifted.

    The chain letter came from Ireland - luckily Meghan and her family are headed there on a family vacation. While her family makes it, they're luggage doesn't.

    Meghan can't wait to sneak away from her family and track down the people from the chain letter and change her luck. Could it all really be that easy?
    My Thoughts: I loved Cindy's previous books (They're now on the Summer Reading List for the the 6th graders), so I wasn't surprised at devouring this book. While the bad luck that descended upon Meghan wouldn't be funny in real life, it was amusing in book life. The poor girl had too many things go wrong for just one day. I love how she and her family traveled to Ireland to visit newly discovered family members. I loved how Meghan took off with two guides to track down the senders of the chain letter - it was a great way to see Ireland. I loved the descriptions of the country-side and the people. It made me long for green mountains and close-knit communities. Travel, luck, family drama, friendship, and a little romance make this book hard to put down. 

    Cover Thoughts: Cute
    Source: Sent for Review

    About the author
    Cindy Callaghan is the author of the middle-grade novels Just Add Magic (2010) and 2013’s Lost in London (Simon & Schuster). She is a full-time writer, animal advocate, and supermom. A native of New Jersey, Cindy lives, works, and writes in Wilmington, Delaware, with her family and numerous rescued pets. She loves hearing from fans, speaking at schools and conferences, and zip-lining.

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