Monday, September 10, 2018

Tomorrow Needs You

To Write Love On Her Arms has a new campaign for #suicideprevention this year-- and I LOVE it.


Don't give up.  Don't give in.

We need you.

Tomorrow needs you.

Hope is real.  Help is real.

Your story is important.

"Perhaps the greatest tragedy of suicide is that it steals tomorrow and every additional tomorrow. Suicide takes away the possibility of tomorrows filled with healing, change, love, joy, connection, and community. Those possibilities are worth fighting for, they're worth every ounce of our attention and energy. And you are worth fighting for." - Jamie Tworkowski

Learn more at To Write Love on Her Arms.

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Cozies by T L Fischer

The Legend of Operation Moonlight

5 stars

This was a charming and delightful illustrated tale of imagination.

I'm not totally sure about the intended audience.... everything about it screams young-to-mid-elementary school.... until you start reading. 

And then there's a lot that's going to go over a kid's head.

But it's engaging and hilarious.

Honestly, I think it may be best as a read-aloud.


(Received for review)

Friday, June 8, 2018

The Pages Between Us by Lindsey Leavitt and Robin Mellom


Book 1: The Pages Between Us
4.5 stars (received for review)

Book 2: In the Spotlight
5 stars (I might have received this one for review too but I honestly can't remember....)

Book 1: Okay so normally this maybe isn't my thing, but I'm a SUCKER for "letter game" style novels (I blame Patricia Wrede) and so I had to read it.

And I loved it.  Because wow.

A great tale of friendship and growing up and changing and all the messiness of all of it.

Book 2: Oh my word, it spoke to me even more than the first one.

There was more I could relate to in this second installment.

Overall, these are great middle grade friendship books.  Recommended!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Rebels Rising by Shanna Swendson

5 stars

(Can I give it more than 5?  Like 10? 'Cause really.)

Oh how I love these books.

In fact, I bought them with the money my inlaws gave me for my birthday.... and I reread one and two and read this one twice.

Because seriously they're that fun.

I'm obsessed.

These are great for teens, too.  Boo is also obsessed.

If you haven't read them yet, well for one, what's wrong with you, and for two go do it now.  Stat.

Start with Rebel Mechanics.

Can we get the 4th book like now please??

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Food Explorer by Daniel Stone

The True Adventures of the Globe-Trotting Botanist Who Transformed What America Eats

4 stars

(Received for review)

Let me start by saying I read a digital ARC (which isn't my preference but it was what was available).

The digital ARC had MAJOR formatting issues (for example anywhere you had "ff" or "fi" or "fl" in a word those letters simply weren't present.... sometimes there was a space where they should go and other times not) that HOPEFULLY will not be present in any finished copy.

Also, I'm desperately hoping that the meandering of the text and the sudden jumps in topic are at least partly due to the formatting issues.

I'm guessing it is.  Probably some of it would be in nice boxes or something that would indicate it is an aside.

Because wow meandering. You don't necessarily mind... because it's mostly interesting... but it's a bit of a jolt to be brought back to Fairchild and remember "oh yeah! THAT'S what this book's supposed to be about".

I do wish some of the modern moralizing had been slashed by a good editor.  It really did get old.

That and the level of meandering are what lost it a star.

Overall- SO INTERESTING.  If you enjoy history or plant biology or food you should really take a look.