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.

Recommended.

(Received for review)

Friday, June 8, 2018

The Pages Between Us by Lindsey Leavitt and Robin Mellom

Series:

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
nonfiction

(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.

Monday, June 4, 2018

The Mixtape of My Life by Robert K Elder

A Do-It-Yourself Music Memoir

5 stars

Okay, so I did a post last week that was a roundup of awesome Father's Day ideas, right?

After writing that post, I received this one for review and let me tell you-- THIS IS AWESOME.

For anyone with a man in their life who's into music (like, say, my dad who is in not one but TWO bands), this is a perfect gift.

It asks about music you remember from childhood; your first concert; family member favorites...

Y'all it even asks who played you the first song you heard with curse words, which I'm not totally sure how I would answer (it was probably my dad.... Karn Evil 9 by ELP, lol) but I just think is the funniest question ever.

Seriously-- take a look at this one for the music-lover in your life.  Or, you know, for yourself.

It's really just that awesome.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Father's Day Round-Up

So.... Father's Day.

Father's Day is less than a month after my husband's birthday and he is the world's most impossible person to shop for.... so.... yeah.

(I left this draft open on my computer and he saw it and mocked me, but I swear to you it's the truth.)

What to do.... what to do?

Well, if your husband/dad/brother/father-figure-person likes to cook and likes beer, then you should totally go with:

Personally, I don't drink... nor does my husband (or my father... or really anyone else I'd be shopping for for Father's Day) BUT between the cheesy goodness and punny names this cookbook is a hit for me.  

If, like my husband, someone on your list loves baseball:

Or if they're into nature and the outdoors:

A history buff?  Try this (which looks FASCINATING):

How about the guy who's always working out?  I found titles for him too:


I hope that round-up helps someone...... lol.

(I have received some of these for review... They'll be reviewed in more depth in other posts.)