Monday, August 21, 2017

Manny the Frenchies Art of Happiness

By Manny the Frenchie

In 2011, Manny was the runt of the litter and on his way to a shelter. But when his parents scooped him up, named him after the world famous boxer, Manny Pacquiao, and began posting photos of him sleeping in their sink accompanied by humorous, optimistic captions, Manny went viral.


~Crystal

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2)

By Cassandra Clare

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty, constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.
When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.


~Crystal

Shadow and Bone (Shadow and Bone #1)

By Leigh Bardugo

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything, but when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems.

~Crystal

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Witch's Daughter

Image result for witch's daughter brackstonby Paula Brackston

In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate at the hands of the panicked mob: the Warlock Gideon Masters, and his Book of Shadows. Gideon instructs Bess in the Craft, awakening formidable powers she didn't know she had and making her immortal. She couldn't have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.
In present-day England, Elizabeth has built a quiet life for herself, tending her garden and selling herbs and oils at the local farmers' market. But her solitude abruptly ends when a teenage girl called Tegan starts hanging around. Against her better judgment, Elizabeth begins teaching Tegan the ways of the Hedge Witch, in the process awakening memories—and demons—long thought forgotten.

~Crystal

Friday, July 21, 2017

Awkward:

Image result for awkward the science of why we're sociallyThe Science of Why We're Socially Awkward and Why That's Awesome
By Ty Tashiro

Interweaving the latest research with personal tales and real world examples, Awkward offers reassurance and provides valuable insights into how we can embrace our personal quirks and unique talents to harness our awesome potential—and more comfortably navigate our complex world.

~Crystal

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Happy Little Accidents

Image result for wit and wisdom of bob rossThe Wit & Wisdom of Bob Ross
By Michelle Witte

“Anything we don't like, we'll turn it into a happy little tree or something; we don't make mistakes, we just have happy accidents.”
Bob Ross, the soft-spoken artist painting happy clouds, mountains, and trees has captivated us for years with the magic that takes place on his canvas in twenty-six television minutes—all while dispensing little branches of wisdom. His style and encouraging words are a form of therapy for the weary, but with Bob it is always about more than painting. There is a hidden depth within his easy chatter, another layer to everything he says. When he talks about painting, he's using it as a metaphor for life!

~Crystal

Monday, July 17, 2017

The Little French Bistro

by Nina George

I picked up this book because of the title – little French bistro, and found a delightful read. It’s about love and loss, aging and sorrow, sexuality and finding yourself.

Marianne is married to a man who never showed any sign of appreciating her. While on vacation in Paris, she runs away from him. She ends up in Brittany, where she finds people who help her blossom. Her husband tracks her down , and she has to decide whether to stay or return to her former life.

~Rochelle

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Textbook

Image result for textbook amy krouse rosenthalby Amy Krouse Rosenthal

If you’re looking for a book that will make you think about life from different angles, then this is the book for you. In her book, Rosenthal redefines the idea of the standard college textbook and uses this theme to create a book that encourages readers to think about their own life, the idea of serendipity, coincidence, how we are all connected in interesting ways, and the strange, odd, and exotic world we all live in.

Perhaps one of the most unique aspects of this book is the way in which the author enables the reader to interact with the book through text messaging, email, and the book’s website. For example, Rosenthal encourages readers to submit their own stories of serendipity, to text pictures of rainbows for the online rainbow map, to post self-portraits, and more.

As a side note, sadly, Rosenthal has recently passed away. Knowing this information may make you feel more emotional about the subjects she writes about in the book; however the connection the author provides through texting and the website feature is still active. A book that will make you laugh, cry, and ponder life and the world around you—definitely worth the read.

~Christina

Saturday, June 17, 2017

A Dog's Purpose

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A dog looks to discover his purpose in life over the course of several lifetimes and owners.

This is a wonderful movie, but a tearjerker throughout its entirety.

~Crystal

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Every Dog: A book of Over 450 Breeds


Image result for Every Dog: A book of Over 450 Breedsby Nancy Hajeski

The breeds are thoroughly researched and represent canines from around the world. They range from rare breeds for the dog lover that wants something different, to the favorite breeds that make for a reliable choice. There are ancient breeds and modern breeds, including the "designer dogs" that have become so popular in recent years.

~Crystal

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Still Missing

by Chevy Stevens
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I don’t mind telling you that this author was recommended to me by a patron. Her comment was that this author has such an impressive style of writing that you realize great empathy for the main character and she is eagerly waiting for Chevy Stevens next book. Because of this patron’s claims, I continued to read this novel despite the fact that this is not my usual type of book. The story really grabs you; very hard to put down.

The story is by Annie as she is in session with her shrink. She is holding an open house for her client; the last prospective buyer shows up just as she was getting ready to close up on what had been a very slow day. After letting him look around for a while, she is just about to wrap up the viewing, the guy sticks a gun in her back and forces her into the back of his van. He forces her to lay down on her stomach then injects a knock-out drug into the back of her thigh. This book has an ending that you would never be able to imagine.

~Beckie

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Manners & Mutiny: Finishing School #4

By Gail Carriger

Lessons in the art of espionage aboard Mademoiselle Geraldine's floating dirigible have become tedious without Sophronia's sootie Soap nearby. She would rather thwart dastardly Picklemen, yet her concerns about their wicked intentions are ignored.
Who can she trust? Only one thing is certain: a large-scale plot is under way. Sophronia must be ready to save her friends, her school, and all of London from disaster.

~Crystal

Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book


By Jennifer Donnelly

We follow Belle as she finds an enchanted book in the Beast’s library called Nevermore that carries her into a glittering new world. There, Belle is befriended by a mysterious countess who offers her the life she’s always dreamed of.

But Nevermore is not what it seems, and the more time Belle spends there, the harder it is to leave. Good stories take hold of us and never let us go, and once Belle becomes lost in this book, she may never find her way out again.

~Crystal

Friday, May 12, 2017

Waistcoats and Weaponry (Finishing School #3)


By Gail Carriger

Sophronia continues her second year at finishing school in style - with a steel-bladed fan secreted in the folds of her ball gown, of course. Which comes in handy when Sophronia, her best friend Dimity, sweet sootie Soap, and the charming Lord Felix Mersey stowaway on a train to return their classmate Sidheag to her werewolf pack in Scotland. No one suspected what - or who - they would find aboard that suspiciously empty train. Sophronia uncovers a plot that threatens to throw all of London into chaos and she must decide where her loyalties lie, once and for all.

~Crystal


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Miss Julia Weathers a Storm

By Ann B. Ross


Fans of Miss Julia will not be disappointed with her latest adventure. Her husband Sam has the great idea to take family and friends to the beach for an end of summer vacation. He rents a fantastic house that sleeps about 10 people on a barrier island off the coast of North Carolina. Being the hurricane season (and given the title) you know that they are going to be effected by a storm, they have to flee for their lives. But there is something else that they are fleeing from, read and find out what has them threatened.

Every Miss Julia book that Ann Ross has written has be a page turner and a joy to read. If you are not currently a fan, give her a try, you won’t be let down.


~ Beckie H.