Wednesday, June 29, 2016

"Crooked Kingdom" by Leigh Bardugo SNEAK PEAK

We've got your sneak peak of the very adventurous and highly anticipated second book in the Six of Crows series "Crooked Kingdom" by Leigh Bardugo.

Leigh is one of our favorite authors and friend. We have been reading her books from the beginning of her career and have loved every one.

With the big cliff hanger that left us screaming in frustration with Six of Crows we were ecstatic to get this beautiful ARC of Crooked Kingdom. Since it doesn't come out until September 27th,  I thought you might want to see what I got in the mail.

I present to you....

Monday, June 27, 2016

Quarterly Book to Movie Review {July - September 2016}

Wow can you believe how many movies that are coming out in the next three months that are based on books?
Keep reading all the deets and watch the movie trailers.

Friday, June 24, 2016

The BFG {Book to Movie}

Many of you might have grown up reading Roald Dahl books and probably read this one. Disney has remade the classic tale with all the technology we have now for movies.
I am pretty sure this is going to be amazing.

This magical movie comes out July 1st. It is 115 minutes and is rated PG. This will be a great movie for the whole family.


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

"POPULAR: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek" Book Club Ideas Part 2

“Popularity is more than looks. It’s not clothes, hair, or even possessions. When we let go of these labels, we see how flimsy and relative they actually are. Real popularity is kindness and acceptance. It is about who you are, and how you treat others.”- Maya Van Wagenen (pg 254)
Interesting enough this book was a great discussion of our childhoods and the differences everybody had. We had some that were brutally bullied to others who had great memories with no bullying. But we are all different and that's what makes us unique. I loved hearing stories from everyone's past and it gave us all a better understanding of each other.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Legend of Tarzan {Book to Movie}

So excited for this movie to come out. I can't wait to see how they put it together and if the digital effects are believable. If it's anything like the job they did on The Jungle Book then I will be happy. The trailer looks amazing and adventurous.

Be sure to hit the theaters July 1st.
It is rated PG-13 and is 109 minutes.

Friday, June 17, 2016

"POPULAR: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek" Book Club Ideas Part 1

I was a little skeptical about reading this book when we picked it and this is a perfect example of a book I would have never read on my own but because of book club I read it. I am so glad I did. I feel my mind has been opened to a new way of looking at Popularity and I wished I had read this when I was in 8th grade.
"If you want to be a human being, and a popular human being, then you need to come out of your shell." - Betty Cornell (Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek pg 174)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Roald Dahl: A GIANT Children's Author {FREE Printable Bookmark}

You know that first book that impacted you? Sometimes it happens when a parent reads you a bedtime story. Other times it's when a book series jumps out at you and finally gets you to read! For me, it happened in Mrs. Deerfield's 5th grade classroom. That year Mrs. Deerfield read aloud many chapter books including Where the Red Fern Grows and Bridge to Terabithia (it was the first time I'd seen a teacher cry in class). I adored those books, but the book that made everyone in our class laugh had to be The BFG by Roald Dahl!

The BFG movie

Monday, June 13, 2016

Book Review for "Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek" {by Maya Van Wagenen}

Book Review for

TITLE: Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek
AUTHOR: Maya Van Wagenen
PUBLISHER: Dutton Books for Young Readers
READING LEVEL: Ages 10 and up
GENRE: Non-Fiction, Autobiography-Memoir, Young Adult


Stuck at the bottom of the social ladder at pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren’t paid to be here, Maya Van Wagenen decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help Maya on her quest to be popular? 
The real-life results are painful, funny, and include a wonderful and unexpected surprise—meeting and befriending Betty Cornell herself. Told with humor and grace, Maya’s journey offers readers of all ages a thoroughly contemporary example of kindness and self-confidence.

Our Star Rating is....

Friday, June 3, 2016

How to Break Through a Summer Reading Slump

I'm probably not alone in being a cold weather reader. As soon as the weather gets chilly, I camp out in my favorite chair with a stack of books and don't get up until spring. It can be harder to find time to read during the summer months -- the warm weather beckons, kids are home from school so you have less down time to spend with a book, and summer travels might be keeping you busy. Here are a few simple ideas to get you reading, even during these warm summer months.

Tips to get out of a summertime reading slump

Pick up a book based in your vacay spot. If you'll be traveling during the summer, search for a novel set in your vacation spot! It'll get you extra excited to jet off on your summer trip, and maybe even give you ideas of sights to see or activities to check out while you're there.

Or vacation vicariously! Not traveling this summer? Decide on your dream vacation location, and read a novel that takes place there. Almost as good as visiting in person, right?

Don't forget about your yearly reading challenge! If you chose to participate in a 2016 reading challenge, you might be losing speed on it now that the new year excitement has worn off. Revisit your challenge list and tackle a few categories this summer! If you  need suggestions of 2016 reading challenges to participate in, visit THIS post. It's never too late to join in. I'm taking part in the Worthington Ave. challenge and the Modern Mrs. Darcy challenge!

Participate in a local library's reading challenge. If you were anything like me as a kid, you practically lived for your library's summer reading program. Check your local library to see if they are hosting a summer reading program, and join in!

Read along with your kid's summer reading list. Many school kids are sent home for the summer with a list of required reading. Why not join them and read along? You'll get to revisit books you may have missed reading when you were a kid, and have great bookish discussions with your favorite young reader.

Embrace audiobooks! I resisted audiobooks for a long time, because listening to books just didn't feel like 'real' reading to me. But as the busy-ness of motherhood has taken over my life, I've learned that audiobooks are an awesome way to incorporate the books you want to read into your daily routine, even when you're busy doing other things. I listen to audiobooks while I exercise, cook, fold laundry, or watch my kids play outside or at the playground. If you're spending a lot of time outdoors this summer (at the pool, at the park, taking the dog for walks, or working on your yard), you can also spend that time listening to books.

Join (or start) a book club. Nothing is a bigger motivator to finish your current read than knowing you'll be meeting up with friends to discuss it at book club. Find a local club you can join, or start your own! Check out this post on how to keep your book club going strong.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Me Before You {Book to Movie}

Aaahhhh.... this book is amazing! After I read this book I went and found every other Jojo Moyes book I could find because I wanted to read everything she has ever written. Jojo Moyes is on my Top Five Author List and she deserves to be there. I heard they were making this a movie a while ago and I hope they do the book justice. It is an amazing story of love, life, trials, heartache, and bravery.
This movie comes out June 3rd
it is 150 minutes and rated PG 13

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Ten Tips to keep Your BOOK CLUB Going Strong!

We have been a book club for ten years now and our members have ebbed and flowed from time to time but that's okay. We know that sometimes book club and reading just can't be a priority in your life and sometimes it can. Here are some tips we have discovered over the years that have helped our book club go on for ten years and counting. I also love that we have evolved over the years and become what we are today. 

Cheers to TEN Years!

- Ten Tips to Keep Your Book Club Going Strong -

Friday, May 27, 2016

Cassandra Clare

A couple weeks ago Hikari from Folded Pages Distillery and I had the opportunity to interview Cassandra Clare in her tour bus before her book signing here in Salt Lake City. 

So we donned our Shadowhunter gear and sat down to talk Lady Midnight, The Dark Artifices Series, and to find out what Cassandra's guilty pleasures are. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

Your Kids Are Ready For Summer . . . But Are YOU?

No more pencils
No more books
No more teacher's dirty looks!
School's out for summer!
(image source)
Congrats to all our kids for making it through yet another year of school. It's finally time to leave all the studying behind!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Alice Through the Looking Glass {Book to Movie}

It's Time for the next movie of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
comes out May 27th 
It is rated PG so perfect for the whole family and is 113 minutes.
Most theaters are letting you buy tickets now. So hop on your nearest movie theaters website and see if you can get them yet.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Orphan Train Book Club Ideas Part 2

“I've come to think that's what heaven is- a place in the memory of others where our best selves live on.” 
― Christina Baker KlineOrphan Train

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline is a book that has many themes. There is the theme of foster care, adoption, family history, unexpected relationships, inhumane acts of violence and of course the train that took children from large cities to be adopted by families in the midwest to be more like indentured servants then a part of a new family. We had so much to talk about and even some tears were shed. It was an emotional night because of the book and because of how the book touched so close to home in some cases. I think it is so interesting that the program that started the Orphan Train is still up and running in New York City. Of course they aren’t shipping children off to be used anymore. 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Delicious Dish : My Best Clam Chowder

Okay, so I fibbed.  It's not completely MY best clam chowder recipe but I did made several modifications after this month's book club for Orphan Train (by Christina Baker Kline)  to make it worthy of the chowders I remember back home in Southern California (you can find the original recipe here). 

 ...and I know what you're thinking.  Clam chowder? Whoa there.  Red light. That's where some of your eyes go glossy and you head over to another recipe.

I get it.

Any new recipe that has seafood or meat has my heart pounding and all sorts nervous too.  I'm more of a banana-zucchini bread/oatmeal chocolate chip/pumpkin pie kind of girl myself.

But maybe you're trying to get out of your comfort zone, away from your old boring recipes, or even getting more of an adventurous palate...there's every reason to make this chowder.  It's not "fishy" at all (if you have an aversion to seafood) and it is an insanely easy recipe that no one can screw up...except if you don't follow the most important golden rule below:

Friday, May 13, 2016

Orphan Train Book Club Ideas Part 1

Have you read this incredible story about our history in America? I had no idea that this happened with orphans in America.Some of the food ideas are from the book like the "Terry's Famous Chowder"  but most of this book took place during the great depression so food was scarce and there was no way I was eating squirrel as the main dish. So we improvised. How perfect was it to put the toy train around the food! Read on to see what we put together.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Orphan Train Book Review

Title of the Book: The Orphan Train

Author: Christina Baker Kline
Publisher: William Marrow
Number of Pages: 288
Year Published: 2014
Reading Level: YA +
Genre: Fiction

Summary: Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from "aging out" of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.

Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers that she and Vivian aren't as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

The closer Molly grows to Vivian, the more she discovers parallels to her own life. A Penobscot Indian, she, too, is an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. As her emotional barriers begin to crumble, Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life - answers that will ultimately free them both.

Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of second chances, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

Our Star Rating: 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Books for Summer for the WHOLE Family

I picked books for this series that encompassed the glorious care-free feeling of summer and focused on the special kind of love that radiates from family and friends. As a kid out of school for the summer the best thing was getting to hang out with friends in the neighborhood, go on vacations with family, and the essence of pure freedom that only summer can bring. These books display these same feelings in the lives of their characters, and are sure to bring summer fun to the whole family! These books are all dear to my heart. They are personal favorites and ones that I highly recommend.

Oh and I added some free printables at the bottom of this post, just for the readers of my fave site, Delicious Reads! These books have such great quotes on friendship, I couldn't resist!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

5 Favorite Fictional Teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week

Did you know this week is Teacher Appreciation Week? I can't help but think about some of the teachers in my life who have made a difference . . . and some of the big winners are from books. Here are 5 of my favorite fictional teachers, pulled from the pages of some of my favorite books.

Miss Honey from Matilda :: Matilda was one of my absolute favorite books as a child, and the wonderful Miss Honey definitely contributed to my love of it. Matilda's kindergarten teacher is the first (and only) person in the book to recognize Matilda's brilliance, and (more importantly!) she loves Matilda exactly as she is, which can't be said of her family.

Professor Dumbledore from Harry Potter :: I'll be honest with you . . . I had a hard time including only one teacher from Harry Potter in this list (although 'Favorite Professors from Harry Potter' ought to be a post in itself!). But of course, Professor Dumbledore can't be left out of any list of great fictional teachers. Despite being the most powerful wizard in the world, he devotes his life to raising up the next generation of wizards, he always has time for his students, and he teaches them gently and wisely, allowing them to come to their own conclusions. Every school could use a teacher like Dumbledore!

Mrs. Baker from The Wednesday Wars :: At first, Holling is convinced that he's asked to spend extra time in class with Mrs. Baker as a punishment. But as they get to know each other better, he learns that Mrs. Baker is helping to teach him not just about their classroom studies, but helping him to grow into a strong and good man.

Jane Eyre from (you guessed it) Jane Eyre :: Poor Jane didn't exactly have an idyllic childhood, but she becomes a governess who loves Adele and always has great advice and wisdom for her. I admire Jane's strength of character, independence, and her success in overcoming a terrible childhood.

Miss Stacey from Anne of Green Gables :: Besides being an energetic and lovable teacher, Miss Stacey really steps up by becoming a friend and mentor to young Anne. She encourages and molds Anne, both personally and academically, and pushes her to be her best in all aspects. I love her personal approach and how she directs Anne's passion toward success instead of seeing her as a nuisance (as many teachers would!).

Do you have a favorite teacher from literature?