Friday, July 22, 2016

"Still Alice" Book Club Ideas Part 2

Hopefully you have already seen Still Alice Book Club Ideas Part 1, if you haven't you need to go check out the food ideas. 

Still Alice by Lisa Genova is one of those must read books. If you are looking for a book to read in book club then look no more. You will not be disappointed. 

“You're so beautiful," said Alice. "I'm afraid of looking at you and not knowing who you are."
"I think that even if you don't know who I am someday, you'll still know that I love you."
"What if I see you, and I don't know that you're my daughter, and I don't know that you love me?"
"Then, I'll tell you that I do, and you'll believe me.”
-Still Alice

Doesn't this quote bring tears to your eyes! 

One thing that I learned from reading this book is that when we know more about something like in this case Alzheimer's Disease, we are understand more and are more empathetic for the people who are touched by this disease. It's not easy being the one going through it but it is also not easy seeing someone you love lose all their memories of their life and the people in it.

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Best Books for Middle Grade Readers (Grades 3-7, Ages 8-12)

Adults are always talking about their favorite books, teens gush about the latest book made into a movie, but what about tweens? What about those kids-that-aren't-really-kids anymore? They aren't really recommending books to each other like adults and teens. Some do, but the majority of middle graders - that is the the term used in the world of literature - are getting their recommendations from the adults in their life.

Whether you are a parent, relative, librarian, or teacher, you probably know a child between the ages 8-12. Wouldn't it be nice to have a handy list ready of old and new books that you could give as gifts or recommend? Did you say, "yes"? Then look no further! We've compiled a list of Delicious Reads Approved books that your tween will love and hopefully will transition them into a lifelong reader. All of these books have an average of close to 4 out of 5 stars or better on GoodReads and Amazon. We tried to stick with books that would be gender neutral (both boys and girls would enjoy) and "clean" (no swear words, sexual content, extreme violence). If you like this list, check out some of our other book lists: 40 Clean Reads for Teens, 24 Clean Romance Novels, and Top 24 Books for Teen Boys.

Delicious Reads

Keep reading for more details on our middle grade book choices, including a Delicious Reads book rating and comments specific to each book.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Favorite Childrens books of 2016 thus far

I was on LitJoy Crates Facebook live yesterday with my business partner Alix and we shared some of our favorite childrens books that we've received as possibilities for our LitJoy book boxes but ultimately couldn't use. 

We've received SO many great childrens books it's been hard to pick just one to include each month so we wanted to share several of our "runner up" choices that we think everyone needs to read!

For Ages: 2 - 5

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s in a single letter? Everything in A B See!
Because hidden in each graphic letter are tiny troves of ABC treasures waiting to be found by sharp-eyed readers. Can you find the apple, arrow, and armor in the letter A? Or the bear, banjo, and bike buried in the letter B? Read along in this unique alphabet board book that asks audiences to A B See beyond the ABCs.

"Still Alice" Book Club Ideas Part 1

What an amazing book! This is one of those books that you will look back on and think about throughout your life. If you are thinking of reading this for your book club I am telling you that it will be an amazing night. 
Cami had the great idea to base the food around Alice's favorite coffee house Jerri's, so she put together a drink bar of Crio Bru drinks and sandwiches, salads, and desserts. 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Book Review for "Still Alice" {by Lisa Genova}

TITLE OF THE BOOK: "Still Alice"

AUTHOR: Lisa Genova

PUBLISHER: Self Published and later acquired by Simon & Schuster



READING LEVEL: appropriate for teens and adults

GENRE: Adult Fiction

BOOK SUMMARY: From Goodreads:
Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life--and her relationship with her family and the world--forever.

Our Star Rating is...

Friday, July 8, 2016

Celebrating 10 Years!

All Photos were taken by JordanBree Photography

We can't believe it has been TEN Years! 

Some book clubs come and some book clubs go but Delicious Reads is here to STAY.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Delicious Dish: 4th of July Desserts That Will Explode in Your Mouth

Let's be real. If you live in the United States, Independence day is usually hot. But because it is the 4th of July, everyone wants to be outside doing parades, picnics, and parties. You know what all those things have in common? FOOD! Wouldn't it be nice to cool off with a July 4th dessert that will explode in your mouth?

At Delicious Reads, we want to make that happen so that while everyone else is slaving over the main dish and potato salad, we can be lazing about in a hammock with a good book. We've put together a list of 10 to-die-for desserts that will cool you off this July 4th.

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!
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Congrats to all our kids for making it through yet another year of school. It's finally time to leave all the studying behind!