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?

Monday, May 2, 2016

20 Mother's Day Gift Ideas for the Book Lover

Mother's Day is a week away and if you're like me, you've probably been thinking about getting that literary mom of yours a thoughtful gift to show her how much you love her.  You've probably even realized that the $10 potted plant staring at you as you walk into Walmart probably won't cut it as the kind of unique present your mom deserves. What do you get the wonderful woman who seems to always know what to get you? Look no further! Check out these creative gifts that are bound to bring a smile to her eye and, dare I say, maybe a tear drop or two of delight.

20 Mother's Day Gift Ideas for the Book Lover:

Friday, April 29, 2016

10 Reasons NOT to READ

For one of our Ten Year posts I thought it might be fun to do a 
Top 10 Reasons NOT to READ
because really is there even a good enough reason not to read but let's have some fun with this.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sneak Peek Into What I've Been Reading!

It's always fun to see what girls in our book club are reading outside of the books we've selected for the year. Today I'm going to share some of the books I've read recently and dish on my favs!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Readers Gonna Read + Discount Code!

You never know where one seemingly small decision can take you in life.

 When I entered Cents of Styles "Design the Good" contest, I never expected any outcome other than possibly placing in the top 10 designs. Fast forward 5 months and my READERS GONNA READ shirt has consistently been selling out and now comes in sizes 6 months to size XXL. 

I STILL cannot believe the amazing support I've received from friends, readers, and followers buying my design so THANK YOU!

To celebrate Readers Reading, Cents of Style and I are offering an exclusive discount on my t-shirt that will make the kid's tee $14.95 (normally $27.95)  and the women's tee $16.95 (normally $29.95)! And the best part is, whenever you order anything with Cents of Style, you receive FREE SHIPPING or any order so that's the same deal you'd get if you ordered this shirt of with shipping!

"Illuminae" Book Club Ideas Part 2

Oh this was so creepy... right when you walked in to Jen's house she had her office turned into a quarantined room with an infected child inside. Her kids are so awesome and always dress up and act a part at the book club.
Let's talk about the decorations and discussion we had that night.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Delicious Dish: Creamy, Cheesy Potato Soup

Fall and winter are the perfect months for a good 'ol hearty soup and this one is one of my favorites. You can't go wrong with potatoes and cheese! We had this soup at our Illuminae book club night and it was the perfect addition to our salad bar. The great thing about this soup is that you can make it ahead of time and stick it in a slow cooker to keep warm or just reheat right beforehand.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

"Illuminae" Book Club Ideas Part 1

Wow! This book is amazing.
I don't know if you have heard of this book but unless you are living under a rock you should have. This fabulous collaboration between Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff is amazing. The book is written in the form of documents, journal entries and emails so it was a little weird or should I say different to get to know characters this way. But they accomplished it! I love listening to audiobooks and I heard that the audio for so so good but I also know that the book is very creative and has art work and creative ways of writing like the pictures below. So I mixed the best of both of these. I listened to the audio while looking at the book. I really think this was the best way to read this book. It really  sounded like I was listening to a movie the sound effects were amazing. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

Book Review for "Illuminae" {by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff}

Book Title: Illuminae
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Number of Pages: 599
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Year: 2015
Genre: Science Fiction


This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she'd have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that's little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra--who are barely even talking to each other--are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what's really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents--including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more--Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Our star rating:

Friday, April 15, 2016

Illuminae Printables

Because this book had so many great quotes and such amazing galactic art in it we decided to make a few printable and bookmarks for you to download. I hope you enjoy these.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

9 Awesome DIYs for Book Lovers

If you are a book lover, you will delight in a nerdy, bookish DIY project. And if you love a book lover, any of these projects would make an amazing gift! Here are 9 fantastic and unique DIYs that bookworms will adore.

9 Awesome DIY Projects for Book Lovers

Accio Books Tote Bag: I can't be the only nerd who sees a big tote bag (whether HP inspired or not) and instantly thinks, "Ooooh, that would make a great library bag!" Right? And this tote is perfect for any Harry Potter fan! Get the tutorial at Pieces by Polly.

Book Page Bows: Reuse old book pages to create darling bows. The author used them to make an adorable bow banner, and I think they'd be super cute to decorate a gift wrapped up for a book lover, too! Get the tutorial at Knick of Time.

Book Zipper Clutches: Turn vintage hardcovers into the perfect little clutch for date night. I'm loving the vintage-inspired floral fabric print with those gorgeous books! Get the tutorial at See Kate Sew.

Book Page Pinwheel Banner: If you've got a reading nook somewhere in your house, it just makes sense to decorate it with book pages, right? Whip up a simple but bookworm-friendly pinwheel banner for your home. Get the tutorial at Ella Claire Inspired.

Book Page Wreath: There are dozens of variations of book page wreaths, and I love them all. This tightly rolled, imperfect version is fantastic. Get the tutorial at The Shabby Creek Cottage.

Book Folding: This book DIY is not for the faint of heart, but man, does it make an awesome impact. This how-to will teach you to create your own folding template. Get the tutorial at See Saw Store.

Stacked Books Necklace: If reading books just isn't enough . . . wear them. This super simple necklace DIY is easier than it looks. Get the tutorial at the Darice blog.

Vintage Book iPad Case: Maybe you miss the feel of a book in your hands when you use your ereader. If so, this one's for you. Turn an old hardcover into an awesome case for your tablet. Get the tutorial at Stamped in His Image.

Papercut Animal Bookmarks: Every reader needs a darling bookmark, and they don't get any cuter than these. Get the tutorial at Lia Griffith.

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Monday, April 11, 2016

The Jungle Book {Book to Movie}

Oooohhh doesn't this movie look so cool. I'm loving how they are incorporating real life with computer generated imagery to bring this movie alive. And have you seen the star studded cast? I mean, wow! This is sure to be a hit. I know I can't wait to take my kids to it. 
It comes out April 15th and is rated PG