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The Sunday Post #82

The Sunday Post #82

Greetings you guys. I guess there’s no use in asking how everyone is doing. The past three days felt like a lifetime all in itself. My Mommy loved the Queen of England and you can easily find her on Royal Watch. She does like kings and queens and princes and princesses of which I am a living example. Although the late Queen had a profound love for dogs and the mutt expressed her concern for the poor dogs that are left behind, I’d like to believe that She did have at least a fondness for cats as well. Perhaps the new Queen Consort might bring a feline into the Royal Palace. She does look like a person who would like cats. We always love the books being discussed on the Queen Consort’s Instagram Page The Royal Reading Room. We really do wish the family peace and love in this time of grief. May the Queen rest in Peace and long life the King! Anything else happening is completely irrelevant, so let’s rather talk books. Adding to the Litter My Mommy had Book Club on Monday night. Gosh, it feels like a lifetime ago.  She’s still busy with The Island of Missing […]

Posted September 11, 2022
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Friday Fives #10 – 5 Books my Students are Trying to get me to Read

Friday Fives #10 – 5 Books my Students are Trying to get me to Read

Greetings you guys! Can you believe that it’s September already and I haven’t done a Friday Fives this whole year. Jeeeez….. Fridays are usually crazy and my Mommy is always trying to leave school as fast as possible to get home and start the weekend. It doesn’t always work out that way though. Now we first need to remember what Friday Fives are all about…. Connect Five is really very easy, just pick 5 books that are connected in some or other way. Theme, cover, genre, author – you name it. It’s hosted by Kathryn @ The Book Date. Talking about school – as the school’s librarian, my Mommy loves recommending books to the kids and to see just how much they love reading. But every now and then, the kids will actually recommend a book or two for her to read as well. Sometimes she does read it and sometimes she pretends she has…. Other times, they land on her TBR and we hope to get to them soon. Here are five of the latter ones. Fable (Fable #1) by Adrienne Young – For seventeen-year-old Fable, the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is […]

Posted September 9, 2022
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A Lady Newspaperman’s Dilemma by Eileen Joyce Donovan

A Lady Newspaperman’s Dilemma by Eileen Joyce Donovan

A Lady Newspaperman’s Dilemma by Eileen Joyce Donovan Published by Woodhall Press on September 6, 2022 Genres: Historical Fiction Pages: 256 Format: ARC Source: The History Quill Book Club Buy on Amazon Goodreads Based on actual events, this story is set in a newspaper office in Eastern Montana in 1926. A time when the American public was obsessed with newspaper horror stories of what most today would consider ordinary murders or other man-made catastrophes. Anything that could contribute to the roar of the Roaring 20’s was commercialized, became sensational news overnight, and newspaper fodder for many days thereafter. Hence, a flood that could destroy a town became a front-page event. More than anything, Alex wants to be a journalist for a major metropolitan newspaper. A field dominated by men. Harriet Quimby and Nellie Bly notwithstanding. Although she’s covered other front-page stories, including a murder of a much loved and respected rancher, this flood will affect everyone living in Sunset Valley, if they survive. When this life changing story falls into her lap, her editor threatens to assign it to a more seasoned male reporter, or maybe cover it himself. Alex becomes frustrated at being cast aside and is determined to […]

Posted September 8, 2022
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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I loved so much I just had to have a copy for myself (so I stole it)

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I loved so much I just had to have a copy for myself (so I stole it)

Greetings you guys! It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Arsty Reader Girl. I’ve tried to come up with a clever twist or play with today’s prompt, but alas. It will have to be as literal as it comes. Books I liked so much, I had to buy a copy for my personal library. The only creativity I could come up with, was the title. Just to put you all at rest, I didn’t steal a single one of my books on my list today. We did rightfully purchase them all. Some for a pretty penny and some for a steal. No clever CANVA graphics today, I’ll just use some photos. They aren’t very good. My Mommy and me took a few sneak ones now. The puppy is sleeping and that saying of let sleeping dogs lie is ever so true if you have a fox terrier puppy in the house. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – My Mommy listened to this one on audible and just had to have a copy. It’s now a very popular choice in our Book Club as well. The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune – Another […]

Posted September 6, 2022
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Ma Tutt’s Donut Hut by Lyndon Perry

Ma Tutt’s Donut Hut by Lyndon Perry

Ma Tutt’s Donut Hut by Lyn Perry Series: Mack the Magical Cat Mystery #1 on July 1st, 2014 Genres: Cozy Mystery Pages: 105 Format: eBook Source: Author’s Copy Buy on Amazon Goodreads A Curious Cozy with a Magical Cat! Dolly Tutt has just opened her own bakery in the small mountain community of Sugar Pine Station. But the Creamy Pie franchise across the street is giving her fits. Her business is dying. She needs a miracle or she’ll be forced to close. Fortunately, Mack, a mysterious tabby that came with the doughnut shop, lends a paw by pointing Dolly to a magical ingredient that definitely puts the spice back in her life and rejuvenates the Donut Hut. Unfortunately, it also unleashes as series of catastrophes that may end up destroying her business once and for all. This short novel of about 100 pages is a complete adventure but contains four tales within the larger gentle mystery. Think of it in terms of a four episode mini-series with each story complete unto itself but all add up to a satisfying conclusion. I think it’s time to start describing books as famous idioms. Ma Tutt’s Donut Hut can easily be described as Sugar and Spice […]

Posted September 5, 2022
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Six Degrees of Separation – Calling the Lost

Six Degrees of Separation – Calling the Lost

Greetings! I can’t believe a month has passed since our last Six Degrees. Wow! And spring is finally in the air and this morning my Mommy said we might take the little mutt to the beach later today. But first – Six Degrees of Separation. This monthly fun meme is hosted by Books are my Favorite and Best: On the first Saturday of every month, a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. Books can be linked in obvious ways, for example: same authors, same era or genre, or books with similar themes or settings. Or you might choose to link them in more personal ways: books you read in the same holiday, books given to you by a particular friend or books that remind you of a particular time in your life. The choices are endless here!  Our starting point this month, is the last book in your previous chain. So for us, that will be The Book of  Lost Names by Kristin Harmel. We haven’t read it yet, but it’s not quite lost either as we have a copy on our kindle and will hopefully get to it soon. We are […]

Posted September 3, 2022
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Wondrous Words Wednesday – Brouhaha

Wondrous Words Wednesday – Brouhaha

Greetings you Guys! Welcome back to Wondrous Words Wednesday! No, we didn’t abandon this fun meme, we’ve just decided to make it monthly meme instead of a biweekly one. If this is your first time visiting – yay! Here’s what it’s all about: All you need to do, is share any new (or new to you) words you came across this past month and share them with us. You are also welcome to share words you simply want to show off to us. No rules apply here, just share any or all the lovely or new words you’ve encountered over the last month. Tips and ideas: Don’t go pull the Dictionary down from the shelf. Use words you came across in a book, a TV show, pamphlet, social media, doctor’s room, classroom – the possibilities are endless If you want to share a story around your chosen word, you are welcome If you want to link your chosen word up with a book or books, please do so You are welcome to share photos or pictures that will describe your word just a bit better (who doesn’t love Pictionary) Let’s stick to words that are recognized in the English Dictionary. […]

Posted August 31, 2022
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Ten Books You Probably Shouldn’t Read at School

Ten Books You Probably Shouldn’t Read at School

Greetings you guys! It’s Tuesday and time for Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s prompt is a School Freebie and apparently you can  do whatever you want with this prompt. As long as it’s related to school in some or other way. How sneaky a reader were you at school? In other words, what books did you read you probably shouldn’t have for what ever reason? For today, we will present you with a list of books you probably shouldn’t read at school. This list is totally biased of course. But please feel free to add as you see fit! The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty – Georgetown, Washington D.C. Actress and divorced mother Chris MacNeil starts to experience ‘difficulties’ with her usually sweet-natured eleven-year-old daughter Regan. The child becomes afflicted by spasms, convulsions and unsettling amnesiac episodes; these abruptly worsen into violent fits of appalling foul-mouthed curses, accompanied by physical mutation. Medical science is baffled by Regan’s plight and, in her increasing despair, Chris turns to troubled priest and psychiatrist Damien Karras, who immediately recognises something profoundly malevolent in Regan’s distorted fetures and speech. On Karras’s recommendation, the Church summons Father Merrin, a specialist […]

Posted August 30, 2022
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Fire & Ice by B.T. Polcari

Fire & Ice by B.T. Polcari

Fire & Ice by B.T. Polcari Series: Mauzzy & Me #2 on August 15th, 2022 Genres: Cozy Mystery Pages: 352 Format: ARC Source: Netgalley Buy on Amazon Goodreads After encountering a brief power outage at work, college student Sara Donovan might be allowing her imagination to run wild. The main vault in the Carlton Museum holds the Fire and Ice Exhibit, a collection of rare gems, including the Star of Midnight, a 175-carat diamond. Although all the stones are accounted for, Sara suspects the Star of Midnight was stolen and replaced with a fake. While conducting her own investigation, what Sara uncovers is beyond even her wildest imagination: a coded message, papers with strange characters, and a mysterious set of numbers carved into an office wall. Despite dismissive historians and other experts, she is certain these clues point to a mysterious centuries-old legend. Unfortunately, her colorful history of usually being right, but always being wrong, means she must solve the mystery to prove her theory. What a fun read this was! Truly a gem (no pun intended). I have never heard of the Mauzzy & Me Mystery series and frankly, I’m not a fan of dachshunds, but I am a […]

Posted August 29, 2022
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The Sunday Post #81

The Sunday Post #81

Greetings you guys, how are you? We didn’t have the best of weeks and my Mommy is actually sick with the flue or something so got from the dog in bed while we are typing here. And that’s not even the worst of our week. Let’s not get into it in too much detail and just say that people really can sometimes do the stupidest things. Oh and there’s a reason why the president of School Governing Bodies are always depicted as assholes in movies and TV shows – they usually are. Mommy says that every now and then, she can get so disappointed in her own race and the empires and dogmas humans so love to belong to. Luckily she has all of us to comfort her in sickness and disappointments. Oh and trees, trees are another thing that makes her happy at the moment. Have you read this gem? A rich, magical new book on belonging and identity, love and trauma, nature and renewal, from the Booker shortlisted author of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World. Two teenagers, a Greek Cypriot and a Turkish Cypriot, meet at a taverna on the island they both call home. […]

Posted August 28, 2022
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