Saturday, May 23, 2015

SPAM and a Saturday Snapshot

Dear Readers,

If you are still reading my blog, I just discovered today that many for my regular commenters, who I thought had abandoned me, have actually been commenting, but your comments went in my spam folder, which I almost never check. I am so sorry I never saw your comments. Forgive me.  Not sure how this happened as most of you who ended up in spam have been commenting on my blog for years?? 

This week I decided to participate in Satuday Snapshot, because I thought this photo was too priceless to keep to myself.

"Mommy, just like tattoos"

(fortunately this was washable, not permanent marker)

To participate in Saturday Snapshot (hosted by West Metro Mommy): post a photo that you (or a friend or family member) have taken then leave a direct link to your post in the Mister Linky below. Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don’t post random photos that you find online.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend Kicks Off My Summer Reading Plans

My reading choices always seem to change a bit when summer approaches. Instead of chunky, more intense reads, I tend to choose, shorter books, novels with fewer characters, and other stories that require less concentration -- mostly because in summer, I find myself busier, more easily distracted and yes, when I'm on the beach or in a park with a book, I'm a people watcher --plain and simple.

Here are some of the books that will likely take center stage on my beach blanket this summer.

 Irvin Yalom - Basic Books - 2015

Finders Keepers; Stephen King
Scribner - June 2

Summerlong; Dean Bakopoulos
Ecco - June 16th

Fredrik Backman - Atria - June 16th

Language Arts; Stephanie Kallos
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt- June 9th

Liar's Bench; Kim Michelle Richardson
Kensington - April 2015

House Breaking; Dan Pope
SImon & Schuster - May 12th

The Undertaker's Daughter: a Memoir; Kate Mayfield
Gallery - January 2015

Find the Good; Heather Lende
Algonquin - April 2015

How about you, any summer reading plans?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Coming Soon to a Bookstore Near You - Finders Keepers; Stephen King

I can hardly wait for June 2, 2015

Finder's Keepers; Stephen King
Scribner - June 2, 2015

(DESCRIPTION) ---- A masterful, intensely suspenseful novel about a reader whose obsession with a reclusive writer goes far too far—a book about the power of storytelling, starring the same trio of unlikely and winning heroes King introduced in Mr. Mercedes.

“Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris kills Rothstein and empties his safe of cash, yes, but the real treasure is a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold novel.

Morris hides the money and the notebooks, and then he is locked away for another crime. Decades later, a boy named Pete Saubers finds the treasure, and now it is Pete and his family that Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney, and Jerome Robinson must rescue from the ever-more deranged and vengeful Morris when he’s released from prison after thirty-five years.

Not since Misery has King played with the notion of a reader whose obsession with a writer gets dangerous. Finders Keepers is spectacular, heart-pounding suspense, but it is also King writing about how literature shapes a life—for good, for bad, forever.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Grasshopper and the Ants; Jim Pinkney

Little Brown for Young Readers - 2015

Jim Pinkney's, The Grasshopper and the Ants, is a slightly more pleasant version of the Aesop story.  In this story Grasshopper is happy it's spring and all ready to make merry music. He tells the ants that they are working much to hard and should be out having fun, making music, fishing and enjoying the weather. The busy worker ants opt not to play and continue with their hard work. As the seasons change and Grasshopper continues to play in leaves and make music.  Before long snow has fallen and Grasshopper finds himself outdoors wet and freezing after making a snowangel. 

As Grasshopper peers into the Ants home he sees that it looks all cozy and warm and there's even food on the table, while Grasshopper is outside cold and hungry. While some of the Ants are knitting near a cozy fire, Grasshopper is initially turned away, but eventually, the good hearted Queen Ant invites him in for hot tea and cookies. Together ALL the critters make music together and enjoy the warmth.

Clearly, it is the gorgeous, full-color, detailed drawings that make this book special. The art work contains such things as, beautiful flowers, woodland scenes, minute details like snowflakes, dragonfly wings, musical instruments, spinning wheels etc, that will truly amaze adults and delight children alike. It is easy to see why the author/illustrator has been a Caldecott winner.

A great addition for collectors.

5/5 stars