Monday, December 10, 2018

My Year in Books 2018


               This Year I Read:


      Interesting average book length.
I read a LOT of picture books this year!

What a difference!

All data collected by GoodReads. If you don't use GoodReads, you really should give it a try. It's a great place to keep track of books you've read AND books you want to read!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Texas Bluebonnet Announcement


It's always so exciting when the new list comes out! I grabbed this early photo of the list! I hope you can read it. I've even already read some! I'll add more with links when it's available from TLA.

2019-2020 TX Bluebonnet List

Thursday, September 20, 2018

While in London




What do you do when in London? But some local books of course! I always visit Waterstone Book Store when I'm there. This time I bought Peppa Goes to London, Oi Cat and You Can't Take an Elephant on the Bus. Then I found Not Enough for Queen Fluff at the gift shop by Tower Hill.

Then while in Marlow, I walked by a couple of famous author's old homes, which you can see under the Bookish Fun tab.


Saturday, April 21, 2018



Aren't these bunnies delightful? I bought them from Reva at a local art gallery. They are going in my home library/writing space. I find them inspiring. 

I've been reading The Artist's Way by Julie Cameron. If you've read it, you know that you go on Artist's Dates, and you take care of your inner child, AND you're to be kind to yourself. Well, you don't have to tell me twice. This is one of the items that came from one such journey! 

I highly recommend this book to everyone - to any creative type, and to those looking for come creativity in their lives. 

Saturday, March 31, 2018


Coming soon to a bookstore near you!
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl
by Stacy McAnulty

I'll have a blog post once the book is available. Right now - it's on pre-order! It's due out on May 1.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Monday, October 30, 2017

Halloweensie Contest Entry


Thank you to Susanna Hill for setting up the 7th annual Halloweensie Contest!




Munster Knows (70 words)

Monsters, Monsters
everywhere.
Tonight’s their night
if they dare

to leave their lairs, 
to mix and mingle,
shadows left,
at last— commingle.

On Halloween,
no one knows
who is who 
under clothes.

Girls with crowns
and boys with horns
go house to house
for candy corn.

Munster knows 
it’s trick or treat,
but… he never
keeps a sweet.

Instead he has a
trick to share—

confetti bombs
for your hair!

Friday, September 15, 2017

A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale by Penny Klostermann


A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale
written by: Penny Parker Klostermann
illustrated by: Ben Mantle
Published by: Random House
Date: September 5, 2017

If you love fractured fairy tales, you will love this mash-up.  It is full of delicious fun!

Book Hooks:

1- Who ever thought of Fairy Tales as having the common element of FOOD?  Ms. Penny Klostermann did! The opening page spread sets the scene with William, who is lucky enough to live in a fairy tale land...but, he "...preferred pastries to princesses, kitchens to kingdoms, and recipes to the Royal Reporter."

2- A boy who loves to cook - I love that! I have three boys who are young adults now - and they ALL love to cook!

3- A mash-up story - I really enjoy mash-ups!  But...YOU will have to read the book to find out which fairy tales appear in this mash-up! Remember...think 'food'.

4- There are so many good things about this story - I have already purchased it for my nieces AND nephews. 


From Goodreads:
From the creators of There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight comes a fun fractured fairy tale about an aspiring chef who mistakenly turns story ingredients into delectable dishes. . . . Uh-oh! 

In the magical land of fairy tales, William doesn't quite fit in. He'd rather poach pears than pursue princesses, and he values gnocchi over knighthood. . . .

When he stumbles on a delivery of food destined for Fairy-Tale Headquarters (a pumpkin, apples, and a few measly beans), he decides to spice things up and whips the paltry ingredients into delectable dishes. But as you might have guessed, Snow White's wicked stepmother doesn't exactly want her magic apple baked and drizzled with caramel.

The team that brought you There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight delivers a hilariously fractured, whipped, and souffleed fairy tale that is chock-full of delicious details and jokes to satisfy every appetite!


Bon Appetit!


If you are looking for another fabulous, fun read - pick up There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight, one of my personal favorites.  You will  beg to read this one again!

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