Saturday, October 7, 2017

Fall Reads

The month of October is normally one of my favorites. I think this is in part because the beauty of the changing leaves. I also spend time outdoors reading.

Around here activities are rampant and there are many delicious smells and tastes I associate with  fall.  There's fun gatherings at  apple festivals.

Times spent at hayrides, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, making Carmel corn, attending haunted attractions and dressing up in costumes. 

There is a multitude of apple related activities too, such as , making apple cake, candied apples, apple cider, and the game of bobbing for apples.

There's also drying flower heads and collecting flower seeds.

'And, how does this related to reading?' You ask.  

Well, while many people choose to be spooked with scary movies, I instead, study new apple recipes and go to the books store to read my favorites old Classic Ghost Stories. 

If you looking for some excellent fall reads check out the nearest bookstore or your local library to see their available options.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

September 2017 Loft Reads and more

Fall is our favorite season. In September, we celebrated 2 birthdays and spent much of our free time outside.  We took a vacation and  toured the Bicycle Museum of America and spent time at Indian Mill.  

We checked out some Eric Grohe murals and had a fun time walking around farm markets looking for pumpkins to place on our porch. 

And while, we read fewer books than normal, we significantly increased our on-line reading.

I enjoyed 'The Dogist Puppies'. I felt these 3 puppies being cuddled on the cover were adorable.It has great photos and provides documentary-style glimpse of the different canine breeds.

The Very Very Very Long Dog lives in a bookstore and was a cute read.

Fish Boy by Vanita Books is a folktale about the Inuit culture. And there are great illustrations to go along with this educational story.

I had a few history/war reads too, which included a copy I purchased of a LIFE collector's edition.

September feed backs on Net Galley were 4. I did a review for Blogging for Books and read a few books and also completed a collector's edition I'd purchased. 

It has been a month of historical fiction, poetry,  animal and nature works, and colorful children's books. 

That pretty much rounds up September reads.  

The month ended and  I opened the mail and there was a copy of " a well- crafted home". 
Yes, I've  already started reading it.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Secret Agent Josephine in Paris

Secret Agent Josephine in Paris
by Brenda Ponnay
Xist Publishing
Available Editions
EDITION Hardcover
ISBN 9781623955243
PRICE $19.99 (USD)
FTC: Reviewed for Xist Publishing and Net Galley

There's a new super spy in town!

Secret Agent Josephine may not look like a super mom, but when she goes to work, bad guys better watch out for her crafty tricks.

In this Secret Agent Josephine adventure, our heroine travels to Paris to scope out some new craft supplies and stop an infamous art thief. Donning disguises and stocking up on the tools of her trade, Secret Agent Josephine tracks the thief through the streets of Paris. But when she's spotted, will her crafting skills be able to get her out of a jam? 

My Thoughts

This is a cute short read. I love that it is  a mother daughter spy book. And while on the hunt for bag guys, it's good to see they donned different disguises while passing famous places in Paris, I also enjoyed the fact that the books offers crafty ideas that are useful for fun art projects.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

LIFE: Our Finest Hour:Voices of the World War II Generation

collector's edition

Our Finest Hour

Voices of the World War II Generation 

with an intro by Bob Greene

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Time-Life; First edition. edition ISBN 10: 1883013984 / ISBN 13: 9781883013981Published by Time Inc. Home Entertainment, Des Moines, IA, 2000

  • Language: English

  • Package Dimensions: 10.6 x 9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • FTC; Purchased from Store

My Thoughts

Do you purchase Collector's editions? 

 Almost all of my collector's editions have been bought on sale.  As a general rule, I don't seek out a collector's edition. 

But, here's one I recently purchased.

I expect I did this because I enjoy history, have relatives that fought in this war, and felt it included some outstanding photojournalism.  I also don't feel I can go wrong with a read that combines heartfelt depictions with music and lyrics by Herman Hupfeld.  

This collector's edition is broken down into 12 sections: The introduction by Bob Greene, The Beginning, Home Front, The Lonely, Fighters, Entertainers, The Wounded, The Storytellers, The Lost, The End, Chronology, Resources.

It is an extremely interesting read, including 'The Beginning", where the poor sailor admits he gets carsick. 

Throughout the book, we view images depicting valor. And, we learn some soliders who fought in WWII had previously fought in WWI.

We are provided with a glimpse of the outcome of starvation studies as well as learning how soldiers are taught to 'spring up for an advance'. 

I was drawn to the photos that shows the loss felt during war times. In the section "Fighters", a technician is sharing his C-rations with some poor Italian children.  And, the photo of a single solider standing in a bombed out church in Italy, reminded me of how Chaplains are called upon to relay the details of tragedy

We learn of "celluloid therapy", used for those injured. And, we view crewmen in action during a sea burial. 

Beyond that,  we learn of  heart wrenching stories such as the soldier holding the hand at the foot of the mule trail.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Dogist Puppies

The Dogist Puppies
by Elias Weiss Friedman
Artisan Books
Pub Date 19 Sep 2017   
EDITION Hardcover
ISBN 9781579657437
PRICE $24.95 (USD)
FTC: Reviewed for Artisan Books and Net Galley


The Dogist Puppies, the follow-up to the New York Times bestseller The Dogist, is a beautiful, funny, and endearing look at puppies. And with their sweet faces, soft bellies, and oversized paws, the puppies in The Dogist Puppies make this book even more irresistible than Friedman’s first one! Presented documentary-style, every portrait tells a story and explores each puppy’s distinct character and spirit. The book presents a gallery of puppy portraits arranged into themes including Ears, Big Paws, Cones of Shame, Learning to Walk, and Fancy Outfits, giving every dog lover something to pore over. With the author’s 2.4 million and growing Instagram followers, The Dogist Puppies is poised to reach a large audience of puppy lovers looking for the perfect gift book this holiday season.

My Thoughts

I am a dog lover and this book filled with puppies is adorable.The book provides a documentary-style glimpse of the different canine breeds too.

The Very Very Very Long Dog

The Very Very Very Long Dog
Julia Patton
Available Editions

FTC Review for Net Galley


Bartelby is a very long and lovable dachshund who lives in a bookstore. He has a lovely set 
of friends who take him for walks through the city, but he has no idea that his bumbling 
backside leaves a trail of destruction and accidents behind him. Embarrassed that he has 
no control over his back end, Bartelby vows to never leave the cozy bookstore again. 
Can his friends help him find a way to help himself?
This beautifully illustrated picture book features silly fun along with an important message:
 that we love our friends not in spite of their flaws, but because of them. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Vanita Oelschlager and Mike Blanc
Expected publication: May 1st 2018
by Vanita Books
EDITION Hardcover
ISBN 9781938164200
PRICE $15.95 (USD)
FTC Reviewed for Vanita Books and Net Galley


The Arctic region of North America is a land of long days, icy cold, hardy people and peculiar creatures.  The Inuit people there have made traditional use of remarkable folk tales to find truth and explain the mysteries of an astonishing world.

In Fish-Boy, An Inuit Folk Tale, Vanita Oelschlager retells a tale passed down by a wise old Inuit.  It's an origin story involving a little magic and a very odd boy with a large heart for friendship.  On a journey with his new father, he must confront misfortune and the malice of cold hearted villagers.  But he has a way.. and a lesson for all in the virtues of kindness and hospitality. 

My Thoughts

This wonderful folk tale teaches about Inuit culture. And, explains why sea parrots became so numerous around the stony islands of the far North. A lame Inuit fisherman is fishing when he sees something unusual in the water that has a head like a young man and feet behind its tail, speaking to fisherman, "Do not spear me. I am not a fish. I am Fish-Boy." The lame fisherman becomes Fish-Boy's father and together they help us learn of kindness and tolerance.