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Quote of the Day – Odd and the Frost Giants

It was, Odd concluded, an animal with a plan. He had no plans, other than a general determination never to return to the village. And it was not every day that you got to follow a fox. So he did.

–Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
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Quote of the Day – Fortunately, the Milk

He looked like he was going to suggest that we have something for breakfast that you do not need milk for, like sausages, but then he looked like he remembered that, without milk, he couldn’t have his tea. He had his “no tea” face.

-Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

Show & Tell – Summer Reading Bingo

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I may have bit off more than I could chew in July, but I certainly had fun mowing down on these books!

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Favorite Fiction – Food

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Books about food are some of my favorites. I blame being raised on Food Network, but, let’s be honest, you don’t have to know how to proof dough, mix up icing, or candy lemon peels to enjoy a story about sweets.

Here are a few books that revolve around sweet treats that you should definitely check out:

Links will take you to Goodreads.

 


For more tasty reads, check out the #MGCarousel challenge for May!

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Show & Tell – Book A Day in May

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I’m working my way through a personal challenge to read one book every day in May. This, of course, works best if I pick shorter books. So far, I’ve had pretty great luck with finding some amazing lower middle grade books.

To date, I’ve read:

  1. Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
  2. The Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop
  3. The Fish in Room 11 by Heather Dyer
  4. Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson
  5. Wishes, Kisses, and Pigs by Betsy Hearne
  6. Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

 

Question of the Day: What are your favorite lower middle grade stories or chapter books?

Favorite Fiction – My L-O-V-E List

Valentines Day is all about the love, so in celebration I am sharing a list of stuff I L-O-V-E. Because it’s impossible for me to just pick favorites without narrowing down the criteria, there are some qualifying categories.

 

I’ll Always L-O-V-E You

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

In the Land of Ingary, where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of three. Everyone knows you are the one who will fail first, and worst, if the three of you set out to seek your fortunes.

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I have read this beat-up old paperback of Howl’s Moving Castle dozens upon dozens of times. The magic still captivates me. The characters make me laugh. I fall in love with selfish, heartless Howl, root for headstrong Sophie to discover where she belongs in the world while making and cleaning up messes, and search for the clues and hints that lead up to my favorite discoveries nearer The End. For me, Diana Wynne Jones’s storytelling became an example of what a real story should be like. Vivid, wild (to the point of almost seeming out-of-control), dry but humorous, and intelligent to the last line. Yes, there is a movie. A very beautiful movie. I love the movie. But I love the book even better.


 

I L-O-V-E to Laugh

Kung Fu Panda from Dreamworks

Legend tells of a legendary warrior whose kung fu skills were the stuff of legend.

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As many times as I have read Howl’s Moving Castle, I have watched Kung Fu Panda. Sit me down in front of the screen and I can probably quote my way through the entire thing. The writing is smart, the jokes are hilarious, Po is the most relatable, lovable, adorable character in the universe. The positive messages don’t overpower the storytelling, but leave you with some very empowering nuggets of truth, like, 1. don’t quit on yourself, 2. there are no accidents, and 3. we do not wash our pits in the Pool of Sacred Tears.


 

 

 

 

New L-O-V-E

Natalie Lloyd

I can very often tell how much a person loves another person by the way they say their name. I think that’s one of the best feelings in the world, when you know your name is safe in another person’s mouth. When you know they’ll never shout it out like a cuss word, but say it or whisper it like a once-upon-a-time.

Natalie Lloyd has quickly climbed to Favorite Author status for me since two summers ago, when I picked up a copy of A Snicker of Magic. The following books have only reinforced how much I love the detailed, awe-struck writing style of this lovely lady. If you’re looking for storytelling that has heart and humor, delicious treats, Tennessee mountain charm, strong and loving characters, music and dancing, and maybe a little magic, I’d highly recommend any of her books in a heartbeat.N-Lloyd


 

L-O-V-E to Luv

Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir from Zagtoon & Method Animation

Sometimes, your heart tells you one thing, but a great superhero always listens to her head.

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Miraculous Ladybug reminds me of everything I loved about watching TV as a kid, except better. With a diverse and lovable cast, dynamic action scenes, inventive villains who wear the most amazing costumes I’ve ever seen, and a climbing sense of mystery, I’m completely hooked on this show. Plus, I am shipping Marionette and Adrian SO hard. Where is Season 2, Netflix?


 

L-O-V-E to Hate

Star Vs. The Forces of Evil from Disney XD

Do you think I’m like Ludo? I don’t want your wand. I want to destroy it.

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Star Vs. drives me a little crazy sometimes… but when it comes to the Forces of Evil part of the show, I’m completely sold. It’s been a long time since I was truly afraid of a baddie, but Toffee legitimately scares me. Yep, behind that dapper and polished exterior there is a calculating, coldblooded creature. Who would have guessed? Now, if we could just find out what the guy’s after…

*I’m speeding to catch up to the most recent episodes, so no spoilers please!


 

L-O-V-E That Guy

Galleries of Stone Trilogy by C. J. Milbrandt

This person was the embodiment of all the stories he’d ever heard about this race of foreign conquerors—skin like bronze, draped in jewels, and armed to the teeth.

aurelius-by-dana-guerrieri1 I have a fondness for the side characters and supporting cast members of many stories, but Aurelius Harrow truly does steal the show right from his first entrance. On the outside, he seems snobbish and elitist, but don’t let looks fool you. The Pred are known for being violent and vicious for a reason, and Aurelius is no exception. This tantalizing blend of beauty, sass, and danger earned him a special place in my heart and is very possibly the biggest reason I keep coming back to re-read the series.


 

 

 

 

I L-O-V-E to Collect

Sarah’s Scribbles by Sarah Andersen

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Sarah Andersen shines lighthearted humor on everyday experiences, creating a comic that seems to celebrate all the little things that can make us happy, or drive us crazy. It encourages me so much to see her succeed by being honest and original. I’m an avid follower of her work and the proud owner of two books plus a shiny new 2018 wall calendar.


 

 

 

Genre L-O-V-E

orphans, runaways, detectives, conspiracies, dark magic
Victorian and/or Steampunk, Mystery, Treasure Hunt
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The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann, Professor Layton and the Curious Village from Nintendo, Stardust from Paramount Pictures, A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket (television series from Netflix), The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box from Entertainment Motion Pictures.


 

 

Can you feel the L-O-V-E? Are any of my favorites yours, too? Got any recommendations based on my list? Let me know!

 

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