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text 2017-03-28 16:07
Valentines Day "Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch"
Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch - Eileen Spinelli,Paul Yalowitz

Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch written by Eileen Spinelli and illustrated by Paul Yalowitz is the prefect book to read in February in relation to Valentines Day. This touching story is about a man, Mr. Hatch, in the community who keeps to himself most days. Until, he receives a valentine from a secret admirer. Mr. Hatch begins talking to everyone keeping in the back of his mind that he wants to find this admirer. He becomes more outgoing and helps everyone in the community. This continues until the postman brings to Mr. Hatch's attention, that he made a mistake and delivered the valentine to the wrong address. To find out what the community does next, you'll just have to read for yourself because this book is truly heart wrenching. I see myself using this book in my classroom before our Valentines Day party. This would encourage all students to put thought into their valentine, because even a few kind words can change a person's life. We could do a sequencing activity with this text or write a letter to Mr. Hatch to accompany this book. This story is a 3.9 on the accelerated reader leveling system. 

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review 2017-02-14 22:54
A Valentine for Anne Frank



Working at a library I am fortunate to process all the new books that have been added to our collection. I've often (humorously) complained to people that employment at a library is a detriment; work starts to get avoided when you want to read every new thing that arrives on your desk.


Our library is setting up a 'Global Education' exhibit, and one of the books featured will be 'The Diary of Anne Frank.' Like most kids I read Anne Frank in middle school, but being so young I couldn't comprehend the magnitude of the book. The new copy we received is a new edition, and of course I started to flip through it after cataloguing.


I was struck how detailed her passages were. The emotions were palpable. I had forgotten about Anne's earlier passages describing her life before confinement. There were issues with her mother, school life, and other ordinary teenage angst.


At the beginning of her hiding, Anne's tone is hopeful. It is not long before her optimism starts to deplete. Reading this on the other side felt like a slow burn. In one wrenching passage she writes about wanting to laugh, but the sheer act of it drains her energy.


Today the internet is breaking with messages or memes to people we love. Why should Anne be discounted from this? So I am going to reach out to the other side. I want to give Ms. Frank a special thanks for influencing me as a writer and a survivor.

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text 2017-02-10 12:20
15 Valentine's Day gifts for your beloved book lover



Books are the best gifts for book lovers regardless of the occasion. It is nice, though, to give or receive an interesting companion, an intriguing detail, a special piece along with the book, of course. Today we've prepared this set of gifts for your No 1 book lover.


And starting from Monday watch out for a special Valentine's week book love story project with great bookish pieces written by BookLikes bloggers :)


1. Peacock Paper Heart Stud Earrings ->

"These heart stud earrings feature tiny, delicate folds that create a soft shaped heart full of love to go around, perfect for a gift."




2. Message in a Bottle Necklace ->

"Message in a Bottle Necklace with a beautiful love poem ~ this handmade pendant is a token of heartfelt love."




3. Paper read and gold hearts necklace->

"This origami hearts necklace is perfect for the heart lover. With three hearts folded from red and gold washi paper it will add love to your outfit."




4. Literary brooch ->

"This lovely little handmade brooch is just perfect for the person in your life who has a passion for books and literacy."




5. Temporary tattoos for book lovers, set of two->

Not sure if a tattoo is your cup of tea? Give it a try with this temporary set of literary tattoos, the set of two matching tattoos is a perfect Valentine's evening project.



6. Origami paper roses ->

"An abandoned book (usually collected from charity shops) will get a second chance to create dreams for the one you love."




7. You and Me artwork ->

"This artwork is made from paper hearts cut from a range of lovely vintage sheet music and romantic poems. The hearts have been layered and stitched into chains with a single red heart nestled in amongst them. The heart is printed with the words, 'You and Me' but can also be personalised."




8. Personalized location map print ->

"Make a beautiful print of anywhere you choose-- for example: a place you've lived, where you got married, your favourite destination... The world is your oyster!"




9. Cat notebook ->

"This fab A6 cat notebook is a perfect little gift for that crazy cat lady you know or makes a lovely treat for yourself!"




10. Cinder by Marissa Meyer inspired T-shirt ->

"Every super soft Litographs t-shirt is individually ​hand pressed to order​. We use all-over dye sublimation so that the text covers every inch."


11. The Lord of the Rings Middle-Earth Map Scarf ->
This chiffon scarf is a perfect companion for romantic evening walks. And it's big enough to cover two sets of shoulders.

12. Personalized Kindle Case ->

"Each case is fully lined and wadded, with an elastic loop and button fastening at the top. Ensuring that your kindle or tablet will be safe and secure.Available in 3 colour ways. Choose from stone linen, pink cotton or blue cotton."




 13. Wuthering Heights bookmark ->

"This bookmark is completely hand made and handwritten. It features a quotation from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte: "Whatever our souls are made of his and mine are the same", hand-calligraphed in permanent and waterproof purple ink on lilac cardboard. The bookmark is decorated with small leaves and red flowers."




 14. Glasses case from Which glasses are which ->

"Makes a brilliant gift for anyone who mislays their specs, especially bookworms and crossword puzzlers"




15. Romantic bookmarks with quotes ->

Beautiful bookmarks are always the best gifts and when they present the romantic quotes they become the best Valentine's present.



What are your perfect Valentine's gift ideas?


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review 2016-04-28 08:07
Valentines on the Edge by Carol Maloney Scott
Valentines on the Edge: Three Romantic Comedy Short Stories - Carol Maloney Scott,Nick Rissmeyer

Valentines on the Edge by Carol Maloney Scott is a fun compilation of stories to read.  I gave it four stars.


It includes Justin's State of Denial where Justin takes Marissa to meet his parents for Valentine's Day.  He has sisters-in-law from hell & it isn't a good time.  It was a fun story to read.  “Okay, I just wish you would say more.  I’m used to women who talk things to death.  Your silence is eerie and foreboding.”   Cute twist at the end.


Amanda's White Lie is an intriguing story.  "Cecilia licks her fingers as she finishes icing the pink and red cookies. The combination of her ‘I love cats’ apron and her black spiky hair and blood red lips are striking, yet confusing.  She used to be the bad co-worker at Bella Donna Press.  Stealing men, lying, and scaring the crap out of people, especially me. But now she’s all butterflies and unicorns since she went on of those meditation retreats where you find yourself.  It’s like the Evil Queen from Snow White was transformed into Mary Poppins".


Amanda's White Lie is a cute story.  Uncle Mel & Bob watch over Amanda Jane Ferguson like she was their daughter after her parents died her senior year of high school.  They are retired cops.  The neighborhood where they live has gotten run down.  She did not learn fiscal responsibility & is deep in debt.  Her boyfriend proposed on Valentine's Day & she needed to figure out how to let him know her problem.


Zoe’s Secret Crush is about an apprentice piercer & singer for a band whose love life is complicated.


I received a complimentary kindle copy from the author.  That did not change my opinion for this review.


Link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Valentines-Edge-Romantic-Comedy-Stories-ebook/dp/B01B3TZU5Q

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text 2016-04-27 03:10
Good News Edition
Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet - Jennifer Homans
Valentines - Ted Kooser

Exciting news! Powells recently had a sale, and I bought a book for my "keeper" library: A hardcover, dust-jacketed copy of "Apollo's Angels," Jennifer Homans' much-lauded history of ballet published a few years ago. I've been wanting it since publication, and now I have a beautiful copy, sold at remaindered price. 


And, as a special bonus, I was going through some old junk and happened upon my long-lost copy of Ted Kooser's "Valentines," also hardcover with dust jacket. So happy to see you again, old friend. Sorry my cluttered ways hid you for so long.


We don't buy many books in Carissa Land these days. There isn't much space left here to store them. So, it's down to just those titles I'm reasonably certain I want to keep in my personal collection for a long, long time, books for classes I'm taking, and, of course, poetry. These two certainly made the cut. 





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