Book Highlight: Lester Lies Down by James Ladd Thomas
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by kat
14h ago
Title: Lester Lies Down Author: James Ladd Thomas Publisher: Vine Leaves Press Publication Date: October 4, 2022 Genre: Fiction The Curated Bookshelf’s Monthly Theme: Dads in Books Lester Gordon is an odd man on the lower end of the autism spectrum. He falls for his next-door neighbor. He marries his next-door neighbor. He has three children with his next-door neighbor. What a dream. Then she dies from cancer, leaving him with three children under the age of twelve. So, he sells his family’s car wash to become a hospice nurse, just like the one who comforted his wife and family. Everything is ..read more
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The Lily Cafe Weekly Highlights – June 14, 2024
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by kat
14h ago
At Home Tuesday was my kids’ last day of school. Since then, it’s been a noisy few days. They’ll be starting on summer binders full of worksheets and (hopefully) not too boring reading material next week, so I’ve been letting them enjoy doing whatever they want this week. They’ve certainly been keeping me busy, but my son does Taekwondo and my daughter just started a princess ballet class, so that helps a little. It’s now been 4 weeks since my cat passed away, and my kids are already talking about getting a kitten. But I’m having a hard time bringing myself to move her things and clean her bla ..read more
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Book Review: The Mystery of Lancelot Kingdom by Andre Alexander
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by kat
2d ago
Title: The Mystery of Lancelot Kingdom (The Prophecy of the Orphan King #1) Author: Andre Alexander Publisher: Self-published Publication date: January 6, 2022 Genre: Fantasy In theory, I should have loved The Mystery of Lancelot Kingdom. It sounded like a fascinating journey for two women, a princess and her adopted sister, as they travel across dangerous lands to reach the home of the princess’s betrothed. While there is such a journey, it’s a quick one, and most of the story is set at Lancelot’s castle, where King Drake lives with servants who have only been there for three years o ..read more
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Book Highlight: The Unfettered Child by Michael C. Sahd
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by kat
3d ago
Title: The Unfettered Child Author: Michael C. Sahd Publisher: Self-published Publication Date: August 28, 2019 Genre: Fantasy The Curated Bookshelf’s Monthly Theme: Dads in Books When eight-year-old Samara faces the capture of her tribe, an unimaginable power awakens within her. Even as this magic threatens to consume her, a disembodied voice intervenes, offering guidance and helping her control these newfound abilities. Meanwhile, Samara’s father chases his wife’s captors across an unfamiliar terrain. But can Orin find his wife in time to save her? Will Samara learn to control her power and ..read more
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Book Review: Somewhere East of Me by Sean Vincent O’Keefe
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by kat
4d ago
Title: Somewhere East of Me Author: Sean Vincent O’Keefe Publisher: Self-published Publication date: April 30, 2024 Genre: Fiction, Absurdist Fiction Being a primarily SFF reader, I’ve never read absurdist fiction before, nor have I ever heard of it before Somewhere East of Me. After a bit of research and reflecting on my reading of this novel, I still don’t think I really understand it. What I got, though, was frequent smoking and drug use and an entertaining enough road trip during which the main character, Jake, met a lot of strange and questionable characters. This kind of novel i ..read more
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Book Highlight: Back to You by Richard Plourde
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by kat
1w ago
Title: Back to You Author: Richard Plourde Publisher: Editions des Merisiers Publication Date: January 22, 2024 Genre: Fiction The Curated Bookshelf’s Monthly Theme: Dads in Books John Fisher will risk everything to find the anonymous female bone marrow donor who gave him another chance at life. After thirteen years of unhappiness, self-absorbed millionaire John Fisher becomes convinced that the anonymous female bone marrow donor who saved his life could be the answer to all his woes – his true love, his soulmate. There is a problem… Donor information is kept confidential under lock and key i ..read more
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The Lily Cafe Weekly Highlights – June 7, 2024
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by kat
1w ago
At Home Compared to last week, this one was quiet and calm. My son had his last field trip to take a boat ride and visit an aquarium, which his dad went with him on since I get sea sick. Both kids had their end of year class parties (where did the school year go?). I got plenty of quiet time at home, which is great because there are two days left to the academic year and then I get to spend about 8.5 weeks entertaining kids. On the bright side, we’ll be going to Disneyland a couple of times, and the kids are counting down. Otherwise we have lots of appointments between now and the start of the ..read more
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Book Review: The Fire Within Them by Matthew Ward
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by kat
1w ago
Title: The Fire Within Them (The Soulfire Saga #2) Author: Matthew Ward Publisher: Orbit Publication date: June 11, 2024 Genre: Fantasy I’ve come to expect complexity and unexpected twists in Ward’s books and, while The Fire Within Them provided some, none of them were really surprising and I found I could predict the major ones. Sadly, this trilogy isn’t shaping up to be as complicated and layered as his first trilogy, but I still appreciate the smaller scale and fewer layers as it really brings the characters into focus. It’s where the characters are that things are the most interes ..read more
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Book Highlight: Drawn from Life by Sarah P. Blanchard
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by kat
1w ago
Title: Drawn from Life Author: Sarah P. Blanchard Publisher: Eagle Ridge Farm Publication Date: April 1, 2024 Genre: Women’s Fiction, Suspense The Curated Bookshelf’s Monthly Theme: Dads in Books A life-changing tragedy. Conflicting memories. Is she a killer or a victim? Emma Gillen is haunted by guilt. Almost a decade after surviving a deadly car crash on a remote Appalachian mountain, she’s held hostage by long-term damage to her body and no recollection of that tragic event. Then her volatile cousin Lucy—the only other witness to the crash—returns, needing money and bringing chaos. Emma mu ..read more
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The Curated Bookshelf: June 2024’s Theme
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by kat
1w ago
Welcome to this month’s Curated Bookshelf! It’s June and the kids will be out for summer soon. There are a lot of great things going on this month. I’ve already highlighted books with LGBTQ characters (2022) and books set on or near the water (2023), but haven’t yet celebrated Father’s Day. So I decided this year is the year and this month my theme will be Dads in Books. As a daughter raised by a stay-at-home mom, I always latched onto my mom more than anyone else. But it’s my dad who told me the things I still carry with me every day, advice I’ve taken to heart and that have guided me since I ..read more
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