Spring Reading Ideas by A Simple Taste for Reading


These are a few books that I would like to read, I hope you find something good! ūüôā

Children’s Books:

tearexTea Rex By Molly Idle

Some tea parties are for grown-ups.
Some are for girls.
But this tea party is for a very special guest.
And it is important to follow some rules . . .
like providing comfortable chairs,
and good conversation,
and yummy food.
But sometimes that is not enough for special guests,
especially when their manners are more Cretaceous than gracious . . .Introducing Tea Rex, a guest that just about any child would love to have to tea!
ribbitRibbit By Rodrigo Folqueira
A group of frogs are living happily in a peaceful pond, until they discover a surprise visitor: a little pink pig. Sitting contentedly on a rock in the middle of their pond, the pig opens his mouth and says:¬†RIBBIT!¬†The frogs are bewildered at first, and then a bit annoyed‚ÄĒ”What did that little pig just say?”, “Does he think he’s a¬†frog?”, “Is he making fun of us?” ¬†Soon the pig draws the attention of all the nearby animals;¬†everyone¬†is curious to know what he wants! After much guessing (and shouting) and a visit to the wise old beetle, the animals realize that perhaps the pig was not there to mock them afterall‚ÄĒmaybe he just wanted to make new friends! ¬†But is it too late? ¬†This is a warm, funny, and beautifully illustrated story of friendship, with boisterous¬†RIBBIT!s throughout‚ÄĒperfect for reading aloud.
Young Adult Books:
That Time I Joined the Circus By J.J. Howard
Lexi Ryan just ran away to join the circus, but not on purpose.A music-obsessed, slightly snarky New York City girl, Lexi is on her own. After making a huge mistake–and facing a terrible tragedy–Lexi has no choice but to track down her long-absent mother. Rumor has it that Lexi’s mom is somewhere in Florida with a traveling circus.When Lexi arrives at her new, three-ring reality, her mom isn’t there . . . but her destiny might be. Surrounded by tigers, elephants, and trapeze artists, Lexi finds some surprising friends and an even more surprising chance at true love. She even lucks into a spot as the circus’s fortune teller, reading tarot cards and making predictions.But then Lexi’s ex-best friend from home shows up, and suddenly it’s Lexi’s own future that’s thrown into question.

With humor, wisdom, and a dazzlingly fresh voice, this debut reminds us of the magic of circus tents, city lights, first kisses, and the importance of an excellent playlist.

The Beautiful and the Cursed By Page Morgan
Fans of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series and Lauren Kate’s FALLEN novels will devour¬†The Beautiful and the Cursed, a wholly original interpretation of gargoyle lore.
It was bizarre and inexplicable, but after it happened no one spoke of it and Ingrid Waverly was forced to leave her life in London behind. She had to trade a world full of fancy dresses and society events for Paris with her mother and younger sister, Gabby. ¬†In Paris there are no grand balls or glittering parties, and, disturbingly, the house her twin brother Grayson found for them isn’t a house at all. It’s an abbey. A creepy, old abbey with a roof lined in stone gargoyles that one could almost mistake for living, breathing creatures.
And Grayson is missing.¬†Yet no one seems to be concerned about Grayson’s whereabouts save for Luc, a devastatingly handsome servant who has some secrets of his own.¬†There’s one secret about the city that he can’t keep hidden, though. There’s a murderer on the loose. And every day Grayson is missing means that there’s less of a chance he’s alive.¬†Ingrid is sure her twin isn’t dead–she can feel it deep in her soul–but she knows he’s in grave danger, and that it’s up to her and Gabby to find him before all hope is lost. ¬†Only the path to him is more than she could ever imagine.
Adult Books:
Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots
By Jessica Soffer
Lorca, the lonely teenager at the center of Jessica Soffer’s emotional novel¬†Tomorrow There WIll Be Apricots¬†(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), is a self-mutilator whose addiction to pain terrorizes her “like an angry wasp”; it’s a poor substitute for the warmth her mother, Nancy, doesn’t offer. Since their arrival in New York CIty, Nancy has been singularly focused on her flourishing career as a chef, and when Lorca is found cutting her thigh with a paring knife in the school bathroom and suspended, Nancy has no patience to spare. Desperate to find a way to connect with her mother, Lorca turns to the one thing she knows makes her happy: food. Lorca has long been adept at whipping up an omelet de fromage or pasta arrabbiata as salve to her mother’s dark moods; now she determines to master her favorite dish: the Iraqi masgouf, a delicate fish concoction requiring intricate preparation. She enlists the help of Victoria, an Iraqi-Jewsish cooking instructor in mourning for her husband, and together the two embark on a journey that takes on a significance beyond their original mission, finding in each other the solace, nourishment and companionship they’ve both been missing. Soffer’s breathtaking prose inter-weaves delectable descriptions of food with a profoundly redemptive story about loss, self-discovery, and acceptance. After seeing an old photo of her mother hiding the scars on her arm by folding it “into herself like a broken wing across her chest,” Lorca realizes: “My mother was like me…it made terrible, perfect sense.”
201305-omag-book-cather-284xfallThe Selected Letters of Willa Cather By Willa Cather
“I’m not fond of writing letters,” Willa Cather confided to poet Edna St. Vincent Millay, but nearly seven decades after the celebrated novelist’s death, it’s clear the lady protested too much. Collected for the first time, Cather’s prolific correspondence displays the range and depth of her relationships and traces the evolution of her fact, from her youth on the Nebraska prairie to her sorrow-drenched decline in New York. In that pre-textng, pre-Twitter age, she kept the postal service busy. Cather moved among the eminent literary circles of her day, corresponding with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis and Langston Hughes‚ÄĒbut the intimacies of her life she reserved mostly for family and friends. In¬†The Selected Letters of Willa Cather¬†(Knopf), both sides come to life. Virtually every letter contains some insight about writing, a hammer or chisel for her toolbox. “As one grows older one cares less about clever writing and more about a simple and faithful presentation,” she once confessed. “But to reach this, one must have gone through the period where one would die, so to speak, for the fine phrase.” In her last years, Cather withdrew into a cone of morose isolation, plagued by ill health and the horrors of World War II. “I have cared too much, about people and places‚ÄĒcared too hard,” she wrote to her brother. “It made me, as a writer. But it will beak me in the end.” By turns effusive, despairing, mischievous, vain and bighearted,¬†Selected Letters¬†unfolds like an epistolary autobiography, teeming with rich period detail and the savvy observations of a complicated artist at the height of her powers.

The Madman’s Daughter By Megan Shepherd


But he’d already turned to the door. ¬†It had a strange knob: a smooth, straight cylinder and hook latch with holes for the fingers. ¬†The keyhole had been soldered closed. ¬†“Isn’t there a key?” I asked. ¬†“No need. Only the main gate is locked.” ¬†He tugged on the latch a few times with his middle finger. ¬†“The interior doors have a safeguard. ¬†Only five-fingers can open them.”….”Five-fingers?”

Published: January 29th 2013 by Balzer + Bray

Series: The Madman’s Daughter #1

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

This book was awesome! ¬†That’s all I really need to say I think….haha! ¬†I picked up¬†this book at the library. ¬†I had seen it on goodreads.com and it was on my ‘to read’ list, so I was pretty excited they had a copy! ¬†I’m also going to say that I had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up or added it to my ‘to read’ list, so I was pretty surprised at what the store entailed! ¬†Here is my review for this great book!

This book was inspired by H.G. Well’s classic The Island of Dr. Moreau. ¬†The Madman’s Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we’ll do anything to know and the truths we’ll go to any lengths to protect. ¬†I for one, could not put this book down! ¬†Last night I read a whole¬†whopping¬†300 pages in one sitting!

Sixteen year old, Juliet is orphaned and abandoned. ¬†He mother died when she was young and her father was accused of a gruesome scandal and skipped town, later to be thought of as dead. ¬†One night Juliet finds something strange that makes her think her father may still be alive, but would all the rumors about him be true? ¬†Could he really be the ‘mad scientist’ everyone says he was?

Juliet sets out to find out more about her father’s¬†whereabouts and runs into a long lost childhood friend and her father’s¬†assistant, Montgomery.¬† She finds out that her father is in fact alive and is living on a remote island and she is¬†determined to sail with¬†Montgomery¬†to it, even though he warns her not to.

What she finds on the island when she gets there, is way beyond what she could have ever imagined her father was capable of and yes, the rumors were true.  As Juliet uncovers its dark and dangerous secrets, the island may prove far more dangerous than being penniless on the streets of London.

A captivating tale that kept me on the edge of my seat, constantly unsettled, and never sure who to trust, The Madman’s Daughter is a definite, new favorite!

My First World Book Night America 2013: You can never stop sharing the stories, books and literary awareness.



My first World Book Night America was¬†successful, despite the fact that no one actually came to the library (where I set up my table) for World Book Night America. ¬†We had done some press releases for the event. ¬†No worries, ¬†I found some patrons to give books away too that are only ever there to check out DVD’s or use the internet! ¬†I am hoping that next year when I sign up to be a giver again, that going out to the stores in my small town might get me a different audience. ¬†I was wanting to do this at the library this year, thinking people will start to learn about World Book Night and how awesome it is! ¬†The book I gave away was “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster. ¬†Along with my World Book Night things, I also had a spot for my blog! ¬†I was getting entries for my featured author of the month, Helen J. Beal’s giveaway for her signed copy of “Thirty Second Before Midnight”. ¬†I had several people take my bookmarks too with my blog information on it! ¬†A local lady stopped over at my table and was asking about my blog, she is getting ready to publish a book herself and was interested in getting it reviewed and to get her name out there! ¬†I am trying my hardest to spread literary awareness around my town, which I thought World Book Night America would be a huge hit! ¬†Next year I will be going out on the town and trying new places. ¬†To bad I won’t be able to carry around cupcakes and cookies like I had last night at my table! ¬†All in all, I feel like I did make a difference in my town. ¬†You can never stop sharing the stories, books and literary awareness. ¬†Reading is a huge part of my life and I hope to plant the seed in parents, children and young adults. ¬†Reading can be fun and exciting, you just need someone to hand you your first book.

If you would like to be a giver next year, you will need to sign up for the newsletter at http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/

I encourage you to do so. ¬†No matter how little you think you are helping out your community, there is nothing like the feeling of knowing you are sharing your love of reading with someone who hasn’t ever considered¬†picking up a book or reading¬†something¬†of¬†interest¬†to them!

Here’s to spreading the love of reading, person to person!

World Book Night America, April 23rd 2013!!!

Come celebrate ~WORLD BOOK NIGHT AMERICA~ with me on Tuesday, April 23rd at the Holdrege Public Library! I will be there from 5-8 pm handing out free copies of “The Phantom Tollbooth” By Norton Juster and some treats!

World Book Night is an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. Each year on April 23, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers!

World Book Night is about giving books and encouraging reading in those who don‚Äôt regularly do so. But it is also about more than that: It‚Äôs about people, communities and connections, about reaching out to others and touching lives in the simplest of ways‚ÄĒthrough the sharing of stories.

Come see me, explore the library and bring your kids to see Sam the Dragon! There will be a story time for 2-5 year olds at 6:30 pm! Hope to see you all there!!!!!


Unleashed (A Sydney Rye Novel) By Emily Kimelman

Unleashed book cover

Published: September 26th 2011 by Createspace

Series: A Sydney Rye Series #1

Literary Awards: Awesome Indie of the Year (2011)

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Huge thank you to the author for sending me her book for review! ¬†I found Emily on goodreads.com and the cover art of this book really caught my eye. ¬†Emily will be featured in the month of August and I will be doing an interview with her, so keep an eye out! ūüôā

Like I said, the cover caught my eye right in the¬†beginning. ¬†I don’t typically judge books by their covers, but do have to say, if the cover catches my eye, I’m going to pick it up and see what it’s all about! ¬†So glad I got my paws on this one!

The story starts us out with meeting the main character, Joy Humbolt.  She feels like she is at a dead end job working for a little coffee shop.  On this particular day we meet Joy, she has just told off a customer and her boss, landing her with being fired, leaving Joy sort of on the happy side.

It’s been a long few days for Joy, she lost her job, broke up with her boyfriend and adopts a dog named Blue. ¬†When an opportunity is presented to take over a dog-walking business for upper-crust clients, it’s as though it is to good to be true. ¬†As we find out in the story, it is. ¬†Joy gets caught up in a murder investigation that will literally change her life. Joy’s curiosity get’s the best of her and she starts investigating the situation on her own. ¬†Someone wants Joy out of the picture, but she and Blue are not going down without a fight.

This story was very well written and kept me wanting to turn the page to find out what happens next. ¬†Joy’s character was wonderful. ¬†Learning new little bits of information that she finds out, keeps Joy struggling to understand what she has gotten herself into.

There are plenty of twists and turns that will keep you wanting more!  I especially loved the ending, but I will not spoil it for any of you!  This is the first book in the Sydney Rye series, if you like a good crime mystery then you will love this!