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June 2017 Book Pick Ups

The Deliberate ReaderOnce again I got WAAAY too many books this month. I’ve really got to stop opening up book deal emails and emails from authors. My Kindle is over flowing.

Plus a book by my friend Karen Barnett came out in June, and our local independent book store had a sale.

Also over summer break we are trying to read all of the Dr. Seuss books on this checklist (as many as we can get our hands on.)

For Kindle:

The Pearl of Wisdom Saga: Two Book Bundle
Why I got it: Author freebie. The description for this fantasy series starts, “Kings. Queens. Treachery.” That was enough to get me interested plus the title of the first book “Two Heads Two Spikes” sounds intriguing, and then the cover for book 3 sealed it. Yeah this is a series that I want to check out.

Whispers From Another World: Whitney Powers Paranormal Adventure #1
Why I got it: Won it from an Amazon giveaway. It’s by the same author as the Pearls of Wisdom saga. While I’m not a fan of “medium heat romance” or urban fantasy, winning is always nice ;).

The Man of Legends
Why I got it: My Kindle First Selection for June. To tell you the truth I didn’t really scrutinize the list this month, and just picked out the science fiction selection.

Cage of Deceit: Reign of Secrets, Book 1
Why I got it: Author freebie. A princess by day, vigilante by night is a pretty unique twist on the princess troupe. You know the one where she’s a political pawn, but feels in her heart she’s something more, and then boom! turns out only she has the special whatever to save her kingdom. I am hoping this one turns that on its head.

99 Days (Red Proxy Book 2)
Why I got it: Author freebie. “Kertram is a contented man with a simple life. He likes the dangerous, but rewarding work of shepherding baby dragons… His wife is murdered and his babies kidnapped. He knows his newborns will be ritually sacrificed on the 99th day of their lives to satisfy the monstrous appetites of others — unless he can get there first.” Wow! I totally want to know what happens.

The Faerie Guardian (Creepy Hollow Book 1)
Why I got it: Author freebie. Ok the cover, I’ll admit it, one look at the cover and I was in. I’m not as into Fae stories as some, but it does sound interesting, and this books is a A 2014 Readers’ Favorite GOLD MEDAL WINNER in YA Fantasy.

Conan: Broadsword Legacy Collection
Why I got it: Instafreebie had this collection listed in a email I received from them. It’s EVERY Conan story in the preferred reading order. Now I can read Conan without having to wonder “what order do I tackle these in?”

Redemption: A Malvers War Story
Why I got it: Author freebie. This one didn’t actually sound too fascinating to me, but the others in the series did, Ancient Enemies and Ancient Allies. Monsters and humans in a never ending war, dark prophecy, and warrior women in an epic fantasy tale.  This story is still available on Instafreebie.

Seventh Mark (part 1 & 2)
Why I got it: Author freebie. This is one of the reason I’ve got to learn that not every freebie is worth it. Shifters, love triangles and romance… well I probably won’t be getting to this any time soon.

Why I got it: Author freebie. The author was intrigued when his mother challenged him to write a “mermaid” book that would appeal to boys. So what we get is an under the sea tale about Selkie’s, action and adventure. I’m am definitely excited to dive in this one.


The Thirteenth Gate: Dominion Mysteries #2
Why I got it: New Kat Ross novel!!! **Dances in the streets** I am so hooked on Kat Ross, some of the best new fantasy I’ve read in the past couple of years. And if my enthusiasm isn’t enough here is a bite sized description, “Winter 1888. At an asylum in the English countryside, a man suspected of being Jack the Ripper kills an orderly and flees into the rain-soaked night.”


1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS: Muscle Cars In Detail No. 4
Why I got it: My husband and I enjoy classic muscle cars, so I took a chance with this book.

Kids Books:

Tangled: Kingdom of Color
Why I got it: My weakness for cheap thrift store books and Disney Princesses strikes again.

The Berenstain Bears and the Sitter
Why I got it: IT WAS FIFTY CENTS! Seriously, that’s all to add another Berenstain BEars book to our collection.

Great Buildings
Why I got it: My husband picked this out at the thrift store.

Why I got them: Two reasons 1. I love Serendipity and endeavor to own them all. 2. Our local book store Browser’s Book had a 25% off sale one weekend in June and I found they had recently received a whole huge collection of Serendipity books. Thank you Dottie (name plate inside the books), whoever you are for passing on your books, we will make sure to enjoy them all.

PS: I’m personal friends with the owner, and when I told him what I had bought during the sale (at really reasonable prices I might add,) he told me, “I know I could put them on Ebay and get more for them there, but I want them in the hands of children.” Bingo! The Little Bug loves them and yep they are certainly going to be read not just shelved in a collection.


The Road to Paradise: A Vintage National Parks Novel
Why I got it: This is the latest novel by my friend Karen Barnett. I had it on pre-order since day one. It’s a historical fiction novel set in the early days of Mount Rainier National Park.

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1)
Why I got it: The online book fair for Little Bug’s school had this as one of the weekly deals, so I got a copy for $1. I may finally get into this YA series that everyone raves about. And really since I’m a big fan of Greek Mythology and retelling you’d have thought I would have already read this.

From The Library:

Six of Crows
Why I got it: The June choice for the Date A Book Club on Goodreads. It’s been a while since I’ve been involved with a book club and another book blogger I know was going to be doing it, so I jumped in. And I devoured this book. I can’t believe that I have never read a Leigh Bardugo book before.

How to Train Your Dragon: How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury (Audio)
Why I got it: June is Audiobook Month, so I thought I’d give audio books another shot, and besides this one was read by David Tennant. However the library sticker prevented me from seeing that this was book 12. Way to start at the end **head slap**.

Dr Seuss – Bartholomew and the Oobleck, Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?, Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book, Gerald McBoing Boing, Hooper Humperdink … ? Not Him!, I Am Not Going to Get Up Today!
Why I got them: We are working through the Doctor Seuss library this summer. I will have to say that so far Gerald McBoing Boing has been the big hit.

2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge | #2016TBRPile

2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge Guidelines

  1. The challenged will run from January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016. The sign up link will remain open until November 30, 2016 at 12:00pm.
  2. Anyone can enter! You don’t have to be a blogger, just as long as you review the book you’ve read. You can review on your book on your blog, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, etc.
  3. Any genre, length, or format of book counts as long as it is a book that’s been sitting on your self for some time. Short stories and novellas do count! The only stipulations that the book must have been released in 2015 or earlier. No 2016 ARCs or 2016 fresh-off-the-press releases allowed.
  4. On the last Monday of every other month (see schedule below), we will post a wrap-up for the previous two months. These posts will be done by one our bloggers and will contain new linky for you to add your own wrap-up posts or reviews.
  5. You don’t have to follow Bookish to join the challenge, but you do have to follow us to be entered in the giveaways.
  6. Use #2016TBRPile to keep in contact with fellow challenge participants, to encourage each other on, and make new friends!
How many books are you planning to read for this challenge?
1-10 A Firm Handshake
11-20 A Friendly Hug
21-30 First Kiss
31-40 Sweet Summer Fling
41-50 Could This Be Love?
50+ Married with Children

I have a lot of TBR book sitting on my shelves (two bookshelves full.) I will be updating this list through out 2016 as I finish reading books off the shelf. (No pick-ups from 2016 will count, even if it’s an older title.)

Thanks to Jessica at A Great Read for introducing me to this challenge.

2016 TBR Pile Reads

  1. Prilla and the Butterfly Lie
  2. Seeing Redd (The Looking Glass Wars, #2)
  3. The Iron Ring
  4. Lord Foulgrins Letters

Introducing the TumbleBooks Book Club

As a member of our local library board I enjoying trying to use all the services our library has to offer and encouraging others to do the same. One of the best kept secrets of our library is TumbleBooks. An online eBook reader for kids. In order to encourage others to use TumbleBooks to read with their kids I’m starting a monthly TumbleBooks book club. I choose June as the launching month because I know how important it is to keep kids reading through the summer months. Hopefully this will be a fun way for your kids to read all summer long!

How To Join:

  1. Ask your local library if they offer TumbleBooks, or check out the Albany Public Library collection. (If you don’t have access to TumbleBooks you can still participate by checking the books out at your library.)
  2. Read one of the suggested books a week with your kid(s.) I’d love to hear their thoughts on the books too!
  3. Comment on this post, or write your own blog post about the experience. Let me know which book was your favorite.
  4. If you have a blog you can add our badge to your post/site to encourage others to join in.


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June’s Theme is…



Week 1:  Chicken Big, Author: Keith GravesTumbleTime9 minutes and 20 seconds, Reading Level A/R: 2.7 

Week 2: Can Hens Give Milk?, AuthorJoan Betty StuchnerTumbleTime7 minutes and 45 seconds, Reading Level A/R: 3.0 

Week 3: Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken, AuthorKate DiCamilloTumbleTime11 minutes and 30 seconds, Reading Level A/R: 3.8 

Week 4:  Coriander the Contrary Hen, AuthorDori Chaconas,  TumbleTime9 minutes, Reading Level A/R: 2.9 

June Book Club

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Chicken Facts:

  • Over 9 billion chickens are raised for food annually in the US.giphy (1)
  • With 25 billion chickens in the world, there are more of them than any other bird species.
  • Chickens are omnivores. They eat seeds and insects but also larger prey like small mice and lizards.
  • There are roughly 280 million laying birds in the United States, and each produces 250 to 300 eggs a year.

More chicken facts at the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom page.

Bonus chicken craft to do with your kids.

American Agri-Women Book Chat

This year I helped started a new book club for American Agri-Women a group of women from across the country in farming, ranching, forestry and agri-business.

Our website states: American Agri-Women is the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agribusiness women with over fifty state, commodity and agribusiness affiliate organizations throughout the country. It is an all-volunteer organization, working to advocate for agriculture since 1974.

My experience its that its more of a large sorority than a coalition. Every time I go to a national event I get encouraged, energized and jazzed up to keep talking about agriculture. I wanted to extend that feeling a little; combining my experience with social media and my love of books I came up with the idea for a book club.

Our inaugural book was The Try by Jim Owens, a 2012 convention speaker. We had a Facebook chat  discussing the book  on Jan 11th, 2013 at 6:00 pm PST. The goal is to have about one book every three months, for a total of four books a year.

What is it that separates the doers, leaders, and success stories among us from the dreamers, also-rans, and wannabes? To bestselling author James P. Owen, it’s all about having The Try— the quality of giving 110 percent to the task or challenge at hand.

The try was a great motivational book, and I would highly recommend it. The next book was a biography of one of my farm hero’s Norman Borlaug. Our Daily Bread, The Essential Norman Borlaug” is the selection for the next AAW book club book. We discussed Our Daily Bread, The Essential Norman Borlaug March 1st on our Facebook page.

Having received the Nobel Prize for Peace, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Congressional Gold Medal, Norman Borlaug ranks beside Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa. But few people know his name. Our Daily Bread shows why Borlaug should also be a household name. It is the story of how one man saved billions from certain hunger. And it shows how we too got our daily bread.

The description of the book calls it the first “Cereal Thriller.” It’s a fast, easy and mind opening read. Not only is it about Norman Borlaug, but about the evolution of farming. Again a great book, and the author Noel Vietmeyer will be a speaker at the upcoming American Agri-Women Fly-In to Washington DC.

The book touched again and again on Norman’s passion to help bring simple farmers out of poverty and in turn help hungry nations feed themselves. That theme lead us to our current book The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change by Roger Thurow.

The book documents what can be done when an organization works with a profoundly poor group of subsistence farmers in Kenya, to educate them on new farming methods and help them get started, with small loans to buy seed and fertilizer.

Africa’s smallholder farmers, most of whom are women, know misery. They toil in a time warp, living and working essentially as their forebears did a century ago. With tired seeds, meager soil nutrition, primitive storage facilities, wretched roads, and no capital or credit, they harvest less than one-quarter the yields of Western farmers. The romantic ideal of African farmers––rural villagers in touch with nature, tending bucolic fields––is in reality a horror scene of malnourished children, backbreaking manual work, and profound hopelessness. Growing food is their driving preoccupation, and still they don’t have enough to feed their families throughout the year.

Join us for a discussion of the book Friday June 7th at 6pm (PST.) You don’t have to be part of our organization, or a woman, or even involved in Agriculture; everyone is invited to join. In fact you don’t even have to read the book since most of our discussion will about world hunger. The chat will be held on our Facebook page. It’s easy to participate, just login and go to www.facebook.com/AgriWomen. We’ll post numbered discussion questions to the page and the conversation will take place in the comments. We’ll let you know when there is a new question.