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    Start Your New Year Right »

    In need of a end of year pick me up? Or not sure what to start the new year with? Why not try one of these teen treats that will even have the adults talking about them and scouring shelves for sequesl and other titles by these authors.  Each is for ages 13 and up […]

    The Year of the Beasts »

    Digging through my old copies of books, I came across a graphic novel that has a twist. Half is in the graphic novel format (text and illustrations) but the other half is a straight out story. I was very interested since I do not usually like graphic novels, but enjoy the novels of Cecil Castellucci. […]

    Futilely evoking Jack »

    I recently read a piece on the editorial page of the New York Times about a website that completely disdains negative book reviews. The author of the article, who perhaps is not familiar with 50 Shades of Grey and its spawn, thought it was a really worthy idea. The world is brimming over with negativity. […]

    Say Hello to Rebel »

    Say Hello to Rebel in Good Bye, Rebel Blue by Shelley Coriell. Rebecca Blue (Rebel to her friends….if she had them) dances to her own drummer. She doesn’t need anyone.  But when she meets Kennedy Green (too good to be true…or so she seems) Rebel is tossed into an adventure she never expected….one that leads […]

    Growing up early »

    “You should know by now, son, that the world began when I was born.” — Henry Stands in The Road to Reckoning James Scott’s new novel, The Kept, and Robert Lauter’s The Road to Reckoning have a lot of things in common besides their considerable capacity for providing enjoyment to the reader. Both books have […]

    Turkey books and a good time »

    Today’s blog is a little different than usual.  Instead of telling you about books I have read, I will tell you about books I want to read before and during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. I am a big fan of the Macy Day Parade.  I watch as much as I can and yes…..I still have […]

    Restoring a Schwanbeck Brothers Display Case »

    I always enjoy a nice restoration project where you make something nice out of something not so nice.  This is an excellent case in point. I didn’t take a ‘before’ picture, but you can see from the one below that there was some pretty serious mouse damage on some of the rails of the case.  Someone […]

    Treats but no Tricks »

    Halloween is Thursday but there is still time to get your Halloween books.A few that I think you’ll just sink your teeth into are the following: The 9 Lives of Alexander Baddenfield by John Bemelmans Marciano and illustrated by Sophie Blackall Vampirina Ballerina Hosts a Sleepover by Anne Marie Pace  Dracula: Little Master Stoker (BabyLit Books) by […]

    “What should I do about my pink bathroom? And, it’s not even a nice pink.” »

    This was the question my sister-in-law, Marie, casually asked me at her son’s high school graduation party last week.  “Let’s go take a quick look at it”, I replied. Being a decorator is sort of like being a doctor, although thankfully I am not asked to look at people’s bunions. When I am at a […]

    X-based Tables »

    We seem to have a theme going here … let’s call it the ‘x based table’ .  We finished the one above last week and delivered it to the house where we have been working on some other projects since early May. A little diamond of steel ‘washer’ by Sam It continues the barn board […]

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