Sunday, February 7, 2016

Mr. Vandy's Travelin' Soft Shoe Show

I think it’s pretty safe to say that the world loves Dick Van Dyke. He’s been entertaining us for decades, from the Broadway production of Bye Bye Birdie to The Dick Van Dyke Show, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and beyond. I remember watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang countless times as a kid, and I’m also pretty sure I’ve seen every episode of Diagnosis: Murder. Despite celebrating his 90th birthday back in December, Van Dyke is still finding new ways to make people smile, and he has no intention of stopping. In fact, whenever he’s asked the secret to staying young, he says, “Keep moving.” That bit of sage advice is also the title of his book: Keep Moving: And Other Tips and Truths About Aging. In it, you’ll find out all sorts of interesting things about Van Dyke, like how he spends his day, how he met his wife, Arlene, and why he’ll never stop dancing. Did you know he sings in an a capella quartet called the Vantastix? Did you know he tends to dance up and down the aisles while out shopping? Did you know he has an ice cream sundae every night? Now one might think that this book is strictly for the older crowd, but all you “youngins” out there can learn a thing or two from it as well. (Seriously, "Mr. Vandy" is probably younger at heart than you are!) Take, for example, Van Dyke’s list of what things truly matter in life and what things are simply a waste of time. Family and friends tops the list, but you’ll also find things like staying curious about the world and having a sense of humor. In one chapter in the book, Carl Reiner, creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show and longtime collaborator and friend, gives his own advice to young people, saying, “Be who you are. If you can, if you can afford to, do only the things that please you. If you can’t do what you love in order to make a living, find a hobby that you can’t wait to get to after work. You need passion and joy in your life. Family. Love. Passion. And joy.” And that, as Cary Grant would say, is good stuff.
But Keep Moving is chock full of good stuff. It’ll make you smile. You may even laugh out loud. And if you didn’t know already, by the time you’re finished you’ll understand why the world loves Dick Van Dyke. I highly recommend it.   

Monday, February 1, 2016

February's In the Queue

Stay Stay warm with some hot new reads from In the Queue!

Nelly Dean: A Return to Wuthering Heights
By Alison Case
The inhabitants of Wuthering Heights are reborn in this new view of the Bronte classic. This wonderful debut novel takes a fresh look at the Earnshaw family and those who serve them.  This fast moving story will thrill Bronte fans and be a big hit with book clubs.

Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. Now he's determined to put his past behind him and find true love. Joe doesn't want to hurt his new girlfriend-he wants to be with her forever.  But if she ever finds out what he's done, he may not have a choice...

Leonard: My Fifty Year Friendship With a Remarkable Man by William Shatner
Shatner tells the story of a man who was his friend for five decades, recounting anecdotes and untold stories of their lives on and off the set, as well as gathering stories from others who knew Leonard Nimoy well.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Sarah J. Maas: Amazing Fantasy and Crossover Author

I found a fantastic crossover author!  Her name is Sarah J. Maas.  If you enjoy reading fantasy novels you have to read  A Court of Thorns and Roses. I love fantasy novels and this one has it all: magic, evil villains, wonderful heroes/ heroines and a hint of romance. Maas even weaves a few fairy tales into her story. Feyre is a huntress hunting food for her family when she kills a wolf in the woods, a beast like creature demands retribution and takes Feyre from her home to dwell in the magical world of the faeries.  As time passes an ancient shadow grows and Feyre must find a way to fight it to save the ones she loves.

If you liked Graceling, The Queen of the Tearling, or A Song of Ice and Fire (aka Game of Thrones) you will love reading books by Sarah J. Maas. Most of her novels are classified as young adult fiction, but I beg you not to let that stop you from reading her spell-binding novels.  

Throne of Glass is the story of Celaena Sardothien an amazing warrior/assassin who is released from Endovier's slave pits and given a chance to win her freedom. Celaena is quick-witted, an amazing fighter and has a large heart. Crown of Midnight is the second in the series and is just as amazing as the first novel in the series. However I highly recommend you read The Assassin's Blade (a collection of novellas)  before you begin the Throne of Glass series.This is a prequel to the Throne of Glass series and gives readers a glimpse into how Celaena was molded into the assassin she is.  

Maas is a master world builder. She creates believable worlds complete with political unrest, family tension, intrigue, magic and evil villains as well as amazing heroes. I cannot get enough of Celeana and her friends so of course I read the rest of the series including Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows. Now I am anxiously awaiting her next novel in the series. It saddens me that I may have to wait a year until Maas completes it. 

These epic fantasies are ones you won't want to put down and Sarah J. Maas is an author readers of all ages will enjoy. I hope you give her work a try and find her work as enthralling as I did. 

Her next novel will be released in May 2016. It is the Court of Mist and Fire, which is the second novel in the Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

January's In the Queue

Immerse yourself in one of these great books and chase the winter blues away.

All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Anders
The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
The Expatriates by Janice Y.K. Lee
Beside Myself by Ann Morgan
The Man Without A Shadow by Joyce Carol Oates
Blackout by David Rosenfelt
Noah's Wife by Lindsay Rebecca Starck

New Books by Best Selling Authors
Cometh The Hour by Jeffrey Archer
The Wolves by Alex Berenson
The Art of War by Stephen Coonts
She's Not There by Joy Fielding
Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
Find Her by Lisa Gardner
A Girl's Guide to Moving On by Debbie Macomber
Midnight Sun by Jo Nesbo
NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson
Best Friends Forever by Kimberla Lawson Roby

by Bill Bryson
Bill Bryson takes readers on another jaunt around the world and recounts humorous stories of his visit to England.

Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
This comprehensive guide is sure to spark joy in anyone who wants to simplify their life.

A collection of inspirational true-life stories of unexpected journeys that reveal how people who follow their passions find success in life.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Great Christmas Reads!

This is my favorite time of year!  I absolutely love it when cold weather starts rolling in, snow starts falling and the smell of cookies baking in the oven fills the air.  I can't help it, I love all things Christmas!  So with that in mind here are some great Christmas feel good stories.   

So sit down by the fire on a comfy chair and snuggle in for a great story. Remember children love to have a grown up read them a story so I have also included some of my favorite holiday classics.

Great Holiday Reads

The Immortal Nicholas by Glen Beck
The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson
Christmas Bells: A Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini
Beautiful Star of Bethlehem by Lori Copeland
The Mistletoe Inn by Richard Paul Evans
The Gift of a Charm by Melissa Hill
Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand
Falling Like Snowflakes by Denise Hunter
Marry Me At Christmas by Susan Mallery
A Knight's Bridge Christmas by Carla Neggers
A Christmas Escape by Anne Perry
All He Wants for Christmas by Lisa Plumley
The Last Chance Christmas Ball by Mary Jo Putney
A Christmas Prayer by Kimberly Lawson Roby
Grace by Shelley Shepard Gray
Cape Light Together for Christmas by Katherine Spencer
An Island Christmas by Nancy Thayer


The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson The Christmas Train by David Baldacci
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
Twas the Night Before Christmas
The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
The Elves and the Shoemaker by Brothers Grimm
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Native American Heritage Month 2015--Mystery Series Part 1

November was Native American Heritage month and to help honor Native American literature, we are highlighting mystery series.  The following contain a Native American protagonist and/or are written by a Native American author.  These books are as unique as the many tribes and nations in North America plus some of the best mysteries around.  So if you like history, action, and interesting and quirky characters, try these great series!

Sandi Ault--Wild Indigo--Jamaica Wild is a Pueblo Indian and Bureau of Land Management agent in New Mexico.

Peter Bowen--Coyote Wind--Gabriel Du Pre' is a Metis' cattle inspector in Montana.

Lu Clifton--Scalp Dance--Lt. Sam Chitto works for the Choctaw Nation Tribal Police in Oklahoma.  This is a new series.

Margaret Coel--The Eagle Catcher--Vicky Holden is an Arapaho attorney on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

Priscilla Cogan--Winona's Web--Winona Pathfinder is a Lakota medicine woman--she lives on the Leelanau Pennisula along Lake Michigan.

James D. Doss--The Shaman Sings--Charlie Moon is a Ute Tribal Police investigator in Granite Creek, Colorado.

Kathleen O'Neal Gear--The Visitant--Browser is a 13th century Anasazi war chief in the Chaco Canyon area of New Mexico.

Hartley GoodWeather (aka Thomas King)--Dreadful Water Shows Up--Thumps DreadfulWater is a Cherokee photographer in Chinook, Montana.

Tony Hillerman--The Blessing Way--Lt. Joe Leaphorn and officer Jim Chee are Navajo Tribal Police in Arizona and New Mexico.

Anne Hillerman--Spider Women's Daughter--she is continuing her father Tony's series.

Micah S. Hackler--Legend of the Dead--Part Navajo Gabe Hanna is a deputy in the Sheriff Cliff Lansing mysteries.

Jean Hager--The Grandfather Medicine--Mitch Bushyhead is a Cherokee police chief of Buckskin, Oklahoma.

Jean Hager--Ravenmocker--Molly Bearpaw is a half Cherokee Civil Rights investigator in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Sara Sue Hoklotubbe--Deception On All Accounts--Sadie Walela is a Cherokee banker in North East Oklahoma.

The rest of this list will continue in a couple of weeks.

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

December's In the Queue

This month's In the Queue has fantastic thrillers, hilarious reads and even books that will make you think. There's sure to be a great book just waiting for you once you get in the queue.


The Relic Master: A Novel by Christopher Buckley
A compelling and hilarious adventure which features a sixteenth-century relic hunter and his best friend, who conspire to forge the Shroud of Turin.

The Hunting Trip by W. E. Butterworth
From the best selling author of the W.E.B. Griffin novels comes a rollicking story of love, war and adventure.

Harbour Street by Ann Cleeves
This gripping new novel explores what happens when a community closes ranks to protect their own, and at what point silent witnesses become complicit.

Warriors of the Storm by Bernard Cornwell
The epic saga of the making of England, magnificently brought to life by the reigning king of historical fiction.

Dictator by Robert Harris
In Robert Harris's indelible portrait, Cicero becomes a hero-brilliant, flawed, frequently fearful yet ultimately brave-both for his own time and for ours.

Time of Departure by Douglas Schofield
Full of spellbinding twists, Time of Departure will appeal not only to thriller aficionados, but to readers who appreciate a strong female lead and a compelling love story.

Forty Thieves by Thomas Perry
Sid and Ronnie Abel are a first-rate husband-and-wife detective team. Ed and Nicole Hoyt are married assassins for hire. The two couples meet on opposing sides of a murder investigation. The Abel's lives become at risk the closer they get to the truth. 

New Books by Best Selling Authors

The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster
The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag
Orphan X by Gregg Andrew Hurwitz
Breakdown: An Alex Delaware Novel by Jonathan Kellerman
Ashley Bell: A Novel by Dean Koontz
Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning
Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin
The Bone Labyrinth by James Rollins

The First Hostage by Joel C. Rosenberg
Blue: a Novel by Danielle Steel
My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
The Forgotten Soldier by Brad Taylor

Non Fiction 
Maggie Smith: A Biography  by Michael Coveney
No one does glamour, severity or tight-lipped charm better than Dame Maggie Smith. This biography, written with Maggie's consent, spans six decades and paints a portrait of an amazing actress.

Power Words: What You Say Can Change Your Life by Joyce Meyer
Learn to wield God's powerful word with positive speaking to help you overcome everyday problems and change your life.

Fresh Start: God's Invitation by Joel Osteen
Osteen provides practical insight and encouragement to help readers form a new beginning with God. Learn m ore about yourself, God and fulfill your own destiny after reading this book.