On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Magnus Chase

On our shelves this week is a book I was waiting for!

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

The Hammer of Thor

by Rick Riordan

I have been waiting (im)patiently for this book! I am hooked on this series. It is funny and witty and a fast read full of adventure and magic and Norse Mythology. I just started this book yesterday, and already am in love. It is timely too. One of the main characters is Muslim, another is deaf, and a new one is transgender and is referred to as “gender fluid”. I love the diversity and the strength of these characters. The fact that they are all related to the gods of Asgard makes my heart sing.

I am trying to savor it, because I just found out that book number three will not be out until October of 2017! What in Thor’s name will I do?

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Beckoning Cat

On our shelves this week, is a book that our 8 year old niece told me about:


The Beckoning Cat

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by Koko Nishizuka

Our niece loves sushi, and everytime she visits the Japanese restaurant near her home, she sees a cat statue perched by the register, with one paw raised. A friend of hers shared this story, and thought it was really great to make the connection between the statue and this folktale. She just had to share it with me (and I love it). The story is all about the origins of that little white cat, and why people place them in their stores.

Find out why this cat is so lucky, too.

What is on YOUR shelves?

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On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Sea of Trolls

On our shelves this week is a book that I am about to dive into:


The Sea of Trolls

by Nancy Farmer

Since I haven’t begun this one yet, I can only tell you what I know of it. Vikings, Trolls, Beserkers, and a quest that takes place in A.D 793 with two kids. Sounds like the makings of an adventure, wouldn’t you agree?

I am sold.

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Magnus Chase

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I just finished the first book in this series, this week:

Magnus Chase book review

Magnus Chase

and the Gods of Asgard book one

by Rick Riordan

As you may know, I read all of the Percy Jackson books, and even the first Trials of Apollo book. This new (to me) series, though has got them all beat. I LOVED it. Firstly, I do have an affection for Asgardian gods (yes, I am talking to you, Thor), as well as Viking stories. I have no idea. Maybe I was Nordic in a past life. Whatever the reason, I love it. This story is funny, witty, and interesting with a fast paced plot, lots of action, and unique characters. And the main character looks like Kurt Cobain.

I cannot wait to start the second one.

What is on YOUR shelves today?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: A long awaited book

Oh my goodness, people. I have been waiting for this book for a few months now, and it finally came in!


Keeper of the Lost Cities: Lodestar

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by Shannon Messenger

 Aaaaaaaaaaaaah! I am so excited. I haven’t even started it, but I CANNOT WAIT! I have read the last four books (more like devoured them) and was thrilled to find out that Shannon Messenger wrote a 5th. You can see how I gushed over the first, third, and fourth (I have no idea why I didn’t review the second…it was great). If you are looking for a fun juvenille fantasy/action/adventure series about teen elves and magic, this is the one for you.

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Singer Curtain book review

On our shelves this week, is a book for me!

Singer sewing custom Curtains, Shades, and Top Treatments book review


sewing custom curtains, shades, and top treatments

by Susan Woodcock

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I was sent a copy of this book to review (as always my opinions are mine, mine, mine), and I just had to give a project a try! Our kitchen window has been naked for years now, because I just couldn’t decide what to put on it. True story. I really love lots of light, especially being out here in the PNW where light is a hot commodity. I also like privacy. So what to do?

Singer sewing custom Curtains, Shades, and Top Treatments book review

I had purchased this fabric a while ago, with no purpose in mind. When I saw the curtain design in the book, I thought it would be perfect. I had the white piping in my stash (as I always try to have, because you never know when you will need white piping- amIright?).

Singer sewing custom Curtains, Shades, and Top Treatments book review

I never would have thought to add the curve at the bottom, and I love it. It lets in the perfect amount of light. This book has oh so many more designs and ideas in it that can help a beginner to an advanced sewist make some beautiful window treatments. It is a great resource to have in my sewing library.

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: an old favorite

I know I have recommended this book before because it is one of my all time favorite picture books, ever. The Bee put it on hold from the library because she was thinking about it, and I have to say that I love that my 16 year old thinks about picture books…especially this old favorite.

An old favorite: The Quilt Maker's Gift book review

The Quilt Maker’s Gift

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by Jeff Brumbeau and Gail de Marcken

Not only do I adore this story of a generous quilt maker who only makes them for the poor and homeless, and when asked to make one by a greedy king,  gives him a condition that ends up being the greatest gift of all, BUT I LOVE the illustrations. Seriously LOVE. I remember when I first read this book to my girls, years ago, it inspired me to actually try to quilt. I made a few, always with this amazing book in the back of my head, cheering me on, and influencing my daydreams in brilliant colors of the rainbow. What’s more is it also inspried generosity, and in those years, I ended up donating quite a few of my quilts to charity.

I call that a pretty powerful children’s story.

What is on YOUR shelves?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Graphic Novel

This week, we have a graphic novel that first The Bee read a few years ago, and now Falafel is hooked:

Graphic Novel: Rapunzel's Revenge review

Rapunzel’s Revenge

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by Shannon and Dean Hale

In this book, Rapunzel (THE Rapunzel) frees herself, teams up with Jack (of the famed Beanstalk) to free her birth mother from the evil witch who imprisoned her all those years. Using her braids as her weapon, they do as much good as they can and help any people in need, as they go. The illustrations are fun-filled and action packed, with a Wild West theme.

My girl is loving this story with such a strong, spunky, female lead.

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

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On our shelves this week is:


The House of Hades

by Rick Riordan

This is book 4 in the Heroes of Olympus series. Our Falafel read all of the original Percy Jackson series, and now is devouring this one. Rick Riordan combines Roman and Greek Mythology for these books. It adds a little educational component to these action packed fantasy adventure books.

In this installment, the two camps combine and enter the underworld to defeat Gaea’s army.

How exciting!

I am even reading this series (although I am only on the first book so far, and cannot keep up with my fast reading daughter).

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week, I am shaking it up a little by sharing what my 16 year old is reading. The Bee tends to gravitate toward Young Adult dramas/lovestories/tragedies. This one is more of a love story:


The Season of You & Me

by Robin Constantine

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Essentially, a teen and her boyfriend have a non-amicable breakup, and she goes to work for her Dad. There she meets someone wheelchair bound, and they fall in love. That is a simplified version. Not my genre, clearly, but my girl loves it.

She also highly recommends this book.

What is your favorite type of reading?