Monday, August 31, 2020

Linda's Book Reviews: House of Dragons

Linda's Book Reviews

House Of dragons

by Jessica Cluess


This book is in the YA Fantasy Genre. It can be enjoyed also by adults who like Fantasy.


This is Amazon's description followed by my review.




Five royal houses will hear the call to compete in the Trial for the dragon throne. A liar, a soldier, a servant, a thief, and a murderer will answer it. Who will win? Three Dark Crowns meets The Breakfast Club with DRAGONS.

When the Emperor dies, the five royal houses of Etrusia attend the Call, where one of their own will be selected to compete for the throne. It is always the oldest child, the one who has been preparing for years to compete in the Trial. But this year is different. This year these five outcasts will answer the call...

THE LIAR: Emilia must hide her dark magic or be put to death.

THE SOLDIER: Lucian is a warrior who has sworn to never lift a sword again.

THE SERVANT: Vespir is a dragon trainer whose skills alone will keep her in the game.

THE THIEF: Ajax knows that nothing is free--he must take what he wants.

THE MURDERER: Hyperia was born to rule and will stop at nothing to take her throne.


 My Review


This action-packed fantasy with a loveable cast of misfits who will keep you guessing on what new challenge they will face next. They never expected to be the ones chosen to battle for the Throne. This book kept me guessing and kept my attention until the very end. Add in some Dragons with personality and I'm all in! I really enjoyed this fantasy story and am looking forward to the sequel: War of Dragons that will be debuting 2021.

                                                  I will give this Book 4 STARS







Friday, August 28, 2020

Staff Picks

Staff Picks 

By: Sherri, Rachel, Linda, and Kelly


Here at the library we love books! All kinds of books. Today we're introducing a new monthly feature of some of our favorite books and why we like them in our own words. Seriously, I'm just copying what they hand me! 

We'll get right into it.

Sherri's Pick:
One For the Money by Janet Evanovich
This is the first book in the Stephanie Plum series. This book is hillarious at times. It's an easy to read mystery/crime novel.

Rachel's Pick:

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
I first read this book when it came out in 2012 and it was unlike anything I'd ever read before with its unique Russia inspired setting, rich folklore and mythology. The author's lavish world-building, fantastic magic systems (I love everything that plays with the elements), and a plethora of powerful characters makes this the perfect start to one of my favorite trilogies of all time. (Trust me, book 2, Siege and Storm, is even better!) 
**Soon to be a series on Netflix

Kelly's Pick:

Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton
This book grabbed me right from the start. The first in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Series, it's considered to be a horror/mystery novel. It leans heavier to the mystery side and has many of the same components as a hard-boiled detective story. There are many twists and turns but you never get lost.  The story takes place in an alternate universe where elements of the supernatural blend into every day life, like the need to do laundry. With over 27 books in the series (27 complete novels) your to be read pile would be full for a long time.

Linda's Pick:

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
This book is set in the North Carolina low country. Kya, rumored to be the "marsh girl" lives by herself in the marsh. Then two young men from town became intrigued by her 'wild beauty' and she is opened up to a whole new life until a tragic incident takes place.
I loved this book. It kept my interest and I couldn't wait to see what was coming next. The best part is the twist at the end which is very unexpected. 

     That's all for this month's Staff Picks. We also have an End Cap in the library where we will put some of our selections. Feel free to check them out as well.
     If you would like to share your favorite books and possibly have a blog post all to yourself, go to our Patron's Pick post (will be up 9/01/20) and enter to win a prize and have your book featured on our blog. 

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Here at the Library: Homemade Dog Treats

 Here at the Library

Here at the Library we have a variety of books about dogs.

There are books about training and grooming
Children's books, both fiction and non-fiction
Adult books, fiction 
And non-fiction
As well as movies about dogs
The pictures above are just a small sample of what we have available. Anything you want to know about dogs, we probably have it here at the library. If we don't have it, we can get it for you.

This is my dog, Macy
Macy is a 7 1/2 year old Blue Heeler Boxer mix.  She loves walks, swimming, toys and treats.
She's my buddy
**she's super cute and a wonderful doggo, but I would recommend to anyone interested in a heeler that you do your research, they can be a handful

Today I'll show you how to make her favorite treats. You only need a few things. Whole wheat flour (you can find this at Wal-Mart or on Amazon, peanut butter, eggs, and pumpkin.

Mix together your pumpkin, eggs, and peanut butter
Slowly add in the flour
Mix well until the dough looks something like the below picture

Now you'll need a rolling pin, either a silicone mat for rolling or a floured surface, and a cookie cutter. I happen to have a bone shaped cookie cutter. You can get one here:
You're going to roll out the dough to about 1/3 inch thick and cut with the cookie cutter.
Place them on a cookie sheet. You don't need to worry about spacing, they won't grow like cookies do. I had some dough leftover so I just shaped it into cubes.
They go into a 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes or until they are no longer soft. Here are mine coming out of the oven.
Leave them on the cookie sheet to cool completely before giving any to your dog.
Here's Macy enjoying her treats.
Store your treats in an air tight container and they should be good for a few weeks. They will freeze well also if you want to make a large batch.

Here's the recipe:

2/3 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 eggs
2 1/2 to 3 cups of whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together pumpkin, eggs, and peanut butter until well blended. Slowly add flour, mixing thoroughly after each addition. Dough will become stiff and slightly crumbly. 
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface (use the whole wheat flour) or silicone mat to approximately 1/3 inch thickness. Cut into shapes with a butter knife or cookie cutter. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20-30 minutes or until dough no longer gives when pressed with a finger tip. 

Enjoy, or rather, I hope your puppy dogs enjoy. 
Stop in next week for our next installment of 'Here at the Library'
Feel free to message me if you have any questions.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Giant Book Sale

Giant Used Book Sale!! 

50¢ A Bag

Our Friends of the Library group is holding a Giant Used Book Sale on August 28th from 11am to 4pm in the Secret Garden Book Store. The book store is located upstairs in the library.
The back door will be open for easy access
There are a lot of books to choose from. There are popular authors like Danielle Steele, Nora Roberts, and Robert B. Parker.
We have fiction, non-fiction, and even some biographies.
While most of the titles are suited for adult readers, we do have a small selection of children's books available.
Stop in and grab a bag of books! There are so many to choose from!!

You're sure to find something you enjoy. If you can't make it, our bookstore is open during normal library hours. But honestly...don't miss this amazing sale!

Monday, August 24, 2020

Linda's Book Reviews: Hello Summer

Linda's Book Reviews

This week my feature book is Hello Summer written by Mary Kay Andrews 

Here is Amazon's description followed by my review. 





New York Times bestselling author and Queen of the Beach Reads Mary Kay Andrews delivers her next blockbuster, Hello Summer.

It’s a new season...

Conley Hawkins left her family’s small town newspaper, The Silver Bay Beacon, in the rearview mirror years ago. Now a star reporter for a big-city paper, Conley is exactly where she wants to be and is about to take a fancy new position in Washington, D.C. Or so she thinks.

For small town scandals...

When the new job goes up in smoke, Conley finds herself right back where she started, working for her sister, who is trying to keep The Silver Bay Beacon afloat—and she doesn’t exactly have warm feelings for Conley. Soon she is given the unenviable task of overseeing the local gossip column, “Hello, Summer.”

And big-time secrets.

Then Conley witnesses an accident that ends in the death of a local congressman—a beloved war hero with a shady past. The more she digs into the story, the more dangerous it gets. As an old heartbreaker causes trouble and a new flame ignites, it soon looks like their sleepy beach town is the most scandalous hotspot of the summer.



This was not a typical Mary Kay Andrews Book. I am used to some humor in her stories. It was not what I was expecting so I was a little disappointed. The story was ok but it reminded me more of a mystery that I am not used to seeing from her. Don't get me wrong, I love my murder mystery books but I expect them from my usual mystery writers such as James Patterson or Harlan Coben. I wanted my usual humor, beach setting Mary Kay Andrews story. It is still an ok story but not a great story in my opinion. The characters were not as lovable and I found it a bit dull. I guess she must be trying something new. So this book is getting a 2-star rating from me.


Friday, August 21, 2020

Friends of the Library

 Friends of the Library


Our library is lucky enough to enjoy a Friends of the Library group. This group was formed as a non-profit charitable group to help support our library. Most Friends groups are adaptable groups that fit the needs of the communities and the libraries they support. In our case, the Friends of the Library runs our used book store (we always welcome donations), helps us purchase necessary items for the library, and supports our children and youth programs through volunteer work, advocacy, and fundraising. 

The mission of our Friends is to advocate and raise awareness of the library and its many programs.

As a new feature for our blog, we will be focusing on learning more about our Friends members. Each month we will take a look at a Friend and a few things about them. 

 Welcome Friend Joanne Hosey

Joanne enjoys reading Historical Fiction, Biographies, and Christian Fiction and Non-Fiction. Some of her favorite authors are Max Lucado, David Jeremiah, Ellen Marie Wiseman, and Robert Morgan. In her spare time she enjoys reading and bicycling on the Rails to Trails.


If you are interested in joining our Friends of the Library group or learning more about them feel free to contact us at the library. Thanks Joanne for all you do for us!

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Here at the Library: Apple Pie Muffins

Apple Pie Muffins

Here at the Library

Good Morning everyone! Welcome to our first "Here at the Library" post. Are you ready?!? Here at the Library: We have a large selection of cookbooks for you to borrow. There are community cookbooks from local churches and organizations offering hundreds of different recipes for any occasion. There are region specific cookbooks catering to those with exotic tastes. We also have cookbooks from popular chefs such as Emeril Lagassé and Paula Deen. Cookbooks for anyone and everyone! 

So today, I chose a cookbook:
My daughter, Aubrey, and I chose a recipe:
I'll give you the recipe and instructions again at the end
First we made the topping
Three tablespoons of flour, 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of butter melted, and 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
Mix it all together with a fork and put it in the refrigerator while you mix the batter.
Start on the batter. You'll need two medium sized bowls. First we'll do the dry ingredients. 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
Whisk it all together
Next, the wet ingredients. 1 cup of granulated sugar, 2 large eggs, 1/4 cup of butter, melted, and 1 cup of sour cream.
Whisk it all together.
Now mix the dry into the wet

Set that aside. 
Now for the apples. You're going to want a good tart-sweet apple. We used Granny Smith because that's what we had! Braeburn, Gala, or Pippin would be good too. The recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups, we ended up using 2 cups, which was about 3 apples. 
You're going to fold your apples into the batter using a spatula
For these muffins we wanted BIG! we used our extra large muffin tin and greased it really well
You can use a regular cupcake pan lined with cupcake papers and skip the greasing all together.
I like to use my ice cream scoop to measure out batter.
If you're using a regular cupcake pan, you'll want to fill your cups about 3/4 of the way full. We filled ours pretty full.
Now you need the topping, so pull that out of the refrigerator. You're going to crumble that on the top of the batter.
They look yummy already!
You're going to put them into a 400 degree oven for 17-20 minutes for a regular sized muffin, 25-30 minutes for an extra large muffin.
And there you have it. Beautiful, yummy, puffy, Apple Pie Muffins!
Everyone loved these muffins but all agreed they could use more apples. I would suggest using 2 1/2 to 3 cups instead. Enjoy!

Apple Pie Muffins
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 T all-purpose flour
2 T butter, melted
1/4 t. ground cinnamon

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 1/4 t ground cinnamon
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cups chopped peeled tart-sweet apples

Preheat oven to 400 F
Two 12-cup muffin pans, 16 cups lined with papers (or 1 extra large muffin pan, greased)

1. Topping: In a small bowl, using your fingers or a fork, combine the brown sugar, butter, flour, and cinnamon until blended and crumbly. Refrigerate until ready to use.
2. Muffins:In a medium size bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt
3. In a medium size bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, butter,and sour cream until well blended.
4. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just blended. Gently fold in apples.
5. Divide batter equally between the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle with topping
6. Bake in preheated oven for 17 to 20 minutes (25 to 30 for extra large muffins) or until tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool before enjoying

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