January 23, 2023

Book Review - The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas

The HaciendaThe Hacienda by Isabel Cañas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Finished in less than a day 😌

Beautiful witchy and haunting story. There’s murder, ghosts, witches and mystery. The author’s atmospheric prose is stunning. I couldn’t put it down!

Just read the first chapter… if it doesn’t grab your attention, then I don’t know what’s wrong with you 😂

One of my favorite passages talks about how God doesn’t understand loneliness like humans do, because he’s the Trinity and never truly alone. It goes on in detail about loneliness but my jaw dropped.

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January 16, 2023

Book Review - Love In The Time Of Serial Killers by Alicia Thompson

Love in the Time of Serial KillersLove in the Time of Serial Killers by Alicia Thompson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There are no murders in this book. That’s the warning on the first page. I kinda hoped it would mean there would be an off page murder or possible murders tendencies by a character or two. By the 80% mark I relinquished that hope and sped read.


It’s a good book. The MC is quirky and relatable. Witty and fun. Spicy romance.

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January 9, 2023

Book Review - The Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix

The Final Girl Support GroupThe Final Girl Support Group by Grady Hendrix
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Laurie Strode (Lynette) has grown up and joined a support group for Final Girls. Then more murders begin. This was a wild ride. Much akin to watching an 80s slasher movie. If you enjoyed Halloween, Scream or Nightmare on Elm Street this is the book for you.

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January 6, 2023

Storytime Outline - Mustaches

     This is a storytime outline for an actual storytime we led at our library with preschool students. We use the same opening and closing song each time and then tailor the rest of the program to the theme. This theme is Mustaches! 

January 4, 2023

2022 Year End Wrap Up

 In 2022 I set a goal to read 25 books. I figured this would be an attainable goal, that's just about 2 books a month. Knowing that I can devour a good book in one sitting, I hoped I would stumble upon quite a few good books.

Then May hit and I was in ICU and unable to focus on a book for a good while. Still somehow I ended the year at 50 books read! I'll admit I took notice of my progress once I was in the 40s and breezed through a few novellas to get it to such a big (for me!) ending number.

I had quite a few five star reads in 2022. So it was difficult to choose just one book as "favorite book." I also loved Legends & Lattes, Gallant, The First To Die At The End and so many others.

Did you set any reading goals in 2022? How did you do?

January 3, 2023

Library Scavenger Hunt - Winter Themed

 At our little library, I like to create scavenger hunts for our kiddos. These are super simple to do. Just pick a theme, pull up Canva and find 4 or so graphics that fit your theme. In the past I've done Pokemon, pumpkin and holiday themed hunts.

Here is this month's scavenger hunt. A super cute winter snowman hunt! This was made in Canva for non commercial use only. If you use it, let me know how it goes in the comments.

Here is the flyer I made:

Here are the snowmen sized up for easy hiding. Just print on white paper and cut out.

And here is the worksheet for kiddos to track what they've found. I usually print this in black and white.

January 2, 2023

Book Review - They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the EndThey Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I would love to write up a stunning review for this. But I don’t need to. It’s great. The first book to actually make me cry.

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