One Liner Book Review: November

Busy reading month.  December could be interesting!

Tricky Twenty-Two- Janet Evanovich

I aspire to be Grandma Mazur when I grow up.


The Grimm Conclusion– Adam Gidwitz

The End.  I need another one.

The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (The League of Princes, #1)

The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom and The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castle– Christopher Healy

These are a HOOT!  I have the third one right now.

The Princess, The Scoundrel, and The Farm Boy– Alexandra Bracken

The first in a retelling of the Star Wars Trilogy.  Give these to all of your fans in preparation for The Force Awakens.

The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime– Ree Drummond

I love Ree.  Her cookbooks are GORGEOUS.



Cinnamon Catastrophe

Every year, our Friends of the Library group hosts a Festival of Trees in our library.  Basically, community groups decorate a 4 ft tall tree and they’re on display in the library.  Our teens have decorated a tree before but this year, I decided our tweens should join in the fun.

This year’s theme (because there’s always a theme!) is Christmas Traditions.  Every year, the tweens decorate mini-gingerbread houses (read: eat lots of frosting), so I thought we should do a gingerbread themed tree.

On Wednesday, I sat out some cardstock gingerbread house forms and let the tweens begin decorating.  While they were working on those, I began making ornaments out of cinnamon and applesauce.

Have you ever seen cinnamon applesauce ornaments before?  They smell FABULOUS, look kinda like gingerbread, and would be a perfect addition to the tree.  Plus, they’re no-bake and only take two ingredients, 3lbs of applesauce and 16oz of cinnamon.  Easy-peasy, right?

Oh, I should know better.

The mixing went ok.  I started with a spoon, and then used my hands.  Soon, it was time to roll out the door.  I didn’t have much cinnamon left to dust the table and rolling pin with but all seemed well.  Cut out the first batch of shapes, and went to roll the dough out again.

It started to stick.

We were out of cinnamon so I used pumpkin pie spice.  Cut out a few more shapes out of the sticky dough and tried to roll out the dough again.

More sticky.

In a pinch, I tossed in some hot cocoa mix (it was all we had, OKAY!?!?).

Couldn’t roll it out.  Stuck to rolling pin.

After a few minutes of adding more cocoa mix, attempting roll out dough, and my hands becoming a huge ball of cinnamon stickiness, I tossed the dough in the garbage (with my tweens laughing at my expense, as they do).

I rinsed the dough off of my hands, made a huge mess in the bathroom, cleaned up the rolling pin, and went home.

Where I made a Cinnamon Roll Cake for The Tiny Human’s feast at daycare.


Life Outside the Library: A Week Home with The Tiny Human

Life Outside the Library: It DOES exist!

For the past week, I’ve been at home with my son aka The Tiny Human. He had his HUGE tonsils removed and needed at least a week of R&R.


(Just want to take a quick sec to publicly apologize to The Tiny Human for the faulty genes I passed along to him that led to the latest ear tube/adenoid/tonsil fiasco. My bad son, my bad.)

Thankfully, all went well during his surgery and his recovery.  Other than confirming that he has a high pain tolerance (file under good/bad), the week was fairly uneventful.

And filled with chocolate ice cream, juice, and Star Wars marathons.  And the occasional “I’m tired but I don’t want to nap” meltdown.

One Liner Book Review: October

A little late with this one. Here we go!

Dark Shimmer

Retelling of Snow White from the Wicked Queen’s POV.  Heartbreaking.

The White Rose (The Lone City, #2)


The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil, #3)

Final in the trilogy.  Not too shabby, but took a while to get into.

Golden Son (Red Rising, #2)

I need the next one, plzkthx.

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)

GAHH!!!  Thankfully I had the next one waiting for me!

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4)

And now I’m caught up and playing the series waiting game….

The Sleeper and the Spindle

Meh, was ok (sorry Neil).

Let Me Play: The Story of Title IX: The Law That Changed the Future of Girls in America

Great read on how Title IX came to be.  Give it a go!

Anyone else have some good October reads?