In The Orbit of You
– Ashley Schumacher –
Published 19 March 2024
I have very mixed feelings about In the Orbit of You. On one hand, I totally adored this story, loved every minute of its torturous tension and yet heartwarming tale.
The Ins and Outs of Weeding
I am actually shocked it has taken me this long to write this post about weeding. Weeding is one of my absolute favourite collection management tasks.
Weeding is also known as deaccessioning, culling or deselection. It’s the process of carefully removing items from your school library collections using a specific criteria that meets your collection development policy.
The Importance of a Diverse Collection
We all know the importance of a diverse collection. At least, theoretically. It might be something we mention in our collection development policy, or nod our heads to during a webinar. Maybe we’ve even put a diversity collection audit on our to-do list. But in the busyness of daily school library life, diverse collection development and promotion can sometimes slip.
A Fragile Enchantment
– Allison Saft –
Published 2 January 2024
A Fragile Enchantment is a fantastic mix of Regency era fashion, balls and matchmaking and fantasy political intrigue. Spies, secrets, scandals, alliances, and forbidden romances, it is addictive and delightful.
Even If It Breaks Your Heart
– Erin Hahn –
Published 6 February 2024
It’s been a while since I’ve read a book that I’ve fallen in love with as quickly as I did with Even If It Breaks Your Heart. It was everything I needed – horses, grief, friendship, slow burn romance, family and just so much heart it was an utter delight to read.
Fantasy Library Lessons – Intro to Fantasy
This semester in English, the Year 7 students are studying Fantasy. It’s a genre I love reading myself and I love that we don’t allocate them a class novel, instead the students can pick anything from the genre – graphic novel, novel, manga, short story – to read for the semester. They can read multiple books or just stick with one. They also do a film study and a creative writing piece. It’s a fun unit that has changed over time and I love where it is heading. Because I see each class once a fortnight, I can tie my library lessons into their fantasy unit.
Inventions of the Heart
– Mary Connealy –
The Lumber Baron’s Daughter’s #2
Bethany House Publishers
Published 1 July 2022
Inventions of the Heart is the second book in the Lumber Baron’s Daughters series and it continues on right where book one finished, so I’d recommend this historical novel to those who have already started to read this series.
Where The Road Bends
– Rachel Fordham –
Published 1 June 2022
Where the Road Bends is a heartwarming story about second chances and overcoming the worst of situations life can throw at you.
Where The Road Bends didn’t unfold in the way I expected and the story was all the richer for it. While the characters are faced with horrible circumstances and trials, it makes them finding the good in life all the sweeter.
In Honor’s Defense
– Karen Witemeyer –
Hanger’s Horsemen #3
Bethany House Publishers
Published 7 June 2022
Aside from my Australian dictionary not much liking this book’s title, there was a lot I liked about In Honor’s Defense. It is apparently the third and, sadly, final, book of the Hanger’s Horsemen series. What a series it has been. Full of adventure, danger and romance.
When The Meadow Blooms
– Ann H Gabhart –
Published 3 May 2022
Ann Gabhart has crafted a heartwarming story of overcoming loss and grief and finding a place to truly live and love in When The Meadow Blooms.
Calla and her younger sister have been living in the Home for Girls for two years while their mother recovers from Tuberculosis in an sanitarium. For two years they have endured abuse, waiting for the day they can go home. Scared they will be separated, Calla is lead to reach out to her uncle, rumoured to live in isolation on the family farm, Meadowland. When Dirk receives a letter from his niece asking for rescue, he throws caution away and hurries to retrieve the two girls and their mother. Taking them back to Meadowland requires a change in his habits, it might even mean opening his heart to the women, big and small, who have entered his world. But secrets from the past bring up grief and hurt he’s never let go. If he can’t heal, will he risk losing his new family?