Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.
Summer 2013, my sister Kate and I decided that what we most needed in life was our own personal library.
So we made one.
Kate moved in with me, and her room became The Library. We crammed all our books, bookshelves, desks and comfy chairs into a tiny space to create our own version of paradise, hung the walls with framed pictures, laid down rugs, and added an old globe to give it a more historical look. We were going for a Downton Abbey era study with its own mysteries and secrets hidden in the paintings and behind dusty shelves.
Soon I began writing a book order list, finally organizing my mental list of books I want to read, and went to The Flying Pig (our local book store) to spend my prized collection of gift certificates. My list of books I wanted to buy was so outlandish that almost all of them had to be ordered, and a few even turned out to be out of print. I went up to the counter to have a long discussion with Josie, the co-owner of the Flying Pig, and she complimented me on my organized book order list. I thanked her, and explained our library plan to her, and she offered to write a blog post about our idea for Publisher’s Weekly Shelftalker, a blog she regularly posts recent bookstore updates on.
A week later, this beautiful article appeared on her page.
However, the story does not end here. A few hours after it was posted, Josie called to tell us that we had gotten an anonymously donated $30 gift certificate to her bookstore. Thank you so much to this extremely kind donor, and all the people who posted such nice comments.
Josie also wrote a follow-up post about our library, which you can read here.
I had wanted to start a book blog for many years, but it was this event—both the starting of our library and the wonderful blog post—that finally encouraged me to actually do it, and drag my sister into it as well. We will review both young adult and middle grade books, make book lists, post cool links and book trailers, and more! We also love comments, so please let us know what your favorite books are and what your thoughts on books we reviewed are. Enjoy!