The Jumble Sale by Lily Rose @rararesources #guestpost #thejumblesale

Happy weekend everybody!

Today I have a guest post from the author of this book that looks so adorable! She tells us about her favorite books as a child, those books that sparked your love for reading! If you have any young monster lovers in your life I think this is a book definitely worth checking out!🧟‍♀️🧚🏻‍♀️

The Jumble Sale

Zadi is part zombie, part fairy with a little bit of robot, which makes her a misfit monster. She lives with other misfit monsters, with their quirky parts in their makeshift town. They survive by hunting at the nearby hunting grounds taking items discarded by humans and making them into something useful. Hunting is risky because they could be captured by humans. Zadi is an excellent hunter and maker, but now she’s finding it difficult.

Something unusual has happened. There have been no new deliveries to the hunting grounds. This means there are no new items which can be used to recycle into something useful, and they are beginning to worry and fight with each other.

Can Zadi come up with a plan which will help the misfit monsters and bring them together as a community?

Enter the world of the misfit monsters, their quirky lives, and be part of their fun and adventures.

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Author Bio –

Lily Rose enjoys world building and creating characters for these unusual worlds. She enjoyed creating the misfit monsters world, and is looking forward to writing more of their adventures.

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Guest Post

Audio Killed the Bookmark

The Influence of Childhood Books

By Lily Rose

I often get asked what books I enjoyed when a child, which I love to be asked! The question sends me down memory lane, and I love revisiting the joy of the books I read in my childhood, many are still favourites (something I would hope The Jumble Sale would offer to children who read it now!).

It’s not just the memory, many of these books are literally still with me, sitting in my bookshelf. The pages might be a little yellow from the passing of time, and the covers are looking tired. But there are no dog-eared pages (I always used a bookmark, though this usually was a little piece of torn white paper), or ripped pages, and the spine might show the cracks of multiple readings, but they are still in good nick – and very much remind me how they brought me joy when reading as a child.

These days, when I walk past my bookshelf I see these childhood books. I might not have time to pick them up, or to re-read them once more, but just seeing them sparks memories, not just about the story or the characters but also what I was doing at the time. Adventures of the Wishing Chair by Enid Blyton was read on the school bus trip, from the farm into town. It helped pass the time on the dusty roads of many school trips. I wasn’t on the school bus, instead I was exploring curious worlds with the characters, Mollie and Peter. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis, offered a similar escape. The trip to and from school became my reading time when I fed my imagination through these stories. I also loved an Australian classic, Gumnut Babies by May Gibbs, where my imagination was captured with her words and I could see the scary Banksia men, and the little babies born from the eucalyptus trees. How I wished I had my own chair that could fly, and my own wardrobe that would take me to another world. Then I could step into these worlds of magic and fantasy and explore.

When I was a little older, I loved reading the Trixie Belton mystery series. I borrowed books from the library, from friends, and they became a way to help pass the summer break. My dad even got on board, and brought me some of these books, which I cherished, and of course still have in my bookshelf. Summer on a farm is a busy time in Australia. There’s the harvest, Christmas, New Years, and then shearing. There wasn’t time to read. Somehow, I found time to in between helping dad, in the evenings, laying on my bed trying to ignore the heat, I would escape into a mystery and help Trixie Belton solve it.

These childhood stories, and characters have stayed in my heart as I grew up, and it’s always good to be reminded of the joy that they not only brought me then, but also now.

The Printed Letter Book Shop by Katherine Reay #bookphotography #bookabouttown

Happy Saturday everybody!

Something a little different for me today! I was doing this book about town photo challenge and decided to take a picture of my city from the top of the hill that my parents live on. So here it is in all its glory Riverside California! The book I am featuring is one I intend to read and review soon, it looks so good! I’ve included the blurb below as well as some fun facts about the city of Riverside. ☀️🌵

Publisher’s Summary

“Powerful, enchanting, and spirited, this novel will delight.” (Patti Callahan, best-selling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis)
Love, friendship, and family find a home at the Printed Letter Bookshop.
One of Madeline Cullen’s happiest childhood memories is of working with her aunt Maddie in the quaint and cozy Printed Letter Bookshop. But by the time Madeline inherits the shop nearly 20 years later, family troubles and her own bitter losses have hardened Madeline’s heart toward her once-treasured aunt – and the now-struggling bookshop left in her care.
While Madeline intends to sell the shop as quickly as possible, the Printed Letter’s two employees have other ideas. Reeling from a recent divorce, Janet finds sanctuary within the books and within the decadent window displays she creates. Claire, though quieter than the acerbic Janet, feels equally drawn to the daily rhythms of the shop and its loyal clientele, finding a renewed purpose within its walls.
When Madeline’s professional life falls apart, and a handsome gardener upends all her preconceived notions, she questions her plans and her heart. Has she been too quick to dismiss her aunt’s beloved shop? And even if she has, the women’s best combined efforts may be too little, too late.
The Printed Letter Bookshop is a captivating story of good books, a testament to the beauty of new beginnings, and a sweet reminder of the power of friendship.” (Rachel McMillan, author of Murder in the City of Liberty)

Fun Facts

Fact 1
Riverside is located in the southeast part of California, an area known as the inland empire.

Fact 2
Riverside is known as being one of the cities in the “smog belt” because of its unusually high pollution rates.

Fact 3
This historic Mission Inn, which is considered the largest building from the mission revival style of architecture is located in the city ofRiverside.

Fact 4
The first showing of “Gone with the Wind” was at the Riverside Fox Theater in 1939.

Fact 5
The city is home to the World’s Largest Paper Cup which is really a giant concrete Dixie Cup. Located on Iowa street, the Dixie Cup stands more than 3 stories in height and is a huge attraction with visitors to the city.

Fact 6
Riverside has a thriving arts scene. It is home to fifteen museums, all of which are very well maintained. The city also regularly hosts several festivals and events.

Fact 7
The city is considered to be the birthplace of the California citrus industry. The first naval orange that was grown in the US was in Riverside.

Fact 8
Since Riverside is close to Los Angeles, it is very often chosen as a preferred location by filmmakers looking for a different scene for filming movies.

Fact 9
Fairmount Park, a widespread urban oasis sits at the entrance to the city.

Fact 10
Riverside is one of those few cities that still has a drive-in theater.

I had no idea about this Dixie cup? I need to investigate that, LOL!

Have a beautiful day! Berit☀️