Novel Ideas: March 2017

“She reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.” – Annie Dillard

Book reviews from March 2017

Welcome to Novel Ideas March 2017 edition. Novel Ideas is a round up of mini reviews for other books we read this month, as well as snippets of future posts and other bookish news.

From the Stacks: Kirsten

“The two of us, we’re the best kind of disaster. Apples and oranges. Well, more like apples and machetes.”- Brittany Cavallaro, A Study in Charlotte

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Book to Screen: The Zookeeper’s Wife Adaptation

“Germany’s crime is the greatest crime that the world has ever known, because it is not on the scale of History: it is on the scale of Evolution.” – Diane Ackerman, The Zookeeper’s Wife

Which is better The Zookeeper's Wife adaptation of the book?

Where to even begin with The Zookeeper’s Wife adaptation and the book that inspired the story? Let’s start with this. I worked at the Philadelphia Zoo for over 8 years, so zoos are near and dear to my heart. I’ve been meaning to read this book for a long time. Though I usually shy away from WWII books I had to read The Zookeeper’s Wife before the movie came out.

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Never Have I Ever Read… The Hunger Games Trilogy

“I Volunteer as Tribute” – Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

I finally read the Hunger Games Trilogy. Was it worth the hype?

I have never, ever read The Hunger Games.  Truthfully, it did not appeal to me. Dystopian worlds are just not my thing (usually) and I couldn’t picture myself reading about 12-18 year olds running around trying to kill each other. Jackie, however,  devoured The Hunger Games Trilogy. When she found out that I hadn’t read them, she was appalled. Continue reading “Never Have I Ever Read… The Hunger Games Trilogy”


Author Spotlight: Chris Van Dusen

“Jack, from the back seat, said to his dad, This car is OK. This car is not bad. But it’s just a car.  Nothing great. Nothing grand.  It’s nothing at all like the car I have planned” – Chris Van Dusen, If I Build a Car

If I built a.... by Chris Van Dusen

Chris Van Dusen is my favorite children’s book author.  I know I am not supposed to have favorites but, I cannot help myself!!! I received “If I Built a Car” as a gift when my oldest son was 5 and it opened up a new world in the land Continue reading “Author Spotlight: Chris Van Dusen”


Local Literary Watering Hole: Narberth Bookshop

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“So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall.Then fill the shelves with lots of books.” -Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Local Literary Watering Hole: Narberth Bookshop Narberth, PA

We recently had the pleasure of visiting the Narberth Bookshop for our monthly excursion. This lovely little bookshop is located in the heart of Narberth. Narberth itself is a great little town with lots of great little spots to have coffee or grab a bite. What was definitely missing was a place to pick up a great book. After all, nothing goes better with a perfect croissant then a cup of coffee and a book. This little gem is filled with books that you may not find anywhere else.

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