What is in my TBR pile

Usually, at this time of year, I give you a peek at my to be read (TBR) pile. My pile is till huge because I’m constantly adding more books.

I’m currently reading Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark. This one was recommended to me by someone who knows I love Disney. It’s good so far.

Here’s a sampling of my TBR pile:

Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham

My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

The Finisher by David Baldacci

Everless by Sara Holland

 

What are you reading? What’s in your TBR pile?

 

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Jill’s chitchat: Jessica James confirmed to judge talent show

Former Broadway star, Jessica James, has been confirmed as one of the judges for the talent show. After some pretty intense negotiations (okay, they weren’t that intense), Miss James agreed to join the panel of judges that already includes Mayor Cord Bennett.

The top 20 acts have been chosen and I’m pleased to announce that some of the performers attend the Lincoln Falls School for the Arts, which is owned and run by Miss James. While Miss James is proud of her students, she said that she will be fair and will not favor her students over other acts.

I’m also pleased to announce that I’ve been asked to be the third judge. It is my first time judging and I couldn’t be more excited. I hope to see all of you at the Lincoln Falls Theater on October 20 when we will crown this year’s most talented person in Lincoln Falls.

 

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Jill’s chitchat: Does Lincoln Falls have any talent?

It’s time for the annual Lincoln Falls talent show. Does Lincoln Falls have any real talent? We will find out once again when everyone lines up to audition at the Lincoln Falls Theater on Monday at 4 pm.

For the last three years, Scarlett Flynn has won for her yodeling expertise. I’m asking, no I’m begging, please don’t allow this to happen for a fourth year. Mrs. Flynn is a wonderful yodeler, but we must have someone in this town who can sing, dance, tell a joke, or do magic. If you can do any of these things, please show up at the auditions.

The 20 best acts will be chosen from all of those who audition and will perform on Friday, October 20.

Mayor Bennett is the only confirmed judge at this time. Former Broadway star, Jessica James, is said to be in discussions. It is unknown who will fill the third seat, but I’ve heard veterinarian, Will Banks, is on the short list, as is Lincoln Falls High football coach, Eric Mason.

See you next week!

 

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Jill’s chitchat: Doughnut shortage in Lincoln Falls

I’m sad to report that we will have a doughnut shortage for the next couple of days in Lincoln Falls. The owner of Half-Baked, Mr. Sloane, said an unnamed worker, who has now been dismissed, added too much baking powder to the doughnut batter, causing the doughnuts to rise and then spread all over the ovens.

Mr. Sloane claims he’s never seen anything like it. Dough even seeped through the doors of the ovens.

Half-Baked is known for its baked doughnuts, a healthy alternative to fried doughnuts. I personally love the blueberry glazed doughnut and I’m not sure how I’ll get through Sunday morning without one.

The ovens will be professionally cleaned and Mr. Sloane says he should have doughnuts ready on Monday morning. I’ll be the first one in line to get my doughnut.

In the meantime, if you are in serious need of a doughnut, you’ll have to go over the town line to get a standard fried one.

See you on Monday at Half-Baked!

 

 

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Jill’s chitchat: Interview with Lissa de la Fuente

Jill: I have a special guest this week — Lissa de la Fuente. She was recently promoted to vice principal of Lincoln Falls High School. Congratulations on the new job!

Ms. de la Fuente: Thank you.

Jill: Next week, school starts and I’ve heard you have a message for all of the students.

Ms. de la Fuente: Principal Little has asked me to tell everyone about some changes to the curriculum this year.

Jill:  Oh, this sounds exciting. What do the students have to look forward to?

Ms. de la Fuente: This year, the AP Biology class will have a mandatory field trip to a morgue to examine the human body.

Jill: That seems morbid.

Ms. de la Fuente: It is, but Principal Little thinks it will be an enriching experience.

Jill: What other changes are coming?

Ms. de la Fuente: All tenth grade students will be required to complete their civics hours at a prison. They will be helping the prisoners with their community service.

Jill: Isn’t that a bit extreme?

Ms. de la Fuente: Principal Little believes it will make an impression on the students.

Jill: I believe it will. Is the principal trying to have fewer prisoners in the future?

Ms. de la Fuente: Principal Little wants the students to appreciate fully what prison is like.

Jill: Interesting. Any other changes?

Ms. de la Fuente: The last big change is for this year’s freshmen. They will be required to attend a retreat on teamwork. The retreat will include a survival lesson in which the students will be taken to a remote location and will have to survive on their own for a week.

Jill: What?! That seems crazy. Has the school board approved these changes?

Ms. de la Fuente: They have. They claim that Principal Little is a trailblazer.

Jill: The students are certainly going to have an exciting school year.

Ms. de la Fuente: They are and I look forward to seeing all of them on Monday.

Jill: Thank you for your time.

Ms. de la Fuente: This was a pleasure. Thank you.

Jill: Good luck to all of the students starting school next week.

 

 

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Jill’s chitchat: Solar eclipse party on Main Street

The mayor has decided to close down Main Street for a solar eclipse party. Come join the fun from 1 pm to 5 pm.

The mayor has enlisted the help of the Lilies of Lincoln Falls. Mrs. Scarlett Flynn is taking the lead and has a variety of games lined up, including a game of eclipse Bingo. I’m not sure what that is, but I can’t wait to find out.

For those of you who love to bake, there will be a pie contest. This one is for you Cheryl, the queen of the cherry pie. You make me want to break up with someone just so I can receive one of your pies.

Of course, in Lincoln Falls, we can’t have a pie contest without a pie eating contest. Everyone get your stomachs ready for this one. I’ve heard Huck Lucas is planning to go for his 20th consecutive win.

Special solar eclipse glasses will be required. Brothers Diner and the Shake and Scoop already have some in stock if you’d like to go and pick them up for free.

See you there!

 

 

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Jill’s chitchat: Headbangers get record deal

You’ve enjoyed them for years at Rowdy’s and now everyone will be able to hear their music because our very own Headbangers have scored a record deal. You’ll be able to buy their albums in stores and online.

I’ve heard that their first album will contain favorites like “Love Is Worse Than a Mosquito Bite,” “Stick Your Hand in a Socket,” “Eat Like a Fly,” and “Get Your Own Tractor.”

Because they have to hit the recording studio soon, they’ll be going on hiatus from Rowdy’s. You can catch their last show this Friday. I hope to see you there.

I’ll be back next week!

 

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What is on your keeper shelf?

Over the last year, I’ve read a lot of books and added a few to my keeper shelf. I will go back to these books again and again in years to come.

Here are the books that made it to my keeper shelf:

Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes

The Heir by Kiera Cass

A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James

The Kill Order by James Dashner

 

Here’s a sampling of books that were already on my keeper shelf:

Creativity Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace

Emma by Jane Austen

The Charm School by Susan Wiggs

I’m always looking for recommendations. What is on your keeper shelf?

 

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What is in my TBR pile

Usually, at this time of year, I give you a peek at my to be read (TBR) pile. I wish I could say it was shorter this year, but it is still huge.

I’m currently reading The Fever Code by James Dashner. I love his books and have read all of the Maze Runner books. He’s a great writer. His books are always fast-paced and have me on the edge of my seat.

Here’s a sampling of my TBR pile:

The Black Key by Amy Ewing

First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Ignited by Corrine Jackson

When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

Come Sundown by Nora Roberts

Of course, I’m looking forward to the final book in the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes. It has been one of my obsessions. I highly recommend that series.

What are you reading? What’s in your TBR pile?

 

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Jill’s chitchat: Brothers Diner is expanding

Changes have been happening faster than an asteroid barreling toward Earth since Eddie Taylor took over Brothers Diner. He’s revamped the menu, installed a new counter, and now he’s adding an ice cream fountain.

Watch out Braiden Parker, the Shake and Scoop is getting some competition. The menu will feature a Lincoln Falls sundae, which will consist of five scoops of vanilla ice cream, banana slices, chocolate and strawberry sauces, gummy worms, crushed chocolate chip cookies, whipped cream, a cherry, and edible rainbow glitter. It’s an interesting combination. Make sure to save your appetite for this one.

Although the diner won’t offer the same number of shakes as the Shake and Scoop, Eddie Taylor told me that 50 different shakes will be on the menu. Sounds yummy to me.

Eddie says he expects the ice cream fountain to be open in about two months. The diner will remain open during construction so everyone can still get their diner fix.

See you next week!

 

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