Oh, Anne. You are so incredibly endearing. Continuing my #AnneReadAlong2017, I ventured into Anne of Avonlea. While I am still completely in love with Anne Shirley herself, as well as Miss Lavendar and Paul Irving, there are a few more things I struggled with in this novel compared to the first. First of all, the addition of Davy and Dora felt a bit forced. It was like Montgomery needed to replace the innocence and mischief of younger A...

  This book is the third book in the trilogy The Falconer. My review contains minor spoilers for book one, The Falconer and book two The Vanishing Throne.   Release Day Review! WOO!  I love it when I manage to pull that off. I’m something like 2 / 1309230948230948. Crushing it.   Aileana Kameron. The girl whose gift is chaos, who can either save the realms or end them. Her lot in life was certainly not easy. Neither is wri...

This book is the second book in the trilogy The Falconer. My review contains minor marked spoilers for this book and for book one, The Falconer. My review of The Falconer can be found here.   OH MAN. This book begins very differently than I expected it to. I didn’t know what on earth I thought of it when I started, but after fifty pages or so… Where do I even begin? The beginning I guess… After our killer cliffhanger in The Fa...

Growing up, I did not have a particularly positive experience with poetry. It was challenging. I was frustrated with the way it was taught and how I was expected to interpret, understand, and dissect it. Unfortunately, it meant that once I passed the Dr. Seuss/Shel Silverstein years of my life, I stopped appreciating it. Thankfully, the wonderful Gretchen @ ChicNerdReads came into my life. Thanks to her I got back into poetry. Poetry on Record...

  This is one of those books I would have read immediately if I had ever heard of it, but I never had. Thankfully, NetGalley supplied me with the third and final book in this series, The Fallen Kingdom, WITHOUT EVER INDICATING IT WAS PART OF A SERIES. Ugh. When I found out, I was annoyed. At least 1) it is the finale of the series and 2) this sounds AWESOME. So, a bit annoyed, I picked up The Falconer from the library. NetGalley, I will n...

  I cannot believe I didn’t read this book as a child. This classic novel is over 100 years old and yet captured my heart. There is such a simple serenity hiding within the pages of this novel. Stories of love, adventure, stubbornness, forgiveness, rivalries, family, troublemaking, and dreams are woven together to tell the tale of the heartwarming orphan, Anne Shirley. Anne with an E, that is. It’s been my experience that you ...

  Wow! A HUGE thank you to Melanie @ Grab the Lapels for recommending not only this book but specifically the audiobook to me!  Winner of the Audie Award for Solo Narration – Female in 2001, listening to Ruby Dee recite Their Eyes Were Watching God was incredibly powerful. I love this book even more for her interpretation. There are years that ask questions and years that answer. Their Eyes Were Watching God is the soulful and heart...

  I am a firm believer than your experience with books changes based on external factors. Yes, some books will always be amazing, but some books are better or worse in the right context. For me, I know that I read It Started with Goodbye at the exact right time. A new twist on a Cinderella story, this quick-paced YA romance was just what I needed to end my month. Nothing this summer had gone the way I imagined. But maybe it was supposed t...

Oh hai friends. I learned a pretty critical lesson this week. Honestly, I don’t know what happened. But, it turns out one of the plug-ins I use on my blog compromised the whole thing. Death by Tsundoku was off-line for over a day, and it wasn’t until my Admin got in touch with WordPress that we figured it out. I don’t recall updating any plug-ins, but one of them was the source of my blog’s distress. In the end, we had ...

  It’s obvious why 1984 is considered classic literature. Originally published in 1949, Orwell’s story projects a future for post-war England right at the start of the Cold War. A 1950’s atomic war transformed the globe and now is divided into 3 super-countries which control their population through shortages, surveillance, torture, propaganda, and fear. Oceania, the Americas and England, are ruled by the Party, led by B...

On Hiatus!
About Me / June 23, 2017

Well, friends, I’m leaving on a jet plane today! I will be spending 2.5 weeks in Croatia (woohoo!) which is quite a long travel adventure from my home in Wisconsin, USA. Why Croatia? Because one of my friends, who moved to Istanbul a few years ago, is getting married in beautiful Motovoun, Croatia. So, why not?! It’s the first time my significant other will be leaving the country, too. I’m super excited. Obviously, ...

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start but Just Haven’t Yet
Meme , Top Ten Tuesday / June 20, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the prompt is series I’ve been meaning to read but just haven’t gotten to yet. There are SO MANY series! For many of the series on my TBR I am actually in the middle of them right now (Oops…), but I decided those didn’t count for this post. So instead, I give you ten series I for some reason I just never pick up. It was hard to narrow dow...

#AnneReadAlong2017 : Anne of Avonlea
Book Review / June 14, 2017

Title: Anne of Avonlea Series: Anne of Green Gables, #2 Author: L. M. Montgomery Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Puffin Classics Release Date: December 1st, 1997 Format: Paperback Pages: 336 Source: Owned First Published: 1909 At sixteen, Anne is grown up...almost. Her gray eyes shine like evening stars, but her red hair is still as peppery as her temper. In the years since she arrived at Green Gables as a freckle-faced orphan, ...

The Fallen Kingdom
Book Review / June 13, 2017

Title: The Fallen Kingdom Series: The Falconer, #3 Author: Elizabeth May Publisher: Chronicle Books Release Date: June 13th, 2017 Format: eARC Source: NetGalley The long-awaited final book in the Falconer trilogy is an imaginative tour-de-force that will thrill fans of the series. Aileana Kameron, resurrected by ancient fae magic, returns to the world she once knew with no memory of her past and with dangerous powers she struggles to...

The Vanishing Throne
Book Review / June 8, 2017

Title: The Vanishing Throne Series: The Falconer, #2 Author: Elizabeth May Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Chronicle Books Release Date: June 21st, 2016 Format: Hardback Pages: 458 Source: Library First Published: November 19th, 2015 Everything she loved is gone. Trapped. Aileana Kameron, the Falconer, disappeared through the fae portal she was trying to close forever. Now she wakes in an alien world of mirrors, magic, and deception—a pris...

#AnneReadAlong2017: 5 Reasons I Want To Read Anne of Green Gables
#AnneReadAlong2017 , List / June 2, 2017

To keep things fresh and exciting with our Anne of Green Gables read-along, Jane and I thought some Top 5 lists would be a fun way to better understand your reading experiences. Feel free to join in our Top 5 List posts and link-up below. Our schedule is merely recommended– you’re welcome to join in whatever you’d like whenever you’d like! And without further ado… Top 5 Reasons I Want To Read Anne of Gre...

May 2017 Month in Review
Month in Review / June 1, 2017

Newsworthy May was quite a productive month! My soon-to-be father-in-law and uncle came to visit and helped replace the cracked siding on the house. My mother came to visit and we did some wedding planning. I performed in a band concert, really started to dig into my new job, I celebrated my birthday (yay me!), and we finalized all the details for our trip to Croatia! Quite a busy month in my personal life, for sure.  My bookish life...

Poetry on Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work
Book Review / May 31, 2017

Title: Poetry on Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work (1888-2006) Genre: Poetry Publisher: Shout! Factory Release Date: April 18th, 2006 Format: Audiobook Pages: 68 Source: Library Editor: Rebekah Presson Mosby Poetry On Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work (1888-2006) is an engrossing collection of poems read by the people who wrote them, from the dawn of sound recording to the current day. Over the course of four CDs and an info-packed boo...

#AnneReadAlong2017 Bonus Posts
#AnneReadAlong2017 / May 29, 2017

Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and I wanted to up the ante for our #AnneReadAlong2017. We know that not all of you have the time to read the Anne series, or have recently re-read the series. We would love any previous posts you have written for these books to be reblogged and linked up to our reviews, no matter how old they might be. But we also wanted to throw something fun out there: Each month, we will be hosting a #AnneReadAlong2017 T...

The Falconer
Book Review / May 26, 2017

Title: The Falconer Series: The Falconer, #1 Author: Elizabeth May Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Chronicle Books Release Date: May 6th, 2014 Format: eBook Pages: 378 Source: Library First Published: September 19th, 2013 She's a stunner. Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty. She's a li...