Where have I been lately? Well, in case you didn’t know, the 2018 Peyongchang Olympics are on! I don’t normally watch TV, but it’s hard for me not to watch these games. The Winter Olympics have been taking away from the time I typically spend on reading and blogging. Oops! This brings us to a wonderful trade paperback graphic novel: Feathers. It’s hard to clearly define what kind of story Feathers is. Is it a Hun...

  Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! To pay homage to an adequate-at-best holiday, I’ve decided to post a review for a demi-romance novel: A Cinderella retelling: Geekarella. It has been quite a while since I’ve binge read a book in 36 hours. Geekarella definitely broke that streak! This sweet, heartfelt, coming-of-age Cinderella retelling was exactly the book I needed to wipe away the cold and dark gloom of Winter in Wisc...

  I will admit, when I started this book I felt quite conflicted. I love me some historical fiction. But, a gender-swapped retelling of Vlad the Impaler’s life? Vlad Dracula, for those unfamiliar, was the ruler of Wallachia (now Romania) in the mid-1400’s at three different times. It was a time of great political and religious turmoil in eastern Europe. Vlad Dracula is known famously for impaling his enemies of stakes and leav...

  Annihilation is a book I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about. It’s short, it’s atmospheric, it’s engaging, it’s mysterious– everyone I know who has read it has completely raved about its magic. So when David and I were looking for last minute audiobooks for our road trip home for the holidays this seemed like a great opportunity to share a well-loved book. As you might recall from my last Solvin...

Oh, Rilla-my-Rilla. It’s so hard to think that #AnneReadAlong2017 is finally coming to an end! While I might be almost a month behind wrapping up this read along (oops! But, you know…. life), I am still sad to see it go. Sometimes, I wonder if I took my time finishing Rilla of Ingleside only so it wouldn’t end? Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and I have loved hosting! So much so that we are having a giveaway to wrap everything up! ...

You might have noticed a few weeks ago when I was in the middle of reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine I listed it as one of my top reads of 2017. I was wrong. It is THE top read of 2017 for me! I finished reading this novel so happy I picked it up but completely wrecked inside. I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked up Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. Gail Honeyman’s debut novel was making the rounds on the blog...

  It’s hard to put into words how I feel about Michelle Obama. Reading this essay collection has reminded me of all the amazing moments I witnessed throughout her reign as FLOTUS. The first Black First Lady of the United States went through a transformation between 2008 and 2017 which was, at times, difficult to watch. Yet, throughout the entire ride, she has stood tall with grace, dignity, compassion, intelligence, and unwavering l...

  As you might have noticed, I’m a bit behind on my #AnneReadAlong2017 reading! Life has a way of changing our free time and priorities sometimes, doesn’t it? In this particular case, while I found Rainbow Valley endearing and adorable, it was a really slow read for me. I found I didn’t become enraptured with the storytelling the same way I had with earlier books in the series. Over a month behind, it’s time to fin...

  I have a weak spot in my heart for middle-grade literature. I love how simple the writing is, how realistic the characters are for their ages, and what wonderful messages they carry. Unfortunately, I find that most middle-grade literature I read is lacking. Part of that, I’m sure, the lack of middle-grade aged children in my life. But, honestly, it’s harder to find solid middle grader literature than children’s, young ...

  I count myself lucky that over the last year, as I’ve seriously delved into blogging, I’ve developed some meaningful relationships with other bloggers. One of those relationships, with Amanda @ Cover 2 Cover Mom, helped connect me with Tiffany McDaniel. When Amanda read The Summer That Melted Everything, she was blown away (check out her amazing review here!) and developed a relationship with McDaniel. When McDaniel reached ...

Feathers
Book Review / February 22, 2018

Title: Feathers Series: Feathers, Vol. 1 Author: Jorge Corona Genre: Graphic Novel Publisher: Archaia Release Date: December 22nd, 2015 Format: Hardback Pages: 160 Source: Library Born covered in black feathers, abandoned as a baby in the slums of the Maze, Poe has lived his entire eleven-year-old life hidden away under the protection of his adoptive father, Gabriel. He spends his days secretly helping the Mice, bands of orphans who ...

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested in Reading
Top Ten Tuesday / February 20, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originated by The Broke and the Bookish now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the theme is: This week the theme is: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Reading. It’s hard for me to look at books on my To Read list and decide to cut them. I prefer to talk to my friends and get recommendations I trust rather than trust the reviews and rating on Goodreads. That said, I am certainly capa...

Geekarella
Book Review / February 14, 2018

Title: Geekarella Author: Ashley Poston Genre: Retelling Publisher: Quirk Books Release Date: April 4th, 2017 Format: eBook Pages: 320 Source: Library Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-gre...

Building Better Book Clubs: How to Join An In-Person Book Club
Building Better Book Clubs / February 10, 2018

          is a series of posts focused on all things book club related: discussions, listicles, how to’s and more!   When deciding on a book club, it’s important to start with determining if you are looking for an online or in-person book club. Once you’ve decided you want to participate in an in-person book club, how do you find one? Not everyone wants to start a book club on their own...

And I Darken
Book Review / February 8, 2018

Title: And I Darken Series: The Conqueror's Saga, #1 Author: Kiersten White Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: Random House Listening Library Release Date: June 28th, 2016 Format: Audiobook Pages: 475 Source: Library - OverDrive Narrator: Fiona Hardingham No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallach...

Top Ten Tuesday: Books which have the Longest Shelf-Life on my TBR
Top Ten Tuesday / February 6, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originated by The Broke and the Bookish now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the theme is: This week the theme is: Books which have the longest shelf-life on my TBR You know what I learned doing this TTT? I learned that I created my Goodreads account on April 22nd, 2012. Which, honestly, is much later in life that I thought I had created it. I feel like Goodreads has been around since the beginnin...

State of the ARC: January 2018
State of the ARC / February 2, 2018

            State of the ARC is a meme hosted by Evelina at Avalinah’s Books used to track ARC progress and motivate us ARC reading slackers. My friend Evelina at Avalinah’s Books and I have a problem: We tend to let our ARCs pile up. Yup, that’s right. Our Advanced Reader Copies quickly become Current Reader Copies. And in some situations, even become Old Reader Copies. That’s ri...

January 2018 Month in Review
Month in Review / February 1, 2018

Newsworthy January started out with a BANG. David and I attended two New Years Eve parties and had more fun at NYE than we’ve had in years. It was the perfect start to a wonderful year. This month, we went to see Rent the Musical. It’s hard to believe Rent is 20 years old! But, that was obvious in the theatre when a parent around me had to explain how old-school answering machines work (“You can hear them speak in r...

#AnneReadAlong2017 : The End of Anne
#AnneReadAlong2017 / January 31, 2018

  It’s so hard to believe that 9 months have passed. It feels like only yesterday that Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and I were connecting to co-host the #AnneReadAlong2017. Over the last 9 months, we shared so much together and with those of you who participated in and followed our journey.   Over the course of the last 9 months, so much has been accomplished. We read all 8 books in the series, hosted two giveaways, post...

Annihilation
Book Review / January 28, 2018

Title: Annihiliation Series: The Southern Reach, #1 Author: Jeff VanderMeer Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Blackstone Audio Release Date: February 14th, 2014 Format: Audiobook Pages: 195 Source: Library Narrator: Carolyn McCormick Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscap...