In September 2016, I was introduced to a pair of character I absolutely adore: Narwhal and Jelly, an overly excitable Narwhal and his sarcastic, almost surly friend a Jellyfish. Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea quickly became one of my favorite books of 2016. When I found Peanut Butter and Jelly on NetGalley, I knew I needed to request it. Like volume 1, Peanut Butter and Jelly is broken into three brief stories focused on food and boundarie...

Newsworthy March is in like a lion in Wisconsin; the temperatures were in the sunny 50s and recently dropped back down into cold and rainy 30s. Snow to come? I’m sure. But that’s part of living practically in Canada. ­čśë This past month one of my favorite things in the world happened: The Olympics! I adore both the summer and winter Olympics. The stories about the athletes, the emotion tied into each event, and learning fun new detai...

  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.┬áIt 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┬áruler 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┬áRilla 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┬áI listed it as one of my top reads of 2017. I was wrong. It is THE top read of 2017 for me!┬áI 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...

Hiatus Update #3
About the Blog / April 16, 2018

Happy Monday, friends! It was a snowy, icy weekend here in Wisconsin and I took advantage of being snowed in to try and resolve all my technical issues. Before I say anything else, however, I want to give a HUGE shout out to my friends who have been super supportive over the last few weeks! After my last hiatus update, I heard from many of you who wanted to help out. I will admit, at first it was overwhelming! There were so many emai...

Hiatus Update
About the Blog / April 5, 2018

Friends – It feels like it’s been MONTHS instead of mere weeks since I’ve seen you! I wanted to give you a brief update. I got married last week!!! It’s shocking to feel that 18 months of prep went into 3 days and BAM– it’s all over. It was lovely and wonderful and practically perfect in every day. I cannot wait to tell you all more about it! There will be photos and stories and all of that once my...

Peanut Butter and Jelly
Book Review / March 26, 2018

Title: Peanut Butter and Jelly Series: Narwhal and Jelly, #3 Author: Ben Clanton Genre: Graphic Novel Publisher: Tundra Books Release Date: March 27th, 2018 Format: eARC Pages: 64 Source: NetGalley Illustrator: Ben Clanton Narwhal's obsession with his new favorite food leads him into hijinks and hilarity in the third book of this all-star early graphic novel series! Narwhal and Jelly are back and Narwhal has a new obsession . . . pea...

Unexpected Hiatus
About the Blog / March 10, 2018

Friends – As you might have noticed over the last 1.5 weeks, I’ve been completely silent on the blog. Due to technical issues, I am unable to access my wordpress.org blog to write posts. However, I am now able to access wordpress.com to send you this message (and to begin blog hopping again!). While this does mean I can now publish posts on my blog, I cannot use any of the awesome plug-ins I have come to rely so heavily u...

February 2018 Month in Review
Book Review / March 1, 2018

Newsworthy March is in like a lion in Wisconsin; the temperatures were in the sunny 50s and recently dropped back down into cold and rainy 30s. Snow to come? I’m sure. But that’s part of living practically in Canada. ­čśë This past month one of my favorite things in the world happened: The Olympics! I adore both the summer and winter Olympics. The stories about the athletes, the emotion tied into each event, and learning fun...

State of the ARC: February 2018
State of the ARC / February 27, 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...

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...