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...

Anne of Green Gables Review
#AnneReadAlong2017 , Book Review / May 23, 2017

Title: Anne of Green Gables Series: Anne of Green Gables, #1 Author: L M Montgomery Genre: Classic Publisher: Bantam Books (Classics) Release Date: May 1st, 1982 Format: eBook Pages: 314 First Published: 1908 "She'll have to go back." Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert had decided to adopt an orphan. They wanted a nice sturdy boy to help Matthew with the farm chores. The orphanage sent a girl instead - a mischievous, talkative redhead who ...

Empty Pages Writing Club: Recyc

As you might recall back in March I talked about what it means to review writing and why it’s so important. As part of that, I shared that in April I would be the impartial judge in a writing competition for the Empty Pages Writing Club. Everyone submitted up to 30 pages of anonymous text to be read, critiqued, and ranked with their peers. I read these stories and ranked them according to Plot/Conflict, Setting, Character, Symb...

Empty Pages Writing Club: 103PB-1930-35-1117 – Just a Drive in the Country

As you might recall back in March I talked about what it means to review writing and why it’s so important. As part of that, I shared that in April I would be the impartial judge in a writing competition for the Empty Pages Writing Club. Everyone submitted up to 30 pages of anonymous text to be read, critiqued, and ranked with their peers. I read these stories and ranked them according to Plot/Conflict, Setting, Character, Symb...

Empty Pages Writing Club: Madness of the Midnight

As you might recall back in March I talked about what it means to review writing and why it’s so important. As part of that, I shared that in April I would be the impartial judge in a writing competition for the Empty Pages Writing Club. Everyone submitted up to 30 pages of anonymous text to be read, critiqued, and ranked with their peers. I read these stories and ranked them according to Plot/Conflict, Setting, Character, Symb...

Empty Pages Writing Club: One Sentence At A Time

As you might recall back in March I talked about what it means to review writing and why it’s so important. As part of that, I shared that in April I would be the impartial judge in a writing competition for the Empty Pages Writing Club. Everyone submitted up to 30 pages of anonymous text to be read, critiqued, and ranked with their peers. I read these stories and ranked them according to Plot/Conflict, Setting, Character, Symb...

Anne of Green Gables Read Along
#AnneReadAlong2017 / May 16, 2017

When reading Amanda @ Cover2CoverMom ‘s blog, I discovered that there is an Anne of Green Gables Read Along happening! My Kids Lit book club recently read Anne, but I will admit… I never finished the book. I got to 80% and then it was book club time. This is a great excuse to re-read Anne and to keep going in the series. This 1908 novel which started it all tells the tale of an 11-year-old orphan girl who is mistakenly se...

Their Eyes Were Watching God
Book Review / May 8, 2017

Title: Their Eyes Were Watching God Author: Zora Neale Hurston Genre: Classic Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics Release Date: November 23rd, 2004 Format: Audiobook Pages: 237 Source: Library; Blogger Recommendation First Published: 1937 One of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature, Zora Neale Hurston's beloved 1937 classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is an enduring Southern love story sparklin...

It Started With Goodbye
Book Review / May 3, 2017

Title: It Started with Goodbye Author: Christina June Genre: Contemporary Publisher: Blink/Harper Collins Release Date: May 9th, 2017 Format: eARC Pages: 304 Source: NetGalley Sixteen-year-old Tatum Elsea is bracing for the worst summer of her life. After being falsely accused of a crime, she’s stuck under stepmother-imposed house arrest and her BFF’s gone ghost. Tatum fills her newfound free time with community service by day and wo...

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

Newsworthy   GUYS! MY BLOG WORKS AGAIN !!!!! Wow. April was not the blog-tastic month I expected, or even hoped, it would be. After a WP plugin decided to break everything I own technologically, I had to take an unexpected 3-week haitus. THREE WEEKS. The first week I was anxious to get things back up and running. But quickly, I fell into a terrible spiral. I hadn’t realized what a critical part of my life blogging was. I s...

Blogging Life: Why You Need To Understand Your Platform
Book Review / April 7, 2017

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 en...