I really, really, really wanted to love this book. Reading all of the Anne of Green Gables books in a row is something I’ve really enjoyed. However, I was warned early on that the even number books are the more challenging ones to read. But Anne of the Windy Poplars? It’s not even a *part* of my Anne of Green Gables complete collection! Okay, okay. I can forgive that. After all, it was published in 1936, 17 years after the s...

  Woohoo! My first #ARCAugust review! I picked up this book from NetGalley thanks to the suggestion of Crystal @ Lost in a Good Book. Her review really captured me and I was lucky to pick up a copy.   Memoirs fascinate me. There is something about digging into the heart and soul of a person’s life which is incredibly gripping. Each human being has such different experiences in their lives– there are constant lessons to le...

  Upon picking up The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, I knew only a few things: 1) Obama AND Oprah picked this book as a Must Read for 2016. 2) It won both the National Book Award AND Pulitzer Prize. 3) I was intimidated by the prestige, hype, and content of this book. I wasn’t certain I would be able to appreciate this book in the way it was intended. The Underground Railroad surprised and delighted me. In the end, I coul...

  I love Sarah’s Scribbles. Sarah Andersen has been doodling the thoughts of everyone maturing as a late Gen-X’er/early-millennial since 2011. Starting as a web comic, Andersen captures vignettes of life focused around a singular female protagonist who more-or-less wakes up one day to realize she needs to Adult. Properly Adult. And she just is NOT prepared for this. Not only is she clueless as to how adulting happens, but she ...

  This semi-autobiographical novel is billed as one which melds the “entirely true” and the “wildly fictional”. As the 2012 Newbery Medal recipient, I don’t know what I expected– but it sure wasn’t this. I adored moments of this story, but overall I couldn’t connect to the characters or the themes. While I can respect this novel, and I even understand why it won, it’s definitely not my...

  This is a review for Morning Star, the third book in the Red Rising trilogy. Spoilers will be marked, but read with caution if you have not yet read the previous two books. You can find my others reviews here: Red Rising                         Golden Son   It took me almost a year but I finally finished the Red Rising trilogy. I will admit, there is a lot about this series which doesn’t suit me. That said, I appreciate what ...

  After reading, and being a bit disappointed with, Anne of Avonlea I wasn’t expecting much from Anne of the Island. I had expected that the magic and charm of Anne of Green Gables faded after book one; that it was all a fluke! Thank goodness I kept reading. What I found in the pages of Anne of the Island is a renewed focus on Anne, her growth, adjustments to the nomadic feeling of college life, and finally– to her love life. ...

If you can believe it, this is the first time I’ve ever read Fahrenheit 451. As an avid book reader, this is the sort of dystopian literature that begs to be read. What would you do in a world where censorship and book burning are common place? What would I, Jackie B, do? This is my first foray into the works of Ray Bradbury, and it was a great place to start. Strong prose and powerful themes guided me from page to page through this clas...

  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...

Morning Star
Book Review / July 17, 2017

Title: Morning Star Series: Red Rising, #3 Author: Pierce Brown Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Del Rey Release Date: February 9th, 2016 Format: eBook Pages: 524 Source: Owned Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Da...

June 2017 Month in Review
Month in Review / July 14, 2017

Newsworthy Better late than never, right? Due to my hiatus, I didn’t get to this until mid-month. Oops! As you can see from both my On Hiatus! and the …And We’re Back! post I had some adventures at the end of June. Croatia was amazing – great food, amazing friends, wonderful vistas, stunning ruins, tons of education, and a beautiful wedding. I couldn’t have asked for more. Check out my ..And We’re ...

#AnneReadAlong2017 : Anne of the Island
#AnneReadAlong2017 , Book Review / July 12, 2017

Title: Anne of the Island Series: Anne of Green Gables, #3 Author: L. M. Montgomery Genre: Classic Publisher: Kindle Edition Release Date: October 11th, 2015 Format: eBook Pages: 278 Source: Owned First Published: 1915 New adventures lie ahead as Anne Shirley packs her bags, waves good-bye to childhood, and heads for Redmond College. With old friend Prissy Grant waiting in the bustling city of Kingsport and frivolous new pal Philippa...

…And We’re Back!
About Me / July 11, 2017

Wow, two weeks went by so quickly! It’s hard to believe only 18 days ago I was boarding a plane to Croatia, and now I’m back to the daily grind. Believe it or not, I missed the routine: Workouts, cooking, and of course, blogging! I went to Croatia for a friend’s wedding and it was amazing. We started in Dubrovnik, on the southern tip of the country. Why does that sound familiar? Because Dubrovnik is where the Game o...

Fahrenheit 451
Book Review / July 5, 2017

Title: Fahrenheit 451 Author: Ray Bradbury Genre: Speculative Fiction Publisher: Simon and Schuster Release Date: June 2012 Format: Hardback Pages: 249 Source: Library First Published: 1953 Sixty years after its publication, Ray Bradbury's internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 stands as a classic of world literature set in a bleak, dystopian future. Today its message has grown more relevant than ever before. "Fahrenheit 451-...

#AnneReadAlong2017: 5 Adventures Present-Day Anne Would Have Gotten Up To
#AnneReadAlong2017 , List / June 30, 2017

After reading Anne of Green Gables, it’s obvious that Anne gets up to all sorts of antics. Some of them are just silly things manifested from her imagination, but others are just zany circumstance. Therefore,  Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and I thought that it would be fun to come up with new adventures for a modern day Anne Shirley. Feel free to join in our Top 5 List posts and link-up below. Our schedule is merely recommended...

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...