My second #ARCAugust review is actually for a book I read last year and never managed to post a review for… Honestly, that was a complete oversight on my part and totally not normal. Corrected now! Whew.   Kenneth Sherman is a Canadian poet. He’s been on my radar for a few months now, and when a copy of his newest book was available to request on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to better understand his words. Unfortun...

  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...

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Book Review / January 20, 2016

Title: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Author: Jesse Andrews Genre: Fiction Publisher: Amulet Books Release Date: March 1st, 2012 Format: Audiobook Pages: 295 pages; 6 hours 9 minutes Source: Library Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola...

Pet-Friendly Francie Scores a Pooch
Book Review / January 18, 2016

Title: Pet-Friendly Francie Scores a Pooch Author: Kat E. Erikson Genre: Children's Literature Publisher: Self-Published Release Date: May 4th, 2015 Format: eBook Pages: 67 Source: eBook Eight-year-old Francie Waggit wants a pet so badly it hurts. But like her dad says, caring for pets takes time and money, and the Waggit family can’t spare much of either - especially with Francie’s mom off in Africa rescuing baby elephants. No ...

Girl on a Wire
Uncategorized / January 15, 2016

Title: Girl on a Wire Series: Cirque American Author: Gwenda Bond Genre: Young Adult Publisher: Skyscape Release Date: October 1st, 2014 Format: eBook Pages: 386 Source: Kindle First A ballerina, twirling on a wire high above the crowd. Horses, prancing like salsa dancers. Trapeze artists, flying like somersaulting falcons. And magic crackling through the air. Welcome to the Cirque American! Sixteen-year-old Jules Maroni’s dream is t...

The Heist
Book Review / January 13, 2016

Title: The Heist Series: Fox and O'Hare Author: Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg Genre: Chick Lit/Crime Publisher: Bantam Release Date: June 18th, 2013 Format: eBook Pages: 295 Source: Library FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she ...

Lone Wolf and Cub Omnibus Vol. 1
Book Review / January 11, 2016

Title: Lone Wolf and Cub, Omnibus Volume 1 Series: Lone Wolf and Cub (#1-3) Author: Kauzo Koike Genre: Graphic Novel Publisher: Dark Horse Manga Release Date: May 1st, 2013 (Original Manga Publication Date: 1970) Format: Paperback Pages: 713 Source: Library Shogunate executioner Ogami Itto is framed as a traitor by the agents from a rival clan. With his wife murdered and with an infant son to protect, Ogami chooses the path of the ro...

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
Book Review / January 8, 2016

Title: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society Author: Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows Genre: Historical Fiction Publisher: The Dial Press Release Date: July 29th, 2008 Format: eBook Pages: 274 Source: Library “ I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.”  January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World W...

The Situational Leader: The Other 59 Minutes
Book Review / January 6, 2016

Title: The Situational Leader: The Other 59 Minutes Author: Paul Hersey Genre: Business Publisher: Warner Books (NY) Release Date: March 1st, 1985 Format: Hardback Pages: 128 Source: Owned The Situational Leader is the story of a manager responsible for achieving, developing people, and contributing to organizational success. (via Goodreads)   I read portions of this book back in 2009 when I was training to become a Store Manage...

Lock In
Book Review / January 3, 2016

Title: Lock In Series: Lock In (#1) Author: John Scalzi Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tor Books Release Date: August 26th,2014 Format: Hardback Pages: 336 Source: Library (Books n' Booze Book Club) A blazingly inventive near-future thriller from the best-selling, Hugo Award-winning John Scalzi. Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse t...

Ready Player One
Book Review / December 31, 2015

Title: Ready Player One Author: Ernest Cline Genre: Gamer Fiction Publisher: Random House NY Release Date: August 16th, 2011 Format: Hardback Pages: 372 Source: Library In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the  OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines, puzzles that a...

The Opening Line
About Me / December 30, 2015

“Call me Ishmael.” – Herman Melville, Moby Dick … … Or, uh, well, don’t. Call me Jackie. “I am a sick man… I am a spiteful man.” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground   Actually, I’m neither of those things. I am a female bibliophile with a passion for sharing my opinions and discussing literature. “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing...