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 ...

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...