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...

#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...

The Vanishing Throne
Book Review / June 8, 2017

Title: The Vanishing Throne Series: The Falconer, #2 Author: Elizabeth May Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Chronicle Books Release Date: June 21st, 2016 Format: Hardback Pages: 458 Source: Library First Published: November 19th, 2015 Everything she loved is gone. Trapped. Aileana Kameron, the Falconer, disappeared through the fae portal she was trying to close forever. Now she wakes in an alien world of mirrors, magic, and deception—a pris...

#AnneReadAlong2017: 5 Reasons I Want To Read Anne of Green Gables
#AnneReadAlong2017 , List / June 2, 2017

To keep things fresh and exciting with our Anne of Green Gables read-along, Jane and I thought some Top 5 lists would be a fun way to better understand your reading experiences. Feel free to join in our Top 5 List posts and link-up below. Our schedule is merely recommended– you’re welcome to join in whatever you’d like whenever you’d like! And without further ado… Top 5 Reasons I Want To Read Anne of Gre...

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

Newsworthy May was quite a productive month! My soon-to-be father-in-law and uncle came to visit and helped replace the cracked siding on the house. My mother came to visit and we did some wedding planning. I performed in a band concert, really started to dig into my new job, I celebrated my birthday (yay me!), and we finalized all the details for our trip to Croatia! Quite a busy month in my personal life, for sure.  My bookish life...

Poetry on Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work
Book Review / May 31, 2017

Title: Poetry on Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work (1888-2006) Genre: Poetry Publisher: Shout! Factory Release Date: April 18th, 2006 Format: Audiobook Pages: 68 Source: Library Editor: Rebekah Presson Mosby Poetry On Record: 98 Poets Read Their Work (1888-2006) is an engrossing collection of poems read by the people who wrote them, from the dawn of sound recording to the current day. Over the course of four CDs and an info-packed boo...

#AnneReadAlong2017 Bonus Posts
#AnneReadAlong2017 / May 29, 2017

Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and I wanted to up the ante for our #AnneReadAlong2017. We know that not all of you have the time to read the Anne series, or have recently re-read the series. We would love any previous posts you have written for these books to be reblogged and linked up to our reviews, no matter how old they might be. But we also wanted to throw something fun out there: Each month, we will be hosting a #AnneReadAlong2017 T...

The Falconer
Book Review / May 26, 2017

Title: The Falconer Series: The Falconer, #1 Author: Elizabeth May Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Chronicle Books Release Date: May 6th, 2014 Format: eBook Pages: 378 Source: Library First Published: September 19th, 2013 She's a stunner. Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty. She's a li...

#AnneReadAlong2017 : 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...