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 ...

  I can’t believe Thanksgiving has already flown by. This means the first official #ThanksgivingReadathon has sadly come to a close. It was an amazing 5 days of reading and sharing the books we were reading. #ThanksgivingReadathon was a beautiful blur of thankfulness I needed in my life. I am thankful to everyone who participated so readily! We had over 20 people take part in the readathon!! I cannot believe it. After last year wher...

  Release day review! Congratulations to S.C. Flynn for the release of The Hidden Mask today, November 25th!   The relationship between book bloggers and authors is a complicated one in this day and age. It’s easy to communicate with people on a mass scale and the anonymity of the internet makes it easy for both parties to forget there are people on the other side of the technology. It’s a magical thing when an author tak...

  I cannot stop crying. Sepetys debut novel tells the chilling and lesser-spoken-of tale of the displacement, forced migration, and forced labor of Lithuanians (and Latvians, Estonians, and Finns…) into Siberia by the Soviets in World War II. While our narrator, Lina, is only 15 years old when our story begins, Sepetys refuses to shy away from the more horrific elements. This is not a pretty book. I might even describe it as unflinchingly...

  Somehow, in all my excitement in October (aka: Overwhelming Busyness), I never managed to post my review for Anne of Ingleside! Well, better late than never right? It’s hard to believe there are only two books left after this… The 6th book in the Anne of Green Gables series, Anne of Ingleside finally introduces us to the Blythe children. It feels like a long time coming, but finally, Anne and Gilbert have their own little mi...

  Well. This book taught me something I can’t believe I didn’t know about myself until reading this book: I don’t like hard science fiction. Hard Sci-Fi waves technically accurate science into informed speculation by using intricate details to back-up the writer’s speculations.  While reading, when I found that I was incredibly engrossed in some parts and not others, I started to question why. I discovered two reas...

  I have nothing against short stories, but I tend to gravitate away from them when picking up a book to read. When I read short stories I am never disappointed. But for some reason, my fingers always itch for a novel. Perhaps it’s that addiction to character development? Who knows. What I do know, is that when my book club needed a last minute book added– I knew what I wanted on the list: A Tyranny of Petticoats. The story be...

  I recommended this to one of my book clubs for purely selfish reasons. A few different bloggers kept raving about this series over the past year on their blogs. It came up again and again– I knew I just had to check it out, but I didn’t want to read it in a vacuum. I was nervous this debut novel wouldn’t do anything for me. With such passionate followers for the series in the blogosphere, I wanted friends to help me se...

  I’m just going to get this out of the way — Yes, this 1940 Newbery Award winner certainly has some representation issues. Yes, Call It Courage does play on all the noble-savage action-adventure boy serial tropes, such as those in the Tarzan serials. Yes, it portrays sexism, bullying, and submitting to peer pressure in a positive light. Yes, it does fall into a bit of a predictable storytelling mode where our protagonist magi...

  I am a HUGE Rainbow Rowell fan. I am drawn to realistic characters, character-driven stories, and character/relationship development over the course of a story. This is what Rowell is known for! But I had never read her debut novel Attachments. Why? Part of it is that I didn’t want the magic to end. Now I have no more Rowell books to read! But part of it is also that it’s a debut novel– will I love it just as much? Wil...

Call It Courage
Book Review / October 6, 2017

Title: Call it Courage Author: Armstrong Sperry Genre: Survival Publisher: Listening Library Release Date: January 22nd, 2008 Format: Audiobook Pages: 128 Source: Library First Published: 1940 A boy tries to overcome his fear of the sea in this treasured classic and winner of the Newbery Medal. Maftu was afraid of the sea. It had taken his mother when he was a baby, and it seemed to him that the sea gods sought vengeance at having be...

Attachments
Book Review , Buddy Read / October 2, 2017

Title: Attachments Author: Rainbow Rowell Genre: Contemporary Publisher: Plume Release Date: March 27th, 2012 Format: Paperback Pages: 323 Source: Library "Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you..." Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It's company policy.) But they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go...

September 2017 Month in Review
Month in Review / October 1, 2017

Newsworthy September is over– and now we are starting my favorite season: Fall! Fall is amazing for so many reasons. I love sleeping with the windows open, wearing sweaters and scarves sans coat, all things apple, pumpkin, and root vegetable, the changing leaves, being outside and drinking warm beverages. Unfortunately, the start of fall seems to always be SUPER busy. I am a practicing Jew and the chair of the music committee a...

#AnneReadAlong2017 : 5 Things I Wish I Could Change About the Anne Series
#AnneReadAlong2017 , List / September 29, 2017

I have come to ADORE Anne Shirley and the Anne of Green Gables books. Yet, as uplifting and wonderful as these tales are, nothing is ever perfect.  Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf and I have taken some time this week to reflect on how we might improve upon the Anne of Green Gables series– specifically, what we would love to change about these books. Montgomery creates a beautiful world for Anne to grow up in, but there are a few thin...

All-American Boys
Book Review / September 28, 2017

Title: All-American Boys Author: Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely Genre: Contemporary Publisher: Atheneum Books Release Date: September 29th, 2015 Format: Hardcover Pages: 316 Source: Library Rashad is absent again today. That’s the sidewalk graffiti that started it all… Well, no, actually, a lady tripping over Rashad at the store, making him drop a bag of chips, was what started it all. Because it didn’t matter what Rashad said next...

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Banned Books on my To Read List
Meme , Top Ten Tuesday / September 26, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is Top Ten Books with ____ Characters. However, since it is Banned Book Week, I chose to deviate and develop my own list. So MY theme for this week is: Top Ten Banned Books on my TBR. Banned Books Week is an annual celebration in America hosted by a national alliance of diverse organizations called the Banned Books Week Coalition. They seek to “e...

Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra
Book Review / September 23, 2017

Title: Zodiac Starforce: By the Power of Astra Series: Zodiac Starforce, #1-4 Author: Keven Panetta Genre: Graphic Novel Publisher: Dark Horse Books Release Date: March 9th, 2016 Format: Trade Paperback Pages: 136 Source: Library Illustrator: Paulina Gancheau They're an elite group of teenage girls with magical powers who have sworn to protect our planet against dark creatures . . . as long as they can get out of class! Known as the ...

The Great Newbery Quest
Between the Lines , Reading Challenge / September 21, 2017

                is a series of posts focused on better understanding books, trends in writing, and the labels associated with these.   As some of you might have noticed, I read quite a bit of MG/YA literature. Why? I take part in two book clubs which tend to lean more YA/MG (one is exclusively for YA/MG books), but also I find that a lot of modern YA/MG books are addicting and brilliant. F...

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR List
Top Ten Tuesday / September 19, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the theme is: books on your Fall TBR For those of you who don’t know me, I am a mood reader. And sometimes, I feel like I’m the moodiest reader there is. I can’t seem to stick to a TBR list to save my life. I tend to pick up books on a whim. The only exception to this is my book club books; I will read those no matter what. I just need the sche...

Dumplin’
Book Review / September 17, 2017

Title: Dumplin' Series: Dumplin, #1 Author: Julie Murphy Genre: Contemporary Publisher: Harper Collins Release Date: September 15th, 2015 Format: Audionook Source: Library Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen,...