Saturday, June 23, 2018

Newbery Reviews: The Whipping Boy || Out Of The Dust || Dear Mr. Henshaw





One of my long-term goals is to read all of the Newbery winners. Here are a few I read recently.





Thursday, June 21, 2018

I’d Love To Read About: Underground Places And Garbage




Today we’re starting a new series on the blog. I’m calling it “I’d Love To Read About . . .” I have no idea how many of these posts I’m going to write, but let’s roll with it and see what happens.






Have you ever learned a strange fact or seen an unusual place and thought, I wish there were more books about that? It happens to me all the time. Authors, if you’re listening, here are four strange things that I wish somebody would write about. (Or take inspiration from. I’m not picky!)

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: What I’m Reading This Summer





Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is my summer t0-be-read pile. Here are ten books that I’m hoping to finish before the end of September.












Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Sunday Post #151

Silly cat. Haven't you heard that paper is dead? Get yourself an e-reader.



The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, and share news. It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Date. I get to tell you what I’ve read recently.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Book Haul: Recommendations (Part 2)




Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I get to show off all the books I’ve gotten recently. Way back at the beginning of the year, I asked for book recommendations. Here are some of the books that you recommended I read. Sorry, I didn’t write down who recommended which book because I’m a lazy, terrible person, but thank you for the recommendations!


Your Recommendations (Part 2)



Thursday, June 14, 2018

Discussion: A Brief List Of Oddities Discovered In My Email Account

The 2018 Discussion Challenge is hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction & It Starts At Midnight



Having an email address that’s visible to the public is always an adventure. I never know what I’m going to find in my account. I get your typical Nigerian prince scammers and your grieving widows who desperately need access to my bank account. I also get some weird emails that are unique to book blogging. Today, we’re doing a countdown of the oddest messages I’ve discovered in my email account over the past 5 years of book blogging.

Before we start, I realize that this post sounds snarky. Please don't be afraid to email me. I'm actually pretty friendly. Usually. These emails are just too odd to keep to myself.




A Brief List Of Oddities Discovered In My Email Account




Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Review: Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson || That Awkward Moment When You Relate To Insufferable People


Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson




Pages: 216
Genre: Historical Middle Grade
Publication Date: 1980


Growing up on a tiny Chesapeake Bay island in the early 1940s, angry Louise reveals how Caroline robbed her of everything: her hopes for schooling, her friends, her mother, even her name. While everyone pampered Caroline, Wheeze (her sister's name for her) began to learn the ways of the watermen and the secrets of the island, especially of old Captain Wallace, who had mysteriously returned after fifty years. The war unexpectedly gave this independent girl a chance to fulfill her childish dream to work as a watermen alongside her father. But the dream did not satisfy the woman she was becoming. Alone and unsure, Louise began to fight her way to a place where Caroline could not reach.



Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Sunday Post #150

Grab your top hat and your evil twin; it's time for The Sunday Post.



The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, and share news. It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Date. I get to tell you what I’ve read recently.


Saturday, June 9, 2018

Book Haul: Recommendations (Part 1)




Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I get to show off all the books I’ve gotten recently. Way back at the beginning of the year, I asked for book recommendations. Here are some of the books that you recommended I read. Sorry, I didn’t write down who recommended which book because I’m a lazy, terrible person, but thank you for the recommendations!



Your Recommendations (Part 1)


Thursday, June 7, 2018

May Wrap-Up





May Snapshots



Apple & wasp tree. I ran for my life after snapping this picture.



Cherry and apple trees from my bathroom window.


Sunday, June 3, 2018

The Sunday Post #149

You're going to see this kid in your nightmares tonight. Sorry 'bout that.



The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, and share news. It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Date. I get to tell you what I’ve read recently.


Saturday, June 2, 2018

Book Haul: Retail Therapy






Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I get to show off all the books I’ve gotten recently. If you’ve been around this blog in the last few months, then you’ll know that I haven’t been having the greatest time in life. Luckily, I know how to make myself feel slightly better: acquire new books!


Retail Therapy





Thursday, May 31, 2018

Review: A Clash Of Kings by George R.R. Martin || This Is How You Write Multiple POVs



A Clash Of Kings by George R.R. Martin


Pages: 1010
Genre: High Fantasy
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire #2
Publication Date: November 1998

A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war. It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise to walk at night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains of the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel . . . and the coldest hearts. For when kings clash, the whole land trembles.
This review is for book 2 in a series. It's spoiler-free, but you might want to check out my review of A Game of Thrones.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Places I’d Never Want To Live (But Would Make Excellent Book Settings)



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is bookish worlds I’d never want to live in. That topic doesn’t work for me because I mostly read realistic fiction, so I’m doing my own thing this week. Here is a list of real-life places where I’d never want to live, but would make excellent book settings.




Places I’d Never Want To Live (But Do Want To Read About)



Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Sunday Post #148

Call now to order your vary own barrel of lovely ladies. Only three easy payments of $19.95. Operators are standing by . . .



The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, and share news. It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Date. I get to tell you what I’ve read recently.

Happy Memorial Day to everybody who's celebrating.



Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Sunshine Blogger Award





Thank you to Erica @ Erica Robyn Reads for tagging me and asking these awesome questions. I believe that this tag has a lot of rules? Yeah, nobody’s got time for that. I’m just going to answer Erica’s questions. Let’s go!









The Sunshine Blogger Award


Thursday, May 24, 2018

Discussion: Ten Profound Thoughts While Binge-Watching Outlander

The 2018 Discussion Challenge is hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction & It Starts At Midnight


If you’ve been on this blog in the last few weeks, you might know that I’ve hit a bit of a shit pit in life. I haven’t been able to concentrate on reading. Or blogging. Or anything. Instead of staring at the walls and feeling sorry for myself, I decided to do something super important. I binge-watched the TV show Outlander.

What the heck is Outlander? The show is based on the book series by Diana Gabaldon. It follows a British nurse, Claire Randall, who tumbles through a magic rock and finds herself in 1700s Scotland. Since she’s stuck in a place with rampant disease and no Internet, she makes the best of a bad situation and falls in love with Jamie Fraser, a Highland warrior. Together, they get involved in the Jacobite rebellions.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

The Sunday Post #147

My mountain conquerors
Dakota: 10/26/03 - 9/11/15
Cheyenne: 10/31/06 - 5/10/18 



The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, and share news. It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Date. I get to tell you what I’ve read recently.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Newbery Mini Reviews: The Midwife’s Apprentice || It’s Like This, Cat || . . . And Now Miguel




One of my long-term goals is to read all of the Newbery Award winners. Here are some winners that I’ve read recently . . .







Newbery Mini Reviews: The Midwife’s Apprentice || It’s Like This, Cat || . . . And Now Miguel




Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Didn’t Like But Don’t Regret Reading



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is books I didn’t like but don’t regret reading. I’d normally avoid a topic like this because I don’t enjoy being overly negative, but I know that you guys like snark and unpopular opinions, so let’s give it a shot.

Normally, I’d stop reading a book I didn’t like, but I’ll push through a book if it’s culturally relevant. These are all books I pushed through. Some of them are classics, and some of them are books that got a lot of hype. I didn’t like them, but I don’t regret reading them.


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Review: The Smell Of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock || This Is How You Write Setting


The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock


Pages: 240
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publication Date: February 2016

Ruth has a secret that she can’t hide forever. Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from, even when good luck suddenly comes her way. Alyce is trying to reconcile her desire to dance with the life she’s always known on her family’s fishing boat. Hank and his brothers decide it’s safer to run away than to stay home—until one of them ends up in terrible danger.

Guys, I finally read the Smelly Houses book! You were right; it’s brilliant. I’m pretty sure this is my new favorite book of 2018 (so far).

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Discussion: How Accurate Are Amazon Recommendations?

The 2018 Discussion Challenge is hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction & It Starts At Midnight


A few months ago, I posted a discussion about the accuracy of the book recommendations that Goodreads offers its users. A few commenters suggested that I look at Amazon’s book recommendations and see how they compare. That’s what we’re doing today.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Blue-tiful Books



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is books with your favorite color on the cover. At first I thought, That’s easy. I’ll just go on Goodreads, borrow some blue book covers, and slap them on the blog. Then I thought, No, Aj, you know how to be way more pretentious than that. So, here are some photos of artfully (?) arranged blue books.


Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Sunday Post #146

Because everybody needs a chubby chicken jockey in their life.



The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, and share news. It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Date. I get to tell you what I’ve read recently.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Review: Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman


Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman


Series: Arc of a Scythe #2
Pages: 504
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
Publication Date: January 2018


Rowan has gone rogue, and has taken it upon himself to put the Scythedom through a trial by fire. Literally. In the year since Winter Conclave, he has gone off-grid, and has been striking out against corrupt scythes—not only in MidMerica, but across the entire continent. He is a dark folk hero now—“Scythe Lucifer”—a vigilante taking down corrupt scythes in flames.

Citra, now a junior scythe under Scythe Curie, sees the corruption and wants to help change it from the inside out, but is thwarted at every turn, and threatened by the “new order” scythes. Realizing she cannot do this alone—or even with the help of Scythe Curie and Faraday, she does the unthinkable, and risks being “deadish” so she can communicate with the Thunderhead—the only being on earth wise enough to solve the dire problems of a perfect world. But will it help solve those problems, or simply watch as perfection goes into decline?


This review is for the second book in a series. I tried really hard to avoid spoilers, but you should probably check out my review of Scythe.

Do we have a release date for the next book in this series? I need it right now. I am not okay, guys! I’m deadish. A book shouldn’t just end like that! What happens next?

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Killing Lions For Books?



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is books I’d slay a lion to get early. First off, there will be no slaying of lions in this post. Lions are noble beasts, and we’re civilized souls. We will bravely endure the long, cold weeks between now and the release date of our much-anticipated reading material. Then we will procure said reading material from a friendly local tome merchant. No lion slaying necessary.


Slay, baby, slay!


Anyway, here are some intriguing books that are coming out in the next few months.