Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Book Titles



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking about book titles. A good title won’t automatically make me buy a book, but it will get my attention and make me want to know more. Here are 11 titles that caused me to stop scrolling aimlessly through Goodreads and start clicking the “buy me” links.





Saturday, October 12, 2019

Book Haul: Weirdos In Love


Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I get to show off the books I’ve gotten recently. Lately I’ve been acquiring books about characters who are a bit . . . odd. Check them out.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Character Traits



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking about character traits. What makes a character compelling to read about? That’s a big question, but a unique and memorable personality definitely helps. Here are 10 personality traits that will make a character stick in my mind long after I close the book.


Saturday, October 5, 2019

Book Haul: Death And Other Inconveniences



Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I get to show off the books I’ve gotten recently. Lately I’ve acquired several books about death and other inconvenient things. Check them out and tell me what you think.



Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: What I’m (Hopefully) Reading This Fall





Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking about what I’m (hopefully) reading in fall 2019. My work hours are getting cut down soon, so I might actually have time for reading! I’ve barely read anything this summer. These books will be my top priorities in the next few months.




Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Scared Of The Hype




Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking about hype. Some books are so popular and so universally loved that I’m scared to read them. What if I hate them and become the black sheep of the book world? Here are ten books I own but haven’t read yet because I’m too intimidated by the shrieking internet masses.



Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Romance Books For Romance Haters




Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking about books outside my comfort zone. This is a hard topic because I don’t really have a comfort zone. If a book sounds interesting, I’ll read it, and I don’t see any harm in trying something new. You can always put down a book you don’t like and read something else. However, I’m not the biggest fan of romance-heavy books. The love lives of random people don’t interest me. My own love life doesn’t even interest me. I tend to avoid romance-focused books, but here are ten that have earned my “Does Not Suck” stamp.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Tropes



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today, we’re talking tropes. In literature, a trope is an overused plot device, stock character, idea, theme, or motif. Basically, they’re anything that’s done so frequently it’s become cliché. Writing school teaches us that clichés are always bad, but are they really? I don’t think so. Here are ten tropes I’ll happily read over and over (and over and over).



Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Truly Terrible Book Covers



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking about book covers. When you spend as many hours on Goodreads as I do, you come across some . . . unusual . . . book design decisions. I know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I question the eyes that slapped these covers together. Brace yourself, friends. Some of these covers will make you cringe.


Saturday, July 27, 2019

Book Haul: Your Favorites


Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I get to show off the books I’ve gotten recently. I saw these books on the “Best Books Of 2018” lists of various bloggers, so I thought I’d give them a shot. I hope I like them as much as you did.


Saturday, July 20, 2019

Book Haul: Politics And Other Problems



Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I get to show off the books I’ve gotten recently. The books in this haul are all about politics and other depressing human problems. They sound hopeful, right?


Saturday, July 13, 2019

Book Haul: A Little Bit Dystopian



Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I get to show off the books I’ve gotten recently. These books may not be dystopian, but they have some end-of-the-world vibes.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Review: City Of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab


City Of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab



Series: City of Ghosts #1
Genre: Middlegrade fantasy / horror
Pages: 285
Content warning: Death, monsters, violence

Cassidy Blake's parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn't sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn't belong in her world. Cassidy's powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Book Haul: Troubled Children



Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I get to show off the books I’ve gotten recently. All of the books in this haul are about children with troubles. I’ve already read a few of them. Look at me, being on top of things.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Review: After Zero by Christina Collins


After Zero by Christina Collins



Genre: Middlegrade contemporary
Pages: 256
Publication date: September 2018
Content warning: Bullying, mental illness, death, family secrets, hunting
Elise carries a notebook full of tallies, each page marking a day spent at her new public school, each stroke of her pencil marking a word spoken. A word that can't be taken back. Five tally marks isn't so bad. Two is pretty good. But zero? Zero is perfect. Zero means no wrong answers called out in class, no secrets accidentally spilled, no conversations to agonize over at night when sleep is far away.

But now months have passed, and Elise isn't sure she could speak even if she wanted to―not to keep her only friend, Mel, from drifting further away―or to ask if anyone else has seen her English teacher's stuffed raven come to life. Then, the discovery of a shocking family secret helps Elise realize that her silence might just be the key to unlocking everything she's ever hoped for.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions





Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, I’m putting on my armor and confessing my unpopular book-related opinions. Please don’t hate me! I swear I’m a good person!






Saturday, June 8, 2019

Review: The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes

The Arsonist by Stephanie Oakes



Genre: Young adult mystery
Pages: 493
Publication date: August 2017
Content warning: Arson, murder, suicide, war, mental and physical illness, prison, injury, death penalty

Molly Mavity is not a normal teenage girl. For one thing, she doesn’t believe that her mother killed herself three years ago. And since her father is about to be executed for his crimes, Molly is convinced that her mother will return to her soon. Finally, the hole in her heart will stop hurting.

Pepper Al-Yusef is not your average teenage boy. A Kuwaiti immigrant with serious girl problems and the most embarrassing seizure dog in existence, he has to write a series of essays over the summer . . . or fail out of school.

And Ava Dreyman—the brave and beautiful East German resistance fighter whose murder at seventeen led to the destruction of the Berlin Wall—is unlike anyone you’ve met before.

When Molly and Pepper are tasked with finding Ava’s murderer, they realize there’s more to her life—and death—than meets the eye. Someone is lying to them. And someone out there is guiding them along, desperate for answers.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Modern Dystopian Books




Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, I’m listing my favorite dystopian and post-apocalyptic books. I’ve read so many novels from these genres that I needed a way to narrow down my list, so I’m keeping it modern. I’m only going to feature books published in the last 40-ish years.




Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books Published In The Past Decade






Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, I’m talking about my favorite books published from 2008-2018. I’m going to feature one book from each year. This list made me feel old. I can’t believe some of these books came out so long ago!






Saturday, May 18, 2019

Book Haul: Dangerous Games




Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I get to show off all the books I’ve gotten recently. Here are five books about people in dangerous situations.


Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Book To Screen




Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking about books that are becoming movies or TV shows in the next year. How many of these will I actually watch? Probably very few, but I enjoyed the books, and the movies/shows look promising!






Saturday, May 11, 2019

Book Haul: Smells Like Teen Spirit




Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. I get to show off all the books I’ve gotten recently. It's been so long since I posted a book haul! Here are five books about teen characters that I acquired in the past few months.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: You Remind Me Of Me



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is fictional characters who are similar to me. Yay! A narcissism post! Honestly, there aren’t many fictional characters who are like me because I’m way too squishy for life-threatening adventures. If I was a book character, readers would be treated to the thrilling experience of seeing me type on a computer while re-watching Game of Thrones. But, I’m going to give this list my best shot. Here are ten characters who remind me of me. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Intriguing Quotes From Recent Reads





Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is book quotes. Here are ten intriguing quotes from books I’ve read this year.








Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Back-In-The-Day Book Reviews



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is the first ten books I ever reviewed. I started writing book reviews in 2011 but didn’t get serious about it until 2014. I’ll happily show you which ten books I reviewed first, but I’m not linking to reviews. My early ones are too embarrassing. I might shrivel into a ball of humiliation and self-loathing if you saw them. My skills have definitely improved over the years.


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Rainy Day Reads





Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is rainy day reads. What’s a rainy day read? I think it’s a book with a dark, twisty plot; or a mind-bending mystery; or a well-built world. Basically, something that would keep you entertained on a rainy day. You won’t be bored if you’re stuck inside with these books.





Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: For The Love Of Books




Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is ten things I’ve done for the love of books. Honestly, I haven’t done anything too weird or scandalous, so this was a difficult topic. Let’s see if I can come up with ten.



Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons I Buy A Book




Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is ten things that make me pick up a book. I’m a book nerd. I spend an embarrassing number of hours ogling covers and reading summaries of random books I encounter on the internet. What makes me throw my money at a bookseller? Here are ten things that capture my nerdy little imagination.