As a sort of follow up from last week’s post, I thought I’d explain why I love middle grade, but have rarely connected with young adult books. I have no desire to read the majority of (mainstream) young adult for two main reasons: First, my life hasn’t followed the path of the so-called stereotypical “teenage… Continue reading Bookmarked Thoughts: Why I Love Middle Grade
Catching Up on the Classics is a new feature on the blog where I’ll be doing some much needed catching up on classic novels. Summary: When orphaned Mary Lennox comes to live at her uncle’s great house on the Yorkshire Moors, she finds it full of secrets. The mansion has nearly one hundred rooms, and… Continue reading Catching Up on the Classics: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
A dazzling collection of award-winning stories with the emotional punch, sharp wit, and disarming charm of Rebecca Lee, Karen Russell, Neil Smith, and Jessica Grant. Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! Step right up and prepare to be dazzled by this delightful debut from Claire Battershill, winner of the CBC Literary Award, co-winner of the … Continue reading Review: Circus by Claire Battershill
Lately I’ve noticed that I’m stuck in an awkward position. I’m too old to relate to young adult characters, but at the same time, I’m too young to connect with the middle aged characters that populate the majority of adult books. This isn’t always a bad thing, I believe a lot can be learned by… Continue reading Bookmarked Thoughts: Books For 19 Year Olds?
Before our history began, another now forgotten civilization thrived. The people who roamed Early Earth were much like us: curious, emotional, funny, ambitious, and vulnerable. In this series of illustrated and linked tales, Isabel Greenberg chronicles the explorations of a young man as he paddles from his home in the North Pole to the South… Continue reading Review: The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg
This review is also posted on Movie Pilot 😀 TV networks are constantly making a series of tough decisions. New shows need to be picked up, and existing shows must be cut or renewed. Each network is continually seeking hit shows, trying to achieve higher ratings. Yet, lately, it seems as if networks are hardly… Continue reading TV Review: Houdini and Doyle
An enthralling Edith Wharton-meets-Little Women debut about a family of four artistic sisters on the outskirts of Gilded Age New York high society that centers on the boldest—an aspiring writer caught between the boy next door and a mysterious novelist who inducts her into Manhattan’s most elite artistic salon. The Bronx, 1891. Virginia Loftin knows… Continue reading Review: The Fifth Avenue Artists Society by Joy Callaway