YA Nonfiction Review

Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman My rating: 4 of 5 stars I enjoyed listening to this book and I learned a lot about Charles Darwin that I never knew before - actually, I really never knew much about him except that the idea of Evolution came from him. I [...]

YA Audiobook Review

Abandon by Meg Cabot My rating: 2 of 5 stars Slightly disappointed in Abandon. The premise is definitely a good idea and I would like to read the rest of the trilogy just to see what happens (and hope it gets a little bit better.) I wasn't crazy about the main character - I felt [...]

Picturebook Friday ~ Me…Jane

Little Brown ~ 2011 This picturebook is so lovely, from it's photo album-like jacket design, to its 19th & early 20th century engravings, and all of the wonderful illustrations by Patrick McDonnell in between. I have been hoarding this book in a pile to review for awhile, and I was so happy to see it [...]

Middle-Grade Book Review

The Mysterious Howling (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1) by Maryrose Wood My rating: 4 of 5 stars Very cute with a younger Jane Eyre-ish quality, but not nearly so dark and dreary. The young heroine, Miss Penelope Lumley, is a perky governess fresh from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females. She is [...]

Book Review

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling My rating: 5 of 5 stars OMG. I have a girl-crush on Mindy Kaling. No. I have an actual crush on Mindy Kaling. Honestly, this book is hilarious. I saw Mindy speak at BEA in New York this past spring. She introduced Jeffrey Eugenides, Charlaine Harris [...]

Apple Tree Christmas

(Reposted from Guinea Pig Writers) When I decorate my house for any holdiday, I love to display my holiday-themed picture books. Most of these are books I had when I was younger and simply could not part with when I moved into my own house. One of my favorites is Apple Tree Christmas by Trinka [...]

Middle-Grade Book Review

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool My rating: 5 of 5 stars I really enjoyed listening to this book on CD. The story feels solid, and true, like you could pick it up and feel the heavy weight of it. I found myself arriving at work and not remembering how I got there, I was [...]

~YA Book Review~

Goat Girls by Francesca Lia Block My rating: 5 of 5 stars I read Weetzie Bat a few years ago for grad school and loved it. I may have loved this even more. It's not so much a story, as a dream that you can feel, taste, smell and hear. The characters sparkle with life [...]

~Middle Grade Book Review~

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick My rating: 5 of 5 stars Beautiful illustrations and two intertwined stories make up Selznick's bitter-sweet new novel, which comes out in September. While similar in style, I really can't compare it to Hugo Cabret because it is so different. I don't want to say more, because it would spoil the [...]

~Middle-Grade Book Review ~

Pie by Sarah Weeks My rating: 5 of 5 stars I loved this book! It has such a cute, simple, down-to-earth feel. Great for younger readers - maybe 8 to 12. Plus, it has pie recipes! What more could you want in a book except a good mystery about a missing pie recipe? I just [...]