Throwback Thursday: Goosebumps Series

Happy (almost!) Halloween! In honor of Halloween, I’d like to throwback to one of my favorite childhood series: Goosebumps. As a kid, I was proud of how many books I read in a series. I read nearly all of the Junie B. Jones books, all of the American Girl Books, 16 Dear America books, eightContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Goosebumps Series”

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

It’s been a while since I’ve been so wrapped up in a magical/fantasy world. It was a pleasant surprise to crack open The Burning Sky and within several chapters, become completely enamored with the characters, story, and world. Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her time—or so she is told, by Prince Titus,Continue reading “The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas”

Top Ten Tuesday: 10/28

Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Want To Be For Halloween 1. Sirius Black from the Harry Potter series 2. The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland 3. Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone 4. Glenda the good witch from The Wizard of Oz 5. Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games 6. ClaireContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: 10/28”

The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson was one of the books on my fall to-read list, and I was super excited to get into it – the description alone was enough to get me hooked. Cue the disappointment… I hate rating books badly, but this book just did not do it for me. MaybeContinue reading “The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson”

The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

I’m not sure what you would consider this—a novella? A collection of poems? Non-fiction? Whatever it is, I really enjoyed it. The book (it’s not really a story, and I’ll explain why in a moment) details the lives of a group of young Japanese women who are on their way to San Francisco. Called pictureContinue reading “The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka”

Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger

I bought this on impulse walking by a Bargain Books rack in my local Hastings…after all, is it really possible to walk past a Bargain Books rack and not purchase something? I digress. This book was terrible. The first few chapters were about getting reacquainted with Andy, the protagonist from the Devil Wears Prada (oneContinue reading “Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger”

Throwback Thursday: Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney

I received my hardback copy of the Goddess of Yesterday during a summer reading program at my local library in 2004. To get our free book from the book cart, we had to read for five hours and turn our coupons in. I read five hours the first day of the summer program and pitchedContinue reading “Throwback Thursday: Goddess of Yesterday by Caroline B. Cooney”

Top Ten Tuesday: 10/14

Ten┬áPlaces Books Have Made Me Want to Visit 1. One word: Hogwarts. But for real, I will visit Alnwick Castle before I die! I would also love to visit the train station and take the Harry Potter tour. We’ll be going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando in December, but I wantContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: 10/14”

Read It, Watched It: Divergent

Books adapted into movies are rough—if you’ve read the book, you can’t help but compare the book to the movie. If you’ve seen the movie and then try to read the book, it can be difficult to finish because you already know the ending. I’m always nervous to watch the movie of a book IContinue reading “Read It, Watched It: Divergent”

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

After slogging through this (much like the author trudged across the PCT), I was left with mixed feelings. Did I love it? Hate it?┬áNeither. I would say that I occasionally enjoyed it, but really found myself squinting my eyes at another extremely long rant/paragraph about a topic the author had already talked about ten times.Continue reading “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed”