Review | The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Kestrel has always had two life choices: join the military or get married. Being the General’s daughter, military life seems like a given, but Kestrel’s heart isn’t in it. And despite a possibility of a desirable match with a good friend, Kestrel’s heart isn’t really into the idea of getting married either. While in the […]

Review | The Heroes Guide to Saving Your Kingdom (Hero’s Guide #1) by Christopher Healy

Prince Liam, Prince Frederic, Prince Duncan, and Prince Gustav: just who is the real Prince Charming and what happens when Prince ‘Charming’ meets Prince ‘Charming?’ Rejected by their princesses or running away from them, cast out of their castles, or just not appreciated for their true contributions, these princes are determined (or not) to create […]

National Poetry Month: Favorite Poetry Selections

With April being National Poetry Month, I thought I’d share some of my favorite works of poetry with you. Each one contains accessible poems for the never to occasional to ‘I read them all the time’ poem reader. Anything and everything by Billy Collins. Billy Collins is probably one of the most beloved American modern poets. […]

Easter and Spring Picture Books

Just a few more days to Easter. Here are few more books you’ll want to read with your kids about the special day. In the Garden by Caralyn Buehner and Brandon Dorman. This story of Jesus’s crucifixion begins with the last supper and goes through to Christ’s resurrection. The story is not too wordy and so it […]

Review | This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki

This year six  books were awarded the Caldecott Honor award. One of those books was a graphic novel called This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki. At first I was excited to see that a graphic novel had won an award. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed with the book. The illustrations in the book […]

Review | Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Because of a foolish bargain made by her father, Nyx has since birth been betrothed to the evil and mysterious ruler of her kingdom. For as long as she can remember, she has been training to kill her soon to be husband and free her people from his terrible rule. Shortly after her marriage to the […]

Review | The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

On Sarah Grimke’s eleventh birthday, she is given ownership of a ten-year-old slave named Hetty as a gift from her mother. Sarah, horrified from an early age with the treatment of slaves by her own mother is troubled by the ‘gift’ and promptly tries to free Hetty. Though unsuccessful in her first attempt to free […]

Easter Picture Books

Easter is upon us and with it we’re pulling some our favorite picture books off the shelves to enjoy during the holiday. First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger Seeger is a very creative and innovative illustrator. She uses cutouts that see through to the next page that add an additional dimension to her books. In […]

Review | Dreaming in Color: An Autobiography by Kaffe Fassett

I’ve been a Kaffe Fassett fan for a long time. I’ve been buying and using his fabrics in many of my quilts for years. In 2010, I attended a Kaffe lecture where he opened by complimenting the audience for choosing to wear color. “I’m glad to see the funeral is over,” he said. A look […]

Review | The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Set in the late 1800s, The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker is about two characters: Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Chava and Ahmad end up in New York City and try to fit in with their […]