Book Review: The Toll by Neal Shusterman (Walker Books Ltd.)

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The Toll by Neal Shusterman, published by Walker Books Ltd., is the third and last book in the Arc of a Scythe trilogy, a young adult science fiction series. If you haven’t read the first two books, it would not be wise to read this review! This book takes off after the sinking of Endura…… Continue reading Book Review: The Toll by Neal Shusterman (Walker Books Ltd.)

Bookish Discussion: Required Reading

In every school I know of, kids are required to read certain books throughout the year, handpicked by the district curriculum. Some schools even require that kids read specific books over the summer. Now summer reading was one of the highlights of my summers, showing again what a total nerd I am. Each year we…… Continue reading Bookish Discussion: Required Reading

Book Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (Orion Children’s Books)

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Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo is the sequel to Shadow and Bone, a trilogy I decided to get into since the hype tripled with the release of its Netflix show. You can read my Shadow and Bone review here. This is Leigh Bardugo’s first trilogy–I believe Shadow and Bone was her first-ever book. If…… Continue reading Book Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo (Orion Children’s Books)

Book List: Wizard of Oz Retellings

Retellings is my favorite subgenre ever. I’m a sucker for fantasy and fairy-tales, so a good retelling of an old classic is heaven to me. But where to start? There are so many tales that could be retold. So, why not start with the great wizard? With the retellings of the story I was obsessed…… Continue reading Book List: Wizard of Oz Retellings

Book Review: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (Virago Press)

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Last night, I finally finished du Maurier’s famous classic novel, Rebecca. The book was first published in 1938, but my particular copy had been reprinted by Virago Press in 2003. There were parts of the book that dragged for me, but in all honesty, that’s probably because I forced myself to read a classic while…… Continue reading Book Review: Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier (Virago Press)

Book Review: A Cuckoo’s Calling

I recently finished reading A Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith, aka JK Rowling. I originally wanted to read this because it was written by Rowling and I adored Harry Potter. I got the book as a Christmas gift a few years ago and have put off reading it until now. The thing is, I read…… Continue reading Book Review: A Cuckoo’s Calling

September 27-October 3 2020 is Banned Books Week!

Happy Banned Books Week! This annual celebration, which began in 1982, is dedicated to freedom of expression and the freedom to read and looks at all the books that have been banned for one reason or another. This event was launched around the same time as the court case Island Tree Schools District v. Pico,…… Continue reading September 27-October 3 2020 is Banned Books Week!

Places for Literary Lovers

So, the one thing I love as much as reading and writing is traveling. I want to travel the whole world. I’m going to go everywhere someday. On my bucket list are a few book-inspired placs. Hay-on-Wye, South Wales This town has over twenty bookstores in niche categories like children’s, historical, and vintage. There is…… Continue reading Places for Literary Lovers

Do YA books have merit?

Yes. In my opinion, they do. I think reading is reading and you shouldn’t be ashamed for liking what you like. However, some people think otherwise. Some people “hmm” and “haw” at the idea of reading young adult or “teen” novels. They think that it is not as sophisticated as classics or nonfiction books. As…… Continue reading Do YA books have merit?