When Morgan was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, I was completely terrified. It seems horrible to say now, but that’s just what it was. I’d barely heard of the disorder so all I really had was personal experience, and frankly, that gave me little hope. That week, I went to my therapist and told him the newest thing that seemed to be going wrong in my life and the first thing he said was “It’s okay.” And then he suggested a book… Enter, I Hate You – Don’t Leave Me (Amazon | iTunes) Read More
Time for another book review! This one is a little different from my last few. Usually I pick one of my favorite fiction novels, as I tend to read when I’m stressed. This time, however, I want to review a book we picked up for my daughter on a whim.Before we get too far, I do use affiliate links to bring in income for site costs. As such, there may be links within this post to allow you to purchase items discussed. If you chose to purchase, I get a small fee but you don't have to pay anything extra. If you have questions, see my disclosures here. On to the post!
Stuff That Sucks is a teen self-help styled guide written by Ben Sedley, and it talks about exactly what the title suggests, a whole bunch of sucky stuff (including the stuff that makes the stuff that sucks suck more). Thankfully, he also talks about ways to accept this and not let it get in the way of what’s important to you.
Confused? Let me clarify a little. Read More
Most of the books I review here are ones I discovered in days long ago. Truth be told, I don’t have a lot of time for reading these days, between work, the kids, the dog, the rat, and just general chaos. So, imagine my delight when I found a new book at the library, and ripped right through it. Amazing, right?
Okay, before you get too impressed, it’s a graphic novel I found in the kids section at the library. So, the fact that I finished it quickly shouldn’t be too amazing. That said, I was very pleasantly surprised. It was one of those moments where you’re wandering the shelf, you glimpse a cover out of the corner of your eye, and give it a try. There’s no way to know how it will end. Today, I will share my discovery with you. Read More
Jim Butcher is relatively well known for his long-lived series, The Dresden Files, but he has written many other books along the way. Top of that list: The Codex Alera.
What? You say that’s a series and not a book? You’re right! Read More
Take a moment with me to try something a little different. Chances are you’ve heard of the book I’m reviewing today, since it is one of the few novel style books to win a Caldecott Medal. It is undoubtedly unique in style, and so, we are going to take a unique approach to this. Close your eyes….
Wait…don’t close your eyes! That might make it a little hard to read. Just follow along with me here. Read More
There are very few books I feel I can recommend to just about anyone, but this is one of them. Many of you have probably heard of Marcus Zusak simply because The Book Thief went crazy a few years back, but few have looked at his other titles for young adults. I read (and loved) The Book Thief, but honestly, I Am the Messenger is hands down one of my favorite novels and between the two, easily the winner. Read More
I wanted to take a moment and celebrate the book (and series) that got me truly hooked on science fiction and fantasy, Dragonsong of the Harper Hall trilogy by Anne McCaffrey. It was one of a rare breed of novels back when I discovered it, due to the fact that it actually was geared toward a younger audience in an age where young adult novels just weren’t a thing. Imagine, if you must, me with an old, creaky voice saying “Back in my day….” but that’s what it is. Back in my day, we made do with a few classics and your parents prayed you didn’t run out of options because adult novels just weren’t okay.
Enter, Dragonsong. Read More
I suppose everything has to start somewhere, so why not start with one of my favorite books of all time?
Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey, published by Tor Fantasy and available in all modern formats (including audiobook…and oh boy, that’s steamy).
Kushiel’s Dart is a novel I discovered completely by chance but I’ve read it so many times by now that I nearly know it by heart. Our main character, Phèdre, is considered spoiled goods by a society that values perfection and beauty above all. They are a people descended from the angels that left God to follow Elua, a man borne from the blood of Christ. As a young girl, Phèdre is sold into indentured servitude in the Court of Night Blooming Flowers and trained in the necessary elements of grace and wisdom. Unfortunately, a small defect in her eye, a scarlet mote, is enough to leave her future completely uncertain. Read More