Giftable Kid’s Books with Knoxville Moms

My latest post for the Knoxville Moms is all about the best books to gift kids and teens this holiday season. You can view the post on their site here, and find purchase links at the bottom of this post. Disclosure: I am an affiliate of Bookshop.org and Amazon. I will earn a commission (at [...]

Book Review: The Eye of Ra Series

Ben Gartner's The Eye of Ra series takes readers on a grand adventure through time and space as siblings John and Sarah stumble upon a way to travel through time and space. This post will include reviews for The Eye of Ra and Sol Invictus, the first two books in the Eye of Ra series. [...]

Bookshop.org Free Shipping!

Disclosure: I am an affiliate of Bookshop.org and I will earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you click through and make a purchase. I love Bookshop.org for their commitment to locally owned bookstores and variety of books. As the holiday shopping weekend kicks off, Bookshop.org is offering free shipping all weekend [...]

Holiday Gift Guide for Book Lovers

Tis the season to buy books, fa la la la la la la la la! If you're looking for gift ideas for the book nerd in your life, you've come to the right place. Whether its a book, a book accessory, or a stocking stuffer, this post is full of gift ideas for the book [...]

Native American Heritage Month Book Recommendations

As a proud citizen of Cherokee Nation, Native American Heritage Month is one of my favorite times of the year. I love sharing about our tribe and learning about other tribal nations as well. One of my favorite ways to learn is through books (no surprise there!). If you're looking for books to learn about [...]

Book Review: Powwow Day by Traci Sorell

Powwow Day by Traci Sorell follows River as she returns to the powwow grounds after being ill. She isn't yet well enough to dance again, and she sorely misses participating in the traditions she loves. River's story is beautifully told with simple flowing language that makes her narrative easy to follow for little ones while [...]

Book Review: Feather and Flame

Never fear, there are no spoilers here! There is a trigger warning at the end of the post, but no plot details are given away. Happy reading! If you've been around here for a minute, my Disney love is not a surprise. Combining my two biggest entertainment obsessions, Disney and books, is peak goals over [...]

Book Review: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

I was on the library wait list for months and months for V.E. Schwab's The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. It was worth the wait. It's one of those books that sweeps you off of your feet, whisking you away into another time and place so thoroughly that when your interrupted while reading, you feel [...]

Author Interview: Carly Heath of The Reckless Kind

I recently had the pleasure of reading and reviewing author Carly Heath's debut novel The Reckless Kind. You can read the full review here. I couldn’t have been more excited when I was offered the opportunity to interview the author! Photo by Brandy Yi, graciously provided by Carly Heath I loved finding out more about [...]

Book Review: The Reckless Kind

Carly Heath's The Reckless Kind sweeps readers away to a fictional island near Norway in 1904, as a trio of teenagers on the brink of adulthood decide to buck the status quo and live their lives authentically, even if it means isolating themselves from their community. Asta is engaged to an older boy whom her [...]

Book Review: Sunrise by the Sea

Jenny Colgan's Sunrise by the Sea is a warm hug of a book. Like all of Colgan's novels, I simply couldn't put this one down. Not only was the plot engaging and just generally well-written, but the worlds she creates are so cozy I just never want to leave. After the sudden death of her [...]

Book Review: Firekeeper’s Daughter

FireKeeper’s Daughter is officially my new favorite book. I’ve never had an answer before, for anyone asking what my favorite book is, and apparently I have been waiting for this one. There’s a list a mile long of reasons why this novel is so wonderful. The well developed characters, the world so fully made that [...]

Book Review: Nanook and the Melting Arctic

Nanook and the Melting Arctic is Ryan Mizzen's second book in the Time to Care series. This sweet picture book follows polar bear Nanook as he journeys to hold someone accountable for climate change and spur some much needed changes. This book has a sweet rhyme scheme that kids will love, paired with cute illustrations [...]

Fall Break Fun: Staycation Tips and Day Trips

My latest post for Knoxville Moms is all about fall! With Fall Break right around the corner, there's plenty to see and do whether you're staying home or going out and about. Photo by Jacob Colvin from Pexels Somehow Fall Break is almost here, which is hard to believe when it still feels like summer [...]

Book Review: The Unforgettable Logan Foster

The Unforgettable Logan Foster is a fast-paced action story full of memorable characters that is sure to be a hit with reluctant readers and bookworms alike. Logan Foster immediately pulls readers in with a great voice from an outright hilarious narrator. Logan Foster has lived in an orphanage for as long as he can remember, [...]

Book Review: Notable Native People

Notable Native People is one of those books you want to buy in bulk and hand out to everyone you meet. Dr. Keene not only provides information on who each person is, what they have accomplished, and what they have overcome, but also provides a crucial context that allows non-Native readers to fully understand Native [...]

Book Review: It’s a Wonderful Woof

It may just be starting to feel like fall, but the life of a book blogger means it's time for Christmas reads! This year, some of my favorite authors have given the world the gift of a bonus book; that is, a second release in the same year. As someone who waits not-so-patiently every year [...]

Book Review: The Places We Sleep

Caroline Brooks DuBois's The Places We Sleep is an evocative middle grade book written in verse. Abbey is, once again, the new girl. This time, her family isn't living on base. As she adjusts to a new house, a new school, and new potential friends, her world is rocked by the September 11, 2001 attacks. [...]

Book Review: The Last House on the Street

I read Diane Chamberlain for the first time just two years ago, when I devoured and adored her novel, The Dream Daughter. It has stuck with me, becoming one of those books that I continue to think about long after I've closed the cover. Her latest novel, The Last House on the Street, is going [...]

Book Review: Violets are Blue

Barbara Dee's Violets are Blue follows Wren, a twelve-year old going through a series of massive changes. Wren's whole world has been shaken up, first with her parent's divorce and then with a move, a new step-parent, and new siblings. Through it all, she turns to Cat FX on YouTube, a special effects makeup artist [...]

Book Review: This May End Badly

Samantha Markum's This May End Badly is a delicious treat of a read, full of memorable characters, a hilarious plot, and just the right amount of heart-tugging realizations to give it some depth, too. Doe waltzes in to her senior year at her beloved boarding school ready to continue the ongoing prank war with their [...]

Helping Children Grieve a Pet

My latest post for the Knoxville Moms shares our grief coping strategies. In the last year and a half, two of our dogs passed away. These were beloved pets that our children had always known; at 12- and 13-years-old, both dogs were older than our children. Their losses hit us deeply, yet while we were [...]

Book Review: Some Mistakes Were Made

Kristin Dwyer's novel Some Mistakes Were Made is an intricate look at first love, found families, and the struggle of finding your place in the world. Ellis Truman has lived her life bouncing between two separate worlds: the world of her family, and the world of her best friend Easton's family. Easton's brothers are like [...]

Book Review: The Santa Suit

Mary Kay Andrews’s The Santa Suit is the book equivalent of cradling a steaming cup of cocoa while seated in front of a blazing fire while snow softly falls outside. It is cozy, warm, and the perfect Christmas book. Ivy Perkins has just uprooted her life and moved to a small North Carolina town, buying [...]

Book Review: Holy Hot Mess

Mary Katherine Backstrom's Holy Hot Mess can switch from laugh out loud funny to deep introspection to teary eyed all in the snap of your fingers. Her witty voice and relatable stories are perfect conduits for sharing her faith, reminding us that while we were fearfully and wonderfully made, we can still be a mess. [...]

Author Interview: Gold Spun’s Brandie June

Brandie June's novel, Gold Spun, absolutely swept me off of my feet. It's a whirlwind of a book, a Rumpelstiltskin retelling that is perfect for fans of Ella Enchanted and Once Upon A Time. You can read my full review here! I couldn't have been more excited when I was offered the opportunity to interview [...]

Book Review: The Last Guest

Tess Little's The Last Guest is a provocative mystery dripping with intrigue, perfect for armchair detectives. The morning after an elite Hollywood director's birthday party, he's found dead by his own party guests. When the police rule his death a murder, all eight guests are under suspicion. Each has a motive and opportunity-- who is [...]

Book Review: Gold Spun

Never fear, there are no spoilers here! *There is a trigger warning after the final image at the bottom of this post.* Brandie June's debut novel, Gold Spun, is a whirlwind of a read. This utterly enchanting novel swept me away to a world unlike anything I've ever imagined, with incredibly well developed characters in [...]

Book Review: Golden Girl

A lyrical coming of age story told in a verse, Golden Girl is sure to pull at your heart. Reem Faruqi's middle grade novel follows Aafiyah Qamar, a Pakastani-American seventh grader who loves tennis, her family (even her sometimes annoying baby brother), and reading Weird But True Facts. Sometimes she doesn't feel like she fits in, [...]

Book Review: Have We Met?

Camille Baker’s debut, Have We Met?, is a delightful read with a cast of memorable characters and a thought provoking look at grief and how it carves its own way through our lives. Corinne has recently moved back to Chicago, a city that was once her home during her childhood, and is trying to figure [...]

Book Review: When We’re Thirty

Casey Dembowski's novel When We're Thirty is an enchanting rom-com with thoroughly likable characters and a great premise. Hannah Abbott is a music journalist, working in her dream career and living her dream life in the city. Except in her dream, she had health insurance and a less obnoxious boyfriend. When Will Thorne, a close [...]

Book Review: The Invisible Husband of Frick Island

The Invisible Husband of Frick Island is an engrossing read that pulls you in from the first sentence and doesn’t let go. Colleen Oakley’s latest novel is full of flawed yet relatable characters in a unique and vividly described setting. Piper Parrish loves her husband, Tom; her island; and the sense of community she’s found [...]

Book Review: Radar Girls

Sara Ackerman’s Radar Girls is the Hawaii based historical fiction novel you’ve been waiting for, and it does not disappoint. With amazing character development, a nail-biting plot, and incredible details, this novel sweeps you back in time and claims your attention to the final sentence. The characters and setting are both the beating heart of [...]

Low Stress Ways to Save Money While Shopping

My latest post for the Knoxville Moms is all about my favorite ways to save money while shopping, without a huge time commitment. From shopping strategies to apps that give you rebates and clip-less coupons, read the full post here! What are your favorite low stress ways to save while shopping?

Book Review: Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors

Sonali Dev’s Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors just became my favorite modern twist on Pride and Prejudice yet. I’ve been an Austen nerd since high school, and this twist did not disappoint! Trisha is a genius neurosurgeon with a wealthy family. DJ is an English immigrant of multiracial descent, barely scraping by with his career [...]

Book Review: The Seven Day Switch

When I saw the latest Kelly Harms book was available as an Amazon First Reads (read more about that here), I was so excited I didn't even read the synopsis. Her books always have laugh out loud moments, memorable characters, and a plot that has depth without feeling too heavy. The Seven Day Switch did [...]

Book Review: Tender is the Bite

Spencer Quinn's Chet and Bernie series has been delighting readers, myself included, for over a decade. The eleventh and latest installment in the beloved series,Tender is the Bite, continues the saga of private investigator Bernie and his beloved dog and crime-fighting partner, Chet. As political signs begin popping up in neighborhood yards, Chet and Bernie [...]

Book Review: Write My Name Across the Sky by Barbara O’Neal

As a longtime fan of Barbara O'Neal, I was ecstatic to get an advanced copy of her next novel, Write My Name Across the Sky. Like all of her novels, this one just swept me off my feet. The characters, the setting, the plot-- it all combines into a truly an un-put-down-able book that pulls [...]

KM Post: Summer Reading Recommendations from a Book Blogger

My latest post for the Knoxville Moms is all about the best books of summer. New and old, from beach reads to spine-tingling suspense, the following list has it all (or, well, most of it all; I still can't read horror because #nightmares). Enjoy the preview below, and read the full post HERE. Ah, summer. [...]

Book Review: The Sinful Lives of Trophy Wives

Kristin Miller's The Sinful Lives of Trophy Wives takes readers into a prestigious gated community in San Francisco, where what's inside the gated community may be more dangerous than what's outside. Georgia St. Clair has been dubbed the Black Widow after two of her husbands mysteriously died early in their marriage. Erin is the president [...]

Book Review: The People We Keep by Allison Larkin

The People We Keep. Wow. This is a beautiful story of love, loss, and learning that just whisks you away, fully pulling you in and making you just feel so invested that her hurts are your hurts. This is the kind of book that fills up your heart like a balloon. The kind that when [...]

Book Review: If the Shoe Fits (Meant to Be #1)

I'm an absolute sucker for reimagined fairy tales, and I always have been. Don't even ask me how many times I've re-read Ella Enchanted. When I saw Dumplin' author Julie Murphy had a Cinderella-with-a-twist novel coming out, I jumped at the chance to read it. I was not disappointed! Cindy has always loved shoes. So [...]

Book Review: What You Can See From Here

Mariana Leky's What You Can See From Here tackles grief and the ripple effect of tragedy. This literary novel begins with an omen: Selma has dreamed of an okapi, which signals that someone in their West German village is going to die. The dream and what it brings will have a ripple effect felt in [...]

Book Review: A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions

Behind every successful man, there is a strong woman. This adage has been floating around for generations, but what if there was more to it than that? Sheena Boekweg's A Sisterhood of Secret Ambitions explores just that, in an alternative historical fiction that will knock your socks off. The Society has been molding women to [...]

Easy Ways to Go Green for Earth Day

If you’ve been thinking about trying to be greener and more eco-friendly, Earth Day is a great chance to get started and get inspired. I’ve always had a bit of an eco-conscience guiding me to be greener, but as new scientific studies have been released and we’ve learned better ways to be kind to the [...]

Book Review: Reluctantly Home

Though the main review contains no spoilers, there will be a section with a trigger warning well-marked below. Imogen Clark’s Reluctantly Home was an emotional roller coaster that pulls you in from the first moment and doesn’t let go. Pip is recovering from a traumatic incident that sends her reeling. To help with her recovery, [...]

Book Review: To Sir, With Love

Lauren Layne's latest novel To Sir, With Love is a light and whimsical read that is absolutely delightful from start to finish. Fairy tale fanatic Gracie Cooper might just be in love...except she's never met the man. She's talked to him, sure, but only through an app that prevents photos. She's also trying to revive [...]

Book Review: Better Together

Christine Riccio’s Better Together is a fun and lighthearted romp with serious undertones.  East Coast based Siri is recovering from a back injury, a professional ballerina facing a life without dance. Dance is her go to way to process life, and without it she’s floundering in a sea of anger and isolation. Jamie, a comedian [...]

Pandemic Habits I’m Keeping

My latest post for the Knoxville Moms is up, and it's all about the pandemic habits we've formed over the past year-- and which ones we're taking with us. During the past year at home, we’ve learned, grown, and adapted. We baked bread, grew our garden, cut our own hair, learned how to make our [...]