Snap Out of It Book Review

Billie Slate and her BFF Kat are sick of wallowing. Other people wallowing, that is. That is how Snap Out of It is born, in a fit of drunken laughter late one night, and shifts the course of Billie's life. Part performance art, part minor therapy, part magic, Snap Out of It centers on the [...]

Georgie, All Along Book Review

Would middle school you be happy or disappointed in how your life turned out? This is the truth Georgie must confront: she has not lived up to the goals and expectations of her middle school hopes and dreams. She didn't even do the things in her hometown that she always planned on. Now that she's [...]

Christmas Books to Cozy up with!

The week between Christmas and New Year's often feels like a time warp. The kids are still out of school, but work goes on, and what day is it again? Though Christmas is over, the decorations are still hung and a pile of Christmas-y sweets is taking up a whole corner of the kitchen (holiday [...]

Holiday Shopping: Books for All Ages

My latest post for Knoxville Moms is a bookish holiday shopping guide! You can view the post on their website here. Books make excellent holiday gifts, whether you're shopping for babies all the way up to great-grandmas. Here's a thorough list of highly recommended books, from a book nerd, to help make your book shopping [...]

Built to Last Book Review

Two former child stars with a complicated past move from Hollywood to home in Erin Hahn's Built to Last. Shelby Springfield used to be Hollywood's It Girl. Now, she refinishes furniture in her Michigan workshop while flipping houses alongside her dad. Cameron Riggs, her former co-star, works behind the camera making documentaries with National Geographic, [...]

Typecast Book Review

What if your ex wrote a screenplay about your breakup? Even the most secure of people would experience some kind of anxiety over that. In Andrea J. Stein's Typecast, this scenario sends preschool teacher Callie spiraling into her past. It does more than dredge up the past; it makes her question everything about the path [...]

Books for Native American Heritage Month (and every month!)

Happy Native American Heritage Month! Though we celebrate Native peoples every month, I love being extra loud this month. Wado, thank you, for celebrating Native American Heritage Month with us. This post was written on ancestral Cherokee and Miccosukee land, by a citizen of Cherokee Nation. If you're looking to add some Native voices to [...]

Wherever the Wind Takes Us Book Review

I always know I can count on Kelly Harms for a great story in a gorgeous setting, and her latest novel Wherever the Wind Takes Us doesn't disappoint in any regard. Becca has recently broken free from her toxic marriage to a wealthy man, and is now broke, but in possession of a fancy sailboat. [...]

The Winners Book Review

If you’ve read any other books in the Beartown series, you know what you’re getting into with Fredrik Backman’s latest book and the final book in the series, The Winners.  In the final installment to this series, the residents of Beartown and Hed face extraordinary circumstances. Set two years after the events in Us Against [...]

Weird Rules to Follow Book Review

Weird Rules to Follow by Kim Spencer is a middle grade collection of short vignettes that whisk readers away to the not so distant past, where a bicycle with a banana seat and room on the handlebars was the star of summer. This beautiful novel transports readers to 1980s Prince Rupert, where Mia and her [...]