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 [...]

Well, That Was Unexpected Book Review

Jesse Q. Sutanto's Well, That Was Unexpected is a YA rom-com that hits the mark perfectly. Sharlot's life is turned upside down when her mother finds her in a compromising situation, and subsequently takes her to her mother's birthplace of Indonesia for the summer. Sharlot thinks this is the worst punishment ever... until she discovers [...]

Lizzie Blake’s Best Mistake Book Review

Lizzie Blake is a bit of a mess. Her bedroom is a disaster, she's barely hanging on to her job at a fancy bakery, and she is definitely NOT looking to add a love interest to the mayhem that is her life. Lizzie breaks her cardinal rule of only having one night stands upon meeting [...]

The Bodyguard Book Review

Hannah Brooks is great at her job. Like, really great. Part of what makes her excel is her ability to blend in coupled with her incredible skillset of being able read people and decades of jujitsu experience. That's why she's one of the two top personal protection agents, AKA bodyguards, at her company. But life [...]

Summer Lovin’: Summer’s Best Beach Reads

As a total and complete book nerd, I love books of all kinds, from KidLit to literary fiction to beach reads to short stories to...basically everything but horror, because I'm a big scaredy-cat. But there's just something about summer that makes me want to read beachy rom-coms and stories heavy on character development and plot [...]

Nora Goes Off Script

Annabel Monaghan's Nora Goes Off Script is utterly delightful from start to finish. Screenwriter Nora usually writes TV romance movies that bring in a reliable check and follow a reliable formula. But the collapse of her marriage led her to write something completely different and new, and now her words are headed to the big [...]

Top Reads for 2022 (So Far)

It's almost June, somehow, and I just finished my first semester as a graduate student. I'm working towards earning my Master of Fine Arts in writing for children and young adults, and so I have been doing a LOT of reading. Here are my top reads of 2022, so far: Picture Book: Fry Bread, Kevin [...]

Summer Reading Recommendations and Rewards with Knoxville Moms

My latest post with the Knoxville Moms is available here! See below for a sneak peek! Somehow, summer is just around the corner. Reading is a wonderful way to maintain those hard-earned skills developed during the school year, all while encouraging imagination and building empathy at the same time. But staring down shelves and shelves [...]