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 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: 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: The Last Bear by Hannah Gold

This lyrical debut novel swept me off of my feet. It's the kind of book that you finish with a big sigh, your heart near to bursting from the sheer magnitude of it. April Wood does not fit in. Her scientist father doesn't seem to notice her all that much, she doesn't have any friends [...]

The Last Story of Mina Lee Book Review

The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyoun Kim is the tale of a mother and daughter and the distance that's always lived between them. When Margot surprises her mother with an unexpected visit, she instead discovers her mother's dead body. What happened to Mina Lee? And who was she before she became the woman [...]