Ruby Lost and Found Book Review

Christina Li's Ruby Lost and Found is a thought-provoking middle grade novel that focuses on family, friends, and healing. Ruby has felt lost since her Ye-Ye passed away. She and her grandfather were incredibly close, and she doesn't understand how everyone else has moved on so quickly. With one of her best friends moving away [...]

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No Two Persons Book Review

Erica Bauermeister's No Two Persons is a love letter to books and the power of connection they hold. This novel is unlike any other I've ever read. Each chapter features a new character, with select crossovers. It almost feels more like a short story collection, yet they are clearly all connected. When we put our [...]

Heroes of the Water Monster Book Review

*There will be spoilers for Healer of the Water Monster in this review, as Heroes continues the story from Healer* Heroes of the Water Monster is just as breathtakingly beautiful as Healer of the Water Monster. There's a lot of change in the air for Nathan. His mom is moving, and not just moving-- moving [...]

When Sea Becomes Sky Book Review

Gillian McDunn's newest release When Sea Becomes Sky is a masterpiece. If I may be so bold, it feels like her soulmate book. That might sound like a weird thing to say. It probably is-- I don't know this author! How can I make such a claim? And...What's a soul mate book, anyway? Let's say [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A Rover’s Story Book Review

Jasmine Warga's A Rover's Story is a gorgeous combination of science and imagination that takes readers on a unique and engaging journey. Resilience is a Mars rover built to do a certain job a certain way, at least according to the other Mars rover, Journey. But Resilience, or Res, sees the world differently than Journey, [...]

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 [...]

Part of Your World Book Review

Abby Jimenez's Part of Your World is the perfect blend of fun rom-com, depth, and humor that make for a memorable read. The well developed characters, idyllic setting, and a plot that tackles heavy topics make this a summer must-read. Alexis has grown up shouldering the weight of a lengthy family legacy that ultimately makes [...]