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 [...]

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: 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 [...]

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: 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 [...]

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 Connection: Where to Find Book Deals and Freebies

I love to read. I read quite a bit. Even writing that feels like a gross understatement. Reading isn't just a passion or a hobby or a job for me; it's my non-human spouse. I read to escape, I read to research, I read for fun, I read for work, I...read. I love words and [...]

2020 in Books

I've been participating in Goodread's Reading Challenge for the past few years. I don't view it as a competition, but as a goal I'm setting for myself. I also just love keeping track of what I've read, and the Year in Review is such a fun feature. You can view mine here. In summary, I [...]

How I Rate Books on Goodreads

Y'all know I'm a bookaholic, a bibliophile, a word nerd...you get the gist. I've been using Goodreads to track my reading and books I want to read for a couple of years now. I started keeping a list of books I read after checking the same book out from the library...three times. Apparently I thought [...]

2019 in Books

Every year, I take part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. It began as a way to keep track of what I was reading, as I'd accidentally, repeatedly picked up library books I'd already read thinking they were new to me. The challenge is less about challenging myself to read- its harder for me not to read at [...]