Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

  I have a lot of feelings about Allegedly. It made me mad, it made me sad, and it twisted and turned me around.  Several hours after finishing the book, I’m trying to decide at which point Mary was an unreliable narrator. First of all, it’s really well-done.  Allegedly is a debut, but it’s well-written and well-researched, enough to feel like it was was created by a seasoned author.  The language flows and adjusts itself well to different situations and speakers.  Additionally, the narrator (Bahni Turpin) is fantastic – she also read Children of Blood and Bone and did a great job with […]

Posted February 20, 2020 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde

The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde

  The Big Over Easy is a prime example of Jasper Fforde’s cleverness and control over the English language.  His worlds – always on the edge of some form of magical realism, if they must be categorized at all – are bizarre and curious, and never fail to be interesting.  Like the rest of his works, The Big Over Easy is a shining example of his wit and creativity. I am typically a fast reader, but whenever I’m reading Fforde, I have to take things slowly.  If I read at my normal pace, I miss the subtleties in his naming and his […]

Posted February 19, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Dodge & Twist by Tony Lee

Dodge & Twist by Tony Lee

  Honestly, I just thought this was a fantastic listen. As it turns out, Dodge & Twist is less of an audiobook and more of a radio play.  You never really know what you’re going to get from the free monthly Audible Originals… but as it turns out, this one was thrilling and delightful.  There’s a full cast, sound effects, and music.  If this was a play (is it?) and it was being performed nearby, I’d probably go see it.  It was great. Okay, so, there’s a lot of cliches.  It’s not a perfect story.  Throughout the story, there were many […]

Posted February 18, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag // In Which I Talk About How I’ve Been Blogging Forever. FOR. EV. ER.

The Secret Life of a Book Blogger Tag // In Which I Talk About How I’ve Been Blogging Forever. FOR. EV. ER.

We book bloggers are a rare and strange breed, are we not?  We come from all walks of life, from all over the world.  We come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and colors and backgrounds and states of being.  We are united by one thing – a love for the written word, and our platforms. We may not all be on the same platforms, and we may not all read the same sorts of book, but there is that common chain.  And the bookish community is a force in itself.  We have our ups and downs and drama […]

Posted February 17, 2020 in Tags // 4 Comments //
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

  While Roald Dahl was a staple of my childhood, I really don’t remember reading James and the Giant Peach.  I do remember the Tim Burton film, however, and that was a childhood staple along with the adaptations of Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  My copy of James and the Giant Peach is not a beloved childhood copy, but an edition I picked up at library book sale when I was in high school and treasured simply because Roald Dahl’s imagination was informative of my childhood reading. This is all to day – I’m sure I read James and the Giant Peach as a […]

Posted February 14, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Writer’s Block:  Myth, or Fact?

Writer’s Block: Myth, or Fact?

When I first started writing, I remember “writer’s block” being sort of a buzz word among writing communities.  Writer’s block is often blamed for lack of progress on WIPs, and phrases like “writer’s block” and “muse” have gone out of style in writing discussions. In short – there’s no such thing as “writer’s block”.  You’re just not working hard enough. But that’s a really harsh way of saying it.  I think that being a creative is really complicated.  It’s not just writing – whenever you are building something from nothing, there’s a certain amount of pressure.  Hard work is part […]

Posted February 13, 2020 in Writing // 0 Comments //