Skinned by Robin Wasserman

Skinned by Robin Wasserman

  Skinned was one of the first reviews I posted on my blog, back in early, early days (this review is from 2012).  I remember being impressed by the philosophical conversation behind this book, and while I do try not to duplicate reviews, I still think this books interesting and relevant, even eight years after my initial reading. So Skinned tells the story of Lia Khan.  Lia is dead.  Lia is alive.  That’s the paradox makes up conflict in this book as Lia learns to navigate the world in her postmortem existence.  This isn’t much of a spoiler, since this is […]

Posted February 10, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Paying My Blog Fees in ARCs – Did It Work?

Paying My Blog Fees in ARCs – Did It Work?

At the beginning of 2019, I decided I wanted to experiment with an idea bouncing around in my head.  I’m a self-hosted blog, and not a big one, but I made this choice because I liked the freedom it allows in customization and plugins.  The Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin (and, subsequently, its sister plugin Book Database) have made that decision really worth it for me… but I am a hobbyist blogger.  What does that mean?  It means everything I pay in hosting and design comes out of my pocket.  In my case, it means I have no affiliations, I’m not […]

Posted February 7, 2020 in Blogging // 6 Comments //
Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

  I’m going to go out on a limb and say that Walk on Earth a Stranger will probably end up being one of my favorite books of the year. There was a lot that appealed to me in this book. First of all, there’s the western theme. I love a good western story, minus all the inherent racism and debauchery.  There’s a handful of YA books that try it, but up until this point, I haven’t read anything historical fiction and fantasy and I absolutely LOVED it.  It hit all the points I wanted, from the North Carolina setting to the OREGON TRAIL […]

Posted February 6, 2020 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns by John Green

  While many people will lean toward Looking for Alaska or The Fault in Our Stars, I must confess that Paper Towns is my favorite John Green novel.  I think it may be because this book has so many things that intrigue me – secrets in maps, road trips with friends, a treasure hunt.  While I’m not as enamored as Quentin, I genuinely do like Margo Roth Spiegelman.  And I like this book. After a while and a few re-reads, John Green’s characters start to blend together.  There are elements to Margo that remind me of Alaska, and all of Green’s moody male […]

Posted February 5, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee

The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky by Mackenzi Lee

  This was just… utterly delightful. The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky was a sweet and humorous foray into the aftermath of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.  As fans of the trilogy know, this little novella was originally offered as a pre-order perk to those who pre-ordered The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy.  I did miss out on that pre-order perk, unfortunately, but back in December MacKenzi worked with her publisher to release a proper, hardcopy edition and honestly it is sweet and heartwarming and perfectly saucy and awkward. Despite Monty’s prior promiscuousness, The Gentleman’s Guide to Getting Lucky never […]

Posted February 4, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
New Books, New Hobbies, New Look: My January Wrap Up!

New Books, New Hobbies, New Look: My January Wrap Up!

January is the month that lasts forever. Here in the northern hemisphere, January is the first full month of really, really cold.  Well, at least it is in Massachusetts.  I’m looking forward to the thaw – I’m tired of shivering and numb fingers.  Grateful to have a home and a place with heat, so I try to focus on life’s small blessings instead of the single digit temperatures. I am not a winter person, I swear. But there’s been a lot of things going on this month, so that can also be exciting! The Monthly Haul Um. So.  I tripped […]

Posted February 3, 2020 in Checking In // 0 Comments //