Tag: Childhood Favorites

Why I’ll Still Unashamedly Read the Animorphs Series

Why I’ll Still Unashamedly Read the Animorphs Series

Posted November 3, 2021 in Bookish Things // 0 Comments

All avid readers know the books they loved most as children.  It’s like asking someone about their first pet or first kiss – what was your first favorite book? Like most people, I can easily go back and rattle off half a dozen different books I absolutely adored when I was younger.  Alanna by Tamora Pierce was hugely influential on me.  But while I’d say Tamora Pierce’s writing was a huge influence, she wasn’t the one that got me hooked on reading.  She wasn’t even the one that got me interested in the impossible.  I couldn’t pinpoint the book that […]

Alanna by Tamora Pierce

Alanna by Tamora Pierce

Posted June 23, 2020 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  This book is my everything. Which is kinda funny, actually, because if they average reader picked it up, they’d be totally confused by that statement.  Why?, they would ask, side-eyeing the cartoony mass market paperback cover and skimming over eh decidedly simple writing.  Alanna is a YA novel with a strong female protagonist breaking gender norms in 1983, back when the YA genre didn’t really exist and strong female protagonists didn’t really exist and breaking gender norms in fantasy REALLY didn’t exist, and my little self read this in 1998 when a lot of these things still didn’t exist, and it was everything. Now.  […]

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Scholastic Book Fairs

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Scholastic Book Fairs

Posted May 8, 2020 in Bookish Things // 8 Comments

I’m feeling a bit nostalgic today. Who remembers going to Scholastic Book Fairs when they were younger? Those things were the best, right?  I am so glad they’re still around, because they were a highlight of my school year.  I still remember that moment when it felt like books were going to go digital and I remember one of my concerns being these book fairs… so many kids would want to go just to get out of class and go, and they’d find a book and it would change everything.  Not that it is an impossible stretch in a technologically driven world, but […]

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Posted December 3, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  Just Ella was one of my FAVORITE books growing up, and the reason is so obvious to me.  There is so much girl power in this book, especially because it’s a middle grade book about princesses. Something to note: the cover rebranding for this book is a hot mess.  The original cover (which I’ve used in this review) shows a medieval-garbed princess with a tearaway to reveal her in common garb.  This tearaway affect so much better exemplifies the book and show Ella’s struggle.  The rebranded version is a modern looking ballerina princess on a pastel cover and is so […]

Where are all the Tamora Pierce Fans At?  (+ My Ten Favorites) #TopTenTuesday

Where are all the Tamora Pierce Fans At? (+ My Ten Favorites) #TopTenTuesday

Posted July 2, 2019 in Memes // 19 Comments

Did y’all know that I’m turning 30 this year?! For the record, 30 is a terrifying number.  You can sort of get away with a lot of indecision and childishness in your 20s, which is my zone.  By 30, generally speaking, you’re really expected to have your act together and behave in a socially acceptable way for an adult. I mention all this because I’m twisting today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt and using an author that is technically YA… but I started reading her books legit 17 years ago, so I feel like I can work with the umbrella of “childhood” […]