Tag: Off The Grid Readathon

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

Full disclosure:  I’ve never been crazy about the book version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I’m talking the original version, the wee little paperback published to support Comic Relief back in 2001.  Although if I’m being completely honest, I also think that the published scripts from the films are a bit of a money grab.  But they’re selling and people like them, so what do I know? This little book is the first one in the Hogwarts Library series, a little sub-series of companion books to Harry Potter to raise money (well, except for Tales of Beedle the Bard) for charity. […]

Posted January 21, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

I wish I had this book when I was 13.  My dad, totally ignorant, used to tell me that my responses were emotional because I was a girl and discount me completely.  I wish I had this book when I was 18.  On my 18th birthday, my boyfriend-of-the-time drove 400 miles to surprise me at college, and when I went to the hotel to spend the night with him, he expected sex.  I was sick as a god that weekend and I didn’t want to, but when he explained to me all that he had sacrificed to be here for me […]

Posted January 17, 2019 in Reviews // 10 Comments //
The Off-The-Grid Readathon II

The Off-The-Grid Readathon II

Hello loves! Back in October, I participated in the first ever Off-The-Grid Readathon.  Generally speaking, I’m not big on  readathons, but I love this one.  The whole point of the Off-The-Grid readathon is to put your phone down and to read as much as possible.  Last year, I finished three books during the readathon and really enjoyed participating.  Co-hosts Shanah and Justine run this readathon four times a year… and the second one ever starts today! If you’re not busy this weekend, you’re invited! What: The Off-The-Grid Readathon Where: The comfiest reading place you know. When:  Friday, January 11th @ 12:00 […]

Posted January 11, 2019 in Readthons & Reading Challenges // 6 Comments //
The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo

The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo

Full disclosure:  when my preorder of The Deepest Roots arrived, I didn’t even remember ordering it.  I had to jump on Goodreads in order to refresh my memory of what it was.  I can’t remember ever doing this for a book before, and the fact that I had forgotten I ordered it didn’t sit well for me.  If it was already forgettable, reading it would probably be a chore. I am a fool, loves.  An absolute fool.  The Deepest Roots is one of my favorite reads this year.  Here’s why. The characters are wonderful.  As a white woman, I see myself represented in […]

Posted October 25, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Cristo

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Cristo

I’ve been waffling back and forth about To Kill a Kingdom ever before I read it.  The reviews out there are really mixed.  There are a few reviewers whose views usually align pretty closely with mine, but even among those there are some starkly different views.  So when I went into To Kill a Kingdom, I didn’t know what to expect. The long and short of it is simply this:  depending on what you want from this book, your enjoyment of it will vary.  From a fantasy and a retelling, I’m usually looking for solid worldbuilding, and from a any book I […]

Posted October 24, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

It took a while to get into The Astonishing Color of After, but once I did, it positively gripped my heart. Leigh feels like the sort of character who is forever trudging through a muddy swamp, trying to navigate her own emotions while living in a shadow of fear and resentment.  She’s afraid for her mother, and trying to prove herself to her father, while entirely not knowing what to feel about her friend Axel.  When her mother kills herself, everything falls apart.  The stain won’t go away. Then, she sees the bird.  And she knows, knows, it is her mother. What […]

Posted October 22, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //