Towne Book Center Book Club pick: Still Life with Breadcrumbs


Still Life with Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlen is this months book club pick for Towne Book Center and Cafe book club. it’s my first time reading anything by Quindlen. I know she’s a prolific author and her autobiography is popular. As I’m not a fan of non fiction, especially biographies,  I was glad to hear that this was fiction.   Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is {Read More}

Top Ten Must Read Books by Shaun David Hutchison aka The Dude

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My new friend Hutch aka The Dude likes to write books. In fact, he’s written a new one called The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley. I thought it might be fun to challenge the Dude to a top ten list. Like to see it? I thought you might. Here are Shaun David Hutchison’s Top Ten Must Read Books Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta Vicious by V.E. Schwab The Unwind Dystology by Neal Shusterman Tell {Read More}

Real Girl Romance a Guest Post by Ava Cummings

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Isn’t it time we read more romance with real girls? I want to initiate a new romance category, and I would call it, “Real Girl Romance.” Here’s what I mean: I’ve always loved romance novels, but tired of the typical romance plot line where the innocent assistant gets taken by the rich CEO. I want to shine more of a light on the real girls—and the real guilt we feel for making bad decisions, the insecurities we feel for not {Read More}

Why You Should Read Mitali Perkins’ Tiger Boy


One of the great joys of being a book reviewer is the opportunity to read great books and occasionally meet their authors. I was very fortunate to meet Mitali Perkins in October during a trip in Sacramento. In all the commotion of packing up, I somehow managed to forget my copy of Tiger Boy; the extremely gracious Mrs. Perkins sent me a copy right away. I’m so glad I got a chance to read this book! Here’s a blurb: When a tiger {Read More}

Month in Review: February

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Taking the Mystery out of Black History Month: Walking Home to Rosie Lee


I have got to get my hands on Walking home to Rosie Lee! Young Gabe’s is a story of heartache and jubilation. He’s a child slave freed after the Civil War. He sets off to reunite himself with his mother who was sold before the war’s end. “Come morning, the folks take to the road again, singing songs, telling stories, and dream-talking of the lives they’re gonna live in freedom. And I follow, keeping my eyes open for my mama. {Read More}

What’s In My Ear: #FridayReads


  There’s so much to love about this version of Leviathan that I don’t know where to begin! Let’s just say the irony of listening to this audiobook (love AUDIBLE.COM!) is not lost on me. Westerfeld is an American, although his English colloquialisms seem spot on, the narrator is Alan Cumming (YAY!) who is Scottish, invigorating the characters with English, Scottish, German, and Austrian accents. Utterly BRILLIANT. Alan can read the dictionary for all I care. I’m TEMPTED to download all {Read More}

Taking the Mystery out of Black History Month: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind


The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba has been on my radar for quite some time. It’s nonfiction, so, its not my first choice of books. I do believe, however, much like I Am Malala, and other books about kids doing great thing, I’ll get to it eventually.   The version in my photo above, is a young readers edition so I might get to it sooner rather than later.  What’s the book about? When a terrible drought struck {Read More}

Taking the Mystery out of Black History Month: The Madman of Piney Woods


The Madman of Piney Woods is a companion novel to Elijah of Buxton. Both books are on my TO READ this year list. I don’t know how I missed Elijah but I PROMISE I’m coming for you!   Here’s a blurb about Madman… Benji and Red couldn’t be more different. They aren’t friends. They don’t even live in the same town. But their fates are entwined. A chance meeting leads the boys to discover that they have more in common {Read More}

What’s in My Ear: The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles #1) by Rick Riordan


So. You’ve probably read some of Riordan’s other books, like Percy Jackson, etc, right? But did you know that the Kane Chronicles will fit into the Diversity Challenge? What?? Who knew?? Kids who’ve read the series, that’s who.   If you don’t know, let me do you a solid. Don’t look at the cover because it’s been whitewashed. Yes, harsh words, it’s true but it’s the truth. The Kane Chronicles is about a brother and sister duo who are mixed {Read More}