Blogger Book Tag

I saw this book tag on Emily’s blog For The Bookish and immediately wanted to do it! It looked super fun and also I’ve never done a tag before. So here we go. 1. Name a book you’re embarrassed you haven’t read.  Um, well, that’s a lot. The complete Pilgrim’s Progress? (I recently learned that my […]

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Book Review: The Storybook of Legends, by Shannon Hale

“At Ever After High, an enchanting boarding school, the children of fairytale legends prepare themselves to fulfill their destinies as the next generation of Snow Whites, Prince Charmings and Evil Queens…whether they want to or not. Each year on Legacy Day, students sign the Storybook of Legends to seal their scripted fates. For generations, the […]

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Historical Fiction, Strange Research Methods, and Other Ramblings

I have a mortal horror of getting facts wrong when I’m writing historical fiction. It’s a problem. Because when you’re inserting fictional characters in a real time period with people who actually existed… it’s kind of hard to keep things completely factual. Actually, it’s impossible. Fiction is fiction. History is history. And anything that I write […]

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Best Books of 2016

There are exactly 16 books on this list. No more. No less. It was accidental, but I think it worked out rather nicely, for the end of 2016. I read a lot last year. Over 360 books. I know this because I didn’t start Goodreads until March and I had read a lot before that… and […]

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Book Review: Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, the two-time Caldecott Honor winner Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death […]

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15 Random Literary Facts About Me

I was inspired by Sydney at the Elliot Countenance to post some random facts about myself, so here goes!  The first thing I ever remember writing was probably when I was around five or six. It was about a missing blueberry pie, and it was written on several pieces of notebook paper stapled together and charmingly […]

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Book Review: Trixie Belden and the Secret of the Mansion

Buy here on Amazon. Trixie’s summer is going to be sooo boring with her two older brothers away at camp. But then a millionaire’s daughter moves into the next-door mansion, an old miser hides a fortune in his decrepit house, and a runaway kid starts hiding out in Sleepyside! (Via Goodreads) Mystery. Adventure. Horses. Friends. It […]

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Book Review: The Secret Keepers, by Trenton Lee Stewart

Click here to buy on Amazon. Eleven-year-old Reuben spends his days exploring, hiding, and practicing parkour among the abandoned buildings of the Lower Downs as a way to escape the rough times that have befallen him and his mom–but his discovery of an extraordinary antique pocket watch changes everything. When Reuben finds that the watch […]

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Book Review: Destiny, Rewritten, by Kathryn Fitzmaurice

Click here to buy on Amazon.   Synopsis: This sweet contemporary story about poetry, family, and determining your own destiny is perfect for fans of books by Wendy Mass, Joan Bauer, Sharon Creech, and Rebecca Stead. Eleven-year-old Emily Elizabeth Davis has never met her father, so when a book of poetry with his name in it […]

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Thursday Book Haul!

We almost always come home with treasures, usually in the form of books, after visiting our favorite thrift store. (Is that a good thing or a bad thing? The more books the merrier, I guess.)  It’s an amazing place where kids books are only 25 cents. Here’s my book haul from Thursday!   Cry From the Dungeon, […]

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