A Path Begins (The Thickety #1) by J.A. White

I grabbed this off the library shelf partly because of the cover, partly because of its shape (a square!) and partly because of the blurb from Angie Sage and other middle grade authors. It was excellently written! Great characters, very interesting worldbuilding (pseudo-Puritan, but somehow worse), cool magical fantasy stuff that didn’t feel similar to other MG fantasy books. Even the villains had moments of humanity, which is somewhat rare in a middle grade book. Read More …

Weekly reading, vol. 14

I am SO FAR BEHIND ON REVIEWS but this week is Spring Break for my grad school! So I have a little time to waste and I will waste it by writing very short reviews for books I read this month. Here’s what I read from February 28th to March 5th! Circuit Theory by Kirby Crow & Reya Stark is an unsual novella that’s nominally a scifi romance but reads more like Sims fanfiction. It Read More …

Weekly reading, vol. 7

Happy Sunday, everyone! I had a very good week of reading. First up, I read a freebie that’s been on my TBR since October 2015. Learning to Feel by N.R. Walker is a (Twilight!) fanfic-turned-pro story about an emotionally repressed doctor meeting an artist and falling in love! And it’s kind of…iffy. See, I like the idea, but I didn’t like the narrative style, and some of the word choices kept throwing me off.1 However, Read More …

Weekly reading, vol. 6

I snagged a month’s free subscription to Marvel Unlimited back in December, though I haven’t been making as much use of it as I have before. So far I’ve read two trade-equivalents, Deadpool vol. 5: Wedding of Deadpool by Brian Posehn and various guest writers/artists , and Ms. Marvel vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson with art by Adrian Alphona and Jacob Wyatt . Deadpool’s wedding was a huge issue filled with unfortunately Read More …

Very quick reviews: December 2015, part 4 (more picture books)

The very last batch of mini-reviews for December! I still have a few books to review on their own, but this will be the last huge review post for, hopefully, a while. Woohoo! [supsystic-gallery id=7 position=center] Duck for President – Doreen Cronin An over-worked duck decides to run for President in order to get out of doing farm chores. Super cute and sneak-educates a little about how government works! Q is for Duck – Mary Read More …

Very quick reviews: December 2015, part 1 (picture books)

One of the nice things about working in an elementary school library (and in the children’s department at a public library) is that I have the opportunity to check out lots of nifty picture books. I tend to go for ones with quirky art and/or a quirky story– bonus points if it takes place in a library! Here’s some quick reviews of about half of the picture books I read in December.

Weekly reading, vol. 2

I’ve finished reorganizing my work library, which is great! I’m exhausted, but very excited for the students to finally get in there and mess around with the books. My new library computer also showed up on Friday which means I can finally add in the new students, update records, finish adding in new books, etc. Library opens in ONE WEEK! Goodness. Meanwhile, I’ve been vegging out on TV between doing school projects. I’ve started the Read More …

MINI-REVIEWS: A Bad Case of Stripes, Felicia the Critic, The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm

A Bad Case of Stripes – David Shannon A classic picture book about a girl who turns all stripey because she’s so worried about what other people think of her! It has heavy shades of Dr. Seuss’ Daisy-Head Maisie, only the moral is not JUST to accept others who’re different from you but ALSO to enjoy what you love, even if nobody else thinks it’s any good. (And apparently also that doctors don’t know anything?) Read More …

REVIEW: The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

Okay, so a) this is not a book for social media newbies. It says it right on the cover: this is for people who’re already pretty familiar with Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. And b) it’s also geared more towards business owners/social media interns, aka people doing it for money or for getting more traffic so they can get more money. If you’re a business owner with a Twitter account, you’re set! The Art of Social Read More …