June Wrap-Up

Reading Life Total Books Read: 16 ARCs: 5 Books by women: 10 Books read for the first time for "classics month" in one book club: The Cherry Orchard, Of Mice and Men Books read with multiple POVs for another book club for this month: Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi, When the Moon was Ours  by Anna-Marie Lemore, Idaho by Emily Ruskovich, Spoonbenders  by … Continue reading June Wrap-Up

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Book Review: Spoonbenders

The Review: The Amazing Telemachus Family was disgraced on national TV years ago and hasn't been the same since. A generation later, and minus the family matriarch, Teddy and his now-grown children Irene, Frankie, and Buddy view their psychic gifts as more curse than blessing. Add into the works a mob boss calling in his … Continue reading Book Review: Spoonbenders

How I Got my Agent

I remember reading approximately three thousand "How I Got my Agent" posts while querying. Reading them made me feel so much less alone and more hopeful, so here's my contribution to the genre. Baby Author + Baby Three years ago, and shortly after my son turned one, I decided I needed to do something empowering … Continue reading How I Got my Agent

Book Review: The Lying Game

The Review: Four friends from boarding school share a common secret, but how long can something stay hidden in a small town, especially if that something is a body? Fifteen years after their expected graduation date, Isa receives an urgent text from her friend Kate. When she and the others rush to Kate's side, they … Continue reading Book Review: The Lying Game

May Wrap-Up

Reading Life Books read in May: 15 Books for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: 3 ARCs read/reviewed this month: 4 Letters Left for ABC Reading Challenge:  3 (Q, X, Z). Still open to recommendations for books with titles that start with those letters! Post in the comments if you have some good ones. Books that made me … Continue reading May Wrap-Up

Book Review: How to Survive a Summer

The Review   Five boys went in, but only four came out. Ten years ago, Will Dillard's preacher father put him in a "homosexual rehabilitation" camp which ended tragically. Now, Will is distanced from his family, but firm in his identity. Life seems to be falling into place as a film student when suddenly a … Continue reading Book Review: How to Survive a Summer

Mother’s Day

#RobinWatch2017 has reached its halfway point. The robins on our porch finally hatched, and the past week my kids and I have peeked into the nest every day to see the changes. This video is the robin babies at just a few hours old, peep-peeping away. They're much cuter now with fuller feathers and more … Continue reading Mother’s Day

Book Review: The Girl with the Red Balloon

The Review: What if there were a group of magicians responsible for getting people out of war zones and oppression to safety? This idea is central to Locke's premise, and delivers well in the two plot lines they put forth in this book (one during WWII and one in 1988 Berlin). When a balloon designed … Continue reading Book Review: The Girl with the Red Balloon

April Wrap-Up

Reading Life: Books finished: 11 Best of the Month: The Girl with All the Gifts, Lincoln in the Bardo, March trilogy Times sobbed during Lincoln in the Bardo : Six, which was not as many as watching A Man Called Ove with my husband ARCs: 4 (Make sure to check out The Hideaway and Stars over Clear Lake) Books bailed on: 2 … Continue reading April Wrap-Up

Review: The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen

The Review: Hope Nicholson's primer into the history of female characters in comics is excellent. Need more information than that? I'm more than happy to provide. Starting in the 1930s and progressing to today, Nicholson selects a few characters to focus on at each point in time.  Nicholson highlights better known heroines, like Wonder Woman … Continue reading Review: The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen