I’m thrilled to be part of The Girl Who Could Fly blog tour! In celebration of the upcoming release of The Boy Who Knew Everything, I have a copy of The Girl Who Could Fly up for grabs, and the publisher asked bloggers to answer this question: Read more
Today I have a review and giveaway for Witherwood Reform School by Obert Skye!
If you have been following the blog, you already know that I enjoy all genres of fiction. Reading level is irrelevant. I love anything from picture books on up and I always have. When I saw Witherwood Reform School, I thought it would be worth checking out, so I was happy to hop on the blog tour. I haven’t read Obert Skye previously, but I have heard of his Pillage trilogy and have it on my TBR. Witherwood Reform School is the start of a new series about Tobias and Charlotte Eggars, a brother and sister who get themselves into more trouble than they’ve ever been in before. And to think it all started with tadpoles and gravy! Read more
Macmillan is celebrating the 40th anniversary of Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. They posed the same question for 40 bloggers: “What if you could live forever?” Here’s my answer –
I am new to Tuck Everlasting, and after reading the book, it did make me think. What if I could drink from the spring, knowing that I would live forever? Would I do it? If I had answered the question when I was 20, I probably would have jumped at the chance. Think of the things I could accomplish! I could devote myself to a cause, like finding the cure for cancer, and know that time wasn’t concern – I had all the time in the world, after all. But that decision relies on the wisdom of being old enough and mature enough to realize that the gift of time comes with an obligation to do something good for the rest of humanity. If I had found that spring when I was twenty, I would have taken a drink, and probably lived a life like Jesse. The youngest Tuck, Jesse thinks that their unnatural life should be lived to the fullest. Go off and do your own thing, without any concerns about societal obligations. His life view makes sense – they have to keep the spring a secret, they can’t put down any roots for fear of causing suspicions because they don’t age, so why should he go out of his way to do anything for anyone else? Read more
May Contain Spoilers
I always have the urge to read a horsey book right before a horse show. I kept seeing the Timber Ridge Riders series on Amazon, and wanted to check it out, so when I had the chance to do just that, I jumped at it. I don’t ride hunt seat, so I always find depictions of hunter shows interesting. The horse care details were spot on, and nothing made me cringe due to inaccuracies. I’ll tell you what did make me cringe: the behavior of Kate’s rival, Angela. What a spoiled, selfish girl! If I was her coach, she would have been booted from my barn. Her casual treatment of the animals and her teammates had me boiling mad! Read more
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Oliver and the Seawigs is a cute, cute book! Ten year old Oliver Crisp has spent his entire life exploring all of the unexplored areas of the world, and he’s tired of it. What Oliver wants is to wake up in his own bedroom, in his own house, and go to school every day. When his parent sadly realize that there is nothing left to discover, they resign themselves to a boring life living in their long neglected house. Oliver is delighted, and he is anticipating finally being settled. Read more
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When I learned that Diana Wynne Jones had passed away, I actually cried. I have loved her books so much, for so long, and the thought of her wonderful being silenced depressed me. She was writing brilliant tales brimming with magic long before Harry Potter arrived on the scene, and it’s frustrating that she never attainted the recognition she deserved. I remember haunting used bookstores and libraries in search of her then out of print books. At least today, the majority of them are readily available, and quite a few are offered in eBook format. Win! Read more
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Varsha! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Varsha Barjaj] I am hard working, idealistic, optimistic, loyal and driven!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood? Read more
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Good morning, Lisa! Describe yourself in five words or less.
[Lisa Ann Scott] Loyal, creative, introvert, risk-taker, responsible.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about School of Charm? Read more