Weekend Wordsmith

Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam. Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the […]

Weekend Wordsmith

“We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.” -Guildenstern, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard

I Need a New Toy

Ok, I don’t need one, but I’ve definitely got the itch for one, and the kid in me is yelling: “I have a birthday coming up!” Shortly after Christmas last year, I “discovered” that I could read Kindle books through an app on my Droid phone. I’d only had the phone for about 4 months […]

Weekend Wordsmith

“Sometimes bad things have to happen before good things can.” –Patch, Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

Reviewing Crescendo, by Becca Fitzpatrick

This feels a bit like deja vu. It’s the middle of the night, storming outside, and I’ve just finished reading about Patch; I won’t be going to sleep anytime soon. Sound familiar? Crescendo, by Becca Fitzpatrick, is the worthy (and even better in some parts) sequel to Hush, Hush, which I just posted about a […]

Reviewing Hush, Hush, by Becca Fitzpatrick

It’s almost 3 a.m. and storming like crazy outside, and quite likely because I didn’t take a magic sleep pill before it got too late (because I didn’t want to fall asleep before the end of the book), I can’t sleep. Oh, and also I keep thinking about Patch. When MorganMorganMorgan told me to read […]

Weekend Wordsmith

“There is so much that I want. I feel it so much that I am water, a river of want, pooled in the shape of a girl named Cassia.” — Cassia Reyes, Matched by Ally Condie

Reviewing The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

I recently finished reading Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, a New York Times Bestseller that I’d never even heard of until I saw a movie poster about a month ago. I’d take the kids’ to see the new Pirates movie and saw a movie poster with Emma Stone on it. I like Emma Stone. I think she’s hilarious. […]

Weekend Wordsmith

For a long time now, I’ve wanted to start some sort of weekly feature on the blog. You know, like Wordless Wednesday or Movie Review Monday.  I’ve also seen a few blogs that do Feature Friday, featuring another blog each week. I even considered it when I had my first blog and when I set […]

Battle Royale vs. The Hunger Games

My friend Morgan (or “Morgan, Morgan, Morgan!” – like “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!” – as Bryan likes to say; apparently, I talk about her a lot) read an interview with Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games’ Trilogy (of which we are both fans; see my review here), where she was asked whether she’d ever read […]

Reviewing: Five Flavors of Dumb, by Antony John

Of the five books my friend @shabbygeek let me borrow, I’ve now read four, and the latest is my favorite.  Five Flavors of Dumb, by Antony John, is unique and imaginative, but completely believable at the same time.  He took a main character with whom many would prematurely assume difficulty relating, and made it work. […]

Reviewing: The Mockingbirds, by Daisy Whitney

Okay, so I’m fairly certain that most people know what the “first page test” is for a book.  You know, you read the first page and if it’s enough to hook you then you decide to read the whole thing. Well, most of the time, my test for reading is a little more intimate than […]

Reviewing: Caleb + Kate, by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma

This is another of the books I borrowed from the gracious @shabbygeek.  This review may contain spoilers, so consider yourself warned. Caleb + Kate, by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma, is a Christian young adult novel.  The blurbs on this book call it a modern-day Romeo & Juliet, and, for the most part, that’s true … complete with […]

Reviewing: Room, by Emma Donoghue

The other night I met up with my Twitter (and now IRL, too!) friend @shabbygeek at a local Starbucks.  We often chat about books on Twitter and seem to enjoy reading many of the same things.  She brought me some books to borrow from her own personal library … and not just random books either; […]

Reviewing: The Trylle Trilogy, by Amanda Hocking

Though I wouldn’t rank this series on the same level as The Hunger Games (see review here), I certainly enjoyed it, flying through all three books — Switched (Book 1), Torn (Book 2) and Ascend (Book 3) — in a matter of days.  This review contains spoilers, so consider yourself warned. The Trylle story follows […]