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Welcome Home, Spidey

Spider-Man: Homecoming is an apt title for Marvel’s first movie adaptation of the character since working out a rights deal with Sony. But that’s not the only thing that’s perfect about this movie. (Not perfect as in Wonder Woman perfect – because that’s a whole other ballgame – but perfect nonetheless). Since discovering that Spider-Man […]

Star Trek Beyond

I guess I’m a Trekkie at heart. I grew up watching the original series on late-night reruns, could recite the intro monologue complete with Shatner-esque pauses, and wanted to be Mr. Spock (pointy ears and all). Truth be told, while I love all things Star Wars now, I’d never even seen its original trilogy until […]

Check Yourself, and Then Go Ahead and WRECK Yourself

Okay, all kidding and overdone lines aside, have you been WRECKED? That’s the question Jeff Goins asks in his book WRECKED out this week (August 1). And if you answer no, Jeff basically says, “Well, you should be.” WRECKED is about taking off the blinders we all walk around wearing. It’s about finally seeing what’s […]

Reviewing Silence, by Becca Fitzpatrick

For as much as I hyped this book in my mind and on this site, I was really disappointed with it. So much so, that I didn’t even review it when I first read it (in one sitting, the night of its release, October 4, 2011). Silence is the third installment in the Hush, Hush […]

Anticipating Silence

Silence, by Becca Fitzpatrick, the third novel of her series preceded by Hush, Hush and Crescendo (see reviews of those books here and here) is due out October 4th. Having just preordered my e-copy to be delivered to my Droid’s Kindle app on the release date, I felt a re-read was in order. I re-read […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Reviewing: The Hunger Games Trilogy, by Suzanne Collins

I’ve been putting off writing this review for a good two weeks now because, honestly, I’m afraid I won’t be able to do the series justice.  And I certainly may not be able to do so without a few spoilers, so consider yourself warned.  But since I’ve now read another trilogy in the meantime and […]