Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Rising From the Ashes: The Chronicles of Caymin (The Dragonmage Saga #1)

Caren J. Werlinger. Corgyn Publishing, 2016. 295 pp.
Rating: Worthy + 5 Scoops

Fantasy isn't my go to genre. Truthfully, it's never really been on my radar. Not because I despised it, but because I hadn't been introduced to it. Many times as I read blog posts or hear readers talk about beloved fantasy stories, I feel that I've missed out on many great books during my formative years. While others were discovering and feeding their love of fantasy in middle and junior high school, I was re-reading, for the umpteenth time, the books that adorned my bedroom bookshelf. It wasn't because I loved them so much, but because I simply didn't know what else to read.  Now with each fantasy novel I complete, the shovel drops another load filling in the hollow pit of my non-fantasy reading life. Soon though, this book hole shall be jam-packed!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Checking In

Hey guys and gals, it's been awhile and I've missed you all! Well, summer vacation has come and gone in my little corner of Georgia. By now, I thought I would be well over half past my reading goal of sixty books; however, I've just been toddling along. My fellow reading pals, might declare me in a midst of a reading slump, but it is not so. In a way, my summer reading has matched the Georgia weather—dry and hot. Most of my reading has been in spurts, like the five-minute rain showers that we've had all summer. These teasing bursts of precipitation turned up the humidity and the heat, but failed to drop enough water to quench the thirst of the parched ground, which is kind of how I've felt about my reading life this summer. I say hot because each of the six books I've read have impacted me, a few more than others, but each one made me think, remember, reflect, and feel. From one of my reads, I learned of an obscure folk artist whose work graces the Smithsonian Institute. In another, I annotated almost half of the book due to its relevancy to my present circumstances and the current social climate. And yet, another is nudging me toward more fantasy novels. So, that's the long and short of it or rather the hot and dry of it. :-)

By the way, this past weekend, I had the pleasure of interviewing debut Author Kisha Mitchell at the Official Book Release Party of Brown Girl, Brown Girl, What Do You See?. This was my first author interview and I cannot wait to share it with you all! 

How did you make out this summer? Did you read all that you had planned? I would love to know what books made your summer reading list. Please share in the comments below.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

26 Reasons Why You Need To Read More by Jarry Lee

Although my heart hurts because another BookExpo America has come and gone and I still have yet to attend, in honor of another successful year, here's a delightful post from last year's BEA.


Reposted from BuzzFeed


Jarry Lee / BuzzFeed / Thinkstock

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Glow (Sky Chasers #1)

Amy Kathleen Ryan. New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2011. 307 pp.
Rating: Striking

**Note: I started writing this review a few days after reading the book in December 2014, so my review will retain all feelings and reactions written in my notes at the time I read the book. I'm on a serious mission to clear out my draft folder and complete the dozens of book reviews that I've started over the last few years. Also, this review contains slight spoilers.** 

What if you've never seen the sun, felt the wind blow across your face, been drenched in the rain, or stared at the immense blue sky? What if the only home you have even known is an egg-shaped vessel that has spent over forty years plowing through the depths of outer space destined for a new world? What if you were responsible for ensuring the continuation of the human race? What if future generations could trace their lineage back to you? What if your allies suddenly appeared without notice? What if, concealed by the cloak of friendship, they steal from you what they most need? 
"They must want something from us,"..."or they wouldn't be here."   (4) 
Now, imagine being torn away from your family and placed with another under the guise of a rescue mission. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Dewey's Read-A-Thon Wrap-up

Books picked. Snacks prepped. Electronics charged. Everything I needed for twenty-four, solid hours of reading was in place. Off to bed. Rise and shine, the day has come! Rubbing the sleep out of my eyes, I check my phone. It's not yet 8 o'clock. Quickly, I open up to the day's current devotional. What! You got to be kidding me!? It's the 16th. The read-a-thon isn't today...it's next Saturday, the 23rd. Sucker-punch right to the gut. I knew the read-a-thon was on the 23rd, but somehow in my mind the 23rd equated to the 16th. Needless to say, I had to regroup and replan my day. It's going to be a long seven days, I think. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Read-A-Thon Updates

Update #1--11:06 am
Hey reading pals! I just finished my first book of the day.

24-Hours of Non-Stop Reading

Guys and gals, the time has come. Read-A Thon is finally here! Woohoo! 
Although I wanted to throw all 1,480 books on my TBR list in my reading pile, I narrowed it down to fifteen, consisting of mostly middle grade and young adult novels. Just in case my eyes grow weary, there's an audiobook on standby. My goal is to complete three books and at least one chapter of the professional development book, Diagnosis and Improvement in Reading Instruction

Sunday, April 17, 2016

How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of Nought

Lyn Fairchild Hawks. Self-Published, 2013. pp. 268.
Rating: Decent + 5 Scoops


Some months back, a couple of weeks after I'd finished this book, a student who was new to the youth group remarked that she always wears a jacket because she's constantly cold. I then asked if she was anemic and she said that it was her security blanket...that it protected her from many things. Being extremely thin, I wondered if she was self-conscious of her body or was she possibly hiding/shielding herself from somebody or somebodies; however, we were interrupted before I could question her further. Not only did this conversation call up images of Linus from Peanuts dragging his blue blanketwhich could morph into various objects when needed, such as a lasso or shepherd's head coveringeverywhere, but it also caused me to think of Wendy Redbird Dancing with Michael Jackson, greasy hair, and kohl eyeliner as her security blankets.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Dewey's 24-Hour Read-A-Thon

A night person I am not...never have been...not even a little bit. Growing up, my mother never had to fuss at me about going to bed on time. During my college years, dancing the night away at my favorite dance club kept me awake for sure, but that was the only thing. My personal best in pulling an all-nighter to finish a paper was 11:00 p.m. Sad, but true.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Titans

Victoria Scott. Scholastic, 2016.
Rating: Worthy + 5 Scoops

Goodreads Summary: Ever since the Titans first appeared in her Detroit neighborhood, Astrid Sullivan’s world has revolved around the mechanical horses. She and her best friend have spent countless hours watching them and their jockeys practice on the track. It’s not just the thrill of the race. It’s the engineering of the horses and the way they’re programmed to seem so lifelike. The Titans are everything that fascinates Astrid, and nothing she’ll ever touch.

She hates them a little, too. Her dad lost everything betting on the Titans. And the races are a reminder of the gap between the rich jockeys who can afford the expensive machines to ride, and the working class friends and neighbors of Astrid’s who wager on them.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Mocha Girls Read Spell It Out Challenge 2016

Though I've been adding books to my To Read shelf on Goodreads like a crazy woman, without much reading going on, I've decided to participate in the Mocha Girls Read Spell Out Challenge again this year. Like last year, I've chosen the Out of This World level, which is twelve books. Below is a list of the books I'm reading for the challenge. Between the compilation and posting of this list, I read the title I'd originally chosen for "I," Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor. Since I hadn't declared my intentions to participate in the challenge before I read the book, I decided to choose another title.