Spider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep

Spiders revenge.jpgSpider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep

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Happy International Literacy Day! You know I love my obscure holidays, but this one has been around for a while in 1966 the UNESCO center founded International Literacy Day to help spread the word about an international crisis, illiteracy. Thomas Jefferson said, “An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.” I take this quote to heart in all my efforts, whether they be here with this blog, in my community with my non-profit, or even at work and home. This year UNESCO’s theme for International Literacy Day is creating a culture of literacy. Continue reading


Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Out-of-my-mind.jpgOut of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

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I have a confession. I almost always judge my books by their covers. I’ll admit it, I’m bad about my book choices. So often, I will pick a book strictly by its cover, or even just their titles. Cute cat on the cover? Sounds Lame, I won’t touch it. Kick butt female fighter, most definitely. I do the same thing with wine, and records sometimes, too. Occasionally, this works out in my favor, or at least works well enough. Others, I learn a lesson: cute doesn’t always equal quality. The same can be said for people and this week’s read speaks exactly to that message. When I first read the title, “Out of My Mind,” I thought this book was about a crazy person, or someone who feels like they’re going crazy. In my defense, I enjoy books about brains gone wrong. I find them fascinating, and they open me to very diverse experiences. I wasn’t wrong with this book.

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The Magician by Michael Scott

The Magician: The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

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Immortals, Magicians, and animated gargoyles, Oh My! This week we are reviewing The Magician by Michael Scott. I chose this book to fit my 2018 Popsugar reading challenge category, the next book in a series you’ve started. I read the first book in this series, The Alchemist, many years ago, and simply never made my way back to the next book. Based on the title and the cover, and a bit of past experience, I can expect a teen fantasy book that focuses on mythology and the occult. The cover of this book includes alchemical symbols, the astrological symbol of Aries, the Greek war god, and a symbol often associated with the Illuminati. This book jumps right in with a brief diary entry by the title character, which serves to refresh the reader’s memory of events that passed in the first book. This was a super juicy read, full of intrigue, drama, and danger. Continue reading

Legend by Marie Lu

Legend by Marie Lu

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This week I am reviewing a fantastic young adult novel by a super charismatic author that I follow on Goodreads: Legend by Marie Lu. I originally picked up this book to fill my PopSugar challenge category: a book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you, but I stayed for the story. I downloaded the book through Overdrive, my library’s online database as an audio book, and the story was really compelling. When I finish a book at work now, I feel compelled to find the next in this series. Unfortunately I have myself on a pretty tight reading schedule, so I haven’t given in yet, but I am definitely looking forward to the next installment. Continue reading

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

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This week I am reviewing a book that changed my perceptions. This isn’t something I get to say often. I learn a little something from every book I read, and I by no means would ever consider myself a racist or anything of the sort. I am well traveled, well-educated, and a peace studies major for goodness sake, but we are all impact by the people we meet over our lives. Aside from one of my best friends from my youth, I don’t have a ton of experience with Iranian people. Based on the news we are exposed to here in the U.S., and the literature I have exposed myself to through my Jewish heritage, my perceptions had been a bit skewed. I was less sympathetic when I heard something happened “in that neck of the woods” than I would have been if they were over a sea in Israel or over an ocean in South Africa. This book helped me to realize that prejudice in myself and to adjust it. Continue reading

Cress Review


Cress by Marissa Meyers

Cress is the 3rd book in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles quartet. Of the three installments I have read so far, I can not pick a favorite. This is another well constructed, female dominated action fantasy and I can’t wait to sink my teeth in to the next installment.Something I am really enjoying about Meyer’s work is the craftiness by which she ties in the old fairy tales, and the way she utilizes those backstories to round out her characters. Cress is no different in this regard. Continue reading

Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

beautiful OblivionmBeautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire


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Beautiful Oblivion fit the challenge category “bestseller from a genre I don’t read much.” It is an Adult Fiction novel, full of romance, suspense, and emotionally available bad boys. I had to search genres and then choose one that I don’t read much, because I read such a wide variety. Aside from this challenge, I can’t think of a time when I’ve been drawn to Adult Fiction as Sci-fi and teen fantasy or more my cup of tea. From there I simply googled “bestsellers in adult fiction” and picked the cover I liked  best. I’m simple what can I say.  I downloaded this audio book from my library’s online database on Overdrive, and listened to it while I worked on spreadsheets at my internship last summer. Continue reading