As They Slip Away: An Across the Universe Novella

Wow. I just finished reading As They Slip Away, and that’s the only word I can think of. If you’re looking for something to read this weekend, this is it! It’s a 48 page novella in the Across the Universe series, the final book of which comes out in just a few days! You can download the novella for free and transfer it to your Kindle or … Continue reading As They Slip Away: An Across the Universe Novella

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is as marvelous as the title makes it sound. I fell in love with it from the first page and couldn’t put it down until I finished it later that night. It’s a cozy and fun read, perfect for snuggling up with under a blanket or next to a fire. It all begins when Hadley misses her … Continue reading The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale

Shannon Hale delivers another delightful story, taking Miri and readers outside of Mount Eskel and into Asland, the capital of Danland where a rebellion is brewing. This tumultuous town tests Miri more than ever before, and she must decide where her loyalties lie and how she truly feels about Peder. Palace of Stone takes place shortly after the events of Princess Academy. Britta has invited … Continue reading Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale

Submarines and Sea Monsters

SUBMARINES. SEA MONSTERS(?). PIRATES. Enticed? You should be! Katya’s World by Jonathan L. Howard took me by surprise by just how amazing it was. The novel begins as Katya Kuriakova is making her first trip as a navigator aboard her Uncle Pushkin’s small submarine. It was supposed to be a simple, routine trip to deliver supplies to a nearby colony, but as they’re leaving, their vessel … Continue reading Submarines and Sea Monsters

2012 Texas Book Festival: Meeting Cinda Williams Chima, David Levithan, and More!

Last weekend I went to the Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas and met some amazing authors! It was a beautiful (and a bit cold) weekend (at least by Texas standards) and it was absolutely fantastic! Authors spoke in panels in the capitol chambers, and blocks of streets around the capitol grounds were closed off for 2 days while tents full of books were displayed. … Continue reading 2012 Texas Book Festival: Meeting Cinda Williams Chima, David Levithan, and More!

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Kicking off Banned Books Week, Crank is a highly challenged novel. And let me tell you–if  you want a controversial book, this is it. It has everything: drugs, sex, profanity, rape, teenage pregnancy, hematophagy (drinking blood), suicide, homosexuality, divorce, absentee parents, and even mentions the occult. I actually listened to the audiobook for this one, making it the first audiobook I’ve ever consumed! It was … Continue reading Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Top 10 Challenged Books of 2011

Today is the first day of banned books week, the national book community’s week long event advocating the right to read. Banned Books Week advocates the right to read and raises awareness about the harms of censorship and banning books. According to the Banned Books Week website, since 1982 over 11,300 books have been challenged. I’ve really been looking forward to Banned Books Week for … Continue reading Top 10 Challenged Books of 2011