Contemporary, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Young Adult

A YA Week at Home

I've been doing very little serious reading while self-isolating at home the past two weeks. This is actually a good thing, because it means that I've been working so hard that I haven't had time to really settle into a book. I mean, I'd rather be reading, but right now I'm grateful to be one… Continue reading A YA Week at Home

Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Young Adult

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

I almost posted another review today, but it's International Women's Day, so I knew I had to do a review of a book by one of my favorite female authors about one of my favorite women in history! Synopsis From the Jacket Flap:Born with a gift for music, Nannerl Mozart has just one wish: to… Continue reading The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

Biography, Diary of a Bookseller, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction, Psychology, Sociology, STEM

Holiday Gift Picks

Every year at the bookstore I work at, I have everyone choose a few books from the year to highlight as their top gift choices, as well as a selection of backpack backlist titles for our annual Jolabokaflod display (Jolabokaflod post will be next week). Below are my eight choices for the holidays with their… Continue reading Holiday Gift Picks

Bookish Tuesday, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Young Adult

YA Fab Five

Over the last few weeks I mentioned that I have a personal “YA Fab Five” and that I really don’t read much other YA, disputed reading a great deal of it up until the last few years. I still like the general but have been finding the writing quality to have fallen off recently as… Continue reading YA Fab Five

Biography, Book Journal, Bookish Tuesday, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction, Young Adult

Best Books of My 20s

Earlier this month I celebrated my 30th birthday in the Bahamas! And as I look back on the last decade of my reading life, I realized my tastes and interests changed drastically over the last ten years. What follows are just a few of my favorite books from that decade and are not in any… Continue reading Best Books of My 20s

Book Club, Classics, Fiction, Historical

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

A few weeks ago my coworker Charlie asked me to run his book club, 1,000 Books Before You Die Book Club, named after the book of the same title, and with selections therein. It's an expansive list covering all time periods and genres and it's been fun to see what books they've picked over the… Continue reading I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Book Journal, Bookish Tuesday, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Science Fiction

Favorite Book Settings

There are few feelings as special as getting yourself lost in the world of a book. Below are just a few of my favorites! Strathclyde - The Lost Queen by Signe Pike I first traveled to Scotland in June of 2018 and took a lengthy road trip through the country in January 2019 and am… Continue reading Favorite Book Settings

Fiction, Historical, Young Adult

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

There are blurbs on this book from authors I love, and the description of it is Vikings meets Wonder Woman made it a "total Sarah pick" as our Macmillan sales rep told me. So of, course, eventually, I had to read it. Synopsis From the Back Cover:Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside… Continue reading Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Fiction, Historical

The Lost Queen by Signe Pike

I'm reading fiction again! Oh my gosh, it's a shocker! First time in 2 years!!! Well, other than Dear Mrs. Bird, but that doesn't entirely count... Synopsis From Advanced Reader Copy:Already being compared to Outlander, Camelot, and The Mists of Avalon, this spellbinding debut introduces Languoreth - a forgotten queen of sixth-century Scotland and the… Continue reading The Lost Queen by Signe Pike