Biography, History, Non-Fiction

A Gross of Pirates by Terry Breverton

I love being an adult book buyer at a bookstore. When the publisher reps hear me getting particularly excited about something, they occasionally will send me a copy, and I was lucky enough to come home the other day to A Gross of Pirates sitting on the front porch waiting for me. Synopsis From the Dust Jacket:… Continue reading A Gross of Pirates by Terry Breverton

History, Non-Fiction

Empire of Blue Water by Stephan Talty

This book is about pirates. I have been fascinated by pirates for a very long time. In conclusion, pirates. Read it. Just kidding - full review below! Synopsis The passion and violence of the age of exploration and empire come to vivid life in this story of the legendary pirate who took on the greatest… Continue reading Empire of Blue Water by Stephan Talty

Fantasy, Fiction

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Do you ever look at your shelves of books and think "This book has been here too long."? That's how I've felt about A Darker Shade of Magic - I've had it since 2015 and I've been recommending it to bookstore patrons for just as long, but without admitting that I hadn't read it. So… Continue reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

Biography, History, Non-Fiction

Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

I found this book on my very first visit to the Strand in New York City right after I finished student teaching. I’ve always loved multi-story books about historical women. Additionally, while reading this book at the Greyhound station in New York City while waiting for my bus back to Philadelphia, I stumbled upon my… Continue reading Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Fantasy, Fiction, Middle Grades, Retelling

Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

I am a sucker for Peter Pan stories, especially ones that provide a more interesting and compelling female character than Wendy! Synopsis Peter was the leader of the orphan boys because he was the oldest – or so he claimed. And because he could spit the farthest. Not that it did him much good, shipped… Continue reading Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

Book Club, Memoir/Autobiography, Non-Fiction

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

It is not often that I get the idea in my head that I absolutely must read a book at a particular time, but I decided this year before Christmas that I absolutely had to read Furiously Happy. My coworker, Jennifer, who loves Jenny Lawson, said "No, no. You have to read Let's Pretend This… Continue reading Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Book Club, Fiction, Historical

Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown

A former co-worker first recommended Cinnamon and Gunpowder to me when I told her of my love of pirate tales. It then became a book that sat on my shelf for far too long until I decided it should be a book selection for my book club, the Modern Readers! Synopsis The year is 1819, and the… Continue reading Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown

Fantasy, Fiction, Middle Grades

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

This book was recommended to me by a customer at the bookstore - and when I realized the illustrations were done by one of my favorite graphic novel artists, Skottie Young, I was sold. Synopsis "I bought the milk," said my father. "I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this:… Continue reading Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman