Category Archives: Book Reviews & Suggestions
Oh, the agony! James Dashner’s The Maze Runner stared at me for three days before I was allowed to read it. It was finally my turn at the library, so I picked it up – but because it was part of my “2015 TBR Pile Challenge,” I couldn’t start it until the new year! This YA dystopian story has a unique premise: teenage boys have been sent one by one to an area where necessities are provided for them and they govern themselves, but they’re not only surrounded by a maze with deadly creatures, their memories have been wiped and they know nothing about their past except their names. Runners are sent out daily to explore the maze (which keeps changing) to find a way out. The first third of the book actually felt a bit slow to me. It’s not as tightly written as The Hunger Games and I … Continue reading
I’ve never included reading goals in my new year’s resolutions because I read voraciously anyway. (Which is how I know words like voraciously.) And I’ve never followed a reading list challenge because I like to read what I’m in the mood for at the time. I also like re-reading books. I’ve seen some interesting reading challenges, though. One started as a “Read England” challenge and spawned a “Read America” challenge, the idea being to read a book set in each English county or American state. I might do that someday, but the one that caught my eye for right now is one that focuses on my TBR Pile. For the uninitiated, TBR means “To Be Read,” and most readaholics have full e-readers and piles of unread print books. “So many books, so little time” seems to be our slogan. My bookcases are often double-stacked – no surprise there – but … Continue reading
Hey all you children’s book lovers out there – look what I found! It’s hosted over at Mother Daughter Book Reviews and if you’re looking for kids’ books, it’s the place to be – fantasy, history, multicultural, picture books and more. Click the picture, then scroll down past the explanations and you’ll see thumbnails of a whole lot of new books to discover. And if you’re a children’s writer, read those explanations and add your book to the list. Cheers!