It’s National Relaxation Day!

Apparently today is National Relaxation Day! I have to admit, I laughed so hard when I saw that. And my first thought was, damn...I should have taken the day off of work. Wouldn't that have been a great way to celebrate? Plus, I have all that vacation time that I just don't use! Does anyone else…

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Life As We Knew It [Susan Beth Pfeffer]

When the moon is hit by an asteroid and knocked closer to the Earth, everything in Miranda's life changes. The world she once knew where she would go to school, was preparing for college, and just living normally is shattered to pieces as devastating climate changes wreak havoc upon the planet and its occupants. In…

Daughter of the Pirate King [Tricia Levenseller]; Throwback Thursday

Ironically, despite the fact that I do recognize Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller as a well-written book, I just did not like it at all. And I think what it came down to for me was character voice. I could not get past how much I hated Alosa. She was massively annoying in…

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me [Mariko Tamaki]; 2019 YA Releases

I am all on board with the story Mariko Tamaki is telling in her novel Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, illustrated by the talented Rosemary Valero-O'Connell. I'm honestly a huge fan of books that teach about toxic relationships and the importance of getting out of them. Showing teenagers this and pushing them toward a…