Nonfiction November Week 4: Stranger Than Fiction

We have hit the final full week of November, which somehow doesn’t seem possible. Yet that’s okay, because it means it’s my turn to host Nonfiction November. Here’s the prompt for this week.

Nonfiction November Week 3: The Quilt Expert

November feels like it’s getting away from me, but that’s okay because it just means we’re ready for week three of Nonfiction November. Here’s the prompt we’re working with this week brought to us by Veronica at The Thousand Book Project.

How Magicians Think by Joshua Jay

Growing up, I had a little obsession with magic. Making flowers appear with the wave of a hand, sawing an assistant in half, pulling a rabbit out of a hat—anytime a magician popped up on TV, I was riveted. Well, the animal acts generally made me uncomfortable, but the rest of it—bending the rules of reality—was fascinating. More than anything, I wanted to know how they did what they did. Not so much the secrets behind their illusions, but how they were crafted and how magicians can captivate an audience almost entirely through mild deception.

Can’t Wait for … Flora’s Travelling Christmas Shop

Yes, Halloween might be upon us, but that hasn’t stopped me from stocking up on Christmas reads. Fortunately, one of my recent favorite writers, Rebecca Raisin, is offering up a festive read right on time for the holiday season. Her Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop was a complete joy back in 2019, and she’s keeping the theme going with another travelling-shop focused work. Fortunately, I don’t have to wait too long to read it, since it’s being released tomorrow, October 28th. Still … I can’t wait.

Ten Picture Books for a Spooky Little Halloween

Witches, goblins, ghosts galore—Halloween is here once more! Yes, that’s right. Here in my cozy reading nook, the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting chillier, and I’d love nothing more than to curl up under a big blanket and spend the afternoon reading books … Well, that last part isn’t really different from all other times of year, but still, all other signs point to Halloween being right around the corner.

Coming Soon: Nonfiction November

October is rolling along, so that means one of my favorite bookish events of the year is right around the corner: Nonfiction November. Yes, that special month dedicated to all the great nonfiction books we’ve been devouring since last year is back. And after participating in these past couple of cycles, I’m thrilled to announce I’ve been asked to join this year as a host.

Final Week: Cybils Awards 2021 Nominations

Nominations for the 2021 Cybils Awards are in full swing, and I’m thrilled that so many of you have been putting forth your nominations. However, there are still a ton of great books that haven’t been nominated yet, and this is the final week to get your picks in. It’s quick, easy, and absolutely painless to make an account and celebrate your favorite kidlit and YA from this past year.

The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward

So often I read reviews where the reviewer says they don’t want to give too much of the plot away. That it would be a detriment to the reading experience if you know too much going in. And usually I just sort of nod along while thinking, ‘Well, probably not, but sure.’