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.’

On Borrowed Crime by Kate Young

The cozy mystery is a continually evolving genre, but in author Kate Young’s series debut, she proves exactly why that’s so important. It seems lately whenever I’m writing about cozies, I’m always talking about the idea of “freshness”—and really, what I mean is whether a book feels like every other one on the shelf … not that there’s anything wrong with that. However, when an author offers up something different—fresh—I find myself sitting up a little straighter. Paying a little more attention. Falling in love with the genre all over again.

Judging a First Line Friday by Its Cover

More often than not, when I start reading a book I know a bit about it. Whether I check the synopsis or I’m familiar with the author’s other work, I usually know what I’m getting myself into. However, every once in a while, a cover comes along that grabs my attention and I feel compelled to start reading.

Meet Isabel Puddles by M.V. Byrne

Isabel Puddles would like to tell you some things. She’d like to tell you about being a widow and retired and living in a small Michigan town. She’d like to tell you how she became an octogenarian who avoids cell phones and just how she makes her famous pot roast. She’d especially like to tell you about the nail she found jammed into the skull of Earl Johnson while filling in as a funeral home beautician. It’s kind of a long story.