Thursday, June 11, 2020

Echo Mountain

Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This was my first book by Lauren Wolk but it won't be my last. I read this to my 9 and 12 year olds and we all loved it, even my 9 year old who is usually more of an adventure story kind of guy. Complex characters, compassion and grit along with completely immersive descriptions of rustic life on a mountain in Maine during the Great Depression. If you liked My Side of the Mountain and Little House on the Prairie I highly recommend this one. Perfect for ages 9 and up.


The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐✩✩

Calling all Jane Austen fans! The Jane Austen Society is bursting with facts, references to, and discussions of Jane Austen's novels as well as her life. Even if you are not an avid Austen reader, you will still love the charming story of how some mismatched characters from the town of Chawton, England (Jane Austen's home town) came together to form a society dedicated to preserving her legacy.

Thank you to Aesop's Fable Book Store, St. Martin's Press and #NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.




The Bright Side of Going Dark

The Bright Side of Going Dark by Kelly Harms

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✰


Kelly Harms has done it again! I loved The Overdue Life of Amy Byler but had been avoiding this one a bit because I thought I would end up feeling guilty about my current screen time. Thankfully it was not at all guilt-inducing but was a story filled with heart and richly nuanced characters.

Thank you to Kelly Harms, #TallPoppyWriters, Lake Union Publishing and #NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.


Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Coo

Coo by Kaela Noel

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Original, heart-warming and quirky! Coo was raised by pigeons and has spent her childhood living on a rooftop, never coming into contact with another human. That all changes when one of her flock is injured and she needs to get help. The author does a fantastic job of detailing Coo's world, from the unique language of the pigeons, to Coo's charming reactions as she starts interacting with humans. I read this aloud to my 9 and 12 year old and we all loved it! Perfect for grade 2 and up as a read aloud or grade 4 and up if they're reading it on their own.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Feels Like Falling

Feels Like Falling by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✰

This was my first book by Kristy Woodson Harvey and I really enjoyed it. If you enjoy Elin Hilderbrand, you'll probably be a fan too. Told from the viewpoints of Gray, a 35 year old, newly divorced mom of an 8 year old and Diana, a newly single, down-on-her luck 40 year old that is currently between jobs and between homes.

This is a light beach read but with beautifully developed characters that you will fall in love with and that will have you tearing up in the end. I really enjoyed the new definitions of family and the strong female bonds that developed.

Thank you to Kristy Woodson Harvey, #TallPoppyWriters group and #NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion.

Hold On, But Don't Hold Still

Hold On, But Don't Hold Still by Kristina Kuzmic

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✰

Every mom needs to read this book. Kristina Kuzmic has a funny but raw and honest way of telling it how it is and encouraging moms to be kind to ourselves. Part memoir, part mom handbook, this is one that I will come back to to remind myself that no one is perfect and I'm doing just fine.
The Elephant's Girl

The Elephant's Girl By 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✰

I read this aloud to my 9 and 12 year old and we all loved it! Packed with adventure, mystery, a friendly ghost and facts about elephants, this book has something for everyone. Great character development and perfect pacing. If you're a fan of "The One and Only Ivan" by Katherine Applegate or "The Magician's Elephant" by Kate DiCamillo you don't want to miss "The Elephant's Girl".

Thank you to Crown Books and #NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.


This title is scheduled to be released on May 19, 2020