Reflections on ‘Barracuda’

Barracuda

First let’s get it over with that the very first thing that comes to mind when I (and most of you over the age of 35) hear the word “Barracuda” is of course, Heart’s classic rock single. It’s one of my favorite rock anthems, and I think Annie and Nancy are amazing. But today, as […]


YA Diversity Book Club: Q&A With Knockout Games Author G. Neri

Knockout Games

Welcome to the third edition of the YA Diversity Book Club, a monthly feature we created in partnership with three other book bloggers: Kiki at Gone Pecan, Lucy at The Reading Date, and Kristan at We Heart YA. This month we read G. Neri’s powerful contemporary novel “Knockout Games,” a gripping story about a white […]


Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Were Hard For Me To Read

Top Ten Tuesday

EDITED TO ADD: Oops, I did NEXT week’s Top Ten Tuesday. Sorry about that. This is why Diana’s the one who usually sets up the TTTs. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is about books we found hard to read, for whatever reason. Some books are just hard to read, but for different reasons. All of […]


Monday Quotes & Giveaway Winners

We’d like to thank everyone who read and commented on our posts last week. We are so happy to announce the giveaway winners of our anniversary week posts. Giveaway Winners (all have been randomly selected based on their post number thanks to Random.Org): Monday’s Winner of ONE of the following books — “Isla and the […]


Highlights of the National Book Festival 2014

National Book Festival

One of the things I love best about living in DC is the wonderful FREE annual events we can attend, and an event my family makes a point of attending every year is the annual National Book Festival. This year, for the second year in a row, I was lucky enough to be invited by […]


YA Diversity Book Club: The French Connection

YA Diversity Book Club

Welcome to the second edition of the YA Diversity Book Club, a monthly feature we created in partnership with three other book bloggers: Kiki at Gone Pecan, Lucy at The Reading Date, and Kristan at We Heart YA. This month we read the English translation of the French young-adult novel “I Love I Hate I […]


Selective Collective: A Little Something Different Discussion

A Little Something Different

This month we are discussing the contemporary romance “A Little Something Different” by Sandy Hall, the first book published by Macmillan’s new crowd-sourced imprint, Swoon Reads. The book is a multiple perspective take on a meant-to-be romance that everyone else can see forming except for perhaps the super smitten but super shy couple themselves. Everyone […]


Waiting On Wednesday: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

The Infinite Sea

Diana just started her teaching year again this week, and this is my kids’ last week home before school begins, so we’ve been really awful about updating. But then yesterday I received a package from Penguin that contained the hardcover of “The 5th Wave,” an excerpt from “The Infinite Sea” (you can read an excerpt […]


Quotes: Favorite Lines from “The Giver”

The Giver

“The Giver” comes out in theaters on Friday, so we’re spreading the love today with a collection of favorite quotes from Lois Lowry’s dystopian classic. But first, check out the trailer starring an impressive cast from the GOAT, Merly Streep and her pal and fellow Oscar winner Jeff Bridges as the titular Giver, to Alexander […]


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’s 50th Anniversary

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Puffin Books: 176 pages | Buy it on Amazon or IndieBound Growing up, I read and loved Roald Dahl’s books, so it has been one of my greatest pleasures as a mother to see my kids enjoy the same beloved children’s books that I did when I was their age. My son, now 12, has […]