• “What Did You Do to Your Walls?!”

    Earlier today I was reading  Harold and the Purple Crayon to my kids. It’s a cute classic from 1955 with a lot of purple (of course). While I enjoyed Harold’s creativity and hope my kids pick up on it, as an adult I wonder if his parents asked: “What did you do to your walls?!” I’m all for creativity and being imaginative, but, preferably, not all over the walls. See, Harold draws a rather extensive adventure and, while I’d like to think it’s a dream, I can’t help but wonder, what if it isn’t? What if he’s actually drawing with a real purple crayon on his walls? What would his…

  • What Makes a Good Fantasy Book, or what will get me to read it

    As someone who loves reading fantasy, I must admit I haven’t read much of it lately. Why? Have I been reading the genre so much over the past 15 years that I am finally tired of it? I hope not. Well, I’ve given it some thought and realized there are a few things I look for in the fantasy books I pick up, which I have a harder time finding these days. 1. A unique story or interesting premise. I started reading Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series when I was 14. At that age, I thought it was massive and epic and incredibly well thought out, and would maybe last…

  • The Books of My Childhood That I Wish I Had Kept

    Last week I wrote about how I select the books my husband and I read to our toddler. The best part of blogging is getting to “meet” so many fantastic people all over the world. How do those sentences even go together?! Yes more blogs is a wonderful blog I’ve been following for at least a few weeks now. If you haven’t yet, you should definitely take a read and give a follow! Anyways, we had a lovely conversation about reading to our children and it sparked a memory of some childhood books that I absolutely adored. Ten years ago I thought I was never going to be a mom.…

  • Reading to My Toddler, How to Pick Books That Aren’t Picture Books

    My son is that wonderful age of 3, where he wants to explore everything, pick his own dinner, and talks way too much. Actually, it’s a good thing he talks a ton considering he was diagnosed with a speech delay when he was 2. But now he repeats everything he hears. His dad and I are always asking each other, “Where did he learn that?” I long for the days when I could just read whatever book I was reading to him, the days when it didn’t matter as long as I got some language into his head every night. He’s long past those days, but not quite at a…

  • How Do I Get Out of Reader Hell???

    I’m sure I can’t be the only one. I’m sure there must be other readers who go through this. If not, then I guess I have this hell all to myself. Reader hell: wanting to read, but having some issues with it. Everyone probably has their own kind. Too many books and not enough time. No books to read (how does that even happen?!). Having read so many bad books and now experiencing discouragement. Losing the book you were reading, or maybe having a small child rip it to shreds. Loving your current book so much that you’re dreading when it ends. Reading a series when you know the next…

  • Why I Don’t Read YA

    It’s nothing personal; it’s just not my cup of tea. See, YA as it stands today is actually a little foreign to me. Sure, it existed while I was growing up, but it was a tiny section at the bookstore with the heading “Teen.”  While not a teen, I moved on from children’s books and into teen reads when I was ten, after having pretty much read my way through the children’s section. But I found this teen section lacking and a little sad with all of it’s heavy topics, too heavy for a ten-year-old. This was also before the rise of fantasy and vampires in this age group. So,…

  • Character Crushes

    Growing up, I was the only person I knew who didn’t have a celebrity crush. It wasn’t hard not to have one. I didn’t watch much TV, preferred classical music, and teased my mom when her baseball team was losing. Instead, I read. I could always be found with a book at least nearby. I slept with books under my pillow. The hardbacks were a little lumpy, but I could live with that. In high school and college, if I wasn’t studying, I ate and read a book. I didn’t have celebrity crushes. I had book character crushes. My first was when I was 14. I had just started reading…

  • 31 Books That I Love

    These are the books that have stuck with me over the years, the books that I can and have read over and over and over… Childrens Books Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf YA/Teen Books Sandry’s Book by Tamora Pierce Tris’s Book by Tamora Pierce The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson Of Nightengales That Weep by Katherine Paterson Fantasy Queen of the Shadows by Anne Bishop The War of Three Waters by Douglas Niles Scriber by Ben S. Dobson The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan A Crown of Swords by Robert Jordan Arrow’s Fall by Mercedes…

  • Getting to Know You: Genre

    In what I would like to call Getting to Know You, I would like to try to get to know some of my readers. For the first in this series, I have a question for you about books. Lately, I have been thinking of the books I used to enjoy and what I now pick up. So here’s my question for you: What genre are you most drawn to? As a child it was the Nancy Drew mysteries that got me into reading, but, by the time I turned 11, it started a losing battle with fantasy. Dragons, elves, witches, magic. I couldn’t stop for years! But as I started…

  • 52 Books, February Update

    I’m so behind…So very behind. Last month, I was doing great, one book a week. It felt awesome. Then I decided to read Deadly Choices by D. L. Barnhart and that one took me 2 weeks. 2 weeks! I still haven’t recovered from that one. I next chose Eve by Patti Larsen, a Kindle Scout published book, thinking it might be interesting since it was about mythology, life, and death. But, well, I have more to say in an upcoming review. That one took a week and a half, not because it was long or difficult. Here I am now at the end of the month. Finally done with Eve and definitely…