New Reading List

I feel like a library bandit. I got a great haul today. I am still reading Thirteen Chairs and We Have Always Lived In The Castle, but should be done with those today. New physical books: Titles and First Impressions: The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes: Maya mythology through Rick Riordan's imprint at Disney--has to [...]


Caldecott Medal Winners 1938 – Present

My previous post talked about the Newbery Medal winners, and they are all great, but my personal favorite award is the Caldecott. The Randolph Caldecott Medal was named after 18th century illustrator Randolph Calecott. Between 1922 and 1937, young children's picture books were in the same category as the Newbery Medal -- simply children's literature. [...]

The Invisible Garden — book review

The Invisible Garden by: Valérie Picard ARC provided by NetGalley Publication date: April 09, 2019 Let me start off by saying that there is no reason why adults cannot or should not read children's books. Some times they can tell more of a story without words than some authors can tell in 100,000 words. This book [...]

Nighty-Nightmare — Book Review

Nighty-Nightmare by James Howe (1987) You can't go wring with a book by James Howe and Nighty-Nightmare is no different. Overall rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ This story is told, as most of Howe's books are, by Harold. Harold is the family dog (the terrier in the cover art). Nighty-Nightmare begins with Mr. Monroe feeling like his life is [...]

American Gothic Tales – Book Review

American Gothic Tales Edited by Joyce Carol Oates 1996 This anthology consists of forty-six short tales by a variety of authors. Some are well known for their horror/gothic tales (ex. King, Straub, Jackson, Lovecraft), but several were quite unexpected to see. For this review, I have chosen to focus on those authors that are not [...]

The Screwtape Letters – Book Review

C.S. Lewis (1942) I finished this collection of thirty-two letters between Screwtape and his nephew, Wormwood. Both are demons of varying degrees, but Wormwood moves among the humans and, it appears, that Screwtape resides in Hell. I am not one for really analyzing creative writing (which is why I never became an English major) and [...]