Meet the Teacher

There are a lot of things I love about being a bookseller and a lot of things I love about being a reader, and the biggest place these intersect is author signings. I am the events coordinator for my bookstore, which means I pitch for, organize, and am usually staff on hand for visiting authors. […]

Review: Emily’s Tiger by Miriam Latimer

I went to Baltimore for a work conference, and in my downtime, I checked out Charm City Books, because how can you not visit an indie bookstore? It’s an adorable little store with very sweet store pups, and I recommend it for anyone while they are in the city. I bought one of the Edgar […]

Review: The Big Bang Book by Asa Stahl

For those of you looking for a book on the universe for toddlers (you know who you are), I have located one for you. I was a bit hesitant about this, but they really have distilled the story of the universe into a book fit for a two-and-a-half-year-old in The Big Bang Book. The writing […]

Review: Little Monster Trucks Go by Doug Cenko

If you’re looking for a fun rhyming picture book that’s the right length for short attention spans, Little Monster Trucks Go is the book for you. This one comes out April 7th, but it’s worth the preorder. Middle Brother and I sat down for storytime last night and he immediately started asking what the trucks […]

Review: Hunting for a Highlander by Lynsay Sands

So, fun story: Hunting for a Highlander is really my first Highlander romance. I’ve read several of the Outlander books, but those are really time travel romances that happen to have Highlanders. Generally, I am not a huge historical romance reader. But my Mommy Book Club picked a few in a row, and I enjoyed […]

Review: Everyone’s Awake by Colin Meloy

I picked Everyone’s Awake up for storytime for the first time tonight, and Middle Brother made me read it three times in a row, so I’d say it’s a pretty great picture book. The illustrations are bright and eye-catching. They’re also unusual. There was a whole lot of pointing and “What’s that?” happening. I always […]

Review: And I Do Not Forgive You by Amber Sparks

First and foremost, this is an incredibly feminist work. I don’t know what it is about raising tiny men, but my feminism has grown with the birth of each new boy. I think I feel a responsibility to raise them in a home where they see women as capable of anything, and that means I […]

Review: Tomorrow’s Woman by Greta Bellamacina

I’m not sure I’m the right person to review Tomorrow’s Woman, or any book of poetry. My experience with poetry is pretty limited to teenage angst. But I’m all for reading outside one’s comfort zone, and I figure I better practice what I preach. One of the things I love about poetry is that it […]

Review: Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

I have a hard time saying I enjoyed Stamped, because it’s about racism, which isn’t fun. But I do feel better for having read it. This is a history I didn’t know, and, I’m going to be honest, I think the original adult book would have been a bit cerebral for me. There were a […]

(Not Really a) Shopaholic and Sons

Other than books, I do not have a shopping problem. I actually hate to shop. But we’re reevaluating the family budget, so my shopping options are changing. I have been having groceries delivered since before Middle Brother was born. First we used Shipt, which I love, by the way. The shoppers are communicative and seem […]