Review: Baby Loves Political Science: Democracy! by Ruth Spiro

I love these kinds of books and, more importantly, so does my toddler. Don’t get me wrong, we also enjoy the cutesy traditional bedtime stories, but Middle Brother already enjoys something meatier. The Baby Loves series, in case you’re not familiar, is board books with age-appropriate education. This particular one, obviously, is about democracy. The […]

Review: The End of the Day by Bill Clegg

You should be aware, before I start my review, that I’m a little in love with Bill Clegg and a lot in love with his writing, so there’s that bias going in. I started with his memoirs and I’m following him through his fiction, and it just keeps getting better. You should also know that […]

This may appear to be a bowl under a sink…

… but it is, in fact, an empty bowl under a sink. In case anyone is wondering what my latest excuse for not reading is, this is it. Last night, as I was finally settling down to read, Husband informs me that there’s a drip under the kitchen sink. Since it’s the drainage pipe dripping, […]

Review: Cicada by Shaun Tan

I have mixed feelings about Cicada. It’s beautifully illustrated, I feel like it has an important message about human existence, and yet it’s pretty depressing for a children’s book. Cicada starts with an insect working at a human job but being treated as sub-human. He can’t afford a home, so he lives in the company […]

Review: Red by Jed Alexander

I realized it’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a children’s book. We’re in that fun phase where Middle Brother wants the same books over and over, so it’s been a while since I’ve read a new one. Red actually isn’t new. We’ve had it four a year or more. We enjoyed it for a […]

This Is How It Always Is

We got everything out of the old apartment and surrendered the keys yesterday. After a long and busy book fair season, getting used to a brand new store, the holidays, and moving the house, I was really looking forward to just relaxing at home and gradually unpacking the remaining boxes this weekend and maybe getting […]

Review of The Christmas Boutique by Jennifer Chiaverini

The Christmas Boutique is the 21st book in a series, but don’t let that scare you off. I have read zero of the other books, and I liked it just fine. I listened to this one as a digital audiobook. I have no particular feelings about the narration. It was fine. I don’t feel like […]

Review of Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

I listened to this as a digital audiobook. A note on the narrator: Her voice kind of annoyed me at first. It’s a bit growly. But as the story goes on, it suits Chloe’s character, so I started to appreciate it. Beyond that, I adored this book. It is raunchy and hilarious in that British […]