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 […]

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 […]

Review of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

I read these books back-to-back, and I assume most people know the general plot, so I figured I’d review them together. I know I’m incredibly late to the game on The Handmaid’s Tale, but I was curious about The Testaments, so I figured I’d better read the first one. As a disclaimer, I haven’t watched […]

Review of Highfire by Eoin Colfer

I really knew nothing about this book before I started listening to the audio, except that my store took part in a cover reveal campaign. I’ve also never read Eoin Colfer before, so this whole thing was an adventure for me. I listened to the digital audiobook of Highfire. A note on the narrator: He. […]

Review: We Met in December by Rosie Curtis

I listened to We Met in December as a digital audiobook. The narrator has a delightful British accent. I wanted to listen to the whole thing curled up on the couch with a fuzzy but slightly itchy (I don’t know why, but that’s what I pictured) blanket and a cup of tea. This is not […]

Review: Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted a review, and I apologize. Let me open this one by saying that while I’ve met the author a couple of times and hearing him speak at conventions always gets me fired up for bookselling, for some reason this is the first book of his I […]

Review: Faker by Sarah Smith

I loved this debut rom-com. If you like fun, this book is for you. In Faker, we follow heroine Emmie into her job in a male-dominated industry, where she has a particular problem with one coworker specifically- our hero, Tate. There are all the misunderstandings and mishaps you expect in a romantic comedy. My favorite […]