Book Review: The Mysterious Benedict Society

“‘Are you a gifted child looking for special opportunities?’ Dozens of children respond to this peculiar ad in the newspaper and are then put through a series of mind-bending tests, which readers take along with them. Only four children-two boys and two girls-succeed. Their challenge: to go on a secret mission that only the most … More Book Review: The Mysterious Benedict Society

Short Story Review: Code

A sinister threat. A shocking betrayal. A single rose. Jan has poured her grief over her brother’s death into finishing his work—crippling the terrible system they’d unknowingly helped to build. But when a strange gift beckons her to seek out Kevin’s betrayer, will she find the answers she needs? Or will hate and anger shatter everything she holds … More Short Story Review: Code

Another Blue Book

I love looking at my Goodreads reading challenge and admiring all the pretty colors and designs of the covers. But this year it’s been amusing and chagrining me just how many of the books I’ve read are blue. Seriously, it’s crazy! (Take a look for yourself. 😉 ) And I have at least two more books … More Another Blue Book


I was just thinking about how I’m not a hugger. I don’t hate hugs, but I also don’t “get” them. It means much more to me for someone to make eye contact, smile, and ask me what I think about the message of The Wizard of Oz and if the book or the movie was … More Translation

Plate Update: Football, Christmas Cards, and Himalayas

So… this is late. 😀 I usually post my “Plate Update” (a quick review of what I accomplished/experienced off my “full plate” the month before) in the first week of a new month, but between that amazing Five Fall Favorites party and some other things I wanted to post last week… here we are. 😀 … More Plate Update: Football, Christmas Cards, and Himalayas

Book Review: Gone Rogue

“Iko – an audacious android and best friend to the Lunar Queen Cinder – has been tasked with hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele, the leader of a rogue band of bioengineered wolf-soldiers who threaten to undo the tenuous peace agreement between Earth and Luna. Unless Cinder can reverse the mutations that were forced on them … More Book Review: Gone Rogue