Book Recommendation: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Sometimes history takes a turn for the worst, but not when you can create alternate history by making it a fantastic, hilarious romp as is done in the book, My Lady Jane. This novel was written by authors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (The Lady Janies) and published by HarperTeen in 2016. The … Continue reading Book Recommendation: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Book Recommendation: Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz

I love retellings of classic stories and fairy tales because they can take so many interesting directions. One such example is this delightful middle-grade retelling of Peter Pan. Hook’s Revenge was written by Heidi Schulz and published by Disney-Hyperion in 2014. We meet Captain Hook’s daughter, Jocelyn Hook, on an adventurous romp through Neverland as … Continue reading Book Recommendation: Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz

Book Recommendation: Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

Archaeology, mystery, and an ancient Egyptian mummy come together in this Victorian-era novel. Meet the indomitable Amelia Peabody in Crocodile on the Sandbank which was written by Elizabeth Peters and published by Grand Central Publishing in 1975. Mystery fans will enjoy the headstrong characters and the exploration of ancient Egyptian artifacts in this story. Summary … Continue reading Book Recommendation: Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

Insomnia, Chocolate, and Other Fun Facts About Authors and Their Books

Behind every great story is another great story. However, these stories about the authors, how their books were initially received, and other interesting literary tidbits are not often known, so today I am going to share some of these fun facts about well-known authors and their books. Robert Louis Stevenson’s wife burned his first draft … Continue reading Insomnia, Chocolate, and Other Fun Facts About Authors and Their Books

Book Recommendation—Why I Don’t Hide My Freckles Anymore: Perspectives on True Beauty

Though I love fiction books with excellent characters and stories, this month I’ve decided to recommend a nonfiction book that is very important to me. In days of commercialized beauty where you have to makeup yourself, stay slim, flatten your curls, etc. the book Why I Don’t Hide My Freckles Anymore shows us a different … Continue reading Book Recommendation—Why I Don’t Hide My Freckles Anymore: Perspectives on True Beauty

Book Recommendation: Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson

A Western fairy tale meets an Indian-inspired culture in Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson published by Henry Holt and Co. in 2010. In this story, two sisters receive two very different gifts from a goddess, and through their journeys, they must discover the faults within themselves and how to use their gifts. Summary Diribani … Continue reading Book Recommendation: Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson

Book Recommendation: Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Fairy tales, Romanian folklore, and enchanted frogs come together in Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier which was published by Knopf in 2007. In this retelling of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses,” a young woman must accept change in her life as she travels from her world to the fairies’ Dancing Glade in the Other Kingdom. Summary … Continue reading Book Recommendation: Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier