Wednesday, November 29, 2017

[Feature] What is Altrusa Portland Gives Books?


A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend a lovely dinner to learn about an organization called The Altrusa Club of Portland, ME. And oh my gosh, did I learn! I was scribbling down notes just as quickly as I could throughout the presentation!

I was so blown away by one of their programs, called Altrusa Portland Gives Books, that I just had to talk about it here!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

[Top 10 Tuesday] Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

Top 10 Tuesday, Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

Top 10 Tuesday is created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


This week's prompt is: Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR.

Let's dive in!

Monday, November 27, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill

Graphic Novel Review of The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O'Neill was a book that I just knew I was going to adore. After all... it is about two of my favorite things, tea and dragons!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

[Book Review] 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

Book Review of 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill

20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill is an awesome short story collection that has a little something for everyone! The stories range from sweet and heartfelt, to horrifying and unsettling. To top it all off, many of the stories have paranormal elements woven into them.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

3 Bookish Trees At The Festival Of Trees


On November 24th, while visiting my dad and his girlfriend, Alex and I had the opportunity to check out The Festival of Trees in Bangor, Maine. We had never heard of an event like this so we were blown away when we got there!

There were so many trees! Each had their own theme; prom, home improvement, truck equipment, books, video games, toys, jewelry, scratch tickets, workout gear, baby stuff, ice fishing, kayaking, pet, and SO many more!

This was one of my favorites:


But of course... I was drawn immediately to the bookish trees!

[Book Blogger Hop] November 24th - 30th


Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Maria @ A Night's Dream of Books asks:

What's your immediate feeling when entering a bookstore, as compared to how you feel when entering a department store?


Thursday, November 23, 2017

[Book Review] Oliver the Schnoodle


If you're a dog lover, you have to check out Oliver the Schnoodle. This book is filled with photos of Oliver in all kinds of outfits. I gotta say, it's pretty cute!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

[Top 5 Wednesday] Five Books I Am Thankful For

Top 5 Wednesday Five Books I Am Thankful For

Top Five Wednesday is hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. For those of you that are interested in taking part, check out the Goodreads group here: Top 5 Wednesday.

This week's prompt:

November 22nd: Books You're Thankful For --For whatever reason, big or small.

Let's dive in!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] The Storekeeper (Amulet #1) by Kazu Kibuishi

Graphic Novel Review of The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi

The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi is an absolutely adorable graphic novel. I loved the artwork so much, and the storyline was so intriguing. I cannot wait to get my hands on book two!

Let's jump in!

Monday, November 20, 2017

[Short Story Review] Environmentally Friendly by Elias Zanbaka

Short Story Review of Environmentally Friendly by Elias Zanbaka

Environmentally Friendly by Elias Zanbaka is a quick and action-packed short story about a man chasing his inner demons.

I would recommend this one to readers that enjoy fast-reads that totally suck you in, even though you aren't totally sure what is going on until the very end.

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Holiday Book Drives!


The Holiday Season is upon us!

I know, I know. I can't believe it either... I love the holidays but I really wasn't ready to let Fall go. In New Hampshire, we seemed to go straight from Summer weather to Winter weather, with only a handful of days that truly felt like Fall...

But I digress.

I'm writing today to bring awareness to an annual event that I really love; Holiday Book Drives!

Friday, November 17, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] November 17th - 23rd


Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Kristin @ Lukten av Trykksverte asks:

If you had an author-only Thankgsgiving party, who would you invite?


Thursday, November 16, 2017

[Book Review] Sapient by Jerry Kaczmarowski

Book Review of Sapient by Jerry Kaczmarowski

I won a copy of Sapient by Jerry Kaczmarowski from Monica at Newbery and Beyond during Armchair Book Expo this year. It took me a while, but I am so happy that I finally got around to reading this! I absolutely loved this book!

Sapient is an action-packed medical thriller about a mother who takes a major risk, her son, and two lab animals.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

[Top 10 Tuesday] Ten Books I Want My Future Teen To Read

[Top 10 Tuesday] Ten Books I Want My Future Teen To Read

Top 10 Tuesday is created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

For this prompt, I have picked books that I wish I had read when I was a teenager. These are also all books that I think could spark great discussions.

Let's dive in!

Monday, November 13, 2017

[Audiobook Review] Tie Died by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

Audiobook Review of Tie Died by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones


Tie Died by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones is a story about a teenage girl that enjoys sleuthing. When she comes across the body of a girl in a park, she is determined to figure out what happened.

While this book was a miss for me, the overall storyline did spook me a bit!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this audiobook by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Interview with Tony Moyle

Interview with Tony Moyle

I am so thrilled to post this interview today! Major thanks to Tony Moyle for giving me the opportunity to host this!

Who is Tony Moyle?
Writer, Agnostic, Frightened of Tequila, long time beard wearer and never bored of the weird and wonderful.


Let's jump into the interview!

Friday, November 10, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] November 10th - 16th


Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.

For this week's question, Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews asks:

What is your favorite part of blogging? Is there a least favorite part of blogging?


[Book Review] Eagle of The Empire by Martin Ferguson

Book Review of Eagle of The Empire by Martin Ferguson

Eagle of The Empire by Martin Ferguson was such a fun read! I was totally captivated the entire time I was reading and I really struggled to put it down. This is one of those books that made me sad toward the end simply because I didn't want it to end!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

[Book Review] Murder in Little Shendon by A.H. Richardson

Book Review of Murder in Little Shendon by A.H. Richardson image

Murder in Little Shendon by A.H. Richardson is an old fashioned murder mystery where everyone in town is a suspect.

While a very slow-burn, this book drew me right in! While a bit repetitive, I still couldn't wait for the reveal to learn what had happened!

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my rating in any way. 

Monday, November 6, 2017

[Graphic Novel Review] In Real Life by Cory Doctorow, Illustrated by Jen Wang

Graphic Novel Review of In Real Life by Cory Doctorow, Illustrated by Jen Wang

My fiancé is a huge gamer. I LOVE watching him play games that have awesome storylines. Unfortunately, a lot of the games he plays are high-action and the camera movements make me really sick... I play a few side-scroller games, like old school Mario. I also love the TellTale games! But I don't play very many video games... However, I'm a total sucker for books about video games!

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow, illustrated by Jen Wang is an amazing graphic novel about gaming and how it crosses over into the real world. Filled with elements of family dynamics and teenage struggles, poverty and company politics, and even bullying, I thought that each topic was handled really well.

If you enjoy content about video games, I highly recommend this one!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

My Horror PageHabit Unboxing

PageHabit Unboxing

I've wanted to subscribe to a monthly box for a long time now. I've watched many unboxings on Youtube and scrolled through many blog unboxings to see which company I think would be best for me.

One that seemed to stay at the top of my list was PageHabit.

What is PageHabit?  
PageHabit is a subscription that offers monthly or quarterly boxes where you pick your genre. The box features a new book release along with sticky-note written annotations from the author and some bookish goodies. Further, with every box purchased, a donation is made to support children's literacy!

When I got an email from PageHabit, informing me that a spot had opened up for me when another person who had entered the 365 Days of Books Giveaway didn't claim their prize, I just couldn't pass it up! I immediately jumped over to their website and ordered the Horror box. 

Please note- my unboxing includes the extras that I won with this giveaway: ONE bonus hardcover book and ONE additional quirky bookish good.

Now, let's get into the unboxing!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

[Book Tag] The Graphic Novel Tag

The Graphic Novel Book Tag

The Graphic Novel Tag, created by Harriett Rosie, is one that I have been meaning to do for ages! I'm so glad I finally got around to it!

Let's dive in!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

[Wrap-Up] October 2017

[Wrap-Up] October 2017

Phew, what a month! I had a bit of a health scare, but things are finally turning around. We're still not totally sure what was going on... but it felt like I was about to have an asthma attack constantly. At the worst, I was getting winded after taking only a few steps. I had lots of blood work done and even had a chest x-ray, before winding up on a pill regiment. The pills were incredibly rough; they made me so sick so I was so happy to finish them!

So through all of that, I didn't get to all of my spooky reads, but I still did quite a bit of reading!