Awakening Wonder With Cabinet of Curiosities

“When I was about six, I started my first cabinet of curiosities. The first thing I put in it was a skunk’s skull I found in our backyard. The skull fit perfectly in my palm. It had sharp little teeth. I was surprised to notice that it looked like my dogs’, with long, jagged canines […]




Review: This Book Was a Tree

  This Book Was a Tree by Marcie Chambers Cuff Find it at Your:  Local Library | Local Bookstore Published: Perigee (imprint of Penguin Group), April 1, 2014 In a Nutshell: This Book Was a Tree: Ideas, Adventures, and Inspiration for Rediscovering the Natural World is science teacher and blogger Marcie Chambers Cuff’s invitation to us all […]



Review: Boxers & Saints

Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang Find it at: Your Library | Your Local Bookstore Published: First Second, an imprint of Macmillan (September 10, 2013) Recommended reading age: 12 & up In a nutshell: I tend to use the word “favorite” on this blog quite liberally. This I know. But even so… I hope it […]



Review: Out of the Easy

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys Find it at: Your library | Amazon | Indiebound Published: Philomel, imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group (February 12, 2013) Recommended Reading Age: 15 & up In a nutshell: It’s the 1950’s and the United States is full of ambition. Anything seems possible. Well, anything for almost anyone. […]



The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Find it at: Your library | Amazon | IndieBound Published: Dutton Juvenile  (January 10, 2012) Recommended Reading Age: 14 & up In a nutshell: One of my reading goals for 2013 was to read more YA fiction, so I started out full speed with the heavy-hitter of […]



Recent and Not So Recent Reads

Hey. Let’s talk middle grade fiction books. And graphic novels. And maybe even a teen and adult book to boot. Underworlds, out of this world, and everything in between. Below is a list with quick mentions and thoughts on some of the books I’ve read over the past few months. All come highly recommended. Middle […]



To Mom:

When I look back and think about who was the major motivator behind getting me to read when I was young, it was you.  A journey that if I remember correctly, wasn’t always a walk in the park. But there were always an abundance of books in our home and the encouragement to nurture whatever […]



In An Era: The Thirties

The past couple of weeks, I’ve been on a retreat from reading kid’s chapter books. I’ve also been on a retreat from 2012.  I’ve been reading, watching, and listening to the 1930’s. Reading…. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles A great book. It’s entertaining, rich, perfect, lovely, and well…. great.  I got to where I […]



Castles: Moving, Growing, and Forgotten

There has been a building trend in my reading recently. I’m repeatedly drawn to stories about castles. Completely coincidental and each book extremely different from the next. Well, except for the whole castle part. Howl’s Moving Castle By Diana Wynne Jones Recommended Reading Age: 10 & Up Published: April 1986, Eos Will has been trying […]



Cluck, Cluck, Who’s There?

Our chicken friend has made a few return appearances since the first encounter. She also has the three of us wishing for one (…or two, or three) chickens of our very own. But since we’re renting our house, having chickens is not in the immediate future. Regardless, Will and I have already been doing our […]