audiobook, Book Review, Favorite Reads, mg classics

Book Review | ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, by L. M. Montgomery

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Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1), by L. M. Montgomery

Publish Date: June 1908 (audiobook recorded in June 2006)
Published by: (audiobook)
Narrated by: Karen Savage
Pages: 314 (approx. 8 1/2 hours)
Genre: MG Fiction/Classics
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)


“She’ll have to go back.” Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert had decided to adopt an orphan. They wanted a nice sturdy boy to help Matthew with the farm chores. The orphanage sent a girl instead – a mischievous, talkative redhead who the Cuthberts thought would be no use at all. But as soon as Anne arrived at the snug, white farmhouse called Green Gables, she knew she wanted to stay forever. And the longer Anne stayed, the harder it was for anyone to imagine Green Gables without her.

My Review:

Now, I know for sure that at some point in my childhood I tried reading this book, because I definitely remembered a lot of the first few chapters (up to about the incident with Diana and the sherry), but not the details. Continue reading “Book Review | ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, by L. M. Montgomery”

Book Review, Favorite Reads, historical fantasy

Book Review | HIS MAJESTY’S DRAGON, by Naomi Novik

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His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire #1), by Naomi Novik

Publish Date: March 28, 2006
Published by: Del Rey
Pages: 353
Genre: Historical Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future – and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.

My Review:

Despite this book being a little slow in terms of action, I found myself quite enjoying it. Continue reading “Book Review | HIS MAJESTY’S DRAGON, by Naomi Novik”


BookCon 2018

Okay, now that I’ve officially gotten my autograph tickets for BookCon, I am too excited and need to talk about it here.

I went last year to BookCon and it was amazing!  (If you’re super bored and want to read an extremely lengthy recap of it, click here).  I actually have less MUST-DO’s on my list this year, so I’m hoping to use the extra time going around the show floor and trying for prizes I didn’t get to last year because of the extra long lines. Continue reading “BookCon 2018”

Book Review, Time Travel

Book Review | AND THE REST IS HISTORY, by Jodi Taylor

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And the Rest is History (The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #8), by Jodi Taylor

Publish Date: April 13, 2017
Published by: Night Shade Books
Pages: 355
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


No one knows quite how, but Max and her baby are safe at last.

No one knows quite how, but Peterson has persuaded Dr Foster to marry him.

No one knows quite how, but Markham’s marital status remains unknown.

Certainly no one knows quite how a twelve-foot-high teapot could mysteriously materialise on the South Lawn, but it does.

But they do know that Clive Ronan is back.

They do know that he hates them and that this time he has good cause. And they do know that he will bring death and destruction in his wake.

Follow the disaster magnets of St Mary’s from the Egyptian desert to the Battle of Stamford Bridge, from Hastings to the Sack of Constantinople, and from tragedy to triumph and back again, in this, the eighth book in The Chronicles of St Mary’s.

My Review: Continue reading “Book Review | AND THE REST IS HISTORY, by Jodi Taylor”


Bookish Stretch Covers

I just want to say, if I could figure out how to make these myself I would.  Or had the desire to be as creative and artistic as some of you are, I would as well.  But I have a proposal – mainly cause I want one of these things to be real and buyable.

I want a book cover for my hardcovers while I’m reading them.

Let me elaborate.

You know those slip-on, stretchy covers that you use on textbooks for school?  I want something like that, but with bookish designs.  While I’m reading a hardcover, I always take the jacket off because I don’t want to rip or crease it by accident.  But then you get these beautiful insides that are sometimes colorful or white or have pretty designs on them and you can be careful as possible but guess what those natural oils on your hands still stain the cover and you know what no I don’t want that I like my covers to be as perfect as possible because I’m a nerd like that.

I’ve made due with cutting up and folding brown paper bags, but I want something I don’t have to remake every time the old one rips a little too much.  And yeah I tried buying them during the back-to-school sales but did you know they made those things all so huge now?  I couldn’t find a single one that was small enough to fit my hardcover books.  Instead they were all too big with lots of material hanging over and just didn’t look nice and felt like I would easily drop it or something.

The only other option was those “wallpaper” type ones that cling to the book itself and no thank you don’t want to see that ripping off the top layer of paper like I know it will with my luck.

So anyway, this is me, putting it out there, to someone creative who might have an idea for this – bookish stretch covers.  Or if you can come up with something that would be versitile with these many-sized hardcovers that isn’t stretchy but still does the right job, that would be cool too.

And of course, with bookish quotes or characters or something on them.