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Kid-Approved Middle Grade Reads to Bust Summer Boredom

When the thrills of the first days of summer holidays and bbq’s and fireworks, movie nights and sleep-ins wear off and you enter the...

TBR & Wrap-Ups

Monthly All-Stars: May 2021

  To help you grab the good ones at the bookstore, I’m going to focus on the reads that stood out in my monthly reading....

Eats

Cafe Worthy, FODMAP Friendly Summer Drinks

If you haven’t seen some of my prior posts on this topic, I’ll catch you up real quick: I have an undiagnosed digestive disorder/chronic...

Vegan Lemon Strawberry Muffins

Vegan, Gluten-Free Tired of the same chocolate chip muffins I’d been making my daughter for her quick, grab-and-go breakfasts and wanting something light to match...

Vegan Plantain “Banana” Bread

Vegan, Gluten-Free   I’ve talked and talked …. and talked… about how all my bakes have to be dairy-free, egg-free, and gluten-free due to the cumulative...

Vanilla Caramel Cake

Vegan, Gluten-Free It was my hubby’s birthday recently which means I get to play with my baking! I love any opportunity to come up with...

Strawberry Cake with Chocolate Glaze

Vegan, Gluten-Free There really isn’t anything more quintessential “Valentine’s Day” than strawberries + chocolate … other than red & pink roses. But I’ll take cake...

Go-To Gluten Free, Vegan, Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan, Gluten-Free I make this recipe every single week. Sometimes multiple batches, you know, when life is chaotic and stressful and only eating multiple batches...

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Unboxing: OwlCrate May 2021

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Anticipated Middle Grade Reads of Early 2021

I think the fact that it was, at least, twice as hard to find upcoming middle grade releases says something about how much they...

Go-To Gluten Free, Vegan, Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan, Gluten-Free I make this recipe every single week. Sometimes multiple batches, you know, when life is chaotic and stressful and only eating multiple batches...

Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vegan, Gluten-Free Well, I haven’t done one of these in awhile. Multiple reasons: 1) Summer + No air conditioning = no baking and 2) Me...

Great Reads for When It’s Hard to Concentrate

I know I’m not alone when I say I am having a hard time concentrating on my reading lately. Some people are able to...

Picture Books for Middle Grade

There are areas in my life in which I refuse to “grow up”. Sparkly pencils, smelly stickers, overdoing the Christmas decorations and twinkle lights,...

Monthly Pick – June 2021: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance

June 2021 BOTM: Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance  Author: Ruth Emmie Lang Genre: Magical Realism Page Count: 352 Published by: St. Martin's Press Date Published: November 14, 2017 You can find...

Fiction Reviews

Review: Great Circle

Review: Dial A for Aunties

Title: Dial A For Aunties Author: Jesse Q. Sutanto Genre: Contemporary Fiction Page Count: 352 Publisher: Berkley Books Date Published: April 27, 2021 You can find it...

Review: The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot

Title: The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot Author: Marianne Cronin Genre: Literary Fiction, Contemporary Page Count: 320 Publisher: HarperCollins Date Published: June 1, 2021 You can...

Review: Atomic Love

Title: Atomic Love Author: Jennie Fields Genre: Historical Fiction Page Count: 368 Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Date Published: August 18, 2020 You can find it here: Bookshop.org Goodreads Synopsis: Chicago, 1950....

Young Adult Reviews

Review: A Court of Silver Flames

Title: A Court of Silver Flames Author: Sarah J. Maas Genre: Romance Page Count: Infinite Published by: Bloomsbury Publishing Date Published: February 16, 2021 You can find it here: Bookshop.org Synopsis Because...

Review: Legendborn

Title: Legendborn Author: Tracy Deonn Genre: YA Fantasy Page Count: 512 Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books Date Published: September 15, 2020 You can find it here: Bookshop.org Synopsis After losing...

Review: The Graveyard Book

Title: The Graveyard Book Author: Neil Gaiman Genre: Middle Grade/Young adult fantasy Page Count: 286 Published by: HarperCollins Date Published: September 30, 2008 You can find a copy here:...

Middle Grade Reviews

Review: Root Magic

Review: Wilderlore: The Accidental Apprentice

Title: Wilderlore: The Accidental Apprentice Author: Amanda Foody Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Page Count: 304 Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Date Published: March 30, 2021 You can...

Review: The In-Between

Title: The In-Between Author: Rebecca K. S. Ansari Genre: Middle Grade Mystery/Thriller Page Count: 320 Publisher: Walden Pond Press Date Published: January 26, 2021 You can find...

Review: Amari and the Night Brothers

Title: Amari and the Night Brothers Author: B.B. Alston Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Page Count: 416 Publisher: Balzer + Bray/ HarperCollins Date Published: January 19, 2021 You...