How to Hang a Witch, by Adriana Mather

It’s October, close to Halloween, and I wanted a book to match the season. I had caught wind of this book a few months before its release and added it to my to-read list, but it took me a couple months before I remembered to check it out of the local library. The book description […]

The 2016 World Series

After doing really well predicting the Wild-Card Games (2-0) but not so well with the League Division Series (1-3), I’m back to my undefeated ways in the two League Championship Series! Let’s recap:   ALCS Blue Jays-Indians: Got the winning team correct, but not the number of games. I really expected that the potent Toronto […]

Nerve, by Jeanne Ryan

I’ve been blogging about two years now, and I was recently looking at the list of books I’ve reviewed. I’m proud of the fact that I have quite a collection of reviews, enough that I have almost every letter of the alphabet covered when it comes to book titles—Q, X & Z notwithstanding. But I […]

The 2016 MLB League Championship Series

A couple weeks ago, I ranked the ten MLB playoff teams this season. I also made predictions about who’d win. Well, the Wild-Card games and the four League Division Series are over, so let’s see how they (and I) did before looking ahead to the two League Championship Series. AL Wild Card Game: Toronto was […]

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

Though I had seen the cover image for this book around the web the past couple of years, I don’t think I really had it on my radar (or on my to-read list) until I caught wind that it was being adapted into a movie to be directed by Tim Burton. The words peculiar children […]

My Top 10 2016 MLB Playoff Teams

I did this last October, and I can now officially make it an annual tradition. Ten MLB teams make the playoffs, and that leads itself nicely to a Top 10 list. I would have posted this yesterday—on the first of the month like my previous top 10 lists—but not all playoff spots were locked up. […]

Ensnared, by A.G. Howard

Last Christmas, my daughters gave me the first two books in A.G. Howard’s dark and twisted reimagining of Alice in Wonderland. The concept was outstanding: Alyssa is a direct descendant of Alice Liddell, the inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s book, who journeyed to the real Wonderland. I read the first book, Splintered, back in March and […]

September Slump

Wondering where I’ve been? To some extent, so have I. It’s September, which means that school has started. For a bunch of different reasons—including larger classes this fall, and just generally getting back into the groove after summer vacation—I’ve been coming home from work more tired than usual. Also, I’ve already had to buy a […]

My Top 10 Schoolhouse Rock Songs

With students (and teachers like myself) back to school, it seemed more than fitting to dedicate this month’s Top 10 list to Schoolhouse Rock. For those of you who don’t know what Schoolhouse Rock is, it’s a series of educational animated music videos that ABC aired between Saturday morning cartoons during the 1970s and 80s. […]

Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies, by Lindsay Ribar

Come on, how could I resist a title and cover like this? How could I resist this basic plot synopsis? Aspen Quick’s family has the power to reach into people and take something from them—a memory, an ability, a personality trait, and/or more—but they do so to keep the cliff from crumbling down and killing […]