My Top 10 Songs of 2017

I’m gonna start this special year-end list by saying that 2017 was a wonderful year for pop music. This is my fourth year posting this countdown on the blog (and my 34th year doing it), and I don’t think I’ve had a more challenging time choosing the top song—or even narrowing it down to ten […]

Invisible, by Jeanne Bannon

As a father of three daughters, I want my girls to grow up with a strong sense of self-image, and thus, I’ve become interested in YA fiction that tackles this theme. Since I also enjoy contemporary fantasy, I’m intrigued when the genre is used in a creative way to illustrate the theme. That’s what drew […]

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares, by Krystal Sutherland

I added this book to my to-read list as soon as I first learned of it, and as soon as it was available at a local library, I checked it out. I’m going to start by saying that I absolutely loved this book, and then I’m going to present a semi-definitive list of awesome reasons […]

Author Spotlight: Ginna Moran

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I don’t hide the fact that I’m a big fan of mermaids in movies, television, and literature. After all, I write YA mermaid fiction. So I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting mermaid stories, and today, I have the pleasure of featuring a new mermaid series by an author I recently discovered. Ginna […]

My Top 10 Holiday Pop Songs

It’s the first day of the month, so it’s time for a Top 10 list! Being December, let’s go with something holiday themed again. Last year it was Christmas movies, and the year before that was Christmas TV specials. Let’s go with a music list this year, but let’s not limit it to Christmas. There […]

Obsession, by OK Go

If you follow this blog, you know I’m a big fan of the band OK Go and their awesomely creative music videos. A few days ago, they released their newest video—for their song Obsession—and like most of their other videos, it’s impressive. Click on the image to go to YouTube and watch it: My criteria […]

Diving Under, by Ginna Moran

I found another YA mermaid series! If you follow my reviews, you know that as an author of a YA mermaid series, I’m always looking for such books. I mean, those authors and I are inspired by the same folklore and mythology, yet we create vastly different worlds and circumstances. I enjoy the stories even […]

The Cage, by Megan Shepherd

I’m not entirely sure when I came across this 2015 release, but I know I purchased it—along with two other books—last summer using an Amazon gift card I was given. I read those other two books pretty much right away, but this one sat on my bookcase for over a year. There really wasn’t a […]

Congratulations, Houston Astros!

For the second consecutive year, and for the third time in four years, the World Series lasts seven games. Oh my, this was a wonderful Series. Both the Astros and the Dodgers were clearly the best of their respective leagues. Both teams displayed some exceptional pitching: Clayton Kershaw was masterful for Los Angeles in Game […]

My Top 10 Disney Animated Villains

I wasn’t sure what to do for this month’s Top 10 list, so I asked my daughters. We looked through my long list of potential future categories, and we came across Disney Villains. They offered up their suggestions, and I gave them some ground rules. The villains had to be from Disney’s Animation Studios theatrically […]