The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, by Michelle Hodkin

This book has such a fantastic hook. Narrator Mara Dyer wakes up in the hospital with no recollection of how she got there. After sneaking into an abandoned asylum with her boyfriend and two friends, the building collapsed, and she’s the only one who not only survived but is physically unharmed. Why was she spared? […]

My Top 10 Harry Potter Characters

Can you believe that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone just turned TWENTY years old? That’s right! Its original publication date is June 26, 1997 in the United Kingdom. It wasn’t released in the United States—under the name Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone because that sounded cooler and because we Americans think of philosophers […]

The Love That Split the World, by Emily Henry

I added this book to my to-read list over at Goodreads shortly after it came out in January 2016. I don’t remember the exact circumstances why I added it, so I’ll take an educated guess. The cover is absolutely gorgeous, and the plot includes main character Natalie Cleary getting visions of things that aren’t there. […]

My Top 10 Summer Blockbusters

Last weekend was the unofficial start of summer, and once it’s summertime, you can expect big releases at the movie theatre. There are some really big ones coming this summer including several sequels and the long-anticipated Wonder Woman movie. But which will be the big summer blockbuster of 2017? It’s too early to tell, but […]

The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

So it’s that time of year, when my school chooses a summer reading book that the entire student body will read. Though it’s not summer vacation yet, teachers were asked to come up with activities—from all different subjects—to accompany the students’ reading of the chosen book. This summer, the students will be reading The Book […]

My Top 10 Doctor Who Companions

The new season of Doctor Who is three episodes deep—this would be Series 10 of the rebooted series—and it started with the introduction of new companion Bill Potts, played by Pearl Mackie. So far, she’s a fun character, and her chemistry with Peter Capaldi is fantastic. It’s too early to tell how she’ll be viewed in the […]

A Death’s Awakening, by C.E. Wilson

It doesn’t take a lot of lurking throughout my reviews to see that I’m a big fan of indie-author C.E. Wilson. Maybe it’s because I know from following her on social media that like me, she’s a big fan of The Twilight Zone. That being said, she’s rolling out a clever series of books, which […]

Gemina, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

You know when you read an awesome book that totally blows you away? And then you know that there’s a second part to that book series, yet you’re a little skeptical that the second book can live up to the sheer awesomeness of the first book? Well, that’s how I went into Gemina, the second […]

My Top 10 “Weird Al” Yankovic Original Songs

Last April Fools’ Day, I counted down my Top 10 “Weird Al” Yankovic parodies. It was a great list, and it fit the day perfectly. Apart from writing and recording such inspired parodies, he also does what are called “style parodies”, where he lampoons a particular band or artist’s style of music. It’s not changing […]

Caraval, by Stephanie Garber

I’m a big fan of scavenger hunts—whether they’re about finding items or finding clues from location to location. Way back in middle school, high school, and into college, I created such games for my friends to play. I’m also a big fan of the current “Escape Room” craze—being locked in a room trying to solve […]