Corrupt Me, by Jillian Quinn

Every now and then, you have to step a little bit outside your comfort zone. That sentiment applies to readers as well. It’s sometimes educational and sometimes eye-opening to read a book outside the typical genre(s) you enjoy. As a YA writer, I read a lot of YA fiction to keep up with what’s out […]

My Top 10 Candy Bars

So it’s February, and it’s time for a Top 10 list. When thinking of February, Valentine’s Day was the first thing that came to mind. I considered doing a Top 10 Romantic Comedy movies list, but I’ve done movie lists back in December 2016 and June 2016. I thought another one would be too soon, […]

Flipping the Scales awarded IndieBRAG Medallion

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I’m here to share some wonderful news about my book Flipping the Scales. At the end of last summer, I submitted the book to the indieBRAG—indie for independent and self-publishing (like me), and BRAG for Book Readers Appreciation Group. Their mission, from their website, is “to discover talented self-published authors and help them give their […]

Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Mind-blowing. This book is absolutely mind-blowing. There’s no other way to say it. I’ve never read a book like it before. I became aware of the book just by seeing it reviewed at a lot of book blogs. I didn’t read any of those reviews because I didn’t want my opinion swayed in anyway, but […]

Made You Up, by Francesca Zappia

I start 2017 with a review of a book that’s been on my Kindle for a few months. Because I have a Goodreads account, I get periodic notifications when there are special deals on the books on my to-read list. When I got that notification, I immediately snagged myself a digital copy. I’ve wanted to […]

My Top 10 Books Read in 2016

The monthly Top 10 list is now a well-established feature here at The Stuff, and like last January 1st, I’m doing a Favorite Books Read list. I guess now that it’s my second year doing it, I can officially call it an annual tradition. Yay! Just like last year, the actual release date of the […]

The Soul Bond (Werewolf High Book Four), by Anita Oh

It’s my last review of 2016, so I decided to return to the YA fiction equivalent of comfort food. Something familiar that would tie me over until the new year. I’ve already read the first three books in Anita Oh’s Werewolf High series, and since the fourth one just came out, it made for a […]

My Top 10 Songs of 2016

Every summer, I run a game for my Facebook friends where I choose a decade and quote a different song every day. The first person to correctly name the song and artist get a point each, and at the end of the summer, the friend with the most points wins bragging rights. Been doing that […]

Life in the Fat Lane, by Cherie Bennett

I’m not sure exactly when I came across this book—or exactly when I bought a copy for my Kindle—but as I was recently scrolling through titles I owned but hadn’t yet read, I decided to look into it. I had bought it for a reason, and with the calendar year coming to an end, I […]

This Is Me, by C.E. Wilson

It doesn’t take too much effort to look through the review list on this blog to see that I’m a fan of author C.E. Wilson. What I like most about her work is the lens she uses to present deep or important themes. The situations in her stories fall into the speculative fiction genre, but […]