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 […]

The 2017 World Series

Just like last year, I did really well predicting the two Wild-Card Games (2-0), not so well with the four League Division Series (1-3), but then great again with the two League Championship Series (2-0)! Let’s recap: NLCS Cubs-Dodgers: In the rematch of last year’s NLCS, the defending champion Cubs got significantly outplayed by the […]

This Is Where It Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp

In the past few years, I’ve added a lot of YA books to my to-read list that I doubt I’ll get to them all. One of the advantages of having a to-read list at Goodreads is that I receive notifications whenever there’s a discount on the eBook edition of one of those books. And that’s […]

The 2017 MLB League Championship Series

On October 1st, I ranked the ten MLB playoff teams this season in the order I wanted them to win the World Series, and I also made predictions about how they’d do in their respective first-round matches. The two Wild-Card games and the four League Division Series are over, and before looking ahead to the […]

Haunting the Deep, by Adriana Mather

Last year, I read Adriana Mather’s stunning debut How to Hang a Witch and declared it my favorite book of 2016. I loved the mash-up between the Salem Witch trials and Mean Girls, with its subtext about persecution and bullying not only in 1692 but in present-day high school. As soon as I learned there’d […]