Goodbye Lemon

Goodbye Lemon By Adam Davies Okay, gang. Get out your tissues and your dictionaries—as is tradition with a Davies novel. While The Frog King and Mine All Mine are both pretty good in their own right, Goodbye Lemon stands out from this crowd of three. Fair warning though: this book is an emotionally taxing read.

Mine All Mine

Mine All Mine By Adam Davies I liked Mine All Mine way more than Davies’ The Frog King. You’ll still need your dictionary! But your narrator will be much more likable this time. Otto, the main character and narrator, feels human. He has issues: some he ignores, some he grumbles at, and some he faces,

The Haunted Train

The Haunted Train: Creepy Tales from the Railways Edited by Rayne Hall First off, I love that the editor left each story it its original American or British English! I really feel that adds to a reader’s impressions, perceptions, and assumptions when consuming literature. I was also very happy to see a decent selection of

Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web By E.B. White I really thought I’d read this book before, but it turns out I only saw the animated film from 1973. Which is just fine, considering that movie turned out to be incredibly true to the book! A lot of lines and scenes I remembered from the movie—that I watched quite

Dear America

Dear America series from American Girl I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly By Joyce Hansen From 1865, Patsy writes her story as a freed slave post-American Civil War. I enjoyed this title a lot. The POV feels more like an adult than the narrator actually is (she’s supposed to be around 12 or

The Garden of Eve

The Garden of Eve By K.L. Going I will always love this book. I loved it at twelve, and I love it at twenty-eight. The magical realism is subtle and beautifully done. I really loved the concept of gardens as afterlife. It’s a simple concept, and this is a middle grade book. Since The Garden

The Sweet Far Thing

The Sweet Far Thing The Gemma Doyle Trilogy By Libba Bray Gemma Doyle drove me up the wall with her indecisiveness in The Sweet Far Thing. This book is over 800 pages. It didn’t need to be. There are a fair few subplots that simply didn’t need to be there, and Gemma spends an ungodly

Rebel Angels

Rebel Angels The Gemma Doyle Trilogy By Libba Bray Book two!! I was a little hesitant with how the book started; Kartik’s point of view wasn’t bad, but I immediately missed Gemma and hoped the book wouldn’t continue to swap between the two characters. Thankfully, it didn’t! We get Kartik’s motives right out the gate,