I loved this beautiful story of a twelve-year-old who comes to know that home is not what she always thought it to be. I enjoyed learning about Mai’s roots along with her. Heartwarming and sweet. Just lovely.
This was a random find while volunteering at the library. The cover, the short description pulled me in, and I’m glad it did. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The author time hops between the past and current time as the story progresses. I enjoyed learning a great deal about the history of libraries, specifically this particular library in Los Angeles, along with a bit of history regarding librarians. A non-fiction book at its best!
The Secrets of Love Story Bridge by Phaedra Patrick
I don’t typically read the romance genre. However, I’ve read Phaedra’s previous 3 books and since I enjoyed them, I wanted to give this one a go. I absolutely enjoyed reading this one. It’s so much more than a romance story. In my opinion, that just happens to be part of the story. Phaedra’s books seem to always have an element of mystery to them, and this was no exception. Mystery, friendships, forgiveness, redemption, grief, and romance …. all rolled into one perfect story!
I interviewed Phaedra on MTA in June 2019. Go here to read the interview:
Stepped out of my usual genre to read this one. The title and the cover hooked me, as well as the root of the story. A grieving man seeks solace in collecting items he finds in daily life, during walks, and travels. He labels each time with a date and location of where he found it. I became immersed in learning about him, those connected with him, and the lives of those who lost the items.
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow
I dove in and spent days getting to know the characters, being a part of the adventure, the mystery, the magic. Every time I picked this up to read it, I did not want to put it down!! My tastes in book genres has changed drastically from a few years ago. This one and a few other sci-fi books I’ve read lately really grip me. Other worlds, different times, and magical ways in which to travel between the two … Yes!! That’s my jam currently. Give me more!! Loved this one times ten thousand!
What We Talk About When We Talk About Books by Leah Price
Incredibly interesting book that skims the history of books, including shifting opinions of books throughout the years. My favorite sections of the book were the last two chapters, covering “prescribed reading”, bibliotherapy, and the many uses of books in group settings. Bibliophiles will most likely enjoy this book!
I absolutely loved this story. I met the author in a Facebook group for authors and book bloggers. An imaginative and mysterious way to bring more attention to environmentalism. Loved the strong, young girl as the main character, and the mystery surrounding everything that is happening. Great read!
The Awesome Adventures of Poppy and Amelia by Maddy Harrisis and Misha Herwin
Lovely and magical adventure of two best friends who suddenly become witches. Once a new and strange girl arrives in school, they become a trio working together to defeat Miss Mortimer and her ilk. Thoroughly enjoyed!
I interviewed Misha on MTA in July 2020. Go here to read the interview …
Life is Yours – from heartbreak to heart awake by Abigail Yardimci
I really enjoyed learning about Jess and her journey as she shared it with Lindy. I felt like I was on the beach with them, sinking my toes into the sand, while feeling the warmth of the fire. Beautifully written. I’m happy I took the time to read this one!
The Black Fire Chronicles – Guardians 2 – Patrick the War Man by Kim Rigby
I very much enjoyed reading this one. A grand adventure of war, love, loss, and friendship, rooted in cleverness and compassion. Had me hooked and guessing until the very end. A refreshingly different type of story and book. Loved it!
I interviewed Kim Rigby on MTA in December 2020. Go here to read the interview …