recommendations and reviews for the aspiring reader

recommendations and reviews for the aspiring reader

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Review: Girl in Snow

Review: Girl in Snow

Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka Lucinda Hayes was a beautiful, popular girl. Blonde and in possession of a perfectly toned and tanned body, she spent her days babysitting little Ollie down the street or stretching her legs into first and fifth position in ballet […]

Recommendation: Wildcatters

Recommendation: Wildcatters

Wildcatters: The True Story of How Conspiracy, Greed, and the IRS Almost Destroyed a Legendary Texas Oil Family by Charles Moncrief ” This is a true story. It’s an examination of how life can irreversibly change. One day, you’re living in peace, and then you’re […]

Review: Shimmer and Burn

Review: Shimmer and Burn

Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta This is the story of two kings: one has taken to hiding among the shadows of a plague-ridden city while the other rules over his land with an iron fist, desperate to hold on to his stolen magic. In […]

Recommendation: The Baby-sitters Club

Recommendation: The Baby-sitters Club

The Baby-Sitters Club graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier original series by Ann M. Martin The fact that I am recommending this series makes me smile — right from the inside out. As a child, books defined my days. They were an escape from a reality […]

Review: White Horses

Review: White Horses

White Horses by Alice Hoffman In Alice Hoffman’s spellbinding tale of a strange Southwestern family, the assumed chains of binding ties are challenged and left raw – all before eventually disintegrating into dust that rolls along the California hills. A distant and distrusting father figure, […]

On Vacation! 

On Vacation! 

The Belle is on a (much-needed) vacation until next Monday! Toes are in the white sands of Pensacola Beach this week while the little ones play in the warm waters of the Gulf. But don’t worry — reviews and recommendations will be back next week! […]

Recommendation: The Princess, The Scoundrel, And The Farm Boy

Recommendation: The Princess, The Scoundrel, And The Farm Boy

The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken If your son is anything like mine, it is almost impossible to get him to read outside of his allotted “required reading” for school. The summer has always been a struggle for me as […]

Review: The Teddy Bear Chronicles (Saved in Paris)

Review: The Teddy Bear Chronicles (Saved in Paris)

The Teddy Bear Chronicles (Saved in Paris) by Donnalyn Vojta When Kelly met the roughly handsome and intensely charming Mark, she was impressed with more than just his fancy education and the flashy job that came with a substantial paycheck. Mark Flannery was doting, seemed […]

Recommendation: The Help

Recommendation: The Help

The Help by Kathryn Stockett “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” Some books are worth reading even if you see the movie — and Kathryn Stockett’s raw and real telling of The Help is one of them. In it’s essence, The Help […]

Review: Watch Me Disappear

Review: Watch Me Disappear

Watch Me Disappear by Janelle Brown ” Leave, and they’ll hate you.  Die, and they’ll love you forever. “ At a cursory glance, the Flanagan family is a typical Californian unit: a techie Dad with cool hair, a beautiful and athletic mother, and a mature […]