Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers

Alphabet books are everywhere.  You’ve got delightful books like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom that make learning the alphabet fun.  You’ve got things like Clifford ABC, wherein a familiar character goes through the alphabet with the reader.  Every parent is trying to teach their kid the alphabet, and so alphabet books are produced in abundance. But…

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Hannah Martin, a stereotypical millennial-type who spent most of her 20s hopping from city to city and from job to job, decides at age 29 it’s time to move back to her hometown of LA–and maybe put down some roots. Right after getting into town, she’s faced with a seemingly inconsequential choice after spending an…

The Martian by Andy Weir

What would happen if we sent a team of astronauts to Mars, and one was accidentally left behind?  The answer to that is the basic plot of The Martian.  Mark Watney was the botanist and mechanical engineer for a mission to Mars.  Through a “ridiculous sequence of events” his crew leaves him behind, believing he…

The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney

My 9-year-old overheard me musing about what I was going to write on Bookburger this week, and she asked if SHE could take a turn and review a book.  I, of course, jumped on the opportunity, not only because it meant I didn’t have to write something, but also because I knew it would be…

Sense & Sensibility by Joanna Trollope

I am a girl who enjoys reading a variety of books.  Sometimes I want to learn something new.  Sometimes I want to read something with weight that requires brain power to read.  Sometimes I want a book that makes me cry with the beauty of the words.  And sometimes I just want to read a…

13 Books to Read at Half Past Never

This blog is all about good reads.  It’s right there in the tagline: Two sisters on a quest for delicious reads.  Seeing as it’s April Fool’s Day, we thought we would do the exact opposite and bring you terrible reads.  This is a list of books to avoid.  Books that we couldn’t even finish, or…

The Totally Secret Secret by Bob Shea

A few weeks ago I reviewed Don’t Play With Your Food by Bob Shea.  Shortly after we checked that book out, Ella picked another Bob Shea book from the library, and I’m pleased to say it was another winner. The Totally Secret Secret stars Ballet Cat and her friend Sparkle Pony.  They are trying to…

American Cake by Anne Byrn

Many years ago, my family discovered The Cake Mix Doctor by Anne Byrn.  Our lives would never be the same.  Every cake we made came from that book.  I was given a copy as a wedding present, and every birthday we pull it out and allow the lucky birthday girl (or boy) to select a…