Science Fiction for People Who Don’t Read Science Fiction

People often ask me what genres I like to read, and my usual response is, “Oh, a little of everything.” While this is true, there are a few genres that I read less often than the others: mystery, romance, and science fiction. (While we are on the subject, there is one genre that I have…

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

It all began when Floyd’s kite became stuck in a tree.  The trouble really began when he threw his favorite shoe to knock the kite loose, and THAT got stuck too.  After that it starts getting a little more unusual as Floyd finds various things to throw up there in the hopes of knocking down…

Edge of Extinction by Laura Martin

When scientists brought dinosaurs out of extinction 150 years ago, human civilization was almost annihilated and the lucky 1% who survived escaped underground. Eleven-year-old Sky Mundy has never known life outside her underground compound, but when she discovers a clue to where her missing father is she knows she needs to break out of the…

The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright

Chellamuthu was a typical poor Indian boy, living with his poor Indian family, in a poor Indian village. When he was 8 years old, he was abducted from his family, sent to an orphanage, and adopted into an American family, despite his pleas to be returned to his family. Fast forward 10 years, and we…

10 Books to Help When You’re Feeling Blue

Let’s just be honest: February isn’t an inspiring month. It’s been cold for months and the forecast doesn’t usually show any temperature spikes. And if you or a family member is in school you’re all burned out yet summer break is still eons away. Basically, February feels like a slogfest to me–no wonder there’s a…

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Seriously, who can can resist an intro paragraph like this?   You may think you know the story. It goes like this: once upon a time, there was a sixteen-year-old girl named Jane Grey, who was forced to marry a complete stranger (Lord Guildford or Gilford or Gifford-something-or-other), and shortly thereafter found herself ruler of…

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Ben and Rose are living 50 years apart, but their lives have similar paths.  Ben, reeling from the recent death of his mother, decides to seek out the father he knows nothing about, chasing after an intriguing clue he finds in his mother’s room.  Rose, a deaf girl tired of being shut away and forced…

10 Favorite Film Adaptations of Books

In honor of the Sundance Film Festival (happening now) and the Academy Awards (coming soon), we decided to take a small departure from books and venture into the movie category.  But this is a book blog, so we still had to talk about books a little bit.  Hence today’s list: 10 of our favorite film…

Press Here by Herve Tullet

Press Here starts with a yellow dot on a white page and the instruction to “Press here and turn the page.” Page two has 2 yellow dots, and another set of instructions.  Each page unfolds a little bit of magic as you shake the dots, make them bigger, turn out the lights, turn on the…

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

If I ever get around to writing my dream novel, I hope it turns out even half as brilliant as this book. It was whimsical without being trite. It was magical, without being stereotypical. It was poetic, without sounding pretentious. It’s no wonder it won the 2017 Newbery Medal. This is one of those books…

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

Carlo Rovelli is an Italian theoretical physicist who is clearly passionate about his study of the physical world. Here he has compiled a series of short chapters on some of the fundamentals of modern physics. Rovelli guides us through basic explanations of relativity, quantum mechanics, the structure of the universe, the Standard Model, loop quantum…

12 Religious Books

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there is a serious lack of decent Christmas books in the world.  Every December I want to curl up with a book that puts me in a holiday mood.  Something that reminds me of the peace and joy found in the world this time of year….