Book Review: More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera. 4.5 stars

We’re going backlist today and I have to start with the story of how I came to own this book. I had heard a lot about this book and seen copies of it everywhere 2 years ago when I was on a business trip. On a layover at Chicago Midway, I sat down next to […]

And We Have a Winner…

Thanks to those of you who voted, The Mana Panda Bear Virtual Book Club will be reading The Only Woman in the Room for the May book club session on May 14, 2019 at 8:00 pm EDT! It’s fine to get your copy of the book and start reading! Can’t wait to talk to you […]

Book Review: Man Mission by Eytan Uliel – 4 stars

This is the first time I’ve ever been given an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of a book to promote as part of a blog tour (thank you, Sage!) and I’m really glad that this was my first choice! Man Mission, is Eytan Uriel’s true coming of age story told through a recounting of fifteen years […]

A Mama Panda Bear Virtual Book Club?

Who would like to join me for a Mama Panda Bear Virtual Book Club?  I don’t currently have a book club IRL and I know that many of you are book lovers just like me!  I’m thinking of selecting 5 books each month and creating a poll.  Readers would vote for their favorite title and, […]

Book Review and Author Visit: The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

Spencer and I had the opportunity to listen to and meet Newbery Award-winning author, Kwame Alexander at Upper Arlington Public Library tonight. We had a wonderful time: Alexander is engaging, interesting and entertaining and, as you’ve probably heard, his work is amazing! if the name is familiar but you can’t place the books he’s written…think […]

Children’s Book Review: Tomorrow Most Likely by Dave Eggers. Illustrated by Lane Smith

I’m very excited to have the opportunity to review a children’s book for you. This one, by Dave Eggers (you may know him as the author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) and illustrated by Lane Smith (Stinky Cheese Man anyone?) is a beautiful bedtime story about the things that might happen tomorrow. The […]

Do you know this man?

No? Well you should! I’ll give you a few hints: 1) He’s the author of my son’s absolute favorite YA book series. 2) His last book in that trilogy will be released April 16th. 3) He has another book coming out late this year and one early next. 4) He is generous and kind and […]

What’s Up Next? Once a Liar by A.F. Brady

I’ve been cruising through some books lately and I’m totally in my happy place! I thought I’d give you a sneak peak at what I’m going to read next: it’s the April Books for Coffee Book Drop from Bethany Beach Books! This one’s a thriller…quite a departure from the historical and middle grade fiction I’ve […]

Book Review: Just Like Jackie by Lindsey Stoddard

‘Be kind always…for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about!’ – Ian Maclaren That quote came to mind more than once while I was reading Just Like Jackie. It’s the story of an 11 year old girl named Robinson (after Jackie Robinson) who lives alone with her grandfather and struggles to […]

Book Review: A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck

Are you ready to have your heart broken and then slowly put back together piece by piece? That’s what Jared Reck does in A Short History of the Girl Next Door and I loved it! The book unfolded in three distinct parts for me: Part 1: Protagonist Matt Wainwright details his life growing up with […]