11 Books I Read and Loved in 2019!

2019 was a great reading year for me and I can’t overlook the opportunity to introduce you to all the great books I read. https://bookshop.org/lists/11-books-i-read-and-loved-in-2019 They span the gamut from sweet Middle Grade novels to gritty, Southern adult fiction but every book I mention here was fantastic and memorable! There were so many great reas […]

The Books I Can’t Wait to Read in August/September 2020!

So many great books come out with ‘Back to School’ and there are a ton that I’ve been waiting to read. Today, I thought I’d share that list with you so that you can order them or reserve them at your local library! https://bookshop.org/lists/august-september-2020-books-that-i-m-excited-about I’ve started 3 of these and the remainder are at the […]

My Favorite Books of 2020 So Far!

Here’s my list of the best books I’ve read in 2020 to date. https://bookshop.org/lists/books-i-ve-read-and-loved-in-2020 There are some really great reads here and I can’t wait to hear what you thought of them. What else have you read this year that I should take on to round out my year? Literary fiction, memoir, essays, middle grade, […]

What to Read with Your Middle Grade Reader!

I’ve created my first list on Bookshop.org and I’m so excited to share it with you today! Head over to https://bookshop.org/lists/10-middle-grade-reads-we-read-together-and-loved to check out a list of books that I read with my 12-year-old son that we really enjoyed! You know I’m famous for loving Middle Grade fiction and for regularly reading with my newly […]

Book Review: Don’t Overthink It! (And my weekend adventure to Louisville, KY as a launch team member!)

It’s been quite awhile since I fired up the old blog but it’s been on my mind lately and the release of Anne Bogel’s newest book, Don’t Overthink It, seems like just the push I needed! I’m still reading as much as I ever have and we still, of course, deal with PANDAS in our life […]

Join us TONIGHT at 8pm EDT! Mama Panda’s Virtual Book Club to discuss All Of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil!

Use the Google Calendar link below to sign up for the discussion and add it to your calendar! We will meet via Google Hangouts. We will have special input from Michelle Ruiz Keil, the author! Meeting shoud last about 1 hour! Click here to register: Registration To enter the Hangout when the meeting begins, please […]

Two Book Reviews! The War That Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley – 4.5 stars!

Let me start off by saying that my experience has been that it’s fairly rare to find a book and its sequel that are equally well written and compelling. However, I’m happy to say that The War That Saved My Life and The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley are solid exceptions to […]

Backlist Middle Grade Book Review: The True Blue Scouts of the Sugar Man Swamp by Kathy Appelt – 5 stars!

I think it’s fair to say that my son and I read A TON of books together. That being said, it’s no small compliment to say that The True Blue Scouts of the Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt is our hands-down mutual favorite! This book is a frolicking romp through the swamp from two […]

Backlist Book Review: The Two-Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman – 3.5 stars

It seems, if Goodreads is any indication, that this book is quite polarizing. Folks seem to love it or hate it. For me, however, The Two-Family House was simple a pleasant surprise. I was concerned that it might be formulaic and predictable but it didn’t, in my option, turn out to be that way at […]

Middle Grade Book Review: A Kind of Paradise by Amy Rebecca Tan – 4.5 stars

If you are a book nerd like me, you have to love a book that reads like love letter to libraries! Add in a quirky, lovable cadre of characters and a strong sense of what it means to be a middle schooler and you have the absolute winner that is A Kind of Paradise by […]