10 Great Books I’m Gearing Up to Read (or Read Again!) – October 5, 2020

Here’s a list of books I’m gearing up to read…including one that I’m reading for a second time just to take it all in! This list includes a few Middle Grade titles, a couple of YA books and a few adult titles (no nonfiction this time!) that will sweep you away! The thing I really […]

12 of Our Favorite Picture and Board Books!

I just adored creating this list of picture books and board books that we have loved! It was a total walk down memory lane for me and every title on this list comes with a story from my son’s life! He’s 12 now…but these are the books we read and loved for the first 1-4 […]

What’s Next on Audio? September 28, 2020

Oooh…do I have a list of audiobooks for you?!? Everything from compelling nonfiction to a Middle Grade classic (with some mythology and YA thrown in for good measure,) I promise you’re going to love this list! I always have an audiobook going in my car and occasionally also listen while I am knitting or crocheting […]

Book Review: In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow – 5 stars

I can’t begin to tell you where this book came from or how I got my hands on it but I LOVED IT! Definitely my favorite book of the year so far! The characters and the story are both so compelling and real…you feel like you know Knot, Otis Lee and their friends and family […]

Book Review: I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott – 3.5 stars

I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott came highly recommended by several friends and, as a short, easy to carry paperback, is a book that I decided to read in paper form while sunning in the backyard and in bed at night before sleep. I definitely don’t regret having read it…as another […]

10 Great Books Waiting on My E-Reader – September 28, 2020

Oooh…I have some GREAT new titles to tell you about that I’m really looking forward to! I can’t wait to wrap up my current list so I can take these books on! I’ve started Untamed and Hamnet and am loving both of those…click over to my list on bookshop.org to grab your copy or read […]

Middle Grade and YA: What’s On My Nightstand? September 28, 2020

I really do love Middle Grade and YA novels and, right now, my nightstand is chock full of titles that I can’t wait to get to! Today’s list contains ten titles that are as varied as they are exciting: everything from a more serious YA look at gender identity and teen love to a fun-filled […]

YA Book Review: It Came From the Sky by Chelsea Sedoti – 4 stars

As many of you who follow my blog regularly already know, I read a lot with my 12-year-old son. He’s a very advanced reader and we’ve been reading together since he was a baby. These days, he’s usually reading something on his own, something for school and something out loud with me. It Came From […]

Oldies but Goodies: Twenty Big Hits from 2017

It’s easy to forget, amongst all the new and shiny titles, that there are a TON of backlist titles that you may not have gotten to yet. To remedy that situation, I’m providing this lists of 20 titles that I read in 2017 and would wholeheartedly recommend! In true Mama Panda form, this list contains […]

What’s Waiting on my E-Reader – September 21, 2020

I have to admit it: I have a soft spot for shiny, new books! And, because of my blog…I get access to numerous Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) every month from publishers who want me to include their books in a list or a review! Usually, those books are in digital format so my e-reader is […]