March Book Review: Orphan Monster Spy

Orphan Monster Spy By: Matt Killeen Release Date: March 20, 2018 Rating: 5/5 beakers   *Spoilers Ahead!*   Only outdoors did she feel free. In this school, exercise was considered almost as important as propaganda. Every afternoon, they were chased into the grounds, whatever the weather, to march and dance, perform and stretch, in symmetrical … More March Book Review: Orphan Monster Spy

Color Discovery: The Newest Shade of Blue is Truly ‘Bluetiful’

The weather here in Kentucky has been particularly wintery for the beginning of spring, and most days I’m longing just to see a blue sky. My desire for spring weather got me thinking about the color blue.  There are so many shades of blue—blue-green, cerulean, sky blue, navy blue, midnight blue, cobalt, denim…the list is … More Color Discovery: The Newest Shade of Blue is Truly ‘Bluetiful’

February Book Review: The Saturday Night Supper Club

The Saturday Night Supper Club (Supper Club #1) By: Carla Laureano Release Date: February 6, 2018 Rating: 5/5 beakers   *Spoilers Ahead!*   “But yes, I like real food.  And I like things that don’t qualify as real food, like funnel cakes.” Alex stepped up to the window of the truck, the scent of hot … More February Book Review: The Saturday Night Supper Club

January Book Review: An Enchantment of Ravens

An Enchantment of Ravens By: Margaret Rogerson Release Date: September 26, 2017 Rating: 3/5 beakers   *Spoilers Ahead!*   Now I have to tell you how foolish I am.  Before that gray and lifeless time following Rook’s departure, I’d always scoffed at stories in which maidens pine for their absent suitors, boys they’ve hardly known … More January Book Review: An Enchantment of Ravens

(A Very Belated) December Book Review: Ready Player One

Ready Player One (Ready Player One #1) By: Ernest Cline Release Date: August 16, 2011 Rating: 5/5 beakers   *Spoilers Ahead!*   I was watching a collection of vintage ’80s cereal commercials when I paused to wonder why cereal manufacturers no longer included toy prizes inside every box. It was a tragedy, in my opinion. … More (A Very Belated) December Book Review: Ready Player One

November Book Spotlight: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks was a poor, uneducated, African American woman whose unfortunate cancer diagnosis changed the world of medicine in unprecedented ways. But what sorts of ethical questions does her case raise? How have those cells changed the way science is performed? And how has the importance of the cells changed the lives of Henrietta’s family? … More November Book Spotlight: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

We’re In This Together: Celebrating Writers Who Persevere

Today I am happy to be part of Writers Persevere!, an event that authors Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi are running for the next few days to celebrate their release of their newest book, The Emotional Wound Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Psychological Trauma. This book looks at the difficult experiences embedded in our character’s … More We’re In This Together: Celebrating Writers Who Persevere