The Number Ones: Twenty Chart-Topping Hits That Reveal the History of Pop Music Book Review

Full disclosure: I was given a free eARC copy of this book by NetGalley and Hachette Books in exchange for an honest review. I’ve been excited to read books over the years. One can look at my review of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life: A Sortabiography by Eric Idle to see thatContinue reading “The Number Ones: Twenty Chart-Topping Hits That Reveal the History of Pop Music Book Review”

What Am I Reading – Chapter Thirty-Nine

Hi Everybody! I hope everyone’s having a great October so far. I sure have! My job as an archivist will become permanent very soon. I’m also getting my cosplay ready for Youmacon! Even though I have a lot on my plate, I still managed to find time to read some new books. They are someContinue reading “What Am I Reading – Chapter Thirty-Nine”

Outliers: The Story of Success Book Review

I’ve read plenty of nonfiction books, and I learn at least one thing from them. There are a few that I can call eye-opening. These include What the Eyes Don’t See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna- Attisha and today’s subject Outliers: The Story of Success byContinue reading “Outliers: The Story of Success Book Review”

A Life Well Bred, A Life Well Led: A Personal Memoir in Eight Psychosocial Development Stages Book Review

Full disclosure: The author of the book that I am about to review is a patron at a library that I work at. All of the opinions stated in this review are solely mine. When I read Buy My Book, Not Because You Should, But Because I’d Like Some Money by John Marszalkowski about twoContinue reading “A Life Well Bred, A Life Well Led: A Personal Memoir in Eight Psychosocial Development Stages Book Review”

Where the Crawdads Sing Movie Review

Content warning: this review briefly discusses the Delia Owens controversy and sexual assault. When the novel Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens was published in 2018, it became one of the biggest and best selling books in recent years. Of course, it was only a matter of when it was going to get aContinue reading “Where the Crawdads Sing Movie Review”

Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer Book Review

Full disclosure: I was given a free PDF copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I’ve read plenty of biographies and memoirs, but there’s only two that truly shocked me because I couldn’t believe what had happened. One of them was Educated by Tara Westover, and the other was Confessions of aContinue reading “Confessions of a Bad, Ugly Singer Book Review”

99 Books* Ranked From Worst to Best

*I know that some are movie adaptations, but that’s besides the point. I can’t believe that I’m now approaching my 100th book review. I’ve encountered so many titles that I don’t think that I would’ve read on my own. In addition, these reviews have also allowed me to interact with various authors. Thank you toContinue reading “99 Books* Ranked From Worst to Best”

Maus Book Review

Content Warning: This review discusses nudity as well as depictions of violence, genocide, and suicide. On January 10, 2022, the McMinn County School Board voted unanimously to remove Maus – a 1986 graphic novel by Art Spiegelman – from its 8th grade curriculum. Their main concerns were the profanity, brief nudity, and depictions of violenceContinue reading “Maus Book Review”

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World Book Review

Every now and then, a book will show up at the right place and the right time. When that happens, I’ll know I have to read it right then and there. I had this occurrence recently when I picked up the Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron with BretContinue reading “Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World Book Review”

The Crossover Book Review

As a Children’s Librarian, one of the tasks that I have to do every year is host Battle of the Books for 5th graders. For 2022, The Crossover by Kwame Alexander was one of the titles that we picked for a multitude of reasons. It won the Newbery Medal in 2015, and it’s the onlyContinue reading “The Crossover Book Review”