One-Sentence Reviews of Books I Read While Working on My MLS

Some of these books were required reading, and some I simply read on my own, but all made some sort of impact. A few I may come back to and give a proper review at some point, but for now I thought it would be fun to just give a one-sentence rundown for each.

Book Review: Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan

Reviewing my final five-star novel from 2021! Here my love of historical fiction, C.S. Lewis, and beautiful writing are all found.

Children’s Book Review: A Nest for Celeste by Henry Cole

Celeste is not your average mouse. She lives alone, quietly weaving baskets with creative flair under the floor boards of the Oakley Plantation. However, Celeste’s world turns upside down with the arrival of the great naturalist John James Audubon and his assistant Joseph, who have come to study and paint the birds of the Louisiana bayou...

Children’s Book Review: Luciana by Emily Teagan

The book review I'm sharing today is over a children's book I picked for the "series" section of the children's literature class I am currently taking. It's a contemporary story from the publisher of the largely historical AmericanGirl books. If you keep up with children's literature in the USA, this character was the 2018 "Girl of the Year." She's friendly, artsy, and knows a lot about space and moon rocks - this introductory book is a fun summer story perfect for just about any chapter book reader.

Book Review: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

How far would you go to learn your fate and be able to ask life's biggest questions? For Minli, the young protagonist in today's book, the answer is very far! Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a juvenile fantasy story featuring elements from Chinese folklore. It was also the 2010 Newbery Medal Winner. This... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Fanny’s Hope Chest by Sarah Holman

Good morning, Readers! Today's book review covers a book that I read a few weeks ago, and which I have sat with the contents of ever since. It's one of those right-time books; it won't be for everyone or be a perfect fit for someone in every stage of their life, but for me and this summer, it's just right.

Five Star Book Review: Discernment (The Legacy Chronicles #3) by Lauren H. Salisbury

Today I'm reviewing a truly amazing science fiction book that took me by surprise in the best way possible.

Book Review: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Today's book review covers a fascinating science fiction books which I totally did not see coming! Piranesi by Susanna Clarke is the summer book club pick for a podcast I sometimes follow, Speaking with Joy. I trust Joy's taste in books and have enjoyed listening to her summer book club podcasts for the last two years even though I did not read along either time. This year, despite my busy work and school schedule, I decided to try to read the book as well. Thankfully it's a fairly short book at just a little over 200 pages. Because Piranesi is science fiction, I was initially unsure about it. I expected it to be weird, predictable, and somewhat boring while engaging to some extent with meaningful topics. Instead, I entered an incredible world filled with mystery, awe, drama, and miracles. I was hooked by the second section, and I think if you are open to science fiction you will be, too.

Duology Review: Meg & Jo and Beth & Amy by Virginia Kantra

We're starting this week off with a double feature: a combined review of two books, Meg & Jo and Beth & Amy which make up the March Sisters duology by Virginia Kantra.

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