Book Review: “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate

“The One and Only Ivan” is a book that’s been on my radar for quite a while, and I was so excited to finally get to read it! I’ve heard great things, but I tend to be apprehensive about books featuring talking animals. However, this book was filled with so much heart and wit, I couldn’t help but love it.

Spoiler-Free Review: Based on a true story, “The One and Only Ivan” is a story full of heart about a silverback gorilla named Ivan…

Book Review: “The Meaning of Birds” by Jaye Robin Brown

I’m so excited to finally get to do a full review of a book I just finished reading! I went through a bit of a reading slump in July, so it feels good to be back on track. I started reading “The Meaning of Birds” in mid-July, but at the time I was juggling a new puppy and wedding planning, which didn’t leave me with much energy for reading. This book was different than any other young adult book I’ve read, so I’m really looking forward to sharing my review with all of you. In the next paragraph you can check out my spoiler-free review, and below that you’ll find a much more detailed review broken up into relevant categories.

Spoiler-Free Review: “The Meaning of Birds” is a heartbreaking, unique story about Jess, a teenager who loses her girlfriend, Vivi, suddenly and unexpectedly while still dealing with the grief of losing her father at a young age…

Cluster Review #3 (Historical Fiction Children’s Books, Multilingual)

Welcome to Cluster Review #3! Here’s why I ended up reading all of these historical fiction children’s books in quick succession: after Spring Break, I was planning on starting a historical fiction unit with my 6th grade Spanish literacy class. However, the week before Spring Break is when the quarantine began. I didn’t know whenContinue reading “Cluster Review #3 (Historical Fiction Children’s Books, Multilingual)”

Cluster Review #2 (Books 6-10)

For this second cluster review, I will be reviewing books 6-10 of my 2020 reading list. The majority of these (all except #6) are Audible originals, so the reviews will be relatively short. As an Audible member, you get two free Audible originals each month, and they can really be hit or miss. I haveContinue reading “Cluster Review #2 (Books 6-10)”

Cluster Review #1 (First Five Books of the Year)

Hello and welcome to my first cluster review! For this review, I will be giving brief overviews of the first five books I read in 2020. These reviews will be less thorough than the full reviews I will be doing in the future due to the fact that so much time has passed since I’veContinue reading “Cluster Review #1 (First Five Books of the Year)”

What to Expect

In the future, there are several kinds of posts you can expect to see as I get this blog up and running. Book Reviews Of course, the main purpose of this blog is to review books. Therefore you can expect to see posts with reviews of books that I have just finished reading. That beingContinue reading “What to Expect”

Windows and Mirrors

When I was in graduate school pursuing my Masters in Teaching, there was one concept in particular that really stuck with me. That concept was “Windows and Mirrors.” The idea is that books can be windows and/or mirrors. When a book is a “window,” that means it is a window into another world, life, orContinue reading “Windows and Mirrors”