Mulan Book Tag

Hey guys! It’s Sunday, so I’m back with another tag! Still trying to catch up on these after last semester being crazy busy. Thanks to Anatomy of a Book Thief for tagging me in this one! I absolutely love Disney movies, and I actually showed this one to my class at our last day of school party!


  • Mention the creator (Kirsty and the Cat Read)
  • Thank/mention the person who tagged you
  • Match books or characters to the questions below
  • tag as many people as you like

All right-y-roo! Here we go!

Reflection – An Inaccurate book cover that doesn’t reflect what the book is about

All right, I’m going to come out and say it. I’ve always thought the Twilight covers are super dumb. Like, I get that they’re supposed to be metaphoric or something, but it’s a YA romance about VAMPIRES. Why do the covers need to be metaphoric? But I have to say, they’ve become so freaking iconic that there has never been a re-design. Ever. Even Harry Potter’s had like, three now. I mean, I think they’re stupid, but obviously they work. Continue reading


Books Don’t Have to be Perfect

Let’s talk about Gone With the Wind for a minute, shall we?


Before you run away screaming and start accusing me or other people of stuff, I think this is a really important conversation to have. Because, yeah, Gone With the Wind presents a really problematic view of black people. It does. But it’s also one of the most popular books in history, allegedly the second most popular book in America after the Bible. It won the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1939. And the film adaptation also remains one of the most popular movies of all time.

Now, I know that frankly some of you don’t give a damn. The race problem is a problem. Period. But surely the people who love this book can’t all be racists, bigots, and hypocrites. Right? Continue reading

The Playlist Shuffle Tag

Happy Friday everyone!

I was tagged by one of my favorite people, Darque Dreamer Reads, to share the first 15 songs on my playlist after hitting the shuffle button. (Actually, I tagged myself, but she TOLD me to tag myself so it counts!)

Now, this left me in quite the dilemma. WHICH PLAYLIST TO CHOOSE??? I have lots of different playlists with lots of different kinds of music on them. So I chose the most eclectic playlist, the one labeled “Car” which, you guessed it, I mostly listen to in the car. It’s got over 800 songs and a little bit of everything on it, as long as “everything” doesn’t include anything released in the last 5 years. What can I say? I spend my money on books, not music, and I hate the radio. Commercials, ick.

So, without further ado, my “car” playlist!

Here I Am (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels)

I love this musical, and Sherie Renee Scott is hilarious in this song.
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Review: The Nightingale

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

21853621Genre: Historical Fiction
Maturity Level: 5
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In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another. 

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real–and deadly–consequences.

Well. I have so many mixed feelings about this book. I’m not quite sure where to start, or what order to go in…

Hmm. I guess I’ll start with the bit I’m not really knowledgeable to comment on: the historical accuracy. I don’t really know much about France in WWII. I heard some reviewers saying there were some very accurate details, and others saying it was inconsistent and that there were a lot of inaccurate details. All I know was that I felt like I was learning a lot about Occupied France, and it felt accurate. Continue reading

The Cliche Book Tag

I always like a good cliche, and this tag is full of them! Thanks to The Orangutan Librarian for tagging me!

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A book that wasn’t or couldn’t be better than the movie.

This question comes up a lot, and I always choose the same 2 or 3 books, so let’s do something different this time! The Princess Diaries is a book that I really liked as a young teen, but compared to the movie is awkward and lame. The characters are so much more likable in the movie!


The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side
A Rags to Riches or Riches to Rags Story

Haha, can I choose The Princess Diaries again? In all seriousness, Thomas Cromwell is the original pull-yourself-up-by-your-own-bootstraps guy, so Wolf Hall is a great example! I’m so nervous to see what happens to him in the third book, whether he’ll fall back down to rags. And I know I could just look it up, but I don’t want to spoil the book for myself! Continue reading

Reading to Baby

Did you know that aside from feeding and cleaning your baby, one of the top things you can do to support brain development is talking to them?

That’s right! In order to support brain development the experts encourage you to talk to a baby that can neither understand you or talk back! That’s alright, they say, just narrate your day to them. “Right now, baby, we are walking into the kitchen. And now we are in the kitchen. I’m opening the refrigerator and pulling out a diet soda.” NO THANKS!

In all seriousness though, as a parent this has been a major dilemma for me both times around. I want to talk to my kids, but I can’t find anything to say. Then I feel terrible because we’re just sitting there in silence, looking at each other. Continue reading

Cross-Genre Books

Crossovers are like, my favorite thing EVER.

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Books, movie, TV, doesn’t matter. I especially like when characters from one story end up in another. Van Helsing, for example, has to be one of my all-time favorite monster movies. And if the Supernatural people gave Angel a cameo I would just flip my chips. (Okay, that’s not a thing. I made it up. Get over it.)

In the last year I’ve discovered that this love extends to cross-genre books. I really enjoy when a book can’t be just put squarely a box. If I’m going to have trouble figuring out where I’m going to put it in my bookshelf, I’m probably going to be grinning the whole time I’m reading. Continue reading