Bookish March Madness 2020: Sweet Sixteen

*singing* I don’t know anything about basketball, except that MY TEAM BEAT BAYLOR. La-la la-la la-la laaaa.

Sorry it’s out of my system I think. *cough* Baylor sucks *cough*. Hem, on to books now, shall we?

As an antidote to the annoying phenomenon that is seeing your social media fill up with people who don’t know anything about sports talking about “their bracket,” this month I’m hosting my OWN March Madness tournament. The top 16 books from The Great American read will face off in a match to the DEATH to see which will be MY FAVORITE BOOK. Why? I don’t know, because brackets are fun. *shrugs*

Feel free to give me your thought on the match-ups in the comments. Am I right, or wildly wrong? Did I not do justice to your all-time favorite book? This wouldn’t be sportsball if we didn’t end up in an almost-fist-fight for our team!

So here we are with Week 1, the Sweet Sixteen. [insert generic sports-buzzer-sound here]

To Kill a Mockingbird vs. The Help

Oh, you guys are going to hate me. I read To Kill a Mockingbird maybe five or six years ago and I liked it, but I didn’t love it. Like, I get why it’s a super important book and everything, but I just didn’t really connect with Scout. Her overly simple way of seeing the world frustrated me. And maybe that’s the point, but there it is. On the other hand, I ADORE The Help. It made me laugh, it made me cry, it’s just one of my favorite pieces of historical fiction. Which is saying something, because I love historical fiction. I was so inspired by the women in this book, especially Aibileen.

and the winner is… THE HELP!

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Six Degrees of Separation: Where the Wild Things Are to The Night Circus

Six Degrees of Separation is a monthly blog event hosted by Kate at booksaremyfavouriteandbest. It’s inspired by the 6 Degrees of Separation, a movie game where you attempt to connect actors in six movies or less. But we do it with books!

This month we’re starting with Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.


Where the Wild Things Are was a favorite at my house. For a few months we were reading it every night. I love the illustrations, and my son loved the wild rumpus. These days he is more into a Frozen comic book, but I still pull out Where the Wild Things Are every once in a while. Another great book that features a journey on a ship to a wild land is…

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Calendar Girls December: Best Book Set in Winter

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So before we do anything else, I HAVE to give a shout out to The Bear and the Nightingale, which I only didn’t pick for this theme for two reasons. 1) It was my December pick last year (favorite book of 2017) and 2) it’s sequel, The Girl in the Tower, was our winning pick for November (best middle book in a series). So picking it again seemed redundant. But guys, it’s SO GOOD! If you like atmospheric magical-realism/historical fiction mash-ups, The Bear and the Nightingale is the book for you!

Also, shout-out to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Because, well, obviously.

Okay, now that that’s out of the way… DECEMBER IS HERE! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I love December. Everyone is so jolly, there’s music everywhere, Christmas decorations are the only decorations superior to pumpkins, and it’s a time of giving and charity.

Given all of that, it’s no surprise that holiday-themed romances are big blockbusters in both the movie and book industries. I’ve seen so many romance novels with snow and holly on the cover on everyone’s blog this month, I don’t even know what to do with myself! While my pick isn’t quite on those lines, it does loosely fit into that genre. So, without further ado, my favorite book set in winter is… Continue reading “Calendar Girls December: Best Book Set in Winter”

Top 5 Animal Sidekicks

One thing that can really make a good book GREAT for me is a fun animal buddy. You know, that fuzzy companion that just really gives you the feels. The one that if anything bad happens to you WILL take down the author, and I think you all know which one I’m talking about. Today I want to celebrate these wonderful creatures in all their fluffy glory!

1. Hedwig

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Art by rattenfanger

from Harry Potter
If you don’t care about Hedwig you either haven’t read Harry Potter or you don’t have a heart. There, I said it. She’s beautiful and sassy and affectionate and Harry’s first friend. An entire generation adores owls because of Hedwig. Continue reading “Top 5 Animal Sidekicks”

Ranking Narnia

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Happy Easter! For those of you egg hunting this morning, I hope you find them all so there’s no rotten eggs in your yard next week! For those of you going to church, He is risen indeed! For those of you who don’t celebrate Easter at all, I hope you’re having a great weekend!

I was thinking this week about how The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe is literally the Easter story. In light of that, I thought it might be fun to do a Narnia post today. And since we all know how obsessed I am with ranking things…

The Chronicles of Narnia, from most favorite to least

1. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe

7687657I know, I know, what a cliche, liking The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe the best. But, you know, there’s a reason it’s everyone’s favorite. The story is the most adventurous and fun, in my opinion, the religious allegory is the most straightforward, the Pevensies are such fun characters, and the White Witch is a truly terrible villain. Anyone who would use Turkish Delight for evil has a truly warped mind. (Full disclosure, to this day I have no idea what Turkinh Delight is, lol.)

The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe was the first Narnia book to be published, and for most of us it’s our first journey into Narnia. And what a great intro! Sadly, most people I’ve talked to never read much else of the series, but if you had to pick ONE Narnia book to read, I would definitely recommend this one! Continue reading “Ranking Narnia”