Posts By: Jessica

Feb 10
Book Blogging is More Than Just a Hobby

Book Blogging is More Than Just a Hobby

Discussion 6

Today I have for you a list of book blogging misconceptions that often lead to a myriad of people thinking that blogging is somehow just a hobby. While it is my unacheived goal (dream) to have an audience that is not merely composed of friends and other bloggers, I’m writing this post to all the people who undervalue and misunderstand blogging and book bloggers as a community. Obviously some bloggers do consider blogging to just be a hobby, but for the most part… Read more »

Feb 01
BELAGANA-BELAZANA: An Outsider’s Quest in the Navajo Nation

BELAGANA-BELAZANA: An Outsider’s Quest in the Navajo Nation

Blog Tour 0

Q&A with T. Lloyd Winetsky Can you tell us more about your background in teaching? Forty years in teaching and administration, K-12, some college and several years in adult education. Various subjects, but mostly English, ESL, Spanish, and Bilingual Ed. BELAGANA-BELAZANA is the fourth book in The American Teachers series, a line of fiction books that reveal a spectrum of intense issues that teachers face. What made you decide to start this series? Some teachers face those issues head on… Read more »

Jan 25
Why You Should Be Reading Literary Magazines

Why You Should Be Reading Literary Magazines

Literature 7

If you’re a bibliophile who is not reading literary magazines (or journals, etc) then you’re absolutely missing out! The fun of books and reading is devouring story after story, and typically in most books you only get one long (often fabulous- I am not discrediting novels) story. Don’t you want more!?  Literary journals offer collections of various short stories, poems, plays, excerpts, articles, interviews, essays, and sometimes art, comics, and lyrics as well. There’s so many options and so many different… Read more »

Jan 02
The Catfé Lounge: An Alternative Cat Shelter

The Catfé Lounge: An Alternative Cat Shelter

Life 3

Last month just before finals began, Caylin drove me and our friend Marcy to a place called the The Catfé Lounge in a city about a half hour away from our campus and it was WONDERFUL. Not only was it a great way to take a break from school for a couple hours before the stress of studying for finals set in, but it was also a brilliant way to spend time with furry, adorable cats and have a chance to support a… Read more »

Oct 23
Review: We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen

Review: We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen

4 Stars, Reviews 5

We Are Still Tornadoes is about two childhood and high school best friends, Cath and Scott, and it is absolutely adorable! No, really. This book was SO CUTE. Ugh. Just… ALL OF THE RELATIONSHIPS! They were so good and authentic. Not just the romantic kind, but those too. We Are Still Tornadoes, written through a correspondence of letters between Cath and Scott, manages to capture the heart of every relationship they’ve both ever experienced, whether with each other, with their family members,… Read more »

Oct 18
Updates: WordPress Migration and College Life

Updates: WordPress Migration and College Life

Life 2

Surprise, Surprise Every couple of months I tend to do something wrong that results in me breaking my blog, to put it simply, and I’m sure no one is surprised that I’ve done it once again. For anyone familiar with website hosting, you probably know how expensive it can get, and if you’re not familiar with it: it’s about $150 per year. Which was not really all that affordable for me, a college student who only blogs as a hobby. So I… Read more »

Aug 10
Review: My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp

Review: My Best Everything by Sarah Tomp

4 Stars, Reviews 0

Okay, so I downloaded this book as an e-ARC from Netgalley last year. LAST YEAR. And then I got busy and life happened, but I’ve been meaning to catch up on all my ARC’s, even if they’re ridiculously late. So here goes. Also, receiving this book from the publisher through Netgalley does not influence my opinion or my review, I promise. I LIKED THIS BOOK. Which was a relief after pretty much hating Maybe Someday. But for the first time… Read more »

Aug 07
July: I’ve Been a Busy Bee, Let’s Catch Up

July: I’ve Been a Busy Bee, Let’s Catch Up

Life 4

WHAT EVEN HAPPENED TO JULY. I looked at the calendar today and noticed that it was August 4th (as I’m writing anyway), and HOW?! July was absolutely insane. I have much to tell. More than you probably care to read about. BUT here goes. LIFE STUFF IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW, I AM OBSESSED WITH MY FISH It has truly become a hobby and I love them as if they’re my children. BUT ON TO THE GOOD NEWS, I woke up two weeks… Read more »

Aug 03
Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

1 Stars, DNF, Reviews 1

DNF Review. I could would not finish this book. I was excited to read this because I thought it’d be a fun and dramatic romance that I would love, and I’ve heard good things about Colleen Hoover so I was eager to see what the buzz was about. However, this book was a HUGE disappointment. Even worse, it made me feel all gross and uncomfortable and angry. BLAH. The felt repulsed by the characters and their actions and I WILL RANT… Read more »

Jul 17
Review: Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Review: Mosquitoland by David Arnold

4 Stars, Reviews 2

Mosquitoland was… something.  Possible spoilers ahead, read with caution. I mean, for the first half of the book I had NO IDEA WHAT WAS HAPPENING. This girl, Mim, overheard her father and stepmom talking to her principal and then decides to steal money from her stepmom and travel across the country to Ohio to visit her sick mother (except we don’t actually know what’s wrong with her). She just RUNS AWAY. Doesn’t ask any questions or anything. NOPE. Running away is… Read more »