The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman: Spellbinding in Every Way

I’ve always believed in magic. My dog gives me a look, and through no control of my own, I find myself handing over a cookie. A rainstorm clears, and suddenly, there’s a giant double rainbow. I pick up a book, and through words on paper, I’m instantly transported to another time and place, immersed in … More The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman: Spellbinding in Every Way

Outlander Superlatives: Episode 304 – Of Lost Things

I’m about to make a bold statement, my fellow Outlander fanatics. Episode 304, “Of Lost Things,” is my favorite episode to date. I love it even more than the wedding, more than Jamie swooping into Black Jack’s window to save Claire, more than the Battle of Prestonpans when I cried my face off, more than … More Outlander Superlatives: Episode 304 – Of Lost Things

Wickwythe Hall by Judithe Little: Love, Loss, and the Anguish of War

There’s a reason why World War II-era historical fiction is so popular, and why it’s my very favorite. Timeless tales of heroism, tragedy, heartbreak, and love are stories that always leave a mark on me, and Judithe Little’s debut novel, Wickwythe Hall, undoubtedly has. Wickwythe Hall introduces us to three unforgettable characters, brought together by … More Wickwythe Hall by Judithe Little: Love, Loss, and the Anguish of War

Outlander Superlatives: Episode 303 – All Debts Paid

Just when you think Jamie Fraser can’t get any hotter, he has to go be all rough and stoic in prison. Mac Dubh has arrived, y’all, and so has our latest round of Outlander Superlatives! So many amazing and awful things happen in “All Debts Paid.” Someone dies! Someone lives! Lord John Grey is in … More Outlander Superlatives: Episode 303 – All Debts Paid

The Ideal Season for “The Blackbird Season” by Kate Moretti

If summer is the time to lounge on the beach with a book that makes you laugh, I think of fall as the ideal season to curl up with a blanket, a toasty mug of something delicious, and a book that might just send a chill up your spine. That’s why I love reading Daphne … More The Ideal Season for “The Blackbird Season” by Kate Moretti

Outlander Superlatives: Episode 302 – Surrender

Have we all stopped crying yet? Full disclosure: I haven’t. Episode 302, “Surrender,” was just so sad in every possible way. It’s a good thing they threw us that shot of Jamie’s heinie in the beginning to sort of ease us into things, am I right? Despite the fact that this week’s episode of Outlander … More Outlander Superlatives: Episode 302 – Surrender

Literary Hunk of September: Prince Freddie of Wales

I’ve been suffering from Royal Fever all my life. It’s a chronic condition that’s always lurking under the surface, and, as with any prolonged ailment, it has its flare ups based on certain triggers. Engagements. Weddings. Babies. Wimbledon. Needless to say, I’m having a major spell right now that I can’t seem to shake. Kate … More Literary Hunk of September: Prince Freddie of Wales

Outlander Superlatives: Episode 301 – The Battle Joined

We did it, Sassenachs! We survived Droughtlander! Honestly, it seems like forever ago when Outlander wrapped up its second season, leaving Claire at Craigh na Dun and Jamie preparing to die on Culloden moor. I dinna ken about you, but all of this waiting was starting to age me. That doesna matter anymore, though. We’re … More Outlander Superlatives: Episode 301 – The Battle Joined

Lessons from a Sweet Valley Reread: Slam Book Fever (SVH #48)

Break open those Lip Smackers and get your Lisa Frank organizers ready, friends. It’s a new school year, and we’re hopping in the red Fiat Spider and cruising straight back to 1988. That’s right, Gladiators. It’s time for another edition of Lessons from a Sweet Valley Reread! This time around, I decided to revisit Sweet … More Lessons from a Sweet Valley Reread: Slam Book Fever (SVH #48)