Tell Me Something Tuesday: Besides literature, what’s your favorite form of media?

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What’s your favorite form of media (apart from literature, that is)?

Music/radio, for me. We have Apple Music (which is awesome), but these days I just like to listen to CDs or the classic rock station on my boombox. I’ve been feeling nostalgic, you know?

My favorites: Sting, Depeche Mode, Loreena McKennitt, Great Big Sea, Máire (Moya) Brennan, Enya, The Doors. Also the Pure Moods CDs! Plus Celtic/New Age & 70s | 80s | 90s music.

Classic rock radio faves: Eagles, Led Zeppelin, The Police, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Boston, Queen & many more. ♥

What about you? Besides literature, what’s your favorite form of media? — 𝓓𝓲𝓪𝓷𝓪

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EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT INDIANS BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK (Young Readers Edition) by Anton Treuer


Publisher: Levine Querido
Release Date: April 6, 2021

“Why are Indians so often imagined rather than understood?”

Ojibwe author and professor Dr. Anton Treuer tackles this question and dozens more in this engaging and informative book, perfect for young readers and adults alike. I learned so much from this book, including Indigenous history and the lives of Natives today. The Q&A format makes the information easily accessible, while the author’s personal writing style will keep readers interested.

There were so many eye-opening parts to this book, covering topics like mascots, stereotypes, sovereignty, blood quantum, and residential boarding schools. A personal story the author shared about his treatment by police after being stopped while driving with his wife really stuck with me. Also, I went to the University of Kansas, and I had no idea about the cemetery and its history at Haskell Indian Nations University, which was just down the street.

I borrowed this book from the library, but I’m planning to get a copy of my own. This would make a wonderful reference guide for social studies classrooms too. — 𝓓𝓲𝓪𝓷𝓪

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SHUTTER by Melissa Larsen


Publisher: Berkley Books
Release Date: June 15, 2021

The premise of SHUTTER held so much potential, but overall this book was a miss for me. The story follows Betty Roux, a young woman who moves across the country to New York, trying to escape the grief of losing her father. Betty’s dream is to be an actress, and a childhood friend hooks her up with a hot director who’s filming an homage (of sorts) to Cape Fear on a private island off the coast of Maine.

Poor Betty was so naïve! She doesn’t hesitate to accept the role as Lola, even though there are so many red flags. Remote location. Only five cast/crew members. Unscripted. Hidden cameras. Once there, the director wants to completely change Betty’s look. And then there’s something weird going on with the island’s caretaker.

Most of the book was a very slow build up to the big reveal at the end, and the reasoning behind the twist seemed so petty. Meh. I did enjoy the atmosphere created, and though the pacing was slow I stayed curious to see how things would play out. It just wasn’t the the thriller I was expecting from the blurb. The author’s writing style did keep me hooked, and I’m curious to see where she goes in her next book. — 𝓓𝓲𝓪𝓷𝓪

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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THE STARS OF WHISTLING RIDGE by Cindy Baldwin


Publisher: Quill Tree Books
Release Date: June 15, 2021

✦ Middle Grade Magical Realism ✦

“Ivy Mae Bloom is almost thirteen years old, her name is almost a complete sentence, and her family’s RV is almost a home.”

THE STARS OF WHISTLING RIDGE is a magical middle grade story of a girl desperate for a forever home, and ultimately learning that “home” means more than just a stationary building. Ivy Mae Bloom’s mother and two aunts are fallen stars in human form, and they control the magic in different parts of the country. Ivy’s family is constantly on the move, traveling from place to place so her mother can help people by granting wishes.

Even though her mom warned her that sometimes wishes were unpredictable, Ivy steals the wish jars and dreams of a permeant home like her Aunt Agatha has in Whistling Ridge, North Carolina. Not long after, the family ends up stranded in Whistling Ridge, and they learn that the town is plagued by a sinister force destroying its magic. Ivy is then faced with a dilemma, since saving the town will mean having to move on again.

Ivy is a relatable character as she faces conflicts with her parents & siblings, the challenge of making new friends, and doing the right thing even if it means not getting what she wants. I enjoyed the mystery of Whistling Ridge’s curse, and how clever Ivy was to research the town’s history and try to fit the puzzle pieces together. The ending was satisfying with Ivy learning a lot about herself, her family, and what “home” truly means. Recommended to fans of magical realism and mystery. — 𝓓𝓲𝓪𝓷𝓪

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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Sunday Post | It’s Monday! What are you reading?

Linking up with Kimberly @ Sunday Post and Kathryn @ It’s Monday! What are you reading?


ᕼᥲρρყ ᒍᥙᥒᥱ! ☀️ What have you been up to? I’ve been walking more and listening to audiobooks again. I’ve taken a few trips to the library and bookstore for inside browsing, which I haven’t done since February 2020. It was so much fun!

Do you have a Little Free Library near you? I’ve been searching for one close by because I have several ARCs I’d like to donate. I did find a LFL a few blocks away, but it only had children’s books in it. My daughter wouldn’t let me add my thrillers, lol. My search continues! 📚

What I’ve Been Reading:

OF WOMEN AND SALT by Gabriela Garcia (⭐⭐⭐)
THE INVISIBLE HUSBAND OF FRICK ISLAND by COLLEEN Oakley (⭐⭐⭐⭐)
THE LISTENING HOUSE by Mabel Seeley (⭐⭐⭐½)
RULE OF THREES by Marcy Campbell (⭐⭐⭐⭐½)
🎧 THE STARS OF WHISTLING RIDGE by Cindy Baldwin (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

What I’m Currently Reading:

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful week! — 𝓓𝓲𝓪𝓷𝓪

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