Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Liked More Than I Thought I Would


  • The Whole Truth and And Nothing But the Truth by Kit Pearson. I realize I’m very late to the party, but WOW these books are excellent.
  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. I was pretty sure I’d like this, but the reality was a whole new level of liking and nagging thoughts.
  • Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson. Let’s be real, Jacqueline Woodson wrote this, how could it be anything but extraordinary? Even so, Feathers surpassed what I’d imagined.
  • Connecting Dots by Sharon Jennings. Difficult but so so good.


  • Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai – I have my high school English classes to thank for ruining my relationship with poetry, and to be honest I was pretty hesitant to pick up anything called a “verse novel”. How could an entirely novel be written in verse? I was pretty skeptical, but this wonder of a novel absolutely broke my heart and took my breath away.


Oh man, while the opposite has been often true, I cannot think of many situations where this has happened as I don’t give many chances to books that flail in the beginning.

  1. The Queen’s Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
    I tried this series because it is Janet’s forever love and I try to be a good friend. But dang, these books are brilliant. I adored them all.
  2. The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo – Zen Cho
    I was very intrigued to read this novella but didn’t expect it to blow my socks off. And it did. Now I am all things Zen Cho. I will read her grocery list.
  3. Friday Barnes series by R. A. Spratt
    I expected to like Friday but I didn’t think that she would bowl me over with her humungous vocabulary and very awkward social habits. Consider me a fan.
  4. Dreamers often Life – Jacqueline West
    While this book does not end with the brilliance it began, it was, nevertheless, a surprisingly good read.
  5. The Palace Job – Patrick Weekes
    I don’t have good experience reading men writing women, especially white men writing POC women. Weekes did an amazing job.
Dog-Eared: New and Exciting in the World of Children’s Literature in September 2016

Dog-Eared: New and Exciting in the World of Children’s Literature in September 2016

New and exciting in the world of children’s literature: Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief turns 20 tomorrow (October 1, 2016). Congratulations, MWT and Gen! And, with the re-release of The Queen’s Thief books 1-4 with new covers slated for February 28, 2017, could books 5 and 6 be far behind? *starry-eyed emoji* (Janet) This article is […]

TTT: Books You’d Want to Experience as Radio Plays

TTT: Books You’d Want to Experience as Radio Plays

Since this week’s Top Ten prompt from The Broke and the Bookish is “all about audio”, and we haven’t done much audiobook listening lately, I figured this would be a more suitable topic. Have at! Janet Requirements: lots of dialogue; witty dialogue; dialogue rife with misunderstandings; and a relatively limited cast of characters (so I don’t get who they are […]