Book Reviews

There is No Such Thing as Too Many Books

I am an avid bibliophile who is slowly filling every corner of my life with books.  Then clearing out those corners when I buy new bookshelves.

Then filling the empty corners all over again.

I have found ways to save money over the years, since my previous book shopping budget was unsustainable, and I now utilize my position as an Educational Consultant with Usborne Books & More (thus the graphic at the top of the page) and by having a day job in a library to get more bang (books) for my bucks.

First of all, I get a discount on Usborne books by being a consultant, or I just get them free (message me for details if you’re interested in those perks).  And I’ve found that it’s often wise to “test drive” books first, since they’re not always what I expect them to be from their description (on that note, I’m also very grateful to have discovered GoodReads), and working in a library has shown me just how very easy that test drive can be.

I still buy (lots of) books, but now I am usually familiar with them before I buy them.  Which is why I started writing book reviews:  to help other people more easily find the books with which they’re going to fall deeply in love.

I’ve separated this list of my blog posts into a few categories:  Story Books (for kids & teens & kids at heart), Activity & Non-Fiction Books (for kids), Fiction Books (for adults) and Non-Fiction Books (for adults); and I’ve sorted those lists alphabetically by title.

Happy Reading!

Story Books (for kids & teens & kids at heart)

The BFG (and a Grobswitchy Cake) by Roald Dahl

David Wiesner’s Wordless (or mostly wordless) Picture Books

The Dog Who Loved Red by Anitha Balachandran

East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Usborne Young Readers Edition)

The Garden of Empress Cassia by Gabrielle Wang

Hush Little Polar Bear by Jeff Mack

I’m a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian and Ann James

The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers

Just How Long Can a Long String Be by Keith Baker

The Katie Books by James Mayhew

The Library Gingerbread Man by Dotti Enderle and Colleen Madden

Monsters Aren’t Real by Kerstin Schoene

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems

When I Love You at Christmas by David Bedford and Tamsin Ainslie

Activity & Non-Fiction Books (for kids & teens)

50 Easter Things to Make and Do

Easter Bunny Lift-a-Flap Board Book

Flippy Floppy Jungle Animals Lift-a-Flap Book

Muddle & Match Books

My First Keyboard Book (with attached piano)

“Noisy” Sound Books

Puzzle Pad Books

Usborne’s Collection of SHAKESPEARE Books

Vintage Fashion Coloring Books

Wind-Up Pirate Ship Book (with toy)

Fiction Books (for adults)

*you’ll find more of my reviews for strictly adult books on GoodReads 

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Non-Fiction Books (for adults)

Fictitious Dishes: An Album of Literature’s Most Memorable Meals by Dinah Fried

The Hidden Life of Wolves by Jim and Jaime Dutcher