Reviews & Recommendations

Excellent in Audio

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

Lots of books are good no matter how you experience them—audio, print, and even digital versions might be equally appealing in those cases.  But sometimes one medium just shines above the rest.  That's the case for these audiobooks, where the performances and engineering add a little something extra we think you might miss if you read them only in print!

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Gearing Up for Gardening

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

If you ever talk to me for more than about five minutes, chances are, I will pull out my phone and start showing you pictures of my garden.  Or my seedlings.  Or the awesome head of broccoli I grew this one time (seriously, it was gorgeous...and delicious).  Or the patch of dirt that will, someday, be home to a riot of colorful blooms.  Gardening is second only to my pets as the primary subject of my camera roll, and it's definitely primary occupation of my free time as soon as the weather breaks until everything is put to bed in the fall...

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Where Have the Unicorns Gone?

Thursday, February 18th, 2021

It started with a discussion of Unicorn Day.

For years, we've been meaning to put together something fun to celebrate Unicorn Day (April 9th, in case you need to mark your calendar), and as we were brainstorming recently, we were listing our favorite unicorn books for young readers.  Slowly, we began to notice an unexpected trend...

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Kendall's Predictions

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

When it comes to predicting literary trends, there are no crystal balls involved.  It's more like predicting the weather—the key is keen observation, an understanding of how it all works, and the occasional stroke of luck.  We asked Kendall to turn her powers of observation on the world of publishing and give us her predictions for what's coming next.

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In Defense of the Rom-Com

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

It's no secret that I love a good rom-com. From Casey McQuiston's Red White and Royal Blue to Emily Henry's Beach Read, and even Emma Lord's Tweet Cute, there's always at least one that makes its way into my favorite books of the year. Sometimes, there's nothing I want to read more than a quick, relatively lighthearted story knowing that regardless of what drama ensues, it's almost guaranteed to have a happy ending.

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What's in a [Pen] Name?

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

I don't usually write under a pen name.  To be fair, I haven't had much opportunity—I've got several tiny publishing credits to my name, two of which are in scientific journals and another for a story in Teen Ink Magazine I submitted when I was in high school.  But when I was in college, I published a poem in the college's monthly literary magazine under the name "David Andrews."

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