Burrito Book Tag

This tag is creative, funny, & makes me want Chipotle. Thank you Jordan from I Will Never Own Enough Books, she works in Disney & her reviews are perfection. & thank you Aura from The Oxford Writer’s Lounge for tagging me. She plays tons of instruments & has an amazing book out called Secrets of Oxford, so she’s pretty awesome.

RICE: The foundation – “The book that got you into reading (or book blogging)”:

I started book blogging last winter
& the first post I ever did was a book review of My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins!

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Never Never by Brianna Shrum

I received this book from Spencer Hill Press through NetGalley in exchange for review.

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens & Peter & Wendy by J.M. Barrie are two of my favorite stories. Since Barrie’s creation has become popular, Peter’s been adapted & readapted a thousand times. I love pretty much all of them. Disney’s version is cute enough. Spielberg’s Hook is pretty good & so is Terry Brook’s novelization of that movie. There’s been prequels & sequels & everybody pretty much loves shipping Peter & Wendy in P.J. Hogan’s version with Jeremy Sumpter.


& with Joe Wright’s version hitting the screens soon I figured now was a good time to start getting excited about the wonderful world of Neverland again. Luckily Brianna Shrum’s Never Never came out this Tuesday! Continue reading

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I received this book from Scribner through NetGalley in exchange for review.

This book has been out for over a year now & has won a Pulitzer Prize, an Andrea Carnegie Medal, an ALA Alex Award, & was a National Book Award Finalist for Fiction. Many reviewers love it as well, so it has become fairly well known. But many people still have yet to read it. What is wrong with you? Read it!

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Keira Gillett – Author of Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest

I’m very excited to have special guest, Keira Gillett, author of the Zaria Fierce Trilogy on the blog today. Her first book, Zaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest, released earlier this year in March. Watch the book trailer to learn more:

Q: Hello Keira, thanks for agreeing to be featured on Reinreads. Why did you decide to write a middle grade/young adult trilogy?

Keira Gillett: Hi Alysyn! I’m so grateful to be on Reinreads. Thanks for having me. As for your question, I grew up on Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown, Animorphs, Half Magic, Ella Enchanted, and Harry Potter. They were a big part of my childhood. I still remember devouring the books for the first time. I wanted to contribute to a genre that I loved so much as a child and teen (and let’s face it as an adult too!) It’d be an honor to have written someone’s favorite book.

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Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace


Don’t mind if I do!

This post will be almost as long as the book itself.


“Set in an addicts’ halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction,Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.

Equal parts philosophical quest and screwball comedy, Infinite Jest bends every rule of fiction without sacrificing for a moment its own entertainment value. It is an exuberant, uniquely American exploration of the passions that make us human—and one of those rare books that renew the idea of what a novel can do.”

This does not do this novel justice in any way whatsoever.

  • The plot jumps around a bit, not just in time, but from character to character, most of whom aren’t directly relevant.
  • The style is…well to quote George Saunders: “When I’m explaining something to you, if I’m being long-winded, and twisty in a non-productive way, I could make you feel vaguely insulted. And you’d have a right to be.”
  • The content is mostly hysterical, sometimes borderline depressing emotionally.

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