First Impression Friday: “The Map of Salt & Stars” by Zeyn Joukhader

I started off this year by reading The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn Joukahder, about a trans Syrian boy struggling to find their name in a world after their mother has died. The Map of Salt & Stars was actually written by Zeyn before they transitioned, and deals with a young woman moving to … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “The Map of Salt & Stars” by Zeyn Joukhader

The Reader Problems Book Tag

Welcome back to Book Tag Thursday! This week's book tag is the Reader Problems Book Tag, and I found it on Allonsythornraxx, and the original tag is from About to Read . I've never really considered the "problems" I might have as a reader, and this tag made me take a good look at some … Continue reading The Reader Problems Book Tag

Recipe Review: Bread Machine Pretzels from Art & the Kitchen

This week's recipe is from Art & the Kitchen! I'm sure I've talked about this on my blog before, but I got a bread machine for my birthday last year and I've used it at least once if not twice a week since then. We make a ton of sandwiches since we're working from home, … Continue reading Recipe Review: Bread Machine Pretzels from Art & the Kitchen

The 9th Annual San Antonio Book Festival: Online Edition

Warning: Long Post Ahead! So I've never attended a book festival before - there's one in Huntsville, a little under two hours north of where I live, and while I've thought about attending, I just didn't do it. And now with COVID, there aren't many live events out there and I had struck all in-person … Continue reading The 9th Annual San Antonio Book Festival: Online Edition

Book Review: “The House of Hades” by Rick Riordan

So far, this is my favorite book out of the Heroes of Olympus series. It's nearly 600 pages long, and it's got everything: battles, heartbreak, jokes, and gut-wrenching loss. I was correct when I predicted last week that at least two heroes would fall in this book - but I'm not going to tell you … Continue reading Book Review: “The House of Hades” by Rick Riordan

First Impression Friday: “The Blood of Olympus” by Rick Riordan

And we come at last to the final book in the Heroes of Olympus series, The Blood of Olympus. I was quite surprised to see the actual cover underneath the dust jacket was a dark purple, and the end pages were bright orange, until I realized it was Camp Jupiter and Camp Half-Blood colors, showing … Continue reading First Impression Friday: “The Blood of Olympus” by Rick Riordan

Recipe Review: Mrs. Deyonker’s Almond Cream Puffs

Since I wasn't able to have a regular bridal shower this past year, I had a drive-through kitchen shower hosted by some of my mother-in-law's oldest friends, and THIS is a recipe from that kitchen shower. She even gave me a double boiler so I could make the recipe the "right" way! Steven and I … Continue reading Recipe Review: Mrs. Deyonker’s Almond Cream Puffs

Top Ten Books I’d Gladly Throw into the Ocean

Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted as always by That Artsy Reader Girl! This week's topic is a little controversial: there are many people who think that books shouldn't be destroyed even if you despise them, and there are those who would think nothing of tossing a book that upset them so greatly that … Continue reading Top Ten Books I’d Gladly Throw into the Ocean

Book Review: “The Mark of Athena” by Rick Riordan

This is the book where it hit me that the group of people I'd enjoyed reading about for so long were finally growing up. There is so much more romance in this book than there is in the previous books (and in the entirety of the previous series), and while at first I wanted to … Continue reading Book Review: “The Mark of Athena” by Rick Riordan