8 Spooky Children’s Picture Books for Halloween (Or Anytime)

We’ve read a ton of spooky books because everyone in our family loves them. For this post I’ve narrowed it down to the best: those I’d recommend that even adults read for entertainment, and that Boy Detective came back to again and again. (Disclosure: Amazon links are affiliate links.) Ghosts for Breakfast (2002) by Stanley Todd Terasaki and illustraded by… Read more »

My 8 Favorite Mysteries (So Far!)

I’m still only a baby mystery reader, but I’m loving the puzzle-solving, the danger, and the intrigue. Here’s a tiny post of my mystery recs so far! Hopefully the mystery genre and I have will a long and beautiful relationship. (Disclosure: Amazon links are affiliate links.) Any book on this list I loved at the time I read it, whether… Read more »

25+ Manga & Manhwa Recommendations for Your Reading List

I started reading manga WAY later than I started reading Western comics. When I first published this post in 2016, I’d only found a handful of titles to love. Now I have so many favorites! And in the past couple of years, I’ve started discovering Korean manhwa as well. This index of manga and manhwa titles recommended across my blog… Read more »

13 Amazing Children’s Picture Books About Magic

There are a ton of children’s picture books about magic, but these are our family’s absolute favorites. These books are really well written, and the art is beautiful and interesting. What’s not to love? I’d even hand them to an adult looking for a light read. (Disclosure: Amazon links are affiliate links.) My picture book posts were originally published and… Read more »

18 Children’s Picture Books About Girls Being Awesome

Some people believe that boys prefer stories with male lead characters. I’m not sure when that was supposed to kick in, but it never happened at our house. So here’s a selection of our favorite fantastic children’s books about girls being amazing that I enjoyed reading just as much as Boy Detective did. (Disclosure: Amazon links are affiliate links.) My… Read more »

10 Contemporary Romance Novels I Adore

Here’s a roundup of some of my favorite contemporary romance novels. Usually I organize books into more topic-related posts, but I also like having a space for some books to just hang out being awesome. I hope you find something new here to enjoy! (Disclosure: Amazon links are affiliate links.) I originally posted this list in 2017, but it’s been… Read more »

12 Graphic Novels About Growing Up

The graphic novel format is used to tell a variety of stories. When I looked at my favorite comics that didn’t have people in capes, superpowers, or anything blowing up, I realized many had a common theme: growing up. They also have wonderful art and characters you can root for. I’m excited to share them with you. (Disclosure: Amazon links… Read more »

15 Wonderful Contemporary YA Novels

Teens and young adults sometimes get a bad rap in popular culture. When I was one myself, I was terrible, but having worked with teenagers professionally since then, I know that they’re great. They may lack life experience, but often they more than make up for it in enthusiasm and curiosity. So here are some of my fave contemporary YA… Read more »