The Character Cringe Factor (Or, Why Won’t They Just…)

It’s the second Tuesday of May, which means my newsletter is out! You can read it here or subscribe to ensure you never miss one. I often include subscriber-exclusive giveaways. This week I’ve been musing on frustrating characters. It started because my teen reader was venting to me about her most recent re-read–and the fact…

Read more »

I See What You Did There (With That Twist)

Happy Spring! At least it feels like spring to me, since spring break starts in about six or so hours. It’s a bit dreary here in Missouri at the moment, but if we wait a few days, that will change. Fortunately, I don’t have to wait for it, as I’m heading to Disney World! (Cue…

Read more »

What I Read in 2023

Happy New Year! I’m already a couple of books into my reading for 2024, but it’s tradition for me to recap my year here on the blog, so here’s a summary of what I read in 2023. My reading was up in 2023! I finished 90 books (versus 80 in 2022). I didn’t have a…

Read more »

What I Read in 2022

Happy New Year’s Eve! Per tradition, I’m wrapping up the year by sharing my 2022 reading list and statistics. My reading was a bit down this year, from 88 books in 2021 to 80 in 2022. Those 80 books broke down to: 12 middle grade 54 young adult 14 adult Most of those adult books…

Read more »

What I Read in 2021

Happy New Year’s Eve! I thought long and hard about whether to do my annual favorite reads post this year, and when it came down to it, I just couldn’t choose a top 10. I read way too many fantastic books this year, and the majority of them were by my fellow debut authors. BUT,…

Read more »

Interview at The Book Bratz

Today, you can find me over at The Book Bratz blog as part of their 2021 Debut Author Interview series. They asked me some great questions about YOUR LIFE HAS BEEN DELAYED, including a few I hadn’t been asked yet. You can check out the interview at: https://thebookbratz.blogspot.com/2021/07/2021-debut-author-interview-michelle-i.html Just as an extra tidbit, one of…

Read more »

What I Read in 2020

I read 99 books in 2020. With my own book coming out in 2021, I made a concerted effort to seek out and support 2020 debuts. Some of these were also fellow 2017 PitchWars mentees–bonus! And later in the year, I added another goal: I sought out books by Black authors for both myself and my kids….

Read more »

My Favorite Reads of 2020

I read so many fantastic books in 2020, it’s really hard to narrow down favorites. As I was reading back through my reviews from the year to decide, one of my major determining factors was the book’s unputtdownable factor (I guess that’s not a word, but oh well). So you’ll see how quickly I read…

Read more »

Battling A Review Slump

I’ve been reviewing books here on my blog since its inception in 2012. When I started out, I was writing middle grade books, and I made a point of reviewing a middle grade book every week. Over time, my review priorities have changed. I shifted to reviewing more young adult books than middle grade–although I’ve…

Read more »

10 Story Elements That Always Hook Me

As I was going through all the old posts on my blog to clean up the categories, I noticed it had been quite a while since I did a general reading post that wasn’t a review. I also noticed a number of my reviews included statements like “any book that includes _____ has my immediate…

Read more »

TRULY MADLY ROYALLY and a Few Other Books You Should Read

It’s time for another roundup of mini-reviews! In light of recent events, I took a hard look at my reading habits and realized that while I certainly wasn’t reading all white authors, I wasn’t making a concerted effort to read and support Black authors–or to bring those books to my kids’ attention. So as a…

Read more »

What I Read in 2019

I read 102 books in 2019. Books I reviewed are linked. My favorite reads of 2019 are starred. Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella The Date to Save by Stephanie Kate Strohm The Search by Nora Roberts American Panda by Gloria Chao Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender White Rose by Kip Wilson* The Other Miss Bridgerton…

Read more »