February Reading Re-Cap!

Hi guys! March is going to be a crazy month for me! I just performed last night in my choir’s Evening with the Madrigals, and I sang and/or played the piano to “Hold Me Now” by Johnny Logan, “Home” from Beauty and the Beast: The Musical, and “Think of Me” from Phantom of the Opera. Next week is Midterms week, along with my DECA State Convention and the SE-YA Book Fest. And that’s only the first two weeks of March, and there’s much more in store for me. At least last month, I was able to finish 10 books somehow!

5 Stars

Cry of the Sea by D. G. Driver

Cry of the Sea


4 Stars

These Ruthless Deeds by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

These Ruthless Deeds


Greetings from Witness Protection! by Jake Burt

Greetings from Witness Protection!


AutoFocus by Lauren Gibaldi



Legends of the Lost Causes by Brad McLellan and Louis Sylvester

Legends of the Lost Causes


Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Goodbye Eyes


Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild


Rook by Sharon Cameron



3 Stars

These Vengeful Souls by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

These Vengeful Souls


Love Songs & Other Lies by Jessica Pennington

Love Songs & Other Lies


In Case You Missed This Month’s Posts

Author Interviews

Adrianne Finlay, author of Your One & Only

Mary Weber, author of Reclaiming Shilo Snow

Chelsea Sedoti, author of As You Wish


“Healing through Stories: Two Novels of Uniting Families” with Corabel Shofner and Leslie Hauser


The Power of Middle Grade Novels


Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay (5 Stars)

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce (4 Stars)

Legends of the Lost Causes by Brad McLellan and Louis Sylvester (4 Stars)

The Lairdbalor by Kathleen Kaufman (3 Stars)

Blog Tours and Cover Reveals

Your One & Only by Adrianne Finlay (ARC Review)

Tempests and Slaughter by Tamora Pierce (Review)

Fighting Fate by Shaila Patel (Cover Reveal and Excerpt)

Reclaiming Shilo Snow by Mary Weber (Scavenger Hunt and Author Interview)


January Reading Re-Cap

Blog Update: Re-Organization of Archives

Happy Reading!

+ J.M.J.

~ Kester

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My 2017 Southern Festival of Books Experience!

Hi guys! Last week for Fall Break, I attended the Southern Festival of Books, which brings hundreds of authors and book lovers from all across the nation to Nashville, Tennessee! Last year, I was able to go to a few signings during the last few hours of the Saturday date, but this year, I planned to stay the entire day (or at least most of it). SFB was definitely one of the best (well, really only) book festivals I have ever been to! The atmosphere and the authors were so amazing to talk to, and I got many books signed! Although I did not meet as many authors as I did with SE-YA last March, I did have a lot of fun chatting with the ones I did meet. Here are some pictures!

I got SEVEN books signed there (technically eight since I got a signed bookplate from Julie C. Dao and won a copy of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns the next week), and I am super excited to read many of them! They include (from top left to bottom right) The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima, A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab, Refugee by Alan Gratz, The Serpent King and Goodbye Days by Jeff Zenter, and This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (who also writes as V. E. Schwab for NA novels).


I also met some amazing authors, all who were super nice and great to talk with!

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