A Consolidated List of All the Books I Reviewed in 2019

You asked for it…so here it is! A bookclub.org list of all the books that I did full reviews of in 2019! Guess what? I’m going to start doing more full reviews for 2020 too! So stay tuned for that list as well!

There are 48 books on this list and they include titles I loved and titles that were a miss for me. You can find something here for everyone…there are great Children’s, Middle Grade, YA and Adult books and none of my reviews of them contain spoilers! Take a look at the list and the cruise on over to the blog to get an in depth peak at the book so you can decide if it’s really for you!

Oldies but Goodies: Twenty Big Hits from 2017


It’s easy to forget, amongst all the new and shiny titles, that there are a TON of backlist titles that you may not have gotten to yet. To remedy that situation, I’m providing this lists of 20 titles that I read in 2017 and would wholeheartedly recommend!

In true Mama Panda form, this list contains Middle Grade, YA, Literary and General Fiction and Nonfiction! There are some true titles to love here…and some that I would highly recommend reading with someone else. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things brings with it a fair bit of controversy and would be great for an openminded book club! Circus Mirandus and Better Nate Than Ever are titles that I can’t recommend enough for parent/child read alouds!

There are both laughs (The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher) and tears (Peace Like a River and Saving Marty) and everything in between. Some of these titles will make you cheer for the protagonist (Americanah) and some will just make you shake your head (The Two-Family House!)

All in all, there’s something for everyone on this list. Honestly, I had forgotten how much I loved my reading life in 2017…I just may have to go back and read a few of these again!

What’s Waiting on my E-Reader – September 21, 2020

I have to admit it: I have a soft spot for shiny, new books! And, because of my blog…I get access to numerous Advanced Reader Copies (ARCs) every month from publishers who want me to include their books in a list or a review! Usually, those books are in digital format so my e-reader is generally packed to the gills with books I can’t wait to read!

This week, my list of e-reader titles includes almost all brand-spanking-new titles…everything from the newest from Emily St. John Mandel to the new Kevin Kwan! If you haven’t read these (or potentially even heard of them) yet…please check out my list. I always provide a little blurb about each book on Bookshop and the link to the publisher’s blurb is also included. It’s a great way to find books you might love AND support independent booksellers! Is there something new on the horizon that I don’t know about? What’s an upcoming release that you are really looking forward to?

What’s On My TBR? September 21, 2020

Here’s another little glimpse into my TBR! 10 titles that I’m dying to get my hands on. (A little secret: I’ve actually started a few of them because I can’t help but dip into titles I’m really looking forward to!)

This list is 40% nonfiction…which is HUGE for me. Given, most of that nonfiction is in the form of memoir and the rest of it is told in a very narrative style! Nonetheless, if you find my lists usually lack in the nonfiction category…this just might be the list for you!

Another anomaly about this list: there is NO Middle Grade or YA fiction here. I did read one of these books with my son but only because it’s important for him to know about…not because it was targeted to the 12 year old demographic!

I love this list…it truly gives me something to look forward to! Check it out…I hope it’ll be equally exciting for you. What’s on your TBR? By the way, how long is your TBR? How long is too long? I must admit…I could write posts about my TBR for months and never reach the end! How about you?

15 Great Books for Young Readers – Ages 4- 8 Years Old

I have loved reading to my son since the day he was born. Honestly, during those long winter months after his birth, I often laid him on the bed and read book after book to him. I’ll definitely be making a list of board books that we loved…but today, I’m highlighting one of our favorite kinds of books – those for early readers!

15 Great Books for Early Readers – Ages 4 to 8 Years Old

This is a list of books that we had SO MUCH fun with! These are books that either 1) he and I loved way back when or 2) we’ve acquired since he’s been older just because we love these kinds of books! Some of these are books that still bring tears to my eyes (I’m looking at you, Plant a Kiss!) because the memories of reading them with my son are so fresh and warm. I’m building a collection to keep for someday if he has kids and all of these books will be part of that set!

I hope you and yours enjoy these as much as we did! Don’t forget, if you purchase any of these books from my store at bookshop.org, a percentage of the book’s price goes to support indy bookstores!

What’s on My Nightstand? September 21, 2020

Oooh…this list is exciting. It’s full of Middle Grade, YA, adult and non-fiction titles and there are some REALLY intriguing ones in there!

What’s On My Nightstand? September 21, 2020

I have only begun one or two of these but there are specific reasons why I’m excited about each of them! I call those out in my list at bookshop.org. Don’t forget that if you decide to purchase one of these books (in any format) from the list, your purchase will be fulfilled and a percentage of the purchase will be split between the indy bookstores that are involved with www.bookshop.org.

What’s Waiting on My E-Reader – September 14, 2020

If you haven’t already recognized this fact: I’m reading multiple books in multiple formats, all the time! I usually have one paper book, several audiobooks and a ton of e-books going at any moment and, for whatever reason, I don’t seem to struggle with switching between stories.

That being said, today, I want to show you what I’ve been e-reading!

What’s Waiting on My E-Reader – September 14, 2020

My favorite things about e-books are:

  1. That I can get them so inexpensively (from http://www.bookshop.org/shop/ndgrad95reads, of course, but also from my local library!) and,
  2. That I can carry them everywhere on my Kindle reader on my phone. That convenience allows me to read constantly…whether I’m standing in line at Target or waiting for my son’s baseball game to start. I get so much more reading in than I did before I discovered e-books!
  3. That I can switch up what I’m reading at any time. I don’t have to have 3 books in my purse. If I’m not in the mood for the book I thought I wanted to read, I just dial up something else on my e-reader and come back to it later!

While any and all of these books could also be enjoyed in paper form, if you love a good e-book, I’ve outlined the 10 that I’m gobbling up right now! Oddly for me, these are all adult books at the moment (no YA, no Middle Grade) and all fiction. Mosts of these titles are also very new (for some reason I lean toward the new titles on my e-reader.) I know that’s just what some of you love, so this will be the perfect list for you! Check it out and let me know in the comments how you feel about e-books vs. paper books vs. audiobooks!

Audiobooks: What’s Playing in My Ear? September 14, 2020

It’s time to talk about audiobooks and my favorite book of ALL TIME is on this list. I’m listening to it again with my son (he wasn’t quite old enough the first time I listened to it) and loving it all over again.

What’s Playing in My Ear? September 14, 2020

Traditionally, I’ve listened to A LOT of audiobooks but, given the impact of COVID in 2020, I’m just out of the house less than I used to be. I tend to default to paper or e-books when I’m home so my audio stack has gotten less love than usual.

Nonetheless, I have several audio titles going right now and I want you to know about them! Click through to my list and pick up one of these for yourself while supporting independent bookstores! What’s playing in your ear these days? I’d love to know!

What I’m Really Reading Now – September 14th edition

I like to share every week what I’m actually reading and enjoying now! This week’s installment contains 5 books – 3 YA and 2 Adult titles.

What I’m Reading This Week – September 14, 2020

The YA titles span several different timeframes…the 50s and 60s as well as modern day and are really fun and enjoyable. The Adult titles are split between some 1980s video game-culture fun and a look at historical Britain during World War II. All five books are delighting me right now…if forced to rate them at the moment, I’d say that they are all somewhere between a 3.5 and 4 out of 5. Time will tell…stay tuned to see what I really think when I finish them and leave a comment to let me know what you’re REALLY reading right now!

Remember, if you buy any of the books from any of my lists, you are supporting independent bookstores around the country! What a great feeling!

2018 Was a Very Good Year…for Books!

It’s easy to find new, hot releases that are being touted non-stop! But what if you want to find some solid backlist titles that you haven’t checked out yet?

15 Fabulous Backlist Titles from 2018

I know there were some great books that I read in 2018 that you haven’t explored…so today’s list is all about those books. As always, my list spans the gamut…there are Middle Grade and YA titles, fiction and memoir releases. You’ll have to check out the list yourself to find my favorite book from 2018…a title that remains on my Favorite Books of All Time list!