Category Archives: BOOK CELEBRATIONS

#31DaysOfBooks 2018: Julie Eshbaugh

Julie Recommends:             Crossing The Line by Meghan Rogers This is a great spy thriller–something YA doesn’t have enough of–with a strong female main character. It’s full of action, but it’s also full of heart.

#31DaysOfBooks 2018: Tamarah Mack

Tamarah Recommends:             Living Successfully with Screwed Up People by Elizabeth B. Brown Living Successfully with Screwed Up People is a highly recommended book to read because it helps you overcome distractions and roadblocks that

#31DaysOfBooks 2018: Lindsay DeRollo

Lindsay Recommends: Harriet and the Spaghetti Snake by Tracy Kushwaha The illustrations are adorable, and it’s a fun and creative idea for a story that teaches kids a valuable lesson at the end. The Peddler’s Bed by Lauri Fortino The

My Favorite Children’s Book By Andrea Bledsoe King

I am going to be honest; this was the hardest assignment I have ever been assigned by B4R! I have read so many books as a kid, a teenager, and now as a 40-something adult. Frank Zappa once said, “So

My Favorite Teachers- A Tribute by Andrea Bledsoe King

I actually have two teachers I would like to honor for Teachers’ Appreciation Week. The first person was my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Bennie Campbell. Mrs. Campbell should have been the one who taught me how to read and write, but

National Poetry Month: Holding On: A Poem by Andrea Bledsoe King

  In honor of National Poetry Month, I wanted to share a poem that I wrote with you all! Written for my husband, Neale King. After 9 years of marriage, I know it takes a lot to get married, be

National Poetry Month:The Griesly Wife by John Manifold

By Andrea Bledsoe King When I was very young my father, Ralph Bledsoe, Jr. would read me this poem quite often. My dad, now age 72, has been smoking since he was 17 or 18 so when he read me

Women Writers: Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

by Emma Hyndman A short story collection that reads like poetry. Convincing stories that walk the line between fiction and reality just enough fiction to keep the reader captivated. Digging into Carmen Maria Machado’s “Her Body and Other Stories” after a

Women Writers: Beverly Cleary

By Andrea King One woman writer who probably had the largest influence on me is Beverly Cleary. When I was younger, I loved Ramona Quimby’s imagination, understood Ellen Tebbits ’ awkwardness, and sympathized with Leigh Botts’ confusion.  When we were

Emma’s 5 Most Anticipated Books of 2018

Emma Hyndman Reading has always been more than a hobby for me; it’s a form of self-care, education, and communication. For this reason, the process of reading a book is more of a ritual that starts the moment I begin