The Liebster Award

Thank you to NovelSisters for nominating me for this award!

Here’s a link to their site:



1. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging so I could have a place where all my reviews could be found and too help readers find something good to read!

2. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I think I would have to go to Greenland!

3. What’s your favorite book?

Hmmmm.  This is a hard question to ask a book reviewer, but I would have to say “The Scorpio Races” by Maggie Stiefvater (she is also one of my top favorite authors!)

4. Who’s had the biggest influence on you?

I would have to say my parents for teaching me how to read at an early age and all of my library ladies who kept my interest in reading!

5. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

I would have the power to zap all of the dogs and cats in the shelters into wonderful loving homes!

6. What’s one of your favorite childhood memories?

I have ALOT but I think my favorite would be the time that I said I was going to run away.  I made myself a sandwich and hid behind the garage.  My parents also told me (jokingly) that they would buy me the plane ticket! 🙂

7. If you could turn one book into a movie, and it would be really well done, which one would you choose?

“The Scorpio Races” by Maggie Stiefvater

8. What’s your favorite animal and why?

I LOVE ALL ANIMALS!  Each one is unique and interesting!

9. What’s your favorite scent?

Vanilla Extract used for baking LOL

10. What’s the craziest dream you’ve had?

I can vividly remember most of my dreams.  I can’t tell you the craziest one because I am attempting to turn it into a book! 😀

The rules for Liebster Award are as follows:
•Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.
•Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
•Nominate 5 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.
•Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
•Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.
I have nominated the following bloggers for the Liebster Award:

Reading With Rhythm:

Nebraska: Now and Then:

The Perks of Being a Bookworm:

We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down:



Here are your 10 Questions:

1. Why did you start blogging?

2. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

3. What’s your favorite food?

4. Who’s had the biggest influence on you?

5. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

6. What’s one of your favorite childhood memories?

7. Would you ever go skydiving/bungee jumping/deep sea diving/paragliding?

8. What’s your favorite animal and why?

9. What’s your favorite scent?

10. What is one of your favorite quotes?


Buy me a cup of coffee?

A Simple Taste for Reading is a non-profit, single person owned blog ran by your’s truly! 🙂  The blog is purely a labor of love – but it is a labor. Thus, if you would like to financially support my writing and reviewing, please feel free to donate to A Simple Taste for Reading by clicking on the Buy Me a Cup of Coffee button to the right of the blog.

Want to help keep the creativity going and my mind awake reading and reviewing all of these books?

Check out the tab on my home page, help donate to the cause!


Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children #2) By Ransom Riggs



Strange, I thought, how you can be living your dreams and your nightmares at the very same time.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

OH MY!  I don’t know if I have said this before but Ransom Riggs is one of my TOP favorite authors!  There is just something about his writing that glues your hands to his books and won’t let go!

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world, to save the ymbrynes!

Jacob came to the island in contemporary time to find answers about his grandfather. He leaves it in 1940 to save Miss Peregrine, the woman who helped him discover that he is a peculiar — just as she helped every other fleeing child in the three boats.

Peculiars are children with supernatural abilities. Little Olive will float to the heavens if she does not wear her weighted shoes. Scholarly Millard is invisible. Jacob’s feisty girlfriend, Emma, can make fire with her hands. As for Jacob, he has the ability to sense and see hollowgasts, creatures that devour peculiars so they can become powerful wights.

In order to get Miss Peregrine, who is trapped in bird form, to London where there’s a fellow shape-shifter who can help her, Jacob and the other peculiars must travel through time loops, escape from wights and hollowgasts, and navigate World War II-ravaged England. Their thrilling journey is interspersed with authentic vintage photos that the author found over many years and borrowed from fellow collectors, which is an amazing additive to this series.  Riggs does not incorporate the black-and-white images seamlessly as simple illustration. They are often surprising, appearing at specific points in order to make readers pause in horror, humor, or despair. In one, two pairs of glowing eyes float in the black above a pile of skulls and bones. In another, a goggle-wearing dog with a pipe in its mouth gazes into the distance. And in yet another, a lone soldier stares at the debris on the altar of a bombed cathedral. It feels as if the photos came first and from them the story emerged, a warp through which the plot was woven.

If you have not read the first book, I strongly suggest you head out right now and pick it up and start this amazing journey!

Here’s my review of the first book: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

The Ambitious Card by John Gaspard (An Eli Marks Mystery)


The life of a magician isn’t all kiddie shows and card tricks. Sometimes it’s murder.


Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Mystery and magic, the fixings for a great book right?  How about mystery, magic and MURDER?  Even better!  Eli Marks, the main character is what he would call himself as a ‘debunker’ or skeptic, as well as a magician.  Eli and his uncle Harry also run a magic shop.  When Eli gets the chance to be a ‘debunker’ and magician on a live TV show, he uses his skills to debunk a celebrity psychic in front of everyone.   He expected a few insults but not that Grey, the psychic himself, would be murdered within hours, or that this would be the start of a number of murders of psychics.

One other  problem for Eli is that his ex wife’s current husband is Homicide Officer Fred Hutton, who, when he realizes that Eli had been on the scene, arrests him, over and over again, more or less every time another psychic is murdered.   Another complication is that the King of  Diamonds appears at every murder scene, which seems to implicate Eli further – perhaps a little too obviously.  It couldn’t be that Eli was being set-up, could it?  Or was Eli’s magical card trick he had preformed for the show, becoming the main clue to each of the murders?

This story is very well written and fun to read.  It really kept my attention and I honestly did not expect who the murder suspect ended up being!  I would definitely read another Eli Marks Mystery!  Keep an eye out, author John Gaspard is going to be a Featured Author of the Month for February and while you wait, get your hands on this book!


This is a blog that I follow. I just love that all the posts are from ‘the dog’, this one though is really cute! I wouldn’t mind reading this book to my story time kids!

Reading With Rhythm

It seems that I spend a lot of my time waiting.

IMG_4702Waiting for dinner

IMG_1533Waiting for someone to play with me

IMG_4704Sometimes, just waiting – for I’m not sure what

Waiting can be very difficult. Sometimes I get very impatient. Sometimes it’s hard to get anyone to understand what it is that I want. I find that some people can “hear” me better than others. Some of the little kids at school try to do things for me whether I want it or not. They bring me things that I don’t know what to do with. Like cars and trucks. Or dolls. Or their shoes. Or they try to wrap me up when they think I’m cold. Or they feed me stuff. I like when they do that! But the Mom Person doesn’t so much. I usually just sigh and wait for them to decide to take me for a…

View original post 526 more words

Guest Review from a FAN of A SIMPLE TASTE FOR READING, Sarah Kurz…The Breadwinner By Stevie Kopas



Without another thought, without another second to spare, she threw herself to her feet and tore off running in the direction of the highway.  Looking back only once to see a tsunami of death advancing on her only friend left in the world.


Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

The residents of Florida have found that the world has turned to Hell and only the strong can survive.  The role you once played in society no longer applies here and neither do the rules. The bonds of family and friendship can turn up in the most unlikely of places and be taken from you just as quickly.  And the dead roam wild and free.


The Breadwinner, the first book in Stevie Kopas’ post-apocalyptic trilogy, gives us a glimpse into the lives of normal people in a not-so-normal world.  A violent infection has broken out, turning the sick into “eaters” that devour the flesh of living, thus spreading the infection.  The main characters find themselves moving farther and farther from who they were in their previous lives to come together as a group in this new life.  Samson Eckhart, a wealthy, high class lawyer, begins to realize that the trivial things he and his wife valued so much really have very little meaning.  He tries to hold on to what normal used to be while creating a new normal for his family and his disillusioned wife, who are living in the gated community of Franklin Woods.  Veronica, a 16-year-old high school track star, finds that she has more strength in the face of disaster than she thought possible.  She is a pillar of bravery for her father and older brother and an unlikely friend for 25-year-old Ben, a veteran who now resides in a restaurant.  And Andrew, a police officer in Franklin Woods, must find a way to balance his relationship with his unstable girlfriend and his brother, all while making sure they aren’t eaten alive.  The group begins the story as total strangers, but soon learn that their chances of survival increase as they work together, even if the group as a whole doesn’t always see eye to eye. With one common goal, make it out alive, they try to come up with a plan that will get them to the coast and away from the monsters they have been avoiding.


While zombie apocalypse novels seem to be everywhere these days, The Breadwinner really intrigued me because I enjoyed the characters so much.  Kopas creates a nice variety of people that balance each other well and each offer their own uniqueness to the story.  She does a wonderful job of not only shaping the lives of the characters, but also allowing us to see how the apocalypse has affected the individuals emotionally and mentally.   I enjoyed seeing the world through the eyes of such a variety of people.  I also enjoyed how each character brought a different type of strength to the group.  Kopas avoided the all-too-cliche apocalypse “badass” character, who seem to naturally know what to do in such an event, and instead created characters that learn to survive because of their individual strengths and willingness to overcome disaster.  I’m very anxious to see what will happen to the group when the second book is released!