My Favorite Childhood Novels

Books have always been a big part of my life – mostly thanks to my mom, who also loves books and has always encouraged me to read. I honestly can’t recall a time when I wasn’t reading books. I thought that it would be fun to reflect back to my childhood and share with you some of my favorite novels I read when I was very small. I’m pretty sure a couple of these were read aloud to me by my mom, but a grand majority were books I read myself. Some of these I can’t even recall the plots of, I just knew my tinier self was obsessed with them for some reason or another.

Also I’m not including Harry Potter in this, because DUH of course little Sarah was obsessed with Harry Potter! How could I call myself a bookwormy if I hadn’t read them?! I thought it would just be silly to include it here.

And now, without further ado, let’s begin!

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (aka The Secret of NIMH) by Robert C. O’Brien 

This was (and still is) one of my favorite movies of all time, but I do know that I read the book first. I’m about 99% sure my mom read it aloud to me first, but I definitely picked it up a bit later on and read it to myself again when I was a little bit older. I did that a lot. I honestly want to go back and re-read this sometime soon, because I don’t really remember the book at all. The movie is a lot more vivid in my memory (and even that I haven’t seen in years…)

The Tales of Dimwood Forest by Avi (series)

Oh hey, more books about mice! I loooooooooved this series when I was younger. I can vividly recall being really obnoxiously excited to find Ragweed (the prequel to the series) at the library and staying up really late at night reading it. (Actually I recall staying up reading late into the night a lot when I was younger, but because my concept of ‘staying up late’ was a lot different then that it is now I was probably only staying up past 8:30ish reading…)

The series is (in order) Poppy, Poppy and Rye, Ereth’s Birthdayand Poppy Returns (with Ragweed as the prequel). I’ve read and loved them all deeply. I unfortunately don’t remember the plots to any of them… Aside from little snippets I’ve heard when my mom read Poppy and Ereth’s Birthday aloud to my younger sister recently. I enjoyed the little snippets I heard. I love this series.

(EDIT: I recently came the attention that there is a FIFTH BOOK IN THE SERIES. It’s called Poppy and Ereth and I’m freaking out because I never read it or even knew it existed and now I need to cancel everything and read it so that my childhood can be complete.)

Anything by Beverly Cleary

I’ve probably checked out every Beverly Cleary book the library children’s section had because I loved her books. We still own a bunch of her books as well. The Ramona Quimby books were my favorites, but I read a ton of her other ones too. I liked the Henry and Ribsy books (sort of a Ramona spin-off series, I think) but not quite as much. I also liked the Ralph S. Mouse  trilogy (more mouse books!). I’m sure I’ve read a ton more of her work, but I can’t remember any of them off the top of my head.

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi (series)

I literally couldn’t tell you anything about this series other than it was about three siblings who discover a secret world of fairies. I do remember it sparking an obsession with finding real fairies, and being really sad that I never did actually find any. I’m still searching though. I read all five of them, LOVED THEM, and can recall being super disappointed in the movie adaptation. I don’t remember anything from the movie either, other than apparently I found it inaccurate.

There’s also a sequel series called Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, and I happen to own the first one, but I never read it.

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo 

Oh hey, another mouse book! I don’t think I need to say too much about this one, its still one of my favorite books of all time. It’s one of my mom’s all time favorites as well. I can recall checking it out from the library one evening and then the very next day finishing it in a single sitting because I enjoyed it so much.

There’s also the movie that I’ve seen a few times – NOWHERE NEAR AS GOOD AS THE BOOK but not the worst movie adaptation a book has ever gotten. And Emma Watson voices the princess in it so there’s that.

Anything by Marguerite Henry

I, like many young girls, went through a bit of a horse phase at one point. I don’t really know why – I did ride a horse once during a girl-scout trip but I thought it was scary. But I loved to read books about horses! I know for a fact that I read Misty of Chincoteague; Sea Star: Orphan of Chincoteague; Stormy, Misty’s Foaland Mustang: Wild Spirit of the West. I don’t think I read any of her other work (though I’m pretty sure we own Justin Morgan Had a Horse so it’s possible I read that one too.)

I also happened to own Black Beauty by Anna Sewell but never read it because for some reason I convinced myself it was a “grown up book” and I couldn’t read it, but I stared at it a lot. I was a weird kid.

Royal Diaries (series) by various authors

Ah, now here’s an obsession. My mom is very into history, so I read a lot of historical fiction when I was younger. I read a lot of different ones, but my all time favorite historical fiction novels were from the Royal Diaries series, which were basically fictional diaries written by various princesses throughout history. I devoured these – I’m pretty sure we own a bunch, but I know I got a lot of them from the library as well.

After checking Goodreads I found that there were a few that I never read!! This is outrageous – especially seeing as there was one about a princess from China that I never read?! I had an obsession with China as a small child, so the fact that I never read that one is preposterous!

But the ones I know I did read include: Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles, Austria – France 1769 by Kathryn Lasky, Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile – 57 B.C . by Kristiana Gregory, Isabel: Jewel of Castilla, Spain, 1466 by Carolyn Meyer, Jahanara: Princess of Princesses by Kathryn Lasky, and my personal favorite Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tutor, England, 1544 by Kathryn Lasky.

D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths

When I was younger a lot of my friends were really obsessed with the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan but I could never really get into them. I did eventually read all five books of the first series, but I never cared enough to read further. Which is bizarre considering how obsessive I was about Greek mythology. This isn’t technically a novel, but I really loved D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire when I was younger. It’s basically a big picture book full of stories from Greek mythology that I read obsessively. Like, I’ve probably read through this book over a hundred times. It once inspired me to write a very embarrassingly bad novel about Jason and the Golden Fleece.

There’s also a D’Aulaire’s Book of Norse Myths that I haven’t actually read yet, but would like to one day.

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

I actually forgot this book existed until just now as I was reminiscing about old favorite books. It’s basically about three orphan girls who join a school for dance and theater. I think I read this book during my “theater phase”. I was in a few plays as a child, and enjoyed it, but unfortunately it never went anywhere and I haven’t done theater since. I also did ballet once when I was a very tiny child, but that also went nowhere. I have little to no memory of that time but I’m pretty sure I enjoyed it – honestly all I can really recall from the experience is getting new stuffed animals after performances (a ballerina doll, and a teddy bear named Teddy that was one of my greatest friends for many years).

The Mysterious Benedict Society (trilogy) by Trenton Lee Stewart

I had to save the best for last. The Mysterious Benedict Society is one of my favorite middle-grade trilogies of all time and I have fond memories of reading them. These books are about four children who are exceptionally smart that have to go on a secret undercover mission in an evil school. Not only is it an addictively fun story, but its full of tests and puzzles that you, the reader, can solve too! Sadly, I could never solve them myself… But it was still really fun to read!!

There’s also a prequel called The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict all about Mr. Benedict when he was child and while I wasn’t nearly as obsessed with it as I was with the rest of the series I still found it very enjoyable.

Did you read any of these books as a child? What are some of your childhood favorite books? Let me know in the comments below!


Book Series Review: The Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness

“Without a filter, a man is just chaos walking.”

YA can often be a bit hit-or-miss for me. I generally enjoy reading it, but there’s so much in YA that I find overly cliché and boring that it can often be difficult for me to find a YA book or series that I actually genuinely love.

I was almost surprised by how much I loved the Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness. Everything about these books was just…right.

The story follows our protagonist Todd Hewitt, a boy living on another planet in a town inhabited exclusively by men. All the men on the planet have the strange ability to hear each others thoughts, something they refer to as “Noise”. One month before he becomes a man, Todd and his dog Manchee (who also happens to have Noise) accidentally stumble upon a pocket of silence which turns out to be a girl named Viola who doesn’t have Noise. Todd soon discovers that his town harbors a dark secret, and now he and Viola must run for their lives if they want to survive. There’s so much that happens during these three books that I can’t even begin to explain for risk of spoilers. You’ll just have to read it for yourself – trust me, it’s worth it.

The writing style alone is an experience in itself. The whole first book is entirely in Todd’s perspective, and is written exactly as you’d expect an illiterate farm-boy to think. While you’d expect the misspellings and odd sentence structure to be a bit of a turn-off, it actually adds to the immersion and I really enjoyed it. In later books we start to get the perspective of other characters, with each POV denoted by a different font. Noise is also generally written in a different font, which I just found stylistically appealing.

Todd and Viola and their relationship is definitely one of the best parts of the series, which definitely surprised me. I’m very picky about my fictional romances – especially in YA. I don’t ship characters unless I truly feel that they were meant to be, and not because the author shoved their relationship in my face. But Todd and Viola have a special bond that grows stronger throughout the three books and never feels forced. I really came to care about them.

These books could be a bit stressful to read at times and there were plenty of moments where I grew genuinely worried for the characters. Besides Todd and Viola, there is a whole cast of characters that I came to care about as the story went on – even some that I initially hated (and others that I despised ’til the very end).

Overall I give The Knife of Never Letting Go 4.5 stars, The Ask and the Answer 4 stars, and Monsters of Men a solid 5 stars. This is definitely a new all-time favorite series for me, and one that I absolutely recommend to everyone. And hey, I generally don’t care for sci-fi and I still loved these books so even if you’re not a big sci-fi reader either I think you should still check these out. Like I said, its very worth it.

Have you already read the Chaos Walking trilogy? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!


The Reader Problems Tag

For today’s post, I thought it’d be fun to do a tag! Therefore I am going to be doing The Reader Problems Tag – which I wasn’t tagged in per-say… (I TAGGED MYSELF so there) I’m a reader and I have problems. Therefore, this tag is perfect!

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next??

I am very much a mood reader, so honestly it isn’t usually that difficult for me to decide what to read next. I find that if I set myself a very strict monthly TBR I fail miserably, but if I pick and choose as I go its much easier. If I read a really good fantasy and really want to read another fantasy, I’ll pick up another fantasy. But if I’m more in the mood for a horror novel next, I’ll pick up a horror novel. I’ve been reading a lot of YA over the past few months, so it’s highly likely that I’m going to gravitate towards middle grade or adult books in the very near future. I need variety in my life or I’ll probably die.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re not loving it. Do you put it down or are you committed?

I have commitment issues when it comes to any form of fiction- if I’m not 100% invested in the story I will not hesitate to drop it if I’m not enjoying it. A lot of the time I don’t necessarily hate the book. I’m just no longer in the mood for that type of story and *hopefully* I’ll pick it back up later when I’m actually in the mood. But if I don’t really like the book? I definitely won’t force myself to finish it. There so many good books in this world, why waste my time on the crappy ones?

3. The end of the year is approaching, but you’re so far away from hitting your Goodreads goal. Do you try to catch up? How?

I’m actually trying an experiment at the moment to see if I can avoid this problem.

Basically, rather than setting my Goodreads goal to 25 or 50 or 10,000 books I’m continuously raising it each time I hit a milestone. At the beginning of January I set my goal to 5 books and after I hit 5 I raised the goal to 10. That way there isn’t an intimidating number of books to reach. I might actually read more this year than I have in the past few years! Or I’ll never get past 10. (Kidding, kidding….) But I feel confident that this will be a successful reading year.

Let’s just hope college doesn’t make reading more difficult…

4. The covers of a series you have don’t match. How do you cope?

While perhaps it doesn’t bother me quite as much as other people, it’s still pretty annoying. Most of the series I own are box sets, so it’s not something directly affecting me as of right now. I like my books to look pretty together, and if they don’t match then they don’t look quite as pretty together. But sometimes the newer cover designs are pretty too…

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book that you don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings? 

The biggest issue with this is that if I don’t like a book I don’t finish it. So there aren’t any books that I just HATE, and I can’t discuss my hatred for said books with anyone if I haven’t read the whole thing… so nobody? I generally keep my negative feelings towards fiction to myself. There’s so many great stories to focus on instead!!

For me personally, a lot of the books I don’t like are the super popular YA series that some of the bigger booktubers/bloggers rave about. I don’t care for, say, Throne of Glass. I only read maybe the first 4-5 chapters (maybe even less) but I just couldn’t get into it and didn’t want to force myself through a book that I didn’t think I’d enjoy. So I just didn’t bother. Same with The Mortal Instruments (though I did get through the first 3 books and didn’t hate them! I just don’t foresee myself ever reading the rest)

I guess I bond with my mom over these feelings, since she doesn’t care for a lot of the popular YA books either. Though she hasn’t even attempted most of them… I’ve at least tried!!

6. You’re reading a book and are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

Silly mortals, I don’t cry over books.

No, seriously – for years I just assumed I had no soul because fictional things never made me cry. (And I’m a very cry-babyish person, so it was weird). In recent years, I am much more likely to cry over a TV show/movie/anime than I am over a book. I sobbed like a wee child over shows like Fullmetal Alchemist and Supernatural. But for some reason I’ve never found a book that caused me to shed actual tears. It isn’t that I don’t get sad if something upsetting happens in a story, I just won’t physically cry.

I almost envy people who are able to cry while reading an emotional scene in a book. What is it that I’m missing here?!

7. A sequel to a book you love came out, but you’ve long forgotten what happened in the previous novel. What do you do?

I find myself in this situation a lot. I’m a very forgetful person, and forgetting the plotlines of “favorite books” is one of my many talents. If I can’t recall a thing from the previous novel, then the best thing to do would be to re-read it first and then read the sequel. But realistically speaking that likely won’t happen. Instead I’ll set aside the sequel for many long years, and maybe never read it. But its on my TBR so I’ll have to get to it eventually. Right? Right?!

8. You don’t want anyone borrowing your books. How do you politely tell them “no” when they ask?

Easy! I just threaten to eat them if they harm my book. They’ll just slowly back away and never ask to borrow a book from me again. Problem solved!

9. Reading ADD: you’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

I’m the human-embodiment of a reading slump. Honestly, my only solution is to continue picking up and putting down books until finally finding THE BOOK that rescues me from the depths of the abyss. It can take years… But hey, I’m currently reading slump-free so it does work!

10. How long do newly purchased books live on your shelf before you finally get to reading them?

Anywhere from one day to ten billion years. Like I said, I’m a mood reader. I’ll get to it when I feel like it and not a millisecond sooner.

And that’s the tag! Do you have any of these problems? Let’s chat about it in the comments below! 


Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


“Once upon a time there was a hazel-eyed boy with dimples. I called him Khalil. The world called him a thug.
He lived, but not nearly long enough, and for the rest of my life I’ll remember how he died.
Fairy tale? No. But I’m not giving up on a better ending.”

I’ll admit: I’m generally pretty slow when it comes to getting around to reading the latest popular books, but finally after hearing nothing but glowing reviews all throughout 2017 I knew that this was definitely a must-read in 2018.

I am happy to say that this book did not disappoint!

The Hate U Give, the debut novel of author Angie Thomas, is a heart-wrenching YA contemporary raising awareness of the importance of the Black Lives Matter campaign and the harmfulness of racism. The novel follows our main character Starr Carter, who recently witnessed the death of her childhood friend Khalil at the hands of a cop – an event that will change her life forever. For most of her life she’s lived in two worlds – Williamson: the fancy prep school she attends, and Garden Heights: the poor black neighborhood where she lives. She’s always been able to keep those two lives separate, until now.

Should she stay safe, stay quiet? Or should she speak up and fight for change?

I think Starr Carter was a very well written protagonist and a great role model for younger teens. Her resilience and strength were inspiring and something we need more of in this world.

Angie Thomas painted a vivid picture of what life is like for so many black people today. It’s unpleasant, but real. The honesty in this book will make you forget you’re reading fiction – Starr feels like a real person, as do all of the characters and the world they live in. Because…they are real. This is a real thing happening right now to so many people. How many Khalils are there in this world, reduced into only “drug dealers” and “thugs” in the media, who will only ever be remembered as such?

But amidst the dark reality of this story, it was still able to have a lot of heart and humor that made it even easier to fall in love with the characters. Angie Thomas is clearly a Harry Potter fan, you can tell by all the references she sprinkled in.

Who do I recommend this to?



This is one of those books important enough that everyone should read it, even if your not that into contemporary YA (like me). If more people understood and emphasized with those who were different then themselves, perhaps the world would be a much better place.

Have you already read The Hate U Give? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments below! 


Top 10 Supernatural Episodes!

If you know anything about me at all, you’ll probably know that I’m a little bit obsessed with the television show Supernatural. I’ve been watching since January of this year, and am all caught up and ready to watch the upcoming season (can you believe it’s at season 13?!). I thought that the perfect way to celebrate the occasion would be to share with you my top 10 favorite episodes of the series.

This was a very difficult list to make. There are tons of really fun, enjoyable episodes but unfortunately I could only narrow it down to 10.

Remember, this is my list, so don’t feel bad if your favorite episode isn’t included. I probably still like that episode, there just wasn’t enough room to include it on this list.

Also, special note – “Swan Song” is NOT going to be included in this list. It’s a wonderful episode, and probably one of the greatest season finales of all time, but because it’s #1 on everyone‘s list I wanted mine to be a little different. 😉

Without further ado, let’s jump right in!

10. Ghostfacers (Season 3, written by Ben Edlund)

“Gay love can pierce through the veil of death and save the day…”

Okay, so maybe this is a weird episode to put on this list. But oh my god I loved this episode so much. I found the characters of Harry Spangler and Ed Zeddmore to be absolutely hilarious – I loved them since their debut in season 1’s “Hell House” (which is definitely an honorable mention as it’s such a fun episode). I don’t know about you, but they kinda remind me of Jonathan and Andrew from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Ben Edlund is known for his odd, creative episodes. I’ve been in love with his work ever since Smile Time on Joss Whedon’s Angel (because oh my god how can you not love puppet!Angel?!?) and he has done some wonderfully strange things during his time writing for Supernatural.

In Ghostfacers, characters Harry and Ed have decided to start their own reality show in which they explore haunted places and ‘hunt’ ghosts and other supernatural beings, titled “Ghostfacers”, and they add a few new faces to their team including Ed’s adopted sister Maggie and their gay intern Corbett.

Just…just the theme song… I’ll admit, I was very confused for the first ten or so minutes of the episode. The whole episode is the pilot episode of “Ghostfacers”, which is kind of wonderful once you’ve gotten used to the strange format. I think one of my favorite parts is Sam and Dean swearing. Because this is a reality show, it makes use of bleeping, which means we can actually see how often Sam and Dean curse, which is weirdly amusing to hear.

I also appreciate this episode because unlike other episodes on this list, it doesn’t make me cry.

9. All Hell Break’s Loose Pts. 1 & 2 (Season 2, written by Sera Gamble and Eric Kripke)

“I’ve got you. That’s my job, right? Watch out for my pain-in-the-ass little brother?”


I enjoyed season 1.

I enjoyed season 2.

But, my friends, the season 2 finale is what truly hooked me and turned me into the obsessive fan I am now.


Technically I was expecting the events of these episodes to happen. I wasn’t exactly going into this show blindly. But still…this was kind of difficult to watch, yet in a good way.

It’s true, I fell pretty madly in love with Sam and Dean fairly early on in the series, like, in the first episode, but I became very emotionally invested in their characters by the season 2 finale. Now I can’t help it. It hurts to see bad things happen to them. Even little bad things. Like paper cuts. And this was just the very beginning of that.

I though that this two-part episode did a wonderful job not only concluding the season 1-season 2 story arc, but also opening the gateway for season 3 which would in turn open the gateway for seasons 4 and 5, which is arguably the best story arc of the series (is it even arguable? I’m pretty sure everyone loves seasons 4 and 5).

And my goodness, Dean’s monologue in part 2? asdfkrkalfjkeafeaji;fjeka;jfkmea;jolejfaio; WHY.

8. The Man Who Would Be King (Season 6, written by Ben Edlund)

“The grand story, and we ripped up the ending, and the rules, and destiny, leaving nothing but freedom and choice. Which is all well and good, except… but what if I’ve made the wrong choice?”

I hated season 6, most specifically the first half of season 6, with a burning passion. And yet, somehow Ben Edlund was able to write an episode so beautiful that I loved it enough to include it on this list.

My poor, poor baby Castiel how I ever so badly want to just pull you out of the screen and wrap you up in a big blanket and tell the mean evil nasty writers to stop doing such cruel things to you!!

I think out of all of the Supernatural writers, Ben Edlund wrote Castiel the best. Throughout the second half of season 6, we start to see Castiel doing bad things and seemingly becoming evil. But in this episode we get to see his side of the story. And it kind of hurts.

Before this, I just thought that Ben Edlund could write really funny episodes. But he can write really beautiful, heart-shattering ones too. And I love him for it.

7. A Very Supernatural Christmas (Season 3, written by Jeremy Carver)

“Well, the first thing you have to know is we have the coolest dad in the world. He’s a superhero.”

This could have easily been just a goofy Christmas special with no real substance to it, and yet instead it became something kind of perfect. Half the episode centers around Sam and Dean hunting a pagan god who is sacrificing people at Christmastime. The other half, my favorite part of the episode, shows a younger Sam and Dean celebrating Christmas together while their father is away on a hunt.

I love just about any episode that features Sam and Dean as children, but this one is my favorite.


Well, besides it centering around Christmas (my favorite time of the year), this episode debuts the Samulet (to those who aren’t as deep into fandom, that’s the amulet Sam gifts Dean, and which Dean is shown wearing a lot during the earlier seasons). I have a very weird emotional attachment to the Samulet, I will literally burst into tears anytime it’s shown on screen (which I will touch on more later on). And, just…this episode is so cute.

I could gush about it for ages, but I think we’ll just move on to the next episode on the list.

6. Reading is Fundamental (Season 7, written by Ben Edlund)

“I don’t fight any more. I watch the bees.”

So…going into Supernatural, I was fully prepared to ship the most popular ship, Destiel. And, yeah, Dean and Cas would probably make a very cute couple. Except for…you know…the fact that megstielisthemostbeautifulshipinthewholeentireworldandnobodywilleverbeabletotellmeotherwiseokay?????


*deep breath*

Remember how I said that Ben Edlund wrote Cas the best?

I LOVE this episode with all of my heart. Crazy!Cas is absolutely my favorite iteration of Castiel, he’s just so gosh darn cute! And has so hilariously quotable…

And Meg! MEG! Rachel Miner’s version of Meg was pure perfection, and this episode solidified my love of Meg eternally. She is my favorite character in the whole entire show, and just… Meg and Cas are just so perfect for each other??

Oh god…I’m not even halfway through the list yet and I’m already gushing like crazy…

Oh! And this episode is the debut of Kevin too!!

I don’t understand people who say that season 7 is the worst season of the show. I love it perhaps a little bit too much.

5. Don’t Call Me Shurley (Season 11, written by Robbie Thompson)

“We should probably talk.”

Okay…deep breath…

This episode is a masterpiece.

I’m brand new to the fandom. I literally started watching this January. Season 11 had already come and gone, and the identity of God had already become common knowledge by the time I got to this episode, so it didn’t necessarily come as a surprise to me. But just…this episode was so well written.

One of my favorite things is the fact that this was a huge secret kept since the finale of season 5, that only a few people in the whole world (including Rob Benedict) knew who God really was. And it was a highly debated and speculated topic among the fandom for years. And for the theories to be true? For it to be officially revealed in such a way? It’s just plain awesome.

And I really love Rob Benedict. He’s a wonderful actor and human, so it was very nice to get to see him on the show again. And the fact that he got to sing in the episode just made it even more special.

And THE ENDING. The second the Samulet appeared, glowing in Sam’s pocket, I started sobbing. HE KEPT IT?! AHHHHH

Okay…deep breath…

Also, I must ask – I know that the fandom  hates Metatron. I hated him too for a while. But, in this episode, I dunno…I kind of stopped hating him? Is that okay? Did other people start to like him after this episode too, or am I just weird?

I’m probably just weird.

4. Don’t You Forget About Me (Season 11, written by Nancy Won)

“I solemnly swear not to hunt like a dumbass.”

I am DYING with excitement over the prospect of the Wayward Daughters (or…sisters) spinoff. I LOVE Jody, Donna, Alex, and Claire (and I am SO EXCITED to meet Patience and Kaia in season 13!!) And just…I want it to do well. I want this spinoff to be successful. We need it.

I loved this episode, it was our first taste of what the spinoff could be, and I thought it was awesome.

This episode centers around Jody’s life caring for Alex and Claire. We see that Alex has adjusted well, doing well in school and even dating one of the popular boys. Claire, on the other hand, would much rather be hunting.

I really loved the dynamics between Jody, Alex, and Claire. They’re all such interesting characters with so much potential, and finally seeing them together was awesome. We already saw Jody and Alex together in the season 9 episode “Alex Annie Alexis Ann”, but I was very excited to see the dynamics of Jody and Claire, and Alex and Claire. Thinking about it makes me even more excited to see how the addition of Donna changes things too. (I’m gonna throw in the season 10 episode “Hibbing 911” as an honorable mention~)

3. Pac-Man Fever (Season 8, written by Robbie Thompson)

“I’m a wee bit obsessive. If a ‘wee bit’ means completely.”

OBVIOUSLY I had to include a Charlie episode to this list! Charlie is one of my favoritest characters from the show, and Felicia Day is one of my favoritest actresses/humans in the world. I met her at Boston Comic Con this year and it was kind of the greatest day of my life. 😛

It was very difficult deciding on my favorite Charlie episode, because almost all of them are amazing, but I finally decided upon “Pac-Man Fever” for various reasons.

Firstly, we get Charlie’s backstory in this one! I love getting to find out more of the history behind my favorite characters. Sometimes it helps me to love them even more than I already do. I thought that this episode did so beautifully.

I also really loved getting to see Charlie hunting with the boys, and becoming a “woman of letters”. In her first two episodes, she’s still a bit unsure around Sam and Dean and still wanting a ‘normal life’. In this episode, however, she has embraced the existence of the supernatural and considers the boys her dearest friends.

And there are so many hugs in this episode! I think I’m a ‘wee bit’ jealous of Felicia Day for getting to hug Jared and Jensen so many times during the shooting of this episode. It must have been lovely.

2. Goodbye Stranger (Season 8, written by Robbie Thompson)

“Go. Save your brother… and my unicorn.”


I am going to type my feelings about this episode without crying. I’m going to ignore the fact that my eyes are actually watering right now. I am not going to cry. I am not going to cry. I am not going to…ugh.


I’ve heard people talk about this episode before, and I’ve heard of it referred to as ‘the Destiel episode’. But…WHAT?


I’m sorry.

Destiel is all fine and good, except for the fact that THIS IS MY MEGSTIEL EPISODE GOSH DARN IT!


Just…just… I get it, okay? Dean and Cas have a special moment. But Robbie Thompson made this the most beautiful episode ever that literally made me fall so deeply in love with Meg’s character.

Season 1 Meg was okay, but to me she was just another villain and I didn’t really care. In season 7, Ben Edlund started to make me think that maybe there was so much more to her character after all. And then…in this episode…


I…I can’t…I’m sorry…

1. Fan Fiction (Season 10, written by Robbie Thompson)

Supernatural has everything. Life, death, resurrection, redemption — but above all, family. All set to music you can really tap your toe to. It isn’t some meandering piece of genre dreck, it’s… epic.

This is my favorite episode of Supernatural.

I feel like, out of all the writers of the show past and present, it was Robbie Thompson who truly got fandom. Even now, no longer writing for the show, he is still an active member of the Supernatural fan community and a loving supporter of the show. And thus no other writer could have written the 200th episode more perfectly than this.

This episode truly was a love letter to the fans – both poking fun at aspects of the fandom (for example Sam and Dean reacting to Destiel) while also celebrating the fandom as a whole.

The episode takes place at an all-girl’s high school, where a bunch of girls are putting together a musical production based on the Supernatural books by Carver Edlund. There’s hilarious songs (“A Single Man Tear”…”I’ll Just Wait Here Then”…) Tons of references to events of earlier seasons. A beautiful performance of “Carry on My Wayward Son”.

There’s a scene where one of the girls hands Dean a handmade replica of the Samulet, telling him “you never should’ve thrown this away.” And I cried.

Guys, that was the first time the Samulet had even been mentioned since the infamous scene in Season 5.

I just…I love this show.

I really hope that Season 13 is a great season, and that Wayward Sisters will be a successful spinoff. And that I don’t have to say goodbye to this series too soon. There are a lot of problems with the show, with it’s occasional bad writing and poor treatment of female characters.

But deep down…this show is beautiful.

What are your favorite episodes of Supernatural? Are you excited for Season 13? Let me know in the comments below!



Eleanor – A Short Story


“Would you like some tea?” the small girl asked, taking her pastel purple teapot and gesturing it towards me. She paused, awaiting my reply, and then grinned as she poured the liquid into my little cup. I’m quite certain it was mere water in the pot, but that did not matter. She called it tea, the finest tea in the entire universe, and I believed her.


Next she took up a small bowl, which was empty to those who lacked imagination, and gestured to me again. “One lump of sugar, or two?”


I always asked for two.


After giving me two lumps of pretend sugar, she took up my little teacup and made me drink. The tea tasted lovely, sweet yet not sickly so. However slowly the flavor changed, and became bitter. Suddenly it was not tea at all, nor water, but dust. Liquid changed to solid, and I began to choke on it. I wanted to cry out, to tell her to stop, but I could not.


I could not speak.


Everything grew dark and cloudy. The vision faded, and suddenly I was back upon my shelf.


I had this dream quite often. I would get lost in the nostalgia. I craved these memories. Even though the ending was unpleasant, I enjoyed the beginning and middle of it immensely.


My beloved Eleanor, the girl who cared for me and played with me for as long as I could remember, had ‘grown up’ as humans call it. She is no longer a child like I am (if I could even be called a ‘child’). She placed me upon the highest shelf and left me there to rot.


I can still vividly recall the day that it happened. The day my Eleanor had ‘grown up’.


I had begun to notice a change in her. We didn’t play together nearly as often as we once had. She seemed to be preoccupied with other things – her human friends, boys, and ‘going out’. She went out often before she had ‘grown up’, but she usually took me along with her. Suddenly she was leaving me behind. Setting me on her bed, or upon her nightstand. I would sit there quietly, waiting for her return. When she came home I would call out to her, but she couldn’t hear me.


Some nights, when she was sad, she would pick me up and hug me tightly.


One night, however, she was angry, and threw me to the floor. There was a snap – my small porcelain leg cracked. The pain was agonizing. I stayed there on the floor for weeks, suffering.


She did eventually pick me back up, repairing my leg with glue. But then she did something strange. Something she had never done to me before. She put me up on a high shelf – the highest shelf in the room – and left me there.


I had never truly been alone before. For a few hours here and there, perhaps. But years? I did not understand why my Eleanor did not love me anymore. We were the closest of friends. She shared secrets with me that nobody else knew. For example, that she broke her mother’s favorite flower vase and hid it behind the sofa so she wouldn’t get in trouble.


But I suppose that now that she had ‘grown up’ she had more important people to confide her secrets in.


I do not know quite how many years have passed since that day. Ten? Twenty? One hundred?


The room has changed much during that time. What was once the beautiful bedroom of a young child had now evolved into what I believe is a sewing room. Not that it’s ever used. I can’t recall the last time someone has set foot in here. I’ve grown accustomed to the dust and lonesomeness.


In this time I’ve learned many things.


It took days, months, years of practice. Slowly, slowly I taught myself to stand. To walk. To tread carefully and silently. To fall to the floor and land upon my feet, like a cat (or so they say).


If Eleanor couldn’t come back to me, I would come back to her. And at last, I could show her how I feel. I could make her feel the heartbreak that I felt on the day she threw me aside. On the day I was abandoned and placed upon this shelf. I want to feel her heart break. My heart isn’t real. But her heart can be stabbed, shattered, broken.


I’ve only ever seen blood once. We were playing out in the garden – Eleanor had tripped and fallen onto a small, sharp rock and cut open her knee. It was scary then. She cried and she cried and she cried. It took weeks to convince her to play outside again after that.


Would it be scary now?


There were many other objects in this little room. When nobody was around to hear or see, I would walk about and search for useful things. A pair of scissors would do nicely. I found one in a small hat-box full of sewing supplies. I carefully took it and concealed it behind me upon my shelf. Nobody hardly ever entered this room anymore, so I doubted anyone would even notice that the scissors had disappeared.


I was sitting quietly on my shelf one evening, when I heard the pitter, patter, pitter, patter of footsteps headed in the direction of this room. I was very pleased, and also a tad surprised, by who I saw enter. It was an older woman with dark, graying hair. She seemed almost unrecognizable at first, until I saw her eyes.


Those eyes.


I was taken aback when I saw the woman’s eyes. It couldn’t possibly be her eyes. But indeed they were. They were the very same bright blue, shining eyes of my Eleanor.


I was ready to strike at any moment, until suddenly something odd occurred. Eleanor reached out and picked me up.


“Hello there,” Eleanor told me, her voice dripping with affection. “My goodness, I haven’t seen you in years! You’ve collected much dust and cobwebs, haven’t you dear?”


What was this? How could she even think to speak to me in this way now of all times? And yet, although I was furious, I listened to her intently. I tried and failed to ignore the fact that I desperately missed the sound of her voice, even despite the fact that age had changed it slightly. It was still her voice, and I loved the sound of it.


She proceeded to surprise me even more, brushing off the dust and cobwebs that decorated me and giving me a brand new red dress to wear (as the green one I had worn for years had faded into a dull grey, and was torn in a few places).


“Now then! I have someone that I would like for you to meet,” Eleanor told me. I was even more confused now. However there was nothing I could do. The scissors were still upon my shelf, lying untouched, and I was held gently in Eleanor’s loving arms. I wasn’t sure what emotion I was supposed to be feeling in this moment. This was not in my plans.


She took me away down the hall and into a different room that I did not remember. In the room was a small girl, who’s appearance startled me at first. She was the striking image of young Eleanor. Even her eyes had the same shining glow to them.


“This is my granddaughter, Sophie,” Eleanor told me. “She’s going to be your new friend.”


New friend? I started to feel upset again. ‘Sophie’ was not Eleanor. I didn’t want anybody else besides Eleanor! But…did I still want Eleanor? I wanted Eleanor to suffer, but now… I was unsure what I wanted.


Sophie reached out for me, smiling brightly. It was the same smile I remembered on Eleanor’s face the day we first met. I spent the whole rest of the day with Sophie, playing some of the games that Eleanor and I used to play, and some new ones that I’ve never heard of before.


“I love you,” Sophie whispered in my ear after the two of us were tucked into her little bed that night. She fell asleep soon after, her small arms wrapped around me. Her words resonated in my head.


I love you.


Those were words long forgotten.


I love you.


Eleanor once told me those words, when she was much smaller. At the time I cherished it. I would repeat those words in my mind over and over again. I love you. I love you. I love you.


I loved Eleanor too, once.


But love is an emotion I can no longer feel.


Later, in the morning, Eleanor would find my message written on the wall by Sophie’s bed. Letters drawn from dripping blood –




I seated myself on the windowsill – the window open, a slight breeze ruffling my auburn hair. I heard the sound of a mockingbird announcing the morning’s arrival minutes before Eleanor entered the room.


I heard her scream as I slipped, falling, falling, falling from the window.


My last thought before I thought no more…


Now Sophie will never have to grow up.


Book Review: Roses and Rot by Kat Howard

“This is what happens, when things are not quite a fairy tale.
You go into the woods to find your story. If you are brave, if you are fortunate, you walk out of them to find your life.”

Roses and Rot, the debut novel of author Kat Howard, is a richly atmospheric fantasy/fairy tale-ish novel that asks the difficult question, “what would you sacrifice in the name of success?”

The story follows two sisters, Imogene and Marin, who were both accepted into a prestigious artist’s retreat in New Hampshire called Melete. I must say, Melete itself was one of my favorite parts of the book. A year-long retreat for gifted artists who want to be successful in their craft, whether their craft is writing like Imogene or dancing like Marin, and the opportunity to work alongside an already famous artist and learn directly from them… It’s an opportunity to die for! And the way Kat Howard describes the setting alone makes you feel as if you’re right there along with the characters. I was captivated by this world within the first few chapters.

But things at Melete aren’t what they seem… As this is a spoiler free review, I’m going to refrain from sharing too much details regarding the fey, however I will note that I loved the way they were incorporated into the story. I almost want to call this book magical realism rather than straight-up fantasy, as it’s written in such a way that the fey seem almost plausible, if that makes any sense at all. Or perhaps I just have a very overactive imagination…

This is a slower paced, atmospheric novel, and while generally speaking I’m more interested in faster, more action-packed stories, I found myself having a difficult time putting this book down. While it’s a slow build up, the story gets progressively stranger and more fascinating with every chapter. Especially towards the conclusion…I was desperate to see how it ended!

My favorite part of this book was definitely the characters themselves. But, then again, the characters are pretty much my favorite part of any book. I had difficulty deciding on who was my most favorite character. It’s probably Imogene, as we are both writers, although I did end up find myself liking Helena a bit as well. There really aren’t any pointless side characters in this book – every named character has a certain amount of depth and relevance to the plot, which I really appreciated. It made the story even more exciting and engrossing, as I really did come to care about these characters. They weren’t just characters, they were people!

I would say that the only part of the story I really did not enjoy was the romance, as I am not a huge romance fan, but thankfully it did not overshadow the plot too much so it didn’t ruin the reading experience for me.

I’ve decided to rate this book four out of five stars. Overall, it was a very enjoyable read, and one that I definitely recommend. Who do I recommend this too?

Anyone who is an artist!

Anyone who loves fairy tales!

Anyone who enjoys darker, creepy stories!

Anyone who dreams of fame and success!

I’d also recommend this book to anyone who’s read and enjoyed The Call by Peadar O’Guilin. The books aren’t super similar, but I still thought this book felt oddly reminiscent of it. Maybe that’s just me.

I think this is the perfect story to read this month, as while I wouldn’t call it straight-up horror it does have a nice eeriness to it. It’s what you could call a ‘real’ fairy tale story.

I’m going to the Merrimack Halloween Book Festival later this month, and I’m excited to get to meet Kat Howard there and get a copy of her newest book An Unkindness of Magicians, which sounds like a very exciting read.

Have you read Roses and Rot? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂