Required Reading: 7 Novels You Actually WANT to Read Before College


When I was in high school, the words “required reading” sent my rebellious self flying into a combative rage. Required reading? Why should I be required to read anything? Everyone should be free to choose which books speak to them! After all, as long as you’re reading something, it’s a good thing. Who decided that Faulkner was better than Rowling? That Shakespeare was better than King? The “classics” are completely subjective. You might think Canterbury Tales is brilliant, but I found it a complete yawn. Still, throughout my high school years, I did find a few required reading books that […] Read more »

Fractured Not Broken Book Blast: $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway


A Real Life Story of Heroic Virtue Parts of this memoir appeared on ESPN and in Rosie Warsaw, Indiana July 08, 2015 Award-winning and best-selling author, Michelle Weidenbenner, announces the release of Kelly Schaefer’s memoir, Fractured Not Broken. Years ago, parts of Kelly’s story appeared on ESPN and in Rosie, but now Kelly reveals the rest of the story in her new book, Fractured Not Broken. Nineteen-year-old Kelly had it all—a healthy and athletic body, a star basketball-player boyfriend, and a fun college life with close friends. But everything changed when a drunk driver rendered her a quadriplegic. Kelly was […] Read more »

Bonnie Paulson Talks Survival, Vegans & Edible Bugs: Worth of Souls Blog Tour

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Back in June, I shared Bonnie Paulson’s awesome Worth of Souls book trailer with you, featuring the spectacular author herself. Today, Bonnie is sharing her thoughts on survival skills. Specifically, the major adjustment non-meat-eaters will have to make. I don’t eat most meat myself. I was a vegetarian for 17 years. Now, I only eat chicken and turkey. I don’t eat mammals for personal reasons and I don’t like fish because, well, I just don’t like it. Would I be able to survive on bugs? Hmmm. I don’t know. I guess when you’re faced with eating something icky or dying, […] Read more »

Don’t Tell Her to Relax Book Review


When you’re coping with infertility, the last thing you want to hear is someone telling you to relax. I’ve been there. I’ve heard it all. Well-meaning friends telling me that “it’ll happen when it happens” or “you’re trying too hard, just relax!” or any other number of things that made me want to shake them. Words hurt, even if you really don’t mean for them to hurt. I wish I had a guidebook to give my friends and family back then. Something to let them know what I was going through without having to explain it over and over. Something […] Read more »

Summer Reading Across the US: Fabulous Writers in Every State

Looking for an idea to motivate you to read more? Check this out: summer reading across the U.S, with one great writer from every state! Covers all genres!

There are a plethora of summer reading ideas for kids out there. Between the amazing Scholastic Summer Reading program, all the free programs at book stores and libraries and tons of online resources, we pretty much have kids covered. I even did like three posts already this summer specifically geared towards kids! You can check them out under my Summer Reading tab. What about ideas for adults though? Maybe you’re thinking we don’t need motivation. We’re grownups, right? We can motivate ourselves simply by saying “I’m going to read tonight.” Sometimes, though, it doesn’t really work out that way. I […] Read more »

Go on a Summer Reading Adventure with Imaginary Friends

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Looking for a book series that takes you on a real summer reading adventure? You have to check out Imaginary Friends! It’s more than a book, it’s an entire interactive kit that brings the story to life. Imaginary Friends is a series designed for kids ages 8-12, which makes me really happy because Jacob falls right in the middle of that group. I feel like that group is under-represented, as more people tend to focus on smaller children. Each book unlocks a new adventure, literally. Check out this video to see how it works: What begins as a story on […] Read more »

The Fatherless Father’s Day: Tips for Helping Kids Cope

Tiffany Papageorge, author of My Yellow Balloon, shares practical parenting advice on helping children get through the grief of a Fatherless Father's Day.

Today I have a fantastic guest post from Tiffany Papageorge, author of My Yellow Balloon, about children and the fatherless Father’s Day.   Before we get to that, a little background: Father’s Day was always a weird time for me. My dad was alive until I was 29, but I rarely saw him. He wasn’t a major part of my life growing up. He popped in from time to time. When I was 17, he showed up to my graduation and really did try harder to create a relationship with me. Still, we were never close. When he died, I mourned […] Read more »

Rhunu Crossroads Book Tour: Signed Paperback Giveaway


Rhuna: Crossroads The sequel to Rhuna, Keeper of Wisdom, and the second book in an exciting and unique historical Fantasy series, Rhuna: Crossroads is set in exotic Ancient Egypt and features unforgettable characters and a riveting adventure. Some years have passed since Rhuna helped to defeat the Dark Master in her new home of Atlán, and now Rhuna has a teenage daughter who accompanies her on an assignment in Ancient Egypt to investigate some disturbing reports. She soon discovers an astonishing underground network of the Dark Master’s followers, along with the secret group of Atlans dedicated to stopping them. In […] Read more »

Worth of Souls Book Trailer Featuring Bonnie Paulson


We are so excited to share the covers for this amazing series – Worth of Souls. The first book will be released July 6, book 2 July 8, and book 3 July 10 but you can pre-order NOW so they come to your eReader the day of release! Check out the Book Trailer. Bonnie R Paulson plays the mother!! Cost of Survival, Book #1 Anger isn’t an emotion anymore, it’s more of a survival mode I can’t afford to let go. My dad predicted World War III would happen in his life, but he died two years before… with my […] Read more »

5 Incredible 2015 Scholastic Summer Reading Resources for Parents


This post is brought to you by Scholastic and ENERGIZER® Batteries. All opinions are my own. Summer reading is a pretty huge deal here on Pretty Opinionated because reading has always been a pretty huge part of my life. Ever since Jake was born (before, even!), I’ve done everything possible to encourage him to love books as much as I do. Last month, we kicked off our Scholastic Summer Reading challenge by signing up and gearing up with great books. Check out that post here for some fun tips & my favorite resources for kids who love humor! This month, I […] Read more »