Good Reads

  • Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

    Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

    I used to be adamant about my distaste for Romance novels. I knew them as the Harlequin Romance novels my mom used to devour alongside Junior Mints on a quiet Sunday afternoon or the bodice rippers one of my friends used to have her nose buried in during high school lunches. I thought they were… Read more

  • Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick

    Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick

    Like many folks, or at least like the folks in my liberal echo chamber of the internet, I spent a fair amount of 2020 in lockdown unlearning everything I was taught in U.S. History class. Then I was, at some point, struck with the desire to take a somewhat-chronological deep dive into U.S. History and… Read more

  • The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

    The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

    Ever since I read My Best Friend’s Exorcism a few years back, Grady Hendrix has topped a very short list of Authors Whose Books I Instantly Buy Hardcover Copies of Upon Their Release, While Simultaneously Reading Their Backlist Books. The list of authors is shorter than the title… So, when the Southern Book Club’s Guide… Read more

  • Five Picture Books We Have Read for the 500th Time This Week

    Five Picture Books We Have Read for the 500th Time This Week

    Oliver is sick. Again. Which means I am too. This also means Oliver only wants mom-and-dad-snuggles and comfort reads despite a teetering stack of library books we borrowed over the weekend. Here are five favorites that we are re-reading this week for the…well, I’ve lost count, really… Read more

  • Five Books that Teach Colors We Are Reading

    Five Books that Teach Colors We Are Reading

    Before Oliver, my experience with little kids was essentially ZILCH, and that’s being generous and rounding up. So, I’m always researching child development and monthly milestones, which to be honest, causes a lot of anxiety because from what I can tell, I’m doing everything absolutely wrong. However, I read recently that even if they cannot… Read more

  • Five Picture Books About Trouble-Making Farm Animals We Are Reading

    Five Picture Books About Trouble-Making Farm Animals We Are Reading

    Right now, Oliver is in love with farm animals and his new John Deere farm tractor toy that plays Old McDonald Had a Farm. It’s been fun to watch him play with it ever since he learned how to “drive” toy vehicles by pushing them around on the ground. I swear he didn’t know how… Read more

About BGO

Hello, my name is Jackie. I’m a thirty-something mother of a rambunctious toddler from a small town in Michigan. When I’m not toddler-wrangling, I’m often seeking refuge from life’s most chaotic moments in a cup of hot tea. I also love getting lost in stories—both in books and virtually. I enjoy speculative fiction the most, and I am especially eager to read fantasy novels and horror novels. When I’m feeling especially indulgent (usually after everyone in the house has gone to sleep), I like to dive into video games and explore the sprawling worlds in Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Dragon Age, and Mass Effect.

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