Brenna M's Book Blog

I grew up in Western New York, with a huge Italian, German, and Irish influence in my family life. Frederick Douglas, Susan B. Anthony, the Haudenosaunee, and the Erie Canal are a big part of the history in my area. This is, I believe, is one reason I like reading about history and historical fiction.


I garden, cook, and preserve some of the food I grow. I, also, enjoy traveling. A book or two are always with me when I travel. And there is always one in my car, at my desk, and anywhere I may have a chance to read. Primarily I read fiction--young adult, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers. I do enjoy a good memoir, biographies, and cookbooks. If someone recommends something, I will always check it out.

Maja Lunde
Last weekend, we took off for 2 nights for a place we've been trying to visit for years: Kingbilli Estate. "Estate" might be...
Perhaps I'm just craving some nonfiction, maybe this is just a random book pick from my physical Mt. TBR shelve, but it is eq...
The cover was what initially pulled me towards Nils: The Tree of Life, because recently I had the feeling I was tiring a bit ...
I adore magical origin stories. When I saw the movie Rise of the Guardians a few years back now for the first time, I fell in...
Featuring the Saint contains three novellas: The Logical Adventure, The Wonderful War, and The Man Who Could Not Die. I ori...
Suetonius and I go way back. In Latin class, we were forced to watch these less than inspiring documentaries on Roman Empires...
THE AMAZING LIFE OF AZALEAH LANE Nikki Shannon Smith, author Mari Lobo, illustrator Picture Windows Books, a capstone imprint (January 1, 2020) Age Range: 6 - 8 years Grade L...
The Amazing Life of Azaleah Lane - Nikki Shannon Smith
updated shelf:
The Amazing Life of Azaleah Lane - Nikki Shannon Smith
Terror in A Small Town! I doubt I'll finish Cardinal Black before Halloween ends, so this is most likely my final card. ...
...arrived today. I'm very excited. That's my winter reading sorted. I think.
Many thanks to Moonlight Reader and Obsidian Blue for hosting this game for the fourth year in a row, bigger and better than ...
BLACK OUT BLACK OUT BLACK OUT BLACK OUT BLACK OUT BLACK OUT General Wrap-Up: Another successful Halloween Bingo is in ...
[World map created with] The aim: To diversify my reading and read as many books as possible (not necessarily ...
A re-issued 'classic' that I really, truly wanted to love, but am rating 3 stars only because I feel like I have to give it t...

Currently reading

The History of Bees by Maja Lunde
Progress: 92/352pages

Brenna's books

Garden Spells
3 of 5 stars
Garden Spells is a relaxing read. Sara Addison Allen developed the characters well, giving them and the little southern town personality and charm. I liked the little eccentricities built into the characters, making them unique. Allen bu...
The League of Regrettable Superheroes: Half-Baked Heroes from Comic Book History
4 of 5 stars
The League of Regrettable Superheroes is definitely a fun and informative read. Included in the book are vintage covers and pages from the comics that these superheroes were featured in. The art alone is wonderful, but the history of eac...
The Woods
4 of 5 stars
The Woods seemed a little slow and wordy when I first started to read it, but that didn't last long. I started to like the characters, despite their flaws, and enjoyed the descriptions of the town and region. I could tell a lot of time w...
Beatrice Belladonna's Black Magic Web
4 of 5 stars
Beatrice Belladonna's Black Magic Web is a quick read. It is a little spooky reading about a sociopath murder who is being interviewed about her life before and during her prison sentence. King keeps the pace of the story moving quickly....