summer reading roundup

fragmenta  I feel late to the gushing party for the Incorrigible Children series and Natalie Lloyd’s beautiful contemporary fantasies, but they’re all delightful and brought me a fizzy kind of joy this summer. My reading of Linda Williams Jackson’s Midnight Without a Moon and A Sky Full of Stars happened to coincide with the anniversary of Emmett Till’s […]

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2017 Favorites

Nothing like sliding in at the last moment to keep your blog from dying after six months hibernation…. //READING// The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud I was a latecomer to Lockwood & Co., so I got to read ALL FIVE THIS YEAR. This series rocketed to one of my favs, and I’m already dying to […]

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n.b. // Books about Books

I didn’t purposefully pair these two books to be read at the same time,  but Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein  and Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman complement each other nicely. Both stories center around book-centric puzzle games, and I would recommend them to anyone who likes to work out problems within the text as they read. […]

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n.b. // Circus Mirandus

I saw reviews comparing Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach and cynically thought it wasn’t possible…but now I think that wasn’t high enough praise. (I would add Mary Poppins to that list of comps.) Circus Mirandus is charming, bittersweet, and timeless. A shy boy, a dying grandfather, a mean aunt, and […]

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East of Eden

If the books of my life were sorted like a Barnes & Noble, Anna Karenina, One Hundred Years of Solitude, and East of Eden would be on their own shelf labeled “Gut-Wrenching Dark Family Sagas.” Anna Karenina has the passion and fierceness of Russian literature, Hundred Years has breathtaking, exotic magical realism, and East of Eden is…American. How did it end up on this shelf? True […]

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