Category Archives: Adult

Thornbound by Stephanie Burgis

Stephanie Burgis has a new book in the Harwood Spellbook out on February 25!  Thank you so much to the author for the review copy! Thornbound. The Harwood Spellbook II by Stephanie Burgis. Five Fathoms Press, 2019. Cassandra Harwood overcame … Continue reading

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My Top Nonfiction Read in 2018

I don’t often get around to writing full-on reviews of the nonfiction I read, especially if it’s for adults.  Here’s a selection of my favorites from last year, handily separated into knitting and non-knitting books.   Faerie Knitting by Alice … Continue reading

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3 Holiday Picture Books + Bonus Craft Book

This year, I was given a last-minute request to read a Christmas book to the Girl Scout Junior troop. Here’s what I found on the shelves. Under the Christmas Tree by Nikki Grimes. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. HarperCollins, 2002. This … Continue reading

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Reading Pair: the Calculating Stars and Hidden Figures

Here’s a nice pair of books, one fiction and one nonfiction, about the early history of the NACA and the beginnings of NASA.  I found out about the first from a post on John Scalzi’s blog, and was delighted when … Continue reading

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik.

This was one of my most anticipated titles for the year, which I realized rather belatedly I listened to over the summer and hadn’t yet reviewed.  Though I started reading Naomi Novik back with His Majesty’s Dragon, I really loved … Continue reading

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Bell at Sealey Head and Space Opera

Here are two very different novels for adults that I read earlier this year. Bell at Sealey Head by Patricia McKillip. Penguin, 2008. At Sealey Head, a bell that no one can see and most of the locals no longer … Continue reading

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The Murderbot Diaries 1-3

I read the first of this on-going series of novellas back in January, and squeezed in the most recent two now, before buckling down to full-on Cybils reading.  In the meantime, the first book, All Systems Red, won this year’s … Continue reading

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The Underwater Ballroom Society

Oh, look!  Even though I bought this book on its release date, I ambled my way through it, so that I’m just now getting to writing the review as the beautiful stand-alone cover of Stephanie Burgis’s novella, included in this … Continue reading

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Heroine Complex and Heroine Worship

Who says a book starring a person of color has to be dark and realistic?  Or that it takes darkness and realism to make a serious statement?  I finally tracked down these books that I’d been wanting to read since … Continue reading

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May + June Challenge Update

#SummerSoLit Bingo Challenge: My friend Akilah at the Englishist is co-hosting a summer reading challenge going from the Summer Solstice through the Fall Equinox.  I must admit that real life is being tough right now and I haven’t been out … Continue reading

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