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Bitterblue

I was very excited to win this from Charlotte’s Library several months ago.  Anyone who, like me, read Graceling and Fire, or who heard about the massive competition for the ARCs of this book knows it was a big splash … Continue reading

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Book of a Thousand Days

This is the only fantasy I’ve ever read set in a version of Mongolia.  My love is so fascinated by Mongolian culture that some of this has rubbed off on me, so that I was delighted recognizing bits of the … Continue reading

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The Night Circus

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!  We celebrated with an author talk and a treasure hunt through downtown at my library this weekend… yay pirate fun! The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  Read by Jim Dale.  Really, this has … Continue reading

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Are You My Mother?

I was first introduced to Bechdel by one of the lesbian intern pastors at my church.  While I enjoy Dykes to Watch Out For, I recommend Fun Home frequently to people who don’t know where to start with graphic novels.  … Continue reading

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The Cabinet of Wonders

Once upon a time, I was studying in Germany and thought it would be a good idea to try to learn a language I couldn’t learn at my own college. I picked Czech. I made very little headway with it, … Continue reading

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Around the World in 80 Days

As I’ve been enjoying the recent steampunk literature, I realized that I’d never read many of what are now considered the Originals. I downloaded this audio version from the library website, and happily listened to it while washing dishes. Around … Continue reading

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When Parents Hurt

This is meant for parents of older children than I’ve yet recommended, but the information in it is both a valuable (if potentially painful) glimpse of possible futures and helpful for looking at any damaged family relationship. When Parents Hurt … Continue reading

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The Book of Story Beginnings

Once again, I’m dreadfully behind… and this week I’ve been dealing with planning my Talk Like a Pirate Day program, a daughter recovering from surgery, and a deep obsession with harps. Also contemplating the upcoming Cybils. Here’s another one that … Continue reading

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Toads and Diamonds

This book recently hopped in front of me and reminded me that I’d wanted to read it when it first came out a couple years ago. Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson. The original Toads and Diamonds tale by Perrault … Continue reading

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Earwig and the Witch

Earwig and the Witch by Diana Wynne Jones. This is the inimitable Wynne Jones’s last book, and while I’m sure I won’t say anything that hasn’t already been said, those who have somehow escaped hearing of this so far really … Continue reading

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