Category Archives: fiction

Short review: The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

The Jumbies Tracey Baptiste 240 pages Published in April 2015 by Algonquin Young Readers Source: Public Library The other kids in Corrine La Mer’s small Caribbean village may believe in jumbies, but she doesn’t. Who would really believe in fairy-like … Continue reading

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It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. It’s a new year and I am determined to read more! Well every year I’m determined to read more, but this year is … Continue reading

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Favorite Adult Reads of 2014

With the 2015 just days away and my reading going so slowly, I figured it’s time to throw in the towel and post my list of this year’s favorite reads. I divided my long list into three posts: children’s fiction … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: Have I Got a Book for you! #diversiverse

Happy Sunday! Instead of telling you what I’m up to, I decided to do something different. A Diverse Universe event is coming up and I thought I’ll write a list post for anyone who’s thinking about joining the event and … Continue reading

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Review: Ruby by Cynthia Bond

Ruby Cynthia Bond 352 pages Published in April 2014 by Hogarth Source: Publisher I didn’t have any interest in reading Cynthia Bond’s Ruby until I read the author’s bio. When I read how the author used to teach writing to … Continue reading

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Review: Losing Touch by Sandra Hunter

Losing Touch Sandra Hunter 224 pages Published in July 2014 by OneWorld Publication Source: Publisher “There is some pain you cannot breathe through.” When I read Sandra Hunter’s Losing Touch, I found out that it’s a book of small moments. … Continue reading

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Review: My Real Children by Jo Walton

My Real Children Jo Walton 320 pages Published in May 2014 by Tor Books Source: Public Library If there were two worlds, then what caused her to slide between them? They weren’t two times as they were for Charlotte. It … Continue reading

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Review: Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Anansi Boys Neil Gaiman 384 pages First published in 2005 by HarperCollins Source: Personal library It begins, as most things begin, with a song. In the beginning, after all, were the words, and they came with a tune. That was … Continue reading

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Review: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender Leslye Walton 320 pages Published in March 2014 by Candlewick Press Source: Public Library “To many, I was myth incarnate, the embodiment of a most superb legend, a fairy tale. Some considered … Continue reading

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Review: An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

An Untamed State Roxanne Gay 368 pages Published: May 2014 by Black Cat, an imprint of Grove Atlantic Source: Publisher Once upon a time, in a far-off land, I was kidnapped by a gang of fearless yet terrified young men … Continue reading

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Books read in April

April has come and gone. Thank God. It was just a stressful month. My neck is still sprained and I’m starting to understand – really understand that I’m getting older and it’s time for me to start taking better care of … Continue reading

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Review: Mr. Loverman by Bernadine Evaristo

Mr. Loverman Bernadine Evaristo 320 pages Published in April 2014 by Akashic Books Source: Publisher “If I had more courage, I would hold Morris’s hand for, say, one second. All-a my life I’ve watched couples holding hands, walking arm in … Continue reading

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Short short reviews: Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy and Cress

Cress Marissa Meyer 550 pages Published in February 2014 by Feiwel & Friends Source: Personal Library Genre: YA, fantasy and science fiction I picked up Cress after enjoying the first two books in Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series. Also in an … Continue reading

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon: Hour 12 Update

We’re now at the halfway point of the readathon! Mid-event Survey 1. What are you reading right now? I’m about to start Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run by Alexandra Heminsley 2. How many books have you read so … Continue reading

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Ghost Stories: Violet Kupersmith’s The Frangipani Hotel

The Frangipani Hotel: Stories Violet Kupersmith 248 pages Set to be released on April 1, 2014 by Spiegel & Grau Source: Publisher But as we watched, we realized that the thing approaching us was not a boat after all. I … Continue reading

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Graphic Novels Review: Fables Vol. 19 Snow White, Tommysaurus Rex, and The Lost Islands

Explorer: The Lost Islands Edited by Kazu Kibuishi 128 pages Published in 2013 by Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams Source: Public Library Audience: Middle Grade Explorer: The Lost Islands is an anthology of graphic shorts (short stories in graphic … Continue reading

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Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Boy, Snow, Bird Helen Oyeyemi 320 pages Being published by Riverhead Books on March 6, 2014 Source: From a blogger friend “Nobody ever warned me about mirrors, so for many years I was fond of them, and believed them to … Continue reading

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Graphic Novel February, Part One

It’s the middle of the month, so it’s time for posted about the graphic novels I’ve read. Graphic Novel February has been a wonderful idea. If it wasn’t for graphic novels and children’s books, I wouldn’t have any books finished … Continue reading

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Thoughts: August: Osage County by Tracy Letts

August: Osage County Tracy Letts 138 pages Published in 2008 by Theatre Communications Group Source: Personal Library Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama A few years ago, I had this wonderful idea to read as many Pulitzer-Prize winning … Continue reading

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Review: The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky

The Golden Day Ursula Dubosarsky 150 pages Published in August 2013 by Candlewick Press Source: Public Library These things were too deep and difficult for the little girls. After all, they knew nothing of wives or armies or desert tribes. … Continue reading

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Review: The Visionist by Rachel Urquhart

The Visionist Rachel Urquhart 352 pages Published in January 2013 by Little, Brown and Co. Source: Publishers It had been but a few hours since her father had threatened them. Had he come at Mama with a shovel? Crept in … Continue reading

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My first read of 2014

Sheila over at A Book Journey asked readers which book will be their first read of the year. Read below to find out what I chose as my first read of 2014. It’s almost a superstition to believe that the … Continue reading

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The Goldfinch Read-along

Things would have turned out better if she had lived. As it was, she died when I was a kid; and though everything that’s happened to me since then is thoroughly my own fault, still when I lost her I … Continue reading

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The Goldfinch Read-along

The Goldfinch Read-along December 13, 2013 – December 27, 2013 Athira and I have decided to host a read-along of Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch. It’s one of the many books we’re hoping to finish before the end of the year, … Continue reading

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DNF: The Color Master by Aimee Bender

The Color Master Aimee Bender 222 pages Published in August  2013 by Doubleday Source: Public Library   Andi, Andi, Andi. Remember when I saw The Color Master on NetGalley and had to tell you about it? Then you read it … Continue reading

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Short Story Reviews: Mrs. Henderson’s Cemetery Dance by Carrie Cuinn and Yellowcake by Margo Lanagan

Yellowcake: Stories Margo Lanagan 232 pages Published in 2013 by Knopf Source: Publisher Yellowcake gathers ten short stories that have been previously published in various publications.  I had to pick this collection up after reading Lanagan’s previous book, The Brides … Continue reading

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Review: Cinnamon and Gunpowder by Eli Brown

Cinnamon and Gunpowder Eli Brown 318 pages Published in 2013 by FSG Source: Public Library She was lurid and terrible to see, the fallen Lucifer on the water, blind to the pelicans moving like gnats across her bow.  . . … Continue reading

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High Summer Readathon and Just One Paragraph

The High Summer Read-a-thon officially started last night but I decided to wait until this morning to begin my stack of books. My reading isn’t going very well so hopefully this week-long read-a-thon is what I need to make a … Continue reading

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Review: The Long War by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

The Long War Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter 423 pages Published in June 2013 by HarperCollins Source: Public Library It’s been ten years since Lobsang and Joshua Valienté’s trip through the Long Earth, the millions of parallel Earths next to … Continue reading

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Short Review: Saga Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Saga Volume 2 Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples 153 pages Published in June 2013 by Image Comics Source: Publisher   In the second volume of Saga, one of my favorite literary couples is back.  Marko and Alana, two lovers … Continue reading

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