Category Archives: fiction

Library Loot

Library Loot is one of my favorite weekly events hosted by Marg (The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader) and Claire (The Captive Reader). It’s a meme where bloggers share what they’ve recently checked out from the library.  Today I went … Continue reading

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A quick giveaway

Hey guys! I’m currently wrestling with the clutter in my apartment and like most book addicts bloggers, I have a ton of unread books just lying around. So I thought: why not give some away? I have a great summer … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Fables Vol. 18 Cubs in Toyland

Fables Vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, Gene Ha 192 pages Published in January 2013 by DC Comics Source: Public Library Guys, if you haven’t started reading Bill Willingham’s fantastic Fables series, you need to … Continue reading

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Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan

Half-Blood Blues Esi Edugyan 321 pages // Published in 2011 by Picador Audio version: 11 hours and 9 minutes Narrated by Kyle Riley Chip told us not to go out. Said, don’t you boys tempt the devil. But it been … Continue reading

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Book Review: Going in Circles by Pamela Ribon

Going in Circles Pamela Ribon 336 pages Published in 2010 by Downtown Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Source: Public Library but you can bet your sweet ass that I’m buying a copy Two weeks ago, I was trolling … Continue reading

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Short Children’s Book Reviews: We March by Shane W. Evans and I Have a Dream by Kadir Nelson

We March Shane W. Evans 32 pages Published in 2012 by Roaring Brook Press Source: Public Library In We March, author Shane W. Evans take readers to August 28, 1963, the day that Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I … Continue reading

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Short Review: Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses by Ron Koertge

Lies, Knives, and Girls in Red Dresses Written by Ron Koertge Illustrated by Andrea Dezsö Published in 2012 by Candlewick Press Source: Public Library Genre: YA and up   I don’t see, but I know things. Nature does that sometimes … Continue reading

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Banned Book Review: The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver Lois Lowry 180 pages Republished in 2008 by Houghton Mifflin Company Source: Public Library It was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened. No. Wrong word, Jonas thought. Frightened meant that deep, sickening feeling of something … Continue reading

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Review: Lucretia and the Kroons by Victor Lavalle

Lucretia and the Kroons: A Novella Victor Lavalle 99 pages Published in July 2012 by Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of Random House Source: Publisher Most twelve-year-olds don’t know much about death, and that’s the way it should be. But … Continue reading

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DNF review: The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo by F.G. Haghenbeck

The Secret Book of Frida Kahlo F.G. Haghenbeck Translated from Spanish by Achy Obejas 368 pages Published in September 2012 by Atria, an imprint of Simon and Schuster Source: Publisher             “Frida, if what you want is to show your … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: A More Diverse Universe Reading Pool and Suggestions

I know that there’s a ton of blogging events that are going on in September but I wanted to remind everyone that the deadline to sign up for Aarti’s blog tour, A More Diverse Universe is coming up. September 12th … Continue reading

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Orange Prize Book Review: The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna

The Memory of Love Aminatta Forna 445 pages Published in 2010 by Grove Press, an imprint of Grove/Atlantic Source: My personal library And when he wakes from dreaming of her, is it not the same for him? The hollowness in … Continue reading

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Review: No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller Written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, artwork by R. Gregory Christie 192 pages Published in 2012 by Carolrhoda Lab, an imprint of Carolrhoda Books Source: … Continue reading

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Review: The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

The Long Earth Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter 352 pages Published in June 2012 by Harper, an imprint of Harper Collins Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy Source: Publisher Step Day. Fifteen years ago. Joshua had been just thirteen. Later, everybody remembered where … Continue reading

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Review: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

The Language of Flowers Vanessa Diffenbaugh 335 pages Published in 2012 by Ballantine Books, a Random House imprint Source: Publisher For eight years I dreamed of fire. Trees ignited as I passed them; oceans burned. The sugary smoke settled in … Continue reading

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Review: Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral

Chopsticks Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral 272 Pages Published in February 2012 by Razorhill books, an imprint of Penguin Group Source: Library Gloria “Glory” Fleming is a world-famous pianist, who sells out concert halls all over the world. She’s also … Continue reading

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Spring Reading Thing 2012

March 20, 2012 – June 20, 2012 Hosted at Callapidder Days If you didn’t know that today was the first day of spring, you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking out my window. It’s nice and cold outside, perfect … Continue reading

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Review: The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures Caroline Preston 240 pages Publication Date: October 25, 2011 Publisher: Ecco Source: Publisher   When Candace over at Beth Fish Reads featured Caroline Preston’s The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt, I knew … Continue reading

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Thoughts on The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky Heidi W. Durrow 256 pages Publication Year: 2010 Publisher: Algonquin Source: Bought it   It’s a funny thing to think about: moving toward extinction. And I think of how maybe I’m already extinct … Continue reading

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Graphic Novel Mini-reviews: Anya’s Ghost, Cinderella, and Hera

Anya’s Ghost Vera Brosgol 224 pages Publication Year: 2011 Publisher: FirstSecond Books Source: Won it. Anya Borzakovskaya is your typical teenager: she would rather be anywhere else instead of school or church, her mother embarrasses her, and she thinks no … Continue reading

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Review: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan 288 pages Publication Year: 1989 Publisher: Vintage Source: Public Library And I think now that fate is shaped half by expectations, half by inattention. But somehow, when you lose something you love, faith takes … Continue reading

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Review: The Homecoming of Samuel Lake by Jenny Wingfield

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake Jenny Wingfield 352 pages Publication Date: July 12, 2011 Publisher: Random House Source: Publisher John Moses couldn’t have chosen a worse day, or a worse way to die, if he’d planned it for a lifetime. … Continue reading

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Review: 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter

32 Candles Ernessa T. Carter 342 pages Pub Date: 2012 Publisher: Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Source: Publisher So you’ve probably heard of this thing by now. It’s called life. And it’s hard. Even when it looks easy, it’s hard. … Continue reading

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Review: War and Watermelon by Rich Wallace

War and Watermelon Rich Wallace 184 pages Publication Year: 2010 Publisher: Viking Juvenile Source: Publisher I look across the pond and see Patty Moriarity and Janet DeMaria hanging out by the refreshment stand. They’re in two-piece bathing suits, but not … Continue reading

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Sunday Salon: Mini-reviews: Stitches, Horoscopes for the Dead, and The Violets of March

I have a confession to make: I read faster than I review. So I have a stack of books sitting on my desk, just waiting to be reviewed. I rather read than write so I’m posting mini-reviews to assuage some … Continue reading

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Summer reading and looking ahead

Summer is almost here by Leland Yesterday was the last day of the semester and I can’t tell you how relieved I am. I love the excitement of a new semester with teachers that I usually haven’t had before on … Continue reading

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Review: House Arrest by Ellen Meeropol

House Arrest Ellen Meeropol 201 pages Pub. Date: Feb. 1, 2011 Publisher: Red Hen Press Source: Library I tried to get out of the assignment. Prenatal visits to a prisoner? Okay, house arrest, same difference. I couldn’t believe that I was … Continue reading

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Review: The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

David Levithan The Lover’s Dictionary 211 pages Publication Date: January 4, 2011 Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Source: Library Exacerbate, v I believe your exact words were: “You’re getting too emotional.” The Lover’s Dictionary is a book I’ve wanted to … Continue reading

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Thoughts: Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin

Please Look After Mom Kyung-Sook Shin Translated from the Korean by Chi-Young Kim 256 pages Publication Date: April 5, 2011 Publisher: Knopf Source: Bought it It’s been one week since Mom went missing. . . Park So-nyo is an elderly … Continue reading

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Review: The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady by Elizabeth Stuckey-French

The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady Elizabeth Stuckey-French 320 pages Publisher: Doubleday Publication Date: February 2011 Source: Publisher   By the time Marylou Ahearn finally moved into the little ranch house in Tallahassee, she’d spent countless hours trying to come … Continue reading

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