Books, Recommendation

What I Read | OCTOBER 2017

Jane, Unlimited by Jane Cashore Yikes, this book!  About 1/3 of the way through, it ended, at which point I realized I was reading a Choose Your Own Adventure type book that laid out multiple directions for the story to take.  At first, it was super interesting, since her decisions to go in different directions… Continue reading What I Read | OCTOBER 2017

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Books, Recommendation

What I Read | MARCH 2017

Recommended books are italicized! The Ordinary Princess by M. M. Kaye What a cute book!  I want to give this to all little kids to read as an antidote to classic fairy tales.  That is, after all, it's entire point.  What if a princess wasn't perfect?  Could she find love, acceptance, and joy anyway?  Of… Continue reading What I Read | MARCH 2017

Books, Recommendation, Weekly Series

What I Read | DECEMBER 2016

I returned to my hometown this month, which means I got a LOT of books at my public library.  This is especially noteworthy because somehow in smalltown Illinois, my library is really great at stocking diverse books.  The number of books I read about people of color BY people of color increased this month, which… Continue reading What I Read | DECEMBER 2016

Books, Recommendation, Weekly Series

What I Read | November 2016

Eight books this month, ranging from YA fantasy adventures to historical scandals in early Hollywood.  Oh, and I finally read The Little Prince, which was a LONG time coming. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson Woodson's prose reads like poetry, which helps make her story more palatable.  I mean, it's GOOD, but it is a devastating… Continue reading What I Read | November 2016

Books

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

Whaaaat a weird book.  Now that I'm done with it, I guess it's about a pre-teen with some severe mental disorders - anxiety for sure, but also possibly schizophrenia.  It is utterly disorienting to be in his brain, especially for me, because my reading habits predisposed me to think that this was fantastical.  I'm still… Continue reading The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

Books

The Edge by Roland Smith

 Sequel to Peak, once more we get to follow teenage super-climber Peak.  I really loved the first book, which was about his attempt to summit Everest; I learned a lot about mountain climbing.  In The Edge, Peak is climbing in the Hindu Kush Mountains in Afghanistan, but instead of being about climbing, it's a lot… Continue reading The Edge by Roland Smith

Books

The Illyrian Adventure by Lloyd Alexander

There has never been a better opening paragraph than this one: Miss Vesper Holly has the digestive talents of a goat and the mind of a chess master.  She is familiar with half a dozen languages and can swear fluently in all of them.  She understands the use of a slide rule but prefers doing calculations… Continue reading The Illyrian Adventure by Lloyd Alexander