Posts made in October, 2017


There are a few things that, no matter the merits or the popularity of the book, I am (generally! usually!) cranky about as a reader. These are entirely frivolous matters of personal preference that have become, for me, pet peeves: 1. Gore. I have to skim this. When people in thrillers are getting threatened by saws and hammers and the like, I cannot handle. I will have to skip to when the damage is done and/or people are either dead...

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Photo from http://www.louissachar.com/about.html   HOLES remains one of my favorite books, and I’m definitely not alone: HOLES won not only the Newbery Medal, but also the National Book Award, along with over a dozen others. But HOLES is far from Louis Sachar‘s only masterpiece: he has written over twenty other books for kids and teens. Most recently, I read THE CARDTURNER, a book which contains the strong emotional...

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Photo from http://stefanbachmann.com/author/   One of my favorite parts about Stefan Bachmann‘s writing is the beauty and imagination of his prose. Not only are his worlds so imaginative, but each character, each description, and each setting is infused with wonder. I first came across his work in THE PECULIAR, which I highly recommend. Bachmann has since published a sequel, THE WHATNOT, and a new title, A DROP OF NIGHT....

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GOTHIC BOOKS – COCKTAIL RECIPE Serves: 1 reader Prep time: As long as it takes you to browse the bookstore. A hint of ghosts. They don’t have to be real ghosts. But if something spooky or supernatural is happening, and we don’t know what yet…perfect. A murder. A body means something happened that must be explained, which means learning about secret desires, jealousies, betrayals, and all sorts of deviousness of the human heart....

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