Genre: Middle Grade

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Magic, Princess, Fairy, + Other Girly Books (that don’t make you gag)

By a show of hands, who is tired of reading books where everything is pink and sparkly and lacy and fairy-y and princess-y and magic-y but have absolutely no real substance of any kind in them? (This is where I imagine all of your hands being raised). Here is a list of books that talk … Continue reading

Funny + Charming Books for Children Age 6-10

Today, I had the pleasure of reading Neil Gaiman‘s Fortunately, The Milk for the first time and laughed out loud, particularly at this line: “We have spoons. Spoons are excellent. Sort of like forks, only not as stabby.” -pg. 6 It reminded me of a whole host of books that are equally delightful in their … Continue reading

Top Ten Books I Want for the Holidays

The Broke and the Bookish, a brilliant book blog,  hosts a weekly top ten list meme. I like this meme because I like lists. I like this meme because it reminds me of the Top 5 lists from High Fidelity (by Nick Hornby as a book, starring John Cusak as a movie). And I like this meme … Continue reading

Books I Discovered This Week: 11/27/11-12/03/11

Adult Fiction 420 Characters by Lou Beach After the Apocalypse: Stories by Maureen F. McHugh All Yours by Claudia Pineiro, translated by Miranda France The Artist of Disappearance by Anita Desai The Bone Doll’s Twin (The Tamir Triad, #1) by Lynn Flewelling Book by Robert Grudin Diving Bells: And Other Stories by Lucy Wood Doc … Continue reading

Books I Discovered This Week: 11/13/11-11/19/11

Adult Fiction American Stories by Calvin Trillin Beauvallet by Georgette Heyer The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber The Horse of Selene by Jaunita Casey The Informationist by Taylor Stevens The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson Little, Big, Fantasy Masterworks #5 by John Crowley My Name is … Continue reading

Books I Discovered This Week: 11/06/11-11/12/11

Adult Fiction Arcadia by Lauren Groff The Daughter She Used to Be by Rosalind Noonan The Thief’s Only Child by Rexanne Becnel The Time In Between by Maria Duenas Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler Adult Non-Fiction I Dreamt I Was in Heaven: The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang by Leonce Gaiter The … Continue reading

Book Review: Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Wonderstruckby Brian Selznick9780545027842, $29.99, ScholasticAge appropriate: Read-together: 4+, Read alone: 8+ I had the pleasure of attending the NEIBA trade show NECBA children’s author dinner last Wednesday (Oct. 12, 2011), where Brian Selznick explained what he was trying to do in his newest book, Wonderstruck. As you may remember, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, his … Continue reading

Book Review: The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall

The Penderwicks at Point Mouetteby Jeanne Birdsall9780375858512, $16.99, Knopf (Random House)Age appropriate: Read-aloud 4+, read-alone 8+ This third book in the Penderwicks series picks up right where book two, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, leaves off. Mr. Penderwick, his new wife, and baby Ben are in England for the honeymoon. Rosalind is taking her first … Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday: The Pirate Captain’s Daughter by Eve Bunting

Waiting on Wednesday (WoW) is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. My first and second WoW posts were about my guilty pleasure reading – romantic (often paranormal) paperback/mass market novels. My third and fourth WoW posts were YA (young adult) titles. My fifth and sixth WoW posts were about adult literary fiction. Introducing … Continue reading

Book Review: Nathaniel Fludd, The Unicorn’s Tale by R.L.LaFevers, illustrated by Kelly Murphy

The Unicorn’s Tale: Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist, Book 4by R.L. LaFevers, illustrated by Kelly Murphy9780547482774, $14.99, Houghton Mifflin Harcout, Pub. Date: April 2011  In book four, Nathaniel has a lot on his mind. With the hope that his parents might still be alive somewhere, all Nate wants to do is find his traitorous cousin, Obediah Fludd, … Continue reading


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Book review time! 
The Story of Diva and Flea
By Mo Willems + Tony DiTerlizzi
Loved this as a read-aloud for little ones that can sit still for longer picture books, or, as it's a beginning chapter book, great for ages 6-8 who are learning how to read more confidently by themselves.
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#poemaday #love #lovepoem #nationalpoetrymonth #pabloneruda #wildlyread #poem #poetry Happy National Poetry Month!
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#poemaday #nationalpoetrymonth #haiku #kerouac #wildlyread #poem #poetry First day of full-time hours in my new job as a bookseller for an independent bookstore, and it's staff pick time! I fell in love with this book years ago, before the movie was even a dream. Though I'm not a fan of the movie tie-in cover, I'll gladly place this book in readers' hands. . . .
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