Deliciously Long and Delightful Titles of Intriguing Children’s Novels

I began collecting deliciously long and delightful titles of children's books that I just knew I had to love based soley on that one distinguishing characteristic. Here are a few that I recommend primarily for readers who are between the ages of 8 and 12 and love to read about girls doing and learning and having adventures.

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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 because it … Continue reading Top Ten Books I Want for the Holidays

Repost Book Review: The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

Yes, I know I already blogged about this book, but it's really so perfect for this month, and I just got a hardcover copy, and I fell in love with it all over again, and so should you. The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan9780374193683, $23, Farrar, Straus, & Giroux (Macmillan) akin, adj.We were painting by … Continue reading Repost Book Review: The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

Mass Market Monday: Bite the Bullet by L.A. Banks

Bite the Bulletby L.A. Banks9780312949129, $6.99, St. Martin's (Macmillan)Kick-ass, action-packed, and drama-packed. If you're in the mood for gun-totin' shapeshifters and elite trained operatives, rouge werewolves, a supernatural war fought on multiple planes, and drama between lovers, then pick up one of the Crimson Moon series today. This was my first foray into this world, … Continue reading Mass Market Monday: Bite the Bullet by L.A. Banks

Book Review: The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan 9780374193683, $23, Farrar, Straus, & Giroux (Macmillan), Pub. Date: January 2011 akin, adj. We were painting by numbers, starting with the greens. Because that happened to be our favorite color. And that, we figured, had to mean something.     This novel is so quietly brilliant, it's a wonder … Continue reading Book Review: The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

Picturebooks for Adults, Part I

Going through the slush pile a few weeks ago, I came across an artist who layers photographs and clipart pieces to create ethereal digital collage artwork. I wish I could show them to you, but unfortunately the artist doesn't have a website. While the project wasn't right for Houghton Mifflin, the illustrations were beautiful, and … Continue reading Picturebooks for Adults, Part I

Waiting on Wednesday: Guilty Pleasures

This post comes to you via Erika Breathes Books and Breaking the Spine. "Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme where you post upcoming titles you're eagerly anticipating.I'm disturbingly behind in my book blogging; I blame that on all the traveling I've been doing lately, so please forgive me. Something else to blame on my … Continue reading Waiting on Wednesday: Guilty Pleasures

Book Review: Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland

Any Given Doomsdayby Lori Handeland9780312949198, St. Martin’s Paperbacks (Macmillan), $6.99This is the first book in a supernatural fantasy series. Elizabeth Phoenix used to be part of the Milwaukee Police Department until one of her “hunches” got her partner killed. The police force and Liz herself want nothing more to do with the fact that she … Continue reading Book Review: Any Given Doomsday by Lori Handeland

Book Review: Darling Jim by Christian Moerk

Darling Jim by Christian MoerkHardcover: 9780805089479, $25, Henry Holt (Macmillan)Paperback: 9780805092080, $15, Henry Holt (Macmillan)I read the first 100 pages of this novel holding my breath and barely blinking. Here is what I discovered: 1) I should never begin a new book at work because then I will read it even when I'm not supposed … Continue reading Book Review: Darling Jim by Christian Moerk

Gift of Reading Club Selections: April 2010

Ever have one of those "duh" moments when you wonder why it took you so long to think of that simple, yet brilliant, idea?Each month at the Odyssey Bookshop, I hand-select books for children signed up for our Gift of Reading Program. Usually a family member or close family friend signs up the child (age … Continue reading Gift of Reading Club Selections: April 2010