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

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In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a meme hosted by The Story Siren.This week, I received: I Dreamt I Was in Heaven: The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gangby Leonce Gaiter9780615490106, Legba Books, $10.99Judge Isaac C. Parker's judicial tyranny over the entire 74,000-square-mile Indian Territory was coming to an end. Against this background, the multi-racial, teenaged Rufus Buck … Continue reading In My Mailbox

Book Review: I am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley

I am Half-Sick of Shadowsby Alan Bradley9780385344012, $23.00, Delacorte Press (Random House)Another almost-indescribable Flavia de Luce adventure! Seriously, I'm not even worried about gushing too much, because every single novel in this series delivers. It's the best mash-up of a child protagonist's inquisitive nature, Sherlock Holmes's logic, historical literary fiction, murder mystery, and general good … Continue reading Book Review: I am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley

Book Review: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

The Scorch Trialsby James Dashner9780385738767, $9.99, Delacorte Press (Random House)This is the second book in the Maze Runner trilogy. You can read my review of Book 1, titled The Maze Runner, here.They thought the battle was over when they left the maze, but it soon becomes clear they've only moved on to stage 2 of … Continue reading Book Review: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Book Review: Habibi by Craig Thompson

Habibiby Craig Thompson9780375424144, $35, Pantheon (Random House)Age appropriate: Adult graphic novel, 16+ (nudity, sexual content, violence)Absolutely incredible. Beautiful calligraphy, detailed illustrations, intense historical fiction - I read something describing Craig Thompson's work as a "triumph" and I completely agree.Habibi is a combination of historical fiction, religious fiction, and graphic novel. Told in a non-linear fashion, … Continue reading Book Review: Habibi by Craig Thompson

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 vacation … Continue reading Book Review: The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall

Book Blogger Hop & Follow Friday

It's the end of the work week, the weekend looms,and so do two great memes:It's Book Blogger Hop and Follow Friday time!This week's Book Blogger Hop question:What is the thing you like most about reading book blogs? Is it the reviews, author guest posts, articles, giveaways, or something else entirely?It would have to be a … Continue reading Book Blogger Hop & Follow Friday

Happy Thanksgiving!

I struggle with this holiday, like I struggle with most American-history holidays, because we celebrants tend to remember only one side of the holiday story - the White side, the colonizer side, the winning side. Though my people (only 2nd generation here) came over after most of the overt colonizing had taken place, I struggle … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!

Mass Market Monday: Moon Sworn by Keri Arthur

Moon Sworn by Keri Arthur9780440245711, Bantam Dell (Random House), $7.99So, when I said in my first Keri Arthur post that I wanted to read more of this series, apparently what I meant was I'm going to read #1 and #just released and skip all the ones in between. The problem with this is now that I … Continue reading Mass Market Monday: Moon Sworn by Keri Arthur

Mass Market Monday: Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian

Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian 9780553589375, $7.99, Bantam Dell (Random House)Gabrielle Maxwell is a photographer with a special gift - she is a magnet for supernatural activity. Drawn to random, apparently abandoned locations around town, she photographs stark landscapes and buildings, creating art for a living. Just one problem: she doesn't realize she has this gift … Continue reading Mass Market Monday: Kiss of Midnight by Lara Adrian