Beautiful Writing, Cringe-Worthy Plot | Dark Companion by Marta Acosta

Warning: this post contains spoilers. Dark Companion by Marta Acosta is book #2 in my READ ALL THE LIBRARY BOOKS challenge, and like my initial reaction to Sign Language by Amy Ackley, when I pulled Dark Companion from the shelf, I was once again disappointed. In fact, I hadn’t even openly declared that I was […]

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#TBT | Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison is so old that I remember seeing it at my elementary book fair…nearly twenty years ago. I also remember wanting to buy the book, but I was too embarrassed because the word “thong” was in the title, so I picked up something more prudent instead. It wouldn’t […]

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A Solid Dose of Nostalgia | The Mermaids of Lake Michigan by Suzanne Kamata

I’m calling it right now– The Mermaids of Lake Michigan by Suzanne Kamata will be one of the top five books I read during 2017. The Mermaids of Lake Michigan by Suzanne Kamata Released: February 14, 2017 Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing Add to Goodreads ★★★★☆ Amazon|BAM|B&N Elise Faulkner is more at home in the waters of […]

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My New Library Still Rubber Stamps the Due Dates On All of the Books

I think the thing that surprised me most about my local library was how many people were there. Then again, in a village of about 3,000 people, what else is there to do on a Saturday morning in the middle of January? This particular Saturday was “balmy”– overcast and nearly 50 degrees. I would have […]

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The Best of 2016

Yet another year passes, and I didn’t reach my goal of reading 52 books. How can I call myself a book blogger if I cannot even achieve such a minuscule goal? Surely there is a quota that must be met for this sort of thing. Still, I read some pretty incredible books this year. These […]

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An Indie Pub Novel with Potential | Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl by A. Giacomi

I’m going to start this post with an instant mood killer: This is not the review I wanted to write. I wanted to love this novel. I really did. And here’s the thing, at the very root of it, Eve Brenner: Zombie Girl by A. Giacomi is a good story. It’s action packed, it’s thrilling, […]

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A Modern Adaptation of a Gothic Classic | The Turning by Francine Prose

I am a slow reader. I mean, a slooooooooooow reader. I am also a distracted reader, so the fact that I even maintain a book blog is kind of a feat. Truly! I read about how other bloggers devour entire libraries in a year, and in five years, I could count the number of books […]

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Spoil This Books For Me, Please? | And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

There was a time when I would actively seek out books with “unique formatting”. They could have been epistolary novels or verse novels. They could have been novels with doodles or comics throughout. They could have even been books that simply had font face and size changes throughout the course of the novel. Granted, this […]

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