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It’s that time again! Peppermint mochas and gingerbread lattes, last-minute shopping and family reunions, and lists of this year’s highlights. As a general reading trend this year, I’ve been reading a lot more LGBTQIA literature, and I think it’s an awesome … Continue reading
J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. New York: Arther A. Levine Books, 2016. Rating: 2 out of 5 illegal Time Turners Sooo…yeah. There’s going to be a lot of nitpicking in this post. Consider … Continue reading
‘Tis the season for reading spooky stories, so in addition to Holly Black’s Doll Bones, I’ve also been reading some of Bruce Coville’s anthologies — namely, his Books of Ghosts, Nightmares, and Spine Tinglers. Holly Black. Doll Bones. New York: Margaret … Continue reading
I recently read alibrarymama’s review of Bayou Magic, by Jewell Parker Rhodes, which she suggests pairing with Kathi Appelt’s The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp. So that’s just what I did. Both books take place in the Deep … Continue reading
Betsy Cornwell. Tides. Boston: Clarion, 2013. Noah and Lo Gallagher are spending the summer with their grandmother, Dolores, on the Isles of Shoals. Noah is there for a marine biology internship, while Lo hopes to spend the time drawing and … Continue reading
Edit 07/08/15: A longer version of this review can now be found over at Sappho’s Torque. Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013. Ah, the fascinating world of fandom. I first discovered Fanfiction.net in early high school, … Continue reading
Back in September, on one of my last days in Wisconsin, I wandered up the street to the Little Free Library and discovered a tattered copy of Pure Dead Magic, by Debi Gliori. Since I’d recently donated an item, by local … Continue reading
Yeah, anyone know if there’s an “official” term for a group of mermaids? There’s a glory (or blessing) of unicorns, a parliament of owls, a murder of crows… I tried Google-ing it, but all I found were guesses and hearsay, and … Continue reading
I just wrote my first post over at IB! Here’s a preview: _____________________ … Note: there will be SPOILERS. * * * * * “The Fire New Year” – A poor man and woman are celebrating the New Year, making do with what … Continue reading
Ever since I started the Nostalgic Review feature, I’ve been meaning to do a post on my favorite/most-clearly-remembered short stories from grade- and high-school English classes. Remember those awesome lit textbooks you always wished you could keep after the semester … Continue reading