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The Spider and the Stone by Glen Craney
Historical Fiction / Review Requests, ARCs and Galleys

The Spider and the Stone by Glen Craney

If you’re interested in detailed historical fiction about Scotland, this is a great book. The Spider and the Stone tells the story of the years between 1296 and 1330, known as the Scottish Wars for Independence. You’ve heard of William Wallace if you’ve seen the movie Braveheart, although there were a number of historical inaccuracies … Continue reading

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of A Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism
Highly Recommended / Nonfiction (Misc)

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of A Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

I have several friends who have children on the autism spectrum, and being in the education world I think it’s important that I understand as much as I can. My sister is a special education teacher and she works with autistic children every day. I sent her this book. The Reason I Jump was written … Continue reading

Blog Hops and Other Memes / Challenges

The R.I.P. IX Challenge

It’s September, which means it’s time for Stainless Steel Droppings’ R.I.P. challenge (R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril IX) (note the cool graphic by Abigail Larson.) For this challenge, you simply read books from any of the following categories: Mystery. Suspense. Thriller. Dark Fantasy. Gothic. Horror. Supernatural. The challenge runs from September 1 to – you guessed it … Continue reading

The Full Ridiculous by Mark Lamprell
Contemporary Fiction / First Novels / New to Me Author / Review Requests, ARCs and Galleys

The Full Ridiculous by Mark Lamprell

In The Full Ridiculous, a novel by Australian author Mark Lamprell, Michael O’Dell goes for a jog one morning and is hit by a car. The book is about the aftermath of that incident and how it impacts him and his family. The back of the book displays this quote: The important thing is to … Continue reading

The End of Innocence by Allegra Jordan
First Novels / Historical Fiction / New to Me Author / Review Requests, ARCs and Galleys

The End of Innocence by Allegra Jordan

I really enjoyed this historical novel about World War I. It focuses on a very specific group: the lives of Harvard and Radcliffe students at the outbreak of World War I. Helen Brooks is an upper-class student attending Radcliffe in the fall of 1914. She’s embarrassed by her mother, an activist most recently arrested for … Continue reading