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Reading Children’s Classics by Women Authors

I haven’t done anything this year for the Women’s Classic Literature Event, which is hosted by the Classics Club, but since it’s September and it’s Back to School time, I was thinking about re-reading favorite classics by women authors. I’m looking specifically at books published before 1950 and in about the 8-10 age range. When … Continue reading

Books I read on vacation: mini-reviews
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Books I read on vacation: mini-reviews

I don’t normally write catch-up reviews, for two reasons.  First, I read these books in the middle of July so I don’t remember them so well, and I wasn’t exactly taking notes.  And second, I’m not a big fan of the mini-review.  You know I like to go on and on about a book.  But … Continue reading

My August Reading Wrap Up: #20BooksofSummer
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My August Reading Wrap Up: #20BooksofSummer

Hello readers!  My August wrap-up is also my 20 Books of Summer Wrap-Up, and it will tell you something about me that I ended up at exactly 20 books at the end of the month  (hint: I’m a bit on the goal-oriented side.) I’m always sad when summer ends.  As a kid, summers meant long, … Continue reading

The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
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The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

One of my favorite reads of the summer, this book has it all: great characters and story; a fun, almost movie-like plot  (it will be a movie this fall); and really thoughtful writing.  It’s a book I’d recommend this book to both science fiction lovers and non-science fiction readers (similar to, say, The Martian). It’s … Continue reading

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
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Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal

Ghost Talkers is an ideal summer vacation read if you like historical and paranormal fiction.  Set in Le Havre during World War I, it’s about a team of women who are helping the British troops by serving as mediums.  Their role is to channel the dead, collecting the last messages and more importantly, the last observations of … Continue reading

The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
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The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney

I had heard so many good things about this book (it won the 2016 Bailey’s Prize) that I was nervous it might not live up to expectations.  It absolutely did. I was immediately drawn into the story of Ryan, a fifteen-year-old boy with an abusive, alcoholic father who is experiencing love (and as he tells … Continue reading