The Leavers by Lisa Ko
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The Leavers by Lisa Ko

This is a really thoughtful, moving novel about a Chinese family that is torn apart in the United States.  Peilan grows up in China in a small village but dreams of exploring the world, so she travels to New York for factory work at better wages.  She has Deming while still very young herself, and … Continue reading

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Ten of the Most Unique Novels I’ve Read

This week’s Top Ten topic, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is books that are unique. What makes a book unique?  Some books are told in a unique way, like Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life or David Nicholls’ One Day.  Some books have spawned lots of copies, but were original when first published (Harry … Continue reading

Finding Molly: An Adventure in Catsitting by Justine Prado and Jenn St-Onge
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Finding Molly: An Adventure in Catsitting by Justine Prado and Jenn St-Onge

I’ve looked at graphic novels before, but never really sat down and read one.  I figured it’s a very different way of reading. Your eyes have to jump around all over the place, and it’s hard to know what order to read things in.  I suppose I like the calm repetition of reading lines across the … Continue reading

My December and Year-End Reading Wrap-Up
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My December and Year-End Reading Wrap-Up

Bidding a not-so-fond farewell to 2016, here’s what I read in December: Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch Before the Fall by Noah Hawley All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain What I’m reading now: What’s Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi. What’s up next: my library … Continue reading

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Top Ten Authors To Read This Halloween

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I love reading scary books, and I’m clearly not alone in that.  What makes horror so attractive?  People who study children’s literature say that scaring ourselves is a way to process what’s truly scary in life.  It’s non-threatening because it’s not real.  That makes … Continue reading