Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio Source: Hardcover, Published February 14, 2012 by Knopf Verdict: Excellent Book Description: August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can […]

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Review: Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Review: Out of Easy by Ruta Sepetys Source: Hardcover, Published February 12, 2013 by Philomel Books Verdict: Very Good/Excellent Book Description: It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of […]

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Review: The Anatomist’s Wife (Lady Darby #1) by Anna Lee Huber

Review: The Anatomist’s Wife (Lady Darby Mystery #1) by Anna Lee Huber Source: Paperback, Published November 6, 2012 by Berkley Trade Verdict: Very Good Book Description: Scotland, 1830. Following the death of her husband, Lady Darby has taken refuge at her sister’s estate, finding solace in her passion for painting. But when her hosts throw a house party for the […]

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2014 Reading, So Far: SIGH

I have written a post about the good highlights of my 2014 reading year so far. However, as with any reading year, there are bound to be some stinkers. Okay, maybe ‘stinker’ is too harsh a word, but let’s just say, these titles just fell flat. Some I had high expectations for, which is why the let down was even greater. In no particular order: Jeffrey Brown’s Kids Are Weird: And Other Observations from Parenthood. Now, I quite enjoyed Darth Vader and Son and Vader’s Little Princess, so I thought this non-fiction collection of comics about parenting would be fun. I…did not find it funny. To be honest, I do not understand the point of this book at all. (Hey, maybe that was the point? For it to be as non-nonsensical, head-scratching, or jarring as some of the nattering in the comics?). Guy Delisle’s A User’s Guide to Neglectful Parenting is, in my opinion, a much stronger and pithier graphic novel option on a similar topic. This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. Though I read through this YA graphic novel in one sitting, I did not have the greatest experience. I kept reading and flipping, waiting and hoping for something. Stronger dialogue between the main characters, some character development, a spark, something. I mentioned on my brief Goodreads review that the illustrations are pretty wonderful and expressive, but I felt that the written component really let the entire novel fall quite flat. […]

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2014 Reading, So Far: The Good

It’s August, so we’re already more than halfway through the year. For various reasons, I have not had as much time for reading as I would have wished. (…I also may have had to edit my Goodreads challenge a few times…cough). So, what have been the big kickers of my reading year so far? The surprises and goodies? From adult […]

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Review: Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan Source: Hardcover, Published June 1, 2014 by Holder Children’s Division Verdict: Excellent Book Description: RULES OF SUMMER, is a deceptively simple story about two boys, one older and one younger, and the kind of ‘rules’ that might govern any relationship between close friends or siblings. Rules that are often so strange or arbitrary, they […]

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Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell Source: Paperback, Published March 27, 2012 by Plume Verdict: Excellent Book Description: Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It’s company policy.) But they can’t quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing […]

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Review: Maid of Secrets (Maids of Honor #1) by Jennifer McGowan

Review: Maid of Secrets (Maids of Honor #1) by Jennifer McGowan Source: Hardcover, Published May 7, 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Verdict: Excellent Book Description: Orphan Meg Fellowes makes her living picking pockets—until she steals from the wrong nobleman. Instead of rotting in prison like she expected, she’s whisked away to the court of Queen Elizabeth […]

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