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Wishlist Wednesday #26: Tortall – A Spy’s Guide by Tamora Pierce

Wishlist Wednesday #26: Tortall – A Spy’s Guide by Tamora Pierce

This meme was created by Pen to Paper. Each week we will share a book that has been recently added to our wishlist or has been on it for ages. I have been a huge fan of Tamora Pierce for years and years; I feel like I’m always waiting to see what she has publishing next. While this isn’t a novel, I still love the world of Tortall and am excited to explore just what is in this companion piece…

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Book Review: The Trouble with Lemons by Daniel Hayes

Book Review: The Trouble with Lemons by Daniel Hayes

Title: The Trouble with Lemons Author: Daniel Hayes Publisher: Fawcett Paperback: 192 Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) His real name was Tyler McAllister, but he felt like a lemon. He had allergies and nightmares, and was the only unfamous person in his family. But one night he and a friend went swimming at the forbidden quarry, and Tyler found a dead body. Now he’s determined to find out who killed the man and why they’re now after him…. Buy from the Book…

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When the Reading Slows Down

When the Reading Slows Down

I looked at my reading stats the other day and had a bit of an existential crisis. I read less than 2,000 pages during the month of November, which is unheard of. I don’t think that’s ever happened since I first started reading heavily. Every year, I tell myself to do things other than read. Live more, read just a little bit less. Even with that, I read an extraordinary amount of books (extraordinary by regular standards, NOT book blogger…

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Wishlist Wednesday #25: Best Kept Secret by Ann M. Martin

Wishlist Wednesday #25: Best Kept Secret by Ann M. Martin

This meme was created by Pen to Paper. Each week we will share a book that has been recently added to our wishlist or has been on it for ages. I started this new series from Ann M. Martin this year, and it’s been very good! I didn’t realize how much I’ve missed having Martin in my life. It’s a great contemporary middle school series that goes through family stories generation by generation. I’m excited to read what happens next…

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Short Story Review: 2BR02B

Short Story Review: 2BR02B

Title: 2BR02B Author: Kurt Vonnegut Ebook: 15 pages Source: Own Summary: (taken from Goodreads) 2BR02B is a satiric short story that imagines life & death in a future world where aging has been “cured” & population control is mandated and administered by the government. Buy from the Book Depository! Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 This is a quick short story that focuses on a dystopian universe where death and aging are a thing of the past, and now people have to choose to die…

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Book Review: The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Book Review: The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Title: The Headless Cupid Author: Zilpha Keatley Snyder Series: Stanley Family, Book 1 Publisher: Yearling Paperback: 224 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository When the four Stanley children meet Amanda, their new stepsister, they’re amazed to learn she studies witchcraft. When she shares her secrets, strange things start happening in their old house. They suspect Amanda until they learn the house was long ago haunted by a ghost that cut off the head of a wooden cupid on…

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Wishlist Wednesday #24: Nightwalker by Allyson James

Wishlist Wednesday #24: Nightwalker by Allyson James

This meme was created by Pen to Paper. Each week we will share a book that has been recently added to our wishlist or has been on it for ages. I started the first book of this series on a whim, and now I’ve finished book 3 and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite urban fantasies! I love how each book brings us deeper and deeper into this amazing mythological world James has created. So excited to get my…

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Book Review: Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold

Book Review: Falling Free by Lois McMaster Bujold

Title: Falling Free Author: Lois McMaster Bujold Publisher: Nesfa Hardcover: 288 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Leo Graf was an effective engineer. Safety regs weren’t just the rule book he swore by; he’d helped write them. All that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat. Leo was profoundly uneasy with the corporate exploitation of his bright new students… until that exploitation turned to something much worse. He hadn’t anticipated a situation where the right thing to do was neither safe,…

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4 Ways to Read More

4 Ways to Read More

If you’re like me (and you probably are, if you’re reading this), you have way too little time and way too many books to read. My to-read list will last me for another decade at least, and I KEEP ADDING MORE! So, how do I go about managing that ridiculous to-read list? Here are the ways I manage to get more reading time. Waiting Do you find yourself standing around waiting for the microwave to finish heating your food? Or…

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Wishlist Wednesday #23: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

Wishlist Wednesday #23: Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs

This meme was created by Pen to Paper. Each week we will share a book that has been recently added to our wishlist or has been on it for ages. One of my goals this year is to get a handle on all these series I haven’t finished — it’s out of control! I recently finished Fair Game, and with another Alpha & Omega book coming out next year, I’d like to read Dead Heat and finally be caught up!…

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