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Book Review: Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong

Book Review: Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong

Title: Waking the Witch Author: Kelley Armstrong Series: Women of the Otherworld, Book 11 Publisher: Dutton Adult Hardcover: 309 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository At twenty-one, Savannah Levine-orphaned daughter of a notorious dark witch and an equally notorious cutthroat sorcerer-considers herself a full-fledged member of the otherworld. The once rebellious teen has grown into a six-foot-tall, motorcycle-riding jaw-dropper, with an impressive knowledge of and ability to perform spells. The only problem is, she’s having a hard time convincing her…

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Book Review: Lord Sunday by Garth Nix

Book Review: Lord Sunday by Garth Nix

Title: Lord Sunday Author: Garth Nix Series: Keys to the Kingdom, Book 7 Publisher: Scholastic Hardcover: 320 pages Source: Chicago OverDrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository On the seventh day, there was a choice. The House is falling apart, and when it is destroyed, all existence will be destroyed with it, Arthur Penhaligon and his friends Leaf and Suzy are caught in the chaos, separated by events but drawn together in their fight to survive. They must use every power at their disposal…

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Book Review: How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks

Book Review: How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks

Title: How to Catch a Bogle Author: Catherine Jinks Series: City of Orphans, Book 1 Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Hardcover: 320 pages Source: Chicago Public Library Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository If ever a chill entered her soul, or the hope suddenly drained from her heart, she knew a bogle was to blame. Birdie McAdam, a ten-year-old orphan, is tougher than she looks. She’s proud of her job as apprentice to Alfred the Bogler, a man who catches monsters for a…

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Favorite Books of 2017

Favorite Books of 2017

2017 was a stellar reading year for both Andrew and me. We read a combined total of 200+ books and loved so many of them! One of my favorite parts of reading is sharing books I love with others and telling my friends and family which books THEY NEED TO READ! Andrew and I often recommend our favorite books to each other, and here we are now, recommending our favorite reads of this year to you. Maybe you’ll find a…

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Book Review: The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

Book Review: The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman

Title: The Sleeper and the Spindle Author: Neil Gaiman Illustrator: Chris Riddell Publisher: Bloomsbury Hardcover: 71 Source: Chicago Public Library, Overdrive Summary: (taken from Goodreads) A thrillingly reimagined fairy tale from the truly magical combination of author Neil Gaiman and illustrator Chris Riddell – weaving together a sort-of Snow White and an almost Sleeping Beauty with a thread of dark magic, which will hold readers spellbound from start to finish. On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a…

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Short Story Review: 2BR02B by Kurt Vonnegut

Short Story Review: 2BR02B by Kurt Vonnegut

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: Mama Day by Gloria Naylor

Book Review: Mama Day by Gloria Naylor

Title: Mama Day Author: Gloria Naylor Publisher: Vintage Paperback: 312 pages Source: Own Summary: (taken from Goodreads) A fascinating novel that reworks elements of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. On the island of Willow Springs, off the Georgia coast, the powers of healer Mama Day are tested by her great niece, Cocoa, a stubbornly emancipated woman endangered by the island’s darker forces. Buy from the Book Depository! Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Andrew recommended this book to me and so far it’s my absolute favorite…

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Book Review: A Good Cry by Nikki Giovanni

Book Review: A Good Cry by Nikki Giovanni

Title: A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter Author: Nikki Giovanni Publisher: William Morrow Hardcover: 128 pages Source: ALA Annual 2017 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) One of America’s most celebrated poets looks inward in this powerful collection, a rumination on her life and the people who have shaped her. The poetry of Nikki Giovanni has spurred movements, turned hearts and informed generations. She’s been hailed as a firebrand, a radical, a healer, and a sage; a wise and courageous voice who…

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Book Review: Code Girls by Liza Mundy

Book Review: Code Girls by Liza Mundy

Title: Code Girls Author: Liza Mundy Publisher: Hachette Books Hardcover: 500 pages Source: NetGalley Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of…

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Book Review: Will’s Words by Jane Sutcliffe

Book Review: Will’s Words by Jane Sutcliffe

Title: Will’s Words Author: Jane Sutcliffe Illustrator: John Shelley Publisher: Charlesbridge Hardcover: 40 pages Source: BEA 2016 Summary: (taken from Goodreads) Buy from The Book Depository When Jane Sutcliffe sets out to write a book about William Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre, in her own words, she runs into a problem: Will’s words keep popping up all over the place! What’s an author to do? After all, Will is responsible for such familiar phrases as “what’s done is done” and “too much of a…

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