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July 28, 2014 – 10:01 pm | One Comment

When you’ve loved doing something your whole life and that thing stops giving you pleasure, you can be thrown into an existential crisis. This is what happened to me with reading.
For 2-3 months recently, I …

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Nerdy Special List July 2014

July 2, 2014 – 10:42 pm | 4 Comments
Nerdy Special List July 2014

Happy short week! Since you have an extra day off from work, you’ll need to load up on reading materials, right?
For the first time in almost two years since I’ve been running these lists, I …

Best 2014 Books I’ve Read So Far

June 24, 2014 – 9:53 pm | 14 Comments
Best 2014 Books I’ve Read So Far

The year is more than half over, so I thought I’d do a best-of list at the halfway mark. February was the best month for me so far, when I read three books in a …

Book Review: MAMBO IN CHINATOWN by Jean Kwok

June 22, 2014 – 4:56 pm | 2 Comments
Book Review: MAMBO IN CHINATOWN by Jean Kwok

In Jean Kwok’s follow-up to Girl in Translation, twenty-two-year-old Charlie Wong starts out as a dishwasher at a restaurant in Chinatown, where her father is a noodle maker. She has an eleven-year-old sister, Lisa, and …

Book Review: THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD by Michael Koryta

June 12, 2014 – 7:23 pm |
Book Review: THOSE WHO WISH ME DEAD by Michael Koryta

This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
At the start of Michael Koryta’s Those Who Wish Me Dead, 13-year-old Jace Wilson tries to conquer his fear of heights by …

Book Review: THE SECRET LIFE OF VIOLET GRANT

June 9, 2014 – 9:55 pm |
Book Review: THE SECRET LIFE OF VIOLET GRANT

This review originally appeared in Shelf Awareness for Readers and is reprinted here with permission.
Like her previous historical novels (Overseas and A Hundred Summers), Beatriz Williams’s The Secret Life of Violet Grant alternates between time …

Movie Review: MALEFICENT

May 29, 2014 – 11:00 pm | 8 Comments
Movie Review: MALEFICENT

Every once in a while, a role comes along that’s so perfectly embodied by an actor that you can’t imagine anyone else playing that character. Such is the case with Angelina Jolie in the titular …

My Life According to Books 2013

October 14, 2013 – 8:55 pm | 22 Comments
My Life According to Books 2013

For the past few years, I’ve been making up sentences for a fun meme in which you tell others about yourself using only titles of books you’ve read during the current calendar year. I first …

The Winners of the 2013 Stalker Awards Are…

August 20, 2013 – 9:47 pm | 5 Comments
The Winners of the 2013 Stalker Awards Are…

With roughly 1,900 hits, this year’s Stalker Awards got twice the votes as last year’s. This was no doubt because so many of you helped spread the word about voting. I thank you profusely for …

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