In the spirit of the holidays, I decided to pick up a fluffy holiday romance that we just got in at our library. I don’t know if I’ve ever read anything by Debbie Macomber, but it was… fine. It always seems more apparent when listening to audiobooks than reading when an author repeats phrases often, or when language gets a bit awkward, but this author churns out a ton of books, so I suppose that can be forgiven. It was nice that this didn’t have […]
This book is a delight. It is charming, and thought provoking, and overall just lovely. It takes place in a world not too far off from our own, only there is magic. The magic may have been hidden away for quite some time, but those who were magical were probably forced to show themselves. The “people in charge” decided that in order to “include” these magical beings into society, they must be registered. For what purpose remains unclear. Mr. Linus Baker, our protagonist, works […]
I’m not sure how I feel about Jerry Spinelli as an author. Some things I like, Stargirl for example, and some are a bit too weird, like Hokey Pokey. Dead Wednesday has a bit of both, although it feels more like Stargirl. I do have some lingering questions that I know will never be answered, though. Dead Wednesday is an interesting concept. The overall idea is that for one day, every eighth grader gets the name of a teenager who died during the past […]
Whelp, this one hit home a bit more than I would have liked. I picked this up on Audible last year or the year before (I don’t really remember) and decided to finally listen to it around this Thanksgiving. The main story revolves around a family of siblings meeting every year for Thanksgiving, and we see three different years (I think they’re at least two or three years apart.) The first year, the oldest brother is married with a child on the way. The younger […]
I received these lovely books and cool space bookmarky things from esmemoria almost as soon as we got our book exchange people, and then I forgot about posting the picture. Thanks, esmemoria!
The Bear and the Nightingale By Katherine Arden (Warning – the review of this book contains f-bombs!) I know this was supposed to be based on a fairy tale, and some parts seemed very fairy tale-like (especially the story the nanny told toward the beginning with the girls in the snow) but I did not correlate them to any story I already knew. I appreciated the involvement of the Russian household spirits, and how the village did quite well combining their religion and their culture […]