It’s officially autumn—the time of apple picking, and pumpkin-spiced ales and coffees, and, my favorite part of all, horror movies. This horror movie season kicks off with a couple of thrillers (Don’t Breathe) but also a reboot of a seminal film and dear favorite – The Blair Witch Project.
And watching this movie, and thinking about other scare-the-pants-off-of-you witches in film and literature, I immediately thought of a book I read this past summer, but have yet to review: Hex ...
The bond with a grandparent can be one of the most powerful ones in the lives of children, and there’s no shortage of picture books on shelves about intergenerational ties. I’ve seen a few new ones I want to discuss today, though the last one is actually a slim novel. One thing I like about all of these books is the way the elderly characters are conveyed in the illustrations. It’s hard to get it right; I know I’ve seen ...
I posted an amusing graphic in the Read-A-Romance Book Club Facebook page yesterday with this fab quote from Lemony Snicket:
“It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read.”
I always feel this way—and I’m sure you do too! So many books, never enough time….
I am happy to say that in the past few weeks I’ve read or listened to a few titles that were big checks off my “I’ve ...
I deal with occasional bouts of insomnia, and I’m currently in the middle of one. So here I am, in the middle of the night, looking for books about sleeping and sleeplessness.
Here are five that I’m planning on picking up:
Along for the Ride, by Sarah Dessen
This is my go-to book about insomnia. It’s also, hands down, my favorite Sarah Dessen book, which is a high bar to hit. It’s about family and friendship—particularly about female friendship—and it’s ...
I wish that I knew what I know now
When I was younger.
- "Ooh La La" by Rod Stewart
Is there anyone among us who hasn't wondered what life would be like if we had the chance to live it over again? You don't have to necessarily be unhappy with your current life to wonder about it. Even so, the chance to live your life over again and make more well-informed decisions holds a certain allure. What ...
BOOK REPORT for The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke
Cover Story: Ripped and Torn
BFF Charm: Big Sister
Swoonworthy Scale: 1
Talky Talk: The Long and the Short
Bonus Factor: Girl on the Milk Carton
Relationship Status: Group Therapy
Cover Story: Ripped and Torn
This is an interesting cover, and fairly effective—two ripped photos juxtaposing the main character’s sister as an adult and as the child she was when she was abducted.
Faith’s sister Laurel was ...
Alice in Wonderland meets Charmed with robust African and Latin-American traditions and background in Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova.
Alex is a bruja in a long line of brujas. Her Deathday – when she comes into full power with the blessing of her family and all the dead brujas who came before her – is approaching. But unlike her mother and sisters, Alex actually mistrusts magic. After all, magic has done nothing good for her: her godmother died young ...
Beginning in the 1840s, more than 250,000 men were shipped to Cuba and Peru from China as part of a treaty between the Spanish and Chinese empires. Working in Cuba’s sugarcane fields alongside African slaves, Chinese indentured laborers were often forced to sign one eight-year contract after another. Intermarriage between Chinese men and African women created a richly blended culture with unique religions, musical, and culinary traditions.
—Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words, by Margarita Engle
Lion Island ...