I didn’t need any author blurbs or glowing review excerpts to convince me to read Shaun Tan’s newest picture book, the multi-layered Cicada, but my interest was certainly piqued when, before cracking it open, I saw a line from the Guardian’s review of the book that described it as “horrifying and humorous.” A picture book that is horrifying and humorous? I’m in. I’m so totally in.
Cicada, first released in Australia and New Zealand and on shelves here ...
So wow, 2018…it’s been a year, right?!
As always, I am blessed to be able to read (and listen to) great books, and in 2018, between audio and paper, I hit just over 200 titles!
I was slightly lower than usual in paper, and slightly higher in audio, mostly because it was such a difficult, stressful year and I admit to playing lots of Candy Crush Soda Saga while listening to audio, because that was my favorite way to decompress ...
Welcome to a new year of reading!
If January is any indication, 2019 is going to be a great year for reading speculative fiction stories that will surprise and entertain you. (Spoiler alert: It will be. Come back next week for a look ahead at what the new year will bring.) Here are the must-read sf/f books you'll want to check out this month...
Rewrite by Gregory Benford
In this time-travel thriller noted as being a thematic sequel ...
BOOK REPORT for Match Me If You Can by Tiana Smith
Cover Story: Mismatch
BFF Charm: No
Swoonworthy Scale: 2?
Talky Talk: '80s Teen Rom Com
Bonus Factor: Matchmaking
Anti-Bonus Factor: Rory Gilmore School of Journalism
Relationship Status: Unmatch Me If You Can
Cover Story: Mismatch
I don't reread blurbs before starting a book, trusting instead that Months Ago Me has stocked my TBR pile well. So I was a little confused when I saw this cover, which ...
The Gate will fall.
You will know this time by the rise of two human
Queens—one of blood, and one of light.
Two Queens will rise.
They will carry the power of the Seven.
They will carry your fate in their hands.
—Furyborn by Claire Legrand
A very long time ago, angels walked among humans, sowing disaster and chaos. They were defeated and imprisoned by the Seven Saints, the Gate to their prison the last line of defense between ...
For the past couple of years, I’ve written year-end children’s literature Ghost Files, an idea I lifted from an NPR critic, who writes every December about the terrific books, television shows, and movies he didn’t review during the year. Last year I wrote about six books that, had I not told you about them before year’s end, would have left me feeling like a slacker. This year, things are decidedly simpler: I have a ghost file of one. There’s one ...
I hope everyone who celebrates had a great Christmas, and that no matter what you holiday you enjoy at the end of the year, your days are filled with joy, peace and light.
As we head into 2019, I just saw that Michelle and Barak Obama were voted the most admired man and woman in America!
Well, that’s a perfect headline for this week’s post, because I recently listened to the audio version of Michelle Obama’s book, and ...
The Definitive List of 2018's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books!
If you've surfed the Internet in recent weeks, you've undoubtedly seen many "Best Books of the Year" lists popping up all over the place. These are fun lists to check out because they usually result in finding new and interesting books to read. However, an abundance of "Best of" lists begs the question: which books truly deserve that label? Which books are the absolute best?
Allow me to help.
After an intense session of list aggregation and spreadsheet ...