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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.


I picked up The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. because it was a sponsor of a Book Riot podcast and it sounded interesting. When they were talking about it they kept saying D.O.D.O. as if it was an acronym but in reality the audio book says dodo, like the bird. So you say it as the word not the letters. Not that it matters..

If you don’t already know, I love the Discovery of Witches, All Souls Trilogy and this had some of those buzz words. Witches. Magic. Time travel. I was down. Am still down. I picked this book with my first month’s Audible credit and it’s going very well! It’s a 24 hours 29 mins audiobook. If you’re not an audiobook lover you may not know, most adult fiction books are on average only 10-12 hours. So this one was a doozy.

I’m going to go on a tangent here but it’s going to make sense. You know those action movies that have multiple bad guys? This is like that. There are multiple story lines. The story it begins with goes off into another story, which continues into another story. At the end it’s basically an unrecognizable story about a character you weren’t even introduced to until page 300 something. I’m making it sound bad, but it’s not. I found it interesting the whole way through. I skim, so it’s good that I listened to most of it because there are some parts where I was like, what on Earth is going on. Lots of scientific terms and what not. It is open for a sequel, although with a book that long you shouldn’t need one (753 pages).

Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge 2017 : a book about a topic or subject you already love (history, witches, magic – take your pick!)


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A Wrinkle in Time Trailer

I’m a bad librarian and have not read this book, but will before next year!

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A House Among the Trees


I’ve never read a Julia Glass book. I know she’s very popular and her characters from Three Junes (a National Book Award winner in 2002) continue in some of her other books. A House Among the Trees does not contain any of those characters. It’s a stand alone.

When the revered children’s author Mort Lear dies accidentally at the Connecticut home he shares with Tomasina Daulair, his trusted assistant, she is stunned to be left the house and all its contents, as well as being named his literary executor. Though not quite his daughter or his wife, Tommy was nearly everything to the increasingly reclusive Lear, whom she knew for over forty years since meeting him as a child in a city playground where Lear was making sketches for Colorquake, a book that would become an instant classic.

I don’t know why I picked this up or for that matter why I kept going. I can’t say it was good or bad, it was just a book. Nothing super shocking. Just a slow rolling book with multiple POVs. Easily skipped.

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017 : an audiobook


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ALA Award Winners

They announced the youth award winners this past Monday and I completely forgot to post about them. Mainly because the books that won are not ones I’ve read. I heard a lot of buzz about Ghost by Jason Reynolds winning the Newbery and he was on some of the honor lists but did not win anything. Here are the ones that did (the most popular ones anyway – full list here). Maybe you know them and can recommend them to me!

Newbery medal


The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Caldecott award & Coretta Scott King (illustrator)


Radiant Child by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Coretta Scott King (author), Michael L. Printz award, Robert F. Sibert award & YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction


March : Book Three by John Lewis

Theodore Seuss Geisel award


We are Growing! by Laurie Keller


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SLJ Best of 2016

Best of lists are coming out. School Library Journal has theirs up! Check it out for all your holiday shopping needs. Books they have on their list that I agree with are as follows..

Picture Books


Flora and the Peacocks. I love Flora & all her books.

Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cueves illustrated by Erin Stead which I read but didn’t review.

Middle Grade


Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo. I can’t say I loved this one but, here it is.


The Best Man by Richard Peck. NEED TO READ THIS! It’s on lists galore.

Young Adult


The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry. I checked this out awhile ago, probably 6+ months ago, when someone at my old job suggested it. It takes place in 1241. Making that time period into a “best book” takes work, so I have no doubt it is amazing.

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The Lie Tree Frances Hardinge by and Scythe by Neal Shusterman are books that were also on the Publisher’s Weekly best books of 2016 list (as was The Best Man). So they must be good. I’ve checked out both. My husband started reading Scythe, and he never reads. Take that as a glowing review!

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Winter Storms


I hope this holiday series continues forever. Book one, Winter Street, and book two, Winter Stroll, set up a lovely little family who live on Nantucket. Most of them anyway. This third book has one of my favorite characters on his way to heaven. I really hope they don’t die. Anyway, this is a great series to get in the holiday spirit and I adore reading them every year to put me in the mood for presents, trees & mistletoe. It ended with a horrible snowstorm so I can’t say its helped alleviate my hatred towards snow.

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Library Cards Rule!

It’s National Library Card Sign-up Month! Here are 5 reasons to have a library card via Book Riot. Visit their article to see the explanations. Some of them are amazingly ambiguous 🙂

  1. It’s free!
  2. You don’t have to wear pants to visit the library (aka Overdrive).
  3. The library can help you get shit done.
  4. Getting a library card helps your library.
  5. Your card gives you access to things outside of your local library.

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