Mini Reviews: Quiet, Wonders of the Invisible World, and Graceling

Right now, I’ve got a pile of books on my Goodreads “Currently Reading” shelf that I’ve read but haven’t gotten around to reviewing.  Some were from my blogging hiatus at the tail end of grad school, and others were from times when life got hectic.  I’d like to take a more organized and scheduled approachRead more

Mini Review: “How to Survive a Robot Uprising” by Daniel H. Wilson

While shelving books at work, I happened to come across Daniel H. Wilson’s “How to Survive a Robot Uprising.” The title made me chuckle, so I thought I’d give it a read. Written by a robotics researcher, the premise of the book is a humorous look at how robots work and how to thwart theirRead more

“Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

A few days ago at work a library patron brought in this book as a donation for the staff book exchange.  “Please don’t judge me, it’s YA,” she said.  “And it was really good.”  Based on her recommendation, I decided to borrow it for the weekend. “Beautiful Creatures” isn’t the type of book that I’dRead more

“Among Others” by Jo Walton

Over the past few months, many of you have recommended that I read “Among Others” by Jo Walton, both because of the magical and ethereal atmosphere and the numerous references to science fiction and fantasy novels.  I borrowed a copy from the library and loved it every bit as much as you all said thatRead more

“Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders” by Neil Gaiman

Over the past two months, I’ve been participating in a groupread of Neil Gaiman’s “Fragile Things,” as a part of the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge, hosted by Carl from Stainless Steel Droppings.  For those of you who haven’t been following along, this is a spoiler-free review of the book. This book was the first timeRead more

“Missing May” by Cynthia Rylant

“Missing May,” by Cynthia Rylant, is a children’s book set in West Virginia.  I read it as part of a class on multicultural librarianship. The protagonist, Summer, is a young girl who is adopted by her Aunt May and Uncle Ob, who live in a trailer in West Virginia.  Although they don’t have much money,Read more

“Brokeback Mountain” by Annie Proulx

I read Annie Proulx’s short story “Brokeback Mountain” as a part of a class that I’m taking on multicultural librarianship.  It can be found in Proulx’s anthology “Close Range:  Wyoming Stories.” When I started reading, I didn’t know entirely what to expect.  I hadn’t seen the movie before, although I had heard that it wasRead more

“The Lantern” by Deborah Lawrenson

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been participating in a group read of Deborah Lawrenson’s “The Lantern.”  Now that it’s ended, I’d just like to take a few moments to post a spoiler-free review of the novel, which has been compared by others to Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca.” “The Lantern” is a gothic romance setRead more