Book Reviews: The Chalk Man, The Fellowship of The Ring, The Night Circus, Ways to Hide in Winter

Reading Challenge update time: Absolutely the most gratifying group of books I've read this year. All attending to different moods, not the least of which was tackling a book hovering on my to-be-read list for over 20 years. Fantasy--Fiction, classics--adventure stories--legendary--Middle earth--might Elrond's council end soon? I need another cup of tea--skip the prologue The... Continue Reading →

Vintage/thrifted book hauls

A new collecting bug bit me over the summer, thrifted books. Working in a library means I have access to just about any material I wish, therefore, I rarely purchase books especially new ones. Finding older editions of classic titles or novels I've been meaning to read is a different beast altogether, and I've been... Continue Reading →

Teaser Tuesday: Circe

I'm relishing a captivating read that has generated a bit of book buzz in the last few months. Published in April, Circe is the story of the infamous sorceress with whom Odysseus matches wits in The Odyssey. A re-imagining of her life as an outcast goddess and the circumstances that led her to an island exile. It... Continue Reading →

Summer TBR list

Summer reading programs officially kick-off at libraries across the country today, including mine. I'm eager to see the little ones' excited faces as they turn in their reading logs for prizes and enjoy reading our adult participants' book reviews. The program adds a bit more paperwork to the job, but it's all worth it. In the... Continue Reading →

Book Reviews: Scythe, The Dry, The Power

Greetings fellow readers, time for another Bookish Jay and the Reading Mermaid mini-update. I have been in reading binge mode lately and felt the need to review a few so as not to unload them all upon you at once. Young adult--dystopian --apocalyptic vision --challenging --Science fiction, death --Skynet just became self-aware Scythe by Neal... Continue Reading →

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