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Best Re-reads of 2013

On Writing by Stephen King Some books you read and read and read again. And by “you” I mean “I.” You probably have a more pragmatic attitude toward reading. Or at least some modicum of… oh… a life. Anyway, some books are meant for re-reading. King’s On Writing is one of them… but I didn’t […]

Best YA Fiction of 2013

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz I first met Aristotle and Dante way back in February, but I still remember them very clearly. I feel like “stickiness” is something we could talk about when we talk about book awards. This is not exactly a measurable, definable, or professional […]

Best Adult Reads of 2013

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell This is probably not the first time you’ve seen Rainbow Rowell’s name on an end-of-year book list. And if you make it through the end of my personal BookBlogMadness this month, it won’t be the last. A warning. Not an apology. Reading Eleanor & Park was an intro, albeit a sort […]

Best Reads of 2013

HAPPY END OF 2013!! You guys, this is my first full, calendar year without grad school since 2008. Holy goodness. One whole year without weekly require reading, without a syllabus. I’ve done a lot of really fun reading this year. I read during storms and rain days and snow days. I read on airplanes and […]

the most wonderful time of the year

Tis the season for the End of Year Book List. In my particular social circles, I am hearing definite grumbles of list-related discontent. Too many lists. Too many books. The same books on every list. Heck, even the listmakers are grumbling, never mind the general vitriol toward lists themselves. Well, just call me the Buddy […]

JFK, the Brontes, and a gaggle of Aviatrices

Hello. Thanksgiving has passed. Remind me to tell you about all the pies I baked and all the pies I ate. Or not, actually, because I might be in a bit of a dessert-related shame spiral. Just might be. All I’ve done for the past four or five days is bake pies, eat pies, think […]