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reading wishlist: the rest of 2015

So let me get this straight… there are books published *after* May 31st, 2015? You don’t say. Despite my lack of attention to the entire second half of the year (or, you know, the rest of my life and the world at large), here’s a handful of books that *still* managed to catch my attention. […]

BEA 2015

Four days after The Big Selection Day, I hopped a bus down to NYC for a quick trip to BEA. It was probably an ill-advised trip – yeah, strung-out Jessica, why NOT take a solo jaunt down to the city that doesn’t sleep to attend the craziest book conference available? Ahem. Anyway, I tried to […]

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards 2015

Hey! It’s time for another book award post! Remember when I used to post these? (Remember when I used to post anything?) Well, the 2015 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards were announced this past week, and I want to show you who won…   because I was a judge!   Oh, that was an awkward lead […]

reading rockstar

This morning I woke up to a foot-ish of snow and the cold, hard reality that my employer was expecting me to show up at work. Also, a post-Super Bowl Too Much Food&Drink Not Enough Sleep situation. Read: grumpy as hell. I did, however, make it into the office in time to watch the webcast […]

in 2015

  The Boy and I returned from our family vacation on January 3rd. We caught an early flight, so I spent most of the day napping and watching House Hunters. Not exactly seizing the new year. In fact, it is the 21st as I write this and am currently seizing very little. 2015 definitely didn’t […]

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

#1 The Magicians series by Lev Grossman Oh boy. Here’s a review that has been a long time coming. Almost an entire calendar year coming! I read Lev Grossman’s The Magicians at the tail end of December, just as I was finishing up my end-of-the-year book awards, my Cybils reading, a spate of professional reviews. […]

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

#2 Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith Here’s a book I really, really, really don’t need to tell you about. It needs no introduction. No signal boost. I have no information that you haven’t already gathered, either from reading the book yourself or just from existing on the BookInternet for more than a few minutes in […]

Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward

#3 Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward Well, I’m having trouble figuring out how to talk about this book. I came in with few expectations – I haven’t read Salvage the Bones yet, this wasn’t a required read, and it wasn’t a big “buzz book” that I’d heard tons of opinions on. I thought it […]

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

#4 Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh Allow me to direct your attention back to a Best Reads post I wrote way back in 2011 about a little book called Charlotte’s Web. I’m not quite as anti-Western Canon as I used to be in my younger years, probably because A) I’ve liked a lot of […]

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

 #5 The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach Hey! Back to the countdown! Woohoo! Thinking about Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding this morning has me yet again questioning what I value in a book; or, more specifically, what I value in a reading experience. There is a difference between the two measures. To me, […]