Dear Stephen King…

I know it seems like a total cliché, now that I live in Maine, to pay tribute to one of the world's most prolific authors. Because there are many great authors in Maine. Because Maine is more than just "where Stephen King comes from." But, as I reread The Stand for the sixth time, I... Continue Reading →

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Welcome to Wacko Jr. High: Betsy Haynes’s The Fabulous Five

Please note: This review is a part of my countdown to the release of Gabrielle Moss's book, Paperback Crush (out in October from Quirk books). This countdown is a great chance for me to relive some of my youth and get all the nostalgia feels.  I have a confession to make: when I was a young girl, The... Continue Reading →

Musings on Book Challenges

I have never been able to commit to book challenges. It seems like every time I attempt to collect my To Be Read (TBR) pile into a coherent and organized entity - I instantly become bored and start to look longingly at any books that aren't going to meet the book challenge criteria. The struggle... Continue Reading →

5 Books: Hugo Novella Winners

On August 19th, N.K. Jemisin made history when she became the first author to win awards back-to-back for each book in her Broken Earth trilogy. The awards are called the Hugo awards - the most prestigious writing awards in the science fiction and fantasy world. The awards are named after Hugo Gernsback, the famous editor... Continue Reading →

"People are more difficult to work with than machines. And when you break a person, he can't be fixed." - Rick Riordan, The Battle of the Labyrinth

5 Books: Appalachian Noir

Recently, I read an old article by David Joy that was published in The Bitter Southerner. Its a powerful piece of writing - describing the empathy and connection that Joy has with the people living in the area of North America called Appalachia. It was writing that moved me to tears. Appalachia refers to the... Continue Reading →

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