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Reading Check-In: January 7, 2023

Happy New Year Everyone! 2023 is underway and so are the books for this month. WOW! So many excellent titles are coming out this month! Anyone who follows me on Goodreads will notice 2 things about my Reading Challenge. First, in 2022, I fell short by 5 books. I still read 70 books, but I… Continue reading Reading Check-In: January 7, 2023

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Why You Need to Read…My Most Anticipated Speculative Fiction Books of 2023

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! A new year means new books to look forward to reading, alongside the ones from last year that we haven't read yet. 2023 looks to be an exciting year once again for book releases. At the same time, it's daunting to know that with several prequels/sequels/companion novels getting published this year,… Continue reading Why You Need to Read…My Most Anticipated Speculative Fiction Books of 2023

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Why You Need to Read…My Selections for Best Speculative Fiction of 2022

And, we made it to the end of 2022! For me, it was a very busy year! Now, I'm a full-time librarian and I'm attempting to make time for even more books to read (for work and for fun). I'm still working on balancing a career and life while continuing to pursue my other goals,… Continue reading Why You Need to Read…My Selections for Best Speculative Fiction of 2022

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Reading Check-In: December 3, 2022

The last few weeks have been very busy for me. Work and life has kept me occupied; and, while I haven't read as many books as I wanted, I've been able to read enough to write up some reviews and, hopefully, reach my reading goals by the end of this year. What have I finished… Continue reading Reading Check-In: December 3, 2022

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Library Reads #1

I decided to create this post about some of the books I've been reading for all of the Book Clubs I assist with at my job. The library where I work has 4 Book Clubs: Children's, Teen, Adult, and Umoja (more on that later). The Lead Librarian selects (in most cases) the book for the… Continue reading Library Reads #1

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Reading Check-In: October 1, 2022

What have I finished reading recently? You can read my review of this book here. This book was AMAZING! My review of this book is forthcoming; but, I will say that it's more than a retelling of Stephen King's Carrie. I'm looking forward to reading Volume Three! What am I reading right now? I am… Continue reading Reading Check-In: October 1, 2022

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Why You Need to Read: “Gallant”

I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Gallant By: V.E. Schwab, Manuel Sumberac (illustrator)                  Audiobook: 7 hours 41 minutes Published: March 1, 2022                                                       Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt Genre: Tween/Young Adult, Gothic                                       For so long, Gallant was nothing but that word, the last one her mother ever wrote. Now she knows it… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Gallant”

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Why You Need to Read: “Nettle & Bone”

Nettle & Bone By: T. Kingfisher                                                                    Audiobook: 9 hours 3 minutes Published: April 26, 2022                                                       Narrated by: Amara Jasper Genre: Dark Fantasy, Fairy Tales             …Three tasks the dust-wife had given her. Sew a cloak of owlcloth and nettles, build a dog of cursed bones, and catch moonlight in a jar of clay…             Three tasks, and then the… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Nettle & Bone”

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Reading Check-In: August 6, 2022

What have you finished reading recently? I read 2 books from my "Current Reads" and I finished 2 books thanks to audiobooks (and 2 mini road trips). You can read my review of this book here. You can read my review of this book here. What are you reading currently? I know, I shouldn't keep… Continue reading Reading Check-In: August 6, 2022

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Why You Need to Read: “Firebreak”

Firebreak By: Nicole Kornher-Stace                                                      Audiobook: 13 hours 42 minutes Published: May 4, 2021                                                          Narrated by: Carlotta Brentan Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian/Cyberpunk             Out of the twelve real SecOps operatives, only three—06, 08, and 22—are still among the living. The other nine—05, 28, 02, 33, 38, 11, 21, 42, and 17—are dead. We lost 11 and 21 earlier this year:… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Firebreak”