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Reading Check-In: February 4, 2023

This is the second full week I have been without my computer, which means I’m typing this week’s blog post through the mobile app. Yes, I’m able to use the app as easily as the website, but I know trying to write out or to copy-and-paste my review won’t be easy for me to do… Continue reading Reading Check-In: February 4, 2023

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Book Stack: Dark Fantasy Academia

Note: I apologize in advance for the formatting and the layout of this post. My computer is getting repaired, so I’m writing this post on my smartphone (for the past week, I’ve been doing just about everything on my smartphone). So, instead of trying to type up an entire review here, here’s the first of… Continue reading Book Stack: Dark Fantasy Academia

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Books I Didn’t Get to Read in 2022, But I Hope to Do So in 2023

We're in a new year, which means new books; and, a look at the books from the previous year that we missed out on. This is a new list containing new books. If you want to see the books from 2021 that were on my 2022 list, then click here for that list. Remember in… Continue reading Books I Didn’t Get to Read in 2022, But I Hope to Do So in 2023

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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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TV Episode Review: “His Dark Materials”: “The Intention Craft”

Lyra has been rescued by Will, and they argue about where they should go next. Both of their reasons for wanting to go to their desired locations are understandable, but which world’s needs are more imperative? However, neither one of them can go anywhere until they figure out a way to fix the Æsahættr. It’s a good… Continue reading TV Episode Review: “His Dark Materials”: “The Intention Craft”

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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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Why You Need to Read: “The Weight of Blood”

The Weight of Blood By: Tiffany D. Jackson Published: September 6, 2022 Genre: Horror, Young Adult, Retelling             …“the Bloody Prom,” when a girl named Madison Abigail Washington nearly burned down her entire town, killing two hundred people, including the majority of her senior class, at their first racially integrated prom, (Two).             Identity is one of… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Weight of Blood”