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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: “Skeleton Song”

Wayward Children, #0.7: “Skeleton Song” By Seanan McGuire Published: October 26, 2022 Genre: Fantasy, Short Story ***This short story can be read for free here on Tor.com. ***Thank you TorDotCom Publishing for sending a copy of this story to me.             It was strange and fleshy, shaped as a skeleton was shaped, but with a covering… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Skeleton Song”

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End of the Year Book Tag (2022)

Thank you, Sahi for doing this Book Tag, and allowing me to "steal" it to do one of my own. Make sure you all read Sahi's List! Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish? I'm still working my way through the same stack of books I've been reading since… Continue reading End of the Year Book Tag (2022)

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Why You Need to Read: These Middle Books that Do NOT Suffer from “Middle Book Syndrome”

I've been noticing the topic of "middle books" being mentioned in a few reviews (both bookbloggers/BookTubers and professional reviewers). So, I decided to point out the ones which continues the excitement and the plot within the series. When a series is mentioned, there are concerns as to whether or not the "next book in the… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: These Middle Books that Do NOT Suffer from “Middle Book Syndrome”

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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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SCKA 2022: The Winners

It's a wrap on the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards 2022! After months of reading, deliberating, and voting the judges, including myself, have chosen this year's winners. Out of the 14 judges, 11 of us were able to participate in the vote; and, the winners were announced during this year's Fantasy Con (hosted by The… Continue reading SCKA 2022: The Winners

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Banned & Challenged Books: When Society Overrides Personal Choice

***My 250th Blog Post             Banned and challenged books have become a “hot topic” in 2022; or maybe the Shutdown brought more attention to them because many people returned to reading due to the Pandemic. Yes, throughout 2020 and 2021 A LOT of attention was given to books about race and ethnic issues. Then earlier this year,… Continue reading Banned & Challenged Books: When Society Overrides Personal Choice

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Book Tag: 5…4…3…2…1

A few weeks ago, some of the bookbloggers I follow have posted this "Book Tag." I thought it was both clever and creative, so I decided to give it a try and see what I came up with. 5 Books You Love Many of you won't be surprised by 1 book being on this list;… Continue reading Book Tag: 5…4…3…2…1

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Book Tag: 10 Years, 10 Favorite Books

It seems Realms of My Mind has carried this BookTok Trend over to Bookbloggers (checkout the lists compiled by both imyril and My World of Books)! Before this "trend," I was thinking over my favorites from previous years. Keep in mind I started using "book apps" such as Goodreads and Library Thing (and later StoryGraph)… Continue reading Book Tag: 10 Years, 10 Favorite Books

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Why You Need to Read: “In Mercy, Rain”

Wayward Children, #2.5: “In Mercy, Rain” By: Seanan McGuire Published: July 18, 2022 Genre: Fantasy, Short Story ***This short story can be read for free here on Tor.com.             So Jack Wolcott, twelve years old and innocent of how much danger she had wandered into, grew into her proper place as a mad scientist’s apprentice.             Seanan McGuire… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “In Mercy, Rain”