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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: 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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Librarian Listings #1: May 28, 2022

As many of you know, for almost a year, I've been working as a librarian and I'm loving it. Yes, the job suits me and yes, there are even more books to read (and NOT enough time to read them ALL)! When I asked whether or not you all would be interested in me discussing… Continue reading Librarian Listings #1: May 28, 2022

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Why You Need to Read: “She Who Became the Sun”

The Radiant Emperor, #1: She Who Became the Sun By: Shelley Parker-Chan Published: July 20, 2021 Genre: Historical Fantasy, Military Fantasy             She reached out and touched the amulet. Chongba had become nothing. “If he took my fate and died…then perhaps I can take his, and live.”             Her worst fear might be of becoming nothing, but that didn’t… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “She Who Became the Sun”

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Reading Check-In: December 25, 2021

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it! Because today is a holiday and I'm a bit of a workaholic, I'm keeping this week's post simple and straightforward. What have you finished reading recently? I did it! I finished this book, which is the 20th book released in 2021, which means I'll be able to present… Continue reading Reading Check-In: December 25, 2021

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Why You Need to Read: “Summer Sons”

Summer Sons By: Lee Mandelo Published: September 28, 2021 Genre: (Southern) Gothic Fiction             Eddie had made those decisions for Andrew as a matter of course, keeping them paired together as much as he could—until his surprise early semester at Vanderbilt. Five months of separation that had stretched into eight over the summer, and now would… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Summer Sons”

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Why You Need to Read: “The House in the Cerulean Sea”

The House in the Cerulean Sea By: T.J. Klune Published: March 17, 2020 Genre: Fantasy *Winner of the 2021 ALA Alex Award*             It was set up a hill on a cliff overlooking the ocean. It looked as if it were at least a hundred years old. It was made of brick and had a large… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The House in the Cerulean Sea”

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Why You Need to Read: “First, Become Ashes”

First, Become Ashes By: K.M. Szpara Published: April 6, 2021 Genre: Urban Fantasy TRIGGER WARNING: Be advised. This book contains elements of self-harm, imprisonment, rape, torture, abuse, and non-consensual sex.  I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a fair review. All thoughts are mine alone.             Her voice drips with pity I… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “First, Become Ashes”

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Speculative Fiction Starters for Children and Young Adults

This article was written for the Martian Chronicle blog, but it was never posted so I decided to rewrite and to present it on my blog. Enjoy!             When children and adolescents show an interest in reading, we—as adults, and as readers ourselves—want nothing more than to load our recommendations and favorite books on to them. Unfortunately, not… Continue reading Speculative Fiction Starters for Children and Young Adults

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Why You Need to Read: “Come Tumbling Down”

Wayward Children, #5: Come Tumbling Down By: Seanan McGuire Published: January 7, 2020 Genre: Fantasy/Horror             “Everyone who comes here becomes a monster: you, me, your sister, everyone,” said Mary, voice low and fast and urgent. “The doors only open for the monsters in waiting. But you made the right choice when you left this castle, because you… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Come Tumbling Down”