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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 Botanic Garden”

Lyra and Will find themselves in a new world where they know their daemons are, and they are close, but the daemons still keep their distance from their humans. Lyra reflects on her relationship with her parents (she knows they’re dead). She has mixed feelings due to the sort of individuals both Lord Asriel and… Continue reading TV Episode Review: “His Dark Materials”: “The Botanic Garden”

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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: 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