More boarding school books

It’s been five years since my last list of books set in boarding schools! Here’s some more I’ve found since then: New Girl by Paige Harbison Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer The Magicians by Lev Grossman Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks Mike & Psmith – P.G. Wodehouse Miss Pym Disposes by Josephine Tey Fighting Gravity by Leah Petersen (the rare scifi boarding school) Do you Read More …

7 books and 1 short story featuring (mostly) kind librarians

So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane. One of the protagonists hides from bullies in the library, where later the kind librarian gives her an all-clear. She also lets the protag keep the un-cataloged book which later turns out to be a magical guidebook. Matilda by Roald Dahl. Kind librarian encourages Matilda’s wide and furious reading habit, gives her book recommendations. (On the other hand, she also doesn’t call CPS when a Read More …

3 books about robots

Do you like books about robots? I do! Here’s three robot books I’ve read and enjoyed in the past: vN by Madeline Ashby The book: A robot child saves her mother from her grandmother by consuming the grandmother, and then things get weird. Good stuff about personhood, family, love, etc. (Review to come.) Type of robot: Companions to humans, sometimes in ways that’re very creepy. Danger scale: Fairly low, as they abide by the “harm Read More …

27 books on my wishlist

It’s my birthday today! Birthdays makes me think of books1 which makes me think of my meticulously kept wishlist. Any time I spot a book I think I might be interested in reading, I write down the title and then add it to my list. According to Goodreads, my wishlist currently has 417 books. Here’s 27 of them, sorted from added earliest (2012) to added latest (2015). I’m gonna make it a goal to read Read More …

Counting to 13 for Friday the 13th

Happy Friday the 13th, everybody! I’m gonna spend mine playing the new Legend of Zelda game1; meanwhile, here’s a list of books with numbers in their titles: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, a memoir of a man trying to learn French and not embarrass his boyfriend too much. The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine, which is set in the same world as Enchanted though not a direct sequel. Three Read More …

3 Georgette Heyer books everyone should read

Why not get into the spirit and read a romance for Valentine’s Day, eh? Especially when you could be reading one of THESE Georgette Heyer books: Cotillion, my very favorite Heyer (so far), partly because she pulls a fast one re:the hero. She ALSO manages to always stick some sort of twist in her books. They’re not just “man meets lady and they fall in love the end” books. The romantic leads almost always have Read More …

Desert Island Reading List 2015

These are the books I’d want with me, as of right now, if I were forced to live somewhere without access to a library and/the Internet. My primary goal would be to be entertained, but I’d also looking for comfort because I’m on a frickin’ island. I kept it to only one book by a single author, because otherwise I’d just be dragging my entire Diana Wynne Jones collection around with me. Also no omnibuses, Read More …

Creep yourself out with these Halloween reads

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, perhaps the ultimate gothic romance novel. Cousin Kate by Georgette Heyer, a lighter gothic novel but still totally creepy because of all the gaslighting. Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy, which has werewolves and vampires and they’re definitely NOT ROMANTIC. (Has anyone watched the Netflix series, btw? I got about half an episode in and couldn’t take it any longer. Watching horror is scarier than reading it, I suppose.) Bliss by Read More …

An alternate history reading list

Farthing by Jo Walton mystery alternate history

An “alternate history” story is when a thing that happened in history IRL happened a different way! Like if, for example, the American colonies never broke from England in the 1700s– that’d be an alt history. As Wikipedia says: “Alternate History” looks at “what if” scenarios from some of history’s most pivotal turning points and presents a completely different version, sometimes based on science and fact, but often based on conjecture. The exploration of how Read More …