Currently reading: The Headless Cupid

I had a tiny meltdown on Twitter the other day, worrying about rereads and how to blog about them. Usually I only review something twice, as any more than that seems like overkill. It’s also really difficult for me to review something I’ve read ten times before, as it’s become such a part of my “reading personality” that I don’t feel I can properly articulate why I love it so much. Anyway, my current reread Read More …

REVIEW: The Doll People by Ann M. Martin & Laura Godwin

This book is about doll who are alive! It could be creepy, but instead it’s adorable and heartwarming. It’s like The Borrowers in that way: tiny people wandering around in your house could be weird, but the writing makes it cute instead. Unlike the Borrowers, the Dolls don’t eat or sleep or steal anything from the humans they live with. (Kinda creepy.) They’re also really old! Annabelle, for instance, has been 8 years old for Read More …

Mercury by Hope Larson

Okay, so, I like the art and everything and the story is fascinating in a spooky, almost time-travel kind of way. But it’s also super boring, and I don’t know if that’s because I rushed too quickly through it or if it’s a fault inherent in the book itself. Here’s my problem: it’s a story about two different people in two different time periods, one in the past and one in the present. The present Read More …

REVIEW: The War Between the Pitiful Teachers and the Splendid Kids by Stanley Kiesel

This is one of my favorite books ever and it’s basically completely unknown nowadays, despite having won [award] and having lots of favorable reviews when it was first published. The author, a teacher, basically drilled out the essential bits about being a kid and being a teacher(/adult) and took it to the nth degree. And then he stuck it all in a story about freedom and personhood and friendship and family, and it’s amazing and Read More …

REVIEW: A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer

A Girl Named Disaster isn’t actually related in any way to my favorite Nancy Farmer book, The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm, except that it takes place in roughly the same location. Girl is set WAY before Ear, though– back in the 1980s– and it’s about a person going from a tribal/rural living to an urban one (Ear is about the reverse). They make good companion books, and not just because of what I Read More …

REVIEW: Magic or Not? by Edward Eager

I don’t remember ever reading this book AT ALL before (so it’s probably not the one I was thinking of when I read Half Magic), but now that I’ve read it I’ve realized just how GOOD Edward Eager’s books can be. Half Magic has got problems, right? Sexism, racism, kinda boring. Magic or Not? has none of those problems. The girls are just as active and fun as the boys, and they’re not obsessed with Read More …

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

You know sometimes how you start reading a book like it’s no big deal, and then BAM! It turns amazing and wonderful and OMFG WOW and you have no idea how to process what just happened, let alone write a review for it? Yeah, that’s what happened with me and A Tale for the Time Being. I was first attracted to it because of the cover, only vaguely knowing what the story itself was about. Read More …

REVIEW: The Great Perhaps by Joe Meno

Okay, true fact: I bought this book solely because of the cover. Well, and the summary– but mostly the cover. I love that cover. That cover is amazing, and it’s such a shame the inside doesn’t match it. I don’t mind literary fiction. In fact, most of the time I even enjoy it! But what I don’t enjoy is when all literary fiction starts to sound the same. You know what I mean: the lit Read More …

REVIEW: Orlando by Virginia Woolf

This was the fifth book we read for my Virginia Woolf class, and it’s the second one I’ve completely read instead of just pretending to. I loved it! I think I loved it even more than I love To the Lighthouse, though they really are two different beasts. (Note: I’m not sure if I have to write a paper or not about Orlando, so I don’t want to get too deep into an analysis (just Read More …