• book,  placeless,  reviews

    Library Thing Early Reader’s Review: The Marvelous Mustard Seed

    I received The Marvelous Mustard Seed, written by Amy-Jill Levine and illustrated by Margaux Meganck, in the Library Thing Early Review program.  Flyaway Books sent me an advanced reader’s manuscript and a nice letter to go along with it.  I highly recommend joining Library Thing and their Early Reviewers’ program, if for no other reason than free books! The art in The marvelous Mustard Seed is wonderful and very fitting for the content. There are more words on each page than some other more beautiful children’s books I’ve seen (I think of Erin E. Stead as the paragon of cutesie children’s book art, and of course David Wiesner’s books are often…

  • book,  placeless,  reviews

    Winter is Coming…

    I started reading A Game of Thrones, which is the first book of The Song of Ice and Fire series, about three weeks ago. It’s quite a honker (sci-fi/fantasy novels usually are, you know) at over 800 pages. Definitely not a quick read, and I am definitely not a quick reader, so it was even slower going for me than it might have been for most. I finished it this past Sunday. I’ve read my fair share of fantasy in my time. I love fantasy and sci-fi the most of all genre’s, but I have a hard time finding good works, so I read various other fictions more often. I…

  • book,  placeless,  reviews

    There are separations

    On Monday I managed to pull myself together enough to run a bunch of errands, including a trip to the library, where I had a couple of books on hold ready to pick up.  One was Do Not Ask What Good We Do (which I found via John Stewart and have yet to finish reading, so that book review will have to wait) and the other was Habibi by Craig Thompson.  While it looks like a chunky book that would take a while to read, it’s a graphic novel, so its size is deceptive. Craig Thompson wrote Blankets, which was a graphic memoir that focused on his teenaged years and his struggles with the Christian church,…

  • book,  placed,  reviews,  Rhode Island,  road trip

    Ein jeder Engel ist Schrecklich

    Audrey Niffenegger permeated my vacation.  At times, she was welcome and expected.  At times, I did everything I could to push her out the front door, green-bean casserole and all, saying, “No, Audrey, I wasn’t having a party.  Thanks for the food, but I really don’t know what you’re doing here…” Last week (oh gosh, was it really only last week?) a movie came out in theaters that I refused to see.  I said to myself myself, “Mary, promise me right now that you’re not going to see this movie until you’ve read the book again, until you feel encased in it again, warm inside of it like it were an electric blanket and you weren’t…

  • book,  Colorado,  placed,  reviews,  road trip

    Engel!: Es waere ein Platz, den wir nicht wissen…

    I got home last night, after a fourteen-hour drive from Idalia, from a week of camping with my family in the Colorado Rockies.  Aside from last year’s lake trip to Roosevelt Lake in Washington state, it has been the best family vacation I’ve ever been on. Sadly, it was plagued with the pain of mockery as all of my cousins spent most of their time poking fun at my recreational habits, which, on this trip, were comprised mostly with reading.  I will admit, I read more copiously than usual (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, The Other Boleyn Girl, and Barefoot were some of those that I at least started, and let me tell you, more than one of…

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