Archive of 2008 June

26Jun2008
Author
Jenny
Category
Fantasy
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Elantris = Awesome

I'm not a sci-fi/fantasy junkie, but I'm not an elitist snob either. I hate that so many people look down on the genre, like it's not real literature. I was in a book group once that I made myself quite obnoxious in my defense of science fiction and fantasy. When everybody was talking about their favorite kind of book to read, there were shock waves when I said I probably loved murder mysteries

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23Jun2008
Author
Jenny
Category
Fantasy, Young Adult
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The Grip of the Shadow Plague

If you haven't yet started the Fablehaven series, I don't know what to tell you. Haven't you heard how much I like it? I've only mentioned it several times on this blog. Okay, three times might not qualify as several, but I like Brandon Mull's books. Ha! Look! Four links to Brandon Mull references. That's several, right?I finished the latest of the Fablehaven books, "The Grip of the Shadow

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20Jun2008
Author
Jenny
Category
Cooking
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King Arthur to the Rescue

I love to cook. I love putting together ingredients and making something yummy. I love the whole creative process of baking. It probably is such a novelty to me because I never made anything until I had a husband (who suffered much during my initial efforts) and then children (who have suffered less since I spent some time experimenting on my husband). I didn't bother to learn baking from my m

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15Jun2008
Author
Jenny
Category
Fantasy, Young Adult
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A Great and Terrible Beauty

This book was a great and terrible read that takes place in the great and terrible Victorian era where a sixteen-year-old girl living in India with her family witnesses the murder of her mother and is shipped off to England to attend a finishing school where she learns that she has great and terrible powers and learns great and terrible secrets about her mother's past and the goings on at that sch

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09Jun2008
Author
Jenny
Category
Humor, Young Adult
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Southern Sass, Faith-filled Imagery and English School Shenanigans

Sometimes I read a book that I honestly don't have much to say about. Write a whole post? Just a blurb? It's a quandary. Such is the case for "Stop Dressing Your Six-Year-Old Like a Skank: and other words of delicate Southern wisdom" by Celia Rivenbark. It was a collection of essays by a humor writer from North Carolina. It had its funny moments. She writes with a pretty hilarious twang and

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06Jun2008
Author
Jenny
Category
Bibliojunk

A Sad, Sad Day

My library's website kicks the proverbial posterior. In addition to searching the catalog, I can see what I have checked out, renew if necessary, place a hold on books, or make lists of books I might want to request later. And the books don't have to be checked out for me to put a hold on them. I can request a book that's just sitting on a shelf gathering dust and some saintly librarian will go

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04Jun2008
Author
Jenny
Category
Fiction
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44 Scotland Street

I should know by now that Alexander McCall Smith will always deliver. I absolutely loved his "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series and decided to try out some of his other books. His book "44 Scotland Street" takes place in Scotland as opposed to Botswana, but other than that change, it was nearly as delightful, if not more so than his books starring Precious Ramotswe. A difference in "Sc

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