Archive of 2010 April

30Apr2010
Author
Jenny
Category
Co-Review, Fiction
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Co-review: About A Boy

We weren't supposed to read About A Boy by Nick Hornby for our co-review this month.  We were supposed to read How To Be Good by Nick Hornby, but Caren's library system had a computer meltdown and couldn't get a hold of it, or find out if they had it.  They did have About A Boy on the shelves so she picked that up instead and I requested a copy for myself.  It wasn't what I had pick

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20Apr2010
Author
Caren
Category
Fantasy, Young Adult
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The Lightning Thief

I have heard from a lot of people who enjoyed Rick Riordan's book The Lightning Thief, so I was interested when our book group picked it for this month's read.  Getting through the wait list was quite the ordeal, but that's usually a good sign, right?  I knew very little about the story going into it, except that it was "like Harry Potter," and involved kids who were the half-mortal offs

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16Apr2010
Author
Caren
Category
Fiction, Mystery
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Taking a trip with Mary Russell

I recently spent a couple of weeks out of town, and had a whole stack of library books to choose from to keep me company while traveling.  Some I'd picked up out of idle curiosity; some I checked out because I felt like I should read them, not because I really wanted to; and a few I was genuinely excited about.  Guess which ones actually got read while I was away.  What can I say?&n

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14Apr2010
Author
Caren
Category
Fiction
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The Secret Life of Bees

You know that feeling you get when you hear about a book for a long time and by the time you finally sit down to read it you are so captivated that you wonder what took you so long?  Unfortunately, that does not describe my experience with Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees.  After all the hype, that's what I had hoped would happen.  Instead, I felt like I just had to get throu

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12Apr2010
Author
Jenny
Category
Kids, Picture Books
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Haven Kimmel’s books for children

If I ever get to meet Haven Kimmel, I already know what I will ask her.  "How do you manage to tell such sad stories with humor and beauty?  Huh?  HUH?!"  I'll try not to grab her by the shoulders and shake really hard.  Seriously, it is amazing to me and maybe if I shake her hard enough something will pop out of her brain and I can steal it and write my own beautiful book

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06Apr2010
Author
Jenny
Category
Non-fiction
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Looking for Calvin and Hobbes

Back in the late eighties and early nineties, one of my favorite morning traditions was to read the comics section of the newspaper my parents subscribed to.  I barely tolerated the boring and ancient strips like Beetle Bailey, Blondie and Family Circle, occasionally chuckled at Garfield, loved the quirkiness of The Far Side, but saved the best for last.  Calvin and Hobbes was always the

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