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The Magic of Snow Storms and Narnia

The Magic of Snow Storms and Narnia

Growing up on the border of New York and Canada, with winter lingering in our bones from our Swedish mother, and a predisposition for reading in front of the fire, my sister and I embraced snow storms with open arms. And with Blizzard Juno sneaking off in to the night earlier this week, I found myself … Continue reading

Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick

Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick

Growing up like many of my fellow die hard readers, I came to have a bit of a ‘Matilda’ reputation with the elementary school librarians because I was one of the few 9 year olds with a penchant for biographies. I devoured these real life stories of men and women who’d composed symphonies, traveled the world, … Continue reading

Top Ten: Books on my Summer TBR List

Top Ten: Books on my Summer TBR List

Holy Crow, there are soo many amazing books coming out this summer that I just had to spread the love/proselytize their greatness! Series Closers! Assassins! Supernatural Creatures! Mystery! Oh my! Cassandra Clare (along with Kristin Cashore) was pretty much my ‘gateway drug’author to YA, thus it’s with baited breath that I reunite with the ole shadowhunter/downworlder … Continue reading

The Spell of a Hundred Vanished Springs

The Spell of a Hundred Vanished Springs

An April Night by Lucy Maud Montgomery The moon comes up o’er the deeps of the woods, And the long, low dingles that hide in the hills, Where the ancient beeches are moist with buds Over the pools and the whimpering rills; And with her the mists, like dryads that creep From their oaks, or … Continue reading

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

*It is known* that I’m not the biggest fan of contemporary YA fiction around here. Actually, that’s kind of an understatement. Until recently I pretty much avoided this sub-genre like the annoying popular clique at my high school. Rolling my eyes as mentions of it passed me by on twitter, and scurrying down back alleys … Continue reading

In Celebration of Matilda

In Celebration of Matilda

I always find it impossible to say which of Roald Dahl’s books is my favorite, but it’s usually a close tie between Fantastic Mr. Fox and Matilda. Here’s a link to a lovely little interview from NPR with Roald Dahl’s daughter Lucy Dahl, in which she reads an excerpt from a letter he wrote to … Continue reading

Autumn Foraging by Elsa Beskow

Autumn Foraging by Elsa Beskow

One of my favorite children’s books is Elsa Beskow’s Children of the Forest. I love how it tells the stories of this little woodland family through the seasons, particularly the autumnal scenes of foraging for mushrooms on the forest floor. It makes me want to grab a basket, a book, and a thermos of tea … Continue reading

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

There’s a a spectacularly eerie song, called “Danse Macabre” composed by Camille Saint-Saëns, that is woven through the narrative of Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season. You should definitely listen to it if you’re thinking about reading this book. It’s fevered, emotional, dark, at times frenzied, rich and innovative; a tone poem set for orchestra that is … Continue reading

On Female Characters…

“Female characters should be people. Flawed, glorious, interesting, enthralling people. Let them dye their hair and pierce their ears without going “wah wah wah I’m so bad at being a girl wait hey look suddenly I’ve gotten a makeover and I’m gorgeous.” Let them have female friends. Let them fuck up. Let them have bad days, and … Continue reading