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Lisa Scottoline’s Look Again, a World Book Night pick

So, I’m a World Book Night giver (YAY)!

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And I’m giving away the book


Look Again by Lisa Scottoline!

And, I’m hosting a reading group this week at Towne Book Center & Cafe featuring this book (triple yay!!). If you’re in the area, stop by Wednesday at 7pm.

I’m looking forward to chatting with other LS fans to see what makes them tick.  You might know that LS is a Philly area local and I had the pleasure of meeting her during an event at the store.


LS writes many novels in the mystery genre.  They are fun, quick, and easy to read.  What I love most about them is that since she’s local, she talks about local places in this novel, places I’ve heard of or been to.  How fun is that?

Have you read any Lisa Scottoline books? Do tell?

Oh yeah, and since this book was published prior to March 2013, it counts as part of Take Control of Your TBR Pile challenge, woot!


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Take Control of Your TBR Pile: Y by Margorie Celona

March is winding down and so is the Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge hosted by Kimba.


Another book from my TBR pile is Y by Marjorie Celona.  Here’s a pic of Bailey checking it out.

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I didn’t know what to make of y (lower case) upon reading the first few pages.  The story darkly tells the story of a baby left outside of a YMCA somewhere in Canada.  This poor, helpless baby has strange and traumatic ordeals in several foster homes until she is finally adopted by a single mother.  Interwoven is the story of this baby’s mother, who’s life is also traumatic, and why she has come to deliver and abandon this newborn at the doorstep of the Y.

The reader can almost predict the drug abuse and toxic relationships that both characters encounter during their lives.  What the reader cannot predict is how these young women survive.  To be sure, the baby, now named Shannon, is very much loved by her latest adopted mother, Miranda.  Miranda gives Shannon all the love and support that she can to help the child thrive.  Shannon, however, is broken and knows it, not sure how to fit into the world.  Thanks to a few helpful people, Shannon decides to investigate her past and see if she can find her parents.

I loved learning about life and the scenery of Vancouver.  The author carefully flavors the people in Shannon’s life: the broken, the sick, the tired, the drug addicts, the street people, and the First Nation people.  I especially liked that the First Nation characters were not singled out as right or wrong, they were simply people living in the world, no different than the Chinese take out or the guy playing drums at the park. What I especially love about the novel is that Celona made sure that even though none of these people were perfect, in fact, most were struggling in some way, there was a sensitivity to them toward Shannon that is indescribable.

Y is not an easy book to read.  But it is thoroughly worth sticking with to see what this young and very strange looking heroine makes of herself.

I give the book 4 paws for lots of multi ethnic characterization.

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I still have 5 more days left of March! How many more books can I get cleared off of my TBR pile??

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Son by Lois Lowry Take Control of Your TBR Pile

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Well it’s Monday and I’m still working through my TBR pile!  This past weekend, Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer had a read a thon but i just couldnt hang with it.  I guess my eyes are bigger than my stomach, as my mum used to say.

Anyway, I’ve just finished reading Son by Lois Lowry, and can I tell you I LOVED IT!!!!

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In case you don’t know, Son is the last in The Giver quartet: The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.  I’ve had this copy since last summer at BEA and I couldn’t wait to get to it and thought for sure I’d find time to read the first three books.  Fast forward to now.  I picked up the book and thought I’d struggle with following the story, you know how a series can be!

Not to be a spoiler, but here’s the basic premise: there’s this utopian (secretly dystopian) society, that is alarmingly similar to Handmaid’s Tale, but for children (think MG and older) in which everyone has a certain job to do and no one complains about how monotonous their lives are.  We meet a new heroine, Claire, who somehow escapes this utopia and falls into another world, reuniting characters from previous books.  Claire goes on a journey to find the answers to some questions.  Vague, I know, but I don’t wanna spoil it!

Run to your nearest bookstore or library and read this book TODAY.

So, I’m gonna keep on keeping on with Kimba and the Challenge.


Let me see what I’m going to read next. Two down!



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Take Control of your TBR Pile: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

So, I’m clearing out my TBR Pile and playing with Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.









I have plans to read many many books, if you read my previous posts about this fun challenge you’ll know this.  REALITY: I’m not doing so hot.  hahhaah. But I did get ONE book read, Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. It’s the biography of The Bloggess. IT IS FUNNY!!!!

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Here’s me reading it on the train.  Did you know Amtrak has WiFi?

And here’s me taking a picture of it at the bookstore where i work.

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Oops it’s sideways.  Turn your screen to the right.  Better?

So what can I say about this book? I loved it! It was funny and I felt like if she met me we’d be besties in real life!

How do you not love a book that makes you giggle while you’re riding the train?

You can’t not love it!!


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The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli

Today I had the pleasure having an online book discussion with Clever Heather’s son.  E and I share a love of books and even though he’s young, he gets them.  You mDoor in the Wallay remember me chatting about him when we met at my Ugly Holiday Sweater party last fall?

We’ve been keeping in touch ever since and we agreed that today we would meet online to discuss the Newbery winner, The Door in the Wall by Marguerite De Angeli.

Just so you know, Clever Heather homeschools her children, and E, like most homeschooled children, reads above grade level.  He was reading the book as part of an online novel class and I thought it might be interesting to piggyback off of what he was discussing in that class.  To my surprise, Heather told me that the class discussions were not as extensive as the the conversations I’ve had with E about books in the past.

Surprising, right?  So I felt free to discuss whatever I wanted! We discussed the types of names that people had in those times, like how Robin called himself Crookshanks; I asked E what name he would choose for himself and we discussed how these names evolve into real last names.  Naturally, the discussion led to brief chats about my dog, and other frivolous things; but E volunteered to read his tall tale from a school project, which I loved and thought fit perfectly with the idea of choosing a name based on a physical quality.

We agreed to meet again next month to discuss The Voyage of Dawn Treader.  Who’s in?

And you know what? Now that I think about it, this book was published before March 2013 so it qualifies as part of my Take Control of Your TBR Challenge, right?




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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern a Towne Book Center Book Club pick

So tonight is Town Book Center & Cafe’s book club night. I’m so excited for many reasons, but mostly because I JUST NOW FINISHED the book. Woot!

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If you haven’t guessed by now, tonight’s book club pick is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  And can I tell you I loved it?  Yes, I’m shocked; I thought I would hate it because I thought it was going to be scary and dark sort of like that Illusionist movie with what’s his name.

But anyway, it was none of those things and I’m glad I persisted and finished the book.  To be sure,there were a few moments of Ugh, I’m going to have nightmares, but I persevered nonetheless.  I”m glad I did.

What’s the story about? It’s not enough to say the story is about tow illusionist’s who belong to a circus and fall in love.  It’s all of that, but it’s also about magic and deception and reality and dreams and fun.  What’s more important to me is that there are quite a few multicultural main characters: Chandresh, is supposedly the son of some wealthy Indian something or other and Tsukiko, the tattooed lesbian contortionist of mysterious Asian descent.

I’d like to thank Morgenstern for making the story unusually interesting to keep my interest: just when I thought I’d figured out what she was doing, the story twisted into an equally pleasing option.  You can visit her at her website   or follow her on Twitter like I’m doing.  Also, check out her website for a brief but interesting book trailer.

One more thing; you know how with hardcover books you usually take the dust jacket off because it’s so unwieldy and slippery but you hate the way the plain book looks?  Not here. The naked book looks just as mysterious and I love it!

I give Night Circus 4 paws for Pluralism, yay!

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Take Control of your TBR Pile

I love to read books and am never very far from a book (I even carry 1000 in my purse!) but sometimes I can’t get to every single book I want to read. The answer to that problem is the Take Control of Your TBR Pile hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. The challenge runs the month of March which will be like a party all month long!

The challenge is to read books only from my TBR pile, which means I’ll finally get a chance to get to some of the little lovelies I’ve been putting off for lack of time!

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As you can see, Cleo Cat is helping me choose some of the books I’ll enjoy in March. Here’s a sneak peak of the few that I’ve selected:

  • Wereworld by Curtis Jobling
  • Y by Margorie Celona
  • Son by Lois Lowry
  • The Lost Tribes of the Alleghenies by Alan Margolis
  • Legend by Marie Lu

Have you ever participated in a challenge before? What was it? How did you do?

Check back often for updates!