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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

September 25, 2014

Sloan, Robin. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ (I’m annoyed that Word Press no longer automatically converts my smiley faces, so I’m moving to asterisks to rate books, which are close enough substitutes for stars.) <fixed> This one has been making the rounds via word-of-mouth more…

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We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

August 28, 2014

Fowler, Karen Joy.Β We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.Β New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2013. πŸ™‚ Β πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I went into this book skeptically, because a couple of people I know had read it and hadn’t liked it. Maybe I wouldn’t have liked it as much as I did if I’d picked it upΒ thinking it was…

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

May 22, 2014

Gaiman, Neil. The Ocean at the End of the World. New York: William Morrow, 2013 πŸ™‚ Β πŸ™‚ Β πŸ™‚ Β πŸ™‚ Β πŸ™‚ Before you read this, you have to understand that if I were fifteen years old, and some company were in the business of manufacturing posters of authors, I’d have a poster of Neil Gaiman on…

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An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor

March 6, 2014

Β  Taylor, Patrick. An Irish Country Doctor. New York: Forge, 2008. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I discovered Patrick Taylor from returns and requests here at the library, and I’d been meaning to read him for some time. I enjoy Miss Read, and I thought his books might be similar to her books set in small English…

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Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

October 12, 2013

Β  King, Stephen. Dr. Sleep. New York: Scribner, 2013. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ It’s October, time to read something that might make you think twice about stepping outside your door alone at night. I have to admit that I wasn’t planning on making this that book. I was going to read World War Z,…

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

June 27, 2013

Β Β Β  Moyes, Jojo. Me Before You. New York: Viking, 2012. πŸ™‚ Β πŸ™‚ Β πŸ™‚ Β πŸ™‚ Wow! My colleague Lisa recommended this one to me, which I have to admit I’d been avoiding because, honestly, it sounded a bit odd, like a typical 21st-century “let’s-shock-and-be-clever” novel. I mean, a love story between a woman and her quadriplegic…

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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

May 30, 2013

Β Valente, Catherynne M. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. New York: Feiwel and Friends, 2011. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I’m always in search of the kind of fun books I read as a kid, so I keep my eyes open (good thing) when I’mΒ re-shelving books in the children’s area,…

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This is Not Chick Lit edited by Elizabeth Merrick

April 18, 2013

Β Merrick, Elizabeth, ed. This is Not Chick Lit: Original Stories by America’s Best Women Writers. New York: Random House, 2006. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Don’t get me wrong. Readers of this blog happen to know that I love a good chick lit book every now and again, especially those written by women who know how…

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Consuming Passions by Michael Lee West

March 1, 2013

Β Β  West, Michael Lee. Consuming Passions. New York: HarperCollins, 1999. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ A Southerner — did I ever mention I was born and raised in North Carolina? — writes about food and includes recipes. What’s not to like? Add the fact that Michael Lee West is often laugh-out-loud funny, and well, you have…

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

February 6, 2013

Flynn, Gillian. Gone Girl. New York: Crown Publishers, 2012. πŸ™‚ I rarely ever read β€œIt” books, because I generally find that they disappoint me. So many people had mentioned this one to me, though, and it sounded like such an interesting premise, I decided to give it a go. Boy, do I now want everyone…

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