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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)

I’ve been hearing about this book since I was in junior high school…and it didn’t disappoint. Okay, so I picked it up because I found out Emma Watson was starring in the film. But I kept reading it because it was really, really good. The characters are relatable,…

This One Is Mine (Maria Semple)

I read Maria Semple’s novel This One Is Mine because her second book, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, was such a fun read. I’m still not sure exactly how I feel about Semple’s first novel. Let me start with the positive: it was a fun, fast read. The characters…

Koko Be Good (Jen Wang)

Koko Be Good found me in the bookstore today. I’d never heard of it, but I saw it sitting there on the shelf and was intrigued by the odd cover image. The illustration style is interesting, alternating between realistic and caricature-like. At first, I didn’t…

The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Neil Gaiman)

  I love Neil Gaiman’s writing. I love it. And The Ocean at the End of the Lane didn’t disappoint (which is impressive considering it’s his first novel in almost a decade). It was a really imaginative journey through yet another wonderful Gaiman universe. As usual, the…

TEKKONKINKREET: Black & White (Taiyo Matsumoto)

I’ve decided to join a book club (the Comix Club at Malaprop’s) and this is the first book I read for it. In short, I loved it! There are so many reasons I enjoyed this book: the good/evil struggle, the outrageous characters, the interesting dynamic…

The 13 Clocks (James Thurber)

James Thurber’s lively, silly, frilly children’s book that adults also love, The 13 Clocks, is super cute! My husband sent it to me as a surprise to cheer me up, and cheer me up it most certainly did! Thurber, a famed Columbus author, creates a tale…

Transitions (William Bridges)

I debated posting about this book because it walks that line between Psychology and Self Help. Then I decided that not posting about a book simply because it might be considered a self-help book would be slightly cowardly and majorly contrary to my personal philosophy…

Summer Blonde (Adrian Tomine)

I read Adrian Tomine’s Shortcomings a few years ago and really enjoyed it, so when I saw Summer Blonde on the shelf at the local bookstore I couldn’t resist picking it up. This graphic narrative is actually a collection of four short stories (in comic form, of…

Black Orchid (Neil Gaiman)

Black Orchid is an interesting comic. Gaiman’s storytelling and McKean’s artwork combine to make this compilation of the comics (a three-part series originally published in 1988 and 1989 that spins off of the original 1970s comics) an enjoyable and quick read. McKean’s artwork is, quite…

For Love of Common Words (Steve Scafidi)

I was first introduced to Steve Scafidi’s work through someone who shared his poem “The Bee of Was” with me. While that poem is not in this collection, I couldn’t resist picking this one up when I saw it on the shelf in a local…