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Where’d You Go, Bernadette (Maria Semple)

A friend of a friend recommended this book, and I’m so glad she did! What a fun and playful read Maria Semple’s novel turned out to be! Part of the joy of this book is the way the story is told. The young protagonist and…

The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey)

Eowyn Ivey’s novel The Snow Child is part fairy tale, part fable, and part magical realist fun. I picked it up while I was in Anchorage, Alaska this winter because Ivey is from the state…and because a book about a child made of snow, set…

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Rachel Joyce)

This book jumped out at me in the airport in Seattle. It was a quick, compelling read. It’s one of those books that really gets you thinking: as protagonist Harold Fry reflects on important and traumatic moments from his past, so does the reader end…

Feminist Ryan Gosling (Danielle Henderson)

This book is hilarious. I didn’t know about the FRG blog until I picked up this book, but I’m glad I found out about it. Danielle Henderson, who was working on her MA while she wrote the posts that eventually formed this book, has a…

fledgling (Octavia Butler)

I picked up Octavia Butler’s last published work from Left Bank Books in Seattle, Washington. Butler, a resident of Seattle in the final years of her life, was a renowned author of science fiction (and remains so to this day). Fledgling is a really interesting…

Giving Cho Chang a Voice

This post is reposted from my personal blog. Let me start by saying that (as anyone who knows me knows) I love the Harry Potter series. I do. I really, really do. That being said, I read the books while knowing full well that there are…

Zombies Hate Stuff (Greg Stones)

I found Zombies Hate Stuff in an Urban Outfitters store just staring up at me from the shelf. It’s a surprisingly cute little book and I laughed out loud a couple of times while reading it. It’s pretty fun, and really not much of a…

James Potter and the Curse of the Gatekeeper (G. Norman Lippert)

While G. Norman Lippert’s novels aren’t quite as masterfully written as J.K. Rowling’s original series, that doesn’t make them any less compelling. I blew through The Curse of the Gatekeeper in a single day, and it was a really enjoyable experience. Do I have a few…

James Potter and the Hall of Elders’ Crossing (G. Norman Lippert)

I stumbled across G. Norman Lippert’s fan fiction novel James Potter and the Hall of Elders’ Crossing unintentionally, but I’m happy I did because this book provided me with a nice interlude from my work. If you read this blog regularly, you know I’m a huge fan…

Sorry Please Thank You (Charles Yu)

Charles Yu’s collection Sorry Please Thank You is every bit as delightful and interesting as Third Class Superhero. If you’ll remember, I’m not typically a big reader of short fiction. However, there’s something special about Charles Yu. I think part of the deal is that the premise of…