Category Archives: Reading

Norse Stuff

We should all be more like the dwarves in Rick Riordan’s fictional worlds. Dwarves are craftsmen . . . . We’re serious about the things we make. You humans–you make a thousand crappy chairs that all look alike and all … Continue reading

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February Reading

For Black History Month this year I decided to actively celebrate by reading some books by black authors. In addition to a collection of poetry by Langston Hughes, I chose the two books pictured above. Both Butler and Jemisin became … Continue reading

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Recent Reading

The Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan; Grade: B Among the first books I read this year was The Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan. The easy humor of Riordan’s Norse-mythology-themed series had worked … Continue reading

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Mermaids, Poetry, and the Scots Language

Currently reading: The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler: this is a story about a young girl who discovers that she’s a mermaid. The book had good reviews, so I borrowed it from the library for Livia. She liked … Continue reading

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Mystery Within a Mystery

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz Grade: A+ I began this year of reading with Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. I gave it an A+ grade, because I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery within a mystery. The book begins with the frame … Continue reading

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Reading in 2019

I didn’t read as many books in 2019 as I would have liked. I always have a goal of reading 52 books for the year (one per week). I only read 33, which is even fewer than the previous year’s … Continue reading

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Reading News

Finally, some reading news to report! I had decided to read Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan because Marshall was reading it for his English class. His teacher had extra copies of the book, which she offered to parents, and … Continue reading

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Reading List

Currently reading: Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan (great so far) The Blue Salt Road by Joanne M. Harris (mostly good so far) The Waking Land by Callie Bates (not very good so far)

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Mystery & Nostalgia

Lately I find myself nostalgic for Agatha Christie novels and particularly for Hercule Poirot. I’ve read all of Christie’s Miss Marple books. Maybe it’s time to finally finish off all the Poirots? In any event, for nostalgia’s sake, here’s a … Continue reading

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A Series of Series

Dear Livia, You are in third grade now. You like your teacher, and you are doing well in all of your subjects. In the past, it has always been math in which you most noticeably excelled. This year you seem … Continue reading

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