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Abby Brithinee
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Book Review: Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon
Writing Quality: 3/5 Personal Enjoyment: 2/5 Wider Appeal: 4/5 So, this book. Everything, Everything  has been on my to-read list since it came out. Honestly, that cover is absolutely gorgeous. I want to blow it up to poster size and put it on my wall, it's...

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Book Review: Oyster War, by Ben Towle
Writing Quality: 4/5 Personal Enjoyment: 3/5 Wider Appeal: 3/5 I bought Oyster War for the children's graphic novel section of my library, but I think it's appropriate for teens and adults as well. I feel like that's pretty rare: a book that can be enjoyed ...

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Book Review: The Fifth Season, by N. K. Jemisin
Writing Quality: 5/5 Personal Enjoyment: 5/5 Wider Appeal: 5/5 The Fifth Season  was the absolute perfect choice for my first read of 2016. It's the most innovative book I've read in a very long time, challenging the genre format and the idea of what fantas...

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2015 Reads - Looking Back and Looking Forward
Last year at about this time, I was making my annual Goodreads challenge. I'd easily met the previous year's challenge, and I had just started a job as a children's librarian, where I was reading tons  of children's books. So I picked 300 as a nice, round n...

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Book Review: Gryphons Aren't So Great, by James Sturm, Alexis Frederick-Frost, and Andrew Arnold
Writing/Art Quality: 4/5 Appeal/Enjoyment: 5/5 I love this series. Is it a series? Maybe not... But I love all the books that reside in the Adventures in Cartooning universe. Adventures in Cartooning is a great introduction to comic creation that makes it a...

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Book Review: You're Never Weird on the Internet (almost), by Felicia Day
“The internet is amazing because it connects us with one another. But it’s also horrific because...it connects us with one another.” I was reading  You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)  at the reference desk when a 70-something library patron asked m...

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Short Story Saturday - How Old Holly Came to Be, by Patrick Rothfuss
Writing Quality: 5/5 Enjoyment/Appeal: 5/5 "How Old Holly Came to Be" is Patrick Rothfuss's contribution to the anthology Unfettered , which I talked about in this post . The story is told in an almost chant-like rhythm that uses repetition to describe the ...

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Adult Book Review: The Grace of Kings, by Ken Liu
Writing Quality: 5/5 Appeal/Enjoyment: 5/5 I picked up The Grace of Kings because I've heard so much amazing stuff about it. At first, though, I was a little hesitant about this book. The language brings to mind
the stiff, impersonal style of a legend or a...

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Short Story Saturday: That Seriously Obnoxious Time I Was Stuck at Witch Rimelda’s One Hundredth Birthday Party, by Tina Connolly
Writing Quality: 3/5 Appeal/Enjoyment: 4/5 Set in the world of Seriously Wicked: A Novel ,
this short story is seriously funny. Camellia is the non-witchy
daughter of a wicked witch, and she's stuck at the one hundredth
birthday party of another wicked w...

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Children's Book Review: Chloe and the Lion, by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex
Q4 & A3 This book about mistakes and giving up and perseverance and bravery and cunning and collaboration is kind of adorable. Mac Barnett wrote himself and illustrator Adam Rex into the book; Chloe just wants to ride the Merry-go-Round, but Mac fires Adam ...
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