Childhood Reading: Sweet Valley High

All this talk about YA and Middle School got me thinking about the books I read as a child.   I think I was in 5th grade when I discovered Sweet Valley High books.  My Girl Scout troop had a small library that we stocked with the books we all wanted to trade.  I gave upRead more

Recollection Wednesday: The Books of Hadley Irwin

Last Wednesday I laid into my middle school a bit more than is fair.  While I was forced to read 2 books that I strongly disliked (hated in one case and was too young for in the other), I got far more positive things from those 2 years than negative.  Middle school was where IRead more

It’s A Movie: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” Pride and Prejudice and Zombies We all know I love Pride and Prejudice.  What I don’t often talk about it that I enjoy zombie books and movies.  It’s not a love universally acknowledged, but when P&P&ZRead more

Weekly Meeting: Holes

This week I read Holes. This is one of those books I probably should have read as a kid, but I didn’t. Challenges: Read Harder Challenge Listed in Book Lust 2 What You Should Know: This is a YA book primarily read by boys, but is great for girls too This is the first in aRead more

The Library of My Childhood

Most people think that becoming a librarian is an extension of my love of reading.  Don’t think on one leading to the other.  Rather becoming a librarian and being a reader are the results of my experiences in libraries through my life.  I have better memories of my childhood libraries than I do of school.  IRead more

Recollection Wednesday: The Martian Chronicles

I almost hated reading.  I blame school assigned readings.  For the two years of middle school I was forced to read two books that made me hate reading for a while.  One of those books: The Martian Chronicles. I was 12 and in 7th grade when I was forced to read this.  Here is some context:Read more

Weekly Meeting: Smile

Challenges: None… What You Should Know: This is a YA graphic novel It takes place in the 1990s This is a memoir of the author Discussion: Smile is not a book I originally expected to read.  With all the books already on my TBR list, I only ended up with it because it fit in theRead more

To Keep or Give Up: Book Hoarding

I am 90% sure I could become a hoarder.  Primarily, a book hoarder.  You know hoarders- the people who have their own TV show on A&E.  These are people who can’t seem to get rid of anything they bring into their homes.  Typically it’s disgusting, but every so often there seems to be someone whoRead more

Recollection Wednesday: Notes from a Small Island

I have only had a chance to read a few Bill Bryson books.  Of those few, Notes from a Small Island is my favorite.  I read this before I went to the UK.  I only read it because it was listed in one of the Book Lust books. Even though I had not been planning my tripRead more

Weekly Meeting: In a Sunburned Country

This week I read In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson. Challenges: It is listed in Book Lust 2 What You Should Know: Bryson is a travel journalist. His books are a mix of his experience as a traveller and history of what he is covering. In this case: Australia. He is funny, but it is observationalRead more