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- Elizabeth Willse is a freelance writer, book reviewer and blogger. She works with the Star-Ledger, Examiner.com, and blogs such as Women's Voices For Change and PinkyShears.com
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Ember 2011, 472 pages
Andi Alpers is on the edge. And who could blame her? She’s angry and grieving the death of her younger brother, Truman, furious at her emotionally disconnected father, and hurt and angry at her mother’s inability to cope. She’s in d… Read full post »
Tess Gerritsen wasn’t a mystery writer on my radar until recently. I know she’s prolific. And her book jackets started to proclaim “Rizzoli & Isles now a series on TNT.” I had watched a couple of episodes, because I do love a good crime drama. (Sasha Alexander’s turn… Read full post »
Who would have thought I could love a Broadway musical based on a cheesy but fun movie about cheerleading (I’ve seen it, at best it’s a guilty pleasure). I went to a high school that didn’t even have a cheerleading squad. So, as a cultural icon, cheerleading scans in a way… Read full post »
The Chaperone is historical fiction twice over.
Some of the story takes place during Prohibition, just after World
War I, on the cusp of the flapper movement. And some of the story,
set in 1961, looks back at those earlier years.
The historical settings and… Read full post »
Shadow of Night: Book Two of the All Souls
Sassymonkey posted a terrific review of Shadow of Night, just as I finally decided I needed to read it. I’d failed to get my hands on a copy at BEA, the library list was miles long, and… Read full post »
Riverhead Books, 361 pages
The alternate history premise of this novel intrigued me. In 1939, President Roosevelt recruits a young Jack Kennedy as a spy, to travel through Europe, using both the Kennedy family name and his thesis research as a cover for gathering int… Read full post »
Today, Booking Through Thursday asks two questions:
Do you have a favorite season of the year that you read more?
I don’t think it extends to an entire season as a favorite time to read more for the sake of loving to read. Certainly, since I started grad school, and then… Read full post »
Perseus Books 374 pages
Dr. Timothy Lepore (pronounced to rhyme with peppery), is a doctor and a surgeon on the island of Nantucket. On an island sometimes cut off completely from the mainland by impassable fog, or stormy seas, his small hospital with a blood supply of… Read full post »
I swear, this always happens. All my library holds came in at once. Well, at least five of them. No, wait, just got another email… make that six!
So many delicious books, I don’t know where to begin. Most of these are books that caught my eye at BEA:
Jack, 1939-… Read full post »
Today’s Booking Through Thursday asks:Â Series or Stand-alone?
As someone who reads a lot of mysteries, young adult lit, and some science fiction and fantasy, I encounter series books, more often than not. Sometimes I feel like I’m having series fatigue. It feels sometimes like books are… Read full post »
The Sorcerer’s Apprentices: A Season in The Kitchen at
Ferran AdriÃ ’s elBulli
Simon & Schuster, 297 pages
(Thanks to Kristin Matzen at Simon and Schuster for sending a review copy.)
I began reading this without knowing about elBulli, or Ferran AdriÃ . I love a good chef an… Read full post »
I’m doing readers’ advisory practice.
Which is just a fancy, librarian jargon way to say: I’m recommending books.
We’ll start with Anna R., because she and I have been talking books for months, and I owe her a book list.
What Anna likes: Anna likes to read books that really dr… Read full post »
Booking Through Thursday asks:
What book(s) have you read that youâ€™re secretly ashamed to admit?
Well… on the one hand, reading Regency romance makes me very glad I can read the books as library loans on my Kindle. I’m proud to read Lauren Willig on the subway and otherwise in public,… Read full post »
The Cranes Dance
May 2012, $14.95, 368 pages
(Thanks to David Archer at Vintage for sending a copy.)
Kate and Gwen are sisters, and ballerinas in the same prestigious New York ballet company. Both sisters have been devoted to ballet all their lives, driving themselve… Read full post »
I”m trying to form thoughts about reading a book that’s primarily focused on a story about sisters and their emotional connection. And feeling like it’s a one-note thing dealing with wallowing in their miseries, and in one character’s illness.
I feel like… that’s e… Read full post »
The Luxe, by Anna Godbersen. Harper Collins 2007 447 pages.
Rumors, by Anna Godbersen. Harper Collins 2008, 423 pages.
Envy, by Anna Godbersen. Harper Collins 2009, 416 pages.
Splendor, by Anna Godberson. Harper Collins 2009, 400 pages.
I started reading Luxe, by Anna G… Read full post »
Here Lies Arthur
Scholastic Press 2007, 339 pages.
Usually, when I love a book for its story and its characters this much, I barrel headlong through it and finish in hours. But I took almost all week to finish Here Lies Arthur. I wanted to pause and savor the… Read full post »
Today, Booking Through Thursday asks:
Who taught you to read?
I’ve been thinking it over, and I don’t actually remember. I remember recognizing words when my parents read me stories and poems. Specifically, I remember recognizing the word “soup,” in the Random House col… Read full post »
I have just seen the news on Twitter that Nora Ephron has passed away.
Ray Bradbury too.
I feel melancholy, although I haven’t read very much by either author.
I feel melancholy, because I haven’t read that much from either author.
… Read full post »
My final project for my YA Genre Lit class was to make a website about the genre of my choice.
I chose historical fiction.
And promptly fell down a fascinating rabbit hole of academic discussion about historical fiction, readers’ advisory, time periods, and dozens upon dozens of novels I really… Read full post »
The librarian blogs and Twitter feeds I read are full of anticipation for ALA, kicking off today in Anaheim.
Librarians and the people who love libraries and books, all gathering together, meeting and having great discussions about t… Read full post »
Plume 2009, read on Kindle
Holden Caulfield goes to Hogwarts. As written by a John Irving impersonator.
That about sums this book up.
Quentin grows up in Brooklyn, and is miserable because he grew up reading about the magical land of Fillory, and wishes there were more… Read full post »
The following is a booktalk I did for my YA genre class, the first booktalk I have done, ever. Iâ€™m really pleased with how it turned out, though I confess I was super-nervous at the time.
Librarians, school folks and bookish folks: youâ€™re welcome to use this booktalk in whole or… Read full post »
The following is a booktalk I did for my YA genre class, the second booktalk I have done, ever. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.
Librarians, school folks and bookish folks: you’re welcome to use this booktalk in whole or in part. I would be honored. Please do give… Read full post »
I grabbed this list from EarlyWord, an outstanding website for librarians to find out about new book titles. I think if I stuck to this, and to ReadingRants, I might never need a book recommendation again. But then, there’s always GoodReads and Twitter and the nice books in the mail…. I… Read full post »