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July 2016 | Imaginary Book Club

Posted by Austyn | Jul 13, 2016 | Author Overview |

In early high school I picked up a book at a relative’s house that looked interesting and that had the longest title I had ever seen, and it ended up being like nothing I had ever read before. Many years later ,“A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers remains one of my favorite novels and I recommend it to just about everyone. (Have you read it yet? No? Get on it! And if possible, grab a copy that contains the postscript entitled “Mistakes We Knew We Were Making.”) The book gripped me from the words printed on…

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Posted by Whitney | Jul 12, 2016 | Book Reviews |

All of my life I have dreamed of flying. I watch bird in thrall. Amazed by the makeup of their structures, envious of their ability to glide through the air so naturally. There was very little stopping me from falling rapidly in love with the magic of the Mistborn people created by the mind of Brandon Sanderson. Can you imagine? Flying through the sky, pushing and pulling off of metal objects, propelled by momentum making your movements appear effortless and graceful and powerful all at once. And those aren’t the only possibilities in this complex and layered world. When…

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Posted by Austyn | Jul 11, 2016 | For Love of Bookstores |

You have probably heard of Powell’s bookstore, because it’s huge and famous. Well Powell’s actually has 5 locations: the City of Books in downtown Portland, Powell’s Books and Powell’s Books for Home and Garden both on Hawthorne (which will be getting integrated into one store later this year), Powell’s Books at PDX out at the Portland Airport, and Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing. I have not had the pleasure of touring the Hawthorne locations and I am normally at the airport too early to function or shop, but I can give my experiences at the City of Books…

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Posted by Whitney | Jul 9, 2016 | Book Club Brunch |

Hello imaginary friends! The world has gone a little unhinged this week. Or perhaps it always was, and we’re just a little more aware of it at the moment. I saw this excellent tweet earlier this week from @bdell1014 which said simply “#AllLivesMatter is like going to the Dr with a broken arm & he says ‘All Bones Matter’ ok but right now let’s take care of the broken one.” It’s hard to maintain perspective in a world wrecked with hate and violence and fear. It’s hard to know when to start when everything seems a little hopeless. I’ve tried…

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Posted by Alicia | Jul 8, 2016 | Children’s Book Reviews |

When my daughter got the original Olivia and Olivia Saves the Circus (part of the Olivia series, written and illustrated by Ian Falconer) for her third birthday, I was very excited. The reviews on Amazon raved it as the best children’s book and that Olivia was Eloise in pig form and the Olivia book has a Caldecott Honor Book stamp, which obviously means it has to be a good book. Amazon even said the age range was 3-7 years old, so I thought I was in the clear. I was legitimately looking forward to reading these books to Eleanor….

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Posted by Guest Writer | Jul 7, 2016 | Book Reviews |

Special welcome to Liselle, who is joining us today with a guest post! Liselle is the fantastic blogger behind Lunch-Time Librarian. Pop over there and say hi on behalf of Imaginary Book Club! Going into a book with a lot of hype surrounding it is different from starting other books. I hadn’t even read a summary of A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) before I decided to read it. All I knew was that there’s a dude named Rhysand that everyone has their underwear in a bunch over. That and I had seen some very impressive fan art. It was enough…

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