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Month: December 2016

Read With IBC | Hag-Seed, by Margaret Atwood

As with all book clubs, a great part of the joy of our Imaginary Book Club is reading together and chatting about what we’ve read as a group. For more info on how our online book club work, and the many ways you can participate, hop over here or sign up to read with us.  Each month our #ReadWithIBC post is […]

Favorites | December 2016

I’m not going to though, mostly because their parents wouldn’t be too keen on the idea. But so many baby cuddles! And so much fun hanging out with our littlest reader! December is always a month I look forward to, because it creates a rare opportunity to spend lots of time with friends and family who […]

Top 10 | Best Books of 2016

It seems like the year that just won’t stop. I mean, we’re trying to hold out the last week of the freaking year, and we get news that the world has lost Carrie Fisher. Seriously. In a year of such loss and fear, the world of literature becomes even more important. Books offer understanding, clarity, […]

Book Review | Winter, by Adam Gopnik

Some of you may have noticed that every week for the past several weeks one book keeps popping up in my what-I’m-reading-now during Book Club Brunch. I cannot stop with Adam Gopnik’s Winter. Back when I picked up this collection of essays at the National Book Festival in August it seemed like the perfect way […]

Top 10 | Best Books I’ve Read In 2016

What a difference a year can make. And I’m not even talking about the insanity that has been this year. It’s been a roller coaster on a personal level as well! If you asked me at this time last year, I couldn’t have even told you where I’d be living today. With moving to a […]

Book Review | Underground Airlines, by Ben Winters

Winters’s book depicts a near future America where the Civil War never happened and slavery still exists. The sheer imaginative detail of this setting is the book’s main triumph. His “worldbuilding” is accurate in ways that I had never imagined, but I wholly accept once Winters introduces it. U.S. Marshalls are in charge of enforcing […]

Top 10 | Best Books for Winter

This this not the book to read if you want something to take you to a positive place. However, if you really want to sink into the cold, dead spirit of winter, this is definitely the right read. It’s been years now since The Book Thief was released, but it’s message about love, family, and […]

Book Club Brunch – Chapter 27

I don’t think I’ve powered through one of our book club picks like this since we read Big Little Lies this past summer. Expectations were super low, since I totally did not enjoy the last Hogarth Shakespeare adaptation I picked u. If you haven’t picked Hag-Seed up yet, do it. Just do it. BTW – there are […]

Kids Read With IBC | The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats

“It’s snowing! It’s snowing!” my two-and-a-half year old told me with glee. It was our first real snow of the year and she was ecstatic. I bundled her up from head to toe – sweatpants, sweatshirt, snow pants, snow boots, winter coat, hat, mittens – and we headed out into the winter wonderland outside our […]

Book Review | Islands In The Net, by Bruce Sterling

The novel starts out mildly enough and Sterling writes in a very approachable manner, so much so that the beginning of the book comes off as a little on the boring side. This part is saved by the interesting futuristic tech, cultural, and socio-political predictions made by the author. The “Net” referred to in the […]