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Month: January 2017

Kids Read With IBC | Chu’s Day, by Neil Gaiman

Chu’s Day, Chu’s Day at the Beach, and Chu’s First Day of School, by Neil Gaiman, chronicle the adventures and catastrophes that await Chu the panda because of his sneezes. In the first book, we see him able to flatten circus tents and uproot diners. At the beach, Chu pulls a Moses and parts the […]

Book Review | A Little Life, by Hanya Yanagihara

This book staggered me. I read it nonstop roundtrip on the bus from Portland to Seattle, and I read it my whole flight to DC. I finished reading it my first night at Whitney’s apartment, and I lay on the air mattress next to my husband and silently cried. This novel is amazing, moving, tragic, […]

Book Review | Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

One of my friends warned me against it; she said the lack of quotation marks for dialogue was distracting and confusing. I had heard some good buzz about the book, so I went to Politics and Prose and held it in my hands for a long time. I double-checked with my friend, and she still […]

Top 10 | Books to Look Forward to in 2017

Release date May 9. Murakami is everything! If you haven’t read his work yet, I can’t recommend it highly enough! I love his novels, but his short stories are also superb. This story collection about, you guessed it, men without women, sounds like it needs to be in my life ASAP.

Book Club Brunch – Chapter 29

This has been a week of highs and lows. Literally! The stupid Mid-Atlantic is known for it’s wonky weather, and we’ve oscillated from the teens to the 70s this week. Everyone is sick. Everyone is confused. But that 70 degree day was awesome. It was a nice reminder to celebrate the good days, even if there […]

Kids Read With IBC | The Paper Bag Princess, by Robert Munsch

Growing up both Canadian and American, Robert Munsch – a bestselling Canadian author – was a staple in our household. We probably had at least seven or eight of his books on our shelves because if there’s one thing Canadians are proud of, it’s other Canadians with any level of fame or success (Ryan Gosling? […]

TRADE | The Spill Zone, by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland

It started slow. I didn’t know what I would like or what I wouldn’t. I wasn’t sure the right authors or illustrators to pick up. Fortunately, with some great recommendations (especially from Austyn), most of the comics and graphic novels I read throughout the year were rreally great! But the best comic I’ve read all […]

Book Review | Wonder, by R.J. Palacio

Sometimes I am able to resist, but sometimes I can’t and I find myself scrolling through the comments. More often than not, the comments are rife with meanness. People slinging horrible insults at each other via social media. No matter the topic – politics, parenting, health, sports – people have strong opinions and have no […]

Bookish Musings | Nicole’s New Year’s Reading Goals

I’m not always the best person at starting that new healthy eating plan or exercise routine, mainly because I sort of forget to actually start them (there’s a dusty yoga mat in my room that can testify to that) but I take my reading seriously and in 2017 I want to try and do things […]

Book Club Brunch – Chapter 28

Last year was, well, not the best. That can make it hard to drum up the enthusiasm and optimism that the new year typically brings. Yet, somehow, I’m still feeling pretty excited about turning over a new leaf! And of course, I’m excited for a whole new year of book club! This whole year is […]