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Month: September 2017

Favorites | December 2015

I’m sure this is true of a lot of people, but December was a busy busy month this year! It always feels like every year there are more things to do and people to see, and it just becomes a mish-mash of exhaustion and joy. It’s always a fun time though, and this December was […]

Book Review | Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, by James Matthew Barrie

He was created by Sir James Matthew Barry, 1st Baronet, a Scottish playwright (and novelist) who wrote as J.M. Barrie. Peter Pan’s first appearance was in a few chapters of an adult novel written by Barrie called The Little White Bird, which was published in 1902. Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, written by J.M. Barrie […]

Kids Read With IBC | The Watcher, by Jeanette Winter

Where did she come from, and why did Jane think it was so important to come and study the gorillas in the movie? In The Watcher, a great biographical story about Jane Goodall’s life that’s written and illustrated by Jeanette Winter, we find out who Jane is, and how important it is to be patient […]

Authors in the Wild: Fredrik Backman

He knows this, and I appreciate that! When his publicist said he had time for one last quick questions, and specified “one quick question, Fredrik,” he replied that no matter how quick the question, he could easily come up with a very long answer! This self-awareness made for a very entertaining author event at Powell’s […]

Time for Book Club! Rubyfruit Jungle, by Rita Mae Brown

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 […]

BOOK CLUB BRUNCH – CHAPTER 49

How is it already July? Time is flying over here! I got to see my first Drum Corps show tonight and holy cow…it was awesome! The Blue Devils were by far the best on the field: I don’t know how they manage to march, run, and dance with instruments without missing a beat, but it […]

Guess what book club picked for July?

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 works, and the many ways you can participate, hop over here or sign up to read with us.  Share your thoughts in the […]

Book Club Brunch – Chapter 48

Happy first full week of summer! I took a proper stay-cation last week, enjoying the sunshine in Washington, DC and catching up on some much needed quality time with my bookshelves. I finished Rubyfruit Jungle, which made me absurdly happy. I’m not sure what it is about this book. It’s a pretty universal coming of […]

Sweetbitter, by Stephanie Danler

Every time I started writing, I thought about the beautifully lyrical quality of Stephanie Danler’s writing in Sweetbitter and I just had to stop. A unique compliment for a debut novel, I found every ounce of Sweetbitter to be dripping with visual visceral language. I’m such a sucker for a beautifully written sentence. So when […]