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My Reading Frenzy
Virginia
Just a little librarian reading big books.
Interests: Reading, writing, books, walking, libraries, book stores, cats, amateur gardening
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Every month I write a blog post for a government agency with a focus on using poetry in the classroom and library. January has been a tumultuous month for me with the Presidential inauguration and the far more satisfying Women's March on Washington and around the country and world as... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at My Reading Frenzy
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This week I read both The Duff by Kody Keplinger, a "new to me" author and The Darkest Part of the Forest, by Holly Black, a perennial favorite. I got The Duff for my Kindle because it was super inexpensive and there has been quite a bit of hype related... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2015 at My Reading Frenzy
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I have raved about The Raven Boys and The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater and feel the same about the third installment, Blue Lily, Lily Blue. Given my feelings about trilogies, I am glad this is a four book series. The two middle books in a quartology (I think I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2015 at My Reading Frenzy
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I had been eyeing Gabi: A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero even before it won the William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens. I love the cover, which did its job in pushing me to want to know how the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at My Reading Frenzy
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Recently I read three books with a similar premise. In each book the main character has a characteristic that sets him or her apart from others. The three books, in the order I read them are: 1. Wonder by R.J Palacio 2. El Deafo by Cece Bell 3. The Strange... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2015 at My Reading Frenzy
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I am sure there is an official definition that differentiates between graphic novels, illustrated books, and and comic books. I do not intend to refer to one of those definitions, instead I will provide my own based on recent reading. Here in Washington, DC there is an excellent comic book... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2014 at My Reading Frenzy
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For 15 years, I was a high school English teacher, first in New Jersey, then in Virginia. I alternated between American and British literature but overall spent more time with American. There are some American poets I love: Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, Edgar Allan Poe and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at My Reading Frenzy
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These days there is lots of flutter around Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, especially now it is going to be made into a movie starring Emma Watson as Kelsea. I liked the book, but I have already read it, in the form of The Girl of Fire and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at My Reading Frenzy
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I have loved mysteries since my mother brought a box of her Nancy Drew books down from the attic for me. (For those of you who are thinking about re-reading these books as an adult - DO NOT DO IT, let Nancy rest as a heroine in your memory.) I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2014 at My Reading Frenzy
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In addition to my recent experience with Raina Telgemeier, I also read Bryan Lee O'Malley's Seconds, Sailor Twain by Mark Seigel, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman and Eddie Campbell, and Tomboy by Liz Prince. I can admit I have not read O'Malley's Scott... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at My Reading Frenzy
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While browsing the book buying area (this year run by an independent book store, DC's Politics and Prose) I ran across a delightful picture book: Happy Birthday Madame Chapeau, written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts. It was drawn to it for three reasons: 1. The book festival... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at My Reading Frenzy
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This past Saturday the Library of Congress held its annual National Book Festival. Because of some difficulties in negotiations with the National Park Service, the festival was moved from the National Mall to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. I heard mixed reviews throughout the day but more positive about... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2014 at My Reading Frenzy
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I ran through books quite quickly this summer - or in the three weeks of it I had since I did not get a full summer vacation - I know- boohoo - no one feels sorry for me, and I do not either. The work I did with teachers in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at My Reading Frenzy
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As I did not work in a school this year, my summer was significantly shorter than in the past. I still managed to fit in quite a bit of reading in three weeks. I consider my summer reading anything I read during my three free weeks in August, not what... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2014 at My Reading Frenzy
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Throughout the year I like to read books that feature love stories, but there is something satisfying about reading a romance in the summer time. Maybe it is the warm nights and sunny days that turn one's thoughts to smooching. Or perhaps it is the humidity that turns a reader... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at My Reading Frenzy
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to a series came in the form of City of Heavenly Fire, by Cassandra Clare, the 6th book in The Mortal Instruments series. I have enjoyed all of the books in this series and The Infernal Devices series which for now is only 3 books. It is no surprise after... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at My Reading Frenzy
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I came to Veronica Mars fandom a bit late in the game. I have watched all three seasons of the TV show and the movie in 2014. Just yesterday I finished the book. My only regret is not spreading out her fabulousness....now I have to wait for another movie (wouldn't... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at My Reading Frenzy
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It can be no surprise that I have again finished the third book in a trilogy...two actually. It is nearly impossible these days to read YA without being sucked into a trilogy. Last night I finished The Selection series by reading The One and the day before, the Daughter of... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at My Reading Frenzy
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I cannot remember when or how I first heard about Christopher Morley's Parnassus on Wheels, but I found a free e-version long before I read it. It was not until I received it in my Book Riot Quarterly box. (I am not associated in any way with Book Riot, except... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at My Reading Frenzy
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Not too long ago I succumbed to the lure of a great Kindle deal on Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty. While I own all the books in the series, I am separated from them by a great distance. I kept reading in starts and fits on the Metro, which was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at My Reading Frenzy
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Me: Love! Friend: Is it another character from a book? Me: NO! maybe... Ok, yes, but this time it is different. Friend: Because this time he is going to come out of the book and love you back? Me: No, because this time he is just a sweet boy I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at My Reading Frenzy
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I can admit it...I saw the book on the shelves...with that cover, that tantalizing cover. You know the one, with the cyborg foot in the red shoe. I wanted to buy it; just the cover screamed "You will love me! You will not be able to stop reading!" But I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at My Reading Frenzy
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I just finished a novel that seems to be firmly in the newly coined genre "new adult." At this moment I am feeling too lazy to look up its actual definition, but from what I have read and can remember, this genre is for the high school graduate and maybe... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at My Reading Frenzy
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This morning, my American Libraries Direct "newsletter" linked to this awesome article I couldn't help but share. It does not hurt that the first item is from Nathaniel Hawthorne (swoon). Gilded Age Games and Toys Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at My Reading Frenzy