• Ring Shout
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    Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

    I have read a LOT of books this year (no small surprise) but none like Ring Shout by author P. Djèlí Clark. This alternative history packs a powerful punch in novella form. Superb and unputdownable, it digs in and doesn’t let go. I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher via NetGalley; all opinions are my own. This post contains some affiliate links that may earn me a commission if you purchase through them.. The Book My Thoughts on Ring Shout Ring Shout is a speculative fiction set in 1915, as D.W. Griffith’s horrendous film The Birth of Nation feeds the hate in the Ku Klux Klan. And…

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  • Deeplight
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    Book Review: Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

    If you’re looking for a captivating fantasy adventure with lush, gorgeous writing, DEEPLIGHT by Frances Hardinge should be your next book. Keep on reading for my review. I received an advance copy of the book from Amulet Books via Media Masters Publicity in exchange for an unbiased review.  All opinions are my own. This post may contain affiliate links. Synopsis Review “Everyone should read Frances Hardinge. Everyone. Right now.” – Patrick Ness, author of A Monster Calls Well, that blurb certainly caught my eye, and as a huge fan of Patrick Ness, I said the fastest “yes” ever to an offer to read a book. This was my first introduction…

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    Books to Help Understand Anti-Racism and Race

    Wanting to be a better white ally means learning about systemic racism. To do that, we need to dig a little deeper into U.S. history, because we’re simply not taught it fully in school, at least in a way that we understand the nuances and all that shaped how we ended up where we all are today. As the fantastic graphic above by illustrator Jane Mount shows, there is no shortage of books that talk about race and racism. Non-fiction offers a direct (and often blunt) path to understanding. Fiction provides an excellent means to see and feel things from a different perspective. Putting both together marries the factual aspects…

  • House of Salt and Sorrows
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    Book Review: House of Salt and Sorrows

    If you are looking for an imaginative, eerie young adult fantasy for your teen, tween, (or yourself), I’ll highly recommend Erin Craig’s House of Salt and Sorrows. My thirteen-year-old and I both read this at the same time on vacation and it kept us glued to our e-readers! Thanks to NetGalley for providing me said e-ARC for review purposes. This post contains affiliate links that may earn me a commission if you purchase through them House of Salt and Sorrows is a gorgeous retelling of the fairy tale of the Twelve Dancing Sisters. It has a haunting gothic feel. I am a sucker for WELL DONE retellings, and this is…

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  • Thursday Things
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    Thursday Things

    With spring break behind me, I’ve got a lot of things rattling in my head. Most of it isn’t enough for a full post, but are loosely related. Thursday Things is a bit of a brain dump – a bit of what I’m excited about, a bit of what has me frustrated, and it all took place during spring break. Oh, and there are affiliate links in this post. I talk about those, too. Kind of. Shh. • • • In Which I Get On My Soapbox and Rant About Coaches and Vacations Last week was spring break for our school district. We didn’t go anywhere because we are rule…

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