Holiday Book Haul!

Hope you had a holiday filled with books and chocolate. I was so fortunate to be gifted with many books this Christmas.

Usually, the curse of being a bookworm is that people are afraid to give you books. This is a shame; don’t be afraid! Gift the books! Even if already read, they can still be enjoyed either through a re-read or by sharing the gift with someone else who would appreciate it. There are tons of lists out there and sources to help people decide what to buy for their bookish friends and family.

This year, I cheated and created a holiday book list on Goodreads in order to leave non-subtle hints to my family and friends.

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Holiday Book Haul!

Books with Books!

A quick Holiday post featuring a list of books with books in them. These are stories where authors have created fictional worlds within worlds. What’s cozier than reading a book? Reading a book within a book! Enjoy!

  1. & Sons  by David Gilbert
  2. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  3. The Magicians by Lev Grossman
  4. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
  5. Fangirl and Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  6. Treasure Island!! by Sara Levine
  7. The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl
  8. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

What are the books? Some are fictional, some are real, all play important roles in these novels.

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Books with Books!

Are You Checking Me Out? 12/20/2015


A nice little book haul from the library this week! I was bad and took out more books after only reading two. There’s a lot of vampire young adult fiction because I was seeking comfort reads.

  1. Marked  by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
  2. The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
  3. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
  4. The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
  5. Betrayed by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
  6. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
  7. The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta


Are You Checking Me Out? 12/20/2015

Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente

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Valente’s novels are hard to describe because they are so crazy and random and ambitious. This is about a documentarian Severin who investigates the disappearance of a town and becomes a mystery herself. This is about what would happen if during the 1920s we colonized the planets in our solar system. This is about space whales!


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Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente

Where are my lady detectives at? (Part 1)

Mysteries that feature strong heroine characters are my catnip. Nancy Drew and Harriet the Spy novels were enjoyed with milk and cookies after school. When I was in college, Veronica Mars scratched the itch (if you’re not familiar it’s a television series that features a girl detective from a town called Neptune).

After college, I’ve been turning back to books. They’ve been hard to find because they exist in a weird genre fiction ghetto that is a cross between chick lit and mystery. I’ve been digging into backlists and seeking out clues to where I can find some of these hard-boiled dames.

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Where are my lady detectives at? (Part 1)

Are You Checking Me Out?

The first in a weekly or bi-weekly series of posts library book hauls. I live within walking distance of a library and visit it often.

This week is a mix of literary fiction, mysteries, sic-fi, and young adult.


List of books from top-down:

  1. The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden
  2. The Pirate King by Laurie R. King
  3. Requiem for a Mezzo by Carola Dunn
  4. Styx and Stones by Carola Dunn
  5. Adult Onset by Ann-Marie MacDonald
  6. Tracked by Jenny Martin
  7. The Big Crunch by Pete Hautman
  8. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan
  9. Defending Jacob by William Landay
  10. Burial Rites  by Hannah Kent
  11. Under Majordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt
  12. What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton
  13. Lumberjanes Vol. 2 by Noelle Stevenson
  14. Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente [Not pictured]
Are You Checking Me Out?

So You’ve Read Harry Potter…And You Are Young or Young at Heart.

What do you read next?

  1. Young wizards. The aptly named Diane Duane’s Young Wizardry series should be the ticket. Begin with:

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So You Want to Be a Wizard is about a young girl named Nita who discovers a magical book at a library that reveals to her a world of spells. This is the beginning of a long and still ongoing series. There are alternate worlds, fights between good and evil, adventures in space, and a star named Fred. Duane also develops a wonderful friendship and partnership between Nita and Kit. Diane Duane blends fantasy and science fiction together in a way that adds complexity to a world in which both technology and magic exist. Threaded throughout are themes like mortality, grief, environmental disaster, and what it means to be a good friend and sibling.

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So You’ve Read Harry Potter…And You Are Young or Young at Heart.