Books to the Sky

“Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.” ― Arnold Lobel

You: A Novel

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At the end of the year, there are always book lists and I love making my way through them. This list on Bustle of 9 Books That Will Keep Your Attention Until The Very Last Page was one of the most interesting I’ve seen. You: A Novel by Caroline Kepnes is the first that I’m reading from the list, partly because Stephen King is quoted saying that it is “Hypnotic and scary – totally original.” Told from the viewpoint of stalker-turned-boyfriend Joe, this book is disturbing, fascinating, and so very well written.  Read the rest of this entry »

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The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons: The History of the Human Brain as Revealed by True Stories of Trauma, Madness, and Recovery

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The current state of neuroscience is amazing. So many conditions can be treated that used to be considered hopeless. New treatments for old conditions emerge more and more often. In October 2015, an active brain surgery to reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s disease was aired live on television. Everyone knows that this level of knowledge wasn’t achieved overnight, but how much do we know about the journey? Read the rest of this entry »

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Zombie Inc.

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So you’ve survived the zombie apocalypse, what now? You’re going to need a job. Why not try Zombie Inc., the largest corporation in the United Five-States? Your rent, food, clothing, utilities, healthcare, and benefits are all conveniently taken out of your paycheck so you don’t have to worry. Plus with the handy seven day work week, there’s no need to have a social life!  Read the rest of this entry »

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Ted and Ann: The Mystery of a Missing Child and Her Neighbor Ted Bundy

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Late in the summer of 1961, eight year old Ann Marie Burr disappeared from her family’s home in Tacoma, Washington. Very little evidence was ever recovered and although presumed dead, Ann’s body has never been found. Infamous serial killer Ted Bundy was only fifteen at the time and lived within a couple of miles of the Burr’s home. After Bundy’s capture, many experts wondered if Ann Burr was his first victim.  Read the rest of this entry »

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I’ve Got Your Number, Remember Me?, and Wedding Night: A Novel

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Sometimes you’re in the mood to read a specific genre and other times you’re in the mood to read a specific author.  That was the case for me this last month. I wanted a Sophie Kinsella book, in other words something light, funny, and clever. I have four of her books which I’ve read multiple times and loaned them out to friends. (The Undomestic Goddess, Twenties Girl, Shopaholic, and Can You Keep A Secret?) Bearing that in mind I went to the library website and was pleased to have three books at my fingertips, ready to read. It’s too bad that what I ended up with was very much a three bears scenario, with only one being just right. Read the rest of this entry »

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Never After

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What’s a girl to do when the groom chosen for her is far from Prince Charming? Or maybe she just doesn’t want a groom at all? Released in 2009, this enjoyable collection of modern fairy tales looks at what happens when the bride says “I don’t.”

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Howl’s Moving Castle

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From the very first sentence you know that you are in for a magical story with it’s roots firmly in fairy tales.

“In the land of Ingary, where such things as seven-league boots and cloaks of invisibility really exist, it is quite a misfortune to be born the eldest of three. Everyone knows you are the one who will fail first, and worst, if the three of you set out to seek your fortunes.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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I first saw Daughter of Smoke and Bone on the blog sleeps with notebooks. The description was intriguing but the wait list at the library was significant. I’m glad that I was patient because I tremendously enjoyed reading this book.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Take The Monkeys And Run

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Barbara Marr is a woman who adores movies, is a mother of three girls, and is married to her true love who happens to look like George Clooney. She lives in a nice, friendly neighborhood, as long as you don’t count the mysterious house next door, which Barbara has dubbed the House of Many Bones. All was well right up until a few days ago when her husband Howard moved out without any warning. Now Barbara is sneaking around her yard barefoot in the middle of a freezing night with live monkeys in her trees.

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Giving Books

From this post http://www.themarysue.com/12-christmas-trees-made-out-of-books/

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As the holidays and gift giving season are upon us, I know many people are struggling to find the perfect gift. If you’re looking to buy for someone who loves books, this app can certainly help. NPR’s Book Concierge  lists “some 250 titles NPR staff and critics loved”. And that’s just for 2014. There are links to the lists for 2008 – 2014, plus the list for 2013 and 2014 have filters to help find exactly what you want.

If you’re buying for a teen/tween then this post from the lovely Mir Kamin at Alpha Mom has suggestions.   Also Jen at the blog Epbot has a love for young adult fiction which has led to a list of really good book reviews.

To me books are always the perfect gift. Happy shopping!

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