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Reading is Everything

“Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss.” ~ Nora Ephron (1941-2012)

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WotW: Glib

[glib] adj. readily fluent, often thoughtlessly, superficially, or insincerely so easy or unconstrained, as actions or manners Archaic: agile; spry Example Sentences: Her sermons tend toward glib, inspirational double-talk. But, then, the pious optimism and glib theatricality are disturbed every now and again by intrusions of shattering realities.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Sweet Fifteen by Diane Gonzales Bertrand

Sweet Fifteen by Diane Gonzales Bertrand is not part of a series. The synopsis on the back of the book says: Hispanic families traditionally mark the transition to womanhood with a special coming-out party for a girl’s fifteenth birthday. As Stephanie’s quinceañera approaches, however, her household is glum. Her loving but domineering father has recently… Continue reading Sweet Fifteen by Diane Gonzales Bertrand

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WotW: Irascible

[ih-ras-uh-buhl] adj. easily provoked to anger; very irritable characterized or produced by anger Example Sentences He had the ability to upset the people with his irascible manner and then charm them all over again. But the irascible old militia colonel was there to oppose it, and his harsh arguments disappointed his colleagues.

Children's Literature · Historical Fiction · Review · Young Adult

Spirit’s Princess by Esther Friesner

Spirit’s Princess by Esther Friesner is the first book in the Spirit’s Princess series. It also expands the Princesses of Myth series/chronicles. It is set in Japan and features a map to help give a visual of where Himiko goes. This is the synopsis on the cover flap: Himiko shouldn’t have a care in the world. As the daughter… Continue reading Spirit’s Princess by Esther Friesner