Fun Size Halloween Book Reviews 2017

  Ghosts and ghouls, I give you the fifth annual Shelf Life Fun Size Halloween Book Reviews:   We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson My first exposure to author Shirley Jackson came in high school, when my English class read Jackson’s short story The Lottery, which isn’t this kind of lottery […]

The Best Knife for Pumpkins is a Laser

Whenever I think about carving Halloween pumpkins nowadays, my mind naturally goes to Crocodile Dundee. It’s not much of a scary movie, despite its moments of croc-related suspense, but it does have the quintessential knife quote, and pumpkin carving is all about knife size/skill. At least, it used to be. If you’ve been to the […]

A Very Friday the 13th Wednesday the 18th

Whether you treat Friday the 13th as an occasion to celebrate, have a genuine fear of it, or brazenly mock it by doing something has terrifyingly fate-tempting as taking Flight 666 to HEL, there’s no denying this particular Friday the 13th is a timely one, what with it being October, the month to indulge in […]

Smells Like Halloween Spirit

October is upon us, which means it’s time to cram yourself full of pre-Halloween Halloween candy (otherwise known as “candy”), bitterly curse the Texas weather that’s prohibiting you from enjoying sweater season, crank up The Monster Mash on repeat (assuming it is, in fact, seasonally appropriate), and, most importantly, indulge in some Halloween-y reading. Regular […]

Banned Books Week 2017 Roundup

September 24 – 30 is Banned Books Week, a time when librarians, educators, authors, publishers, and book lovers everywhere celebrate the right to and joy of reading freely. I’ve rounded up some content featuring facts and opinions on and happenings from the week that was and the subject of banned books in general. Check it: […]

Make Covers Worthy to Judge By

When you were in school, if you wanted to add some pizazz to your textbooks while also giving them a thin layer of protection from the grit and grime of the world, you fashioned book covers out of paper bags and artfully scrawled your favorite Spice Girls lyrics on them (No? Just me?). They got […]

Book Club: Where You’re Always on the List

Book clubbers, rejoice: we’re dropping the new reading list for our Bent Corners and Coffee Break book clubs. Here’s what we’re going to be reading/discussing/critiquing/relating to/praising/mocking for the next nine months (links are to the book’s Goodreads page):   October – The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George November – News of the World by […]

Trivia and Tacos: A Match Made in Heaven

Question: What are you doing the night of Wednesday, September 20? A) Scroll. Eat. Scroll. TV. Scroll. Sleep. B) Guarding your precious remaining drums of gasoline against fuel-crazed, Mad Maxian marauders. C) The same thing you do every night – try to take over the world. D) Dropping knowledge, feasting on tacos, and winning prizes […]

C is for Cookie Decorating at the Library

Cookies are delicious. You don’t have to be a monster or a larcenous cereal bandit to know that. Cookies can also be beautiful, which we sometimes fail to recognize as we eagerly shovel their soothing sweetness into our mouths. At their best, cookies are supremely delicious AND beautiful, and nobody has perfected that glorious combo […]


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