Fun Size Halloween Book Reviews 2018

  My creople (creepy + people), I give you the sixth annual Shelf Life Fun Size Halloween Book Reviews:   My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris It had been, as the hip youths say, a minute since I had read a graphic novel. It’s a moon-howlin’ shame, too, because this past summer, the […]

Best Books (I Read During the Year) of 2017

I present to you my “Best Books of 2017” list, as always with the huge caveat that very few of the books were actually published in 2017; they’re simply my favorite books I read during the year. Like a failed game of Simon, this list is out of sequence. The Stand by Stephen King – […]

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 […]

Best Books (I Read During the Year) of 2016

In a year that has taken so, so much from us, I’d like to offer the smallest of consolations by putting something positive into the world with a quick rundown of books that affected me for the better and/or that I straight up enjoyed in 2016. I present to you my “Best Books of 2016” […]

Fun Size Halloween Book Reviews 2016

Halloween is only a few days away, which means it’s time for me to recap my scary reading for the month in the fourth annual Shelf Life Fun Size Halloween Book Reviews:   The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff This book was a library book club selection that we strategically scheduled to discuss in […]

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review: The Play’s the Thing

A few months ago, I shared a post about using the save search feature in the library catalog. Well, while the post did extoll the virtues of save search, it was more of a barely-veiled gloat fest about my occupying the number one spot in the hold queue for the then yet-to-be-published mega blockbuster Harry […]

Best Books (I Read During the Year) of 2015

I know 2015 is soooo two days ago, but like Uncle Rico, I dwell in the past. Allow me one last foray into the year that was as I present my “Top 10 Books of 2015” list, with the caveat that only a few of these books were published in 2015; they’re simply my favorite […]

Fun Size Halloween Book Reviews 2015

As October approached this year, I told myself I would get myself pumped up for Halloween by watching scary movies and shows, playing scary video games, and reading scary books. Here we are at the end of the month, and I’ve done exactly one of those things. Fortunately, it’s the thing most relevant to this […]

A Tale of Three Atticuses

About a month ago, what has to be the biggest literary event of my lifetime went down when, 55 years after Harper Lee’s mega-classic GNOAT (greatest novel of all time) contender To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Collins published her second novel, Go Set a Watchman. To say the book was widely and greatly anticipated is […]

Book-to-Movie: The Golden Compass

This week, we have a guest post from Christina W., a library patron and BARC participant. In order to fulfill the requirements of the book/movie comparison BARC task, Christina has written her thoughts on the film “The Golden Compass”  and the book of the same name by Phillip Pullman on which the movie was based. […]


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