Red and Yellow and Green and On and On: Ten Colorful Titles

Who doesn't love a good title? While it doesn't make or break a book, a truly great one can make the difference between me picking it up or leaving it on the shelf. Granted, there are a lot of clunkers with clever names, but that's a whole other Top Ten Tuesday ... Speaking of which,... Continue Reading →

Can’t Wait for … Down the Hatch by M.C. Beaton and R.W. Green

Who said death means you have to give up living? That's certainly not the case for everyone's favorite temperamental PR executive turned temperamental sleuth. While M.C. Beaton, the much beloved mystery writer, passed away at the end of 2019, but one of her most famous and heralded creations, Agatha Raisin, continued on a brand new... Continue Reading →

A Fantastical First Line Friday

Growing up, I devoured most any fantasy books I could get my hands on. It almost certainly started with picture books—anything involving witches or magic immediately caught my attention. Soon I was moving on to Bruce Coville and his Goblins in the Castle and later to Terry Pratchett's Discworld series and beyond. After high school,... Continue Reading →

Remembering Beverly Cleary

There are few writers quite like Beverly Cleary. A librarian during the 1940s, she noted that publishing companies weren't producing books that highlighted the children who were reading them. Her response? Write them herself. Ultimately, she produced over forty books and introduced readers of all ages to characters like Ramona Quimby, Ellen Tebbits, and Ralph... Continue Reading →

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