Category Archives: Best Books of the Year

We Are The Goldens, by Dana Reinhardt (2014)

We Are the Goldens (2014) By Dana Reinhardt Nellayla That’s what a young Nell used to call herself, because she was so close to her older sister. Layla would laugh: “I am Layla,” and [Layla] tapped [her] chest, then you … Continue reading

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The Summer of Letting Go, by Gae Polisner (2014)

This book killed me. Not only is it unputdownable, I received a review copy from the publisher last November. It was one of my favorite books of the year, and yet I COULDN’T PUT IT IN MY TOP TEN! FINALLY, … Continue reading

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William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back, by Ian Doescher (2014)

William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back By Ian Doescher When first I read Ian Doescher’s Shakespearean twist on the “Star Wars” saga, I spent more time laughing than thinking about why I was laughing. I think it’s because it’s a … Continue reading

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The Summer of Letting Go, by Gae Polisner (2014)

(nb: I received an Advance Review Copy from the publisher via NetGalley) It’s summertime, to paraphrase the song, and the livin’ ain’t easy, not for Francesca “Frankie” Schnell. It’s the summer she turns sixteen, and it’s supposed to be filled … Continue reading

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The Best of 2013: Part One (Biography and Memoir, Plus a Pithy Introduction)

Alas, the boiling excitement of the 2013 Holidaze (yawn) has died down, and I have yet to do my Year’s Best post. My goal for 2013 was 150 books; I ended up reading 168. Something odd happened around the ninety … Continue reading

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Sixteen, Sixty-One, by Natalie Lucas (Kindle vers. 2013)

(nb: I received an Advance Review Copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley) It’s an interesting coincidence that I was IM-ing with a friend earlier. This young woman is a sweet soul, and I love her to pieces, … Continue reading

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Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King (2013)

Stephen King has created some amazing characters in his career, and in the process of creating them, I think he’s become a character himself, far more so than other equally prolific writers. King is the guy who doesn’t just write … Continue reading

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