{book} a monster calls

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness Inspired by an idea from Siobhan Dowd Illustrated by Jim Kay Candlewick Press, 2011. hardcover, 206 pages (ages 12+) I had been warned and still I read it before bed. I had been warned that hankies would come in handier than a well-lit room. That terror subsides for grief,Continue reading “{book} a monster calls”

{book list} n’s summer reading recs (pt1)

I’ve a guest-blogger today. Natalya (aka the daughter) promised me some posts and a couple weeks in, she hammers out one with 2-parts! Come back tomorrow for numbers 11-20 of her summer reading book recommendations. ~L _________________________________________ Yes! Your favorite contributor on the blog is back! (And will hopefully keep updating and more lists andContinue reading “{book list} n’s summer reading recs (pt1)”

{book} my name is mina

Do you ever have the urge to write an author and transcriptionally hug and kiss them because of your profound gratitude for their having been born and having written this one particular book? I usually hug the book instead. And I’ve been hugging My Name is Mina the past few days. I should really write thoseContinue reading “{book} my name is mina”

Slog’s Dad

“Slogger, man,” I said. “Your dad’s dead.” “I know that, Davie. But it’s him. He’s come back again, like he said he would.” Do you believe in life after death? Slog does. He believes that the scruffy man on a bench outside the butcher shop is his dad, returned to visit him one last time.Continue reading “Slog’s Dad”