An Analog Gem: The Arizona Atlas & Gazetteer

My enthusiasm for Arizona Atlas & Gazetteer borders on the ridiculous. The only thing more senseless is the fact that it has taken this long for me to gush about it professionally. In each of my vehicles live well-worn copies of this cartographic wonder, waiting to guide my family on our next back road, outdoor […]

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Hooked by Cannibalism

It only took reading the synopsis for me to be hooked. Cannibalism. Protagonist cannibals. People who murder other people and eat their flesh. Sounds riveting, right!? Bite by K.S. Merbeth is a book about a post-apocalyptic world, a place in which some choose to turn to the unthinkable in order to survive. Told from the point of […]

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Read Harder Challenge: A Long Way From Home

This month's challenge for Karen was to read a book set more than 5000 miles from Tucson and to read a fantasy novel. Karen: I thought I would kill two birds with one stone – I have all these books on my to-be-read bookshelf at home and one of them fit the 5000 miles topic. Or […]

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The Mist: 100 Pages of Pure Chills

Don't you love the moment you hear a title and who the author is, and immediately know you are about to read a cleverly written book that can induce nightmares beyond your imagination? That's what was in my mind the moment I heard of The Mist by Stephen King. Although I have never been a fan of horror […]

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Read Harder: Halfway Point Check-In

Have you been doing the Read Harder challenge? It’s been fun, right? How many books do you still have left to go? There are so many ways to get recommendations for categories you have yet to fill. Our Read Harder bloggers, Will, Karen, and Betsy, have been plugging away at two books a month! Start with […]

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The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue

It was the best of reads, it was the worst of reads, or so it seemed to me. The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue, author of Room, among other titles, has a lot going for it, yet some aspects of this middle school novel left me unimpressed. The story centers on a nontraditional 11 member […]

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Sea of Tragedy

Salt to the Sea is a historical fiction novel set in WWII based around one of the biggest, and most unknown, maritime tragedies in history. The novel follows multiple perspectives as the main characters as they board a ship looking for better lives, but heading toward disaster and tragedy. This book is incredibly gripping, I was […]

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Watergate, Plumbers, and CREEP: An American Betrayal

Forty-five years ago I was a mini-skirted 18-year-old taking a summer Political Science class at Cal State LA. Each week we had a test that included a question on a random (or so we thought) current event. An article caught my eye about a break-in the previous Saturday at some Washington D.C. hotel. Only three […]

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Read Harder Challenge – Keeping it Local

This month's challenge for Karen was to read a book set within 100 miles and to reread a book that you've read before. Karen Finding a book set within 100 miles was easy, especially when I checked out this list a colleague had put together. I decided to try a few from author Mark Poirier  and […]

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Reaching towards heaven, falling towards hell

Lazlo Strange has chased the myth of the forgotten city all his life. No-one remembers the name, but they call it Weep and none has since paralleled its lost glory. He has dreamt of escaping his life as a librarian and being a glorious warrior of the ancient city. Sarai is trapped up above, her luxurious […]

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