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Guess who’s back…

After an extended period of being locked out of my WordPress account due to my authenticator malfunctioning, I am back!  I haven’t forgotten you, I promise, and more sarcastic book reviews cometh.

My current summer reading has been a weird mix, trying to catch up on the glut of titles released for pairing with a cold drink on the patio.  I am also trying to catch up on some of the titles others have been recommending.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

A tale that’s very relevant right now, with its themes of bullying, sexual assault, and suicide, anyone who went to high school (or was a teenager) will find something to identify with in this one.

The story begins with Clay, a fairly nice teenaged boy,  discovering a box of audio tapes left on his doorstep (anyone else remember those?), recorded by Hannah – a girl from his school who had recently committed suicide.  She tells him there are thirteen reasons she killed herself – and if you were listening to the tapes, you were one of those reasons.

There are audio files online for the tapes, so you can make the story a multimedia experience, hearing the tapes along with Clay.

This book is not only an excellent read, but could be a really important one for a teen – these experiences can be so isolating, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had a book make you feel a little less alone – and a little more aware that you aren’t the only one out there who has gone through it.   It might not be a bad one for a parent and a teen to both read, and then discuss.

I will be catching up on postings as quickly as I can, so prepare for a deluge!



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I Look Remarkably Like An Elf

Apparently, I look remarkably like an elf, according to a customer today.

Now there’s a statement that opens up a lot of questions you probably don’t want the answers to.   What kind of elf?  Like Cate Blanchett in Lord of the Rings elf, or Will Ferrell? Lawn gnome or Keebler?

And remarkably like an elf he’s seen in a movie, or like the little green men he sees in his mother’s basement?  Does he like elves or are they terrifying?  Compliment, or deadly insult?

This is going to bug me for a while.

Currently reading: The Reckoning, by Kelley Armstrong, thanks to Rolanda who hooked me on her teen stuff like a literary crack dealer.  Her adult stuff is also super fun, by the way.


Happy elfless reading.



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