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I just finished reading  THE STAIRCASE OF FIRE by Ben Woodard over the weekend. It's a YA historical novel set in the 1920's about a boy coming of age. It's suspenseful and at times heartbreaking, dealing with the racial tensions of the times. The MC Tom is trying to outrun his demons (at a younger age he had accidentally caused his baby sister's death) and, in the process, makes some poor choices.

I thought it was well-done, although my husband didn't like that at the end, the reader is left to envision what comes next. The book deals with some tough ethical dilemmas, such as what you do when the needs of different people you love call you to different courses of action.

This is the third book in a trilogy, but I thought it stood by itself okay. If you're looking for something for YA boys I would especially recommend it.


Edited to correct my stupid error in the title. Duh!
#1141 - June 26, 2018, 01:15 PM
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I received an ARC in the mail (one of the PW specials) that I read yesterday (the day it arrived). It's LIES, by TM Logan, and I thought it was nicely written with good flow and pacing. It was definitely creepy (in the sense that you can feel the noose tightening). It's a thriller about a man who discovers his wife has been lying to him, and at the same time, someone else in their life is trying to frame him. I really wondered a number of times how it would turn out. It comes out in September, I believe (though it's already published in the UK).
#1142 - June 26, 2018, 03:50 PM
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You made me laugh, Jody.  So I decided to follow you on twitter.  Now I see that we have school in common. I worked as a teacher and counselor.  And now writing!   

I, also, see my twitter handle doesn´t appear here. I must change that.  It´s  @Z_RiveraMorales, just in case.


I followed you back, Zoraida! I'm not surprised that so many children and young adult writers are or once were teachers and counselors!

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#1143 - June 26, 2018, 10:09 PM
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I am dipping my toes back on the BB after staying away far too long. This post seemed like a happy place to start!

I just finished THE DRY by Jane Harper. I couldn't put it down. The setting--a small town in Australia experiencing a terrible drought--was a character of its own. The story centers around a federal agent returning home after the tragic death of his childhood friend, and the investigation reveals a lot about the town itself. It's very well done and kept me guessing until the end.

Next up is HANNAH COULTER by Wendell Berry.
#1144 - June 29, 2018, 11:31 AM

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Erin, THE DRY sounds really interesting -- I'm going to put it on hold at the library. :)

I just finished Karen Robards' MOSCOW DECEPTION, the second in a trilogy (I'm assuming, since it had a cliff hanger). It was as action-packed as the first, and I like her writing style (romantic suspense is the genre). The MC has a 'normal' life, but she's also a master thief...
#1145 - June 29, 2018, 12:24 PM
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Read Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, but I didn't like much.  There's a stream of water that surrounds the small town that the book refers to all the happenings through the nearby water. 

I, also, am going to have to read the book The Dry other people I've met have enjoyed and suggested it, too.
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I'm reading Some Kind of Happiness by Claire Legrand. It's a potential comp for my MG. So far, I like the interplay between reality and fantasy--it may be an alternate reality, but I'm not convinced.

You're all making me wish I had more time to read.
#1147 - June 29, 2018, 08:23 PM
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This summer I've been reading Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE as Told by Its Stars, Writers and Guests, by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales (originally released in 2002, updated and expanded ahead of the show's 40th anniversary in 2014).

As a longtime SNL fan -- since I started watching in the late '80s-early '90s (I'm about halfway through the book now, up to the 1990-95 period, so most of what I've read about so far was before my time) -- I think it's pretty fascinating and funny stuff. So far I haven't been too shocked or disappointed about who was doing what (or whom), or who wasn't getting along or whatever; I've even found the various moments of conflicting accounts (which are bound to come up in the "oral history" format) more amusing than maddening.   ::-)
#1148 - July 29, 2018, 02:12 PM
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I just finished reading She Was the Quiet One by Michele Campbell. I enjoyed its quiet (ha) intensity, and though the story unfolded a little on the slow side, I thought the insights into the various characters was fascinating. It's also a chilling tale because of the narcissism involved -- easy to see from the reader POV, but many of the characters only see one facet and miss it. I think some people don't like that kind of reveal (when the reader knows more than the narrator(s)), but I didn't mind it here.

This is a suspense/mystery which takes place at a boarding school, with the majority of the tension between twin sisters and their adult advisors -- you know from the get-go that one of the twins is murdered, but you don't find out which one until about 2/3 through...then it's waiting to see if the murderer will be caught (it's not really a mystery who it is -- just if the person will be caught before more are killed). I'd say it's more of a psychological suspense than anything else.
#1149 - August 17, 2018, 12:34 PM
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This is a suspense/mystery which takes place at a boarding school, with the majority of the tension between twin sisters and their adult advisors -- you know from the get-go that one of the twins is murdered, but you don't find out which one until about 2/3 through...then it's waiting to see if the murderer will be caught (it's not really a mystery who it is -- just if the person will be caught before more are killed). I'd say it's more of a psychological suspense than anything else.

Wow, this sounds like one of those chilling Japanese or Korean thriller films. I'm intrigued now!
#1150 - August 17, 2018, 08:52 PM
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Read a PB about Ada Lovelace and her love of math as one of the earlier woman mathematicians, and I'm reading "The Enchantress of Numbers" novel by Jennifer Cheveiliar about the same woman. 
#1151 - August 18, 2018, 03:34 PM

I just started "The Rosie Project" a humorous story about a professor who decided it's time to find a wife.
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A little over a year ago, I discovered a new-to-me author -- Laura Griffin. She writes adult mysteries/suspense, and what I love most about her writing is the setting. Everything is set in Texas, and as someone who is pretty unfamiliar with that state, I have so enjoyed learning more about it through her books (plus, I love suspense/mysteries). These aren't cozies, btw, so if that's what you're looking for, you won't find it here. I started with UNTRACEABLE (the Tracers series), but the Glass Sisters duology is also very good (I read those after I was mostly through the current Tracers' books).

Her latest is HIDDEN -- not part of the Tracers but still set in Texas.

Another author I'm enjoying right now is Kendra Elliot. I just got her latest, THE SILENCE (book 2 of the Columbia River mysteries).

What are you reading? :)
#1153 - September 02, 2020, 02:27 PM
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I just started "The Rosie Project" a humorous story about a professor who decided it's time to find a wife.
I'm so in the mood for something humorous. This sounds charming.

#1154 - September 02, 2020, 02:37 PM

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Pons, have you read any of Jeanne Ray's books? They are definitely humorous. My favorite of hers is EAT CAKE.
#1155 - September 02, 2020, 02:38 PM
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No, but my daughter sent me an amazon gift card for my birthday, so I'm ready to order some new books. :) I haven't read Jeanne Ray, but anything titled EAT CAKE has to be good.  :star2
#1156 - September 02, 2020, 02:49 PM

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I really like it -- it's one of my owned books that I re-read periodically. If you get it, I hope you love it! :)
#1157 - September 02, 2020, 03:04 PM
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Some recent reads that I really enjoyed:

The Silence of Bones, by June Hur. It's the year 1800 in Korea and there's political tension between different factions in the government (some of which support "western" (ie Chinese) ideas of newfangled science as well as Catholicism and some of which definitely DON'T). In the midst of this is Seol, a damo (female assistant) to the police force. She's in Seoul to find her disappeared older brother, but circumstances have bound her to the police force, where she has to inspect murders (some of which are politically/religiously motivated). I really liked this book because it took a culture we seldom see in western books and made it really accessible. It's a good crime novel as well as a warm human story. I'll definitely read more by this author! (Mystery, although since the main character is a teen, it's just as easily read as YA)

Almost American Girl, graphic novel by Robin Ha. It's about how her single mother moved her to Alabama from Korea when she was a teenager. It was HARD. She was an artist and relied on that a lot as she tried to fit into her new life. As someone who has been a foreigner living in a strange land, someone who likes Korea, who draws and who has even lived briefly in Alabama...I knew I had to read this book. It was great!

A Wish in the Dark, by Christina Soontornvat. Loved this one! It's a middle grade fantasy inspired by Thailand. I haven't read every middle grade book this year, but of the ones I have read, I can't help hoping this one is in the running for a Newbery. It was lovely!
#1158 - September 02, 2020, 03:15 PM

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I've been reading lots of picture books and I loved COUNTDOWN by Suzanne Slade, THE BOY WHO DREAMED OF INFINITY and THE STRANGE BIRDS OF FLANNERY O'CONNOR by Amy Alznauer and many more: https://vijayabodach.blogspot.com/search/label/picture%20books
#1159 - September 02, 2020, 04:48 PM
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I just finished The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater and really liked it. I read it as an example of Omniscient POV, but I was totally drawn in and will read the rest of the trilogy.
#1160 - September 02, 2020, 06:47 PM
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Love this thread.

OLIVER TWIST by Charles Dickens

A WOLF CALLED WANDER by Rosanne Parry

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I recently finished Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff, a Pulitzer Prize winner. It's a fascinating biography and strips away all the Hollywood preconceptions we have of her. She was an amazing woman at a tumultuous time in history. Although I wouldn't agree that many of the things she did was right, she almost always had the best interests of her people driving her forward.
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JFriday, one of my writing students wrote a research paper about Cleopatra -- I wish she'd read this book first, LOL. But now my own interest is piqued ...

#1163 - September 03, 2020, 02:40 PM
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OLIVER TWIST by Charles Dickens

A WOLF CALLED WANDER by Rosanne Parry

Oooh, I didn't know Rosanne Parry had a new book! I love this thread too.

I'm also slowly making my way through an adult book, it's a tome called THE CROWN OF SANCTITY by Daniel O'Connor. The central thesis is that the greatest prayer will not go unanswered. It's based on the visions of Luisa Piccaretta (sp?). I got the kindle version for free because...the tome! lol I'm loving it but it's slow reading because there's a lot to take in.

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recently finished Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff, a Pulitzer Prize winner.
JFriday, I loved that book. Back when my book group was active, it sparked one of the best discussions we ever had. Plus we met at a Middle Eastern restaurant that became one of our favorites.  :sigh remembering eating in restaurants :sigh
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I recently read the middle grade novels, "24 Hours in Nowhere" by Dusti Bowling and "The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl" by Stacy McAnulty which were both very good.  For adult fare, I just finished reading the play, "Rapture, Blister, Burn" by Gina Gionfriddo which I loved.  Also, I don't read nonfiction very much, but several months ago, I read "Never Cry Wolf" by Farley Mowat.  Farley is a biologist who was sent to the Arctic by the Canadian government (with little guidance) to study the wolves in the region.  It's absolutely fascinating and told in a very humorous fashion.  What a delight!
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JFriday, I loved that book. Back when my book group was active, it sparked one of the best discussions we ever had. Plus we met at a Middle Eastern restaurant that became one of our favorites.  :sigh remembering eating in restaurants :sigh

Now I'm even more intrigued. And :sigh I miss the Indian buffet.



#1167 - September 04, 2020, 09:48 AM
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I read "Never Cry Wolf" by Farley Mowat.
I'm guessing this is the book the movie was based on? It was a fantastic movie (came out probably 30 years ago?), and I'd heard it was closely based on a book.

Rose, your talk of graphic novels reminded me of Heartstopper, by Alice Oseman. I'm actually reading them online (she updates every couple of weeks), but the first 3 parts are in print now, and I'm enjoying them (YA, GLBTQ+, and forays into eating disorders).
#1168 - September 04, 2020, 12:29 PM
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Robin, you're right. Never Cry Wolf was a movie based on Farley Mowat's book by the same name. He was a Canadian writer and environmentalist who wrote many bestselling books, some aimed at children. One of my favourites is Owls in the Family, although it has some outdated ideas in it (allowing owls to become imprinted on humans). Still, very entertaining and interesting. But if you're giving it to a child maybe you should mention that imprinting isn't a good idea.  :owl  :owl :owl
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But if you're giving it to a child maybe you should mention that imprinting isn't a good idea. 
:lol I'd be sure and do that. ;) I checked out Never Cry Wolf after I saw the movie, but I don't think I read the whole thing. It was pretty similar to the movie (for the most part), so I knew the gist.

I discovered a new-to-me writer a few weeks ago -- Ruth Ware. I read her newest (One by One), and just like the blurbs indicated, it had a very Christie-esque feel to it. I really enjoyed it.
#1170 - October 25, 2020, 11:07 AM
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