Author Archives: shelleybean1

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
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I loved, loved, LOVED this book. Told in a series of sparse but beautiful narrative poems that depict one short elevator ride, Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds is a YA standout. This little book is reminiscent of the troubling … Continue reading

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The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
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Set in a revisionist post-WWII alternate reality where Japan and Germany actually won the war, I expected this novel to be fantastic. I knew that this story had been recently picked up as a series by Amazon, and the premise … Continue reading

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Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
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Childhood’s End was sent my way by my college-aged son to whom it was recommended by a friend who read it for a poli-sci class. We both struggled a bit to get into it, but he ended up loving it. Me, not … Continue reading

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Dinner with the Smileys by Sarah Smiley
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Kelley and I read this one for our neighborhood book club. (Since she read it some time ago, I’m not sure she’ll post about it, so I didn’t label this one “Two Dorks, One Book.”) Dinner with the Smileys: One Military Family, … Continue reading

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Back again!
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After a LONG hiatus…I’m back to blogging. Hopefully, kelleybean is too (insert not-so-subtle hint here). For my first post in several years, and given that the very last post entered on the site was about this very same thing in … Continue reading

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Michelle FINISHES the 2015 Popsugar Reading Challenge (UPDATE)
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Since I was off to a roaring start on my reading goals for 2015, (three and a half days in, three and a half books read) I added this Popsugar Reading Challenge to help me branch out some. If I … Continue reading

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Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris
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Well, this was GOING to be a Two Dorks, One Book feature post, but SOMEONE didn’t read it. So it’s just me. Reviewing alone again. Like a solitary, non bookdorky, book blogger. Because where are you, Kelley, and what are … Continue reading

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Wreckage by Emily Bleeker
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This reads a little like Lost mixed with Castaway mixed with Days of our Lives. Lillian and her mother-in-law, Margaret, win an all-expenses-paid vacation to Fiji courtesy of a yogurt brand. While on the promotional trip, the two women, the pilot, a flight … Continue reading

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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
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Brown Girl Dreaming has been winning all sorts of awards (Newbery and National Book Award). It depicts a young black family’s moves from Ohio to South Carolina to New York City amid segregation and racial violence. Woodson also tells the story of … Continue reading

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The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble
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I read this for my challenge book with non-human characters. This is the story of babies left with a childless old healer woman on a mountaintop. The woman’s name is Verity, and as one might expect, she can tell no lies. One … Continue reading

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