Gimbling in the Wabe – My Beautiful Addiction

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Hi, my name is Sharon.  I’m a library request addict. It used to be I would only request a few books a week from my local library. Books I’d been wanting to read for a while or books that friends had recommended, occasionally a title I’d read about in the Sunday “Books” section of my [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – My Own Genre of Postcards, My Own Genus of Photographs

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“A book is not an isolated being:  it is a relationship, an axis of innumerable relationships.” – Jorge Luis Borges ~ * ~ I’ve been trying to figure out why it is that I feel compelled to buy books I’ve read but do not own, despite knowing that I probably will not have time to [….]

National Library Week – Lifeline, Anchor, Deadweight

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In honor of National Library Week, we give you a follow-up to Sharon’s essay yesterday about being addicted to requests from the library, where a somewhat tongue-in-cheek/somewhat serious piece wonders if there truly can be too much of a good thing.  From 2015, here is the essay Lifeline, Anchor, Deadweight. ~ * ~ * ~ [….]

Flash Review: Weighing Shadows by Lisa Goldstein

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Weighing Shadows Lisa Goldstein Night Shade Books Release Date:  November 3, 2015 ISBN 978-1-59780-840-8 In Weighing Shadows,  we meet Ann Decker, a down on her luck former foster kid working in a dead end job at rinky-dink Sam’s Computer Solutions.  Ann’s fortunes seem to change, however, when she is recruited – supposedly for her computer [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Endings and Beginnings, For Better or Worse

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There are two conventions prevalent at the turn of the New Year of which I am highly skeptical:  “Best Of” end-of-the-year lists and New Year’s resolutions.  “Best Of” end-of-the-year lists because how can anyone say that their highly subjective and often dubious rankings of all the books that have been issued over the last year [….]

The American Library Association’s Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2014

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Each year, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The ALA actively condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information, which is certainly something to celebrate during Banned Books [….]

LitStack Review: The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

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The Library at Mount Char Scott Hawkins Crown Publishers Release Date:  June 16, 2015 ISBN 978-0-553-41860-6 When doing research for this review, I was gladdened to read that Scott Hawkins, the author of The Library at Mount Char, likes to do such ordinary and mundane (in a good way) things such as woodworking, computer programming, [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Lifeline, Anchor, Deadweight

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    Today, I did something that was – honestly – repugnant to me.  I returned a slew of books to the library, many of which I had not read.  Books that had either been nominated for a major award, or had been recommended by someone I trusted, or had been reviewed well and had [….]

LitStack Review: The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy

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The Dead Lands Benjamin Percy Grand Central Publishing Release Date:  April 14, 2015 ISBN 978-1-4555-2824-0 When author Stephen King endorses a newly released book with, “Good God, what a tale.  Don’t miss it,” a reader has a pretty good indication that they’re in for a ride. He was right. Benjamin Percy’s The Dead Lands is [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Transience as a Library Book

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So, I’m reading Jodi Picoult’s excellent novel The Storyteller (which I was finally able to pick up at the library) and I notice a disturbance on one of the pages.  There is some kind of physical roughness stuck at the bottom right hand corner of page 113, and since I had been reading about baking [….]