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Elizabeth Petersjessmonster

Thu, 30 May 2013 17:42:36 +0000

Keeping up with my once-a-month-ish posting, here’s one I meant to write a while ago. Back in March I mentioned that I’ve been rereading a lot of Elizabeth Peters’ books, and the trend has definitely continued thanks to the ebooks available from Library2Go, Oregon’s source for library ebooks. Sadly, the collection of Amelia Peabody books […](image)

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Thu, 11 Apr 2013 17:50:45 +0000

A few posts ago, I mentioned that my goal has been to try at least one recipe from each cookbook that I get from the library. I have the habit of seeing a shiny new cookbook and putting it on hold, flipping through the recipes picking out ones that look tempting, and then never managing […](image)

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Netgalley readsjessmonsterIn the Shadow of BlackbirdsBeing Henry DavidAnything But Ordinary

Wed, 03 Apr 2013 22:39:47 +0000

I’ve found myself reading more ebooks than usual lately, mostly in the middle of the night when I don’t want to turn on a lamp to read any of my print books, but I’m awake feeding baby and getting him back to sleep. The Kindle app on my phone is perfect for the middle of […](image)

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so, this happenedjessmonsterbaby

Fri, 08 Mar 2013 20:36:53 +0000

Please excuse the silence on this end – all my reading has been one-handed for the last few weeks, and typing one-handed isn’t my favorite thing. Here’s my excuse:   We seem to be getting into a bit of a routine, 5 weeks into it, and I’m in the curious position of feeling like my […](image)

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Picture books I loved in 2012jessmonsterThis is Not My HatYou Are StardustStep Gently OutOlivia and the Fairy Princesses (Olivia)Big Little BrotherAnother Brother

Thu, 03 Jan 2013 14:52:09 +0000

I don’t tend to formally review picture books, but I’ve started adding more to my Goodreads tally, partly to keep track and partly because I’m having trouble reaching my reading goal for the year (well shy of my goal 200). Here are a few that I loved, sometimes just because they were my kind of quirky. […](image)

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The Raven BoysjessmonsterThe Raven Boys (Raven Cycle, #1)

Wed, 02 Jan 2013 14:48:13 +0000

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater This is the problem with series. You get hooked on the characters and then you have to wait. This one was all about the characters and atmosphere for me – it all felt very real and tangible, despite all the fantasy elements. There’s some suspense, and the romance elements […](image)

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SonjessmonsterSon (The Giver, #4)

Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:44:44 +0000

Son by Lois Lowry Perhaps it’s because this hit a more personal note than the previous companions/sequels, but I felt like this was an improvement over Gathering Blue and Messenger. I loved having a different view of the community that Jonas (and Claire) came from, especially all the little nods to things that major rereaders […](image)

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The DivinersjessmonsterThe Diviners (The Diviners, #1)

Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:41:29 +0000

The Diviners by Libba Bray This may be my favorite Libba Bray book yet! I’ve had mixed reactions to her earlier titles. I enjoyed A Great and Terrible Beauty, but had some issues with the fantasy aspect of the story (and that continued through the rest of the series, culminating in my 1 star review […](image)

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last Thursdayjessmonster3c214c964d5c11e2a76e22000a9f1968_7

Thu, 27 Dec 2012 18:40:40 +0000

We are getting to crunch time. I woke up last night and couldn’t get back to sleep, thinking about all the things that need doing. And now instead of doing any of them (except laundry), I’m having a lazy Thursday morning (I work 12-9pm on Thursdays). This is quite possibly my last lazy Thursday morning […](image)

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settling injessmonster

Mon, 03 Dec 2012 01:03:45 +0000

We’re getting settled into our new place, and can I just say how good it is to live in a house again? It’s not just having more living space (although that is wonderful). It’s be able to be silly and loud and not have anyone overhear you. It’s having a little space around yourself – […](image)

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