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Books I read with my kids last week

Press Start! Game Over, Super Rabbit Boy! by Thomas Flintham My kids love video games and were immediately attracted to the graphics of this chapter book. I personally thought it strange to read a video game plot within a book plot. Still, the story is set up well and hooks you into a defeat-the-tyrant adventure plot with ease. In the process, there is a nice character building illustration of grit and pushing through failure. I’m super happy to see that this is a series (currently seven books long) and hope to check out other volumes over the summer to encourage …

Essays Mormon Literature

Turn yourself into a Mormon literature curator for your local community

I’ve discovered the coolest thing ever. The Library Item Request. Seriously.  World changing! Did you know that you can walk into your library and make suggestions as to what books they purchase for your community? Did you know that they will listen to you? I’m living proof. I have personally, as of this moment, curated a collection of Sarah M. Eden novels for my local community. The first time I made an item request, I felt like I had to convince the library that it was worth their time. I’m a Mormon who lives in Pennsylvania and we’re a rare …

book review

Book Rec of the week: The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe

It has been a long wait for YA fans of Ally Condie but The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe came out in April. It was worth every moment of the wait. I absolutely adored it. Goodness gracious, it is so lovely. So, everything. The prose is elegant without being self-conscious or pretentious. The point-of-view never falters. The info-dumps aren’t even there, seamless, woven into the narrative with an invisible hand. I truly am in awe. I thought I could only love one person. Call. I thought I could only make one thing. The armor, to kill. What if there is …

Essays Mormon Literature

An Essay about Anita–

I can sense the eye rolls now. Anita Stansfield is not considered a great literary writer. She’s scoffed at for writing cheesy romance novels. She’s an example, for some people, of all that is wrong with LDS fiction–melodramatic, preachy, bad writing. I’d go far as to say these accusations are not all baseless. I’ve read around 28 of her 72+ published titles. So, basically, all of her early work. It would be entirely believable that her weaknesses have improved over the course of 40 novels. So, take these opinions in that context. Notwithstanding, Anita’s reputation for writing the type of …

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New Year New Books!

Start your new year off with a great new book!!   FREE JUST 99 CENTS   Giveaway Details $50 in Paypal Cash or a $50 Amazon.com eGift Card Ends 1/6/18 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or gift codes via Amazon.com. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or …

Essays

Why we love underworld stories: Part one–Revealing Character

The vision of Drythemlm I think illustrates one of the key draws of Underworld literature in the classical or Christian tradition. These stories reveal the participant’s true character and often the character of the actors they see punished. In Alderik’s Quest I portray Iritana with the ability to intuitively see a person’s character. She uses this skill to direct the shades she meets to a better end in the story because justice has been supernaturally thwarted. The revealing of character in the underworld is a common trope. These visionary and underworld stories make us confront the true nature of humanity. …