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The Zenta and Matsuzo Mysteries are such a refreshing change from the usual brand of detective stories. Set in sixteenth century Japan, the protagonists are a pair of ronin (wandering samurai). In White Serpent Castle, Namioka lets us in on a secret about Zenta’s past. Al Capone Does My Shirts introduces readers to the small community of civilians who live on Alcatraz (wives & children of the guards), and I found the whole story fascinating. No Passengers Beyond this Point, which also happens to be by Choldenko, is an odd story with a surreal quality. It’s interesting that both of her books highlight the struggles and strengths of sibling bonds.

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Oooh, wow. I haven’t done one of these posts in over a year. Let’s pick up where I left off. There’ve been so many books since we last chatted! ~CJ

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The Sisters Grimm series proceeds with The Unusual Suspects. Since it’s such a long-runner, you’ll see more covers crop up in coming weeks. Pleased to see one of my favorite characters (the pink-winged Puck) featured on this one. I like to mix classics into my reading pile, especially if I haven’t read them since I was in elementary school myself. DId you know that The Indian in the Cupboard kicks off a series? I’ve been watching for & collecting the remaining titles whenever I’m out thrifting. And I very much enjoyed The Ravenmaster’s Secret: Escape from the Tower of London, both for the story and its setting. This historical adventure may be a bit gritty for sensitive readers (it kicks off with a hanging), but I liked that Woodruff didn’t romanticize the era. This ended up being one of my favorite bookish finds for 2018.

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December BINGO

Winter Reading. Fitting in reading time is actually easier for me in December, partly because the holidays offer a great excuse to leave off writing, cuddle up under a blanket, and while away an afternoon with a book. I’m not sure how successful I’ll be with this month’s BINGO board from Middle Grade Carousel, but let’s give it a go!


I read a handful more, but NONE of the titles I chose fit the categories on the December BINGO board. Oh well.