Charlotte's Library Blog
by Charlotte
5d ago
I have new built-in bookshelves! And they are now painted (ultimately there will be crown molding across the top, matching the rest of the room, and cupboard doors at the bottom, as soon as funds allow) and although there is still painting to be done elsewhere in the room, I am ready to start shelving. You can see that I am not making good progress. Here is what is happening to me: -- all the books that will be shelved here are ones I keep for re-reading, so the moment they are in my hands I want to read them, and when I pick them up I get a rush of remembering and am overwhelmed, but I d ..read more
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No round-up this week
Charlotte's Library
by Charlotte
6d ago
 I am frantically trying to get home renovations done while I still have kids home from college, so no round-up this week.  Next week-end is back to college, so no round-up then either.  See you in February, when my house will be beautiful and I will have more time to read and review ..read more
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Witching Moon, by K.E. Bonner
Charlotte's Library
by Charlotte
2w ago
I don't often participate in blog tours these days, but when I was offered the chance to read and review Witching Moon, by K.E. Bonner (Belle lsland Books), I was intrigued by the synopsis and said yes please!"Every once in an eon, when the Earth eclipses the moon on a winter solstice, an immortal is born under a witching moon. Anne has always had the strangest feelings—memories she couldn’t place; strangers she inexplicably yearned for. After she rescues the enigmatic Phillip from a shipwreck, her comfortable life on the island of Cusabo is shattered, and the mystery of her destiny starts to ..read more
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Middle grade sci fi/fantasy debuts of 2023
Charlotte's Library
by Charlotte
2w ago
 I like to support debut authors, and like to read MG sci fi/fantasy, so here's a list of books coming in 2023 that fit both bills (most links go to Goodreads, some go to the 2023 Debuts website). Congratulations to all the authors in this list!  I can't wait to read your books. Heroes of Havensong: Dragonboy   by Megan Reyes (January 24) "The tale follows four children--a boy-turned-dragon, his reluctant dragon rider, a witch whose magic rebels against her, and a young soldier boy carrying the weight of family secrets--bound together by the Fates themselves as they f ..read more
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Middle grade sci fi and fantasy from around the blogs (1/8/23)
Charlotte's Library
by Charlotte
2w ago
Welcome to the first round-up of 2023, with no thanks to bloglovin, so please let me know if I missed your post! The Reviews Eden's Everdark, by Karen Strong, at Say What? Edie and the Box of Flits, by Kate Wilkinson, at Twirling Book Princess Every Bird a Prince, by Jenn Reese, at Puss Reboots Harley Hitch and the Fossil Mystery, by Vashti Hardy, at  Book Craic Haroun & the Sea of Stories, by Salman Rushdie, at Colorful Book Reviews   How to Heal a Gryphon, by Meg Cannistra, PBC's Book Reviews   The Lost Ryū, by Emi Watanabe Cohen, at ..read more
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My favorite middle grade books of 2022
Charlotte's Library
by Charlotte
3w ago
 In 2022, I  had my 4th worst reading year, number-wise, since I started keeping track back in 2012, with 292 books read.  I faltered during the fall, as is so often the case, when I realized that the windows weren't going to glaze themselves, nor the house paint itself, or the wood magically be cut, split and stacked by good fairies....but still, there was lots of good reading, and at no point did I think "Charlotte, you may run out of things to read."  It was more like "this is getting out of hand please for the love of all that is holy, Charlotte, read down your tbr heap ..read more
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The Lost Ryū, by Emi Watanabe Cohen
Charlotte's Library
by Charlotte
3w ago
What with the hectic rush of family Christmas at my mother's house, and the frantic rush to deal with all the piles of paper that accumulated at work while I was gone, it's been hard to actually sit at the computer and write a review (this is my first review since mid-December...).  But the books aren't going to review themselves, and I have a couple I got review copies of for the Cybils Awards that I liked lots, so here I am. The Lost Ryū by Emi Watanabe Cohen (middle grade, June 2022,  Levine Querido) is about dragons-the ryū of the title.  There were once massive drago ..read more
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Congratualations to the Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction Cybils Awards Finalists!
Charlotte's Library
by Charlotte
3w ago
 After a fall of intense reading and discussion, us 1st round panelists for the Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction Cybils Awards had to pick just 7 books to move forward as finalists.  It was painful to leave books we loved behind, but we were able to agree on our 7 choices that embodied the Cybils Awards cirteria of literary excellence and audience appeal (aka really well-written books kids will love!).  And here they are-- See the full suite of shortslists here at the Cybils Awards, and before you launch into reading the new releases of 2023, check out these gr ..read more
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The books my loved ones are getting for Christmas
Charlotte's Library
by Charlotte
1M ago
Here are the books my loved ones are getting for Christas this year!  (my sister no longer reads my blog, as mg fantasy/sci fi isn't her thing which  is fine, so I can include her.  My other sister and her family are in the Netherlands, and not coming this year, so no books for them). For my oldest (now 22) Housekeeping, by Marilynne Robinson (a request--this was much loved required reading in high school that I didn't buy at time, and I have been urged to read it too) Parable of the Sower, by Octavia Butler (a lucky booksale find--I need to read it too!) Babel, by R.F. Kuang (a ..read more
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The Jewish middle grade fantasy books of 2022
Charlotte's Library
by Charlotte
1M ago
Happy Hanukkah! Jewish middle grade fantasy is pretty thin on the ground, but this year was the best ever, with four books (that I know of). The one that is getting the most buzz is Black Bird, Blue Road, by Sofiya Pasternack (September 2022, Versify/Harper Collins) , which tells of a desperate quest by a sister to save her brother who is dying of leprosy. When he has a vision that the Angel of Death will come for him in one month, on Rosh Hashanah, Ziva persuades him to run away from home with her to find doctors who can cure him. On the journey they accidently set a half-demon boy free fr ..read more
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