Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

ready player oneReady Player One by Ernest Cline was on my I-think-I’d-really-like-this list for over 6 months before a good friend gave me a copy for Christmas. Hurray! Then it sat on my bookshelf for another 6 months while I desperately read library books the week they were due. (There’s nothing like a looming due date to get me reading.) Last week, I finally sat myself down and started reading.

Wade Watts, like many of the people living in 2044, spends almost all his time online in a virtual reality simulation known as OASIS. He attends school online, hangs out with his best (and only) friend in a private chat room, and spends hours each day scouring the school’s comprehensive online library since he lacks the digital or real money necessary to travel between the worlds of OASIS.  Continue reading


The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

the golem and the jinniI mentioned earlier this week that I was nearing the end of The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. I actually finished it that very same day, but it’s taken me until now to figure out what I want to say about it. I haven’t read a book like it in a long time (if ever).

First, the basics. A golem (that’s fable speak for clay man [or in this case, woman]) stranded without a master and a jinni recently released from the flask where he spent the last thousand years meet on the streets of New York one night at the turn of the 18th century. As the golem (Chava) and the jinni (Ahmad) form an unlikely friendship, their respective immigrant communities get caught up in the same story. It’s fable, fantasy, and historical fiction wrapped up in one. Continue reading

Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

the alloy of lawI’d already read Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy when he published the first book of a companion trilogy, The Alloy of Law in 2012. I’d intended to read it right away, but I kept forgetting about it. Fast forward to 2016 when I heard Sanderson talk about the second series on a podcast. He said that he’d intended Mistborn to be an ensemble heist novel, but that it kept working its way back to high fantasy. With The Alloy of Law, he said, he’d written a book in the same universe that captured the tone he was going for originally. I love a good heist story, so I grabbed a copy and finally got to reading.  Continue reading

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

seraphinaTwo months ago, I compiled a list of my favorite books featuring dragons. There we only two books on the list that I hadn’t read myself, and both are books I’ve been meaning to read for a while now. A conversation with a friend Seraphina by Rachel Hartman that same week convinced me to check my local library for a copy. The audiobook was available without a wait, so I immediately downloaded the files and found some laundry to fold.

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12 Dragon Stories for Adventurers of All Ages


My original plan was to highlight six books featuring dragons. Six turned into nine when I remembered a few dragon picture books we love. This book is by no means all-inclusive, but I finally cut myself off at an even dozen. Lest you worry this is still not enough reading, many of these books are just the first in a series. You could read nothing but the books (and corresponding series) on this list and still have books waiting to be read by this time next year. If you and yours are in the mood for dragons, here are twelve books I highly recommend:  Continue reading