5 Books to Channel Your Inner Shadowhunter

With the TV version of Cassandra Clare's wildly popular Mortal Instruments series debuting on January 12, why not binge-read other teen novels full of big-city paranormal romances and epic battles between good and evil? If you enjoy fantasy in a modern setting, try Holly Black's latest, The Darkest Part of the Forest. It features a tourist-trap town full of fairies and a…
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Medieval Mysteries

Around this time of year, my thoughts turn to the Middle Ages. Not sure why, but they do. So, in that spirit, I offer these often overlooked medieval mysteries. The ones set earliest in history are the King's Hounds mysteries by Martin Jensen. In them, Winston, an ex-religious and illuminator, and his man Hafdan, a former nobleman, do…
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My Life in 3 Songs: What 3 Songs Sum up Your Life and Why?

WBEZ host Tony Surabia (The Morning Shift and Radio M) posed this challenge: "My Life in 3 songs. 3 songs that tell your life." Listeners were enthusiastic; his guests were not spared. It has spread through the radio station: Jim DeRogatis  (Sound Opinions), The Takeaway, Rhymefest, and Vocalo host, Richard Steele (The Barbershop Show.)  In BBC Radio Scotland gave their…
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Fencing Females

You can look at most of my posts and deduce that I'm a big fan of historical novels and unconventional heroines. Some of the books I review are easier reads than others. In the spirit of the holidays, here are three books that are propulsive, fairly quick reads that ask, what if a woman acted more like a…
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Quiz: A Christmas Carol

The debate over the best film adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is sure to rage at many a holiday table again this year. To put you in the spirit, our bloggers Jennifer, Joanna and Laura compiled this quiz to see how well you know the classic holiday tale and its many adaptations. For more of the miser we all…
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I Like the Moon

Sometimes, when you look up at the sky, mostly at night, or maybe during the day, there's this big glowing ball that doesn't blind you when you look at it like the sun does. It's got some dark spots on it, and it's kinda creepy and cool. I've heard that some people even went there, and…
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Rockin’ Reading

One of my other great loves of life, and I have several, is music. I can listen to anything and everything all day and just really lose myself to the words, melodies and beats. Some of my all-time favorite artists (past and present) have made me happier this year by sharing even more of themselves by writing memoirs…
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