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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Review: Incendiary Girls: Stories by Kodi Scheer TLC Book Tour


 

Incendiary Girls by Kodi Scheer is a collection of short stories, however, these are not your average short stories. Each one has elements that are fantastical and unsettling with a story line that is depicted in detailed. In other words, this is a nontraditional and surreal collection that is based in realism or should I say magical realism.  If you like the work of Gabriel Garcia Marquez then Incendiary Girls should be right up your alley.  

The first story in the collection is entitled "Fundamental Laws of Nature" and boy does it start off with a bang "Ellen is convinced her daughter's lesson horse is the reincarnation of her mother.  The horse's eyes give her away.  And her mother always loved anything equine.  Fitting that she's now a black thoroughbred mare."  Wow, you know starting off like this that things can only get weirder, and they do  This is just one of the many unusual circumstances Ms. Scheer creates.  I'm a big fan of the short story genre and this debut collection is one that you simply can't put down because the author's  mature command over each and every tale makes each one a delight to read.   

I'd like to thank TLC Book Tours, New Harvest Publishing, and the author, Kodi Scheer for the opportunity to review this book.



Kodi Scher’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, April 8th: Bibliophiliac
Wednesday, April 9th: Bound by Words
Thursday, April 10th: Book Snob
Friday, April 11th: 50 Books Project
Monday, April 14th: The Things You Can Read
Tuesday, April 15th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Wednesday, April 16th: Booksie’s Blog
Thursday, April 17th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Friday, April 18th: Books are the New Black
Monday, April 21st: What She Read
Tuesday, April 22nd: Bookish Ardour
Wednesday, April 23rd: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Thursday, April 24th: Jorie Loves a Story
Monday, April 28th: Guiltless Reading
Wednesday, April 30th: The Written World
Thursday, May 1st: The Scarlet Letter
Tuesday, May 6th: Savvy Verse and Wit




Are you a fan of magical realism?  Well, if are then Incendiary Girls by Kodi Scheer is a must read for you.  Let us know here at The Things You Can Read if this is one you will add to your TBR pile!



Happy reading to all! ☮

Happy Reading
The Things You Can Read!
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books!

Friday, April 4, 2014

April is Poetry Month!



Happy Poetry Month!
“Amen” by James Baldwin

No, I don’t feel death coming.
I feel death going:
having thrown up his hands,
for the moment.
I feel like I know him
better than I did.
Those arms held me,
for a while,
and, when we meet again,
there will be that secret knowledge
between us.

via Jimmy’s Blues and Other Poems by James Baldwin, published by Beacon Press


Happy reading to all! ☮

Happy Reading
The Things You Can Read!
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books!


Thursday, April 3, 2014

Favorite Lines from Movies BASED on Books



Is there a line from a movie based on a book that you really wish had been in the book? Well, here is mine from The Wizard of Oz.:

Dorothy: How can you talk if you haven't got a brain?

Scarecrow: I don't know, but some people without brains do an awful lot of talking, don't they?

Dorothy: Yes, I guess you're right.

Let us know your favorite line here at The Things You Can Read!

Happy reading to all! ☮


Happy Reading
The Things You Can Read!
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books!




Wednesday, April 2, 2014

We're Back! Cozy Up with a Good Book!



Sorry we have been away from our beloved blog for a few weeks.  A month long hospitalization placed us in the out of commission column.  We are in recovery mode now and have a new son to show for it. Harrison Harper joined our family and now it's back to work...

Here is our latest book related find that we can't wait to try out, and we'd like to thank Out of Print for making us aware of this fantastic idea.  What do you do with all those book related tees when they are out of commission?  Make a cozy quilt to wrap up in while reading.  You don't sew, so how will you do this?  Well, create your very own cozy quilt to read under by sending those discarded tees off to Project REPAT. Take a peek and see what you think of this idea.

Is this something you'd be interested in?  Let us know here at The Things You Can Read.

Happy reading to all! ☮

Happy Reading
The Things You Can Read!
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books!




Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Happy April Fools, 2014!


Happy April Fools!

Happy reading to all! ☮

Happy Reading
The Things You Can Read!
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books!


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Review and Giveaway: The Frangipani Hotel by Violet Kupersmith

The Frangipani Hotel is not your ordinary collection of short stories, but rather as the noted author Lisa See commented, “Violet Kupersmith has woven together culture, tradition, family, and ghosts to create a series of short stories that are as fresh as they are mesmerizing. These stories will haunt you long after the last words have drifted off the page.”  I whole heartedly agree. 
The idea of modern day ghost stories based on traditional Vietnamese stories is a great hook, which is carried out to perfection by Ms. Kupersmith.  Each of these stories is the intellectual thinking man or woman's kind of thriller.  They are eerie, mysterious, and atmospheric in the vain of Rod Serling, the noted writer and host of the Twilight Zone.  The command that the author has over each and every story speaks to her talent and maturity as a writer, who would think this she is a debut author? 
The stories setting varies, some take place in the United States, other in Vietnam, but no matter where the author leads us, be ready for unexpected twists and turns.  One does not have to be of Vietnamese decent to enjoy this collection.  Each story is accessible to the reader of contemporary fiction and each story is imaginative.  Three of my favorites were "The Reception," "Skin and Bones," and "Little Brother."  Why?  Because these are the three that I couldn't shake after reading them.  In other words, they were unsettling.  I'm sure you'll find you own "unshakable" stories amongst the nine included in the 240 pages of this collection.
This twenty-something author is a storyteller extraordinaire who is definitely a voice to watch for in the future.  I can't wait to see what she tackles next.  I highly recommend you make a reservation to check into the Frangipani Hotel, and see what all the buzz is about!

I'd like to thank TLC Book Tours, Random House, and the author, Violet Kupersmith, for allowing me the opportunity to review The Frangipani Hotel.



Others blogs on the tour in the coming weeks include:
Monday, March 3rd: Bibliophiliac
Tuesday, March 4th: The Things You Can Read
Wednesday, March 5th: Savvy Verse and Wit
Monday, March 10th: 50 Books Project
Tuesday, March 11th: The Written World
Tuesday, March 11th: Books a la Mode – author guest post
Wednesday, March 12th:
River City Reading
Thursday, March 13th: Under My Apple Tree
Monday, March 17th: 1330 V
Wednesday, March 19th: Melody & Words
Thursday, March 20th: The Relentless Reader
Monday, March 24th: A Bookish Way of Life
Tuesday, March 25th: Suko’s Notebook
Wednesday, March 26th: Lit and Life
Thursday, March 27th: Too Fond
Monday, March 31st: Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Tuesday, April 1st: Mandy Boles: Life Between Books
Wednesday, April 2nd: Guiltless Reading
Thursday, April 3rd: Books and Movies
Monday, April 7th: The Lost Entwife
Tuesday, April 8th: Unabridged Chick
Wednesday, April 9th: girlichef
I have one copy of The Frangipani Hotel to giveaway.  Here's what to do...
1FOLLOW The Things You Can Read on
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2To enter, write a comment on the
official March 4, 2014 Review Post
3The winners will be chosen by using the
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The winners will be contacted by email on March 9, 2014.  I will post the winners name and blog(s), with their permission.  However, you don't have to have a blog to participate.
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The winners names will be posted the week of March 10, 2014.  Again, you don't have to have a blog to participate. 

Do you like the kind of scary that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up?  Well, if you do The Frangipani Hotel is a must read for you.  Let us know here at The Things You Can Read if this is one you will add to your TBR pile!



Happy reading to all! ☮

Happy Reading
The Things You Can Read!
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

BE ALL YOU CAN BE. READ

 
A BLAST from the PAST:  Peter Max's poster for National Library Week, an annual event organized by the American Library Association, which dates back to 1969.  The poster may be 45 years old, but the message is as valid today as it was back in the sixties. 

How often do you read?  Has reading helped you be all that you can be?  Let us know here at The Things You Can Read!

Happy reading to all! ☮
Happy Reading
The Things You Can Read!
Believe In Truth, Beauty, Freedom, Love, and the Power of Books!
 

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