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Thu, September 13th, 2012
Timing is Everything
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: There are times when life’s events make for great reading. I’ve posted here about selecting fiction books set in places where I am traveling, like when I read Turtle in Paradise while I was on spring break in Florida a few years ago. But, there are other times when the coincidences are troubling…even painful. I was […]


Fri, July 20th, 2012
Greyhound of a Girl by Roddy Doyle
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Do you need a good book for your mother/daughter book club? How about this one? “Four women traveling on a midnight car journey: one of them dead, one of them dying, one of them driving, and one of them just starting out.” Greyhound of a Girl (Amulet 2012) is my favorite kind of book…an […]


Fri, July 13th, 2012
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: I’ve had this book in hand for a couple of months but couldn’t bring myself to open its pages and relive the pain I felt back in 1998 when this horrible crime was committed. Then came the news reports of the shooting of the lesbian teen couple, Mary Kristene Chapa and Mollie Judith Olgin in […]


Sun, March 11th, 2012
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Months behind the rest of the book-reading world, I finally read The Fault in Our Stars (Dutton 2012). I did not preorder the book–like the thousands of other true nerdfighter fans–because I could not trust myself to have the new John Green book in my house and stay focused on my 2011 L.A. Times […]


Thu, March 1st, 2012
The Power of the Advanced Reader Copy
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy and Lynn: We are lucky enough to get boxes of advanced reader copies on an almost daily basis. They delight us–and sometimes overwhelm us as the to-be-read piles grow so high that it is difficult to see our spouses across the room. But this post on editor Sharyn November’s Facebook page this morning made […]


Thu, February 23rd, 2012
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Grab your tissue box and some popcorn and settle in to read The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (Harper 2012). I initially picked this up based on the cover art and out of a curiosity for what Animorphs author Applegate was up to these days. I was not prepared for what I […]


Fri, September 2nd, 2011
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: There are books that make me sad. Some that make me cry. And then there are books that unhinge me like A Monster Calls (Candlewick 2011). I read this on a plane last spring and was crying from the forward explaining the back story. Siobahn Dowd, one of my favorite authors, lost her life […]


Sun, March 13th, 2011
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Lynn: 15-year-old Lina is a gifted artist from a loving family looking forward to an exciting future in Between Shades of Gray (Penguin 2011).  But it is 1941 in Lithuania and in the middle of the night, Soviet soldiers storm into her home, seize her and her family and force them onto trains packed with […]


Fri, April 23rd, 2010
When the Whistle Blows: A Reprise
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

Cindy: Why don’t I immediately listen to Lynn when she really begs me to read a book? She wrote a solo blog for When the Whistle Blows (Philomel, 2009) last October when I hadn’t gotten to it. Everything about the premise spoke to me: stand-alone chapters that build into a cohesive novel, a complex father-son […]





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