A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine

I thoroughly enjoyed A Memory Called Empire. It was engrossing and smart. It’s science fiction centered around political intrigue and a murder mystery. One of the themes of the book is colonialism. Teixcalaan is a galaxies-spanning empire with a capital that is a planet-spanning City. In their language, the word …

A Rumpole Christmas by John Mortimer

I have some books that come out every year with the Christmas decorations. Some I’ve read multiple times, like A Christmas Carol, and some I haven’t gotten around to yet. This year I finally picked up A Rumpole Christmas from the stack and thoroughly enjoyed the stories. I’m familiar with …

Hibernate with Me by Benjamin Scheuer

Hibernate with Me is a wonderful picture book. The story features a little bear and his mom/dad. No matter how rough life can gets or how shy the little bear feels, little bear always has a safe, warm home to go to. The words have a gentle rhyming pattern, and …

‘Twas the Nightcap Before Christmas by Katie Blackburn

“‘Twas the nightcap before Christmas That caused mischief and mayhem and Mom wearing stockings when she should have been filling them…” Cute, little alcohol-soaked adult take on ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Mom and dad drink way too much and have a lot of fun on Christmas eve, but get …