Pardon the Interruption

Those of you (those, er, seven of you) who check this blog regularly may have noticed that it was monkey broken all week. This was not a gremlin attack, but rather the consequences of my switching domain hosts (and, er, not actually knowing as much about switching domain hosts as I thought I did. Thanks, dreamhost.com, for fixing my stupid!).

So. All is well, I am back, and I promise I will never muck about with the back end again. (Heh heh. I am twelve.)

Bitterblue: Review Haiku

Brilliant world-building
from a master of the form.
(Plus, NBD gays!)

Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. Dial, 2012, 576 pages.


Wild: Review Haiku

Just realistic
enough to keep from giving
me any ideas.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Coast Trail by Cheryl Strayed. Knopf, 2012, 336 pages.


Bink and Gollie, Two for One: Review Haiku

Our fave hyperliterate
duo calls shenanigans
on carnies.

Bink and Gollie: Two for One by Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illustrated by Tony Fucile. Candlewick, 2012, 96 pages.


The Red Book: Review Haiku

Loved it, but wonder
if/how it resonates with

The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan. Hyperion, 2012, 368 pages.


Popularity Papers 4: Review Haiku

Our heroes learn that
sometimes, families suck. But sometimes,
families rock, too.

The Popularity Papers 4: The Rocky Road Trip of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang by Amy Ignatow. Amulet, 2012, 208 pages.


Man Made: Review Haiku

Self-professed wimp tries
fire fighting, cage matches
to impress infant son.

Man Made: A Stupid Quest for Masculinity by Joel Stein. Grand Central, 2012, 304 pages.


Three Times Lucky: Review Haiku

And now Wonder has
competition: pulls at the
hard-luck-South heartstrings.

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage. Dial, 2012, 256 pages.


An Accidental Athlete: Review Haiku

Yes! A kindred spirit
in Running Really Slowly
and Hating It!

An Accidental Athlete: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Middle Age by John "The Penguin" Bingham. VeloPress, 2011, 216 pages.


Freshman: Review Haiku

Ah, freshman year -- when
everything is CRUCIAL but
nothing is at stake.

Freshman: Tales of 9th-Grade Obsessions, Revelations, and Other Nonsense by Corrine Mucha. Zest, 2011, 112 pages.


Still: Review Haiku

Compelling, frustrating,
joyful, sad, and hopeful --
kinda just like God.

Still: Notes on a Mid-Faith Crisis by Lauren Winner. HarperOne, 2012, 272 pages.


Great by Choice: Review Haiku

Smart props to cautious
leaders, and then 200
pages of filler.

Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck -- Why Some Thrive Despite Them All by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen. Harper, 2011, 320 pages.


Girl Walks Into a Bar: Review Haiku

I heart you, Rachel Dratch,
for being normal and awesome.
*sad trombone*

Girl Walks Into a Bar: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle by Rachel Dratch. Gotham, 2012, 272 pages.