Book Hunters in Brief #100: Road Trips

Think about it: Gilgamesh; Sir Gawain;  Huck and Jim; Sal and Dean; Luath, Bodger and Tao. Road trips have been the makings of stories since the first caveperson gathered some friends around the fire and said, "Wait till you hear this." Why? Because a journey is shaped like a story. By definition, every journey, like every story, has a beginning, middle and end. Likewise, every journey and every story have some sort of conflict--whether that be weathering the elements to reach the top of Mt. Everest or just a long layover in Albuquerque. Bingo! You've got yourself a story, and as readers and travelers alike know: getting there is way more than half the fun.

The Spooky Halloween Mega Post of Madness (and Laziness)

Hey, readers!

Sooo, it’s pretty much Halloween, and I was thinking that instead of doing my usual three posts/month reviews, I’d just make one mega-post this month with a large variety of books to discuss for your pleasure. But in, like, a more abridged than usual sort of way. Because this Insidious 3 movie ain’t gonna watch itself.

Book Hunters in Brief #96: Books for Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

I will admit that when those SPCA PSAs come on my television, my hand instinctively shoots for the remote; I cannot change the channel fast enough. I'm guessing I'm not the only one. I'm also guessing I'm not the only one who feels ashamed for turning my back on the suffering of those animals. I think a small part of that impulse to avert my eyes has to do with the sheer scope of the problem. I can't save them all. I feel powerless. The organizers of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month understand that. They're not asking us to save them all--just one.

Book Hunters in Brief #95: Get Away @ Your Library

Teen Read Read: October 18 - 24

The Teen Read Week theme this year is "Get Away @ Your Library" which speaks to both the idea that the public library can be the best kind of refuge from the stuff all of us, but especially young adults, have to deal on a daily basis. It also gets at the idea that reading, almost by definition, opens up the world to the reader--reading can be a road map for your life.

Book Hunters in Brief #93: Further Reading for Gulf Coast Reads

There's a feeling that all readers know when they the last words on the last page of a good book. Actually, I don't think it's a feeling; it is many feelings all swirling together: exhilaration, satisfaction, contentment, pride, but also hunger for the next book and a twinge of doubt that they'll ever find another that will give such pleasure.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly

Minnow Bly has learned some hard lessons in the short seventeen years that make up her life. She’s learned that parts of you that you take for granted can be taken away, your family can betray you in the blink of an eye, and she’s learned that the power of belief can be the most dangerous thing of all.


Something is in the woods surrounding the quiet town the Rook’s family has settled into. Something ancient. Something relentless. And it is oh so very hungry...

The Merciless

Four girls in the basement of an abandoned house, another bound and gagged on the dirty concrete floor. It’s okay, though. She’s going to be just fine, the other girls are here to help her. They’re here to perform the exorcism she so desperately needs. They’ve got all the tools they require: bell, book, candle… knife.

Gulf Coast Reads -- The Promise

October brings the beginning of autumn – although in Southeast Texas, it still feels like summer.  Still, it’s a time of change.  School has been in session for a while and we get settled into the routines associated with that.  Holidays are getting close, and we start planning where we’ll be and who we might visit – or who will visit us.  We take advantage of the warmth and get in some outdoor activities before the winds change and we get cool, rainy weather.

Book Hunters in Brief #92: Banned Books Week 2015

Don't let someone else do your thinking for you. Take the challenge; read a banned book for Banned Books Week, September 27 - October 3. The Book Hunters will be, and, if you're up for it, they have provided some suggestions for you.

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