Monday Mumbles: Beverly Cleary

On April 12, Beverly Cleary celebrated her 101st birthday. If you’re a person of a certain age, you’ve probably read one of her books. Henry Huggins, Ramona the Pest, and The Mouse and the Motorcycle were all popular books in middle-school, but the book I immediately associate with Cleary is her Young Adult sweet romance, Fifteen. Continue reading “Monday Mumbles: Beverly Cleary”

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Guilty Pleasures: ElfQuest

Guilty pleasures. We all have ’em. This is one of mine. What’s yours?

Defined as “something, such as a movie, television program, or piece of music that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard,” I can think of nothing as revered and reviled in equal measure as comic books. Like the rest of my reading history, I enoyed an odd assortment of titles. Most were independent titles not forced to conform to the restrictive comics code. Graphic novels like Maus, a story about Jews in WWII, and the original Watchmen. Monster comics like Michael Morbius, the Living Vampire, and the excellent I…Vampire series found in the House of Mystery. But my absolute favorite was an independent series by husband and wife team, Wendy and Richard Pini: ElfQuest. Continue reading “Guilty Pleasures: ElfQuest”

Monday Mumbles: That First Book

What’s the first book you remember reading? Not the ones you know you read, or ones you know your parents read to you (if they did), but the first book you actually remember reading. Do you remember, still, a section, a snippet of dialogue or narrative, just the cover? Did that book influence your future preferences? It’s Monday, let’s mumble on about that first book. Continue reading “Monday Mumbles: That First Book”