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Peanut Gallery

Just a quick reminder that SLJ BoB has been highlighting posts and tweets and responses to the previous week’s matches. Check out this week’s The Peanut Gallery; and swing back to past ones.  

Undead Poll Winner Announced

Drum roll, please. And the Undead Poll  Winner is….   Just as I had predicted! Or, rather, hoped against hope because John Green has all those nerdfighters.  

This is War . . . Chocolate War


True confession: I have never read The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. Or, if I have, I’ve forgotten it. Also? Sometimes I get it confused with another book I haven’t read, A Separate Peace by John Knowles. I’ll give you all a moment to recover from that. Back? You OK? Need a glass of water? […]

Round 3, Match 2

The second match of round two is Splendors and Glooms vs No Crystal Stair, Judged by James Patterson. My prediction was “Splendors and Glooms v The One and Only Ivan, Judge James Patterson. Neither seems like Patterson’s books, but I’m going to go with The One and Only Ivan. Call it intuition.” Well, pretty poor […]

Flashing Back

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As I explained last April in Flashback Reviews, I’m “flashing back” to books read in prior years. This past year, I highlighted reviews I did in 2010, 2007, and 2005. I like highlighting past reviews for a few reasons: – I like revisiting the books I read – I like putting a bit of a […]

Round 3, Match 1

We’re getting down to the end! Round Three, Baby! It’s Match 1. Bomb vs The Fault in Our Stars, Judged by Lynne Rae Perkins. My prediction for this had been “Code Name Verity v The Fault in our Stars, Judge Lynne Rae Perkins. Much as I adore Verity, I think Perkins will be swayed by […]

Round 2, Seraphina v. Stair

It’s with this match that my predictions crumble so that they start becoming more fantastical. Or wrong. So this match is Seraphina vs No Crystal Stair – Judged by Paul Griffin. I had predicted “Seraphina v. The One and Only Ivan, Judge Paul Griffin. Prediction: Griffin likes animals, right? So he’ll select The One and […]

Round Two, Sky v Glooms

Match 3 of the second round is Starry River of the Sky vs Splendors and Glooms, Judged by Thanhha Lai. As luck would have it, I predicted to this match up: “No idea, coin toss gives it to Splendors and Glooms.” Thanha Lai admits to not always finishing books; she uses the fifty page rule […]

Review: Poison


Poison by Bridget Zinn. Hyperion. 2013. Reviewed from ARC from publisher. The Plot: Kyra, sixteen, is not your typical hero. She is breaking into the home of the Master Trio of Potioners to steal a very specific, very deadly poison. So, thief and killer? Not quite. Kyra is — was — one of the Master […]

Round Two: Endangered v Stars

The second match of round two: Endangered v. The Fault in the Stars, judged by Martine Leavitt. My prediction: I had predicted this match up, and my guess was “The Fault in Our Stars, because, well, John Green.” One thing I liked about Leavitt’s opinion: she talked about both books and not just “what I […]