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The Stages of Reading Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

A little over a year ago, I did a blog post about the Stages of Reading Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo, a book that quickly became one of my favorites. Now, the second in the duology, Crooked Kingdom is out and it's amazing! Ok, are you ready for this roller coaster?

1. Seeing that it's out and available in stores:

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2. Rushing to the store to buy it:

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4. Reading:

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5. Things are going well...

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6. Things are going too well...

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7. Things are not going well...

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8. Panic:

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9. Have all the Feelings:

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10. Repeat at least 5 more times:

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11. Only a few chapters left:

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12. Finishing the last chapter:

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13.The next day, when it dawns on you that this is the end. Like, the real end. 

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14. Sending a copy to a friend, because, it's a great series...and you refuse to suffer alone:

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Bonus: Pausing in your reading ONLY to meet the author herself while trying to keep your cool. Reminding yourself you've met her before and that she's human, a wonderful, amazing human, not a unicorn...or is she?


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Proof or it didn't happen, right?

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Thank you to Leigh Bardugo for taking us all on an amazing ride! Much love and congratulatlions on being a #1 New York Times Bestselling author!

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom are both available in stores now!

Happy Reading! 

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Maggie Tokuda-Hall Loves!

Author Maggie Tokuda-Hall Loves Oliver Jeffers! 

Maggie Tokuda-Hall

I have a running joke with all my friends, which is that I’ll never speak to Oliver Jeffers again.

This is not because he’s not lovely-- he is. It’s because I met him once, when I hosted him for a story time at Books Inc. in the Marina. It went swimmingly. There were a ton of people, we all had a wonderful time, we sold a billion books. He was wonderful, of course.   Most importantly I didn’t make an utter fool out of myself. Which was a struggle. Because to me, Oliver Jeffers was and is, my #1 rockstar celebrity.

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers

So, clearly. I cannot be trusted with any further interaction. And he’s not just my rockstar celebrity. He’s the heir apparent to Maurice Sendak. His work elevates the whole medium, which is what real artists do. He’s changed the way children’s books are made. Scan the shelves these days and you’ll see scores of artists borrowing from him, with quirky hand-lettered titles and faces with no noses.

The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers

It’s not my place to give you homework, but if I could, I’d assign the Oliver Jeffers oeuvre to you. I’d say, start with Lost and Found. End with Heart in a Bottle. Be sure to spend a little extra time with The Incredible Book Eating Boy, so you can spot all the wonderful little details.

Then I’d say: “You’re welcome.”

Also an Octopus by Maggie Tokuda-Hall



Maggie Tokuda-Hall worked for Books Inc. for seven years, during which time she got her MFA in writing from USF, wrote Also an Octopus, met her husband and learned to drive a stick shift (sorta). It was a good seven years. Her favorite animal is an elephant.


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The Mr. Magoo

Maria Semple is back, and while it’s hard to be funny and heartfelt – without being cloying! – Semple is able to do just that in this wonderful story about Eleanor Flood.  Eleanor pledges on page 1 that, indeed, Today Will Be Different.  Having made similar promises – often – I only wish I could accomplish those vows without “the destruction in my wake.  

 The Mr. Magoo
1 oz. Hudson Whiskey
2 oz. Limoncello
.25 oz. Simple Syrup
1 dash Lemon bitters
1 dash orange bitters
Club Soda
Lemon and Orange Wheels
Combine the whiskey, limoncello, and simple syrup.  Stir.  Strain into a glass garnished with the lemon and orange wheels.  Top with club soda.  Dash with the bitters.

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