Ida's English Reading Corner · Young Adult

3 Reasons why you should read ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’

This summer, I've read a whole stack of stunning books. I even ventured from my usual path of dark and haunting retellings, fantasy and classics in order to read some contemporary - which I haven't in quite some time. Most fittingly, in June we celebrated Pride Month! So I was thrilled to read a young… Continue reading 3 Reasons why you should read ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’

Historical Fiction · Ida's English Reading Corner

Review | ‘The Summer Garden’ by Paullina Simons (2005)

Where was he, her Alexander of once? Was he truly gone? The Alexander of the Summer Garden, of their first Lazarevo days, of the hat in his hands, white-toothed, peaceful, laughing, languid, stunning Alexander, had he been left far behind? Well, Tatiana supposed that was only right. For Alexander believed his Tatiana of once was… Continue reading Review | ‘The Summer Garden’ by Paullina Simons (2005)

Historical Fiction · Ida's English Reading Corner

Review | ‘Tatiana and Alexander’ by Paullina Simons (2003)

“Alexander, tell me, how long have you loved my sister?” asked the dying Dasha. “Tell me, how long have you loved my sister?” “How long – have you – loved my sister?” Alexander should have replied, Dasha, if you had seen me standing mute, hearing the day fly, the May fly, an ephemera on a… Continue reading Review | ‘Tatiana and Alexander’ by Paullina Simons (2003)

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Review | ‘The Moment Collector’ by Jodi Lynn Anderson (2014)

Because the yard of this house is a graveyard of moments, and everything left behind is a reminder: sandpaper, a bracelet, a love note, some letters, a match, a movie ticket stub, a postcard. All of Door County is a burial ground. All of the world. And I am here to dig. The story begins… Continue reading Review | ‘The Moment Collector’ by Jodi Lynn Anderson (2014)

Fantasy · Ida's English Reading Corner

Review | ‘Tiger Lily’ by Jodi Lynn Anderson (2012)

Sometimes I think that maybe we are just stories. Like we may as well just be words on a page, because we’re only what we’ve done and what we are going to do. I know I’m only a faerie, a tiny speck in the world, but then I look at the things I’ve seen and… Continue reading Review | ‘Tiger Lily’ by Jodi Lynn Anderson (2012)