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“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
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Anxious People

Dear Anxious People,
I left you feeling in awe and hopeful. You took me for a long journey even though we barely left the apartment, yet to see humanity in mere paper and ink is remarkable. Thank you for the opportunity to meet a collection of people who probably should not have been in a room together, but who are better for it.

Know My Name: Audio

Dear Know My Name,
Thank you for taking the time to record your experiences and share them with the world. I am grateful to see people out there like you daring to fight for others.

Where the Crawdads Sing: Audio

Dear Where the Crawdads Sing,
Interesting and imaginative, but I found myself zoning out during some of your descriptive imagery. I enjoyed the premise but something got lost in translation.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

Dear A Very Large Expanse of Sea,
An encounter with Tahereh Mafi’s books is enchanting. A Very Large Expanse of Sea brought new levels to her writing and experiencing the magical experience of what words can do.

When We Were Very Young

Dear When We Were Very Young,
Thank you for the reminder of the delight to be a child. I am reminded to take time out to step back from life and take joy in what surrounds me. Be more perceptive of the small details that make life beautiful.

Evil Eye: Audio

Dear Evil Eye,
You had me on the edge of my seat and wired long past the closing scene.

The Reluctant Dragon: Audio

Dear Reluctant Dragon,
Thank you for a wonderful reminder of my own childhood and the delight that comes with a good story.

A Touch of Death

Dear Touch of Death,
I want more! By the end of our time I was fully enveloped into the world and didn’t want to leave the people. I am so thankful there is more of your story to dive into.

The Princess Bride

Dear Princess Bride,
You were an action packed adventure, a thrilling love story, full of wonderful people, and someone I will not be quick to forget. I look forward to meeting you again.

Prayer Vol. 2

Dear Prayer Vol. 2,
I feel refreshed in my heart and soul. Every day when I opened your pages, I found a new opportunity to go deeper with God. Thank you for the encouragement and peace you provided day in and day out.

The House on Mango Street

Dear House on Mango Street,
Thank you for the opportunity to enter into a new world and hear about someone else’s life.

Victim of Grace

Dear Victim of Grace,
Your raw vulnerability ushered in a freedom to go into my own story and acknowledge past hurts and difficulties. I felt drawn in with your first story until the end. Thank you for providing testimony of grace on top of grace.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat

Dear The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,
I will definitely look at the world differently with the experiences of those you spoke about in my mind. Is it better to let people know about a neurological disorder or is it sometimes better to let someone figure out how to live without being labelled? Being human is complicated, yet there is so much to learn from one another.

The Fate of Food

Dear Fate of Food,
I definitely have a more conscious relationship with food after meeting you. Food and water are valuable commodities, which I never considered being an unconscious consumer. I feel grateful to have had the opportunity to hear more of the researched information, yet I still feel dubious of drinking whole meals… I think I would miss food with meal replacement drinks.

I Love You So Mochi

Dear I Love You So Mochi,
Now I want some mochi! Especially some of the unique flavors and the cute scene at the end with the mochi, yumm…

Dracula: Audio

Dear Dracula,
Spooooky… I did not realize how different you would be from the watered down pop culture version of the Dracula I knew. You definitely had me on edge for some of the novel, I think you hit the end of my horror rope.

White Fragility: Audio

Dear White Fragility, I can understand your popularity after listening to you. I can see both sides: The people who enjoyed you and the ones who didn’t. While you may not be for everyone, I personally enjoyed our time together. With Love,Hannah P.S. Book DetailsAuthor: Robin DiAngeloBook Length: 154 pagesBook Genre: NonfictionPublication Date: June 2018Awards:Continue reading “White Fragility: Audio”

The Lightning Thief

Dear Lightning Thief,
Sign me up for your next Capture the Flag game! Also, if you ever take visitors to Camp Half-Blood, I want to come. Maybe I could be a daughter of Athena, too??

Saving Missy

Dear Saving Missy,
Thank you for reminding me of the resiliency in human-kind, encouraging people to keep growing and adapting, and introducing me to one of the cutest animals in literature: Bobby.

Pumpkin Heads

Dear Pumpkinheads,
You were beautiful to look at. I was mesmerized with every turn of the page. While we won’t meet annually, I think I will come and visit this pumpkin patch a couple more times.

The Poet X: Audio

Dear The Poet X,
Wowza! I want more! More time, more words, more of everything! I did not want my time to end with you. I am so grateful for our short time, and look forward to more in the future.

Invisible Women: Audio

Dear Invisible Women,
Thank you for sharing your knowledge with the rest of the world and equipping readers with information they can use to make decisions. I appreciate the work and activism you are doing.

Dad is Fat: Audio

Dear Dad is Fat,
You definitely had me laughing from the first story to the last. It was so entertaining to hear you tell stories for a few hours and have a reprieve from life. Thank you!

Sweet Trilogy

Dear Sweet Trilogy,
I feel like a high schooler again, spending a weekend with you and enjoying every minute. It may have been a while since high school, but all the feels came back immediately!

Felicity

Dear Felicity,
I will not look at nature the same way again. I feel connected better to the magic and wonder of the world, thank you!

Memories of my Melancholy Whores: Audio

Dear Memories of my Melancholy Whores,
Love is a peculiar thing. We never know when it will strike, and for you it was 90 years old. I enjoyed seeing the change in you as love grew and changed. I’m glad I got the chance to meet you.

The Raven: Audio

Dear Raven,
10 minutes was all we had together… a small mystery unfolded in beautiful lines of poetry.

The Iliad

Dear Iliad,
Giant among all of literature, we spent a month together and it was wonderful. It’ll be a while until we see one another again, but I believe we will one day.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: Audio

Dear Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,
I’m glad we finally met! You definitely spooked me out and left me with a distinct impression. I wouldn’t mind meeting Dr. Jekyll again, however, Mr. Hyde will not be invited.

My Man, Jeeves: Audio

Dear My Man Jeeves,
I will always remember you for the casual conversations and deep chuckles. Thank you for your refreshing presence in my world of chaos.

The Diary of a Bookseller: Audio

Dear Diary of a Bookseller,
You made me laugh, but you also made me pretty self conscious. I found you a little cynical, yet for that same reason I enjoyed your company. We had a good time while it lasted.

Perelandra: Audio

Dear Perelandra,
I would love to sleep in the ocean, it sounded so peaceful and wonderful. You awaken my desire for space travel and poke at my imagination. Thank you for sharing such an original story.

Night Circus

Dear Night Circus,
I can only fangirl over you… inside and outside I am squealing!

The Ransom of the Soul

Dear Ransom of the Soul,
We met at the wrong time, I don’t feel like I was able to give you the energy you deserved. I enjoyed our time together, but after coming off Iliad and Confessions I was tired of deep intellectual concepts. I’m sorry.

Confessions

Dear Confessions,
You are a highly meditative book. You sparked further contemplations, connections, and spiritual revelations. I find I am leaving you a better person than I came in. For this reason, and many more, I am so grateful for the opportunity to meet you and spend many hours with you.

Redhead by the Side of the Road: Audio

Dear Redhead by the Side of the Road,
You are such a sweet break from reality and into a new parallel universe. I enjoyed a simple story fill of everyday life. Thank you for the joy of a couple ours listening to Micah share his life with us.

Sin Eater

Dear Sin Eater,
It was nice to meet you and reflect on my own autonomy, and thinking about taking control and responsibility of my actions. I hope you do well and find homes of people who enjoy you and share you!

The Princess and the Goblin

Dear Princess and the Goblin,
I wish I had met you when I was a child scouring the shelves for books about princesses. You brought back the glee of being a young child and finding a book I wanted to wrap myself up in. This is definitely not the last time we will meet.

Death on Hold

Dear Death on Hold,
What an eye opening opportunity to hear a story of resilience, transformation, and powerful friendship. I left this conversation feeling both heavy with the knowledge of the poor justice system, and encouraged by what Mitch has chosen to do with life. I look forward to hearing more about Mitch’s life outside the pages of this book.

Tending the Heart of Virtue

Dear Tending the Heart of Virtue,
I appreciated the deeper dive into how good books can support the healthy development or children’s minds. I left our brief time together not only with an increased awareness of the impact of books with moral story-lines, but also with a list of recommended reading!

The Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta

Dear Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta,
You had a lot of information to share. As a person who knew little about the Peloponnese War, I found myself overwhelmed by the abundance of information. I left wanting to know more, so in that way, thank you.

The Phone Box at the Edge of the World

Dear Phone Box at the Edge of the World,
You were so refreshing, and definitely not as sad as I had anticipated. I find I left our time together seeing the beauty around me and feeling somehow lightened. Thank you for sharing a simple and uplifting story.

Letter to His Father

Dear Letter to His Father,
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this raw expose you presented. There were moments when I felt your pain, moments when I saw the sadness and longing for change. You brought a lot of perspective into the life of a great literary writer. So, thank you for widening my world and perspective.

The Eye of the World

Dear Eye of the World, I am still figuring out where you fit in my mind. When I first read you, I really struggled to like you. But, with some time away from you, I find myself wanting to come back and discover more. I look forward to understanding better after reading more in theContinue reading “The Eye of the World”

Age of Myth

Dear Age of Myth, You were just what I was looking for when I was going in for a fantasy book. You were full of the normal tropes and typical storylines, but it only made you more endearing to me. With Love,Hannah P.S. Book DetailsBook Length: 432 pagesSeries: 1 out of 6Book Genre: (Epic) FantasyPublicationContinue reading “Age of Myth”

Ender’s Game

Dear Ender’s Game, I love you, that’s all. With Love,Hannah P.S. Book DetailsBook Length: 324 pagesSeries: 1 out of 5Book Genre: Science-FictionPublication Date: 1985Awards: Hugo Award for Best Novel (1986), Nebula Award for Best Novel (1985), Nébula (1985), Margaret A. Edwards Award (2008)Synopsis: Andrew “Ender” Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact,Continue reading “Ender’s Game”

Liberation is Here

As a freelance filmmaker, Nikole Lim’s career allowed her to step in and out of the lives of marginalized people around the world. But when confronted with the prevalence of sexual violence in Kenyan and Zambian communities, she commits to advocating alongside the courageous survivors whose lives have intersected with hers. These women’s powerful stories inspireContinue reading “Liberation is Here”

The Switch: Audio

Eileen is sick of being 79.Leena’s tired of life in her twenties.Maybe it’s time they swapped places… When overachiever Leena Cotton is ordered to take a two-month sabbatical after blowing a big presentation at work, she escapes to her grandmother Eileen’s house for some overdue rest. Eileen is newly single and about to turn eighty.Continue reading “The Switch: Audio”

Out of the Silent Planet

In the first novel of C.S. Lewis’s classic science fiction trilogy, Dr Ransom, a Cambridge academic, is abducted and taken on a spaceship to the red planet of Malacandra, which he knows as Mars. His captors are plotting to plunder the planet’s treasures and plan to offer Ransom as a sacrifice to the creatures whoContinue reading “Out of the Silent Planet”

Us Against You

After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they hear that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in thatContinue reading “Us Against You”

Anthem

Equality 7-2521 lives in the dark ages of the future where all decisions are made by committee, all people live in collectives, and all traces of individualism have been wiped out. Despite such a restrictive environment, the spark of individual thought and freedom still burns in him–a passion which he has been taught to callContinue reading “Anthem”

The Stationery Shop

Roya is a dreamy, idealistic teenager living in 1953 Tehran who, amidst the political upheaval of the time, finds a literary oasis in kindly Mr. Fakhri’s neighborhood book and stationery shop. She always feels safe in his dusty store, overflowing with fountain pens, shiny ink bottles, and thick pads of soft writing paper. When Mr.Continue reading “The Stationery Shop”

The Education of Delhomme

In the upcoming novel, Beaulieu Delhomme, Frédéric Chopin’s piano tuner, hungry for money, is lured into a royal spy ring but later condemned for treason by Napoleon III during the 1848 Paris Uprising. His one-time competition for Chopin’s affections, George Sand, might be his only hope. Filled with real historical characters and events, “The EducationContinue reading “The Education of Delhomme”

The Creak on the Stairs

Synopsis: When a body of a woman is discovered at a lighthouse in the Icelandic town of Akranes, it soon becomes clear that she’s no stranger to the area. Chief Investigating Officer Elma, who has returned to Akranes following a failed relationship, and her collegues Sævar and Hörður, commence an uneasy investigation, which uncovers a shockingContinue reading “The Creak on the Stairs”

To Books, With Love

Dear Book Readers, Hello and welcome to my little spot in the corner of the internet! Here we are starting a journey of sharing a love for books. I am not a professional writer or blogger by any means, I am actually a social worker by day. But, the wonderful thing about reading is anyoneContinue reading “To Books, With Love”

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