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New bunch of bookmarks

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When it comes to bookmarks, my philosophy is one can never have too many. I must have hundreds stashed away all over the house and even at my office, and yet for some reason I still manage to find myself in inopportune moments where I have to use a receipt or a table napkin to mark my place in a book (crazy, right?).

It’s been a while since I showed you bookmarks from my collection, and I realized I’ve amassed quite a few neat ones in the last couple of years, so here they are!

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Catching up: The Raven Cycle

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Maggie Stiefvater
is best known for her Shiver (“Shiver,” “Linger,” “Forever”) trilogy, but I do think her best work is showcased in her succeeding books, the standalone novel “The Scorpio Races” and the ongoing Raven Cycle, with three books out: “The Raven Boys,” “The Dream Thieves,” and “Blue Lily, Lily Blue.”

I loved “The Scorpio Races,” and the Raven Cycle is growing more and more fascinating with each installment, with lots of characters to fall in love with and a strange and beautiful world to explore. The series is an unusual mix of paranormal and fantasy, with a dash of mystery, romance (of course), and all the awkwardness of growing up.

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Esio Trot

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I’m not usually eager to watch film adaptations, especially for books I particularly like, but I came across the trailer for BBC’s “Esio Trot” while watching a Doctor Who episode and thought it was worth a watch.

“Esio Trot” is the last book Roald Dahl published in his lifetime, and for me it’s one of his funniest. It’s a short and silly story about an elderly gentleman named Mr. Hoppy, his down-the-balcony neighbor Mrs. Silver, Alfie the tortoise (and 140 other tortoises), and yes, that thing that makes the world go round — love!

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Happy New Year!

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The holidays are over and I’ve settled back into work, which means Bookmarked! is officially back in action. Lots to catch up on, starting this weekend.

Cheers to another year of books and reading — Allons-y, 2015!

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New Giveaway: Chinese Papercut book

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Papercutting (the art, not the owwie) is all the rage in the local craft community, but on my trip to Beijing, I discovered the Chinese have been doing it since they invented paper in the Han dynasty.

One of my favorite purchases from the trip is this lovely papercut bookmark, which I wheedled and wheedled the seller for (while everyone else was loading up on keychains and refrigerator magnets).

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