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Her Hips Do Lie by Maura Yzmore

Things have been so crazy around here, I completely forgot I usually post a review of short fiction on Mondays. I did read a piece of short fiction, though, so I’m going to review it today. This was brought to my attention by Annorlunda Books who is also attempting to read at least one piece of short fiction a week. This was her pick from last week. I was tempted to read it because of the title. Go ahead and follow the link – it’s extra short so it won’t take you too long to read it.

Published: March, 2018 on Jellyfish Review (read it online for free at that link)

Genre: short fiction

Setting: a generic location, present day

Summary: Our narrator is Jen. She was an active child, but then puberty hit and her hips changed. Those wide hips drew lots of male attention and made it difficult to be as active. She let herself sink into a soft shell of herself and become that quiet mom who never speaks up. One day she had enough. One day, she decided she’d had enough and started walking. From walking, she moved into kickboxing. Now, she may still look soft on the outside, but a look in her eyes will let you know that she will no longer be pushed around.

Final thoughts: I found this to be a powerful and moving story. Jen, like so many girls, feels betrayed by her body. For a while, she accepts those changes and stops being active. Eventually, though, she’s tired of being tired and sore all the time and she starts moving again. Yes, it’s hard, but it’s worth it and her body becomes stronger. As her body becomes stronger, she takes a stronger stance in her life. People are no longer able to walk all over her, regardless of how soft she looks. A good message to take to heart – you can be more than your appearance. There’s no fat shaming in this story. In fact, all indications are that Jen still has lots of curves even after she starts to exercise. Instead, the focus is on being able to do the activities and not feel pain that is important.

Title comes from: It’s a play on the phrase “These lips do lie” (or something like that). In this case, Jen’s hips say she’s a soft, gentle mom that you can push around. But they are a lie, because she will no longer be pushed around.


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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

I needed a book to read and didn’t have my TBR list with me. So, I decided to wander the library. Sometimes I can’t find anything that looks appealing, but this book happened to catch my eye. I knew it had a lot of good buzz around it, but didn’t know much beyond it was a WWII story. I decided to take a chance and go in otherwise blind to the plot.

Published: 2014

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 531 pages

Setting: Germany and France, 1934-1945 with an epilogue Continue reading

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Blood Debt by Tanya Huff

This is the fifth and final book in Huff’s Blood series that I read ten years ago. Of course I had to finish the series.

Published: 1997

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 310 pages

Setting: Kingston, Ontario, present day, soon after the events of Blood Pact Continue reading

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Tattoo by Michelle Rene

I was given a copy of this novella to review (although my views are my own). It’s published by Annorlunda Enterprises, a small-press publisher that focuses on stories that make you think.

Published: 2018 (today is the release day, in fact!)

Genre: maybe post-apocalyptic fiction? It was Judgement Day that happened, not the apocalypse, but it changed everything

Length: 152 pages

Setting: a generic city, near future Continue reading

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Blood of Wonderland by Colleen Oakes

This is the second book in the Queen of Hearts saga. Miss Adventure and I listened to the first book together, and the second book made a good accompaniment on the way to another gymnastics meet.

Published: 2017

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 336 pages

Setting: various locations within Wonderland outside of the city, immediately after the events of Queen of Hearts Continue reading

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Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

This is the second book in the Arc of a Scythe series that both Mr. Curiosity and I were thrilled to see at the library. He recognized the scythes on the cover. I recognized the font. We immediately had an argument over who would get to read the book first.

Published: 2018

Genre: science fiction

Length: 504 pages

Font: Bembo Std.

Setting: mostly MidMerica, soon after the events of Scythe Continue reading

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Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani

I’m not sure how I was made aware of this graphic novel, but it was an obvious choice once I saw it. I wish I could sort my library catalog by publisher because First Second (who published this book) has a lot of interesting graphic novels.

Published: 2017

Genre: fantastical graphic novel

Length: 166 pages

Setting: it felt like California, and parts of India, present day Continue reading

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