Recipe & Review: Birthday Shortbread for Bilbo & Frodo Baggins

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Book Review: Love and Other Consolation Prizes, Jamie Ford

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Book Review: The Lost Words, Robert MacFarlane & Jackie Morris

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Book Review: The City in the Middle of the Night, Charlie Jane Anders

Book Review: The City in the Middle of the Night, Charlie Jane Anders Science Fiction: The City in the Middle of the Night, Charlie Jane Anders Sophie has worked hard and overcome a lot to get into the university. Her roommate, Bianca, is a child of privilege and aristocracy. Sophie cannot help but be swept […]

Book Review: The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, Joshua Hammer

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