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By Singing Light

Pretty much everything here originally appeared at my actual blog: By Singing Light. I particularly focus on upper middle-grade and young adult books. I also enjoy adult genre books, especially speculative fiction.

Currently reading

The Lost Tools of Learning and the Mind of the Maker
Dorothy L. Sayers
The Seventh Bride
T. Kingfisher
Hope in the Dark
Rebecca Solnit
Outrun the Moon
Stacey Lee
Midnight Thief
Livia Blackburne
The White Hart
Nancy Springer
The Great Wall Of Lucy Wu
Wendy Wan-Long Shang
Jim C. Hines
Elizabeth & Leicester: Power, Passion, Politics
Sarah Gristwood
The Explosionist - Jenny Davidson I’d heard good things about this book, and they were entirely justified. An alternative history where the ancient Hanseatic League has been revived, this book tells the story of Sophie, a girl in 1930′s Scotland. She is a good main character and the plot is certainly thrilling. I have the sequel now and am definitely looking forward to it!


I tend to enjoy alternate history type books and this one did a very nice job of identifying exactly when it was that our history and this world’s history diverged (Battle of Waterloo: the French won). Sophie is an excellent character and overall it was just one of those delightful, solid reads that makes you happy. [2010 in books]