Saturday, April 29, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 4/23-4/29

Won:
Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard

Received in May's Fresh Fiction Box Not to Miss:
Prince of Solana by Susan Sheehey
The Best Part of Me by Jamie Hollins
Lake of Destiny by Martina Boone
Beautiful Liar by Zara Cox
Hard Justice by Lori Foster
The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor
Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey
Pursued by Lisa Harris

Friday, April 28, 2017

You'll Grow Out of It

Title:You'll Grow Out of It
Author: Jessi Klein
Publisher: Hachette
ISBN: 9781478965220
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Being the memoirs of a comedy writer, I expected this to be funny.  The words, themselves are, but the narration, but the author herself, rather than fun and conversational, is dry and whiny, which actually make the whole audiobook just depressing.  I recommend reading this one instead of listening.

Rating: 3/5

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Cairo Arrangement

Title: The Cairo Arrangement
Author: Bruce Colbert
Publisher: Anaphora
ISBN: 9781561142869
Why Read?: Early Review

Thoughts: This was just too confusing for me.  The characters switched a lot, and only sometimes did the title of the chapter indicate which character we were currently following.  This just made it too hard to follow the plot.

Rating: 1/5

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 4/16-4/22

For review (on Bookloons):
The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner

First Reads from Goodreads:
The Girl on Mill Street by Peter Gilboy

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dracula

Title: Dracula
Author: Bram Stoker
Publisher: Naxos
ISBN: 9781843798736
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: A little longer than needed (especially if you know what happens), but it does have it's merits and the style is not bad.  I really liked that the audio version used a different narrator for each character.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 4/9-4/15

For possible review (on Bookloons):
Real Friends by Shannon Hale & LeUyen Pham
Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids

Title: How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids
Author: Jancee Dunn
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316267106
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: I learned two things reading this: a.) great  interpersonal relationship advice for dealing with all members of my family and b.) my husband is awesome.

Rating: 4/5

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Seers

Title: The Seers: Love and Terror on the Fourth of July
Author: J. R. Wirth
Publisher: Books to Go Now
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: Early Review

Thoughts: A quick-reading paranormal novellette that could have benefited from a few more chapters.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 4/2-4/8

For possible review (here and on Bookloons):
Becoming Lin by Tricia Dower
A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld & Alex Puvilland

First Reads from Goodreads:
Silent Approach by Bobby Cole

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Strong Is the New Pretty

Title: Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves
Author: Kate T. Parker
Publisher: Workman
ISBN: 978-1-5235-0068-0
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: A very uplifting collections of photographs of girls being girls.  Some of the quotes from the younger ones are great.

Rating: 4/5

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic

Title: The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic: How Engaging 1% of Catholics Can Change the World
Author: Matthew Kelly
Publisher: Beacon
ISBN: 5132217700475
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Kelly has some interesting ideas and compelling points.

Rating: 3/5

A Corner of White

Title: A Corner of White
Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Fun and unique fantasy.  I did like the Cello characters better than the ones in the World, though.

Rating: 4/5

The President's Kitchen Cabinet

Title: The President's Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas
Author: Adrian Miller
Publisher: University of North Carolina
ISBN: 9781469632527
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: An interesting look at the African-Americans who have cooked for the president, but the transitions were choppy.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 3/26-4/1

For review (on Bookloons):
Shattered Warrior by Sharon Shinn & Molly Knox Ostertag

First Reads from Goodreads:
The Halo Effect by Anne D. LeClaire

LibraryThing Early Review:
2DEE by Robin Wyatt Dunn
Beautiful Sorrows by Mercedes M. Yardley

Received in April's Fresh Fiction Box Not to Miss:
Down & Dirty by Tracy Wolff
Poison, My Pretty by Amity Allen
The Italian's One-Night Baby by Lynne Graham
I Dared the Duke by Anna Bennett
Tightening the Threads by Lea Wait
The Last Chance Matinee by Mariah Stewart
Duplicity by Jane Haseldine

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Maps and Legends

Title: Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands
Author: Michael Chabon
Publisher: Open Road
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Chabon's essays on writing - both his and others' - shows a deep fascination with golems and comic books

Rating: 3/5

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Legend of the Dwarf: The Beginning

The Legend of the Dwarf: The Beginning
by Kate Bloom
published by self
2016
ISBN 978-1540574176

The fantasy genre is so full of subgenres these days that it is hard to find a good old-fashioned epic fantasy.  That is exactly what Kate Bloom delivers in her first installment of The Legend of the Dwarf, The Beginning.

Not even born yet when her home was destroyed by the evil Terrisino, Ever Trollkiller is the youngest dwarf left in the Earth of Eald.  As what is left of her people try to survive and repopulate, Ever cannot help but wonder what her home was like.  When she meets an elf while hunting, Ever makes a rash decision - she will enlist his help in journeying to her homeland and then stopping Terrisino once and for all.  Along the way, their ragtag crew grows.  The more people they meet, the more Ever learns about herself and the secret that she is.

The Beginning is by no means perfect, with some stilted exposition popping up here and there and easy to spot twists, but by and large, Bloom's writing is highly engaging and wholly fun.  It is easy to fall right into the story and let the pages fly by, something that does not always happen with lengthier epic fantasies.

The Beginning is truly just the beginning of The Legend of the Dwarf.  While still stopping in what feels like an appropriate spot, Kate Bloom leaves many questions unanswered and a subplot open, making the reader eagerly anticipate the next installment, The Birth.

Rating: 4/5

Monday, March 27, 2017

To the Sky Kingdom

Title: To the Sky Kingdom
Author: Tang Qi
Publisher: AmazonCrossing
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: First Reads

Thoughts: This takes a little to get into, but once things start becoming clearer, it is a deep and rich romantic fantasy.

Rating: 4/5

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 3/19-3/25

For possible review (on Bookloons):
Missing by Kelly Armstrong

First Reads from Goodreads:
The Idea of You by Amanda Prowse