Saturday, May 20, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 5/14-5/20

For possible review (on Bookloons):
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

First Reads from Goodreads:
Before the Rain Falls by Camille Di Maio
Say You're Sorry by Melinda Leigh
A Filthy Business by William Lashner

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ramona and Her Father

Title: Ramona and Her Father
Author: Beverly Cleary
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 97800688221140
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: This was another book that I had not read as a child but had read others in the series.  Ramona is still as entertaining now as she was then, but the new (2006) illustrations just do not fit with the 1975 text.

Rating: 4/5

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Title: Salvage
Author: Alexandra Duncan
Publisher: Greenwillow
ISBN: 9780062220141
Why Read?: Early Reads

Thoughts: I was not sure about this at first as it started off as a space opera, but it turned out to be a very engaging story with some pretty deep themes.

Rating: 4/5

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Title: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Author: Judy Blume
Publisher: Listening Library
ISBN: 9780739330371
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: I never read this when I was little (although I did read some other books in the Fudge series).  Definitely a fun, quick read that will entertain adults as well as children, but most likely for different reasons.

Rating: 3/5

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Crooked Sixpence

Title: The Crooked Sixpence
Author: Jennifer Bell
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 9780553498431
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Fun MG fantasy with a lot of mystery, but some faulty connections.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 4/30-5/6

For review (on Bookloons):
The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

First Reads from Goodreads:
Trail of Miracles by Smadar Herzfeld
Looking Glass Lies by Varina Denman

Friday, May 5, 2017


Title: Truth
Author: Christina Benjamin
Publisher: self
ISBN: 9780988337503
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: The first installment of The Geneva Project throws a lot of world-building at the reader, but unfortunately, not all of it makes sense.  Also, a not-always-likable main character does not help.

Rating: 2/5

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Living

Title: The Living
Author: Matt de la Pena
Publisher: Brillance
ISBN: 9781480568754
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Not a big fan of natural disaster novels, especially lost at sea ones, but this has some great parts that do not involve being lost at sea.  I am curious to see where this goes in the next installment.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 4/23-4/29

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


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