Sunday, October 15, 2017

Usborne Books - 12 Days of Christmas Bundles!

My child and I love Usborne books, so I recently became a consultant so that I could help spread the love of reading!  I have an awesome special going on until October 23rd on 12 Days of Christmas Bundles (that means 12+ books).  For more information, check out my Facebook VIP group.  Also, anyone who joins by October 28th will be entered in my contest!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Marriage Pact

Title: The Marriage Pact
Author: Michelle Richmond
Publisher:  Bantam
ISBN: 978-0-385-34329-9
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Taught psychological thriller that takes pulse-pounding twists chapter after chapter.

Rating: 5/5

Reluctant Reunion

Reluctant Reunion
by Ruth J. Hartman
published by esKape
August 2017
ISBN 9781370450572

Reluctant Reunion is a sweet chick lit novel about finding where you truly belong.  And surprisingly, there is no romance.  Also, somehow Ruth J. Hartman wrote a story with no cats (but there are baby alpacas).

Rating: 4/5

Stacking the Shelves: 10/8-10/14

First Reads from Goodreads:
The Welcome Home Diner by Peggy Lampman

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Yesterday

Title: Yesterday
Author: Felicia Yap
Publisher:  Mulholland
ISBN: 978-0-316-46252-0
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Very inventive alternate universe with a good mystery.  However, the twist was lacking basis.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 10/1-10/7

For review (on Bookloons):
Tortall: A Spy's Guide by Tamora Pierce
Demon 3 by Jason Shiga

Won:
A Penny Lost by Aspen Bassett

First Reads from Goodreads:
Whisper of the Moon Moth by Lindsay Jayne Ashford
Make No Mistakes by M. H. Helpers

LibraryThing Early Review:
Sorrow's Lie by Danielle DeVor

Received in October's Scriptd:
Among the Dead by Hansol Jung
Appropriate by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Nine Ladies Dancing

Nine Ladies Dancing

by Kim Bowman, Sherry Gloag, Elizabeth Hanbury, Ruth J. Hartman, Patricia Kiyono, Miranda D. Nelson, Felicia Rogers, Vivian Roycroft, Kay Springsteen, & Nicole Zoltack
published by Dingbat
2016
ISBN n/a

If you are looking for a sweet boxed set of Regency Christmas romances, Nine Ladies Dancing is a fun read.  Some of the standout stories were The Toymaker by Kay Springsteen, The Duke of Christmas Past by Kim Bowman, and Romancing the Dustman's Daughter by Ruth J. Hartman, but all ten stories are very enjoyable, especially for fans of the genre.

Rating: 3/5

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The Sun Is Also a Star

Title: The Sun Is Also a Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher:  Listening Library
ISBN: 9781524721398
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: I like how this was broken up into three voices - the two main characters and then an impartial third party who delved deeper into secondary characters.  Once again, though, Yoon's title choice leaves you wondering.

Rating: 3/5

Monday, October 2, 2017

Luna Gale

Title: Luna Gale
Author: Rebecca Gilman
Publisher:  Dramatic Publishing
ISBN: 9781583429952
Why Read?: Scriptd

Thoughts: Gilman specializes in humanizing the issues, which she does well here.  However, I think I would have to see it to tell if it makes good theatre or not.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 9/24-9/30

For review (on Bookloons):
Demon 4 by Jason Shiga
Fragments of the Lost by Megan Miranda

First Reads from Goodreads:
Prodigal Parish by Leo F. White
For Your Own Protection by Paul Pilkington
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark T. Sullivan

Received in October's Fresh Fiction Box Not to Miss:
Island of Miracles by Amy Schisler
Casket Girl by Maggie Mae Gallagher
Cat O' Nine Tales by Krystal Lawrence
The Scotsman Who Saved Me by Hannah Howell
His Perfect Partner by Priscilla Oliveras
All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick
Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley

Monday, September 25, 2017

The One Memory of Flora Banks

Title: The One Memory of Flora Banks
Author: Emily Barr
Publisher:  Philomel
ISBN: 9780399547010
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts:  This was a very odd novel.  Very different, yet it fits in well with the likes of The Fault in Our Stars and Everything, Everything.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, September 23, 2017

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

Title: You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
Author: Sherman Alexie
Publisher:  Little, Brown
ISBN: 978-0-316-27075-5
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts:  This memoir runs the gamut of every emotion.  Even though it is a mixture of poetry and prose, the entire volume is very poetic.

Rating: 4/5

Around the World in Eighty Days

Title: Around the World in Eighty Days
Author: Jules Verne
Publisher:  Tantor
ISBN: 9780991215898
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Interesting story from a historical perspective.  Definitely not something that could be written today.

Rating: 3/5

Stacking the Shelves: 9/17-9/23

For review (on Bookloons):
Spinning by Tillie Walden

Won:
Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

First Reads from Goodreads:
Fool Me Once by Catherine Bybee
City of Spies by Sorayya Khan
Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh
White Water Passion by Dawn Luedecke
The Map to You by Lindy Zart

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dying Light

Title: Dying Light 
Author: Kory M. Shrum
Publisher:  self
ISBN: 9780991215898
Why Read?: Fresh Fiction

Thoughts: I've read the first book, but this is the fourth.  A lot must have happened between the two and it was not easy to jump right in and stay in.

Rating: 2/5

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 9/10-9/16

For possible review (on Bookloons):
The Breathless by Tara Goedjen
Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones

First Reads from Goodreads:
Second to None by Nancy Herkness
Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The End of Men

Title: The End of Men 
Author: Karen Rinaldi
Publisher:  Harper Perennial
ISBN: 978-0-06-256899-1
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: So many things about this book were confusing - the chronological jumping around between characters, the title, and the lack of depth.  This just made it feel very disjointed and flimsy.

Rating: 2/5

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hir

Title: Hir
Author: Taylor Mac
Publisher:  Dramatists
ISBN: 978-0-8222-3495-1
Why Read?: Scriptd

Thoughts: The playwright describes this as "absurd realism" and I cannot think of any better way to describe it as it is very absurd, but parts are also very human.

Rating: 4/5

The Explorers Club

Title: The Explorers Club
Author: Nell Benjamin
Publisher:  L.A. Theatre Works
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: This was fun and humorous, with all the standard farcical elements, but I think some of the visual humor was lost with the audio production.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 8/27-9/9

First Reads from Goodreads:
Rummage by Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa
The Trinity Game by Sean Chercover
Intervention Earth by Carolyn Burell
Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary

Received in September's Fresh Fiction Box Not to Miss:
Love Me by Bronwen Evans
Bound Souls by N. D. Jones
The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne
A Momentary Marriage by Candace Camp
Seeking Sarah by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason
Something Like Happy by Eva Woods

Received in September's Scriptd:
Hir by Taylor Mac
Luna Gale by Rebecca Gilman