Saturday, August 19, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 8/13-8/19

For review (on Bookloons):
Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen
Warbringer by  Leigh Bardugo

Friday, August 18, 2017

Gone Camping

Title: Gone Camping
Author: Tamera Will Wissinger
Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 978-0-544-63873-0
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Cute, quick story about going camping told entirely in poems, with a great appendix about the forms of poetry.

Rating: 4/5

Journey on a Runaway Train

Title: Journey on a Runaway Train
Author: Dee Garretson & JM Lee
Publisher:  Albert Whitman
ISBN: 978-0-8075-0695-0
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: It has been a long time since I read any Boxcar Children books, but the start to this new mini-series is rather fun, although there were a few spots where it felt like something important was edited out then had to be told rather than shown.

Rating: 2/5

Buddha Boy

Title: Buddha Boy
Author: Kathe Koja
Publisher:  Full Cast Audio

ISBN: 9781932076523
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: A powerful story about bullying and finding your own peace.

Rating: 4/5

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Echoes of an Angel

Title: Echoes of an Angel: The Miraculous True Story of a Boy Who Lost His Eyes but Could Still See
Author: Aquanetta Gordon
Publisher:  christianaudio
ISBN: 9781610458153
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Uplifting and touching story of a boy who lost his eyes but was still able to "see" using echo-location.

Rating: 4/5

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sunday, August 6, 2017

My Sister Rosa

Title: My Sister Rosa
Author: Justine Larbalestier
Publisher:  Soho Teen
ISBN: 978-1-61695-674-5
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Very dark, but a tad predictable, although there was one twist I did not see coming.

Rating: 3/5

Bone Gap

Title: Bone Gap
Author: Laura Ruby
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 978-0-06-231760-5
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: A wonderful, rare work of YA magical realism.

Rating: 5/5

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Theft by Finding

Title: Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002
Author: David Sedaris
Publisher: Blackstone
ISBN: 9781478949312
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Not as humorous as I expected, but it was very interesting to see the progression from slacker to best-selling author along with the changing times.

Rating: 3/5

Stacking the Shelves: 7/30-8/5

First Reads from Goodreads:
Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer
The Reunion by Sara Portman
Perfect Scents by Virginia Taylor

LibraryThing Early Review:
Wings of Fire by Alma Alexander
Vanity in Dust by Cheryl Low

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 7/23-7/29

For review (on Bookloons):
Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic

First Reads from Goodreads:
The Truth We Bury by Barbara Taylor Sissel

Received in August's Fresh Fiction Box Not to Miss:
Her Master & Commander by Anya Summers
Not in Her Wildest Dreams by Dani Collins
The Trouble with Bachelors by Caitlyn Blue
Fuel for Fire by Julie Ann Walker
A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren
The Pleasures of Passion by Sabrina Jeffries
All or Nothing at All by Jennifer Probst
The Perfect Recipe for Love and Friendship by Shirley Jump

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Silent Orchids

Title: Silent Orchids
Author: Morgan Wylie
Publisher: self
ISBN: 9780989305617
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: A little too ambitious causing the world-building to be muddled, which was compounded by head-hopping.

Rating: 2/5

American Musical Theater

Title: American Musical Theater: Shows, Songs, and Stars
Author: Dwight Blocker Bowers
Publisher: Smithsonian
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts:  I have read better histories of the golden age of musical theatre.

Rating: 2/5

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 7/16-7/22

For possible review (on Bookloons):
We Now Return to Regular Life by Martin Wilson
Robots & Repeats by Gene Luen Yang & Mike Holmes
Cast No Shadow by Nick Tapalansky & Anissa Espinosa

Friday, July 21, 2017

Lord of the Flies

Title: Lord of the Flies
Author: William Golding
Publisher: Listening Library
ISBN: 1-4012-0555-0
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts:  Lots of symbolism, but there was a missed opportunity for Piggy (the only character I cared about) to have achieved an even higher level of symbolism.

Rating: 2/5


Title: Counteract
Author: Tracy Lawson
Publisher: Smashwords
ISBN: 9780996610810
Why Read?: Fresh Fiction

Thoughts:  Interesting twist on a typical dystopian trope, but did not keep my interest.

Rating: 2/5

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne Vol. 1

Title: Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne Vol. 1
Author: Arina Tanemura
Publisher: CMX
ISBN: 1-4012-0555-0
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts:  Like the art and the story is fun, but a tad fantastical at times.

Rating: 3/5


Title: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
Author: Roxane Gay
Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: 9780062470256
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: This is not an easy read to stomach, but it does have a powerful message about finding your voice.

Rating: 4/5

Stacking the Shelves: 7/9-7/15

For possible review (on Bookloons):
Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

First Reads from Goodreads:
The Inside Dark by James Hankins

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast

Title: Sleepless Nights and Kisses for Breakfast: Reflections on Fatherhood
Author: Matteo Bussola
Publisher: Tarcherperigee
ISBN: 9780143131373
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: A funny and touching look at fatherhood and marriage.

Rating: 4/5

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 6/25-7/8

For possible review (on Bookloons):
Somebody's Baby by Lurlene McDaniel
Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Title: Monster
Author: Walter Dean Myers
Publisher: Listening Library
ISBN: 9780739344514
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Interesting style for both reading and listening, and it works well for a novel written during the height of the Law & Order craze, but it needed more story.

Rating: 3/5

Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow

Title: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
Author: Masashi Kishimoto
Publisher: Viz
ISBN: 9781421518688
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: The story was better than the artwork (since this was an ani-manga), but for shonen, the action was flimsy and boring.

Rating: 2/5

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 6/18-6/24

First Reads from Goodreads:
Abducted Innocence by Sandra Bolton

Received in July's Fresh Fiction Box Not to Miss:
Heartbreaker by Stacey Kennedy
Where the Pieces Fall by Blue Saffire
The Beginning by Ranay James
Run to Ground by Katie Ruggle
One Week to the Wedding by Olivia Miles
Dating You Hating You by Christina Lauren
Freedom's Price by Christine Johnson
The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert