Thursday, June 20, 2019

Dear Jane

Title: Dear Jane

Author: Marina DelVecchio
Publisher: Black Rose
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: Early Review
 
Thoughts: Too many parts of this highly dreary novel just did make sense, including the premise of writing diary entries to Jane Eyre, which actually has very few parallels, and all in the very beginning.  Also, there was one chapter that I could have excused for its indecency if it further the plot or even had any bearing on the rest of the story.

Rating: 1/5

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Burn Down the Night

Title: Burn Down the Night

Author: M. O'Keefe
Publisher: Loveswept
ISBN: 9780399593949
Why Read?: Fresh Fiction
 
Thoughts: The suspense was fine, but the characters and their relationship were not my cup of tea.

Rating: 2/5

Vivian Apple at the End of the World

Title: Vivian Apple at the End of the World

Author: Katie Coyle
Publisher: Dreamscape
ISBN: 97816337995273
Why Read?: For Fun
 
Thoughts: A semi-dystopian that seems all-too-plausible and really makes your think and question.

Rating: 4/5

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Find Our Forever

Title: Finding Our Forever

Author: Branda Novak
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 9781488014116
Why Read?: For Fun
 
Thoughts: Rather sweet, but probably unrealistic, romance about family.

Rating: 3/5

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Oh Crap! Potty Training

Title: Oh Crap! Potty Training: Everything Modern Parents Need to Know to Do It Once and Do It Right

Author: Jamie Glowacki
Publisher: Touchstone
ISBN: 9781501122989
Why Read?: For Fun
 
Thoughts: There is some good advice in here, but I do not like how it is aimed solely at moms, and mainly at stay-at-home moms (despite the chapter on caregivers).

Rating: 2/5

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Tea Dragon Society

Title: The Tea Dragon Society
Author: Katie O'Neill
Publisher: Oni
ISBN: 9781620106365
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Sweet, beautifully drawn and imagined story of friendship and lost arts.

Rating: 4/5

The 13-Story Treehouse

Title: The 13-Story Treehouse
Author: Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
ISBN: 9781250026903
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Half-baked outrageous buddy novel for middle schoolers.

Rating: 2/5

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial

Title: The Great Tennessee Monkey Trial

Author: Peter Goodchild
Publisher: LA Theatre Works
ISBN: 9781580813525
Why Read?: For Fun
 
Thoughts: The more factual version of Inherit the Wind and just as powerful.

Rating: 4/5

Dog Man

Title: Dog Man

Author: Dav Pilkey
Publisher: Graphix
ISBN: 9780545581608
Why Read?: For Fun
 
Thoughts: Stupid fun for reluctant readers.

Rating: 4/5

Monday, June 3, 2019

Fat Angie

Title: Fat Angie

Author: E.E. Charlton-Trujillo
Publisher: Brillance
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: For Fun
 
Thoughts: Too many issues crammed into one novel, but all were handled well.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Phoebe and Her Unicorn

Title: Phoebe and Her Unicorn

Author: Dana Simpson
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
ISBN: 9781449446208
Why Read?: For Fun
 
Thoughts: Perfect for all ages - delightful, fun, and witty.

Rating: 5/5

Stacking the Shelves: 5/11-6/1

For possible review (on Bookloons):
Eve of Man by Giovanna & Tom Fletcher

LibraryThing Early Review:
Pimp My Airship by Maurice Broaddus

Friday, May 31, 2019

The Glass Mermaid

Title: The Glass Mermaid
Author: Poppy Lawrence
Publisher: Capture
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: For Fun
 
Thoughts: Beautiful, bittersweet fantasy romance.

Rating: 4/5

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Indebted

Title: Indebted
Author: Charmayne Hafen
Publisher: Capture
ISBN: n/a

Why Read?: Early Review
  
Thoughts: I have no problem with religious fantasy, but the Bible as we know it seemed very out of place in a world plagued by dragons.

Rating: 2/5

The In-Betweener

Title: The In-Betweener
Author: Ann Christy
Publisher: self
ISBN: n/a

Why Read?: For Fun
  
Thoughts: This whole story - not just the flashbacks - felt like a long exposition.

Rating: 3/5

Monday, May 27, 2019

Panic

Title: Panic
Author: Harold Schecter
Publisher: Amazon
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: For Fun
  
Thoughts: So far, the best of the Bloodlands series, focusing on multiple similar gruesome crimes, that happened over the course of a few months in 1939.

Rating: 5/5

Married at Midnight

Title: Married at Midnight
Author: Gerri Russell
Publisher: Montlake
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: First Reads
  
Thoughts: Just plain fun rom-com.

Rating: 4/5

The Brick Slayer

Title: The Brick Slayer
Author: Harold Schecter
Publisher: Amazon
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: For Fun
  
Thoughts: An interesting case I have never heard of, but I am not quite sure if the Afterword was conjecture or fact.

Rating: 3/5

Occasional Magic

Title: The Moth Presents Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible
Author: Catherine Burns, ed.
Publisher: Crown Archetype
ISBN: 9781101904428
Why Read?: For Fun
  
Thoughts: Highly compelling, uplifting, and heart-tugging anthology of personal essays.

Rating: 5/5

More Than Words

Title: More Than Words
Author: Jill Santopolo
Publisher: Books on Tape
ISBN: n9780525590736
Why Read?: For Fun
  
Thoughts: Very character-driven work; unfortunately, nothing made me care about any of them.

Rating: 2/5

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Trust Exercise

Title: Trust Exercise
Author: Susan Choi
Publisher: Henry Holt
ISBN: 9781250309884

Why Read?: For Fun
  
Thoughts: This books is designed to make you feel off-kilter, which I believe is what Choi was going for, and it definitely makes you ponder a lot at the end, but there still seemed to be something missing to make me enjoy it.

Rating: 2/5

Girl, Stop Appologizing

Title: Girl, Stop Appologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embrazing and Achieving Your Goals
Author: Rachel Hollis
Publisher: HarperCollins Leadership
ISBN: 9781400209606

Why Read?: For Fun
  
Thoughts: This book was so not written for me, and that might be why I felt Hollis was very self-aggrandizing.

Rating: 1/5

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Southern Lady Code

Title: Southern Lady Code
Author: Helen Ellis
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: For Fun
  
Thoughts: Hilarious personal essays and advice; all are even better read by the author.

Rating: 5/5

And Then He Kissed Me

Title: And Then He Kissed Me
Author: Kim Amos
Publisher: Forever
ISBN: 9781455557493
Why Read?: Fresh Fiction
  
Thoughts: Small town romance that took me a while to get into, but had a great ending.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Stacking the Shelves: 4/28-5/10

LibraryThing Early Review:
Emeralds and Envy by Angela McRae

Bought from Scholastic:
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
The Girl in the Locked Room by Mary Downing Hahn

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

A Thousand Dances

Title: A Thousand Dances
Author: Sara Holliday
Publisher: Coral
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: Early Review
  
Thoughts: Interesting historical mystery, but I think Holliday (who is America) was trying too hard to sound British - especially 60s Mod - that it made reading difficult at points.

Rating: 3/5

Whiskey in a Teacup

Title: Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits
Author: Reese Witherspoon
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: n/a

Why Read?: For Fun
  
Thoughts: Fun, light reading about Southern hospitality, but probably better as a physical book than an audiobook.

Rating: 3/5

Friday, May 3, 2019

Nine Perfect Strangers

Title: Nine Perfect Strangers
Author: Liane Moriarty
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: For Fun
  
Thoughts: Some really great moments with emotions all over, but a little slow at times.

Rating: 3/5

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Parasyte Vol. 1

Title: Parasyte Vol. 1
Author: Hitoshi Iwaaki
Publisher: Kodansha
ISBN: 9781632365279

Why Read?: For Fun
  
Thoughts: The manga has held up really well over the last few decades and is still enjoyable today.

Rating: 4/5

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The Vintner and the Vixen

Title: The Vintner and the Vixen
Author: Alexia Adams
Publisher: self
ISBN: 9780993912610

Why Read?: Fresh Fiction
  
Thoughts: Rather unconvincing plot with not fully-rounded characters.

Rating: 2/5

Close Your Eyes

Title: Close Your Eyes
Author: Paul Jessup
Publisher: Apex
ISBN: 9781370248957

Why Read?: Early Review
  
Thoughts: Very confusing cyber punk space opera.  I really had no clue what was happening.

Rating: 1/5

Roosevelt's Beast

Title: Roosevelt's Beast
Author: Louis Baynard
Publisher: Henry Holt
ISBN: 9780805090703
Why Read?: First Reads
  
Thoughts: Rather uneven in terms of pacing.  Not one of Baynard's best.

Rating: 2/5

Monday, April 29, 2019

The Geek Gets the Girl

Title: The Geek Gets the Girl
Author: Michele Hauf
Publisher: Smashwords
ISBN: 9781310429910
Why Read?: Fresh Fiction
  
Thoughts: Bow chicka wow wow says it all.

Rating: 2/5

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Little Slaughter House on the Prairie

Title: Little Slaughter House on the Prairie
Author: Harold Schecter
Publisher: Amazon
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: Early Review
  
Thoughts: Great account of one of the most famous families of serial killers.

Rating: 4/5

Stacking the Shelves: 4/7-4/20

For possible review (on Bookloons):
Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Broken Land

Title: Broken Land: A Brooklyn Tale
Author: John Biscello
Publisher: self
ISBN: n/a

Why Read?: Early Review
 
Thoughts: A noir novella that was rather all over the place making it a bit hard to follow thoroughly.

Rating: 2/5

Better Nate Than Ever

Title: Better Nate Than Ever
Author: Tim Federle
Publisher: Simon Schuster
ISBN: 9781442366206

Why Read?: For Fun
 
Thoughts: A fun book for anyone who has ever dreamed of running away to New York and  auditioning for a Broadway show.

Rating: 4/5