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

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


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

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Hate U Give

Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Publisher:  Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 9780062677082
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: A very powerful and timely ya novel.

Rating: 4/5

The Sound of Rain

Title: The Sound of Rain
Author: Gregg Olsen
Publisher:  Thomas & Mercer
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: First Reads

Thoughts: This was a very taught suspense right up until the end - too many loose ends.

Rating: 4/5

Parable of the Sower

Title: Parable of the Sower
Author: Octavia E. Butler
Publisher:  Open Road
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: Book Club

Thoughts: The first part was so slow that I had a hard time getting into it.  The second part went much faster, redeeming the novel.

Rating: 3/5