Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Title: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Author: Mark Twain
Publisher: Mission
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Audio book is the best way to read Mark Twain's rich use of dialect.  Huck Finn is definitely a darker story than Tom Sawyer.

Rating: 4/5

Freak the Mighty

Title: Freak the Mighty
Author: Rodman Philbrick
Publisher: Blue Sky
ISBN: 9780590474122
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Although rather dark, a good story about acceptance, although some of the slang seemed off for eight-graders in the early 90s.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 12/24-12/30

Received as a gift:
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
The Gravedigger's Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates
13 Powerful Ways to Pray by Eamon Tobin

Received in January's Fresh Fiction Box Not to Miss:
Dance Like You Mean It by Jeanne Shartsiaris
Holy Crap! The World Is Ending! by Anna-Marie Bell
Renegade Cowboy by Sara Richardson
Heat by Donna Grant
A Devil in Scotland by Suzanne Enoch
Roomies by Christina Lauren

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Hundred Dresses

Title: Finding Perfect
Author: Eleanor Estes
Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 9780152051709
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: A timeless tale about bullying and guilt, but I do wish the end was different.

Rating: 4/5

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 12/17-12/23

Received as a gift:
Refusal by Felix Francis
The Bootlegger by Clive Cussler & Justin Scott
Carte Blanche by Jeffery Deaver
Smash Cut by Sandra Brown

Received in Fresh Fiction Box Not to Miss Limited Edition Christmas Box:
Christmas with My Cowboy by Diana Palmer, Lindsay McKenna, & Margaret Way
Maybe This Christmas by Jennifer Snow
The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson
Hope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle
Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Finding Perfect

Title: Finding Perfect
Author: Elly Swartz
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
ISBN: 9780374303129
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: An excellent depiction of OCD for middle grade readers.  Everyone can learn from and be touched by this story.

Rating: 5/5

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Family Magic

Title: Family Magic
Author: Patti Larsen
Publisher: self
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: Fresh Fiction

Thoughts: Almost seemed liked two books - one about a demon witch who wants nothing to do with her family; and one about a new witch at school trying to be normal and fit in.  The first storyline is definitely the better.

Rating: 3/5

Monday, December 18, 2017

Reunited for the Billionaire's Legacy

Title: Reunited for the Billionaire's Legacy
Author: Jennifer Hayward
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 9780373133772
Why Read?: Fresh Fiction

Thoughts: Typical Harlequin romance.  The main story was better than the bonus story, which I could not figure out why it was included with this one.

Rating: 3/5

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Sunset Baby

Title: Sunset Baby
Author: Dominique Morisseau
Publisher: Samuel French
ISBN: 9780573702754
Why Read?: Scriptd

Thoughts: Very talky play.  Interest look at broken family dynamics, but not sure how exciting it would be to watch.

Rating: 2/5

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Crows & Cards

Title: Crows & Cards
Author: Joseph Helgerson
Publisher: Brillance
ISBN: 9781423391760
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Fun historical fiction that takes place in St. Louis.  Be sure to read the dictionary at the end.

Rating: 4/5

Stacking the Shelves: 12/10-12/16

For possible review (on Bookloons):
Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Received in December's Scriptd:
Bootycandy by Robert O'Hara
The Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise by Toshiki Okada

Sunday, December 10, 2017


Title: Wonder
Author: R. J. Palacio
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 9780375869020
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: This is truly a wondrous MG novel.  No wonder they turned it into a movie.

Rating: 5/5

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Hello, Sunshine

Title: Hello, Sunshine
Author: Laura Dave
Publisher: Simon Schuster
ISBN: 9781508239987
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Fun chick-lit about the perils of social media and the meaning of redemption, and surprisingly light on romance.

Rating: 4/5

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Last Day for UBAM Christmas Orders

10 days left to order to get it in time for Christmas!  Order here now.  Comment below with ages and interests if you need book recommendations.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 11/19-12/2

For possible review (on Bookloons):
The City of Sand by Tianxia Bachang

First Reads from Goodreads:
A Hard Place by Sean Lynch
What Remains True by Janis Thomas

LibraryThing Early Review:
On the Edge of Tomorrow by Sara Danielle & Tracy Hewitt Meyer

Received in December's Fresh Fiction Box Not to Miss:
Protected by Love by Jennifer Ryan
Counterbalance by Kelly Moran
Boss with Benefits by Talia Hunter
Back in the Game by Erin Kern
The Charmer by Avery Flynn
Duke of Desire by Elizabeth Holt
An Inn Decent Proposal by Sharon BuchBinder
The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips