Sunday, September 30, 2018

Digging Up Bones

Title: Digging Up Bones
Author: Aimee Gilchrist
Publisher: Gemma Halliday
ISBN: 9781943587360
Why Read?: Fresh Fiction

Thoughts: A really solid cozy mystery, but I had trouble connecting with a young main character named Helen who also smoked.

Rating: 4/5

All the Ever Afters

Title: All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother
Author: Danielle Teller
Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062798206
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Great take on the Cinderella story, but I was hoping for a little more fun or fantasy.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Stacking the Shelves: 9/16-9/29

For possible review (on Bookloons):
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

LibraryThing Early Review:
A Thousand Dances by Sara Holliday

Thursday, September 27, 2018

All We Ever Wanted

Title: All We Ever Wanted
Author: Emily Giffin
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781509483945
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Deeper than a lot of Giffin's previous works, but still her wonderful, readable style.

Rating: 5/5

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Underwater Restorations

Title: Underwater Restorations
Author: Jeffrey A. Ballard
Publisher: New Rochester
ISBN: n/a

Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: For a prequel/introduction, I had a very hard time figuring out what was going on and who the characters were, much less had time to figure out the world.

Rating: 1/5

The List

Title: The List
Author: Jade Chang
Publisher: Amazon Original Stories
ISBN: n/a

Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Interesting read, but I honestly would have liked a more in depth look at the history of "The List".

Rating: 3/5

Sunday, September 16, 2018

How Hard Can It Be?

Title: How Hard Can It Be?
Author: Allison Pearson
Publisher: MacMillan
ISBN: 9781250307040
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Classic British Chick Lit, but with an interesting twist of an older protagonist.

Rating: 4/5

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Monday, September 10, 2018

Sugar Daddy

Title: Sugar Daddy
Author: Sawyer Bennett
Publisher: Loveswept
ISBN: 9781101968123
Why Read?: Fresh Fiction

Thoughts: Preferred the story over the romance part, but am curious to see how it ends in the sequel.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, September 8, 2018

The Dying Art of Magic

Title: The Dying Art of Magic
Author: Natalie Gibson
Publisher: BHC
ISBN: 9781946848970
Why Read?: Early Review

Thoughts: I had no clue what was going on throughout this novel, which also turned out to be way more paranormal "romance" than the description led me to believe.

Rating: 1/5

A Place for Us

Title: A Place for Us
Author: Fatima Farheen Mirza
Publisher: SJP for Hogarth
ISBN: 9781524763558
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: A little too much narrative and not enough dialogue.  I loved the last part, though.

Rating: 3/5

Twist of Faith

Title: Twist of Faith
Author: Ellen J. Green
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Loved all the twists and mystery, but two many loose threads left at the end, even with a forthcoming sequel.

Rating: 3/5

The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder

Title: The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder
Author: Sarah J. Harris
Publisher: Touchstone
ISBN: 9781501187896
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Very interesting premise, but it reminded me of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (which is not a bad thing, mind you).

Rating: 4/5

Life Inside My Mind

Title: Life Inside My Mind: 31 Authors Share Their Personal Struggles
Author: Jessica Burkhart, Ed.
Publisher: Simon Pulse
ISBN: 9781481494649
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Down-to-earth essays on various writer's personal brushes with mental illness.

Rating: 4/5

Stacking the Shelves: 8/12-9/8

For possible review (on Bookloons):
The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor by Sonia Sotomayor

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Slouching Towards Bethlehem

Title: Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Author: Joan Didion
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
ISBN: 9780374521721
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Didion really has a way with words; however, the title essay was the only one that I personally liked.

Rating: 3/5

Night of the Living Dummy 2

Title: Night of the Living Dummy 2
Author: R. L. Stein
Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 9781467608664
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Were there really that many middle-schoolers in the 90s who wanted to be ventriloquists?  I don't remember any.  Yes, a dummy come to life is creepy, but the premise is too odd and the story too similar to the first one to have made a sequel (and more).

Rating: 2/5