Saturday, June 29, 2019

Travels with Charley

Title: Travels with Charley: In Search of America
Author: John Steinbeck
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780140053203
Why Read?: For Fun
Thoughts: Interesting firsthand look at 1960s America, but at times, it seemed like Steinbeck was just writing for himself.

Rating: 3/5

Stacking the Shelves: 6/23-6/29

For possible review (on Bookloons):
Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Prize from library Summer Reading Club:
The Relic Master by Christopher Buckley

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Portable Childhoods

Title: Portable Childhoods

Author: Ellen Klages
Publisher: Tachyon
ISBN: 9781892391452
Why Read?: For Fun
Thoughts: A powerful collection of fantasy, magical realism, and realistic fiction centered around childlike wonder.

Rating: 5/5

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Divine Collision

Title: Divine Collision: An African Boy, an American Lawyer, and Their Remarkable Battle for Freedom

Author: Jim Gash
Publisher: Oasis
ISBN: 9781621885702
Why Read?: For Fun
Thoughts: A very uplifting, but at times tear-jerking, true story of a Ugandan boy and the American lawyer who changed not only his life but the Ugandan judiciary.

Rating: 4/5

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