Thursday, February 27, 2020

Furious Hours

Title: Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Author: Casey Cep
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780735208469

Thoughts:  Part true crime, part biography, part history, this account of Harper Lee's attempt to write a second novel is truly fascinating.

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

My Life As a Rat

Title: My Life As a Rat

Author: Joyce Carol Oates
Publisher: Ecco
ISBN: 9780062899835

Thoughts:  Oates's writing style is truly unique, bucking many conventions while creating an engaging novel.

Rating: 4/5

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Stacking the Shelves: 2/16-2/22

The Queen's Fortune by Allison Pataki


Title: Patsy
Author: Nicole Dennis-Benn
Publisher: Liveright
ISBN: 9781613495632

Thoughts:  I just could not make myself feel for Patsy; luckily, Tru was very sympathetic.

Rating: 3/5

Let's Mooove!

Title: Let's Mooove!
Author: Courtney Sheinmel & Biance Turetsky
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781635651676

Thoughts:  Even for a chapter book, this moved too fast with very little explanation of certain plot points.

Rating: 2/5

Time Out

Title: Time Out
Author: Claudia Rowe
Publisher: Amazon Originals
ISBN: n/a

Thoughts:  Inspiring biography that brings up some good points.

Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

How to Stop Time

Title: How to Stop Time
Author: Matt Haig
Publisher: Canongate
ISBN: n/a

Thoughts:  I really wanted to like this a lot, but some of it dragged and the end seemed rushed.

Rating: 3/5

Pay Attention, Carter Jones

Title: Pay Attention, Carter Jones
Author: Gary D. Schmidt
Publisher: Clarion
ISBN: 9780544790858

Thoughts:  Definitely the best cricket book I have ever read!

Rating: 4/5

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Stacking the Shelves: 1/19-2/15

For possible review (on Bookloons):
The Shockoe Slip Gang by Patricia Cecil Haas

Prize from library Winter Reading Club:
The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis

Friday, February 14, 2020

A Better Man

Title: A Better Man

Author: Louise Penny
Publisher: McMillan
ISBN: n/a

Thoughts:  Good police procedural that did not need the cozy aspects, which were just confusing.

Rating: 3/5

Monday, February 10, 2020

The Dog Who Lost His Bark

Title: The Dog Who Lost His Bark

Author: Eoin Colfer
Publisher: Candlewich
ISBN: 9781536204421

Thoughts:  Cute, touching chapter book about learning to trust again.

Rating: 4/5

Friday, February 7, 2020

The Travelers

Title: The Travelers

Author: Regina Porter
Publisher: Hogarth
ISBN: 9780525576198

Thoughts:  Very unique novel - basically a time-fluid collection of interlaced short stories about families that have intersected through the last half-century.

Rating: 4/5

This Was Our Pact

Title: This Was Our Pact

Author: Ryan Andrews
Publisher: First Second
ISBN: 9781250196958

Thoughts:  Fun fantasy friendship graphic novel with hints of Stand By Me and more modern cult classics.

Rating: 4/5

Catching Murphy

Title: Catching Murphy
Author: Wilson Ring
Publisher: Amazon Originals
ISBN: n/a

Thoughts:  A true story of a lost dog that all animal lovers can enjoy.

Rating: 4/5

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

City of Masks

Title: City of Masks

Author: Mike Reeves-McMillan
Publisher: Smashwords
ISBN: 9781452320380

Thoughts:  Very confusing world and format, both of which could have been great.

Rating: 2/5

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Never Have I Ever

Title: Never Have I Ever
Author: Joshilyn Jackson
Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: 9780062933546

Thoughts:  Great psychological thriller with a lot of twists and very flawed but likeable main character.

Rating: 4/5