Saturday, May 30, 2020

Stacking the Shelves: 5/17-5/30

LibraryThing Early Review:
The Coat by Aprin Grunspan

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The DNA of Democracy by Richard C. Lyons

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Such a Fun Age

Title: Such a Fun Age
Author: Kiley Reid
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: n/a

Thoughts:  Never have I felt more for a character than I felt for Briar.

Rating: 4/5

Animal Academy Vol. 2

Title: Animal Academy Vol. 2
Author: Moyamu Fujino
her: Tokyopop
ISBN: 9781427810960

Thoughts:  Cute, fun manga that is a little too silly in parts.

Rating: 3/5

Friday, May 22, 2020

What We See When We Read

Title: What We See When We Read

Author: Peter Mendelsund
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780804171632

Thoughts:  Interesting look how our brain created images while reading, but I'm not sure I fully agree.

Rating: 3/5

Sunday, May 17, 2020

The Turn of the Key

Title: The Turn of the Key

Author: Ruth Ware
Publisher: Simon Schuster
ISBN: 9781982131104

Thoughts:  The perfect contemporary gothic.

Rating: 5/5

Virtual Velocity

Title: Virtual Velocity

Author: Anthony Mora
Publisher: self
ISBN: 9781684333523

Thoughts: Highly engaging , well-written fiction.

Rating: 4/5

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Author: John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, and JK Rowling
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine
ISBN: 9781338099133

Thoughts:  All I could think about while reading this is what a nightmare it would be to stage.

Rating: 3/5

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

100 Favorite English and Irish Poems

Title: 100 Favorite English and Irish Poems

Author: Clarence C. Strowbridge, ed
Publisher: Dover
ISBN: 9780486444291

Thoughts:  I definitely prefer the more modern poetry.

Rating: 3/5

Mything in Action

Title: Cry Havoc Vol. 1: Mything in Action

Author: Simon Spurrier & Ryan Kelly
Publisher: Image
ISBN: 9781632158338

Thoughts:  Unique format, but more visceral in places that I prefer.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Stacking the Shelves: 4/5-5/9

Bought from Trident Books:
Third Girl by Agatha Christie
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Under the Dome by Stephen King
Elegy for April by Benjamin Black

Friday, May 8, 2020


Title: Tired
Author: Tristan J. Tarwater
Publisher: Back That Elf Up
ISBN: n/a

Thoughts:  Seemed more like a monologue than a story, but interesting premise.

Rating: 3/5

Hanover House

Title: Hanover House

Author: Brenda Novak
Publisher: Brenda Novak
ISBN: n/a

Thoughts:  Great suspense, but the romance seemed a little forced and unneeded.

Rating: 4/5

Jumping Ship

Title: Jumping Ship

Author: Janice G. Ross
Publisher: Createspace
ISBN: 9781492255475

Thoughts:  As an introduction, this did not make me want to read the series, and it needed some more editing.

Rating: 1/5

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Stars and Steam

Title: Stars and Steam

Author: Anthea Sharp
Publisher: Fiddlehead
ISBN: n/a

Thoughts:  I really liked how these short alternative history/steam punk stories were interconnected, yet easily stood alone.

Rating: 3/5

Betrayal Foretold

Title: Betrayal Foretold

Author: Jen Crame
Publisher: Carpe Noctem
ISBN: n/a

Thoughts:  Had so much promise at the start but turned into a rote paranormal romance.

Rating: 2/5

Geek Love

Title: Geek Love

Author: Katherine Dunn
Publisher: Warner
ISBN: 9780446391306

Thoughts:  Like carnival oddities, this book both fascinates and repulses at the same time.

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

The Guest Book

Title: The Guest Book
Author: Sarah Blake
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: n/a

Thoughts:  This took a long while to really ramp up, and I think some of that was due to the beginning seemingly having no bearing of the rest of the plot.

Rating: 3/5

We're Not from Here

Title: We're Not from Here
Author: Geoff Rodkey
Publisher: Crown
ISBN: 9781524773045

Thoughts:  An MG sci-fi that was not at all what I expected.

Rating: 4/5

Lupin Leaps In

Title: Lupin Leaps In

Author: Georgia Dunn
Publisher: Andrews McMeel
ISBN: 9781449495220

Thoughts:  Cat-lovers (and -likers) of all ages can enjoy the silly antics of this trio of intrepid news cats.

Rating: 4/5

You Asked for Perfect

Title:  You Asked for Perfect

Author: Laura Silverman
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
ISBN: 9781492658276

Thoughts:  The perfect YA book about an oft-overlooked form of pressure.

Rating: 5/5

Odd One Out

Title: Odd One Out

Author: Nic Stone
Publisher: Crown Books
ISBN: 9781101939536

Thoughts:  Very interesting love triangle unlike any I have read in YA before.

Rating: 4/5