Monday, September 28, 2020

Jamiaca Inn


Title: Jamaica Inn

Author: Daphne DuMaurier

Publisher: Avon
ISBN: 9780380725397

Thoughts: Very atmospheric, like any good gothic, and good suspense in parts, but needed just a little more.

Rating: 3/5

The Whole-Brian Child


Title: The Whole-Brian Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind

Author: Daniel J. Siegel, MD & Tina Payne Bryson, PhD

Publisher: Delacorte
ISBN: 9780553807912

Thoughts: A very down-to-earth and easy to follow parenting guide.

Rating: 5/5

The Borrowers


Title: The Borrowers

Author: Mary Norton

Publisher: HMH
ISBN: 9780152047375

Thoughts: Fun British children's fantasy, but a little dated.

Rating: 3/5

The Vanishing Half

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Title: The Vanishing Half

Author: Brit Bennett

Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: n/a

Thoughts: Powerful and enjoyable story that really makes you think.

Rating: 4/5

Monday, September 21, 2020

Barramundi Triangle

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Title: Barramundi Triangle

Author: Carolyn Denman

Publisher: self
ISBN: 9780995360112

Thoughts: The rest of the series sounds fantastical, so I was expecting this to be, too, but it really wasn't; it also started off sounding like a mystery, but wasn't that either.

Rating: 2/5

All My Mother's Lovers


Title: All My Mother's Lovers

Author: Ilana Masad

Publisher: Dutton
ISBN: 9781524745974

Thoughts: Very interesting and unique premise for a road trip novel.

Rating: 4/5

You Never Forget Your First

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Title: You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington

Author: Alexis Coe

Publisher: Viking
ISBN: 9780735224100

Thoughts: It often seemed like Coe was anti-Washington rather than presenting an unbaised biography.

Rating: 2/5

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Like Crazy

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Title: Like Crazy: Life with My Mother and Her Invisible Friends

Author: Dan Mathews

Publisher: Atria
ISBN: 9781501199981

Thoughts: Excellent, enjoyable memoir about carrying for an older parent, even if the title really did not come until the second half of the book.

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Friends and Strangers

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Title: Friends and Strangers

Author: J. Courtney Sullivan

Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9780525532163

Thoughts: Needs a much more compelling title to fit the highly engaging story.

Rating: 4/5

Beware the Kitten Holy

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Title: Lumberjanes Vol 1: Beware the Kitten Holy

Author: Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, & Brooklyn Allen

Publisher: BOOM! Box
ISBN: 97816088866878

Thoughts: I can see why this comic series is so popular - very fun fantasy adventure.

Rating: 5/5

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Stacking the Shelves: 8/16-9/12


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More Than a Woman by Caitlin Moran 

Bought at a Yard Sale:


A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Angel Diary 1


Title: Angel Diary Vol. 1

Author: Kara & Lee YunHee

Publisher: Yen
ISBN: 9789592744678

Thoughts: Fun manwha within a well-developed world, but a little seemed lost in translation.

Rating: 3/5

Island of the Aunts


Title: Island of the Aunts

Author: Eva Ibbotson

Publisher: Puffin
ISBN: 9780412300497

Thoughts: A very fun middle grade fantasy reminiscent of older works.

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, September 8, 2020


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Title: Ration

Author: Cody T Luff

Publisher: self
ISBN: n/a

Thoughts: If you can get past the gross factor, this is a powerful dystopian.

Rating: 3/5



Title: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

Author: Marjane Satrapi

Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 9780375714573

Thoughts: If you want to understand more about Iran in the 70s and 80s, read this book.

Rating: 4/5

The Mountains Sing

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Title: The Mountains Sing

Author: Nguyen Phan Que Mai

Publisher: Algonquin
ISBN: 9781616208189

Thoughts: Incredible sweeping epic of a family just trying to survive in 20th century Viet Nam.

Rating: 5/5

The Book of V.


Title: The Book of V.

Author: Anne Solomon

Publisher: Henry Holt
ISBN: 9781250257107

Thoughts: I honestly do not know how to feel about this book - I did enjoy reading it, but something just felt incomplete.

Rating: 3/5

Friday, September 4, 2020

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel


Title: A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

Author: Hope Larson & Madeleine L'Engle

Publisher: Margaret Ferguson
ISBN: 9780374386153

Thoughts: I read the book many years ago and did not enjoy it; however, the graphic novel form definitely helps.

Rating: 3/5

Diary of a Whimpy Kid


Title: Diary of a Whimpy Kid

Author: Jeff Kinney

Publisher: Amulet
ISBN: 9780810993136

Thoughts: Quick, fun read, perfect for kids who might need a de-stressing break from school right now.

Rating: 4/5

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Ukulele Murder

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Title: Ukulele Murder

Author: Leslie Langtry

Publisher: Gemma Halliday
ISBN: 9781943587537

Thoughts: A very fun cozy with highly likeable characters, but a slightly predictable twist.

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, September 1, 2020


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Title: Uprooted

Author: Naomi Novik

Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509827060

Thoughts: While there may be bits and pieces of other fairy tales woven in, Novik makes it feel fresh and unique yet rooted in tradition.

Rating: 4/5