Friday, December 31, 2021



Title: Pawcasso

Author: Remy Lai

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co
ISBN: 9781250774484
Thoughts:  A very multi-layered graphic novel that works on many levels for the whole family.
Rating: 5/5

Monday, December 27, 2021

The Paper Palace

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Title: The Paper Palace

Author: Miranda Cowley Heller

Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780593412503
Thoughts:  Some parts gripped me - particularly Part 2 - but most I could take or leave.
Rating: 3/5

Saturday, December 25, 2021

We Are Not Like Them

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Title: We Are Not Like Them

Author: Christine Pride & Jo Piazza

Publisher: Atria
ISBN: 9781982181031
Thoughts: This stunning novels shows all of the shades of grey in a tragic moment of systemic racism.
Rating: 5/5

Stacking the Shelves: 12/5-12/25




Goliath by Tochi Onyebuchi


Got in an Owl Post Grab Bag:


Supernova by Kass Morgan


Crown of Thunder by Tochi Onyebuchi

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

The Fortress

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Title: The Fortress

Author: S. A. Jones

Publisher: Erewhon
ISBN: 9781654660026
Thoughts: Some of the plot points are not the easiest to read, but this story feels like the male version of The Handmaid's Tale.
Rating: 3/5

Vicarious Vacations

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Title: Vicarious Vacations

Author: Michael Wojciechowski

Publisher: self
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Fast-paced and engaging tale of social media.
Rating: 5/5

The Used-to-Be Best Friend


Title: The Used-t0-Be Best Friend

Author: Dan Quigley

Publisher: Heartdrum
ISBN: 9780063015371
Thoughts: Cute chapter book with a fun protagonist whom many kids will love getting to know and learning some of her Ojibwe language.
Rating: 3/5

Sunday, December 19, 2021

The Exiles

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Title: The Exiles

Author: Christina Baker Kline

Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: A very unput-downable historical fiction that brings light to transportation of prisoners and the colonization of Australia.
Rating: 5/5

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey


Title: Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey

Author: Erin Entrada Kelly

Publisher: Greenwillow
ISBN: 9780062970428
Thoughts: Kelly tries to round this out, but it still feels pretty simple, even for an early chapter book.
Rating: 3/5

The Female Persuasion

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Title: The Female Persuasion

Author: Meg Wolitzer

Publisher: Riverhead
ISBN: 9781594488405
Thoughts: Well-written and realistic, but left me wanting just a little more...something.
Rating: 3/5

The Step Back

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Title: The Step Back

Author: J.T. Bushnell

Publisher: Self
ISBN: n/a

Thoughts: Very realistic coming of age story set in the late 90s.

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

The Three-Body Problem

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Title: The Three-Body Problem

Author: Cixin Liu

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Well-written, but some of the time jumps in the storyline were confusing when listening, and the science was pretty hardcore at parts.
Rating: 3/5

It Ends with Her

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Title: It Ends with Her

Author: Brianna Labuskes

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Good suspense with decent twists but sometimes Clarke's flashbacks threw me out of the story.
Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Catch and Kill

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Title: Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators

Author: Ronan Farrow

Publisher: Back Bay
ISBN: 9780316486644
Thoughts: The lengths Weinstein and his people went to cover their tracks and kills a story completely blew my mind.
Rating: 4/5

Born Behind Bars


Title: Born Behind Bars

Author: Padma Venkatraman

Publisher: Nancy Paulsen
ISBN: 97807593112472
Thoughts: A very sad subject that is never really talked about, but I feel that this was definitely toned down for the intended audience.
Rating: 4/5

Monday, December 6, 2021

I, Robot

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Title: I, Robot

Author: Isaac Asimov

Publisher: Random House Audio
ISBN: 9780739346273
Thoughts: It is not so much that the technology is dated, but Asimov's writing is so dated that this was hard to get into for a while.
Rating: 3/5

The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela


Title: The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela

Author: Sahm Venter, ed

Publisher: Liveright
ISBN: 9781631491177
Thoughts: A few of these letters were very inspiring, but most were monotonous and it felt like this book could have been cut in half or more to make a more powerful impact.
Rating: 2/5

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Stacking the Shelves: 11/28-12/4


LibraryThing Early Review:
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Three Lords and Three Ladies of London by Anna Faktorovich

Bought on Nerdfelt:
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Story Telling Engines by John Seavey

Thursday, December 2, 2021

The Almost Legendary Morris Sisters


Title: The Almost Legendary Morris Sisters: A True Story of Family Fiction

Author: Julie Klam

Publisher: Riverhead
ISBN: 9780735216426
Thoughts: Very interesting dive into the author's search for her genealogy, and of course I loved all the St Louis references.
Rating: 4/5

Cloud Cuckoo Land

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Title: Cloud Cuckoo Land

Author: Anthony Doerr

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
ISBN: 9781797128535
Thoughts:  A lot of story lines in a lot of different time periods to keep straight, and while I marveled at how two of the timelines tied together, the third had a point but also might not have been missed if it was not there.
Rating: 3/5

Monday, November 29, 2021

As Brave As You

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Title: As Brave As You

Author: Jason Reynolds

Publisher: Atheneum
ISBN: 9781481415903
Thoughts:  I loved how realistic this book was and that it didn't shy away from how messy family relationships can really be.
Rating: 4/5

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Stacking the Shelves: 11/14-11/27

LibraryThing Early Review:
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No Matter the Price by Daniel Pare 

Bought on Amazon:
Pawcasso by Remy Lai
Super Detectives! by Cale Atkinson

Friday, November 26, 2021

An Emotion of Great Delight


Title: An Emotion of Great Delight

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780062972415
Thoughts:  Lots of good intentions behind this novel, but it was way too slice-of-life for my taste.
Rating: 3/5

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Front Desk


Title: Front Desk

Author: Kelly Yang

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine
ISBN: 9781338157796
Thoughts:  Uplifting story for middle readers about pursuing your dreams and accepting others.
Rating: 4/5

Monday, November 22, 2021

Rock Paper Scissors

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Title: Rock Paper Scissors

Author: Alice Feeney

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  Very solid modern gothic, but a tad slow at the beginning.
Rating: 4/5

Friday, November 19, 2021

Of Bark and Sap

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Title: Of Bark and Sap

Author: Karim Friha

Publisher: Lion Forge
ISBN: 9781942367734
Thoughts:  Fast-paced and imaginative steampunk fantasy with great characters and plot.
Rating: 5/5

Small Volcanoes


Title: Small Volcanoes

Author: Sarah Kinney, Stefan Petrucha, & Stan Goldberg

Publisher: Papercutz
ISBN: 9781597073554
Thoughts:  Decent middle grade mystery, but the artwork was uneven and the characters looked too old.
Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Long Road to the Circus


Title: Long Road to the Circus

Author: Betsy Bird

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780593303986
Thoughts:  Fun historical fiction for mg readers that actually is based in some facts.
Rating: 3/5

Monday, November 15, 2021

The Cricket in Times Square

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Title: The Cricket in Times Square

Author: George Selden

Publisher: Listening Library
ISBN: 9780807204757
Thoughts:  A little dated, but still a cute story for younger readers.
Rating: 3/5

Friday, November 12, 2021

She Caused a Riot

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Title: She Caused a Riot: 100 Unknown Women Who Built Cities, Sparked Revolutions, & Massively Crushed It

Author: Hannah Jewell

Publisher: Sourcebooks
ISBN: 9781492662921
Thoughts:  Snarky, irreverent look at 100 powerful women mostly forgotten by history.
Rating: 4/5

Return to the Altar

 Title: Return to the Altar

Author: Mathew C. John

Publisher: I.H.S.
ISBN: 9780984765683
Thoughts:  John makes some great observations in the book, but there is way too much opinion that could turn off a casual Catholic reader.
Rating: 2/5

The Mouth of the Mine

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Title: The Mouth of the Mine

Author: Caleb Posten

Publisher: Black Rose
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  Good horror, but needed more explanation for the antagonist.
Rating: 3/5

Get a Life, Chloe Brown

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Title: Get a Life, Chloe Brown

Author: Talia Hibbert

Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  Very fun rom-com, and it was very empowering to see a main character with a disability, but it was a little steamier than I expected.
Rating: 4/5

Thursday, November 11, 2021

The Turnout


Title: The Turnout

Author: Megan Abbott

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sos
ISBN: 9780593084908
Thoughts:  This had such a strong psychological element to it that it could feel the dampness and rot that permeated from the starting catalyst and continued until the bitter end.
Rating: 3/5

Forbidden Kisses

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Title: Forbidden Kisses

Author: Annie Rains

Publisher: Loveswept
ISBN: 9780399181122
Thoughts:  A cute, sweet romance, even if the "forbidden" part is a tad unnatural.
Rating: 3/5

Monday, November 8, 2021

Playing the Enemy


Title: Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation

Author: John Carlin

Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780143115724
Thoughts:  A look at Mandela's political prowess leading up to a seminal rugby match.
Rating: 3/5

Born a Crime

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Title: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

Author: Trevor Noah

Publisher: Speigel & Grau
ISBN: 9780399588174
Thoughts:  Fast-paced, funny yet biting memoir with an unbelievable ending.
Rating: 4/5

Friday, November 5, 2021

The Personal Librarian

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Title: The Personal Librarian

Author: Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray

Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  Amazing how the stories of powerful men overshadow the stories of the women under them, and I am thankful for Benedict and Murray for bringing Belle's story to life.
Rating: 4/5