Tuesday, March 30, 2021

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek


Title:  The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

Author: Kim Michele Richardson

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 9781492691631
Thoughts:  While the very end seemed rushed, the rest of the story is deep and layered, and it is amazing to think that is was set less than a century ago.

Rating: 4/5

Sunday, March 28, 2021

The Authenticity Project

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Title:  The Authenticity Project

Author: Claire Pooley

Publisher: Penguin Random
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  Wonderfully fun character-driven story with a few unexpected twists.

Rating: 5/5

Thursday, March 25, 2021

The Magical Reality of Nadia


Title:  The Magical Reality of Nadia

Author: Bassen Youssef & Catherine R. Daly

Publisher: Scholastic
ISBN: 9781338572285
Thoughts:  This was a lot of fun book with a good lesson, but I felt there could have been more to it.

Rating: 3/5

Catch and Release

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Title:  Catch and Release

Author: Laura Drewry

Publisher: Loveswept
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  Sweet, enjoyable romance.

Rating: 4/5


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The Butterfly Defect

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Title:  The Butterfly Defect

Author: Adam Hughes

Publisher: self
ISBN: 9781370110629
Thoughts:  Some strong points, but also somewhat confusing due to lack of fleshing out some other points.

Rating: 3/5

Monday, March 22, 2021

Ruins of Sapphire


Title:  Ruins of Sapphire

Author: Justine Alley Dowsett

Publisher: Mirror World
ISBN: 9781987976700
Thoughts:  Amazing world-building, but I cannot figure out why the English/Canadian author chose a Japanese school girl as a main character except maybe to attract manga/anime fans.

Rating: 3/5

Friday, March 19, 2021

The Night Watchman

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Title:  The Night Watchman

Author: Louise Erdrich

Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: n/a

Thoughts:  I know the title character is based on Erdrich's grandfather, but it is a little misleading because the story, which is very well-written, is about the whole community, not just one person.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Stacking the Shelves: 2/7-3/13

LibraryThing Early Review:
The Step Back by JT Bushnell
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Too Many Women, Too Little Time by David William Pierce

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

This Is How You Lose the Time War

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Title:  This Is How You Loose the Time War

Author: Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 9781508287070

Thoughts:  Very inventive blending of sci-fi and fantasy, but it was hard to tell the two narrators apart on the audiobook.

Rating: 3/5

Tuesday, March 9, 2021



Title:  Zingers: Five Novellas Blowing Like Dust on the Desert Wind

Author: John C. Krieg

Publisher: Anaphora
ISBN: 9781681145433

Thoughts:  None of these had a plot I enjoyed, but they were even harder to read with all the head-hopping and dialogue mushed into paragraphs.

Rating: 1/5

Monday, March 8, 2021

The Making of the American Theatre


Title:  The Making of the American Theatre

Author: Howard Taubman

Publisher: Coward McCann
ISBN: n/a

Thoughts: The historical parts of this were very insightful, but once it go to the mid-20th century, Taubman began offering too many opinions.

Rating: 2/5

Friday, March 5, 2021

Chibi Vampire: Bites


Title:  Chibi Vampire: Bites

Author: Yuna Kagesaki

Publisher: Tokyopop
ISBN: 9781427831866

Thoughts: Honestly, not really sure whom this is for since more than half of it covers things die-hard fans would already know.

Rating: 2/5

Anxious People

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Title:  Anxious People

Author: Fredrick Backman

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: n/a

Thoughts: Backman's distinct writing style paired with Marin Ireland's spot-on narration make for a story that is actually way more hilarious than it sounds.

Rating: 5/5

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Prayer for Beginners


Title:  Prayer for Beginners

Author: Peter Kreeft

Publisher: Ignatius
ISBN: n/a

Thoughts: Some good thoughts, some I am not sure of, but the big issue was the narrator just did not fit - her accent took away from when Kreeft talked about being American and her voice was very zen, making the whole book sound like a long meditation.

Rating: 2/5

Jewish Fairytales


Title:  Jewish Fairy Tales

Author: Gerald Friedlander

Publisher: Dover
ISBN: 9780486419824

Thoughts: I had heard versions of a few of these before, but I cannot say any really stood out.

Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, March 3, 2021



Title:  Flawless

Author: Heather Graham

Publisher: Mira
ISBN: 9780778318811

Thoughts: Great romantic suspense that leaned more heavily on the suspense than romance.

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Take It Back


Title:  Take It Back

Author: Kia Abdullah

Publisher: St. Martin's
ISBN: 9781250273017

Thoughts: Not only is there a powerful message here, there are so many twists and turns that I could not put it down.

Rating: 5/5

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher


Title:  The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher

Author: Dana Alison Levy

Publisher: Delacorte
ISBN: 9780385376549

Thoughts: With its concentration on all four brothers, it made it a little hard to get into until about halfway through when it hit its stride.

Rating: 3/5

From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime

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Title:  From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America

Author: Elizabeth Hinton

Publisher: Harvard
ISBN: 9780674737235

Thoughts:  Interesting look at how the war on poverty led to over-policing in African-American areas, but it felt like it was written in the the time it covered, so much so that the epilogue seemed incongruous.

Rating: 3/5

The Age of Grief


Title:  The Age of Grief

Author: Jane Smiley

Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780385721875

Thoughts: Moving collection of stories, especially the title novella.

Rating: 4/5

Battlefield Earth

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Title:  Battlefield Earth

Author: L. Ron Hubbard

Publisher: Galaxy
ISBN: 9781592129577

Thoughts: Hubbard is a highly detailed and imaginative writer, but each section would have worked better as a novella in a series rather than all together in a 1K page tome.

Rating: 3/5

Monday, March 1, 2021

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?


Title:  Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race

Author: Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD

Publisher: Basic
ISBN: 9780465060689

Thoughts: Excellent and approachable look at race relations and racial identity.

Rating: 5/5

The Office of Historical Corrections


Title:  The Office of Historical Corrections

Author: Danielle Evans

Publisher: Riverhead
ISBN: 9781594487330

Thoughts: Evans's writing is so engaging that these stories sucked me in and really flew by; all were great, the the title piece was simply outstanding.

Rating: 4/5

Wrecking Ball

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Title:  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball

Author: Jeff Kinney

Publisher: Amulet
ISBN: 9781419739033

Thoughts: Great lighthearted fare to balance out heavier reads or to get kids interested in reading.

Rating: 4/5

The New Jim Crow

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Title: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Author: Michele Alexader

Publisher: The New Press
ISBN: 9781620975459

Thoughts: While there are a ton of facts and I understand where this is coming from, it is a little odd that there are sections that directly contradict the title.

Rating: 3/5