Friday, April 30, 2021

The Light of Days

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Title:  The Light of Days: The Untold Story of Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos

Author: Judy Batalion

Publisher: HarperAudio
Thoughts: Uplifting true stories of female Jewish resistance fighters, but it was hard to keep all of them straight, which may have been easier with a print copy.

Rating: 3/5

The Art of Living


Title:  The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness

Author: Epictetus & Sharon Lebell

Publisher: HarperOne
Thoughts: Interesting and approachable introduction to stoicism.

Rating: 3/5

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Slavery by Another Name


Title:  Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americas from the Civil War to World War II

Author: Douglas A. Blackmon

Publisher: Anchor
Thoughts: Blackmon starts the book by saying it is the story of Green Cottingham, but it is a lot more than that and overly dense with information.

Rating: 3/5

Monday, April 26, 2021

Billy Miller Makes a Wish


Title:  Billy Miller Makes a Wish

Author: Kevin Henkes

Publisher: Greenwillow
Thoughts: Things happen, but still not as exciting as some books I remember reading when I was younger.

Rating: 3/5

Friday, April 23, 2021

Call Down the Hawk


Title:  Call Down the Hawk

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic
Thoughts: So deep with so many moving parts, but they all come together in a magical way.

Rating: 5/5

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Girls with Bright Futures

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Title:  Girls with Bright Futures

Author: Tracy Dobmeier & Wendy Katzman

Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Thoughts: Fun, fast-paced, and often shocking story that cannot be put down.

Rating: 5/5

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Ivy + Bean Get to Work!


Title:  Ivy + Bean Get to Work!

Author: Annie Burrows

Publisher: Chronicle
ISBN: 9781797205106
Thoughts: Fast-paced chapter book that does allow young readers to draw some of their own connections.

Rating: 3/5


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Title:  Rodham

Author: Curtis Sittenfeld

Publisher: Penguin Random House
ISBN: 9780525527848
Thoughts: This starts very realistic, but some absurdness creeps in as the altered history gets further from its deviation point, making for a fun read.

Rating: 3/5

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Final Justice


Title:  Final Justice

Author: Fern Michaels

Publisher: Zebra
ISBN: 9781420101881
Thoughts: I know this was the 12th of a series, but at so many points, I had absolutely no clue what was going on or why, even when it was part of the plot of just this installment.

Rating: 1/5

Monday, April 19, 2021

The One and Only Ivan


Title:  The One and Only Ivan

Author: Katherine Applegate

Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780061992254
Thoughts: An approachable look at animal captivity and abuse for younger readers wrapped in a highly engaging story.

Rating: 4/5

King of Scars


Title:  King of Scars

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Imprint
ISBN: 9781250142283
Thoughts: Amazingly well-thought fantasy world, and while this does reference back to previous GrishaVerse novels, it can definitely be an entry point into the world.

Rating: 4/5

The Book of Koli


Title:  The Book of Koli

Author: M. R. Carey

Publisher: Orbit
ISBN: 9780316477536
Thoughts: This takes a little bit to get into because of the minor but logical language changes Carey imagines in this future, but it is so worth it as this is one of the best dystopians I have read in a long while.

Rating: 5/5

Friday, April 16, 2021

The Boys King Arthur


Title:  The Boys King Arthur

Author: Sidney Lanier

Publisher: Createspace
ISBN: 9781523813025
Thoughts: This story of King Arthur was pared down for children, but it was still complicated and, frankly, boring, plus riddled with typos that could have easily been fixed with a good proofing.

Rating: 1/5

Monday, April 12, 2021


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Title:  Circe

Author: Madeline Miller

Publisher: Hachette
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  Seems like it is best for a true mythology lover - must at least have some knowledge of mythology to appreciate.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Stacking the Shelves: 4/4-4/10

 Bought from Scholastic:

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The Palace of Secrets by Rhona Cleary, Agnese Innocente, Gaia Urbinati, & Ilaria Cardinali

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Unicorn of Many Hats by Dana Simpson

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The Sand Warrior by Mark Siegel, Alexis Siegel, Xanthe Bouma, Matt Rockefeller, & Boya Sun

City of a Thousand Gates


Title:  City of a Thousand Gates

Author: Rebecca Sacks

Publisher: Harper
ISBN: 9780063011472
Thoughts:  Beautiful weaving of the stories of various fictional Israelis and Palestinians taking the conflict from news to heart.

Rating: 5/5

Monday or Tuesday


Title:  Monday or Tuesday: Eight Stories

Author: Virginia Woolf

Publisher: Dover
ISBN: 9780486294537
Thoughts:  Well-written, mainly stream-of-conscious stories; especially liked "A Society".

Rating: 3/5

Friday, April 9, 2021

Simon B. Rhymin'


Title:  Simon B. Rhymin'

Author: Dwayne Reed

Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316538978
Thoughts:  Very positive story about finding your voice and helping your community, although there seemed to be some plot jumps.

Rating: 3/5

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Royal Scandal

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Title:  Royal Scandal

Author: Marquita Valentine

Publisher: Loveswept
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  If this had stayed sweet like it wanted, it would have been a perfect read, but the spicy bits just did not seem to fit with the characters and through me out of the story.

Rating: 3/5

Tuesday, April 6, 2021



Title:  G.I. Joe Frontline: Icebound

Author: Dan Jolley & Drew Johnson

Publisher: Devil's Due
ISBN: 1932796142
Thoughts:  I have never read G.I. Joe before, so I had no clue it was going to be not just action but sci-fi as well.

Rating: 3/5

Monday, April 5, 2021

The Rib King


Title:  The Rib King

Author: Laddee Hubbard

Publisher: Amistad
ISBN: 97810062979063
Thoughts:  I have no clue how to describe this - just read it!

Rating: 5/5

Big Summer


Title:  Big Summer

Author: Jennifer Weiner

Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  I was expecting a good beach read, but this was so much more.

Rating: 5/5

Saturday, April 3, 2021