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

Thursday, November 4, 2021

The Case of the Missing Adults


Title: Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys: The Case of the Missing Adults

Author: Scott Bryan Wilson & Bob Solanovicz

Publisher: Dynamite
ISBN: 9781524111786
Thoughts:  This is an incredibly fun graphic novel but feels like it is a parallel universe to cannon.
Rating: 4/5