Friday, December 30, 2022

Dream Girl


Title: Dream Girl

Author: Laura Lippman

Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: 9780062390158
Thoughts: Very interesting culmination, but the twists felt off, and I seem to have lost a few threads from the start to finish.
Rating: 3/5



Title: Election

Author: Tom Perrotta

Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 9780425167281
Thoughts:  While I enjoyed the almost mockumentary style, I feel like the book seemed more scandalous when it came out than it does today.
Rating: 3/5

We All Want Impossible Things


Title: We All Want Impossible Things

Author: Catherine Newman

Publisher: Harper
ISBN: 9780063230897
Thoughts: A raw yet often humorous story about grieving and dying.
Rating: 4/5

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Other Birds


Title: Other Birds

Author: Sarah Addison Allen

Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781250019868
Thoughts: Another great work of magical realism from Allen that explores families of all varieties, including those no longer living.
Rating: 4/5

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Stacking the Shelves: 12/4-12/24

Received from Owl Post:


Arcadia Burns by Kai Meyer

The Glare by Margot Harrison


Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power 


Bought on Amazon:


Good Sh*t by Julia Blohberger & Roos Neeter

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

The Kingdom of Back


Title: The Kingdom of Back

Author: Marie Lu

Publisher: Listening Library
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  I really enjoyed the historical fiction aspect of this book, but I had trouble giving into the fantasy, although the author's note at the end offered explanation for some of the things that were hanging me up.
Rating: 3/5

If I Survive You


Title: If I Survive You

Author: Jonathan Escoffery

Publisher: MCD
ISBN: 9780374605988
Thoughts:  Escoffery has a unique voice that really draws the reader in, even as he plays with styles among these connected short stories.
Rating: 4/5

Monday, December 19, 2022

Six of Crows


Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Penguin Audio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  This book was just a very average read for me - nothing stood out in either direction.
Rating: 3/5

Thursday, December 15, 2022

The Guncle


Title: The Guncle

Author: Stephen Rowley

Publisher: Penguin Audio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  Heartfelt and hilarious story of an uncle and his niece and nephew learning to live with grief.
Rating: 4/5

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Sisters First


Title: Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life

Author: Jenna Bush Hager & Barbara Pierce Bush

Publisher: Blackstone Audio
ISBN: 9781478996460
Thoughts:  Enjoyable, but despite the title, this still seemed very superficial; definitely does as poignant as Everything Beautiful in Its Time.
Rating: 3/5

Monday, December 5, 2022

Demon Copperhead


Title: Demon Copperhead

Author: Barbara Kingsolver

Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: 9788212037273
Thoughts:  A modern retelling of David Copperfield that will haunt the reader with its rawness and humanity.
Rating: 5/5

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Stacking the Shelves: 11/20-12/3

LibraryThing Early Review:
Inside the Storm I Want to Touch the Tremble by Carolyn Oliver


The Good Widow by Jennifer Katz

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Stay True


Title: Stay True

Author: Hua Hsu

Publisher: Doubleday Books
ISBN: 9780385547772
Thoughts:  This angst-ridden, melancholy, yet at times pretentious memoir really captures the feel of Hsu's formative years, but those qualities can also make it unattractive.
Rating: 3/5

Phoebe and Her Unicorn in Unicorn Theater


Title: Phoebe and Her Unicorn in Unicorn Theater

Author: Dana Simpson

Publisher: Andrews McMeels Publishing
ISBN: 9781449489816
Thoughts:  Fun full-length tale about true friendship.
Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

The Case of the Defunct Adjunct


Title: The Case of the Defunct Adjunct

Author: Frankie Bow

Publisher: Hawaiian Heritage Press
ISBN: 9781943476008
Thoughts:  A solid mystery, but a little too much tangential elements.
Rating: 3/5

Monday, November 28, 2022



Title: Less

Author: Andrew Sean Greer

Publisher: Lee Boudreaux Books
ISBN: 9780316529015
Thoughts:  I found this novel to be a tad melancholy, despite reviews to the contrary.
Rating: 3/5

Monday, November 21, 2022

If We Were Villians


Title: If We Were Villians

Author: M. L. Rio

Publisher: Flatiron Books
ISBN: 9781250095282
Thoughts:  As a theatre major in late 90s/early 00s, I absolutely loved this book, but it definitely is not for everyone.
Rating: 4/5

Miracle's Boys


Title: Miracle's Boys

Author: Jacqueline Woodson

Publisher: Listening Library
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  Very moving story for middle graders about brothers and grief
Rating: 4/5

Saturday, November 19, 2022



Title: Blush

Author: Jamie Brenner

Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio
ISBN: 9780593408698
Thoughts:  Perfect pick for a summer read with a little more weight.
Rating: 4/5

Selected Poems of Langton Hughes


Title: Selected Poems of Langston Hughes

Author: Langston Hughes

Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 9780697928184
Thoughts:  Hughes's poetry is real and relatable with a wonderful rhythm.
Rating: 5/5

Stacking the Shelves: 11/13-11/19


Dirt Creek by Hayley Scrivenor

Friday, November 18, 2022

Best of Friends


Title: Best of Friends

Author: Kamila Shamsie

Publisher: Riverhead Books
ISBN: 9780593421826
Thoughts:  Shamsie really pulled me into this story about a friendship during the teen years and then in middle age.
Rating: 4/5

No Matter the Price


Title: No Matter the Price

Author: Daniel Pare

Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio
ISBN: 9781684338221
Thoughts:  Some very heartfelt moments, but the whole premise seemed more hurtful than helpful, and I had a visceral reaction to Karen making it hard to stay in the story.
Rating: 3/5

Monday, November 14, 2022

Lessons in Chemistry


Title: Lessons in Chemistry

Author: Bonnie Garmus

Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio
ISBN: 9780593507544
Thoughts:  Very rich, fun characters make this a book unforgettable.
Rating: 5/5

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Stacking the Shelves: 10/30-11/12

Bought on Amazon:

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo



The Last Housewife by Ashley Winstead

Friday, November 11, 2022

You Don't Know Us Negros


Title: You Don't Know Us Negros and Other Essays

Author: Zora Neale Hurston

Publisher: Amistad Press
ISBN: 9780063043855
Thoughts:  Very interesting to read Hurston's non-fiction work and I did appreciate how it was organized by topic, but some felt (and a few were) unfinished.
Rating: 3/5

Zombie Daze


Title: Zombie Daze

Author: K.E. O'Connor

Publisher: self
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  Fun cozy with a zombie twist and a likeable main character, even if the mystery elements where not fleshed out enough.
Rating: 3/5

Three Lords and Three Ladies of London


Title: Three Lords and Three Ladies of London

Author: Anna Faktorovich

Publisher: Anaphora Literary Press
ISBN: 9798750094424
Thoughts:  Confusing Renaissance allegorical comedy by William Percy that did benefit from Faktorovich's "translation" (aka summary), even if that portion was very long and dry with theories that seemed far-fetched based on the evidence presented in the form of the play.
Rating: 2/5

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Long Live the Pumpkin Queen


Title: Long Live the Pumpkin Queen

Author: Shea Ernshaw

Publisher: Disney Press
ISBN: 9781368069601
Thoughts:  What could have been a very cool exploration of the other towns (even the new one) was hindered by very flat writing with a very morose main character whose motives seem directionless.
Rating: 2/5

Nebula Awards Showcase 2009


Title: Nebula Awards Showcase 2009

Author: Ellen Datlow, ed

Publisher: Roc
ISBN: 9780451462558
Thoughts: Wonderful collection of outstanding sci-fi and speculative fiction work - some standouts are "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" by Ted Chiang and "Pol Pot's Beautiful Daughter (Fantasy)" by Geoff Ryman.
Rating: 4/5

Sunday, November 6, 2022

The Many Daughters of Afong Moy


Title: The Many Daughters of Afong Moy

Author: Jamie Ford

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  Unique yet confusing concept that felt more like a standard family saga with too many characters and time periods to keep straight.
Rating: 2/5

Friday, November 4, 2022

The Frederick Sisters Are Living the Dream


Title: The Frederick Sisters Are Living the Dream

Author: Jeannie Zusy

Publisher: Atria
ISBN: 9781982185381
Thoughts:  A delightful tale of family navigating through middle age.
Rating: 4/5

Friday, October 28, 2022

Summer on the Bluffs


Title: Summer on the Bluffs

Author: Sunny Hostin

Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  Heftier than a normal beach read, but still a wonderful novel for and of summer.
Rating: 4/5

Thursday, October 27, 2022

The Halloween Tree


Title: The Halloween Tree

Author: Ray Bradbury

Publisher: Spectra
ISBN: 9780553258233
Thoughts:  I like Bradbury and there is a reason he is a master, but I think what he was trying with this story fell flat.
Rating: 3/5



Title: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Publisher: Quirk
ISBN: 9781594749476
Thoughts:  Very fun Cinderella retelling set against the backdrop of sci-fi fandom.
Rating: 4/5

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

The Beginning


Title: The Beginning

Author: Ranay James

Publisher: self
ISBN: 9781311668424
Thoughts:  Not a bad story, but the structure was wonky with a pivotal character not being introduces until Part 2, and an even more important plot point not even touch upon until the final third.
Rating: 3/5

Saturday, October 22, 2022

One Crazy Summer


Title: One Crazy Summer

Author: Rita Williams-Garcia

Publisher: Recorded Books
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  A middle-grade historical fiction that is not afraid of tough family issues.
Rating: 4/5

Stacking the Shelves: 10/2-22

LibraryThing Early Review:
Leigh Howard and the Ghosts of Simmons-Pierce Manor by Shawn M. Warner

Thursday, October 20, 2022

The Family Remains


Title: The Family Remains

Author: Lisa Jewell

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
ISBN: 9781797139050
Thoughts:  This sequel to The Family Upstairs is just as dark but not quite as twisty.
Rating: 4/5