Thursday, September 29, 2022

What Storm, What Thunder


Title: What Storm, What Thunder

Author: Myriam J.A. Chancy

Publisher: Tin House
ISBN: 9781951142766
Thoughts:  Each chapter looks at the 2010 earthquake in Haiti through the eyes of a different yet interconnected character, some of which are easier to connect with than others.
Rating: 3/5

Only a Monster


Title: Only a Monster

Author: Vanessa Len

Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780063024649
Thoughts: So many plot holes and loose threads, plus the world-building, while unique, had a very weak foundation.
Rating: 2/5

The Final Revival of Opal & Nev


Title: The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

Author: Dawnie Walton

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
ISBN: 9781797118505
Thoughts: Even though this was done with a full-cast, which is perfect for this mockumentary, I had a hard time keeping the characters straight, which sometimes caused me to loose the plot line.
Rating: 3/5

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Any Other Family


Title: Any Other Family

Author: Eleanor Brown

Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
ISBN: 9780593328545
Thoughts: Character-driven novel about a nontraditional family learning what family really means.
Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Take My Hand


Title: Take My Hand

Author: Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Publisher: Penguin Random House
ISBN: 9780593552247
Thoughts: Very powerful story about a topic that is not often covered but should be brought to light.
Rating: 5/5

The Trouble with Bachelors


Title: The Trouble with Bachelors

Author: Caitlyn Blue

Publisher: Sassy Muse
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Typical contemporary romance with fun characters.
Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Caul Baby


Title: Caul Baby

Author: Morgan Jerkins

Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: 9780063070431
Thoughts: A very intense, unique read that blends magical realism and social justice, or lack there of.
Rating: 4/5

A Marvellous Light


Title: A Marvellous Light

Author: Freya Marske

Publisher: Tor
ISBN: 9781250788870
Thoughts: Excellent world-building and very likeable characters, but the romance was lacking something.
Rating: 4/5

Not in Her Wildest Dreams


Title: Not in Her Wildest Dreams

Author: Dani Collins

Publisher: self
ISBN: 9780991734962
Thoughts: Sometimes I had trouble understanding the main characters motives, so I could not always get behind their actions and in turn, them.
Rating: 3/5

Friday, September 9, 2022

Early Morning Riser


Title: Early Morning Riser

Author: Katherine Heiny

Publisher: Random House Audio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Deeply engaging character-driven novel full of every emotion.
Rating: 4/5

Thursday, September 8, 2022

Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses


Title: Lycanthropy and Other Chronic Illnesses

Author: Kristen O'Neal

Publisher: Quirk
ISBN: 9781683692348
Thoughts: O'Neal is genius for taking a classic horror creature and crafting a story of friendship, illness, and all types of healing.
Rating: 5/5

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Played to Death


Title: Played to Death

Author: BV Lawson

Publisher: self
ISBN: 9780990458203
Thoughts: I had trouble keeping some of the threads straight, but the clues were all there and the solution was more than satisfactory.
Rating: 3/5

The Mutual Friend


Title: The Mutual Friend

Author: Carter Bays

Publisher: Dutton
ISBN: 9780593186763
Thoughts: Very quirky character-driven novel with a definite lesson about modern society.
Rating: 5/5

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Of Women and Salt


Title: Of Women and Salt

Author: Gabriela Garcia

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Very poetic prose, but I had trouble keeping the timelines straight.
Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Warm Bodies


Title: Warm Bodies

Author: Isaac Marion

Publisher: Blackstone
ISBN: 9781441788801
Thoughts: I think I would have liked this better if I had read it - the narrator's voice just didn't seem right for the main character.
Rating: 3/5

Monday, August 29, 2022

Spark and the League of Ursus


Title: Spark and the League of Ursus

Author: Robert Repino

Publisher: Quirk
ISBN: 9781683691662
Thoughts: I can see where the author was going, but the world-building fell short, especially with the bears' special words for things and the confusing flashbacks.
Rating: 2/5

Sunday, August 28, 2022

Mean Baby


Title: Mean Baby: A Memoir of Growing Up

Author: Selma Blair

Publisher: Audible
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  I ended up enjoying this much more than I thought I would, probably because it was ready by the author whose emotions would come through.
Rating: 4/5

Saturday, August 27, 2022

Stacking the Shelves: 7/31-8/27

LibraryThing Early Review:
Atrocious Immoralities by Brynne Stevens 

What's With St Louis? by Valerie Battle Kienzle

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

The Kindest Lie


Title: The Kindest Lie

Author: Nancy Johnson

Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  Honestly, just a very average story - nothing stood out really, good or bad.
Rating: 3/5

The Wild World Handbook: Habitats


Title: The Wild World Handbook: Habitats

Author: Andrea Debbink

Publisher: Quirk
ISBN: 9781683692461
Thoughts:  Impressive book for school-aged children that teaches about many different habitats through biographies, activities, and ideas for conservation.
Rating: 5/5

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Cursed Objects


Title: Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World's Most Infamous Items

Author: J.W. Ocker

Publisher: Quirk
ISBN: 9781683692362
Thoughts:  Very comprehensive and lighthearted guide to all of the world's cursed objects.
Rating: 5/5

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

It's Your Funeral!


Title: It's Your Funeral!: Plan the Celebration of a Lifetime - Before it's Too Late

Author: Kathy Benjamin

Publisher: Quirk
ISBN: 9781683692584
Thoughts:  A very humorous guide to planning your own funeral that is full of useful information.
Rating: 3/5

Hello, Molly!


Title: Hello, Molly!

Author: Molly Shannon

Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: 978
Thoughts:  Any fan of SNL in the 90s will appreciate this fun memoir (but, be warned, it starts off very sad).
Rating: 4/5

Monday, August 15, 2022

The Sleep Tight Motel


Title: The Sleep Tight Motel

Author: Lisa Unger

Publisher: Amazon
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  A little slow for a horror novella, and also predictable.
Rating: 3/5

Matchmaking for Beginners


Title: Matchmaking for Beginners

Author: Maddie Dawson

Publisher: Lake Union
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  Very cute romantic magical realism.
Rating: 4/5

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Do No Harm

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Title: Do No Harm

Author: Christine McDonald

Publisher: Simon Schuster Audio
ISBN: 9781797117744
Thoughts:  I have disagreed with many protagonists, but I disliked Emma so much I was rooting against her almost from the start.
Rating: 1/5

Hunters of the Hidden City


Title: Hunters of the Hidden City

Author: Kali Wallace

Publisher: Quirk
ISBN: 9781683692898
Thoughts:  A smart protagonist, a great secret, and a wonderful lesson.
Rating: 4/5

Monday, August 1, 2022

Crystal Clear


Title: Crystal Clear: Reflections on Extraordinary Talismans for Everyday Life

Author: Jaya Saxena

Publisher: Quirk
ISBN: 9781683692034
Thoughts:  Unique blend of personal and informative essays around crystals.
Rating: 3/5

Saturday, July 30, 2022

This Is Not the Jess Show


Title: This Is Not the Jess Show

Author: Anna Carey

Publisher: Quirk
ISBN: 9781683691976
Thoughts:  Very unique concept, but it opens itself up to some major loose threads, but I cannot say more because there is one major twist.
Rating: 3/5

Stacking the Shelves: 7/17-7/30


LibraryThing Early Review:
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Leviticus by Kallen Samuels
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Laela and the Moonline by Lisa Perskie

Friday, July 29, 2022

The Sunset Route


Title: The Sunset Route

Author: Carrot Quinn

Publisher: Dial
ISBN: 9780593133286
Thoughts:  Quinn's life is so unlike mine, and that is why I read memoirs; however, a minor anachronism early on left me questioning everything.
Rating: 3/5

Rings on Her Fingers


Title: Rings on Her Fingers

Author: ReGina Welling

Publisher: self
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  Very fun paranormal romantic mystery, but there was head-hopping some of the explanation had me scratching my head.
Rating: 3/5

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

The Four Winds

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Title: The Four Winds

Author: Kristin Hannah

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN: 9781250317247
Thoughts:  Hannah is at the top of her game with this heart-wrenching yet hopeful tale of a family trying to survive the dust bowl.
Rating: 5/5

Monday, July 25, 2022

The Shadows Between Us


Title: The Shadows Between Us

Author: Tricia Levenseller

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
ISBN: 9781250189967
Thoughts:  A very compelling, well-developed fantasy that can easily stand alone.
Rating: 4/5

Friday, July 22, 2022

The Evening Hero


Title: Whisper Down the Lane

Author: Marie Myunk-Ok Lee

Publisher: Simon Schuster
ISBN: 9781476735078
Thoughts:  Gripping fiction about a Korean doctor attempting to live the American Dream, but haunted by his past.
Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Whisper Down the Lane


Title: Whisper Down the Lane

Author: Clay McLeod Chapman

Publisher: Quirk
ISBN: 9781683692157
Thoughts:  Great premise, but the psychological horror needed to be ramped up a few notches.
Rating: 3/5

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Two Nights in Lisbon

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Title: Two Nights in Lisbon

Author: Chris Pavone

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
ISBN: 9781250856302
Thoughts:  Decent suspense, but a tad predictable.
Rating: 3/5