Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Survival of the Thickest

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Title: Survival of the Thickest

Author: Michelle Buteau

Publisher: Simon Schuster Audio
ISBN: 9781797108339
Thoughts: There were some very funny bits that were definitely highlighted more by Buteau's comic telling.
Rating: 4/5

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Stacking the Shelves: 2/13-3/26


Bought from Scholastic: 

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Unicorn Theater by Dana Simpson


Got in an Once Upon a Book Club Grab Bag:

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After All by Heidi McLaughlin


The Sullivan Sisters by Kathryn Ormsbee


The Daughters of Foxcote Manor by Eve Chase

To Be a Man

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Title: To Be a Man: Stories

Author: Nicole Krauss

Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: 9781799944430
Thoughts: Well-written but rather boring slice-of-life stories, even "The Husband", which started out with an interested premise.
Rating: 3/5

Eclipse of the Beginning

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Title: Eclipse of the Beginning

Author: J.L. Hendricks

Publisher: self
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: I know this was written as a writing exercise, but the characters were very two-dimensional and the writing style needed a little finessing.
Rating: 2/5

Thursday, March 24, 2022


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Title: Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

Author: Jon Krakauer

Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385538732
Thoughts: Thorough investigation into various rape cases of University of Montana students in the early Teens and the issues in their handling.
Rating: 4/5

Nancy Drew Diaries #1


Title:  Nancy Drew Diaries #1

Author: Carolyn Keene, Stefan Petrucha, & Sho Murase

Publisher: Papercutz
ISBN: 9781597075015
Thoughts:  Good Nancy Drew feel, especially in "Writ in Stone", but the artwork was rather uneven.
Rating: 3/5

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Just As Long As We're Together

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Title: Just As Long As We're Together

Author: Judy Blume

Publisher: Laurel Leaf
ISBN: 9780440210948
Thoughts:  While it is rather dated in so many ways, the themes Blume covers are still relevant today.
Rating: 3/5

The Chicken Sisters

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Title: The Chicken Sisters

Author: KJ Dell'Antonia

Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  Fun and fraught story of two sisters coming home and learning what family means, all while competing on a food show.
Rating: 4/5

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Shit Cassandra Saw


Title: Shit Cassandra Saw

Author: Gwen E. Kirby

Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780743136620
Thoughts:  Uniquely feminist collection of  short stories stretching across multiple genres.
Rating: 4/5

Monday, March 14, 2022


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Title: Memorial

Author: Bryan Washington

Publisher: Penguin Audio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  Rather melancholy story of two men at a turning point in their relationship.
Rating: 3/5

Man Enough


Title: Man Enough: Undefining My Masculinity

Author: Justin Baldoni

Publisher: HarperOne
ISBN: 9780063055599
Thoughts:  Honest look at one actor's struggle as a man to live up to society's standards.
Rating: 3/5

Thursday, March 10, 2022

The Man They Wanted Me To Be


Title: The Man They Wanted Me to Be: Toxic Masculinity and a Crisis of Our  Own Making

Author: Jared Yates Sexton

Publisher: Counterpoint
ISBN: 9781640091818
Thoughts:  Eye-opening look at what the idea of masculinity can lead to and how the cycle needs to be broken.
Rating: 4/5

Lake of Destiny

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Title: Lake of Destiny

Author: Martina Boone

Publisher: Mayfair
ISBN: 9781946773012
Thoughts: Cute, sweet romance with a magical realism twist.
Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Waiting for Whatever


Title: Waiting for Whatever

Author: Fay Sebastian

Publisher: Mileventwelve
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  I had no clue when I picked this up that it was in two languages, so I missed a lot of the story, but it seemed pretty superficial.
Rating: 2/5

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

The Ex-Pacifist

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Title: The Ex-Pacifist

Author: Sarah K. L. Wilson

Publisher: Pronoun
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  While I am not a space opera fan, this had excellent world-building and some good action sequences, but the main character was not that likeable.
Rating: 3/5

Monday, March 7, 2022

Cobble Hill

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Title: Cobble Hill

Author: Cecily von Ziegesar

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
ISBN: 9781797115993
Thoughts:  Very fun character-driven story about the rather flawed residents of Cobble Hill.
Rating: 4/5

Thursday, March 3, 2022

The Breedling and the City in the Garden

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Title: The Breedling and the City in the Garden

Author: Kimberlee Ann Bastian

Publisher: Wise Ink
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  Interesting world-building, but a number of characters seemed important and then were not and it became a lot of keep straight.
Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

I'll Be Seeing You

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Title: I'll Be Seeing You

Author:Elizabeth Berg

Publisher: Recorded Books
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts:  A bittersweet memoir about dealing with aging parents.
Rating: 4/5