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

Blush

 

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

Won:


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

 

Won:

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