Friday, March 31, 2023

That Summer


Title: That Summer

Author: Jennifer Weiner

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
ISBN: 9781797122106
Thoughts: Not the most original story, but Weiner's writing really draws you in.

Rating: 4/5

Gilded Mountain


Title: Gilded Mountain

Author: Kate Manning

Publisher: Scribner
ISBN: 9781982160944
Thoughts: Despite the tiring overuse of foreshadowing, this novel reads quickly.

Rating: 3/5

Slow Horses


Title: Slow Horses

Author: Mick Herron

Publisher: Soho Crime
ISBN: 9781616954161
Thoughts: Not your typical spy thriller.

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Miao Dao


Title: Miao Dao

Author: Joyce Carol Oates

Publisher: Amazon Original Stories
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Oates can write, but horror, especially YA horror, ESPECIALLY modern YA horror, is definitely not her forte.

Rating: 2/5

Monday, March 27, 2023

The Bird King


Title: The Bird King

Author: G. Willow Wilson

Publisher: Grove Press
ISBN: 9780802129031
Thoughts: I really loved the fantasy elements in this, but towards the end, things became confusing and not fully explained.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Stacking the Shelves: 3/19-3/25

Got at a yard sale:


The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley

The Talk


Title: The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love, & Truth

Author: Wade Hudson & Cheryl Willis Hudson, eds

Publisher: Listening Library
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: This collection of essays and other writings will really make you think.

Rating: 4/5

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Pineapple Street


Title: Pineapple

Author: Jenny Jackson

Publisher: Penguin Audio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Character-driven story of an old-money family living in Brooklyn.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Stacking the Shelves: 3/12-3/18


Bought at Comic Relief:


Just Pretend by Tori Sharp

Scout Is Not a Band Kid by Jade Armstrong

Bought at Scholastic Book Fair:


Remarkably Ruby by Terri Libenson

Took by Mary Downing Hahn

Received in Wicked Reads Book Box:


I Like You Like That by Kayla Grosse

Friday, March 17, 2023

Sorcery of Thorns


Title: Sorcery of Thorns

Author: Margaret Rogerson

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN: 9781481497619
Thoughts: Very unique and very engaging, just had a few spots where it felt like something was not fully explained for the reader.

Rating: 4/5

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

The Invisible Husband of Frick Island


Title: The Invisible Husband of Frick Island

Author: Collen Oakley

Publisher: Penguin Audio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Very unique, but many characters stayed two dimensional, even as the story went on.

Rating: 3/5

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax


Title: The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax

Author: Dorothy Gilman

Publisher: Random House Ballantine Fawcett Crest
ISBN: 9780449208281
Thoughts: This is definitely dated, but it is still a ton of fun.

Rating: 4/5

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

So We Meet Again


Title: So We Meet Again

Author: Suzanne Park

Publisher: HarperAudio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Fun and funny enemies-to-lovers romance that needed a little stronger ending.

Rating: 4/5

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Practical Magic


Title: Practical Magic

Author: Alice Hoffman

Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 9780425190371
Thoughts: Good story about family bonds, but it felt like it was mostly exposition.

Rating: 3/5

Monday, March 6, 2023

City Boy


Title: City Boy

Author: Herman Wouk

Publisher: Amazon
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: This is a classic that still had great appeal, but seems to have been almost forgotten.

Rating: 4/5

Thursday, March 2, 2023

The Summer Job


Title: The Summer Job

Author: Lizzy Dent

Publisher: Penguin Audio
ISBN: n/a
Thoughts: Fun British chick-lit that though predictable in parts, does have some surprises.

Rating: 4/5