Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Monuments Men by Robert Edsel with Bret Witter, 595 pages

The Monuments Men were a small group (9 or so men) who were responsible for trying to protect culturally important locations and artwork during WWII and trying to track down the artwork that the Nazis confiscated from the original owners. They helped locate and preserve some very important pieces. I've been wanting to watch the movie but I live by a code of not seeing a movie until I've read the book.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Some Clever Title by Bill Amend, 143 pages

I've been reading Fox Trot from almost day one, so I was excited to get to meet the cartoonist at Planet Comic-con. He not only autographed my copy but also drew a small Quincy on the title page. Fan girl squeal!

TimeBangers-One Does Not Simply Walk Into Tudor by Ivery Kirk & Luna Teague, 259 pages

There was quite a collection of authors at Planet Comic-con, and this book caught my eye. Tawny and Beth go time traveling to see just how great a lay Henry VIII actually was. I love historic books, especially those set in England. I also enjoy campy and torrid books. This one was a perfect melding of all those categories. I was a little worried since it was an independent book, but it was surprisingly well-done. I enjoyed the friendship between Tawny and Beth, Beth's anxiety about being a good parent was spot on, and Tawny's social anxiety was well presented. The sex scenes weren't tasteless and were actually pretty fun. All in all, I can't wait to read the next book. Plus, I got to meet the one of the authors (Ivery Kirk) and she was so nice and humorous.

The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King, 585 pages

Another fabulous Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell mystery by Laurie King. This one delves into Mrs. Hudson's past. While I wouldn't recommend starting with this book, the whole series is a must read for any Sherlock fan.

Fowl Language, Welcome to Parenting by Brian Gordon, 126 pages

I've been following this artist on Facebook, and he was at the Kansas City Comic-con, so I was not only able to get his book, but also get it signed. His comics are spot on about parenting, I've laughed so hard reading this book. My husband enjoyed the books and both of my kids found it hilarious.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, 192 pages

I knew the original book was different from the movie but I didn't realize just how much. Our book club is reading this for this month, and it's another one that I am really glad I picked up.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Poison Study by Maria Snyder, 361 pages

This was recommended on a review site so I gave it a try. Yelena is about to be executed for murder when she is given a chance for reprieve, become the commander's food taster. But it turns out that dying from poison could be the least of her problems.