Wednesday, February 27, 2013

My Heart Is An Idiot by Davy Rothbart, 307 pages

Collection of essays that I found depressing and a little loosey-goosey with morality, so not really my cup of tea.

The Falstaff Vampire Files by Lynne Murray, 275 pages

I'm not a huge, huge Shakespeare fan, so I wasn't really up on who John Falstaff was, but I do know the actually person he was based on, Sir John Oldcastle (which I know because of a recent book "The Tower") so I was able to understand the time period the vampire was from. This was an odd vampire book and not my favorite.

Young Miss Holmes (Casebook 1-2) by Kaoru Shintani, 384 pages

This was my first official manga book, and I must say, they're hard to read. I had to keep remembering right to left, right to left. The artwork was a sometimes creepy with the big eyes (I kept thinking they were using belladonna drops) and evidently the storyline of Sherlock Holmes' 10-year-old niece being as smart and deductive as him was enough, they had to throw in a vampire twist. Still, it was an entertaining read, and I can see why they're so popular with teens and tweens.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Easter Bunny Murder by Leslie Meier, 263 pages

Hard to believe that this is the 21st in this holiday murder mystery series. I've been reading them since almost the very beginning, and if and when Miss Tilly dies, I will be heartbroken.

Playing Dirty by Francine Pascal, 180 pages

There is nothing like teenage drama to make for some fun, mindless reading.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Easter Island by Jennifer Vanderbes, 308 pages

This was a book club book that all but one person enjoyed. Very rare for us to have that must consensus.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Beware the Ninja Weenies by David Lubar, 188 pages

David Lubar's short stories are always some of the funniest and most twisted that I've read. Scott Meeker's short stories for Halloween reminded me a little of his work. If you like your juvenile short stories odd, creepy and hilarious, this is a great book to pick up.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Restless in the Grave by Dana Stabenow, 371 pages

I really enjoy the Kate Shugak books. It's an interesting look at Alaska and they always grab me.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Gross America by Richard Faulk, 262 pages

This was an entertaining look at some of the grossest things in America broken down by state. America has a poop-powered street lamp (dog poop), we've found one of Lewis & Clark's latrines, and museums devoted to medical oddities galore. This book had me laughing, cringing, and wanting to travel America. One word of warning, not a good book to read while eating.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Fables:Cubs Willingham, Buckingham, Leialoha, & Ha, 192 page

Just when I thought Fables couldn't get any darker, BAM, it does. This one featured two of Bigby's cubs and had me wanting to put the book down throughout, just to almost relieve the tension. This was gripping, heartbreaking, and extremely well done.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Tower: An Epic History of the Tower of London by Nigel Jones, 456 pages

This was a dense nonfiction look at the history of the Tower of London, and the history of England itself, with the very beginning stonework to the last execution. It's unbelievable how much history is tied up in this location. This book left me even more determined to go to England someday.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Doctor Wore Petticoats by Chris Enss, 125 pages

This was an interesting and entertaining look at the early women physicians of the Old West. It was kind of amazing how many of these women even started treating people before they went to medical school.

Too Late by Francine Pascal, 182 pages

Nothing like over the top teen drama to almost make you look back on your own teen years fondly.

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Wall and the Wing by Laura Ruby, 327 pages

Cari had reviewed this book months ago and I've been meaning to read it, and finally got around to it. I just didn't love it as much as Cari did, but it wasn't a bad book. Just not my favorite cup of tea.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Zombie Whisperer by Jesse Petersen, 447 pages

I'm a huge fan of Jesse Petersen's zombie books. I've had this book on my Nook but have been waiting to read it, because once it's done there's no more. But the anticipation finally got to me. This fourth book in the Dave & Sarah series was wonderful. I know there are people still planning on reading it so I won't go into plot details, but it was great.

Letters on an Elk Hunt by Elinore Stewart, 65 pages

Our book club had read a book by this author called Letters of a Woman Homesteader and I'd really enjoyed it. My husband was nice enough to track down this book for me.

The Sweet Life #1 by Francine Pascal, 105 pages

This is the first entry in a six part novella that continues Sweet Valley High after Sweet Valley Confidential.

A Lady's Point of View by Jacqueline Diamond, 134 pages

This was a fun regency romance e-book.

Lady in Disguise by Jacqueline Diamond, 126 pages

This was a Night Owl review e-book. It reminded me a lot of Georgette Heyer.

Shambling with the Stars by Jesse Petersen, 33 pages

This was a short story e-book by one of my favorite zombie authors. It looked at the very beginning outbreak of the zombie plague and how it would have maybe hit LA. As always, a lot of fun to read.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter by Melissa Frances, 294 pages

I'd picked this book up thinking I would do a column for the newspaper on the biographies of the actresses of The Little House on the Prairie. Instead, I'm doing a different book, but still read this one. Evidently, to be on the show you must have a horrible mother, so I'm glad my kids haven't gone into acting. It was an interesting read, and gave a neat little behind-the-scenes look at one of my favorite shows.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Garfield Lard of the Jungle by Jim Davis, 93 pages

Another Garfield comic collection, that has me saying, "I hate Mondays!"

Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman, 610 pages

I love getting historical fiction books from NightOwl Reviews to read. Especially ones that feature English rulers. This one by King Richard was amazing, I can't wait to read the next one featuring his capture.