Friday, May 30, 2014

Grimmy and the Temple of Groom by Mike Peters, 122 pages

A comic collection Jason and I picked up at an antique mall this weekend.

Little Britches by Ralph Moody, 288 pages

This book had been on the pull list for a patron and after reading the back, I thought it looked interesting. Ralph Moody was 8-years-old when his family moved to a ranch in Colorado in 1906. It covers the first few years of his family's experiences, and was funny, touching and sweet. This was a great book for people looking for a boy's version of Little House on the Prairie.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Dave Berg: Five Decades of "The Lighter Side of..." by Dave Berg, 272 pages

I always loved "The Lighter Side of..." strips in Mad Magazine, so I was delighted to see this book come into the library featuring the cartoonist's career from the 1950s on. A great look at how society has changed, but humor stays the same.

Big Nate in the Zone by Lincoln Peirce, 216 pages

I always like the Big Nate books. The biggest issue with them is getting them into the house and reading them before my kids run off with them. Considering my daughters are 12 and 18, it's a testament to how funny the books are.

Everything is Going to Be Great by Rachel Shukert, 312 pages

I saw this reviewed somewhere else and thought it looked really funny. Requested it via inter-library loan, gave it a go, and, meh, not so funny.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Queen Elizabeth's Daughter by Anne Clinard Barnhill, 371 pages

A review book I read covering the life of Mary Shelton, one of Queen Elizabeth's ward, who was the closest thing to a daughter that the Virgin Queen had. Well written and fascinating.

Branded by the Pink Triangle by Ken Setterington, 155 pages

A great teen book looking at how gays were a subsection that Hitler tried to wipe out during WWII and how they faced persecution after the war as well. It took decades for them to get any acknowledgement for their time and treatment in the concentration camps.

Toothiana Queen of the Tooth Fairy Armies by William Joyce, 226 pages

It's interesting to see how they combined these books into the movie Rise of the Guardians.

E. Aster Bunnymund and the Warrior Eggs at the Earth's Core by William Joyce, 251 pages

The second in what has turned out to be a really fun and different children's series.

Friday, May 23, 2014

SVU Kiss of the Vampire by Laurie John, 281 pages

The thriller editions of the Sweet Valley books are always extremely campy. Really, a vampire with mind control and nobody thinks of that when bodies keep turning up drained of blood.

SVU Shipboard Wedding by Lauri John, 229 pages

This ending actually had be laughing out loud. It was hilarious. These are just a fun and fast read.

SVU SS Heartbreak by Lauri John, 230 pages

Well, nobody's dead yet.

SVU: College Cruise by Laurie John, 230 pages

Book 12 of the University series. No one should be friends with or date Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield, you will not be safe or happy.

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Source of Magic by Piers Anthony, 326 pages

It's been a good decade since I've read the Xanth books. This is the second one, and I'd forgotten how good they are, puns included.

The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle by Catherine Webb, 311 pages

I came across this book in the teen department. It was a fun mystery, very unusual.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wipeout of the Wirelss Weenies and other Warped and Creepy Tales by David Lubar, 174 pages

Whenever a new David Lubar book comes into my house it's a struggle between my daughters and myself over who gets to read it first. If someone puts the book down unguarded, it can very easily disappear, only to be found in someone else's hot, little hands. His short stories are always funny, creepy and twisted, like my family.

Dandy Gilver and the Proper Treatment of Bloodstains by Catriona McPherson, 293 pages

I really like these mysteries. They're set in the 1920s in Scotland, and are a great view of the upperclass from a slightly askew viewpoint. I had no idea of where this one was going up until the very end, which is always better than knowing the killer from page one.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Ma, Now I'm Goin Up in the World by Martha Long, 445 pages

These books ALWAYS have me going "crapity crap crap" at the end because I just want Martha to get a happy ending but somehow it always gets pulled away from her. These are heartbreaking reads that have me eagerly turning each page. A great memoir series.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Simon & Kirby Horror by Joe Simon & Jack Kirby, 319 pages

This is a collection of the early horror comics put out by Simon & Kirby. These comics were brought down by the Senate hearings in the 1950s that resulted in the comics association censoring themselves. A great collection and a must read for fans of early comic books, especially the horror ones.

SVU He's Watching You by Laurie John, 280 pages

Another super thriller from Sweet Valley University. It's not safe to hang out with Jessica or Elizabeth.

The Vanishing by Wendy Webb, 290 pages

I came across this pulling books for people and thought it looked good. Kind of a different twist on the haunted house story.

Ma, it's a cold aul night an I'm lookin for a bed by Martha Long, 349 pages

This is the third book in this completely heartbreaking series. Martha is sixteen and sets out from the convent to make her way in the world. But she is soon back on the streets trying to make her way, determined to be somebody some day. I love these books, they're a fascinating look at a subsection of society that often gets overlooked. I so want to bring Martha home, give her a warm bath, soft bed, a hot meal, and most of all, love.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Nazi Officer's Wife by Edith Hahn-Beer with Susan Dworkin, 305 pages

This book is about a young Austrian Jew who managed to survive the war by going underground with a fake identity. She even ended up marrying a German man who became a Nazi officer by the end of the war (and who knew her real identity.) This was a great look at the story of a U-boat (term for a Jew who hid beneath the surface) and the struggles to survive while retaining your sense of self. I'm very glad I saw this reviewed elsewhere and requested it interlibrary loan.

Friday, May 2, 2014