This is the series that the movie Rise of the Guardians featuring Jack Frost was based on. It's different from the movie (aren't they all) but it's still been a really good read, entirely enjoyable. Not your normal juvenile fiction book, because it's darker than most, but well done.
Friday, August 29, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
I'd read an Egyptian historical fiction book by this author and saw she had also written this book. Because of how good the first books were, I decided to try another one. This book is set in sixth-century Constantinople, telling the story of a girl who rose from a plebian background, feeding her family on her back, rising to Empress. This author does a great job of writing wonderfully gripping female characters, and bringing history to life. I am eagerly awaiting her next book which will feature the women in Genghis Khan's family.
This is one of the biggest graphic novels I've picked up, but it was a wonderful read. It follows a young man growing up in a small town, fighting against bullies and small-mindedness, while trying to reconcile his love of art and his love of God. Small town religion does not encourage those who are different, so it was not an easy ride. The artwork was superb and the storyline rang true. I especially loved the part about encountering popularity at church camp, I felt like so much of this story was my childhood. I'm almost afraid to pick up anything else by this author/cartoonist because I don't know if it would measure up. I think Lisa would love this book.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
Our Readers Without Borders August book. A mother/daughter look at women's changing roles as we age, from maiden, mother, crone and dealing with those changes. Not bad, not great.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Came across this in the new nonfiction section. It covers the scandalous romantic lives of legendary literary casanovas, coquettes and cads. Some of the authors weren't ones I read, but there were quite a few I enjoyed. Plus, it was interesting to read about their passions and affairs of the heart. Chapters were short, with interesting tidbits in between to keep it lively.
Monday, August 18, 2014
I love this Sherlock Holmes homage series. Holmes has basically retired and comes across a young woman with a mind as sharp as his. I'd reread the first chapter somewhere and had to pick this book back up. A must read for Sherlock fans.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014
This was coming off the hold shelf and for some reason caught my eye. All I can say is this is 20 minutes of my life I'll never get back.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Stephan Pastis is the creator of Pearls Before Swine which means I'll read anything he writes. Not your normal juvenile fiction, but lots of fun and slightly twisted.