Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Every Soul A Star by Wendy Mass, 322 pages


So B. It by Sarah Weeks 243 pages

The No Place Cat by C.S. Adler 153 pages

The Tiger Queens by Stephanie Thornton, 486 pages

I'm such a fan of Stephanie Thornton now, her historical fiction books about overlooked women in history are always a pleasure to read. The worst thing about each book is then having to wait for the next one. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history, especially anyone who wants a deeper look at the Mongols.

The Julian Chapter by R. J. Palacio, 88 pages


Graceling by Kristin Cashore, 471 pages


Serenity: Leaves on the Wind by Zack Whedon, 152 pages


Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan, 288 pages


Monday, December 29, 2014

The Quest for the Trilogy by Mel Odom, 462 pages

This is the final entry in the Rover series. While it started off reminding a lot of the Lord of the Rings, it has become a great series that stands on its own merits. I'm so very sad that there aren't any more books featuring Wick and Juhg.

Secret Santa by Fern Michaels + (386 pgs)

I picked this book up because MY Secret Santa put it on hold for me as a clever way to hide a gift.  I thought, "what the heck," and opted to go ahead and check it out.

Urg.

This is actually a set of 4 short stories by 4 different authors.  I didn't really realize that until I was reading the 2nd story and thought that it wasn't nearly as dreadful as the first one.  Oh.  Different author.  That'll do it.

Mister Christmas by Fern Michaels is crap.  I mean that as kindly as can be.  More melodramatic ick than should ever be shoved into 80 pages and maybe a week or so of story time.

The Yellow Rose of Christmas by Marie Bostwick wasn't bad.  Not great, but decent light reading that made me want to find out how the (fairly predictable) story ended.  It was part way through this, when I realized that I wasn't hating it, that I re-looked at the front cover and saw the other author names. 

Nightmare on Elf Street by Laura Levine was okay if you like the comic/mystery genre.  Unfortunately, it used a story premise that I hate...a stupid lie that leads to more stupid lies and so on to crazy bedlam.  I didn't like that she felt the need to put an advertisement for herself at the end of the book, but that might have been an editor thing.

Room at the Inn by Cindy Myers was also not bad.  Not really my cup of tea, but a decent story that was worth reading to the end.  She also added a brief letter/ad to let the reader know that these characters continued in other books.


No Vacancies by Kevin McClintock, 197 pages

Very dark and creepy short stories, I didn't want to be reading these before bedtime. Always interesting to read something by a local author who references things you recognize.

A Deadly Measure of Brimstone by Catriona McPherson, 291 pages

I really appreciate the character development in these books over the series. I learn a little bit more about Scotland and it's history each book, and they're just good mysteries. Keep them coming Catriona!

Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris, 294 pages

I'm a fan of Choose Your Own Adventures and Neil Patrick Harris, so what's not to love about this book!?! It was funny and a neat twist to jump around his life. I did have to go back through page by page just to make sure I didn't miss anything.

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce, 295 pages

My book club, Readers Without Borders, read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and we all loved it. When I got a chance to read an advance copy of the sequel, I jumped at the chance but was hesitant because a sequel can so often fall short. This one not only measured up, but may be even better. I had to put the book down a few times because it was just so touching and I had to stop and savor where I was before moving on. The ending left me sad but it was a good and perfect ending.

Robert Asprin's Dragons Run by Jody Lynn Nye, 406 pages

I'm hooked on this series but this one was a little disjointed and especially at the beginning I felt like I was missing part of the story. Still a good read, just not one of the better ones.

An Angel for Christmas by Heather Graham, 330 pages

All I can say is I only finished it because it was for book club. Ugghh.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (433 pgs.)

Story begins with identical twins heading away to college (all the way from Omaha to Lincoln, NE).  One twin is ready to break away and the other, the star of the story, not so much.  There is also the concern of leaving behind their single dad who has challenges with bipolar disorder.

The story lets us follow a year of growing up and we think about what it means to grow up.  How much of our youth MUST we leave behind?  Is there a right way and a wrong way to grow up?  How much are we responsible for others and how much just for our selves?

It was a bit of a slow start for me, but several people were announcing their love for this book when I checked it out and their praise was well founded.  Once I did get caught up in the story (not too far in), I wanted to keep on reading.

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast (228 pgs.)

A memoir in graphic novel form with the interesting twist of including actual photographs.

A story of being raised by unhappy people who think unhappy is the way to be, but they wouldn't call themselves unhappy because that would involve talking about things that may be unpleasant.  I hope the author comes to peace with the memories of her mother (sort of a spoiler...the ancient parents do eventually die).  I know I was not thinking too kindly of her by the end of the book.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, 233 pages


Mummy Mayhem by Mary Labatt, 95 pages


Lake Monster Mix-Up by Mary Labatt, 95 pages


Dracula Madness by Mary Labatt, 96 pages


The Adventures of Beanboy by Lisa Harkrader, 240 pages


Too Much Information by Bill Barnes, 127 pages


Electric Girl, Vol. 2 by Michael Brennan, 160 pages


Electric Girl, Vol. 1 by Michael Brennan, 172 pages


Sisters by Raina Telgemeier, 208 pages


This Star Won't Go Out by Esther Earl, 431 pages


The Red Tree by Shaun Tan, 32 pages


Little Fish by Ramsey Beyer, 272 pages


Mercury by Hope Larson, 240 pages


The Professor's Daughter by Joann Sfar, 80 pages


Teen Titans Go!, Vol. 1: Truth, Justice, Pizza! by J. Torres, 112 pages


Sorry I Barfed on Your Bed by Jeremy Greenberg, 64 pages


The Naming by Alison Croggan, 492 pages


Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan, 96 pages


The New York Four by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly, 176 pages


Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood by Tony Lee, 160 pages


Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá, 256 pages


Something Old, Something New by Lynn Johnston, 408 pages


Fables, Vol. 20: Camelot by Bill Willingham, 256 pages


Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham, 152 pages


Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, 197 pages


Batman: No Man's Land, Vol. 4 by Greg Rucka, 224 pages


Batman: No Man's Land, Vol. 3 by Greg Rucka, 208 pages


The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner, 154 pages


Batman: No Man's Land, Vol. 2 by Greg Rucka, 208 pages


V for Vendetta by Alan Moore, 296 pages


Maze Runner by James Dashner, 374 pages


Villainous by Matthew Cody, 320 pages


Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley, 323 pages