Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Fatal Fortune by Victoria Laurie, 289 pages

A murder mystery featuring a psychic investigator. I always enjoy the Abby Cooper books.

Archie Archives, Volume 1, 212 pages

This starts with the earliest appearances of Archie. It's interesting to see how the characters have changed from the very beginning. Jughead, especially since he looks like a gangster.

Archie 1000 Page Comics Bonanza, 1000 pages

Archie may be looked down on by comic book snobs, but I think he's stood the test of time.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood, 175 pages

My husband and I have gotten hooked on the Australian murder mystery series "Ms. Fisher's Murder Mysteries" and were excited to realize they're based on a book series. The first one was an absolute treat. It features wonderful characters, lush descriptions and clothing that has me drooling with envy. One line in the opening chapter absolutely whetted my appetite for this book. "The last time she had been fawned over with this air of distracted delight was when one country family thought that she was going to take their appalling lounge-lizard of a son off their hands, just because she had slept with him once or twice." How can you not love a book like this?
I've finished the first two and have already checked out book 3. Phryne Fisher is my new favorite heroine.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

February Fever by Jess Lourey, 252 pages

I've read all of this series since it started with May Day. I never thought I would see it get as sad as this one did. It will be really interesting to see how the author continues these books. I wouldn't recommend coming into the series by starting with this book.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Archie's Sunday Finest, 157 pages

A collection of Sunday strips for Archie from the 1940s to 1950s. It's interesting to see how the characters are still recognizable but have changed over the decades.

How to Be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman, 458 pages

This takes you through the details of everyday life in Victorian times, from getting up in the morning to going to bed. It covers all sort of details, like what your bedroom rug would look like to how you would fix your hair, what you would eat, to even what your medical treatment.

A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer, 184 pages

An utterly depressing read. How does a child come back from something like this. The bright side to this book is that it was a fast read.

How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back, 328 pages

I love how utterly mind candy like this series is. The ending of this book had me worrying more about Angel than I have in any of these books.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Saga Volume Three by Brian Vaughan, 144 pages

I'd read the first one for a book club and I've really enjoyed them. I would not have picked these books up otherwise.

Monday, March 16, 2015

White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland, 311 pages

This is one of my new favorite series. I love how utter mind candy these books are. One of the best takes on the zombie genre.

Double Fudge Brownie Murder by Joanne Fluke, 356 pages

I really enjoy this series. It was nice that this book seemed lighter than the last couple, it had gotten a little dark. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Even White Trash Zombie Get the Blues by Diana Rowland, 312 pages

Trashy zombie books, what's not to love.

Saga Volume 2 by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples, 144 pages

This was the sequel to the graphic novel the Cocktails and Comics book club is reading this month. I would have never picked this book up on my own, but I'm a big fan now.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples, 160 pages

The book club I've joined (Comics and Cocktails) is reading this for March. It was a pretty good mix of sci-fi mixed with West Side Story. I wouldn't have picked this up otherwise, but I'm glad I did.

Diamonds at Dinner by Hilda Newman, 261 pages

A must read of fans of Downton Abby, this is a behind the scenes look at the life of a lady's maid in 1930s England.

Zombillenium:Gretchen by Arthur de Pins, 48 pages

A fabulous new monster-themed graphic novel. Monsters hiding in plain site by running a zombie-themed amusement park.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Die Again by Tess Gerritsen, 330 pages

I haven't enjoyed the last couple as much, but this one felt more like the original ones in the series. I really liked how the story moved between present day Boston and Africa six years ago.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

All Our Pretty Songs (240 pages).

by Sarah McCarry.

This book was really surprisingly awesome. Prosey. Reminded me of Francesca Lia Block and Poppy Z Brite. A love story more about the BFF than the boy. I'll be continuing with this series.

Emmanuelle by Emmanuelle Arsan, 249 pages

I've heard about this book, but never read it. I wanted to see what all the hoopla was but I wasn't impressed at all. There was way too much child-related sexuality to make it at all enjoyable. Ugghh.

Ghost Gone Wild by Carolyn Hart, 308 pages


A fun read, not too serious.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Francesco Francavilla, 160 pages

This was AMAZING! Zombies and Archie meet up in a wonderful dark twist on the Archie universe. It's been updated for today's world and was a compelling read. Now I just have to wait for the next book, I don't know if I can hold out.

How to Eat a Cupcake by Meg Donohue, 309 pages

I'd been trying to read this book for months and finally got around to it. It was a solid read about two childhood friends that had been pulled apart in high school, fighting to find a way to pull their friendship back together. I really enjoyed it.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Being Miss America by Kate Shindle, 236 pages

I love anything nonfiction with a twist, so a behind-the-scenes look at the Miss America pageant sounded fascinating. It wasn't bad, the author just seemed to presuppose more knowledge of pageant winners than I had. I would have loved to learn more about the early days but oh well.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley, 278 pages

I'd seen this reviewed elsewhere and it sounded pretty good so I gave it a go. Kind of a retelling of Cinderella but with a twist. Each chapter is from a different character's viewpoint, so you get to see the story from different angles.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cooking the Thai Way, by Supenn Harrison and Judy Monroe, 68 pages

A good children's cookbook with facts about Thai culture and yummy recipes.

The Sacrifice, by Kathleen Benner Duble, 210 pages

This was a story about one family's struggle and sorrow, set near Salem Town Massachusetts during the witch hysteria. A good juvenile historical fiction book.

Welcome Home or Someplace Like It by Charlotte Agell, 230pages

This is the story of Aggie B. Wing and her eccentric family's homecoming. My favorite character was the little Chinese man in Aggie's pocket. A good read.

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes, 272 pages

So, I am a HUGE Princess Bride fan, such as I have probably seen it at least 150 times. There were stretches in my tweenhood where I watched it easily once a day, every day, in the summer and on school breaks. Also, I would say that Cary Elwes was, without a doubt, the first time I remember having a crush on an adult, and I still get the warm fuzzies watching him as Westley despite my insanely repetitive viewing. (The fact that my husband vaguely resembles him is no coincidence).

Therefore, when I heard he was writing a memoir (swoon) about the making of one of my favorite films (screeee!) I had to give it a whirl. I absolutely devoured every word. I thought it fairly well written considering that he is not an author by trade, and he writes with such warmth and regard for everyone in and everything about the film that it really enhanced my love the movie even more. There were so many awesome little nuggets of things I learned about the film and the movie making business in general (circa the late 80s). I kept paraphrasing all of the little details to my husband (who loves the movie, but not to my crazy degree) and I think he was growing weary of it after the 200th fun fact. (example- Me: " Brett? did you know that Christopher Guest accidentally knocked Cary Elwes unconscious when he hit him with the butt of his sword in that scene when they just left the fireswamp?!?!... unenthusiastic Brett: "mmhmmm, cool", me: "You didn't listen to what I just said, did you?" him: "sorry, no") :). There are also little breaks throughout each chapter where all of the major contributors of the film (producers, actors, director, writer) give their recollections and opinions.

I know I have been gushing like a fan girl here, but definitely pick this one up if you are fan of the movie. I have also heard the audio is beautiful, with all the actors giving audio interviews, and Cary reading, but haven't gotten my hands on that yet.

Women of the Pleasure Quarters by Lesley Downer, 288 pages

A fascinating look at the history of Japan's geisha. I'm totally intrigued by this type of well-written nonfiction book about an often overlooked part of history that is still alive in today's world.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll, 208 pages

A creepy crawly collection of stories darkly illustrated.

I.Town by Timothy Koch, 368 pages

A local author book. Meant for teens, but I think with the heavy level of electronics, gravity and science it would be more appropriate as an adult read. Wasn't bad, I'm just not a huge dystopian society fan.