Saturday, May 30, 2015

Archie, the best of Dan DeCarlo, Volume 1, 150 pages

I think Dan DeCarlo was one of my favorite cartoonists from Archie.

Archie meets Glee, 112 pages

I requested this one for Samantha because she's a huge Glee fan but decided to read it myself as well.

Lord Peter by Dorothy Sayers, 487 pages

I'd never read any of Dorothy Sayers' mysteries before. Her short stories collection was great. I'm planning on working my way through the rest of her books featuring Lord Peter Wimsey.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn, 358 pages

Characters and artifacts from the Trojan War mixed with today's world. I really appreciate the great job Carrie Vaughn does with taking a genre or idea and turning it on it's head. This was a fantastic read.

She-Wolves, The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor, 480 pages

A book for book club. I love anything that is English history and this was my cup of tea. I didn't know very much about the early women of England except for Eleanor of Aquitaine so it was nice to add to my knowledge. I do wish they would have used more names than Henry and Edward though, lol.

Blood and Circuses by Kerry Greenwood, 208 pages

This was one of the darkest Phryne Fisher mysteries I've read so far. I really like this series. The characters, dialogue, plots, descriptions, it just all hits the mark for me.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Marriage Game by Alison Weir, 402 pages

This was a completely fascinating look at the Queen Elizabeth's dance to protect her country through her eligibility as a marriage prize while planning on never marrying. She came very close with Robert Dudley, probably the one man she truly loved, but stayed single to the day she died. Alison Weir always does a great job with historical fiction.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Don Martin Three Decades of His Greatest Works, 272 pages

Mad Magazine is always a fun and enjoyable read. A great way to relax before bedtime. The only drawback is this is a big book so getting head in the face with it when you doze off is not pleasant.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom, 336 pages

I'd seen one of the later books in this series featured in a book review and thought it sounded intriguing. A librarian running a bookmobile in Ireland, what's not to love? Unfortunately I found the characters really unlikable, so I had a hard time getting into the book.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

How to Teach Filthy Rich Girls by Zoey Dean, 293 pages

A piece of utterly mindless fluff, sometimes there's nothing better to sink into.
Yale graduate Megan Smith has $75,000 in college debt. If she can teach mindless, heiresses enough in 2 months to get them into Duke University, her debt will be paid off. But Megan has to appear of their high fashion world to get the twins' attention. Can she look the part to get the job done?

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Tournament by Matthew Reilly, 308 pages

An unusual review book, features Princess Elizabeth going to Constantinople with her tutor to witness a chess tournament. Lots of bed hopping (not by Elizabeth) and dead bodies result in Elizabeth helping her tutor investigate.

A Catered Mother's Day by Isis Crawford, 327 pages

These are always fun mysteries filled with lots of good food. I don't know how they have time to investigate anything with as much cooking as they do.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Day Shift by Charlaine Harris, 307 pages

The latest book set in Midnight, Texas. I'm still trying to figure out who and what everyone is.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

laughing at my nightmare by Shane Burcaw, 250 pages

A very humorous and uplifting book. I have too many books checked out and waiting on my too-read book, but I'm glad this one caught my eye and jumped to the head of the list.

Dead Wake By Eric Larson, 430 pages

This was a very intriguing and informative look at the sinking of the Lusitania. I knew about it vaguely, but really no details. The author did a great job of laying groundwork, and really bringing history alive. Probably one of my favorite books by him.

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell, 393 pages

This was an utterly fascinating read about a section of American history that I knew next to nothing about. The government put Japanese-Americans into internment camps, but we also swept up their American-born children and wives, and we also interned German-Americans and some Italian-Americans. Then we traded these people to the Japanese and Germans for Americans that had been caught up in WWII. We sent teenagers that had been born and grew up in America to countries that they didn't speak the language and were considered outsiders. I was completely horrified and ashamed of our government's behavior during this time.

Archie's Americana: Best of the 1970s, 186 pages

It's interesting to see Archie comics take on Women's Lib in the 70s.

Archie's Americana: Best of the 1960s, 186 pages

I'm working my way through the Archie's. These are a great way to relax when I need something mindless.

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Cat Who Killed Lilian Jackson Braun by Robert Kaplow, 213 pages

I picked this up thinking it would be a fun treat because I've read all of Lilian Jackson Braun's books. It was not a bawdy parody, it was basically a pornographic slaughter of her books. Not a treat at all. I definitely won't be using it for my newspaper review.

Archie The Swinging Sixties 1963-1965, by Bob Montana, 293 pages

Another great collection, lots of fun.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Archie: The Swingin' Sixties, 1960-1963, by Bob Montana, 273 pages

The daily newspaper strips from 1960-1963 collected in one book.

Archie's American: Best of the 1940s, 216 pages

A collection of Archie strips from the 1940s, Betty and Veronica are such va-va-voom girls anymore.

The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales by Franz Xaver Von Schonwerth, 264 pages

This is a collection of fairy tales collected in 1850s Bavarian, similar to the Grimm fairy tales collection. These are pretty dark, and it's interesting to see how they served as entertainment and as morality warnings.