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

The Essential Guide to Oils, by Jennie Harding, 275 pages

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

The Witch of Blackbird pond, by Elizabeth George Speare, 249 pages

This is a wonderfully written children's novel set in Puritanical Connecticut late 17th century. I loved the characters, descriptions, pace, and so much more about this book. I thought it was very good.

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?

Word Nerd by Susan Nielsen, 248 pages

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.

Free-Range Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (228 pgs.)

I came across this book while antiquing and couldn't resist.  I am glad.  It is an easy read with each chapter being an individual story.  Some stories are funny, some serious.  The philosophy of knitting*.

*Though, the author (who calls herself "the yarn harlot") is a needle knitter, it could easily apply to loom knitters and crocheters.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

You Are A Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, by Jen Sincero, 253 pages

My favorite one liner from this is to tell yourself "I'm just a little bunny working through my issues." Best self-love mantra ever. The book was decent, but sometimes I think she cussed just to cuss, and that can be off putting to me. But hey, the author is a badass and can do what she wants.

Chicken Boy by Frances O'Roark Dowell

I picked up this book because the chicken on the cover looks like one of mine. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I think everyone should raise chickens. Oh, and this was a good book about a 7th grade boy and his eccentric family.

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.

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult (402 pgs)

Wow.  Holy *&^% wow.  I have not had a book hangover like this in quite a while.  My brain has been whipped back and forth in the wildest of spinnings.  This book was fantastic.

A teen, a shamed psychic, and an alcoholic detective team up to find the teen's missing mother.

Monday, May 11, 2015

All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (317 pgs.)

When I get to reading books that I put on my "to read" list months ago, I often wish I could go back to the review that I had read to try to remember what it was that made me want to read the book.

I am not sure how I felt about this one.  I think I liked it?  I didn't DISlike it, but it certainly isn't one that I would re-read and is NOT a feel good book.  If you like rather depressing stories that deal with life's unpleasantness, then you will probably like this one.

Strangely, for the first chapter or so, I thought I was reading a memoir until I realized that the author's name did not match the book person.  I kept checking to be sure it was a novel. 

The story is told from the perspective of the younger sister of an older sister who is suicidal.  Mental illness seems to be quite common in this Mennonite family with more than its share of tragedies.  Much of the focus is on the relationship between Elf and Yoli (the sisters), but also Yoli's surrounding life, such as it is.

The end puts a twist on the whole story and left me kind of wondering what happened.

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.