Thursday, July 30, 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Doctor Who: Revolutions of Terror, 124 pages

I really like the Doctor Who graphic novels, but I'm still royally cheesed off about Donna.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, 146 pages

Shirley Jackson is a very under-rated author. I had read a short story and a book by her, but I'm going to find more stuff by her. This was a very creepy book.

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Raft, by S.A. Bodeen, 231 pages

One of my sons highly recommended that I read this book about a young girl whose plane goes down. He spoiled part of it while I was reading, so I won't go into detail, but even with the spoiler, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. My favorite thing was hashing over different parts with him and he'd be like, "I know, riiight?! OMG!"

I'd Listen to My Parents if They'd Just Shut Up: What to Say and Not Say When Parenting Teens, by Anthony E. Wolf, Ph.D, 350 pages.

A great book on parenting teens. Helpful, relatable, practical. I'd recommend it.

The Soul of Sex: Cultivating Life as an Act of Love by Thomas Moore, 300 pages

Between Shades of Gray by Ruga Sepetys, 367 pages

A great look at WWII as told by those impacted in the Balkan States by the Russians. I hadn't realized all of this happened. Always glad when I read books because of book club that I would have never picked up otherwise.

Playdate: Category Five by Rick Kirkman & Jerry Scott, 128 pages

My husband picked this up at a garage sale and I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed this strip.

Little Men by Louisa May Alcott, 384 pages

I had to re-read this one again because I'm wanting to pick up Jo's Boys for another reading. Alcott is always such a comforting, sweet read.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King, 331 pages

I always enjoy these mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes and his wife, Mary Russell. It was interesting to get a tiny look at Japan.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

pitch perfect by Mickey Rapkin, 275 pages

I hadn't realized that the movie was based on a book. This was a nonfiction look at a cappella groups on college campuses. While it was informative, the movie was a lot more fun. The book needed Fat Amy.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D., 365 pages

Very good comprehensive book about PTSD and how different types of trauma affect different parts of the brain and body. It discusses trauma from war exposure, natural disasters, major accidents, sexual abuse, and many forms of childhood abuse. It tells of the history of "PTSD" as a diagnosis and many various forms of therapy and coping mechanisms. Easy to read yet very detailed and thorough.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Girl With No Name by Marina Chapman, 256 pages

A true story about a little girl kidnapped in Columbia, abandoned in the jungle, and survives by watching the monkeys. Very much a testament to the human spirit.

Scouting For the Ripper by Jacob M. Appel, 185 pages

A collection of short stories that caught my interest while I was out pulling holds for others. Very odd, but not bad.

Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough, 303 pages

Another book about Jack the Ripper with another new twist. This one was with a supernatural bent, but was kind of hard to follow with the varying viewpoints and wasn't my favorite.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks, 112 pages

One of the funniest sendups of the superhero comic I've seen. What would it be like to try to balance super abilities with a normal life, while trying to make a living? This was so enjoyable.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Silent Witnesses by Negel McCrery, 264 pages

This was a well-done look at the history of forensic science. It was a nice balance of not being so scientific as to be dry and not so dumbed down as to be condescending. It was a great mix of historical cases with scientific advances and it was particularly fascinating to see the first time each advance was used to solve a crime or win a case. Well worth the read for anyone who enjoys murder mysteries and wants a deeper appreciation of the forensic science behind them.

A Fatal Chapter by Lorna Barrett, 295 pages

A book themed town faces yet another mysterious death. This is a pretty good series, I didn't see the ending coming at all.

The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes, 669 pages

This novel featured over 600 Australian brides traveling to England after WWII to join their soldier husbands. The long journey on a English aircraft carrier has four women getting to know each other while sharing cramped quarters, facing past sins and looking foward to a unknown future in a new land.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Raisins and Almonds by Kerry Greenwood, 207 pages

It's interesting reading the books that the Australian tv show has done episodes for. I love how they stay true to the intent and wittiness of the book, but it's still fresh and intriguing even if you're already read the book.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff (304 pages)

Appropriate for children ages 8 to 12 years old

Seven months ago Trent Zimmerman accidentally hit Jared Richards in the heart with a hockey puck.  Unfortunately, unbeknownst to anyone, Jared had a heart defect and the rogue hockey puck killed him.  Trent feels solely responsible for the accident and even after working with a school counselor for the remainder of his fifth grade year, he is still carrying around a lot of baggage at the start of his sixth grade school year.  Baggage that manifests into unbridled rage that frightens his family and the few friends he has left.

He would like to try to play sports again, especially baseball since it is his favorite game, but every time he tries his arms go clammy and he starts to have trouble breathing.  He has not told anyone about these panic attacks and prefers to let people think that he is not interested in participating. 

At the suggestion of his elementary school counselor, he tries to deal with some of his emotions by writing and sketching in a journal, but even that offers little relief from the constant thoughts rattling around in his brain.  He is sure that most everyone in town hates him and he cannot stop blaming himself for Jared’s death.
He is hopefully though that sixth grade will be the year for a fresh start, however, once he starts school, he is unsure how to make that “start” happen.  And then, Fallon Little steps into his life. 

Trent has always known of Fallon, they have gone to the same school since first grade and she sports a mysterious scar that slices through the center of her face, but it is not until she stands up to bullies for him that he really takes note of her.  

At first Trent resists Fallon’s friendship, but she is not one to be easily put off and soon they are spending afternoons together.  It is through this friendship that Trent starts to heal, grow, and eventually realize that while he cannot change the past, he can make better choices for his future.

Author Lisa Graff has knocked it out of the park with this tragic, yet hopefully tale of boyhood.  While readers may not identify with such a life altering event, many will be able to empathize with Trent and his flawed decision-making process.

By tackling the subjects of youth rage, anger, and the general feeling of being out of control, Graff has created a noteworthy and welcome addition to today’s chapter book collection.  Males, even teenage ones, are supposed to be tough and not show emotions or weakness and Graff illustrates how detrimental this can be with Trent’s character.  Thankfully, she allows for some redemption, too, and with the addition of Fallon’s quirky, also damaged character, readers are sure to cheer!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen, 343 pages

A really great read featuring a high school girl who must battle her new school librarian who happens to be a demon intent on sucking the souls of all the students before taking her best friend to the underworld as his bride.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Urn Burial by Kerry Greenwood, 187 pages

The only difficult thing about these books is reading them before my husband runs off with them after I bring them home from the library. Always a hit with both of us.

Saga, Volume 4 by Brian Vaughan & Fiona Staples, 144 pages

I got hooked on this graphic novel series because of my graphic novels book club. Definitely one I wouldn't have picked up otherwise.

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Wilderness of Ruin by Roseanne Montillo, 308 pages

A nonfiction look at Jesse Pomeroy, a fifteen-year-old boy, who spent almost all of the rest of his life in jail after being arrested for killing and torturing two small children in 1870s Boston.