Thursday, October 29, 2015

Move Your Blooming Corpse by D.E. Ireland, 306 pages

I love these books. They're murder mysteries featuring Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins. I always want to break into song while reading them.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, 236 pages

My book club read this for October's choice and then we watched Young Frankenstein.

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Halloween Tree, by Ray Bradbury, 145 pages

I truly enjoy Ray Bradbury's language and writing style. This book is about a group of boys on Halloween night who travel through space and time learning about the origins of the holiday and the role that death plays throughout all ancient and present day customs and celebrations of Halloween. A great book with awesome illustrations!

Jefferson's Sons, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, 360 pages

Debbie recommended this as one of her favorite historical fiction books. It is a tale of slavery and freedom and secrets and family, from the perspective of Thomas Jefferson's children with Sally Hemmings. The back cover says it all, "What does it mean when the man who wrote the declaration of Independence is your father and *also* your slave master?" A very good read.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Press Start to Play, edited by Daniel Wilson and John Joseph Adams, 507 pages

A collection of short stories all featuring video games. While there were many that didn't grab me because I'm not a big gamer, there were several that were outstanding. Very glad I got to read this as a review book.

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, 276 pages

I always enjoy a retelling of fairy tales. This one was the twelve dancing princesses. It was very well done and entertaining. I'll be picking up the others in the series.

Severed by Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft, 184 pages

This was the comic book my comics and cocktails bookclub  read for October. It was deliciously creepy and very dark.

Garfield Dishes It Out by Jim Davis, 128 pages

Garfield comics, always enjoyable.

Garfield Hangs Out by Jim Davis, 128 pages

Mindless entertainment before falling asleep.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz, 311 pages

My family wanted to watch the Descendants movie and I told them I couldn't until I read the book. This was actually really good. Imagine all the villains are packed away on a magic free island. What would it be like growing up as their children? I can't wait to see the movie and then read more in the series.

Monday, October 12, 2015

The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki, 495 pages

A work of historical fiction, looking at the marriage of the Habsburg emperor, Franz Joseph and his "fairy" bride, Sisi. Set in 1853 in the Austro-Hungarian empire, this was a great look at a powerhouse couple. I knew pretty much nothing about this period in this section of Europe, and this was a great introduction. I am very interested in learning more about Sisi after reading this book. Very well written.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier, 248 pages

An okay murder mystery read, not as big a fan of the series now as when it first started.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Dishing the Dirt by M.C. Beaton, 294 pages

I love how Agatha is not a perfect character, in fact, she's downright unlikable at times. But she is always fun to read about. This was a great read, and the ending left me anxious to read the next one.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Lord of the Wings by Donna Andrews, 307 pages

I always like this series, but at the end of this book, I realized I kind of dislike Meg. I think it's because I hate the fact that she seems to have a pretty perfect life, aside from stumbling over bodies. She has a wonderful husband, a family that completely supports her, a town that loves her and the plenty of money to do what she wants. It's kind of sickening how much support she gets to live a totally amazing life.

Monday, October 5, 2015

The Undertaker's Daughter by Kate Mayfield, 350 pages

A memoir looking at growing up in the South when your father is an undertaker. It was an interesting read. Lots of damaged people in her family.

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Annotated Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks, 523 pages

I'd been recommending the Shannara series to different people, and felt an urge to revisit this old favorite. It's still a fun and adventurous read. If you like Lord of the Rings, this is a must read.