Monday, February 29, 2016

I'm Already Tucked In! by Bil Keane, 125 pages

This was published over 30 years ago and they're still funny.

Wanna Be Smile At? by Bil Keane, 125 pages

Always a light-hearted read.

Smile! by Bil Keane, 125 pages

A fun read.

I Need a Hug by Bil Keane, 125 pages

This was a donation that came into the library today.

Grandma Was Here by Bil Keane, 125 pages

Always fun and spot on.

I Could Hear Chewing by Bil Keane, 125 pages

A great donation that came into the library. Lots of fun.

There's a Woman in the Pulpit edited by Rev. Martha Spong, 214 pages

Growing up Southern Baptist where women aren't allowed to preach, this is a subject I feel strongly about. It was great to read about women following their call, and interesting to read about their challenges.

Entwined by Heather Dixon, 472 pages

This was a big book but I knocked it out in a day because I couldn't put it down. I love fairy tale retellings, and the 12 dancing princesses seem to a popular pick. This was unusual with a new twist, dark and creepy,
very well done.

Stuff Brits Like by Fraser McAlpine, 360 pages

A fun look at what makes Britain British. One of these days I'm going to get to visit.

Murder Most Malicious by Alyssa Maxwell, 298 pages

This is the first book in a series called A Lady and Lady's Maid Mystery, picture Lady Mary and Anna from Downton Abby solving crimes. This book had a great premise, interesting characters and a missing body, all of which grabbed my interest. But for some reason it just didn't sustain it. I can't point to any one thing, this just wasn't my cup of tea.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

The White Rose by Amy Ewing, 308 pages

I'm totally hooked on this series. It reminds me of The Selection series by Kiera Cass. The only bad thing about this series is now I have to wait for the third book. I keep trying to get other people to read them so I have someone to talk about them with. READ THEM! READ THEM NOW!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis, 430 pages

One of my favorite books. A solid, entertaining, thought-provoking read. I'm very glad my book club chose it this month in our year of classics.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

To Helvetica and Back by Paige Shelton, 293 pages

A not so great mystery featuring antique typewriters. I'm really hoping the next ones are better.

Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund, 386 pages

An outstanding piece of historical fiction looking at Martin Luther and his wife. I really didn't know anything about him before this.

Russian Olive to Red King by Kathryn Immonen & Stuart Immonen, 176 pages

This was the latest book for my Comics and Cocktails bookclub. The book itself was beautiful, I just didn't enjoy it, especially the last part of text.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade, 400 pages

This had been on my "want to read" pile for months and finally made it to the top of the list. It was fascinating, interesting and well-done.

Murder on the Flying Scotsman by Carola Dunn, 213 pages

I'm only a few books into this series but I'm falling more and more in love with the characters.

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Thirteenth Princess by Diane Zahler, 243 pages

I love books about princesses, enchantments and fairytales in general. I'm pretty sure I've read this many years ago, but it was still a sweet and good read.

Requiem For A Mezzo by Carola Dunn, 249 pages

Since I've finished all the Phryne Fisher books, the Daisy Dalrymple books have become my go to treat. Lots of fun and the author does a great job of bringing 1920s England alive.

The Residence: Inside the Private World of The White House by Kate Andersen Brower, 309 pages

The staff that works at the White House has seen just about everything. Some of the stories are shared in this book. It was pretty interesting in who the staff liked and who they didn't care for.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Presumed Puzzled by Parnell Hall, 275 pages

Someone is murdered yet again, and the Puzzle Lady is in the middle. I have to say I'm amazed at how fast they go to trial in this town.

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston, 325 pages

I'd seen this book touted some where and thought it looked intriguing. It's shades of the Tales of 1001 Nights but with a twist on the story that kept me from putting it down. A girl sacrifices herself to save her sister and discovers a power in herself she never knew existed. One of the best teen books I've read in a long time.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Barry Trotter and the Shameless Parody, 274 pages

My oldest daughter had ordered this book and had it sent to the house, so of course I had to read it before bringing it up to her at college. This book was raunchy, irreverent, and a fabulously funny read. From the title page to the very end, I found myself alternating between giggling and laughing out loud. I also irritated people around me by forcing them to listen to excepts of the book that I found hilarious. I was highly upset though when I found out the other books listed as being written by the author didn't exist. I truly wanted to read "Are you there God? It's me, Hitler" and "Encyclopedia Brown gets punched, Hard".

Monday, February 8, 2016

Kings and Emperors by Dewey Lambdin, 353 pages

I only get these books for Jason but it always surprises me how much I end up enjoying them, even though I'm not a real fan of nautical historical fiction. I think it's the fact that Lewrie is such a scamp, you can't help but enjoy reading about him.

Any Given Day by Jessie Foveaux, 287 pages

We have the creators of the LifeStory program coming to the library in April, and this book was published by one of their first participants. It was enjoyable reading about her early memories and married life.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Winter Garden Mystery by Carola Dunn, 226 pages

I have become quite a fan of this mystery series. Set in 1920s England, featuring Daisy Dalrymple and a cast of interesting characters. Very well done.