Monday, February 29, 2016
This book was a bit conflicting. The majority of it felt very slow, and basically uninteresting to me, personally. Much of the humor was going right over my head. When it finally picked up with the title, I thoroughly enjoyed it, but this is a fraction of the story. Definitely worth a try if you're a Jane Eyre fan, and also like really quirky, dry, British, literary humor.
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.
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,
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
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!
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Monday, February 22, 2016
Imagine my surprise when the animated version was not only a direct-to-video money-grab, but actually had a basis in a true sequel. This book is completely insane. And kind of amazing, in a ridiculously quirky and heartwarming way.
Saturday, February 20, 2016
I don't really remember the movie, probably never finished it, or blocked most of it out of my memory or something, but this book was very pleasant and fun. Was originally trying to buy it as a joke gift for a friend and found out that they go for over $100 online, so I did an inter-library loan instead.
Friday, February 19, 2016
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Not a pleasant read, by any means, but I appreciate getting to see the perspective from someone who has suffered from anorexia themselves, showing how they got psychologically caught in a self destructive cycle for years, and how there is hope.
Surprisingly enjoyable! I was going to assume this was a cheap novelization, but the author takes care to give emotional internal perspectives from each character in turn. I only wish the rest of the series were written by the same author.
Monday, February 15, 2016
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Perfect. Much like the similar Nursery Rhyme Comics collection, though I think I enjoyed this even more thoroughly. 26 different cartoonists come together to retell fables, mostly from Aesop, but including some obscure fables from different cultures. Much pretty. Very humour.
Friday, February 12, 2016
What I thought would be the conclusion of this sister trilogy to Mistborn is revealed now to be the third in a four-part series. Such conflicted emotions! I'm glad it's not over yet, but also I cannot stand the suspense! Sanderson STILL continues to employ laughter, tears, riveting suspense, and shocking twists at every turn. Fantastic.
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 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
I have such mixed feelings about this, and I'm sure they won't be put to rest until I read some of her later published work. I've enjoyed bits and pieces of Lucy's web comic presence in the past, so this caught my eye as it passed through circulation on an ILL. Her first published collection, this details a trip she took with her mother to Paris, told in diary fashion.
Now, I LOVE memoir comics, anything written from personal perspective and memory. This was rather painful to witness, though. As depicted here, I see her as an incredibly spoiled and entitled 22 year old child, incapable of true reflection and growth. Perhaps she matures in her later work, and I would love to see that, but what I wished to see here was not present.
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
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
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.
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.
Saturday, February 6, 2016
I can't believe it took me so long to try reading this book. I needed this, growing up. These are characters that I fell in love with, and feel an emptiness now that the book is over, like missing a close friend. I feel like this should be a yearly reading.