Monday, February 29, 2016

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, 374 pages


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.

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.

The Beginning of Everything, by Robyn Schneider, 335 pages

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.

I'll Be There, by Holly Goldberg Sloan, 392 pages

Standing in the Need: Culture, Comfort, and Coming Home after Katrina by katherine E. Browne 206 pages

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

The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars by Thomas M. Disch, 72 pages


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.

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

The Brave Little Toaster by Thomas Disch, 78 pages


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.

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.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield, 120 pages


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.

A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken, 317 pages


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.

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.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Fable Comics edited by Chris Duffy, 124 pages


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

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.

The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson, 447 pages


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.

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

Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke, 224 pages


Oh my. This just wasn't meant for me.

French Milk by Lucy Knisley, 188 pages


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.

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".

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie, 294 pages


An excellent introduction to Poirot, especially as the audiobook version is narrated by David Suchet.

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.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, 449 pages


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.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Beastly Bones by William Ritter, 304 pages


Quite fun, with some clever twists and turns, leaving you with a craving for more.

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.

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Map by William Ritter, 57 pages


Jackaby 1.5
A pretty entertaining read, and definitely leaning more in favor of the Doctor side of his personality, rather than Sherlock.