Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Dying Light

Title: Dying Light 
Author: Kory M. Shrum
Publisher:  self
ISBN: 9780991215898
Why Read?: Fresh Fiction

Thoughts: I've read the first book, but this is the fourth.  A lot must have happened between the two and it was not easy to jump right in and stay in.

Rating: 2/5

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 9/10-9/16

For possible review (on Bookloons):
The Breathless by Tara Goedjen
Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones

First Reads from Goodreads:
Second to None by Nancy Herkness
Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The End of Men

Title: The End of Men 
Author: Karen Rinaldi
Publisher:  Harper Perennial
ISBN: 978-0-06-256899-1
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: So many things about this book were confusing - the chronological jumping around between characters, the title, and the lack of depth.  This just made it feel very disjointed and flimsy.

Rating: 2/5

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hir

Title: Hir
Author: Taylor Mac
Publisher:  Dramatists
ISBN: 978-0-8222-3495-1
Why Read?: Scriptd

Thoughts: The playwright describes this as "absurd realism" and I cannot think of any better way to describe it as it is very absurd, but parts are also very human.

Rating: 4/5

The Explorers Club

Title: The Explorers Club
Author: Nell Benjamin
Publisher:  L.A. Theatre Works
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: This was fun and humorous, with all the standard farcical elements, but I think some of the visual humor was lost with the audio production.

Rating: 3/5

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 8/27-9/9

First Reads from Goodreads:
Rummage by Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa
The Trinity Game by Sean Chercover
Intervention Earth by Carolyn Burell
Montpelier Parade by Karl Geary

Received in September's Fresh Fiction Box Not to Miss:
Love Me by Bronwen Evans
Bound Souls by N. D. Jones
The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne
A Momentary Marriage by Candace Camp
Seeking Sarah by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason
Something Like Happy by Eva Woods

Received in September's Scriptd:
Hir by Taylor Mac
Luna Gale by Rebecca Gilman

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Hate U Give

Title: The Hate U Give
Author: Angie Thomas
Publisher:  Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 9780062677082
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: A very powerful and timely ya novel.

Rating: 4/5

The Sound of Rain

Title: The Sound of Rain
Author: Gregg Olsen
Publisher:  Thomas & Mercer
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: First Reads

Thoughts: This was a very taught suspense right up until the end - too many loose ends.

Rating: 4/5

Parable of the Sower

Title: Parable of the Sower
Author: Octavia E. Butler
Publisher:  Open Road
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: Book Club

Thoughts: The first part was so slow that I had a hard time getting into it.  The second part went much faster, redeeming the novel.

Rating: 3/5

Death by Probability

Title: Death by Probability
Author: Urno Barthel
Publisher:  Outskirts
ISBN: 978-1-4787-2278-6
Why Read?: First Reads

Thoughts: The premise had great promise, but many parts dragged and the denouement seemed out of left field. 

Rating: 2/5

Saturday, August 26, 2017

My Soul Looks Back

Title: My Soul Looks Back
Author: Jessica B. Harris
Publisher:  Scribner
ISBN: 978-1-5011-2590-4
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: I'll admit I've never heard of the food writer Jessica B. Harris, but her memoir is full of stories of hanging out with notable African American literati from the 1970s on.  Not only are her stories fascinating, her prose is beautiful.

Rating: 5/5

Stacking the Shelves: 8/20-8/26

For possible review (on Bookloons):
Light Years by Emily Ziff Griffin
The Dam Keeper by Robert Kondo & Dice Tsutsumi
A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck

First Reads from Goodreads:
Before I Knew by Jamie Beck

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Stacking the Shelves: 8/13-8/19

For review (on Bookloons):
Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen
Warbringer by  Leigh Bardugo

Friday, August 18, 2017

Gone Camping

Title: Gone Camping
Author: Tamera Will Wissinger
Publisher:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 978-0-544-63873-0
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Cute, quick story about going camping told entirely in poems, with a great appendix about the forms of poetry.

Rating: 4/5

Journey on a Runaway Train

Title: Journey on a Runaway Train
Author: Dee Garretson & JM Lee
Publisher:  Albert Whitman
ISBN: 978-0-8075-0695-0
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: It has been a long time since I read any Boxcar Children books, but the start to this new mini-series is rather fun, although there were a few spots where it felt like something important was edited out then had to be told rather than shown.

Rating: 2/5

Buddha Boy

Title: Buddha Boy
Author: Kathe Koja
Publisher:  Full Cast Audio

ISBN: 9781932076523
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: A powerful story about bullying and finding your own peace.

Rating: 4/5

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Echoes of an Angel

Title: Echoes of an Angel: The Miraculous True Story of a Boy Who Lost His Eyes but Could Still See
Author: Aquanetta Gordon
Publisher:  christianaudio
ISBN: 9781610458153
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Uplifting and touching story of a boy who lost his eyes but was still able to "see" using echo-location.

Rating: 4/5

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Sunday, August 6, 2017

My Sister Rosa

Title: My Sister Rosa
Author: Justine Larbalestier
Publisher:  Soho Teen
ISBN: 978-1-61695-674-5
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Very dark, but a tad predictable, although there was one twist I did not see coming.

Rating: 3/5

Bone Gap

Title: Bone Gap
Author: Laura Ruby
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
ISBN: 978-0-06-231760-5
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: A wonderful, rare work of YA magical realism.

Rating: 5/5

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Theft by Finding

Title: Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002
Author: David Sedaris
Publisher: Blackstone
ISBN: 9781478949312
Why Read?: For Fun

Thoughts: Not as humorous as I expected, but it was very interesting to see the progression from slacker to best-selling author along with the changing times.

Rating: 3/5

Stacking the Shelves: 7/30-8/5

First Reads from Goodreads:
Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer
The Reunion by Sara Portman
Perfect Scents by Virginia Taylor

LibraryThing Early Review:
Wings of Fire by Alma Alexander
Vanity in Dust by Cheryl Low