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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Stillhouse Lake



Book #74 Read in 2017
Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine

This is the first book in a creepy thriller series.  Melvin seemed to be a good man, a good husband to Gina, a good father to Brady and Lily.  Then a car drives into their garage, uncovering Melvin's murder den and a dead body of a skinned woman--not his first victim.  The police cannot understand how Gina did not know what her husband was up to and charge her as an accessory.  She is innocent, and found to be legally, and she packs up her children, creates new identities for herself  and her children, and move them as needed.  She hopes to be able to put some roots down at Stillhouse Lake but Melvin has, from jail, seemingly found out where they are....will they get out alive?  This book had good twists and turns and will keep readers guessing until the end.  The sequel comes out in December and I have already ordered it.  I borrowed this book from the public library.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

See What I Have Done


Book #73 Read in 2017
See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

This was a good read.  While not exactly action packed, the writing made this a gripping psychological read, focusing on the case of Lizzie Borden.  Lizzie took an axe to both her father and her stepmother.  This book delves into the dysfunction of the Borden family and that makes this book an interesting read.  I borrowed this book from the public library.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Isadora Moon Goes Camping


Book #72 Read in 2017
Isadora Moon Goes Camping by Harriet Muncaster

This is a cute series for upper elementary readers.  Isadora is half-vampire/half-fairy.  Her family goes on a camping trip.  Isadora loses her father's prized possession and is afraid to tell him so she tries to find it on her own.  A cute, quick read which I borrowed from the public library.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Romeow and Juliet


Book #71 Read in 2017
Romeow and Juliet by Kathi Daley

This is the first in a cozy mystery series, set on a nice island locale.  Caitlin runs a cat sanctuary with her aunt and is the process of opening up a cat café/bookstore with her friend.  A murder occurs in town and Caitlin begins investigating.  Will she find the killer or become the next victim?  A good read, I borrowed this book from the public library.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Gizelle's Bucket List


Book #70 Read in 2017
Gizelle's Bucket List:  My Life with a Very Large Dog by Lauren Fern Watt

Watt buys an English Mastiff puppy and names her Gizelle.  Gizelle is Lauren's best friend and confidante.  The pair move to New York City and Gizelle is there for Lauren through job hunting, relationships, friendships, her mother's addiction.  Too soon, Gizelle is diagnosed with terminal bone cancer.  Watt decides to make a bucket list for Gizelle and the two spend quality time together before the inevitable end.  A must read for animal lovers, this book will bring a tear to the eye.  I received this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Kids of Appetite


Book #69 Read in 2017
Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

Vic is trying to deal with his father's death and his mother's new boyfriend but is not really doing a good job.  He takes off after a fight, taking the urn of his father's ashes with him.  He meets up with a  group of street kids who offer him a place to crash.  In the urn, he finds a list of things to do with his father's ashes and the group begins to do them.  This book is a good realistic fiction read, with characters that may be flawed but are interesting and engaging.  High school and adult readers would enjoy this book.  I received this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Friday, September 1, 2017

August 2017 Reads

August 2017 Reads:

1.  The Marriage Lie (4/5)  library book
2.  Lilac Girls (5/5)
3.  The Complete Chi Sweet Home Part 1 (YA)  (4/5)  library book
4.  Reading with Patrick (4/5)  library book
5.  Caraval (YA)  4/5
6.  Allegedly (YA)  5/5  library book
7.  Final Girls (5/5)  library book
8.  Bang (YA)  5/5
9.  Morningstar (4/5)  library book
10.  To Stay Alive (YA)  3/5  library book
11.  Diana:  Her True Story (4/5)  library book

68 Books Read in 2017

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Diana: Her True Story


Book #68 Read in 2017
Diana:  Her True Story

Twenty years after her death, Diana, Princess of Wales, still captivates readers with her tales of being an outside in the royal family and definitely in her marriage.  This book has an insider's perspective of how Diana really felt as she went through her royal life.  A good read, I borrowed this book from the public library.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

To Stay Alive


Book #67 Read in 2017
To Stay Alive by Skila Brown

This is a verse novel about the infamous Donner party.  I do not think younger readers will stay engaged in this book to get to the cannibalism part (over 220 pages into the book).  This book details that hardship of their travels, both physically and mentally.  It was an ok read which I borrowed from the school library.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Morningstar


Book # 66 Read in 2017
Morningstar:  Growing Up with Books by Ann Hood

This is a book for a lover of books.  Hood talks about the role books and reading played in her life while growing up.  She was considered odd by her family because of her love for reading.  This is a good, quick read.  I borrowed it from the public library.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Final Girls


Book #65 Read in 2017
Final Girls by Riley Sager

This is my pick for best thriller so far this year. Quincy is a "final girl", the lone survivor of a killing spree at a cottage.  Her college friends were butchered.  She is not the lone final girl though...there are Lisa and Sam....both lone survivors of a similar horrific event.  Quincy has tried to move on with her life but then Lisa commits suicide and Sam comes to visit Quincy.  Will her life be turned upside down more than it already is?  This book has great twists and turns which will keep readers guessing until the end.  I borrowed this book from the public library.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Allegedly


Book #64 Read in 2017
Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

This is a gritty, realistic fiction young adult novel.  Mary is in a group home, after years in a juvenile detention center or "baby jail".  Allegedly, Mary killed an infant that her mother was babysitting.  But did she?  Her mother is not exactly mother-of-the year material.  Mary wants to get an education, go to college and form some sort of life for herself but will that really be possible?  High school  and adult readers will be drawn to this book.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bang


Book #63 Read in 2017
Bang by Barry Lyga

When he was four years old, Sebastian picked up his father's unattended handgun and shot and killed his infant sister.  That haunts Sebastian, now a teenager, and his parents.  The parents split up and Sebastian lives with his mother, hardly ever seeing his father.   Though not named in the press, all of his hometown knows what he did.  He has one friend until Aneesa moves into the neighborhood.  She does not know his past so Sebastian can have a "clean" relationship with someone new.  Sebastian has thoughts of suicide as a way to stop his pain.  This is a powerful read.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Caraval


Book #62 Read in 2017
Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This is the first book in a young adult fantasy series.  Scarlett and Donnatella have an abusive father.  Scarlett is engaged to marry a Count she has never met.  But she really wants to attend Caraval--a festival of games and trickery.   She repeatedly writes the man in charge, Legend, for tickets to the event.  She and Tella end up there, with help from a young man Julian, but will they make it out of the game with their lives?  This book had a good mix of action, romance and intrigue.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Reading with Patrick


Book #61 Read in 2017
Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo

Kuo taught English for two years in the Delta at an alternative school were the students went after being kicked out of their regular schools.  She wanted to make a difference in their lives.  Patrick was one of her students who was a leader in the class and was a relatively quiet kid.  A few years after she left the area, Patrick murders a man from the neighborhood and the author begins to visit him in prison.  To keep his mind engaged, she begins giving him homework, brining him books and reading with him.  The pair's connection is evident and is what every teacher hopes to have with a student.  Teachers should check this book out; I borrowed the book from the public library.

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Complete Chi's Sweet Home Part 1


Book #60 Read in 2017
The Complete Chi's Sweet Home Part 1 by Konami Kanata

I do not really read manga but if it is about a cute cat looking for his forever home, I am game.  This was a cute read and encompassed a few volumes in a collection with more apparently to come.  Chi is found by a family as a kitten and they keep him even though they are not allowed to have pets in their apartment.  They go through many pains to keep him a secret from their landlord.  What will happen if they are caught with Chi in their place?  Kitty hijinks fill this book and readers will get a kick out of Chi.  I borrowed this book from the school library.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Lilac Girls


Book #59 Read in 2017
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

This is my book pick of the year.  It is incredible--powerful, captivating and heartbreaking.  Set in World War 2, this book is told in three viewpoints--Kasia; Caroline and Herta.  Kasia is a Polish prisoner of war at the only all-female concentration camp; Caroline is in New York working to send relief overseas and Herta is the only female doctor in the all-female concentration camp, doing horrible things to the prisoners.  This book details "the Rabbits", the female prisoners who were violated by horrible operations and experimental medical procedures.  But overall, this shows the strength of women.  Even more powerful at the end is the author's note, describing how these women were either real or based on real women.  This book was extremely well-written and I will keep an eye out for the author's future books (this is her debut, amazing!)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Marriage Lie


Book #58 Read in 2017
The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

In the first few chapters of the book, we meet Iris and her husband Will.  They have a happy marriage and have recently begun trying to get pregnant.  Will is on his way to an IT conference in Florida.  Or is he?  A plane heading to Seattle crashes and Will's name appears on the passenger list.  Why was he heading to Seattle?  Why did he lie to Iris about going to Florida?  What else was he hiding?  Iris begins to look into her husband and realizes she may not have known anything about the man she married.  This was a good read, with twists and turns to the very end.  Readers will be kept engaged and guessing.  I highly recommend.  I borrowed this book from the public library.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Katana at Super Hero High


Book #57 Read in 2017
Katana at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee

This is the fourth installment in the Super Hero High series; each book focuses on one super hero student.  This book focuses on Katana and her samurai background and heritage.  The series has more well-known super heroes (Wonder Woman, Supergirl) and lesser-known such as Katana and Hawkgirl.  Middle school readers especially would enjoy this series.  I borrowed the book from the public library.

Monday, July 24, 2017

The Cafe by the Sea


Book #56 Read in 2017
The Café by the Sea by Jenny Colgan

Colgan is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.  In this book, Flora works at a London law firm and is needed by a client to return to her Scottish hometown, something she has avoided for the past few years.  Her homecoming is not easy, nor is her growing crush on her boss.  Colgan creates interesting characters, full of humor and angst and full of engagement.  This was a good, quick read.  I borrowed it from the public library.


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Molly and the Cat Cafe


Book #55 Read in 2017
Molly and the Cat Café by Melissa Daley

This is the first in a cute series.  Molly is a cat who has had a good home with Margery.  But things change when Margery becomes ill and her son puts her in a nursing home.  He rehomes Molly, and this begins her journey to find another owner like Margery.  After some time on the streets, Molly sets her sights on Debbie, owner of a café.  Will Molly's presence help or hurt the café?  Will she be able to stay in her new home forever?  This was a cute read with humor, romance and of course cats in it.  I borrowed the book from the public library.  The sequel is on its way to me.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

El Deafo


Book #54 Read in 2017
El Deafo by Cece Bell

This is a graphic novel that tells the story of Cece, a young girl who is deaf.  She has to wear a contraption to school that includes a microphone for her teachers to use so she can hear their instruction.  Cece feels very obtrusive wearing it and begins to imagine her alter ego--"El Deafo" who has superpowers and the confidence Cece does not have.  This book spans several years of her schooling and shows the ups and downs of her interactions with her family, friends, teachers and strangers.  I plan on using this book with the students in my Young Adult Literature class in the fall.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters


Book #53 Read in 2017
Disrupting Thinking:  Why How We Read Matters by Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst

This was a decent professional read.  It was a little text booky (Donalyn Miller is still my favorite!) but it was full of good information about how making reading meaningful to and for students is so important.  Letting students choose their reads, making what they are reading relevant to them are key components to building a successful reading community in the classroom.  I enjoyed it.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Darkest Hour


Book #52 Read in 2017
The Darkest Hour by Caroline Tung Richmond

This is a good piece of historical fiction, geared towards young adults.  Lucie is a member of Covert Operations fighting against the Nazis.  She is not always sure who to trust and who not to trust.  Her life is constantly in danger and this book will keeps readers hooked to see if she makes it out alive.  This book has good action, good historical perspective and interesting characters.  I recommend it for high school readers as well as adults.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Crossover


Book #51 Read in 2017
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

This book is so much more than a sports novel for young adult readers.  Told in verse, this book tells the story of Josh, a middle school basketball player dealing with a lot of emotional issues in his life.  His twin brother has just started dating his first girlfriend, his father is sick....and Josh does not know how to always handle his emotions in the proper way.  This book is a powerful read and will resonate with high school readers as well as adult readers.  I see myself recommending it to my students in the fall.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Hate U Give


Book #50 Read in 2017
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This is an excellent book which I would recommend to young adult and adults readers alike.  It is a powerful read.  Starr witnesses her friend Khahil being shot to death by a police officer who thought he had a gun (it was a hairbrush).  Starr needs to tell what happens but that is easier said than done.  This book accurately portrays the difficulty of race relations and police brutality.  Well done.  I borrowed this book from the public library.

June Reads

June Reads:

1.  Truly, Madly, Guilty (3/5)
2.  Unfiltered (YA)  4/5  library book
3.  The Sleepwalker (4/5)  library book
4.  Camino Island (5/5)  library book
5.  I See You (5/5)
6.  American Street (YA)  4/5  library book
7.  Midnight Crossroad (4/5)  1st in series

49 books read in 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Midnight Crossroad


Book #49 Read in 2017
Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

This is the first book in a paranormal trilogy by Harris, known for her Sookie Stackhouse paranormal series.  There is a TV show of this series starting in a few weeks so I wanted to read the first book before watching the show.  Midnight, Texas is a refuge for those who are not exactly normal, but the town accepts that about them.  There is a witch, a vampire, a talking cat and a psychic.  This book had a murder plot that had decent twists and turns and kept me guessing.  I will continue reading this series.

Monday, June 26, 2017

American Street


Book #48 Read in 2017
American Street by Ibi Zoboi

This is a gritty YA read.  Fab comes to American from Haiti with her mother; she is an American citizen; her mother is not.  Fab's mother is detained and sent to a holding facility in New Jersey.  Fab continues to their destination--her aunt's house in Detroit.  There she meets her three cousins who have all had varying street experience.  This is a new world for Fab and a police detective tells her she will help her mother if Fab snitches on the drug dealers who orbit her cousin's world.  This book shows inner-city life in a realistic and sometimes painful way.  I borrowed this book from the public library.  I would recommend it for high school and adult readers.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

I See You


Book #47 Read in 2017
I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Women are being advertised in newspaper ads and then turning up dead.  Turns out it is a pay website detailing women and their commuting details so that the members can "find" them.  Zoe sees her own picture in an ad and contacts the police.  Will they be able to find the person behind the ads in time to save Zoe from harm?  This was a good mystery with twists and turns.  It was my first book by this author but I will read others by her.  I received this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Camino Island


Book #46 Read in 2017
Camino Island by John Grisham

This is the first by Grisham which I have read in a long time and I read it in a day.  Different from his usual lawyer-focused books, this one tells the tale of manuscripts by F. Scott Fitzgerald which were stolen from the Princeton Library.  The authorities are after the thieves but their main priority is to find the missing manuscripts.  To that means, they contact Mercer, a young, struggling writer, and want to use her to get information on a suspect, Bruce Cable, a bookstore owner.  This was a good, quick read and had an engaging storyline.  I recommend it.  I borrowed this book from the public library.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Sleepwalker


Book #45 Read in 2017
The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian

Lianna's mother has a history of sleepwalking when her father is out of town.  It happens again but this time no one can find her mother.  Did she drown?  Jump off a bridge?  Run away?  These questions haunt the family as they wait for news--a body discovered; a letter  that she has left the family; something.  This book had some slow parts--I quickly tired of Lianna's self-destructive drug use--but the ending more than made up for any down spots.  I borrowed this book from the public library.


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Unfiltered


Book #44 Read in 2017
Unfiltered by Lily Collins

Lily Collins has acted in such movies that I like as The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and The Blind Side.  She is also the daughter of musician Phil Collins.  Additionally, she is a young woman who has survived eating disorders, unhealthy relationships and self doubt.  This collection of essays is a good, quick read and Lily's honesty shines through her writing.  I borrowed this book from the public library.


Book #43 Read in 2017
Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

I have enjoyed several others books by this author so I was excited to start reading this one.  It had a very slow start and I considered giving up on it several times.  I did stick with it and overall ended up liking it, but it is, in my opinion, not as good as her other works.  An "accident/incident" is referred to at a barbeque but it is almost halfway through the book before readers find out what happened.  The characters are somewhat unlikeable and are flawed but they are interesting.  If a reader can stick with it, he/she should like it.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

May Reads

1.  Poison's Kiss (YA)  4/5  1st in series
2.  We Are Okay (YA)  4/5
3.  Into the Water (3/5)  library book
4.  A Court of Wings and Ruin (YA)  5/5  3rd in series
5.  I Hate Everyone Except You  (5/5)  library book
6.  Swimming Lessons (4/5)  library book
7.  The Cellar (YA)  5/5  1st in series

42 books read in 2017

Sunday, May 28, 2017

The Cellar


Book #42 Read in 2017
The Cellar by Natasha Preston

This was a creepy good read.  Summer is kidnapped by a man who calls himself "Clover".  He renames Summer as Lily to go with his other "flowers":  Rose, Poppy and Violet--three more girls he has kidnapped and keeps in his cellar.  His goal is to keep his "family" together forever.  Sometimes, he brings girls off the streets into the cellar to kill them to rid the world of some evil.  Summer's family and boyfriend continue to look for her in the hopes of finding her alive.  Will they do so in time?  A sequel to this book, which I already ordered, is coming out next year.  High school and adult readers alike will enjoy this gripping thriller.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Swimming Lessons


Book #41 Read in 2017
Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller

Flora's father Gil falls and he says it is because he saw his long-disappeared and presumed-dead wife Ingrid.  Flora returns home to check on her father and to see if her mother has returned.  Gil and Ingrid had a complicated marriage and the effects are lasting on Flora.  This book was a decent read.  I borrowed it from the public library.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

I Hate Everyone....Except You


Book #40 Read in 2017
I Hate Everyone, Except You by Clinton Kelly

I sometimes watched the TV show "What Not to Wear" and even though I do not cook, I will turn "The Chew" on if I am home on a weekday, so I enjoyed Kelly's snark and sarcasm and figured I would try his book of essays.  At times while reading, I snickered, smiled and laughed.  Kelly covers a lot of topics with honesty and snark and it made for an enjoyable read.  I finished the book in a day.  I borrowed the book from the public library.

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Court of Wings and Ruin


Book #39 Read in 2017
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

This is the third in a fantasy series that is geared for young adults but adult readers love as well.  In this one, Feyre and Rhys are once again working together to save their friends and their land.  There is lots of romantic tension between the pair but the graphic sex scenes from book 2 are not a main part of this book.  This book had lots of action, humor and interesting characters.  A great series which I highly recommend to high school and adult readers.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Into the Water

Book #38 Read in 2017
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Similar to Girl on the Train, this book is full of not very nice characters.  That being said, this book did not grab me as quickly as the other.  I did not care about any of the characters.  The story line was that this small town has women, descendants of witches, who drown themselves.  Or is it murder?  Told from alternating points of view, the mystery was decent but I was disappointed in this book overall.  I borrowed this book from my town library.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

We Are Okay


Book #37 Read in 2017
We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Marin is spending Christmas break at the dorm.  She is trying to avoid going home at all costs.  Her best friend, Mabel, comes to visit and try to convince Marin to come back home with her.  But Mabel does not know the whole story of why Marin left and Marin is reluctant to tell her.  Will she?  Will doing so help her to begin to heal?  This was a decent quick read and the characters were interesting but the plot, to me, was not fully developed. I received this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Poison's Kiss


Book #36 Read in 2017
Poison's Kiss by Breanna Shields

This book would be perfect for fans of The Sin Eater's Daughter series.  Marinda is an assassin, able to kill someone with just a kiss....a kiss that is poison.  It has been her way of life since she was young. As she gets older, and meets Devin, she begins to question how this can be a right way of life and how she can escape with her younger, sickly brother Mani.  This book had decent twists and turns and interesting characters, along with romance and action.  I believe there will be a sequel, which I will read.  I received this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Geekerella


Book #35 Read in 2017
Geekerella by Ashley Poston

This is a take on Cinderella.  Elle is a huge fan of a science fiction show and has a well-followed blog about it.  She begins texting with someone, not knowing it is the star of the new movie based on the show.  Elle has an evil stepmother and evil stepsisters, just like in the original tale.  Will she get her happy ever after ending?  This was a cute read and high school girls will love the romantic tale.  I borrowed this book from the town library.


Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Darkness Absolute



Book #34 Read in 2017
A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong

This is the second book in a gritty mystery series centered around Rockton, a place where people go to escape their lives and the people after them.  Casey is still working as local police, alongside her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton.  She stumbles upon a missing local woman, found in a cave in a bad state.  Casey brings her back to Rockton and begins her investigation into who did this to Nicole.  Will she be able to find out before she is the next victim?  This series is interesting and will keep readers guessing until the end.  I received this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.


Vampire Plagues 2


Book #33 Read in 2017
Vampire Plagues:  Paris, 1850 by Sebastian Rook

This is the second book in a series geared towards middle school readers.  In this book, Ben, Jack and Emily head to Paris to try to get rid of the vampires that they thought, incorrectly, they had already gotten rid of it.  This one started a bit slowly but once it picked up, it was an engaging read to the end, full of action.  I borrowed this book from the town library.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Death by Coffee


Book #32 Read in 2017
Death by Coffee by Alex Erickson

This is the first in a cozy mystery series, set in a coffee shop/bookstore.  Two friends open up the coffee shop/bookstore and a customer ends up dying for a peanut allergy shortly after his purchase, even though the coffee did not have nuts in it.  Shop owner Krissy decides to begin her own investigation.  Of course, she gets herself into some hot water along the way.  This was a good, quick read and I will continue reading the series.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Flawed


Book #31 Read in 2017
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

This is the first in a young adult dystopian series.  There are flawed and there are perfect.  Flawed people have committed some sin against society.  They are branded with Fs on body parts, where depends on what they did.  Celestine was always a good girl, who followed the rules.  One day she aides an old, sick Flawed man to a bus seat and that moment ends life as she knew it.  She is then tried as to whether or not she is flawed.  She is caught up in politics and does not know who is really on her side.  This book will keep readers--high school age and adult alike--engaged throughout the book.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Heart of the Storm


Book #30 Read in 2017
Heart of the Storm by Michael Buckley

This is the third and final book of the Undertow series.  Lyric is once again trying to save the world from evil sea monsters, with the help of her friend Bex, her Alpha friends, her parents and the children she saved in the last book.  Will she be able to do it?  This series is full of action, interesting characters as well as humor and romance.  High school boys and girls as well as adults would enjoy this series.

Hot Toddy


Book #29 Read in 2017
Hot Toddy by T.C. Collins

This author writes like a young Jackie Collins so she is named properly.  LJ is a model/want to be screenwriter in CA who gets caught up in the high life of partying, drinking and doing drugs.  Her friend Sidney has a get-rich quick scheme that might not be a good idea but LJ goes along with it.  Lots of graphic sex scenes in this book so not for the faint of heart.  I received this book in exchange for a honest review.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Misundrstood: Why the Humble Rat May be Your Best Pet Ever


Book #28 Read in 2017
Misunderstood by Rachel  Toor

I have never had a pet rat but this book made me understand more why people would choose to do so.  This book was a cute and humorous read, focusing on the author's pet rat Iris and why she was the perfect pet for her.  This book balanced science with cute little stories.  I borrowed this book from the public library.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Wires and Nerve


Book #27 Read in 2017
Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

This is a graphic novel, based on Meyer's series The Lunar Chronicles.  This graphic novel is well done and focuses equally on all the couples from the series book.  The engaging format will expose this series to a whole new reading audience.  This is the first in a series.  I borrowed this book from my public library.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe



Book #26 Read in 2017
Meet Me at the Cupcake Café by Jenny Colgan

Colgan is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.  Her books are wonderfully quick reads, which focus usually on food, or books, or some combination thereof, with interesting characters, romance, humor and happiness.  This book included a ton of baked good recipes that any foodie would love.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Pocket Full of Tinder


Book #25 Read in 2017
Pocket Full of Tinder by Jill Archer

Though I have not read the prior books in the series, I enjoyed this book and will probably go back and read the others.  This is a good paranormal read.  Noon has waning magic and lives in a world full of angels and demons.  She is still learning her full power and has help from various figures.  She has a complicated relationship with Ari, a demon who can shapeshift into a drakon.  This book had a lot of action, humor and romance in it.  I recommend it.