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Sunday, November 22, 2015

I Feel Bad About My Neck

Book #135 Read in 2015
I Feel Bad About My Neck by Nora Ephron

This is a cute read about the joys and trials of being a woman.  Ephron tackles things like beauty, menopause, weight gain etc.  The short stories are humorous and honest.  I recommend this light read.

Friday, November 20, 2015

The Rosemary Spell

Book #134 Read in 2015
The Rosemary Spell by Virginia Zimmerman

This was a good read, especially for kids who love to read.  Rosemary is friends with Adam and Shelby who are brother and sister.  Shelby is starting to have more mature interests (boys etc) but the three are pretty close.  Rosemary finds an old journal in her new room and she believes it belongs to Constance, a local poet who once lived in the house where Rosemary lives now.  But this journal seems to have magical powers...especially when the kids say a poem/spell and Shelby disappears...from their presence and their memories.  Will they be able to get her back?

This was a good mystery, especially for middle school readers.  The main characters were intelligent and interesting.  Overall, I enjoyed this book.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Bunker Diary

Book #132 Read in 2015
The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

Be prepared to throw this book across the room when you finish it.  Linus, a teenage runaway, is kidnapped and brought to a underground bunker.  He is soon joined by other victims.  The man who brought them there controls everything--lights, heat, food etc.  Why has he done this?  This book takes on a sort of Lord of the Flies mentality at times and the lack of reasoning as to why this is happening frustrated me.  That being said, I could see high school boys liking this book.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Salt to the Sea

Book #132 Read in 2015
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

I have loved each of this author's books; I think her writing just gets better with each new book.  In this one, told by multiple characters, an odd group of people are trying to remain safe in the war between Nazi Germany and Russia.  Each character has quite the story and together, they are a sort of unique family.  This is a quick read and will immediately engross readers.  This book also covers the greatest maritime disaster in that I knew nothing about.  High schoolers and adults would love this book.  I highly recommend it.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

These Shallow Graves

Book #131 Read in 2015
These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly

This was a great mystery/historical fiction read.  Jo is an intelligent young woman of a well-to-do family.  She dreams of having the freedom to choose her path in life--whether it is to become a journalist, to marry who her family wants her to marry or to not marry at all.  Then her world is rocked when her father dies, of an apparent suicide...or was it?  Jo begins an investigation into what really happened to her father, with the help of dashing newspaperman Eddie.  Of course, she falls for him even though they are not a socially acceptable match.  Close to 500 pages, this book flew and will keep readers engaged from the first page to the last.  The characters, most of whom are flawed, are intriguing and well written.  I highly recommend this book.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Masked Truth

Book #130 Read in 2015
The Masked Truth by Kelly Armstrong

I enjoy this author's Otherworld series and wanted to check out her new YA book and I was not disappointed.  From start to finish, this book was one that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.  Riley was at a babysitting job when the couple she was babysitting for was murdered.  Riley hid under a bed with the little girl and both were unharmed.  But Riley felt like she should have done something to help Mr. and Mrs. Porter and she feels guilty about not doing anything.  Therefore, she is in therapy.  She heads to an overnight group therapy session and that turns into chaos when the group is invaded by men with guns, looking to ransom one of the others in therapy who has a very rich father.  Will Riley escape unharmed again?  This book had violence in it but overall, I think a high schooler could handle it.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

October Reads

October Reads:

1.  The Way I Used to Be (YA)  4/5
2.  We'll Never Be Apart (YA)  4/5
3.  A Skeleton in the Family (4/5)  1st in series
4.  The Marvels (YA)  4/5  library book
5.  A Window Opens (4/5)  library book
6.  Everything Everything (YA)  5/5  library book
7.  A Step Toward Falling (YA)  5/5

128 books read in 2015