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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Marvels

Book #125 Read in 2015
The Marvels by Brian Selznick (YA)

Selznick seamlessly weaves illustrations and prose together in his books, telling the story in two different manners.  In this book, Joseph runs away from boarding school to go meet his uncle.  The two eventually connect and bond, though that does not happen without its issues.  The uncle's house is a place of great history and story and Joseph immediately feels a connection to it.  I borrowed this book from the public library.

Friday, October 9, 2015

A Skeleton in the Family

Book #124 Read in 2015
A Skeleton in the Family by Leigh Perry

This is the first book in a cozy mystery series where Georgia is an adjunct college professor whose family has had Sid, a talking, moving skeleton, since she was a small child.  Sid often pipes in with life advice, career counseling and humor.  In this book Georgia and Sid try to figure out who murdered another college professor, who seemingly has a connection to life and death.  This book had a good mystery, humor, interesting characters and a strong plot.  I have the next two books in my TBR pile.

We'll Never Be Apart

Book #123 Read in 2015
We'll Never Be Apart by Emiko Jean (YA)

Alice is in a mental institution after a fire kills her boyfriend, Jason.  She becomes drawn to fellow patient Chase and tries to get him to help her get to her sister Cellie....whom she plans to kill for setting that fire.  Will Alice ever get her head back on straight?  This book is a roller coaster of a read....powerfully emotional and well written.  The pain in its pages is raw and real.  I was sent a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Friday, October 2, 2015

The Way I Used to Be

Book #122 Read in 2015
The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

At the start of this book, Eden is raped by her brother's best friend.  He tells her no one will believe her if she tells them what she doesn't.  This decision sends Eden down a path that no one would have ever predicted for her.  Told in four sections (each section is a grade level in high school) readers will read about Eden spiraling out of control and desperately in need of help.  This book is powerfully raw and heavily emotional...and oh so good....Smith writes well and has her characters complex enough to keep readers engaged for over 350 pages.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

September Reads

September Reads:

1.  Tombquest:  Valley of Kings (YA)  5/5  3rd in series
2.  Sophmores and Other Oxymorons (YA)  5/5  2nd in series  library book
3.  Dumplin'  (YA)   5/5
4.  Crenshaw (YA)  5/5
5.  Need (YA)  5/5
6.  Dead Boy (YA)  4/5
7.  Browsings (3/5)  library book
8.  The Scorpion Rules (YA)  4.5/5
9.  The Bubble Wrap Boy (YA)  4/5
10.  The Edge (YA)  5/5  2nd in series
11.  At Home with Books (5/5)  library book

121 Books Read in 2015

Sunday, September 27, 2015

At Home with Books

Book #121 Read in 2015
At Home with Books by Estelle Ellis et al

This book is perfect for book lovers.  It shows lovely photographers of the libraries of the rich and famous and literary.  Each person's section details that person's organizational method when setting up the library.  It is amazing how a room filled with books can provide insight into a person's inner workings.  I borrowed this book from my public library.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Edge

Book #120 Read in 2015
The Edge by Roland Smith

This is the sequel to Peak, which was a good read.  In this book, Peak is back and is requested to go on a "climb for Peace".  He agrees and heads to Afghanistan for the climb; his mother, a former climber, accompanies him.  Shortly after their arrival, Peak's mother and fellow climbers are kidnapped and Peak decides to try to follow their trail and rescue them.  Will he succeed?  Or will he be killed? This series is great for middle school and high school readers...especially reluctant and boy readers.  Peak has matured since the first book, which helps make him a believable hero.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.