Happy Monday! I know, Mondays can be tough, but my family has just had a week of excitement and I am all smiles this morning. Last week we got brand new baby (it’s a boy! another nephew to smoosh!) and a new soon to be sister-in-law. My little brother is engaged! Now, if the home team can just get their act together, all will be right. All this good news plus the addition of baseball plus Battlestar Galactica, plus a new manuscript from my dear friend have all contributed to my neglecting most of my library books.
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- Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty-♥♥♥♥-Another fun, quirky, family dramedy! At 33 the Kettle triplets are still dealing with sibling rivalry, family secrets, and a seemingly endless stream of drama. This was another fun audiobook!
- The Wizard Returns by Danielle Paige-♥♥♥♥-This is the third prequel novella in the Dorothy Must Die saga. The wizard is back in Oz and he is about to shake things up. I am really excited about this interesting new twist. I must get my hands on The Wicked Will Rise!
- Cat Person by Seo Kim-♥♥♥♥-The author/artist chronicles everyday occurrences in her life. Her cat, Jimmy stars in many, but not all of the comics. Topics range from serious to silly and all are charmingly illustrated.
- Home by Carson Ellis-♥♥♥♥♥-This solo-picture book debut from the well-known illustrator of the Wildwood Chronicles is so wonderful! The homes range from realistic to fanciful and all are gorgeous. The real treat is getting to see her home. The careful reader will remember seeing items from the artist’s house in the previous pages!
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So, I was a little overly-eager last week. Baseball starts this week. I’ll be listening to the Indians first regular season game while I paint my bathroom and anxiously wait for the news that my sister has finally had her baby. I swear, this baby is taking its own sweet time…Lots to be excited about today!
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- Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle-♥♥♥-After suffering a disfiguring injury as a teen, Sean battles his isolation and depression by creating a game of strategy and survival called Trace Italian. Sean runs the game through mail-order. When a tragedy strikes a pair of young players, Sean begins reliving his own journey into the game and the events that led to its creation. This 2015 Alex Award winner is dark and compelling. I was expecting more about the actual game, but this was really a much more introspective read.
- Kingdom of the Wicked by Derek Landy-♥♥♥♥♥-Oh, how I love Skulduggery Pleasant! Ordinary people developing extraordinary magical powers? This is crazy enough, but it is soon discovered that it is part of a much, much bigger problem! Sadly, I only have two more books to go.
- This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki-♥♥♥-Rose and her family spend summers at Awago beach. She has a summer best friend in Windy, who is a little younger and like a sister. This summer everything is different. Rose’s parents are fighting and she finds herself engrossed in the daily drama of a couple of local teens. This graphic novel has gotten plenty of buzz and attention. For me, the illustrations saved the day. The story was quite busy, but slow at the same time. Luckily the images were so lovely!
- She Got Up Off the Couch by Haven Kimmel-♥♥♥♥♥-More stories from the author’s childhood in the tiny town of Moreland, Indiana. I wish this would never end. I could listen to Kimmel tell tales of her upbringing all day.
Unfinished: (for now)
Happy Reading! (Go Tribe!)
Greetings! It’s a gloriously warm day here in Northeast Ohio and all I can think about is sitting on a patio with a book…that day will come eventually. My big exciting news this week is that I *finally* ungraded my phone to a smart phone. It didn’t take long to fall in love with my iphone. One of my favorite features? If you guessed downloading audiobooks, you are correct. It is so easy to do and the library has tons of great titles. See our wonderful collection for yourself here. I personally have my eyes on Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series. It’s been on my To Read list for ages! I think it’s time to create a wish list.
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- First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen-♥♥♥♥♥-Readers get to catch up with the Waverlys of Bascomb. A lot has changed for sisters Sydney and Claire since Garden Spells. Just magical and delightful.
- The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson-♥♥♥♥♥-The third installment of the Shades of London series picks up where the cruel cliffhanger of book 2 left off. The story branches out into exciting new territory!
- Saucer Country by Paul Cornell-♥♥♥-When the leading Democratic candidate for president (a Hispanic woman!) claims that she was abducted by aliens her trusted advisers scramble to make sense of her claim. This was an interesting blend of political intrigue and X-Files. It wasn’t my favorite, but I will certainly pick up the second volume.
- The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty. I am working my way through her collection of work. This is her second book and came to me via Interlibrary Loan. Did you know you could do that? It’s so easy to do. You can do it yourself from our website or ask your favorite librarian to help you!
- Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. This is my first download to my iphone!
Currently Reading: (once again I am kind of all over the place, starting and stopping books left and right)
Sort of Reading: (aka, picking up and putting down, but still interested)
I am looking forward to another week of awesome reads!
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Happy Monday! Here in Northeast Ohio the snow is falling. It’s very lovely and exciting and it marks the beginning of prime reading season! It’s a good thing because my bookcases are overflowing with unread books.
On Friday I had the opportunity to attend a Teen Symposium. The keynote speaker was the lovely Siobhan Vivian. She spoke primarily about her book The List. This book was inspired by an article she read about a real-life freshman hazing incident that included a “slut list.” The incident made the headlines a few years ago. The list itself was bad enough, but the teen’s responses were even more shocking. Vivian could not believe that some teens were happy to be on the list and others were disappointed about being excluded. From this, The List was born. It’s been a while since I read this one, but I remember it being a quick read full of issues. I am considering this one for a book club selection.
Saturday was spent in Columbus, visiting the zoo and my aunt and uncle. Sunday was spent trying to finish my book while my nephews did their best to destroy their house and injure each other. Thank goodness there was snow on the ground! They got the boot and built a snowman. I am usually much more attentive when I hang out with them, but I had 150 pages left in The Blood of Olympus. I couldn’t put it down!
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- In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winter was a book club reread. I loved it as much as the first time.
- The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan. The final, epic showdown between the demigods and Gaea is finally happening. I loved this series ending, though I am sad to see them all go. I particularly loved Leo, Nico, and Reyna.
- Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. This is living up to all the hype. I am thoroughly enjoying the audio.
- Morning Glory by Sarah Jio. This is a duel POV in the same vein as That Summer by Lauren Willig and The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes.
Happy Monday! It’s a shame to spend this gorgeous fall day indoors, but duty calls. I was pretty busy this weekend, but my finished book tally is higher than last week!
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- Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris. Oh! I really enjoyed this one. Clever, humorous, and insightful.
- The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith. What a strange and twisted tale! I do enjoy Comoran and Robin and look forward to more of their adventure.
- Torn Away by Jennifer Brown. After losing everything in a tornado, Jersey is shuffled around until she ends up with the last people she ever expected to help her. All the feels of a John Green novel without the pretension.
I am currently without a Playaway. Oh, calamity!
I am all over the place with my reading these days! I am going to zip through In the Shadow of Blackbirds today and tomorrow so that is fresh for book club on Wednesday and then I can return to Blood of Olympus. I need to step up the pace here and somehow read 39 books before the end of the year. Eek!
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Happy Monday! My got myself out of my rut and I have my reading mojo back, just in time for a week-long staycation. I have to thank the bitter cold weather this weekend for driving me onto the couch and under the blankets. Really the only thing motivating me to brave the elements with the dogs was my fantastic new Playaway. I am already in vacation mode, so I am just going to get on with my list.
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See? Awesome week for me! If you haven’t read The Power of Habit yet, do it. Seriously awesome nonfiction. The Ranger’s Apprentice series finally (and sadly) comes to an end with The Royal Ranger. This book so nicely wraps things up. I loved it. Jeff Lemire’s Sweet Tooth series is really picking up. The third volume, Animal Armies, offers a few explanations and plenty of action. Finally, I read The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I devoured this FBI mystery/thriller in one sitting yesterday. This was the perfect easy read to really get me out of my reading slump.
I have one disc left in Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I don’t want it to end. I also started The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty. This is the engrossing audiobook that has gotten me out in the cold. The secret has been revealed and I am bracing myself for the fallout!
Another Stephanie Plum. She is always good for a quick and entertaining read.
Seriously. This has become a problem. Time to wrap these up!
Staycation Reads: So many choices!
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud is my next book on cd. I think I am finally going to get around to starting The Map of Time by Félix Palma. I have been eying this one for almost two years! I suspect that Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender is going to be a quick, fun read. Of course, I could decide to scrap this plan and read something else off giant pile of books.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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