Small-Space Vegetable Gardens

Another impulse pick from the new non-fiction rack at the library. I want to grow all of the things and I have plenty of small space to do it but I’m unmotivated to do it, hahaha. Maybe we should re-think that whole 2 acres thing? lol.

Small-Space Vegetable Gardens is a nice book. Nice lists of vegetables to grow in various situations, what can be grown together and lots of info about SOIL. (For those who aren’t like me and just throw some dirt into a pot and call it good.)

I do think we need to run out and get a tomato plant. Maybe grow some cucumbers and pole beans. Maybe.

King of Plagues

The problem with Joe Ledger books is that it takes me almost 100 pages to become invested in the story. Before then, I read an “event” and put the book down wondering why I keep reading them. Then I hit page 100 and off I go, not wanting to put the book down at all.

King of Plagues – that’s the stuff of nightmares. Really. All of the horrible things. [shudder] Also, I think Ledger is losing brain cells. He should have figured out the whole Circe thing on his own. [eyeroll]

Two Non-Fiction Books

A couple of months ago, I was thinking a lot about millennials and then I stopped thinking about millennials but I had all of these library books on the shelf that I’d reserved when I was thinking about millennials. So I figured what the heck, I’ll read a couple. They’re short. They’ll be quick. It couldn’t hurt.

First, The Rise of the Millennial Parents ticked me off so much that I couldn’t finish it. There were so many typos. A typo in the introduction (I hope it was a typo) set me off and I never recovered. Also, does any educator really need that many ways to categorize parents? Excuse me while I roll my eyes again.

The Millennials: Connecting to America’s Largest Generation was interesting. I ended up enjoying it more than I’d expected. It’s written by the Lifeway guy (and his son) so I expected a whole lot more evangelizing than there was. Good for them for avoiding that. I’m actually glad I read this one.

Mortal Heart

Good grief, Mortal Heart was LONG. It seems like it was almost twice as long as the first two books and they were long, too.

I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first two — the whole errr relationship thing was a little weird. A lot weird. I liked having the three girls back together, that was good. I liked the solution to the problem with France. That was smart. Errr, the relationship thing was weird. I said that, right?

Sweetgrass

Why does that always happen? I read one book set in the lowcountry and the next thing you know, everything I read is set in the lowcountry.

I enjoyed Sweetgrass. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t horrible. I liked the ghost and the cemetery — good solution for all of the issues and I think it ended as it should have ended.

Also, towards the end, one character talks about the old Grace Bridge and the new (stupid) bridge. That probably made the entire book worth reading for me, lol.

Lowcountry Bombshell

Lowcountry Bombshell was amusing. Very amusing. It made me want to read Marilyn Monroe biographies and watch Marilyn Monroe movies.

And now that I’m caught up on the Liz Talbot series, I hope another one comes out soon. Totally fun.

While We Run

The first part of While We Run was confusing. When we left Abdi and Tegan, they were casting the info about The Ark project and when we pick up, Abdi and Tegan are spouting all sorts of pro Ark project madness.

I’m not sure I liked this one as much as the first book — I liked Tegan quite a bit less and I liked all of the supporting characters more. It all worked out, (mostly), though.

Is there supposed to be another book? I’m not dying to read another but I’ll probably give it a try if there is one.

Pointe

Oh boy. Pointe was a problem book with all the problems. ALL OF THEM. TOO MANY PROBLEMS.

But, errr, I didn’t put it down once I got past the second chapter. It was compelling — trying to figure out how all of this mess was going to come together to make an ending to the mess. Sheesh.

Yay for diversity in YA but boo because another ballerina with anorexia? Really? Along with the sexual abuse and the over-privileged drug use and it turned out to be just another typical YA novel, really.

I didn’t hate it but I didn’t love it, either.

God Help the Child

God Help the Child was a surprisingly quick read. I don’t think “quick read” when I think of Toni Morrison. I mean it was really fast. I finished it in a day.

It was also… very Toni Morrison-like but, not enough Toni Morrison-like. It was beautifully written. There were moments of pure brilliance. But overall, it was just… not amazing.

Brown Girl Dreaming

Yep, I finally read Brown Girl Dreaming and it was awesome. It also made me kind of homesick.

Definitely the best of the bunch in the cybils shortlist for poetry.