Ms. Bixby’s Last Day

Tearjerker. And a fun, well-written tearjerker, at that. Ms. Bixby’s Day Off is exactly the kind of Cybil shortlist book that I love.

Have you ever had a teacher that you’d go out of your way to do something really special for — like create her “last day” dream? I’ve had teachers like that. I hope every kid who reads this book has had a teacher like that.

Rook

Rook should not be confused with The Rook (which I did when I first spotted it on the library bookshelf.) It also should not be confused with the first Pink Carnation book (which I didn’t really do but it sure as heck reminds me of that.)

It’s middle-grade/YA and there are a lot of similarities between the Pink Carnation and Rook, in all the good ways. It started a little slowly and I wasn’t sure I wanted to keep reading — and it took for freaking ever to read, and I’m not sure why. Yes, it’s more than 400 pages but middle-grade/YA should not have taken that long. (TW suggested Yoga and work are to be blamed, I suspect it’s Disney Emoji Blitz and work.)

Anyway, it’s totally fun and if there was a sequel, I’d read it.

A Study In Charlotte

I’m not really a Sherlock Holmes fan but A Study in Charlotte made me kind of want to read some more Sherlock Holmes. Good thing I’m too busy to fall into that trap. Instead, I’ll just wait until the next Charlotte Holmes novel comes out.

Dorothy Parker Drank Here

I loved Farewell Dorothy Parker so it’s no shock that I really enjoyed Dorothy Parker Drank Here. I don’t think it was quite as good as the first one but it was totally fun.

Kiss Carlo

When I think I don’t have a lot of time to read but want to read something light but not TOO light or when I’ve had about all I can take with YA problem books I turn to authors like Adriana Trigiani. Luckily, I stumbled across Kiss Carlo at exactly the time when I was done with YA problem books.

It was as you’d expect, if you’ve ever read any of her books (particularly those not in the Big Stone Gap series.)

Merrow

When I asked TW if Merrow was any good, she said it wasn’t the best mermaid book but it wasn’t bad. That pretty much summed it up.

The characters were interesting. The writing style was interesting. I wasn’t bored with it and read it fairly quickly.

Of Fire and Stars

When you see an LGBT book mentioned, you never really know what you’re going to get when you read it. Unfortunately, it’s rarely really, really, really good — particularly when you’re reading an LGBT YA romance. Thankfully, Of Fire and Stars is freaking excellent. Thank goodness it appears as though it may be the first book in a series. We can hope. We can only hope.

#FakeReadathon: 7 Books

Sharon and Chris joined us on Sunday for #FakeReadathon and it was fun. I also managed to finish seven books, which was also fun.

Happily Ever After: short stories about characters from The Selection series. It wasn’t bad, a lot of repeat of what happened in earlier books so the stories could be read as a stand-alone.

The Crown: The final book in the selection series. I’m glad it turned out the way I thought it would turn out.

There Is No Darkness: I finally finished this ebook that I started months (a year?) ago? I generally just read a chapter or two every time I traveled, while waiting for inflight wifi to kick in. Yesterday, I decided I was doing to finish it and I did. I don’t really love Science Fiction but I definitely enjoyed it. An interesting coming of age story. (Someone in an Amazon review said the Haldeman brothers wrote this in 1955, almost 20 years before Joe wrote The Forever War. I’m all… Wait, what!?! Goodness… Lorena wasn’t even born? Wait, what?!!! Is this true. Someone remind me to ask Lore about this.)

I checked four children’s picture books out of the library, two picture books and two board books (both Cybils), because I thought I might have a chance to read some new books to Pippin and Squshy when they were hear a couple of weeks ago. I also thought even if that didn’t happen, these might be books I would want to buy them for Christmas. Turns out… it was a mixed bag.

– Dinosaur Dance was boring. Unless your child really LOVES dinosaurs, in which case it’s still boring but your kid will still love it because dinosaurs.
– Look, Look Again was cute and interesting. It’s a fold out style book. The first page shows one… something (a mushroom, a strawberry, an apple, etc.) but when you fold out the connecting page, you see more than one something (and it’s actually a counting book.) Pretty cute. I liked it. I’d buy that.
– A Hungry Lion, or a Dwindling Assortment of Animals. This book is troubling… if you buy it or check it out of the library, read it before you share it with your child. It might be fine, it might not be. Great illustrations but the “hungry lion” eats the cute animals… after the story tricks you into thinking that’s not what is going to happen, it wants you to believe the little animals have just created a surprise party for the hungry lion. Jokes on you because, yea, the hungry lion at the cute animals after all. Very troubling.
– Strictly No Elephants was a good story. Again, great illustrations and nobody gets eaten. The beginning is sad because the child with the pet elephant isn’t allowed to go to the club or party or whatever that the other kids with pets go to. But the child with the elephant meets a child with a skunk who also doesn’t have anyone to play with. They build their own club and make sure EVERYONE is welcome. Really nice story. I’d buy this.

The Witchfinder’s Sister

The Witchfinder’s Sister is not the best book about witchhunts but it’s not the worst, either. The only real problem with the book is that I didn’t really care about Alice very much so I wasn’t invested in her life. I have no idea why I didn’t connect with her but I didn’t.

The A to Z of You and Me

Such a sad book, The A to Z of You and Me but well worth reading. I was hooked from the letter A and pretty much didn’t put it down until I’d finished it.