Saturday, March 30, 2019

Book Review: We Are the Gardeners

We Are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines

On the surface this is a beautifully illustrated story of a family that teaches about important aspects of taking care of plants. This surface story presents wonderful facts about how to care for plants, the realities of overwatering or the dangers of certain bugs in your garden. When I was a little girl I was obsessed with the Klutz Gardening Book; I think I would have loved this book as well for the facts it presents.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Book Review: Daisy Jones and The Six

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Tragic, gritty, poignant. Still with me days afterwards. It has just that touch of "ick" that makes you shift in your seat a little while reading.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Book Review: Ace of Shades

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So for the first 75% of this book it was only three stars, but the last 25% was five stars so I had to average them out at a four.

Ace of Shades starts slow. Enne (what kind of name is that, seriously, we've spelled out a letter) arrives in the City of Sin to find her missing mother. Within moments of arrival she's lost her luggage, is on the run from the police, and gets tied up with a street gang.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Book Review: The Novice

The Novice by Taran Matharu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About five years ago (ugh, don't look at how long books have been on my TBR) a patron at my library who didn't really like to read, recommended this book to me. I added it to my TBR and even bought it on Audible. I just never read it.

I think that books kids love, especially boys who don't like to read, deserve a closer look sometimes. Why, after recommending a hundred books over a few weeks time he picked up this random book I'd never heard of before and devoured it ... enjoying it so much that he waited for me outside my office to tell me how excellent it was. This is the kind of book I have to read.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Book Review: Good Omens

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Let me start by saying I LOVE Neil Gaiman. His way with words is so enchanting ... on the other hand, I don't really care for Terry Pratchett. His way with words isn't my favorite. Which made this book an unusual ready.

The storyline is brilliant. The whole pebble under the cup game (which they tell you to pay careful attention to) effects the endgame in ways that I totally saw coming, but enjoyed the ride.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Book Review: The Scorpio Races

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Re-reading #6, some new notes.
Nearly every year I re-read this book in the spring. Even though the entire book takes place late fall, it just brings the peacefulness of spring with it.