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2019 Book Roundup

Hi there, friends! It's time to put together the list of the books that I read in 2019. I really thought I would break the cycle and get all of my reviews finished before the end of the year but I didn't take into account how much busier my new branch was going to be. [Spoiler alert: It's super busy and my reading really reflects that.] Once again, I'm going to list out the rereads and I'll try to get another post out about the books that I did not finish (DNF) of which there are quite a few (if I can remember their titles). Without further ado, here's the list!


  1. My Side of the Mountain
  2. Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye
  3. The Library Book
  4. Warren the 13th and the Whispering Woods
  5. Elfquest Archives: Volume 3
  6. Strange Magic
  7. The Thirteenth Tale
  8. I'll Be Gone in the Dark
  9. New Kid
  10. Remember, Remember
  11. Notes from a Small Island
  12. HiLo Book 5: Then Everything Went Wrong
  13. Once Upon a River
  14. Elfquest Archives: Volume 4
  15. Three Things About Elsie
  16. Adulthood is a Myth
  17. Big Mushy Happy Lump
  18. Herding Cats
  19. Excellent Books for Early and Eager Readers
  20. The Dreamers
  21. Dread Nation
  22. The Saturdays
  23. Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy
  24. Lumberjanes: Friendship to the Max
  25. Lumberjanes: A Terrible Plan
  26. Lumberjanes: Out of Time
  27. Lumberjanes: Band Together
  28. Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie
  29. The Doll People
  30. Redwall
  31. Born to be Posthumous
  32. Toys Go Out
  33. Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reverso Poems
  34. Locomotive
  35. Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder
  36. The Right Word
  37. The Birthday Ball
  38. The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy
  39. Amphigorey
  40. Amphigorey Again
  41. Amphigorey Too
  42. Ready Player One
  43. A Discovery of Witches
  44. Strange Sight
  45. The Hidden Witch
  46. The Witch Boy
  47. Our Uninvited Guests
  48. Stranger in the House
  49. When the Children Came Home
  50. Jambusters
  51. The Gods Themselves
  52. Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets
  53. Cool Japan Guide
  54. Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates
  55. The Star Diaries
  56. So You Want to Talk About Race (review pending)
  57. The Invited (review pending)
  58. 5 Worlds Book 3: The Red Maze (review pending)
  59. Solaris (review pending)
  60. Exhalation (review pending)
  61. Will my Cat Eat my Eyeballs? (review pending)
  62. Disappearing Earth (review pending)
  63. The Hunting Party (review pending)
  64. We Were Killers Once (review pending)
  65. The Poet and the Vampyre (review pending)
  66. It Takes One (review pending)
  67. The 7th Victim (review pending)
  68. When Life Gives you Pears (review pending)
  69. Kindness and Wonder (review pending)
  70. The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat (review pending)
  71. The Toll (review pending)
  72. The Ride of a Lifetime (review pending)
  73. Miss D & Me (review pending)
  74. Fair Play (review pending)
  75. Inside Out (review pending)
  76. Cat Diary: Yon & Muu (review pending)
  77. When I Arrived at the Castle (no review - I just didn't like it)


And the reread books:

  1. 84, Charing Cross Road
  2. The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil


That brings our total count to: 79 books.


I've once again included the links for the reviews of each of the titles but you can always use the search feature to look up any genre, subject, etc. to find your next book to kick off 2020. :-) Happy New Year!!


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2018 Book Roundup

Another year has gone by and it's now time to compile the list of books that I read in 2018. Like last year, some of these books haven't been reviewed yet so you'll need to keep an eye on the blog to see what I thought of them. I'm including rereads in my count once again because I want to be able to keep a running record (digitally) of everything I've read in a given year. Here we go!


  1. Einstein's Dreams
  2. The Killings at Badger's Drift
  3. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
  4. The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers (longest read of the year)
  5. Quackery
  6. HiLo 4: Waking the Monsters
  7. Norse Mythology
  8. Rest in Pieces (one of my faves of 2018)
  9. I've Got This Round
  10. The Last Black Unicorn
  11. Gorillas in the Mist
  12. Citizen: An American Lyric
  13. From Here to Eternity
  14. Ghostland
  15. Fly on the Wall
  16. How to Love the Empty Air (one of my faves of 2018)
  17. The Murderer's Ape
  18. Golda Meir: A Strong, Determined Leader
  19. Yes Please (one of my faves of 2018 and best audiobook I've ever read)
  20. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (one of my faves of 2018)
  21. Grace & Style 
  22. Death of a Hollow Man
  23. Ghostbusters (movie tie-in)
  24. The World According to Mister Rogers
  25. Tiny Beautiful Things
  26. The American Way of Death Revisited (loved it so much I bought my own copy)
  27. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (one of my faves of 2018)
  28. Short
  29. The Royal Rabbits of London
  30. Nnewts
  31. Graveyeard Shakes
  32. The Intuitionist (one of my faves of 2018 - Great American Read list)
  33. The Bad Guys
  34. The Read-Aloud Handbook (necessity for Children's Librarians)
  35. The House with a Clock in Its Walls
  36. The Outsider 
  37. The Figure in the Shadows
  38. The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring
  39. One Step at a Time (picture book)
  40. Invisible Man
  41. Comics Squad: Recess
  42. CatStronauts: Space Station Situation
  43. Dear Madam President
  44. Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary Ordinary Family
  45. Recovery: Freedom from Addictions (one of my faves of 2018)
  46. The Recovering: Intoxication and its Aftermath
  47. Unruly Places
  48. When Breath Becomes Air
  49. Being Mortal
  50. The Science of Superheroes
  51. Only Human
  52. Founding Mothers
  53. Mary B. (one of my faves of 2018)
  54. The Ghost in the Mirror
  55. So Close to Being the Sh*t, Ya'll Don't Even Know
  56. CatStronauts: Robot Rescue (for some reason I didn't review this?!)
  57. El Deafo
  58. Cici's Journal: The Adventures of a Writer-In-Training
  59. Sunny Side Up
  60. 5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior
  61. Tucker Grizzwell's Worst Week Ever
  62. Peanuts: Volume Nine
  63. Star Trek Destiny #1: Gods of Night
  64. Robot Dreams
  65. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Vol. 1
  66. Star Trek Destiny #2: Mere Mortals
  67. The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity
  68. 5 Worlds Book 2: The Cobalt Prince
  69. Afterlife With Archie Vol. 1 
  70. Star Trek Destiny #3: Lost Souls
  71. Calypso
  72. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing 
  73. The Bear and the Nightingale
  74. ElfQuest Archives: Volume One (review for this coming in 2019)
  75. The Compleet Molesworth 
  76. Space Dumplins
  77. Sanity & Tallulah
  78. The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying
  79. The Science of Supervillains
  80. ElfQuest Archives: Volume Two (review for this coming in 2019)
  81. Tales from the Inner City
  82. Dear Sister


And the reread books:

  1. The Neverending Story (every year)
  2. Pride & Prejudice (every year)


That brings our total count to: 84 books.


I decided to include the review links again (not sure why I keep torturing myself) for each of the titles but you can always use the search feature to look up any genre, subject, etc. to find your next book to kick off 2019. :-) Happy New Year!!

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text 2018-01-08 18:58
2017 in Review
How To Be A Tudor: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Everyday Life - Ruth Goodman
New York 2140 - Kim Stanley Robinson
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World - Andrea Wulf
Murder Must Advertise - Dorothy L. Sayers
The Summer Before the War: A Novel - Helen Simonson
Racing the Devil - Charles Todd
Calamity in Kent - John Rowland
Ashes of London - Andrew Taylor
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
Agnes and the Hitman - Bob Mayer,Jennifer Crusie

2017 was an excellent reading year around here.  I had four five-star reads, not counting re-reads, which is a very high total for me, out of some 90+ books read.  One was a novel - 2140 by Kim Stanley Robinson, and three non-fiction: The Invention of Nature, by Andrea Wulf, and two by Ruth Goodman, How to be a Tudor, and How to be a Victorian.  Wonderful re-reads included Dorothy L. Sayers' Murder Must Advertise, several Mary Russell novels by Laurie R. King, and The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (which I think I read in about 1978, but remembered nothing).


The best historical novel I read in 2017 was The Summer Before the War, by Helen Simonson, and the best new mystery Racing the Devil, by Charles Todd.  I read a decent amount of non-fiction, all of it good, from The Glass Universe (about the ladies of the Harvard Observatory) to Michelangelo's Ceiling (Damn it, your holiness, I'm a sculptor, not a painter), The Sun and the Moon (the Man-bats, or America's first great "fake news" story), and A is for Arsenic (Agatha Christie knew her poisons).


I had some reads that were just pure fun, like Jennifer Crusie's Agnes and the Hitman, Deborah Harkness' trilogy on witches, or Anne Bishop's novels about The Others.


It did have down moments.  Calamity in Kent's plot boiled down to "Scotland Yard inspector decides his tabloid journalist friend, Jimmy, is the best choice to solve a locked room mystery, and tells Jimmy to go for it."  Um.  OK?


The one which angered me, however, was my sole 1-star read of the year, The Ashes of London, which was billed as a thriller set during the Great Fire of London.  It is set *after* the fire, did not have very good historical detailing (it could have been pretty much anywhere and anywhen in the past that had suffered a large fire), and had two narrators, neither interesting.  And then it offended me with a touch of "let's start the characterization of the woman by having her evil cousin rape her" and I was out.


But most of my reading year was wonderful.  I hope yours was, too.

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2017 Book Roundup

Another year has gone by and it's now time to compile the list of books that I read in 2017. Like last year, some of these books haven't been reviewed (yet in some cases and never in others) so you'll need to keep an eye on the blog to see what I thought of them. I'm going to do something slightly different this year. I've decided to include rereads in my count because I want to be able to keep a running record (digitally) of everything I've read in a given year. Here we go!


  1. Ms. Bixby's Last Day
  2. Have You Seen Elephant? (picture book - no review)
  3. Duck, Duck, Dinosaur (picture book - no review)
  4. Sidekicked
  5. Vampire Academy
  6. Dead Wake
  7. Hark! A Vagrant
  8. South Riding
  9. Wonderful, Wicked, and Whizzpopping
  10. The Burning World
  11. Cry, Heart, But Never Break
  12. The Dungeoneers
  13. Frostbite
  14. Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast
  15. Henry & Leo
  16. Frog on a Log?
  17. The Last Shadow Gate
  18. Terms & Conditions
  19. I Work at a Public Library
  20. A Freudian Slip is When You Say One Thing but Mean Your Mother
  21. I Don't Want to be Big
  22. The Unfinished World
  23. Frindle
  24. Waking Gods
  25. I Don't Want to be a Frog
  26. The Secrets of Gaslight Lane
  27. Trio for Blunt Instruments
  28. Lunch Witch: Knee-Deep in Niceness
  29. The Grumpface
  30. How to Build an Android
  31. Fortunately, the Milk
  32. The Shadow Land
  33. Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat (for some reason I didn't review this?)
  34. Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life
  35. The House of Months and Years
  36. The Wild Robot
  37. Grandpa's Great Escape
  38. The Deadly 7
  39. The Phantom Tollbooth
  40. Book Uncle and Me
  41. Roller Girl
  42. The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle
  43. The Marvels
  44. Some Writer!
  45. The Invention of Hugo Cabret
  46. The Mysterious Benedict Society
  47. Wildwood
  48. The Cabinet of Curiosities
  49. One Day We'll Be Dead and None of This Will Matter
  50. Under Wildwood
  51. Stories of Your Life and Others
  52. Do Not Say We Have Nothing
  53. Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
  54. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
  55. The Book That Changed America
  56. Wildwood Imperium
  57. Comics Squad: Detention
  58. Wonderstruck
  59. The Imaginary
  60. HiLo (graphic novels 1-3)
  61. Ghost Waltz
  62. Bluffton
  63. The Storm in the Barn
  64. The Red Badge of Courage
  65. Science of the Magical
  66. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey
  67. A Wrinkle in Time (reread)
  68. A Wind in the Door
  69. A Swiftly Tilting Planet
  70. Many Waters
  71. Grendel
  72. The Great Questions of Tomorrow
  73. Find the Good
  74. Thornhill
  75. Woolly
  76. everyone's a aliebn when ur a aliebn too
  77. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
  78. Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories (not reviewed yet)
  79. The Importance of Being Earnest (not reviewed yet)
  80. A Veil of Shadows
  81. Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult (not reviewed yet)
  82. The Goldfish Boy (not reviewed yet)
  83. Close Enough to Touch (not reviewed yet)
  84. Deep Dark Fears (not reviewed yet)
  85. Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods (not reviewed yet)
  86. The Unreal and the Real (not reviewed yet)
  87. The People's Republic of Amnesia (not reviewed yet)
  88. The Little Virtues (not reviewed yet)
  89. The Creeps (not reviewed yet)
  90. World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures (not reviewed yet)
  91. Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores (not reviewed yet)
  92. My Friend Dahmer (not reviewed yet)
  93. Scythe (not reviewed yet)
  94. Mine Own Executioner (not reviewed yet)


And the reread books:

  1. The Rubber Band
  2. The Red Box
  3. Pride & Prejudice (every year)
  4. Star Trek Into Darkness
  5. Murder on the Orient Express
  6. The Neverending Story (every year)


That brings our total count to: 100 books.


You can always use the search feature to look up any genre, subject, etc. to find your next book to kick off 2018. :-) Happy New Year!!

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October Roundup

Thanks to Halloween Bingo, I upped my reading game and got a lot in. I'm also a bit exhausted, lol. Time to leave the horror show behind and move on to some holiday themed reads :) There's another game on BookLikes and I'm going to try and participate in it as much as I can. The 16 Tasks of the Festive Season and the Rules. October was also my Start a New Series month and while some series might keep me from reading further on, others have me searching for the rest in the series. (Those selection books will be denoted with ***book cover***) November is back to Random Generator Month where I let the good ole' RNG decide which book off my GRs tbr list gets picked. The thrill, the excitement, the anticipation! I lead an exciting life I tell you. Hope you all had great reading months and can't wait to hear about your winners and losers.

*Click on book cover to be taken to my review or if I didn't write one, the book's Goodreads page


5 stars




4 stars




3.5 stars


Totally His by Erin Nicholas  The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor  Watchers by Dean Koontz  


No Other Duke Will Do by Grace Burrowes  ***Fever by Elizabeth Lowell***


3 stars


***Good Girls Do by Cathie Linz***  The Diabolical Miss Hyde by Viola Carr  ***Caught by Jami Alden*** 


Dark Prince by Eve Silver  A Change of Heart by Sonali Dev  Honor by Jay Crownover


***These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer***


2.5 stars


Raining Men and Corpses by Anne R. Tan  ***Reforming a Rake by Suzanne Enoch***  The Last Hour of Gann by R. Lee Smith


2 stars


Haunted on Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase  ***Paradise by Judith McNaught***  ***The Wild One by Danelle Harmon***


A Rogue to Avoid by Bianca Blythe


1 star


***Seized By Love by Susan Johnson***


20 books read, which kind of shocks me because last month I read 21 and I could have sworn I read more this month. Anyway, I nice variety pack of ratings, no 4 stars boo but 3 out of the five highest rated were ARCs, pleasantly surprising. 8 were from my new series selections (Yeah for clearing up some book room!). Can't wait to see what RNG has in store for me this month :)


What were your highs and lows from the month?

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