Friday, December 16, 2016

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Crossover

The CrossoverThe Crossover by Kwame Alexander
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yes, this WILL get tween/teen boys to read poetry, but it has mass appeal. I loved it.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Saint Anything

Saint AnythingSaint Anything by Sarah Dessen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not a standout Dessen book, but I liked it.

The Rough-Face Girl

The Rough-Face GirlThe Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A beautifully-illustrated Native American version of Cinderella. My kids enjoyed this with me.

The Last Time We Say Goodbye

The Last Time We Say GoodbyeThe Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So sad, but so good.

Secrets of a Charmed Life

Secrets of a Charmed LifeSecrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The storyline and themes are super engaging, and I read it in just over a day. But, the writing left something to be desired--it was too Americanized and sometimes pedestrian. It really needed a better (and British) editor.

Golden

GoldenGolden by Jessi Kirby
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Quick summer read. But too many clichés, forced themes, and elements that were somewhat far fetched.

P.S. I Like You

P.S. I Like YouP.S. I Like You by Kasie West
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Really cute.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

When You Reach Me

When You Reach MeWhen You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Re-read this out loud to my family. Still 5 stars from me!

My prior review can be found here.

Inside Out & Back Again

Inside Out & Back AgainInside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Semi-autobiographical free verse novel about a refugee from the Vietnam War. Very timely and very good.

Heart of a Shepherd

Heart of a ShepherdHeart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A sweet, touching story.

The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only IvanThe One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My 12 year old has been begging me to read this all year. I loved it as much as he did.

We Were Liars

We Were LiarsWe Were Liars by E. Lockhart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Perfect summer read for those that enjoy the mystery associated with unreliable narrators and plot twists.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Devil's Cub

Devil's Cub (Alastair, #2)Devil's Cub by Georgette Heyer
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Completely over-the-top, even for Heyer. But this had me laughing out loud and happily entertained.

Longitude

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His TimeLongitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I knew a basic sketch about John Harrison from studying him with my kids, but this wowed me from start to finish.

Where She Went

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)Where She Went by Gayle Forman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Perfect beach read. Read it in one day, the same as If I Stay.


The Island at the Center of the World

The Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped AmericaThe Island at the Center of the World: The Epic Story of Dutch Manhattan and the Forgotten Colony That Shaped America by Russell Shorto
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was recommended to me by a fantastic NYC walking tour guide and for good reason. It's a time and place in history that Americans often skip over, but it actually influences our lives everyday. It's fascinating that so much of it has only come to light in the last few decades.

Six of Crows

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Really slow-going at the beginning, but action packed at the end. Hated that more wasn't resolved, but I don't think I will pick up future installments of this series.

The Enchanted April

The Enchanted AprilThe Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A lovely, gentle, humorous character-driven novel. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with this one. (I'm off to watch the movie on Netflix.)

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Gifts of Imperfection

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You AreThe Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I rarely read this type of book, but this came at a good time for me. She has some great suggestions for ways to tweak day-to-day life to live more wholeheartedly and authentically.

Out of the Storm

Out of the Storm (Beacons of Hope #0.5)Out of the Storm by Jody Hedlund
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sweet historical romance novella.

Beautiful Affliction

Beautiful AfflictionBeautiful Affliction by Lene Fogelberg
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved the poetic and lyrical style of this memoir written by a woman born with a congenital heart defect that went undiagnosed for 30 years. Incredible story.

The Grand Sophy

The Grand SophyThe Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Re-read this one by accident. Still thought it was darling!

Tell Me Three Things

Tell Me Three ThingsTell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cute little YA romance you can read in one sitting.

Peculiar Treasures

Peculiar Treasures (Katie Weldon, #1)Peculiar Treasures by Robin Jones Gunn
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Squeaky clean Christian romance I would happily recommend to a teenager, but way too drawn out and cheesy for me.

Monday, April 18, 2016

The Landing of the Pilgrims

The Landing of the PilgrimsThe Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A decent primer about the Pilgrims, spanning 1607-1623. Good for grades 4-8.

William Bradford: Pilgrim Boy

William Bradford: Pilgrim BoyWilliam Bradford: Pilgrim Boy by Bradford Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great introduction to William Bradford, the governor of Plymouth Colony. Perfect for upper elementary-aged students.

Heidi

Heidi (Heidi, #1)Heidi by Johanna Spyri
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So, it turns out, there are really good reasons why certain books become classics. This was a delightful book to study with my littles.

When Breath Becomes Air

When Breath Becomes AirWhen Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Wow. One of the most worthwhile things I've read.



We Should All Be Feminists

We Should All Be FeministsWe Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Loved it and made highlights all over it. Will definitely look at it from time to time. Just wished it was longer.

Love's Fortune

Love's Fortune (The Ballantyne Legacy, #3)Love's Fortune by Laura Frantz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5 stars. I continue to adore this series. The audiobook narrator was fantastic.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

As You Like It

As You Like It As You Like It by William Shakespeare
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A new-to-me Shakespeare comedy that I studied with my kids for homeschool. Not my favorite, but lots of silliness and good times.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A Crimson Frost

A Crimson FrostA Crimson Frost by Marcia Lynn McClure
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Not the best writing style in the world (too many dashes and repeated words) but I enjoyed it for what it was.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Heir of Fire

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I know I'm in the minority, but after giving this series a fair shot for three books, I'm done with it.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Bad Feminist

Bad FeministBad Feminist by Roxane Gay
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I both emphatically agreed and vehemently disagreed with things in this book. It was affirming, maddening, and eye-opening. Certainly, worth my time.