Friday, January 31, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014

My Name Is Not Angelica by Scott O'Dell

I read this to the boys. It was decent. If you have particularly sensitive children, the depictions of slavery might be a bit much for them (I did a little bit of editing on the fly as I read.)

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith

Great potential but merely average execution.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty

I really enjoyed this: a unique plot, clever writing, witty, some moments of depth.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Last Aloha by Gaellen Quinn

Excellent historical fiction and a clever set-up where the protagonist doesn't realize the many ways that she is being used (but the reader does). But it did drag in some parts.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

I was completely charmed by the beginning of this book. Then it became somewhat predictable (but still a little charming.)

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Promise Land by Jessica Lamb-Shapiro

I like the idea of light non-fiction, but this one went too far. And it went in too many directions, especially given the autobiographical aspects. This just didn't work.

Review copy provided by publisher.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

I'm not a sophisticated reader of novels--I either enter into them and love them, or I don't. This one I loved. Recommended.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Perfect by Rachel Joyce

Unusual, engaging, not perfect, a really good read.

Review copy provided by publisher.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

I read this to the boys. It was decent.

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