MINI-REVIEWS: A Bad Case of Stripes, Felicia the Critic, The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm

A Bad Case of Stripes – David Shannon A classic picture book about a girl who turns all stripey because she’s so worried about what other people think of her! It has heavy shades of Dr. Seuss’ Daisy-Head Maisie, only the moral is not JUST to accept others who’re different from you but ALSO to enjoy what you love, even if nobody else thinks it’s any good. (And apparently also that doctors don’t know anything?) Read More …

Sheepfarmer’s Daughter, Deryni Rising, Book of Enchantments

I’ve successfully inventoried the ENTIRE LIBRARY, by MYSELF, in a little over a week, on part-time hours! I’m super proud of myself and also kinda brain-dead; all I’ve been doing lately is watching TV shows on Hulu and vaguely thinking about reading a book sometime maybe. How have y’all been? I’ve been wanting to read an Elizabeth Moon book FOREVER, so when I was very excited finally got my hands on the audiobook for the Read More …

Mort by Terry Pratchett

Mort audiobook by Terry Pratchett

Not my favorite Pratchett book, sadly enough. I do so hate it when I don’t like a book from a favorite author. It’s SO awkward! Possibly part of my problem is the audiobook itself– Nigel Planer does wonderful male voices, but his female ones tend to sound a bit…shrill? (Or maybe it’s just the ones in THIS book.) For example: Ysabel, Death’s daughter, who is already an annoying person, is made even more annoying by Read More …

14 by Peter Clines

This book is making me want to live in a mysterious and possibly dangerous apartment! — Oct 14, 2013 04:55pm at Goodreads I’ve always been a little scared of Los Angeles– probably from accidentally watching one too many Real Life Gangs shows on Crime TV when I was younger. If I could live in a building like the one in 14, though, I’d move there ASAP! The Kavach building is definitely the highlight of the Read More …

REVIEWS: Wrapping up 2012

These are it! The last reviews for books read in 2012. I’ve only got a few so I’m just sticking them all in one post. Then it’s on to new things. Huzzah! I’ve watched various Sherlock Holmes TV shows so many times I can’t remember whether or not I’ve actually read the stories, so I think I’ll review the audiobook production instead. I got this version free for Amazon’s Whispersync promo thing; it’s produced by Read More …

REVIEW: Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

I’m a big David Sedaris fan– so much so that I trekked all the way across the city on a bus just to meet him back in Albuquerque– and so everything he writes is automatically my favorite thing ever. He also does excellent audiobooks! Some authors can read their stories out loud in such a way that they’re actually better as audiobooks than as text books; they’re funnier, more entertaining, better in basically every other Read More …

REVIEW: Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

I got this audiobook for free through some promotion earlier this year (I think), and if I HADN’T gotten it for free I probably would have never read it. You know how sometimes a book is hyped so much that you don’t want to read it ever? That’s how I felt about Eat, Pray, Love, until one day I was really bored and wanted to listen to an audiobook, and so I listened to this Read More …

REVIEW: The Day of the Troll by Simon Messingham

I’m probably among the minority when I say that I wasn’t enamored with David Tennant’s Doctor, and that in fact he’s probably my least favorite Doctor ever. Partly that has to do with my dislike for Russell T. Davis’ later episodes and his own fondness for tearing the heart out of his characters and their audience, but partly also it’s because Tennant’s Doctor is way intense and angry and sort of mean. I just prefer Read More …

REVIEW: Heist Society by Ally Carter

I’ve been putting off writing/posting this review because honestly, I’m a little afraid. I think the general consensus is that this is a great book, with excellent writing and characters and plot. And I happen to disagree. Like, a lot. I really didn’t like this book. I listened to it as an audiobook and while I’m able to forgive a lot of things because, for some reason, audiobook format makes me feel more kindly towards Read More …