Very quick reviews: December 2015, part 4 (more picture books)

The very last batch of mini-reviews for December! I still have a few books to review on their own, but this will be the last huge review post for, hopefully, a while. Woohoo! [supsystic-gallery id=7 position=center] Duck for President – Doreen Cronin An over-worked duck decides to run for President in order to get out of doing farm chores. Super cute and sneak-educates a little about how government works! Q is for Duck – Mary Read More …

Very quick reviews: December 2015, part 1 (picture books)

One of the nice things about working in an elementary school library (and in the children’s department at a public library) is that I have the opportunity to check out lots of nifty picture books. I tend to go for ones with quirky art and/or a quirky story– bonus points if it takes place in a library! Here’s some quick reviews of about half of the picture books I read in December.

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 …

Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer

Bloody Jack has been on my to-read list for years and years; it’s an adventure novel set in a historic time period with a female protagonist who runs away to have adventures. Exciting! I went in thinking it’d be something like my ultimate favorite “adventure novel set in a historic time period with a female protagonist who runs away to have adventures” book, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. Bloody Jack has the same sort Read More …

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

First book finished in 2014! And what a great book to start the new year with. I’ve read other Ursula K. Le Guin books (see here), but none of them blew me away like A Wizard of Earthsea did. I loved the world of Earthsea, which is kind of like a medieval-ish magical ocean-based society. I loved the characters, though they weren’t as fleshed-out as they might have been had the story been less focused Read More …

The Time Garden by Edward Eager

Eh. Magical creature + group of kids + time travel stuff = what SHOULD be a great book, but instead turned out to be bleh. Magical plants are interesting and I liked the kids (kinda), but there’s just something in this book that kept me from really loving it. Maybe it’s too much like some other Edward Eager books? There’s time travel and visits to foreign lands, which is basically Half Magic and Seven-Day Magic. Read More …

REVIEW: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

This got off to a good start! I really liked the first few chapters. I liked the world, I liked the characters, I liked the fairy tale stuff sprinkled throughout. And then! It took a turn. Sunday and the frog fell in love, the world exploded, and idk what was going on. I mean, okay, in fairy tales it’s not too unusual for people to fall in love in three days (even if one of Read More …

The Sunday Salon (Nov. 13): Tiny reviews no. 2

I fell a bit behind in my reading this week. I got distracted by various things on Hulu, including– and this is exciting– the Magic Knight Rayearth anime! It’s dubbed, which is slightly unfortunate, but I’m just happy I found it for free. I’m planning on doing a review or something once I finish watching it; so far it’s almost exactly like the manga, both the good and bad. Anyway, luckily I had a small Read More …

Crusader by Edward Bloor

I’ve been a fan of Edward Bloor ever since I read his novel Tangerine six or seven years ago, so when I saw this lurking at the library where I work, I thought I’d pick it up. While, unfortunately, I don’t think it’s as good as Tangerine, I still enjoyed reading it and ended up liking it a lot. (I don’t necessarily agree that that’s what the book is about– I don’t think Roberta was Read More …