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.

REVIEW: The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

Okay, so a) this is not a book for social media newbies. It says it right on the cover: this is for people who’re already pretty familiar with Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. And b) it’s also geared more towards business owners/social media interns, aka people doing it for money or for getting more traffic so they can get more money. If you’re a business owner with a Twitter account, you’re set! The Art of Social Read More …

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

I don’t read business books for tips. I read them because I’m interested in the behind-the-scenes stuff! I like stories about people starting up businesses that take off like a rocket. Especially when they have such a great back ground as SA has! She was a freegan/gutter punk/anarchist shoplifter in her youth and now she’s running a huge business and buying expensive cars. The thing that’s most confusing about business is that a lot of Read More …

REVIEW: Grave Sight by Charlaine Harris

I’ve decided to start participating in I’m Loving Books’ Random Reads meme! I caught myself staring at my TBR shelf, unable to pick anything to read, and that’s TERRIBLE. So I decided to play a game! I have (most of) my TBR books listed on Goodreads; I sorted them by date added (I think), used Random.org to pick a number, and then read the corresponding book. I decided I’m allowed to skip books if it’s Read More …

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation by Lauren Willig

The Secret History of the Pink Carnation is super fluffy, the most candy-coated spy mystery romance I’ve ever read. I think it was written at the tail end of the chick lit = big times! era, so it’s got tons of chick lit tropes wrapped in a historical fiction wrapper. This could be very annoying to people who don’t like fluffy historical fiction! In fact, I might have been annoyed myself, if the book hadn’t Read More …

Unreliable flappers: The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell (+ giveaway!)

I love flappers and mysteries and mysteries with flappers, so when I was given the opportunity to join in a blog tour for The Other Typist, which has all those things, I jumped at it! The narrator, Rose, is unreliable like woah. I feel weird about not believing someone who is presented as a victim, but her narrative voice is very hinky. She just oozes “I am lying and/or delusional,” so I pretty much automatically Read More …

REVIEW: Dial-a-Ghost by Eva Ibbotson

This is a real cutie-patootie book, one of those adorable ones that make you feel all gooey inside when you read them. In a good way, though! It’s not deliberately trying to manipulate the heartstrings, like some really bad TV movie. It’s just totally adorable on its own merits. So what’s so cute about Dial-a-Ghost? I’m so glad you asked! 1: The Dial-a-Ghost agency, which finds homes for ghosts! I love that the world of Read More …

DNF: The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

aka the time I couldn’t handle the feels and I had to give up I talked about this with Jenny of Stone Soup a while back: The Last Unicorn is magical and wonderful and full of things that make me very happy (including some amazing characters like MOLLY, ilu Molly), but it also rips unsuspecting hearts into SHREDS. Specifically, I’m talking about the part where the Unicorn gets turned into a human and is losing Read More …