Monday, January 15, 2018

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco



If you like horror stories, you'll like this one.  It's a great modern ghost story.  I'm a fan of Rin Chupeco,  She can tell a story.  Fine for any high school library.  I think Steven King fans will enjoy.  Audiobook also good.

Anchor & Sophia: Strange Fire by Tommy Wallach



This book is fine for high school libraries.  It's similar to Anthem in some ways as technology must be kept hidden.  I listened to the audiobook.  It was also good.  Enjoy.

No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency: The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection by Alexander McCall Smith



This is such a lovely series.  Written with love for the characters.  Think Sherlock Holmes as a woman and in Africa.  I would love to visit Botswana.  Learn about the culture and beauty of this country in this story.  Enjoy.

Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson


Fine for any high school library.  It's a good read.  Part fantasy, part fairytale and all magical.  It's a good read.  Audiobook also very good.  Enjoy.

A Wicked Thing Kingdom of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas



The story continues.  Fine for high school libraries.  Enjoy this retelling of Sleeping Beauty, as Aurora's story continues.  Enjoy.

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas


It's the after story of Sleeping Beauty.  She's one spunky girl, trapped between cruel royalty and also catching up to the present.  It's  a fine book and a good choice for high school libraries.

Friday, January 12, 2018

No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon by Alexander McCall Smith

I think everyone should go to Botswana and check it out.  Even our president of the United States,  especially after he made a remark that makes you want to connect with him and say, "What are you doing?"  That way the person who was elected, if he truly was elected, president might be able to better understand what a special place this is to visit.  If I win the lottery, I'm going to Botswana.  Reading and listening to the audiobooks, helps us understand the culture and entertain us at the same time.  It's a good read!

No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Tears of The Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith

This series should be in everyone's library and read three times.  Or even better listen to the audiobooks and hear the talented actress bring the characters to life.  HBO had made this a series.  It lasted for one season and Jill Scott and all her fellow cast members and who ever wrote for the show and did the directing and filming and sound were brilliant.  It's a good read.  Enjoy.

No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency The Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith

This series should be in all libraries.  It's brilliant.  Visit modern Botswana and learn about culture, life and customs.  The stories are smart and entertaining and filled with a delightful authentic vibe.  The audiobooks are special to hear the words spoken with a captivating voice.  Enjoy.  It's a good read.

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach



I listened to the audiobook version of this.  I'm going to pass on this book for my high school library.  it was all over the place and a little disconnected.  I really liked Life As We Knew It better.  This book was about events leading up to the big bang but not what happened.  It's kids making bad choices.  Skip this book.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency: Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith



I want to go to Botswana thanks to Alexander McCall Smith.  It's brilliant and I wish there was a Precious Ramotswe.  Jill Scott, the actress and the cast did a great job thanks to HBO bringing it all to life.  The books are brilliant and so are the audiobooks.  Enjoy.

Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds



It's a new teen hero bitten by a spider with special powers.  The new Spider Man is a regular teen.  It's a good story for fans of super hero stories. Fine for any school library.  Enjoy.  Audiobook also good.

For the Win by Cory Doctorow



This is one intense story.  I'm going to get this for my high school library.  It's gaming online warfare.  Doctorow can write a good story.  This is my third story.  He makes you think and he's done some serious research.  It's a smart and brilliant story.  It's also a good guy's read.  Enjoy.

Chrestomanci: Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones



Before there was Harry Potter, there was Chrestomanci.  It's a great series.  Enjoy this series.  You'll thank me later.  Fine for any library.  Enjoy it's magical.

All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry



This is one wild story.  Manipulation, love, death, fights, curses, and horses.  It's a passionate story that is legendary.  Jealousy is a dangerous thing.  It is set in a alternate depression era, world.  It's a good read.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Agincourt by Bernard Cornwell



Oh my goodness, this is a challenging read.  War at any time in history is horrible and this is brutal.  1415 was an intense year and  people were not nice.  Those with power were abusive to those who were not.  It's an incredible book, based on a true epic historic event.  The narrative takes us through the story with Nick Hook who is an incredible archer.  It's a solid read and a good audiobook.  We should read these historic stories.... no matter what time frame from now to the past so we can learn to be better people and understand how brutal war is.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Lighthouse Land by Adrian McKinty



The audiobook is interesting to listen to, there's a charming Irish accent as well as an alien accent.
It's entertaining but I wouldn't buy for my high school library.  Great for perfect private and public libraries.  Enjoy.  Good guys read.

Crumley Mysteries: Death Is a Lonely Business by Ray Bradbury



Ray Bradbury was a master in writing.  He's a good person to study if you are a writer.  The audiobook is also very good.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Richard Sharpe: Sharpe’s Riffles by Bernard Cornwell



Oh it's a good one.  Enjoy adventure, romance, danger and face the scariness of warfare.  The tragedy of death.  Napoleon has sent his French armies to take over Spain.  Richard Sharpe is an office with the British Army.  It's a good read and a good listen.  Enjoy.

The Golden Apples of the Sun by Ray Bradbury



Short stories are not easy to write but Ray Bradbury has created a collection that captures imagination at it's finest.  The audiobook also good.  Enjoy.

No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency: The Miracle at Speedy Motors by Alexander McCall Smith


It's a great series.  The audiobook also great.  If you're looking for a great detective story set in Africa then this story is for you.  Enjoy.

Monday, January 1, 2018

No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency: Blue Shoes and Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith



Great series for detective cases.  Set in Africa, put your self in a different world.  The audio book most excellent.  Enjoy.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency: Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith



The audio book is excellent.  The whole story is great.  I have been a fan since I have read the first book.  HBO had made a great show of the No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.  I wish they had continued the story.  There were great actors such as Jill Scott and more and the filming was also great of a beautiful country in Africa.  It was a smart and entertaining story.  A story line of community around Precious and also how clever she is solving cases.  Enjoy.

Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos



This is hilarious.  I can see why it won so many awards.  It's a coming of age story. Right up there with A Year Down Yonder.  Perfect for middle school libraries.  There are positive messages to racism of the time.  It's a good read and a good listen to.  Enjoy.

No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency: The Kalahari Typing School for Men by Alexander McCall Smith



This is a charming detective story set in Africa, Botswana.  I read the first one years ago.  Then HBO had a great series based on the stories starring Jill Scott who nailed it and a great cast all together.  I wish HBO had never ended the first season.  It was one of the best shows they had ever produced.

The audio book is also awesome.  You hear an authentic cadence to the story.  Enjoy.

Children of Eden by Joey Graceffa



It's a good series.  Think Matched meets Hunger Games and add Among the Hidden series and you've got another dystopian story.  It's good and I would get for my high school library.  Enjoy.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Top Ten by Katie Cotugno



I don't think I'll get it for my high school library.  Fine for public libraries.  There is sex and parties going on.  Bickering and relationship problems.  Not really that compelling.

Chrestomanci: The Lives of Christopher Chant by Diana Wynne Jones



I enjoy this series.  If you like Harry Potter then this is a good series to also enjoy.  It's magic, family dysfunction, a mentor, adventure and a baddie.  Fine for elementary, middle and high school.  Enjoy.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Chrestomanci: The Magicians of Caprona by Diana Wynne Jones



Every library should have the collection of Diana Wynne Jones on their shelves.  They are great stories.  I'm enjoying this series.  So far I've read two of the books.  They are filled with adventure, humor, danger and magic.  Enjoy.

Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scot Kelly


I was able to hear Scott Kelly speak for Fresno's Town Hall this fall.  This is actually the third astronaut I've hear speak.  I remember the moon landings even though I was a wee little girl.  There's something about the exploration of space.  It is worth listening.  It's all the right stuff!  The audiobook also good.  Enjoy.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman



Art is very important, as well as the artist's story.  Read the background of this famous man.  Then go online and look at his paintings.  If you can see his work in a museum that would even be better.  Years ago at the Getty in LA  I got to see a special exhibit of Vincent Van Gogh's work.  Amazing. I love the iris study but now I am also appreciating the sunflower series and of course the Starry Night art.  Oh great now I have the song in my head.  Audio book also good.  I'm getting this for my high school library.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The Secret Keepers by Trenton Lee Stewart



Perfect for middle school.  It's a mystery and magic and adventure.  Baddies and goodies and who can you really trust.  It's a good story.

Little Brother: Homeland by Cory Doctorow


OMG  a must read and I'm getting for my high school library.  The audiobook also very good.  It's so real and scary in the contemporary world.  Government conspiracy and technology.  SCARY.  It's a thriller.  Enjoy.  and think.

Fallen Isles: Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

It's when government hide things from it's people then it's a dangerous world and animals and natural resources become lost.  It's a good story.  Part fantasy and the fact that there are dragons is a good thing.  Mostly it's about surviving a horrible prison and a guard from hell.  And a once trusted mentor is really a baddie.  It's smart and a good read.  Yep, I'm getting this for my high school library.  Enjoy it's a good read.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Invictus by Ryan Graudin



Oh the audiobook and the story are both good.  It's science-fiction at it's best.  Fan of Dr. Who and Raiders of the Lost Arc?  Then you'll enjoy this story.  Will get for my high school library.

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway


Fantastic book and great audiobook.  A must in high school libraries.  Enjoy.  Family, foster, adopted and each sibling has their own story as they mesh with their found biological sibling.  It's a good story.

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan


The audio book is fantastic with excerpts of music that connect the story to real sounds.  It's a good read and a good listen too.  Fine for any school library.  A bit of a fantasy and some touches of history so that young readers have a stronger connection to events in history.

Song of the Current: by Sarah Tolcser



It's a good read and it's a good audio book.  Good plot with good twists.  The girl is the hero and must make difficult choices.  Adventure and danger, mystery and romance makes this a good story.  Will get for my high school library.  Enjoy. Set in an alternate universe.  Enjoy.

Unearthly: Radiant by Cynthia Hand



It's a novella that gives a back story about Angela.  If you are a fan of the series, then you'll want to catch up with this short story.

Unearthly Boundless by Cynthia Hand



It's a good read.  Lot's of romance and danger in the world of angels and teens.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Agatha Raisin: Agatha Raisin and the Case of the Curious Curate by M. C. Beaton










































Agatha Raisin Dishing the Dirt by M. C. Beaton



The audiobooks are a great series.  Enjoy this British who-done-it.  It's a great murder mystery.

Agatha Raisin: Agatha Raisin and the Deadly Dance by M. C. Beaton



I love this series.  If you enjoy murder mystery, Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes then enjoy a contemporary series and laugh in this who-done-it series.  Audio book also very good.  Enjoy.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer


It's a good read and a good audio book.  Super heroes and super villians are pretty popular in movies and graphic novels.  This is a great book for those who enjoy this genre.  Enjoy. I'm getting for my high school library.

13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough



13 Minutes is a psychological thriller.  It's a good read.  I think it's pretty intense.  The audiobook is also good.  Set in Britain, cell phones leave clues as to what happened.  It's a mystery and it's a good one.  Enjoy.

Piper by Jay Asher, Jessica Freeburg & Jeff Stokely



A classic retelling of the Pied Piper.  Rats have infested villages and when a magical rat catcher  isn't paid a dangerous price is paid.  I think I will get for my high school library.  Enjoy.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow



Oh my goodness, I'm getting this for my library.  Good guy's read.  Lots of technology and tricks.  Scary when government has too much power.  Enjoy. It is a must read.  Oh and a bit of sex.  But fine for high school librariess

The Book of Pirates by Howard Pyle



It's good for personal and public libraries.  The audiobook also good.  Enjoy.

Seven Black Diamonds by Melissa Marr


Enter the dangerous world of the fae and enter of world of war between humans and the fae.  A mother, a missing child and a mystery, years later Lilywhite becomes part of this world.  It's a good read and perfect for personal libraries and public libraries.

Children of Eden: Elites of Eden by Joey Graceffa



It's a dangerous world with science experiments gone out of control.  Politics and power, lies and teens make this future world a place where memories can be taken away and false ones implanted.  I haven't read the first book yet.  This book can be read with out the first one.  It's good and I would get for my high school library.  Enjoy.