Book Reviews 2016/2017

I love to read, I do. It’s been an escape and an entertainment for me since I was knee high to a grasshopper. The first books I remember reading on my own were the Little House on the Prairie series books. I still reread them from time to time.

When I’m not rereading childhood favorites, I read everything else I can get my hands on and review them for this blog. LOL Below is my rating system justification. If you’d like to be reviewed, drop me a line.

One Page (℘): I couldn’t slog my way through this mess if I had a machete.

Two Pages(℘℘): I finished it but only out of sheer stubbornness.

Three Pages(℘℘℘): It was readable. Shrug. Nothing more, Nothing Less. I read fifty pages a day.

Four Pages(℘℘℘℘): That was good. Really Good. I was happy to find time to read it, often completing more than my 50 pages a day.

Five Pages(℘℘℘℘℘): Loved this book. Read it in one sitting. Will look at other things this author has written.

Six Pages(℘℘℘℘℘℘): Ignored the people in my life or was severely irritated when I had to stop reading this book to help them. Note: did not actually put the book down for anything. I’m grudgingly writing this review right now because I would rather be on my way to the library to pick up everything else they have written before someone else gets there first.

 6 Pages Reviews

Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

The Martian – Andy Weir

13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi – Mitchell Zuckoff and the Annex Security Team

Heather Wells – Meg Cabot

The Demon in the Freezer – Richard Preston

5 Pages Reviews

Follow Me Back – A.V. Geiger

Frozen in Time – Mitchell Zuckoff

Bird by Bird – Anne Lamont

All Quiet on the Western Front – Erich Maria Remarque

My (Not So) Perfect LifeSophie Kinsella

A is for ArsenicKathryn Markup

Death by Chocolate LabBethany Blake

Scratch – Manjula Martin

three amazing things about you – Jill Mansell

Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library – Chris Grabenstein

The Boy Is Back – Meg Cabot

Frindle – Andrew Clements

Kill Switch – Jonathan Maberry

Maphead – Ken Jennings

Gone With The Wool – Betty Hechtman

The Last Star – Rick Yancey

Patient Zero – Jonathan Maberry

The Readaholics and the Poirot Puzzle – Laura DiSilverio

Good Intentions – Elliott Kay

The Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse – Nina Post

Neil Patrick Harris Choose Your Own Autobiography

The Fifth Wave – Rick Yancey

Forget Me Knot – Sue Margolis

Something Blue – Emily Giffin

Something Borrowed – Emily Giffin

Bookends – Jane Green

Rilla of Ingleside – L. M. Montgomery

Mr. Darcy’s Daughters – Elizabeth Aston

How to Murder a Millionaire – Nancy Martin

Overturning Wrongful Convictions – Elizabeth A. Murray, PhD

Laying Down the Paw – Diane Kelly

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie – Alan Bradley

Mystery of the Moss Covered Mansion

The Stranger Beside Me – Ann Rule

Hooked on Murder – Betty Hechtman

Vanished – Meg Cabot

I’ve Got Your Number – Sophie Kinsella

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War – Max Brooks

4 Pages Reviews

Death by Chocolate Lab – Bethany Blake

Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing – Jennifer Weiner

The Seventh Seed – Allison Maruska

Confessions of a Domestic FailureBunmi Laditan

The Bad Ass Librarians of TimbuktuJoshua Hammer

Telling Lies for Fun and Profit – Lawrence Block

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo

No Baggage – Clara Benson

Sushi For Beginners – Marian Keyes

The Crossing Places – Elly Griffiths

The Zig Zag Girl – Elly Griffiths

Bridget Jones, Mad About the Boy – Helen Fielding

Cheddar Off Dead – Julia Buckley

A Little Night Murder – Nancy Martin

Because I Said So! – Ken Jennings

Grilled For Murder – Maddie Day

Guns, Germs, and Steel – Jared Diamond

Come Tell Me How You Live – Agatha Christie

Down The Rabbit Hole, Curious Adventures ad Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny – Holly Madison

The Lost Track of Time – Paige Britt

Death, Taxes, and a Satin Garter – Diane Kelly

The Art of War for Writers – James Scott Bell

Al Capone Shines My Shoes – Gennfier Choldenko

The Man Who Never Was: World War II’s Boldest Counterintelligence Operation Ewan Montagu

Luke Skywalker Can’t Read and Other Geeky Truths – Ryan Britt

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less Greg McKeown

Shark Trouble – Peter Benchley

Seducing Strangers, How to Get People to Buy What You’re Selling Josh Weltman

The Ultimate Book of Impostors – Ian Graham

King Leopold’s Ghost, A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa Adam Hochschild

In Cold Blood – Truman Capote

3 Pages Reviews

Modern Lovers – Emma Straub

Wine. all the time. Marissa A. Ross

I’m Traveling Alone – Samuel Bjork

A Knit Before Dying – Sadie Hartwell

Unsolved Mysteries of American History Paul Aron

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies – Jane Austen and Seth Grahame Smith

Secrets of an Organized Mom – Barbara Reich.

Truly Madly GuiltyLiane Moriarty

War and Peach – Susan Furlong

The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, and Earn Your Audience – Chuck Wendig

And Then There Were Nuns – Kylie Logan

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d – Alan Bradley

The Bone Collection – Kathy Reichs

Much Ado About Muffin – Victoria Hamilton

Death Among the Doilies – Molly Cox Bryan

Meternity – Meghann Foye

Murder, Hand-Crafted – Isabelle Alan

In The Woods – Tara French

Angel Face: The True Story of Student Killer Amanda Knox – Barbie Latza Nadeau

Green River, Running Red – Ann Rule

2 Pages Reviews

The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever – Jeff Strand

Cut, Crop, & Die – Joanna Campbell Slan

The One and Only – Emily Giffin

Solo – Jill Mansell

Dressed to Kilt – Hannah Reed

Parchment and Old Lace – Laura Childs

Mystery – John Hamilton

The Code of the Woosters – P. G. Wodehouse

One Page Reviews

Third Quarter 2017

Second Quarter 2017

First Quarter 2017

Third Quarter 2016

Second Quarter 2016

First Quarter 2016

Third Quarter 2015

Unrated Books

The Will to Kill: Making Sense of Senseless Murder – James Alan Fox and Jack Levin

The Year of Reading Dangerously – Andy Miller

Mad Science Institute – Sechin Tower

The Sociopath Next Door – Martha Stout, Ph.D.

Star Wars: Jedi Academy – Jeffrey Brown

Wedding Night – Sophie Kinsella

The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World’s Most Perplexing Cold Cases – Mike Capuzzo