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January 26, 2018

2017 Results and 2018 Reading Plans

by Susan Roberts

2017 Goal: Read 140 books

In this total:
  • 12 need to be non-fiction
  • 6 need to be classics (3 re-reads of books I read and college and 3 new to me classics)
  • 3 need to be poetry (I always enjoyed poetry but haven't read it in years)

January 25, 2018

Review: One Thousand Monsters (Anno Dracula #5) by Kim Newman

by MK French

Geneviève Dieudonné travels to Japan with a group of vampires exiled from Great Britain. They are allowed to settle in Yōkai Town, the district of Tokyo set aside for Japan’s own vampires and monsters, who are decidedly far less human looking and acting. This isn't a sanctuary, however, because tensions rise further and the town is a prison as much as a refuge. Then a murder pits the groups of vampires against each other, and dark secrets will be revealed.

January 24, 2018

Review: The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

by Susan Roberts

The Chalk Man is such a fantastic book that it's hard to believe that it's a debut novel. I can't wait to see what this author writes next. She's definitely on my list of favorite authors.

Quintessential YA Reads : What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

by Kathleen Barker

As I continue my perusal of YA novels in order to induce my 13-year-old granddaughter to increase her reading, this month's suggestion is Sarah Dessen's What Happened to Goodbye.

January 23, 2018

Review: Brass by Xhenet Aliu

by MK French

Elsie is a waitress at the Betsy Ross Diner in Waterbury, Connecticut. The old brass factory had shut down, so most of the people remaining in the town are poor and with few options. All Elsie can really do is wait tables for the change she gets for tips, hoping to one day move away. Bashkim is the Albanian line cook at the diner, and they fall into a relationship even though she knows he has a wife in Albania. It doesn't feel real until she becomes pregnant, and all of his schemes don't seem to amount to anything. Seventeen years later, Elsie's daughter Luljeta is rejected from NYU and suspended from school on the same day. It makes her feel trapped in Waterbury with her mother, and suddenly the father she never knew seems like the way to discover who she should be.

January 22, 2018

Review: 22 Scars by C.M. North

by Donna Huber

Girl Who Reads's features writer C. M. North has a new book out. 22 Scars is an edgy, character-driven story focused on the relationships affected by mental illness.

January 21, 2018