Monthly Archives: January 2017

Traveling Book Club Nov-Dec

I went through my messages. These are the books I had in November and December. You can probably guess on whether or not I read them since I couldn’t remember what any of them were. I’m not a very good participant. Too many books, too little time! #librarianproblems


Shrill by Lindy West. I had no idea who Lindy West was before I got this book but I do now. From her own website she is described as, “an American writer, feminist, fat acceptance movement activist, and film criticism editor.” She works at The Stranger with Dan Savage. It would seem that I’ve never written about my love for Mr. Savage on this blog but I do. I love him. So that made me interested. I read the chapter she wrote about him and some others but did not read the whole thing.


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. This book. I swear it haunts me. Annie Barrows writes the Ivy & Bean books. I love those books. They are adorable. But I don’t want an adorable adult novel. I can’t in good conscience read this book without cringing. Maybe someday someone will convince me. But it wasn’t this time.


I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I started this and quit. I have no other excuse.



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Traveling Book Club Jan-Feb

I’m going to have to go back and look at what Nov-Dec was. Whoops. Let me tell you about the ones I currently have at my house before I forget them too. Specifics on the inner workings of the traveling book club are here.


A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. You may know him as the author of the Kite Runner, which became a movie. I have not read it or seen the movie. My best friend has been raving about this book for years. I never wanted to read it. It’s not my thing. But now that she’s part of the book club and this is the one she chose I felt obligated. I just finished and will review it soon. Spoiler: I will not be raving about it for years.


Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell. Also a movie. Not only that, I feel like it might be the first real blockbuster that featured Jennifer Lawrence. This sounds like a True Grit kind of book and I can’t say whether or not I’ll pick it up. It did win the Audie Award in 2011 so I may try it on audiobook.


Love Does by Bob Goff. A lot of the women in this group had already read this book. Apparently I missed the boat because I’d never heard of it. I think this will be a pick and choose chapters kind of book. But I will open it.


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ALA Award Winners

They announced the youth award winners this past Monday and I completely forgot to post about them. Mainly because the books that won are not ones I’ve read. I heard a lot of buzz about Ghost by Jason Reynolds winning the Newbery and he was on some of the honor lists but did not win anything. Here are the ones that did (the most popular ones anyway – full list here). Maybe you know them and can recommend them to me!

Newbery medal


The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Caldecott award & Coretta Scott King (illustrator)


Radiant Child by Jean-Michel Basquiat

Coretta Scott King (author), Michael L. Printz award, Robert F. Sibert award & YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction


March : Book Three by John Lewis

Theodore Seuss Geisel award


We are Growing! by Laurie Keller


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SLJ Battle of the Books


HelloooO! Battle of the Books contenders have arrived! These are the ones. I haven’t read ANY of them. What on Earth does that say about me?


FREEDOM IN CONGO SQUARE by Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie

FREEDOM OVER ME by Ashley Bryan

GHOST by Jason Reynolds – want to read!


THE LIE TREE by Frances Hardinge – have checked out ONE MILLION TIMES

MAKOONS by Louise Erdrich

MARCH BOOK THREE by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell – read book 1

THE PASSION OF DOLSSA by Julie Berry – have checked out HALF A MILLION TIMES

SAMURAI RISING by Pamela Turner and Gareth Hinds

SOME WRITER! by Melissa Sweet


THUNDERBOY JR. by Sherman Alexie and Yuyi Morales

WHEN GREEN BECOMES TOMATOES by Julie Fogliano and Julie Morstad

WHEN THE SEA TURNED TO SILVER by Grace Lin – read book 1

WET CEMENT by Bob Raczka

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The Verdict by Nick Stone


I checked out The Verdict when it first came out and then never got around to it. I heard that Liberty Hardy loved it so I checked it out again. Mostly a crime drama. Some politics.

“Terry Flynt is a struggling legal clerk, desperately trying to get promoted. And then he is given the biggest opportunity of his career: to help defend a millionaire accused of murdering a woman in his hotel suite. The only problem is that the accused man, Vernon James, turns out to be not only someone he knows, but someone he loathes. This case could potentially make Terry’s career, but how can he defend a former friend who betrayed him so badly?”

I liked the friendship aspect of these two characters, although the reason Terry hates Vernon is ridiculous. That said, it was very good, not your typical thriller / crime drama. Lots of twists and turns. I was listening on audio first which is good, because some of it took serious thinking to connect the dots. Overall, I really liked it and I like the outcome. It’s a book my father-in-law would love, and any other thriller reader, and I have since told him to read it. Read-alikes to James Patterson apply.

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Beauty & the Beast

Oh my God you guys. I am SO excited.

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Happy 2017!


My husband and I have made some resolutions this year. I typically hate resolutions. I participate in book resolutions of course, Goodreads, Book Riot & this year Modern Mrs. Darcy, but that’s about the extent of it. This year we’ve decided to cancel cable to save money. We could read of course, but he doesn’t really like to read. I know, unacceptable. So this year we’re trying to be semi technology free when at home. Although some nights I’m sure we’ll watch TV or binge on something. After all, we still have Netflix and Amazon Prime.

It’s hard to find games that are good for only two people. I researched two person games and asked for them for Christmas so we have something to do other than stare at each other. So far we’ve played Dominoes and Cribbage. I have Hive, a game I’ve never played before, in the mail. We’ll see how that one works with two people. We played a great game on New Year’s Eve, Qwirkle, with some friends but I’m not sure how it would work with two people.

What are your resolutions? If you need some ideas I found this article to be super awesome. I will probably adapt some of them myself!

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