Thursday, October 5, 2017

Garage Sale Stalker

Title: Garage Sale Stalker

Author: Suzi Weinert [Website][Facebook][Twitter]

Publisher: Bluewater Press

Series: Garage Sale Mysteries, Bk 1

ISBN: 9781604520903

Length: 326 pages + "Reading group Discussion Questions"

Obtained: Library (ILL) copy

Why this book?:

At the time of this writing, I've watched all 11 (to date) of the Garage Sale Mystery movies on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries with Lori Loughlin. This mean I've been intending to read the book(s) that inspired these movies for quite some time.  It finally happened.


The problem with watching movies/TV shows prior to reading the book(s) is that you've already had an image of characters presented.  So differences from what you now have in mind are jarring.  I spent the first part of the book identifying differences.  But the subject matter in the book is pretty dark (horrible child - and animal - abuse), and many of the details of the first movie have faded, so I was drawn into the story.

I intend to rewatch the first couple movies to refresh my memory.  I will also (eventually) read the second and third books in the series - the movies have long since passed up the books.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed

Title: Listful Thinking: Using Lists to be More Productive, Highly Successful and Less Stressed

Author: Paula Rizzo (Read by the author) [Website][Twitter][Facebook]

Publisher: Dreamscape

ISBN: 9781520033365

Length: 3 discs ; 3 hours 10 minutes

Obtained: Library audiobook copy

Why this book?:

I'm always seeking help organizing my life, so it sounded helpful.  And the best way to get me to actually read a nonfiction (non-memoir) book is to listen to it.


Very interesting.  Has some intriguing ideas and very inspirational.  Quick listen, and I'm glad I did so, but now that I have, I need to read it and actually see some of these lists.  Also I listened in the car, which is not conductive to making the lists recommended, so without a physical copy, I'm left trying to remember.  Fortunately, we have the ebook on Hoopla, so I hope to go through it eventually.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Title: Winterkill

Author: Kate A. Boorman [Website][Twitter]

Publisher: Amulet

Series: Winterkill, Bk 1

ISBN: 9781419712357

Length: 319 pages

Obtained: ARC from ALA (2014)

Why this book?:

It looked interesting when I grabbed it (autographed), and continued to intrigue me even when I decided the number of books I own is overwhelming and some need to be donated rather than collecting dust. I forgot the book I was reading downstairs and did not want to rile the puppy by going down, so I grabbed this one.


Winterkill kept me reading late into the night.  It seemed similar to a dystopian but had more of a historical or alternate history feel. One group of people has become isolated in a their own little world with their own world for 8 generations during the expansion in the Canadian west from historical pilgrimage.  The people of this little settling fear the outside to an enormous extent, and Emmeline, who is drawn to the outside by her curiosity and otherness is continually risking trouble and punishment from the leaders.  Still Emmeline cannot resist her dreams and seeking spirit, venturing further and asking questions that lead her further into danger.

Note: I just found out that this is the first book in a trilogy.  The second and third books are titled Darkthaw and Heartfire.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

This Is the Earth

Title: This Is the Earth

Author: Diane Z. Shore [Website] and Jessica Alexander; Paintings by Wendell Minor [Website][Facebook]

Publisher: Harper

ISBN: 9780060555276

Length: unnumbered

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

I believe I picked it up for the cover and to share with the kids.


So told in a rhythmic and flowing ease, this story starts with the beauty of the earth, moves to the darkness of how progression has created issues for the world we live in, changing it drastically, and then lightens with renewed hope of how we can work together to conserve and share this world.  The images are lovely and scary and cheerful... each image fitting the words and provoking emotion.

This book fit my new conservation kick perfectly.

Note: I couldn't verify that the Jessica Alexander who co-authored this is the same one I found a website/Facebook/Twitter for.  If they are the same person, these all need updated.  If not, my apologies... [Website][Twitter][Facebook]

Monday, September 4, 2017


This has become less and less a social venue for me over the years, and more just a record of my reading.  And it remains that, but I've become worse and worse about keeping up. 

The reasons for this are numerous.

  1. My personal computer is old and was taking longer and longer to start and update and secure before use.
  2. Using my work computer meant I was mixing in work (emails, etc.) when I was was supposed to be off (whether on lunch/dinner or done for the day). 
  3. The other PC I have access to was being monopolized by kiddos or my parents.
  4. I'd become distracted  (no matter which computer I used) by other things (Facebook, etc.) which are total time-sucks and likely to rile me up or cause me to feel down.
  5. I just cannot feel comfortable doing this on any device - Kindle Fire, iPhone, etc. 
  6. Time spent on this is time taken away from everything else - reading, catching up on TV shows, time with family.

I can't just stop recording my reading, because that causes trouble.  And yet... So I may just end up slapping lists of books in here.  Hopefully with some comments for memory's sake, but potentially just title and author.  Then there will at least be some record, somewhere.

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey

Title: Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family's Journey

Author: Margriet Ruurs [Website][Twitter][Facebook]; Artwork by Nizar Ali Badr [Syrian Creative Havens]

Publisher: ORCA

ISBN: 9781459814905

Length: unnumbered

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

I was continually seeing information on this book from the publisher (mostly in emails, also at #alaac17).  Anyway, I finally managed to request it.


Told in English and Arabic, as well as by the use of stone art, the story of Rama and her family as they leave their homes, become refugees, and their journey to safety and happiness is touching.  Also touching (and interesting) is the introduction's detailing how the book came about.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Take Shelter: At Home Around the World

Title: Take Shelter: At Home Around the World

Author: Nikki Tate & Dani Tate-Stratton

Publisher: Orca Footprints

ISBN: 9781459807426

Length: 46 pages

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

Lately I've found myself more interested in themes of conservation and impact.  I'm planning on working through the bulk of the footprints series/line.


I almost gave up at the beginning, because this book seems less about action that can be taken within the life of the reader (or at least this reader).  But I stuck with it and was pleased.  The information about the various housing settings and materials used was interesting and informative.  I did find the "My Place" potions confusing, though.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Tailing a Tabby

Title: Tailing a Tabby

Author: Laurie Cass [Website][Facebook]

Publisher: Obsidian

Series: Bookmobile Cat Mystery, Bk 2

ISBN: 9780451415479

Length: 340 pages

Obtained: Library copy (and library ebook copy)

Why this book?:

Wanted to follow up on the series.  Remembered very much enjoying the first book, Lending a Paw.


Minnie is driving the bookmobile when she comes across a man in desperate need of emergency care.  She drives him (and his wife) to the ER just in time.  It turns out he is a well known and very talented artist.  But when he is accused of  murder while still recovering in rehab, she (and Eddie) must figure out who the real killer is.  Meanwhile, she is juggling her library and bookmobile responsibilities.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Just Gone

Title: Just Gone

Author: William Kowalski [Website][Twitter][Facebook]

Publisher: Rapid Reads

ISBN: 9781459803275

Length: 107 pages

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

Sounded interesting and I like the Rapid Reads line in general.


Strange.  It actually reminded me of the Lovecraft inspired books, only without the monsters.  Though now that I say that, you could say it is a matter of perspective and there are monsters in this book.  Whatever the case, it had a surreal feel. 

Anqelique, better known as Mother, runs a shelter for homeless/endangered women and children.  She's seen many come and go, but finds two children that arrive, Chantay and Jamal particularly memorable.  Particularly due to the story Jamal brings with him of Jacky Wacky who protects children from the abusive and neglectful adults in their lives.  Angelique parts way with the children, but they (and the story) make a lasting impact all the way into her last years.

Monday, July 31, 2017


Title: Pie

Author: Sarah Weeks [Website][Twitter]

Publisher: Scholastic Press

ISBN: 9780545270113

Length: 180 pages

Obtained: Library book club copy

Why this book?:

Selected as one of the books for one of my book clubs.


Cute, interesting, touching.  Ending was... mixed feelings.  If only I baked and didn't have a time schedule I might have tried some of the recipes.