I received a digital version of this from NetGalley. Initially I sent it to my Kindle Paperwhite, so the color (of course) is lost. More importantly,I received a digital version of this from NetGalley. Initially I sent it to my Kindle Paperwhite, so the color (of course) is lost. More importantly, the dialogue and text became separated, so to continue reading it on this device I would need to look at the pictures, turn the page, then read all the text. That wouldn't work, so I read it on my computer using Adobe Digital Editions. My only complaint there is the lack of a two-page wide view. Still, it was free, and I was happy to get it.
I may lean closer to 2.5 stars. Many strong reviews abound for this title, and since I'm a graphic novel fan, I figured I would like it quite a bit. The artwork is fine, though Tom's grandma looks like she's been punched in the face. The color are vibrant and appropriate, and I'm certainly pleased I got to see them.
While this is a sequel to a graphic novel that I haven't read, that didn't negatively affect my opinion of this one. A reader can jump right in, and if they strongly like this one, I imagine it would be just as easy to go back and read The Stereotypical Freaks. I also lack a passion for hockey (or most sports, really), though that shouldn't stop would-be readers from checking it out either. The story revolves more around Tom, a hockey playing college sophomore, and his new friendship with a local young hockey superstar.
The writing felt a bit flat, with more of the tone of an after school special than I prefer. Some humor thrown in would have alleviated the overlying heaviness of the story. Plus, I didn't like a lot of Tom's actions. I'm fine with not liking characters, but with Tom, I could neither bond with him nor understand his motivations.
Young adults and sports-loving teenagers will probably find more here to like than I did....more
I'm not a fan of sports writing, and I hadn't heard of Jason Gay beforehand, but the existing glowingI received a digital ARC of this from NetGalley.
I'm not a fan of sports writing, and I hadn't heard of Jason Gay beforehand, but the existing glowing reviews along with the description enticed me. Know that you too can appreciate Little Victories without caring about sports or the author's other work.
Gay offers advice that is useful, straight-forward, and funny. You'll learn about his family, some of his previous jobs, his fashion sense, and his opinion on a variety of topics. By the time I finished these stories and bullet points of tips and suggestions, I fully bought into the idea that we should celebrate the little victories in life. Sometimes it's good enough that I boiled water and served Costco ravioli with jarred sauce to my family, and if that's a victory at the time, I'm taking it.
I smiled, I took some advice to heart, I chuckled, I nodded, and at the end, I even teared up a bit. I'm pleased that NetGalley provided me the opportunity to read a title before deciding whether or not to purchase it for the library where I work. Most of the time I rely on editorial reviews as well as Amazon reviews to help me decide what to buy. Happily, this will be making its way to my local library's shelves shortly after release....more
I'd like to thank my April self for demonstrating the foresight required to pre-order this book, which happily arrived on my Kindle this week. I purchI'd like to thank my April self for demonstrating the foresight required to pre-order this book, which happily arrived on my Kindle this week. I purchase very few books, but since Let's Pretend This Never Happened is the funniest book I've ever read, my hopes were high.
Lawson did not disappoint in her perfectly titled second book; this is a (VERY) funny book about some horrible things, namely mental illness. Most of the book relates Lawson's (again, super funny) stories, though a few chapters describe some specific instances where she's struggled with depression, ADD, anxiety, and other mental disorders. She sprinkles discussions with her psychiatrist throughout the book, along with lots of advice on how she won't give in to the lies that depression tells her.
If you like The Bloggess, or you loved her first book, you'll love this one too. I laughed about as much, and the more somber parts were a good chance for me to regain my breath and wipe my that-was-so-funny tears away. The combination of Lawson's bizarre (and even the mundane ones) stories and the quirky (but down to earth), sarcastic (but super honest) way she tells them led to a flawless book.
I think that most people have a little bit of mental unbalance to them. Everyone has their thing, and what matters is how we deal with it, and how we relate to each other. This book may provide a lifeline for people suffering with depression. It may offer useful coping strategies for those crushed by chronic anxiety. It may educate people that view mental illness as something that is entirely under a person's control. But it will certainly make you laugh.
Oh, wait, I said it was flawless, but the Kindle edition does have a niggling flaw. Many of the chapters feature a footnote. Instead of putting these at the bottom of the page or chapter, they are all collected at the very end of the book. My memory isn't the best, and by that time I sure couldn't remember what those superscript 1s and 2s and such were referring to. Otherwise, yeah, flawless.
Thank you, Jenny Lawson, for my favorite book of the year. You kick so, so much ass....more
4.5 stars! I read this title on my Kindle, courtesy of Netgalley. Below you'll find my honest thoughts.
This is my first exposure to Appel's work, and4.5 stars! I read this title on my Kindle, courtesy of Netgalley. Below you'll find my honest thoughts.
This is my first exposure to Appel's work, and I was drawn to it by the positive reviews and the description. I love some quirky tales, and most of these were a bit odd. Appel's writing drew me into each story, to the point where I felt sadness when some of them ended. Many of the situations presented are not too likely, but I fully believed each of them. Further, I thought about them when I wasn't reading; they stuck with me. What if, for example, dead people really did start coming back?
It's a quick and whacky read, and one that may have me seeking out more work by this author....more
I ready this aloud to my 14 year old son, who agrees with a 3-star rating.
Sadly, this title continued the trend for me of being a bit more disappointiI ready this aloud to my 14 year old son, who agrees with a 3-star rating.
Sadly, this title continued the trend for me of being a bit more disappointing than the book before it. I liked the first book very much, and then it all went slowly downhill. Still, I read the entire series over the last six months, and neither my son nor myself considered stopping, and that says something. I attribute this to Yancey's skill at the written language. He's a master at putting words together, and I will be reading The 5th Wave at some point.
*POSSIBLE SPOILERS BELOW*
I liked that this end to the series logged in at a much smaller size than the other books; it can be tiring to read the same book out loud for a month and a half. The beast is also intriguing, though we don't get to learn enough about it. But Will has changed so much, and not for the better. I experienced difficulty reconciling the man Will has become with the boy I grew fond of from the earlier titles. It's not surprising the direction The Final Descent took, based on Will's whole unwinding from before, but it's still disappointing.
The ending confused me (as did other parts of the book), and it was not a satisfying conclusion, by any means. My son's big gripe is the lack of adventure the first two books boasted, and the heavy inclusion of Will's descent into evilness/craziness/both.
I will still recommend the series to people, though it's not for everyone, and skipping the last title might be a good alternative....more
While I liked each volume in this series, this was my favorite since #1. Kenji and Shiro's relationship deepens even further. I found all of4.5 stars!
While I liked each volume in this series, this was my favorite since #1. Kenji and Shiro's relationship deepens even further. I found all of their interactions so charming and sweet. At the end of chapter #55, even the recipe charms me by reminding the reader not to forget to throw out their frozen bag of fish guts. *swoon* The only part I didn't like is some of the expressed homophobia, but perhaps that is indicative of where the characters live? I hope not. Smiles, warm fuzzies, and graphic novel food porn await you....more
It's short, easy to read, and I did finish it. Hence the two stars. But the characters are unrealistic at best, and horribly annoying at worst. Ugh, SIt's short, easy to read, and I did finish it. Hence the two stars. But the characters are unrealistic at best, and horribly annoying at worst. Ugh, Sarah whines and needles and questions her husband so much I was certain he would just snap. I was ready to snap! There's coincidences, eye-rolling plot twists, and more to keep the pseudo-mystery fan in you enthralled. Except you won't be, nor will you care about the origin of the mysterious fire, or who had sex with whom, and other ponderings. Decent to read on a beach, which is what I did....more
Too many of the ebooks I borrowed for a vacation disappointed me. So I found myself facing a long day of travel, without wifi. It was time t3.5 stars.
Too many of the ebooks I borrowed for a vacation disappointed me. So I found myself facing a long day of travel, without wifi. It was time to try one of the titles that were already on my Kindle, regardless of whether they were on my 'To Read' list. To my happy surprise, this free book from Amazon (yay, Prime!) held my attention for quite some time.
The story centers around a family that faces several struggles: a smart 17 year old son with Tourette's Syndrome and ADHD, the stay-at-home super mom who becomes sidelined with a medical condition, and the workaholic father who has his own demons to battle. The perspective alternates among these main characters for each chapter.
Thanks to the rich characterization White provides, I came to know these characters (and a few less major ones) through and through. They felt like real people to me, and so I cared what happened to them and how they interacted. White tackles difficult subjects in The Perfect Son, and does so while keeping the reader hooked.
I nearly gave it four stars, but for two things. First, while I never felt the desire to skip any parts or skim to get farther ahead, it was too long and told at way too slow a pace. Some things felt inevitable, but it took so long to get to that place that I mostly experienced relief (Yay, he finally figured it out! Etc.). The second thing that took the rating down for me is the ending. After all the build-up, the ending felt overly rushed, and kind of cheesy and hokey.
I learned that the author has previously written about characters with mental illness, and that she certainly does well. Thanks, Amazon!...more
Volume 6 in the series dishes up the same amount of food and recipe goodness as the others in the series. Each volume offers just a touch more insightVolume 6 in the series dishes up the same amount of food and recipe goodness as the others in the series. Each volume offers just a touch more insight into Shiro and Kenji's relationship, and gives me some warm-and-fuzzy feelings about them....more
I'm a part-time librarian, and most of my off-desk hours revolve around collection development. I've read the CREW Method, and I've read some of Vnuk'I'm a part-time librarian, and most of my off-desk hours revolve around collection development. I've read the CREW Method, and I've read some of Vnuk's articles in Booklist. I read this one to gain any new suggestions and perspectives. After an overview and discussion of "The Basics", the chapters are sorted by Dewey Decimal Classification, making for a handy and easy reference guide. I skipped the chapters that I don't play a part in weeding or purchasing for, though all those that I read offered some solid tips on specific DDC shelves.
Next Vrunk describes the ways weeding can fail, and also provides some insight on weeding youth collections. Vnuk strongly (and rightly so) suggests each library create a collection development plan. As an aid to this task, about half of the book consists of sample collection plans (which I skimmed) from various libraries. Vnuk has chosen a wide variety of plans, so every librarian should be able to utilize something appropriate for their library. These plans can likely be found online, but having them all in one easily searchable location ensures this book will continue to be used as a reference tool.
A Suggested Reading list is a welcome addition, and the index appears thorough. The only parts that gave me pause are the suggested weeding schedules. For example, Vnuk suggests that weeding for the 200s "should be every six years." Every six years! Other sections also note that several years should pass between weeding times. I often weed a section concurrently with my main purchasing for that fiscal year; I cannot imagine waiting that long between weeding times. It's possible I'm misunderstanding something, though my information is taken from the Retention and Weeding timetables on page 16.
Overall, this title will be most helpful as a go-to book if your library needs to create or update a collection development plan. The weeding guidelines for specific sections and the general tips are worth reading, though of course, create a method that works best for you....more
I read this aloud to my 14-year old son; he and I both grant it 3.5 stars.
Each book in this series I've liked a little less. I still revel in Yancey'sI read this aloud to my 14-year old son; he and I both grant it 3.5 stars.
Each book in this series I've liked a little less. I still revel in Yancey's ability to delve deep into his character's psyches, as well as craft a literary book aimed at young adults. I also never felt the urge to give up on the book, and I will continue the series to its conclusion. At the same time, I found this one way too long, too slow, and too confusing, though taking 5 weeks of out-loud reading to finish it may have something to do with that last part.
In this installment Warthrop leaves Will Henry behind for part of the story. Later, they embark on a quest for the holy grail of monstrumology. The journey features plenty of dangers (and some history for The Doctor), though it isn't as scary as the other two books. Character-wise, Will's heart grows harder, and we watch him shift a touch to the darker side. The ending is satisfying, and it's the last 10% of so of the book that skewed the rating up a half star for me....more
I'm a librarian, and I read Fifty Shades of Grey out of professional curiosity. It created such a buzz (my mother wanted us to reCloser to 3.5 stars.
I'm a librarian, and I read Fifty Shades of Grey out of professional curiosity. It created such a buzz (my mother wanted us to read it simultaneously!), that I needed to know for myself how it was. This year, a fellow librarian noted that she steers her patrons who are interested in the Grey series to this series instead. I'm pleased to say that's a wise decision, and am happy to have learned about it. The writing for The Boss is decent, the sex scenes are solidly good and not eye-rolling, and the dialogue is generally not cringe-worthy.
That said, after reading about 50 pages, I then skimmed to the end. Mostly stopping on the sex bits, but also catching up to the plot as well. And yes, there is a plot! Heck, there's even a cliff-hangerish ending, and if I was at all into the fashion industry (the main characters work at a fashion magazine), or wanted a decent BDSM title, I'd keep reading the series.
As it is, there's other stuff I'd rather read, but now you know--read THIS, not that other stuff....more
This book provides well-written, mostly logical and sensible advice on how to help your teenagers during high school, as well as how to prep3.5 stars.
This book provides well-written, mostly logical and sensible advice on how to help your teenagers during high school, as well as how to prepare them for the world beyond. Some chapters I skipped entirely or largely skimmed, mostly because they were irrelevant. I didn't agree with some of Deurlein's discussion about social media, particularly Facebook. For example, it's trivial for your kids to make it so that you, their parent, cannot see their posts. Sure, if possible, parents should monitor their kids Facebook (and other social media sites). However, unless the kid is making public posts on FB, or one of their friends has shared it and made it public, it isn't as easily searchable as this book may lead you to believe. Try it with your own posts!
I like how Deurlein explains alternate paths post high-school that parents could offer to their kids and help guide their way. Yet most of the advice felt aimed toward teens that were already likely to listen and respond to parents' suggestions. For one example, the dialogue between a dad and his daughter that had tried pot. I appreciate the information and the tone, but if your teen furiously guards most information from you, no matter how trivial, this situation is not likely to happen. This is just to explain why my rating is not higher.
Still, I found some good take-a-ways. Teach your kids about finance! The chapter explaining which kids should take AP courses and why is timely and helpful for me, along with some other tidbits scattered throughout. Worth a read, if you're parenting teens....more