Books to the Sky

“Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.” ― Arnold Lobel

Happy(ish)

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Jane Pearson is a single thirty five year old just trying to get through life. She has (mis)adventures in dating, an eccentric family, loyal friends, and a 24 year old goldfish. She is quirky and finds herself in odd situations where there is no way to save face. And I find myself giggling about her life randomly throughout the days following reading Happy(ish).

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The Girl in the Box Series

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One of the nice things about being from a family of avid readers is the recommendations. My tastes coincide with my mother’s frequently, so when she said I had to read this series, I got it immediately. I’ve blasted through the first three and I’m definitely getting the rest of the series very soon.

Sienna Nealon is not a typical teenager. Educated, intelligent, proficient in a number of martial arts, and trapped in her home for twelve years.

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Promises to Keep

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The summer of 1967 marked many changes in Rosalind Anthony’s life. New town, new house, new school, new friends, and a new life without her Daddy. Roz knows that her Daddy was dangerous some times, but there were good times too. Her brother Wally said Daddy was like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, you never knew which one would be there.

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Games Creatures Play

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This is the sixth anthology from Charlaine Harris and Toni Kelner.  These two accomplished authors have once again drawn together a wonderful selection of authors and stories. They consistently manage to bring a balance of humor and serious, light and dark. The stories are all tied together with the theme of games, but there is also a thread of family, biological and otherwise, running through most of them.

There are a few standouts for me. Hide and Shriek by Adam-Troy Castro is a very funny take on the Elder Gods and The Case of the Haunted Safeway by Scott Siglar is funny but sweet. Hide and Seek by William Kent Krueger  and On the Playing Fields of Blood by Brendan DuBois are both chilling.

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Home Improvement – Undead Edition

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This fourth collaboration from talented duo Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner has a nice balance of humor and darkness. I particularly like the Green Lantern reference in In Brightest Day by Toni L.P. Kelner and the macabre humor of Woolsley’s Kitchen Nightmare by E. E. Knight. Both Squatters’ Rights by Rochelle Krich and The Mansion of Imperatives by James Grady gave me chills. And I’m always happy when I get to visit the world of Sookie Stackhouse. I enjoyed all of the stories and I love the theme.

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Death’s Excellent Vacation

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This is the third anthology edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner. They have again brought together a varied collection of stories from accomplished authors, this time with a theme of supernaturals out of their usual environment. The Perils of Effrijim is really funny,  The Boys Go Fishing is poignant, and The Demon in the Dunes is singularly well done. A very enjoyable collection.

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Many Bloody Returns

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Edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner, this anthology brings together the dichotomous ideas of the undead and birthdays. They’ve brought together a lot of talented authors resulting in a very enjoyable read. The editors had fun putting together this book and it shows.

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The Tenth Life of Mr. Whiskers

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While her boss is out of town, teenage witch Laney has been left in charge of the bookstore. All is going well until Kody, the cute new guy from school, finds a note on the floor. Apparently Laney was also in charge of feeding her boss’s pet, Mr. Whiskers. And it has been 6 days.

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Summer

Summertime has made my brain lethargic. There are many posts rattling around up there, but the minute my fingers touch the keyboard, poof. Mist. When it coalesces again I’ll have thoughts on the whole Sookie Stackhouse series, a novelization of Jane Austen’s life, the amazing “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” and several short stories to share. In the meantime, here are a few quotes about reading.

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Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-hunting Soccer Mom

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Kate Connor has a lot on her plate. Teenage daughter, toddler son, lawyer husband seeking election, high demon Goramesh attempting to raise an army of the undead, and a dinner party to throw together in the next 2 hours. Author Julie Kenner has brought us a smart, funny story about a retired demon hunter being thrown back into the fray. Read the rest of this entry »

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