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Wild

Wild
Cheryl Strayed
Knopf, 2012
Audience: Adults
Source: My Own Bookshelf

From Goodreads:
At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.
Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor,Wildpowerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

What a well-written book! I don’t know anything about hiking at all. I’m definitely not outdoorsy in any way. In spite of that, I could not put this book down. The author’s descriptions were so g…

Snowed In

Snowed In
Sarah Title
Kensington, 2015
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Adults

From Goodreads:
There’s nothing like a hot kiss on a cold day…

Librarian Maureen O’Connell might have predicted she’d find herself crying into the ice cream case at the supermarket after a bad breakup—but she definitely never imagined that a guy hot enough to melt the Rocky Road would flirt with her right there in the freezer aisle. Only Gavin Fraser isn’t a fantasy, he’s a mouth-watering new flavor…

When a freak snowstorm strands Maureen at Gavin’s after just one date, it’s a perfect excuse for something a lot steamier than hot chocolate in front of the fire. It’s definitely lust. Can it also be love?

Um, I’m sorry, did I only get half of the book? It ended RIGHT when it was getting good and it was only about 80 pages long on my nook. It was missing a lot of the things I like most in a romance - characters learning and growing together. Everything happened very fast and felt unrealistic to me. I think this was a r…

Calamity Jack

Calamity Jack
Shannon, Dean and Nathan Hale
Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2010
Source: Library
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
Jack likes to think of himself as a criminal mastermind…with an unfortunate amount of bad luck. A schemer, plotter, planner, trickster, swindler...maybe even thief? One fine day Jack picks a target a little more giant than the usual, and one little bean turns into a great big building-destroying beanstalk.

With help from Rapunzel (and her trusty braids), a pixie from Jack’s past, and a man with inventions from the future, they just might out-swindle the evil giants and put his beloved city back in the hands of good people ....while catapulting themselves and readers into another fantastical adventure.

Considering that this book came out in 2010, I’m guessing there aren’t anymore books like this in the works. So depressing! This was fun, but not as fun as Rapunzel. The plot in Rapunzel’s Revenge was more complicated and interesting. I did like Calamity Jack, I ju…

Rapunzel’s Revenge

Rapunzel’s Revenge
Shannon, Dean and Nathan Hale
Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2008
Source: Library
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
Once upon a time, in a land you only think you know, lived a little girl and her mother . . . or the woman shethoughtwas her mother.

Every day, when the little girl played in her pretty garden, she grew more curious about what lay on the other side of the garden wall . . . a rather enormous garden wall.

And every year, as she grew older, things seemed weirder and weirder, until the day she finally climbed to the top of the wall and looked over into the mines and desert beyond.

Newbery Honor-winning author Shannon Hale teams up with husband Dean Hale and brilliant artist Nathan Hale (no relation) to bring readers a swashbuckling and hilarious twist on the classic story as you’ve never seen it before. Watch as Rapunzel and her amazing hair team up with Jack (of beanstalk fame) to gallop around the wild and western landscape, changing lives, righting wrongs, and…

365 Days of Wonder

365 Days of Wonder
RJ Palacio
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2014
Source: Library
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
In the #1New York Timesbestselling novelWonder,readers were introduced to memorable English teacher Mr. Browne and his love of precepts. Simply put, precepts are principles to live by, and Mr. Browne has compiled 365 of them—one for each day of the year—drawn from popular songs to children’s books to inscriptions on Egyptian tombstones to fortune cookies. His selections celebrate kindness, hopefulness, the goodness of human beings, the strength of people’s hearts, and the power of people’s wills. Interspersed with the precepts are letters and emails from characters who appeared inWonder.Readers hear from Summer, Jack, Charlotte, Julian, and Amos.

There’s something for everyone here, with words of wisdom from such noteworthy people as Anne Frank, Martin Luther King Jr., Confucius, Goethe, Sappho—and over 100 readers ofWonderwho sent R. J. Palacio their own precepts.

I thi…

The Storm in the Barn

The Storm in the Barn
Matt Phelan
Candlewick Press, 2009
Source: Library
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
In Kansas in the year 1937, eleven-year-old Jack Clark faces his share of ordinary challenges: local bullies, his father’s failed expectations, a little sister with an eye for trouble. But he also has to deal with the effects of the Dust Bowl, including rising tensions in his small town and the spread of a shadowy illness. Certainly a case of "dust dementia" would explain who (or what) Jack has glimpsed in the Talbot’s abandoned barn — a sinister figure with a face like rain. In a land where it never rains, it’s hard to trust what you see with your own eyes — and harder still to take heart and be a hero when the time comes. With phenomenal pacing, sensitivity, and a sure command of suspense, Matt Phelan ushers us into a world where desperation is transformed by unexpected courage.

I have seen this book go by so many times at work and it never caught my interest. The on…

Three Times Lucky

Three Times Lucky
Sheila Turnage
Dial, 2012
Audience: Everyone
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Rising sixth grader Miss Moses LoBeau lives in the small town of Tupelo Landing, NC, where everyone's business is fair game and no secret is sacred. She washed ashore in a hurricane eleven years ago, and she's been making waves ever since. Although Mo hopes someday to find her "upstream mother," she's found a home with the Colonel--a café owner with a forgotten past of his own--and Miss Lana, the fabulous café hostess. She will protect those she loves with every bit of her strong will and tough attitude. So when a lawman comes to town asking about a murder, Mo and her best friend, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, set out to uncover the truth in hopes of saving the only family Mo has ever known.


This narrator was absolutely hilarious. I loved the story. It was full of adventure and mystery. This won’t be a very good review, because I feel like I’ve said it all. It’s one of th…