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Honey

Honey
Sarah Weeks
Scholastic Press, 2015
Source: Library
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
For a girl like Melody and a dog like Mo, life can be both sticky and sweet.

Melody has lived in Royal, Indiana, for as long as she can remember. It's been just her and her father, and she's been okay with that. But then she overhears him calling someone Honey -- and suddenly it feels like everyone in Royal has a secret. It's up to Melody and her best friend, Nick, to piece together the clues and discover why Honey is being hidden.

Meanwhile, a dog named Mo is new to Royal. He doesn't remember much from when he was a puppy . . . but he keeps having dreams of a girl he is bound to meet someday. This girl, he's sure, will change everything.



Such a cute story! Adorable. I have no idea why, but for some reason, I thought that the animal on the cover was a cat.

It’s not. It’s a dog.

Everything comes together at the end and it’s so happy. This story is just SUNSHINE, like the color …

Dad is Fat

Dad is Fat
Jim Gaffigan
Crown Archetype, 2013
Source: Library
Audience: Adults

From Goodreads:
In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children—everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills (“they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news”), to the eating habits of four year olds (“there is no difference between a four year old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor”). Reminiscent of Bill Cosby’s FatherhoodDad is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.

I’m not an audiobook person. I just get bored and my mind wanders, and then I lose track of what is going on in the story, and I have to start the track over, and then I he…

Silver Screen Fiend

Silver Screen Fiend
Patton Oswalt
Scribner, 2015
Source: Galley
Audience: Adult

From Goodreads:
New York Times bestselling author, comedian, and actor Patton Oswalt shares his entertaining memoir about coming of age as a performer and writer in the late 90s while obsessively watching classic films at the legendary New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.

Between 1995 and 1999, Patton Oswalt lived with an unshakeable addiction. It wasn't drugs, alcohol, or sex. It was film. After moving to L.A., Oswalt became a huge film buff, absorbing classics and new releases at least three nights a week at the New Beverly Cinema. Silver screen celluloid became Patton's life schoolbook, informing his notions of acting, writing, comedy, and relationships. Set in the nascent days of the alternative comedy scene, Oswalt's memoir chronicles his journey from fledgling stand-up comedian to self-assured sitcom actor, with the colorful New Beverly collective supporting him all along the way.


Oh, I am s…

Vanessa and Her Sister

Vanessa and Her Sister
Priya Parmar
Ballantine Books, 2014
Source: Galley
Audience: Adults

From Goodreads:
London, 1905: The city is alight with change, and the Stephen siblings are at the forefront. Vanessa, Virginia, Thoby, and Adrian are leaving behind their childhood home and taking a house in the leafy heart of avant-garde Bloomsbury. There they bring together a glittering circle of bright, outrageous artistic friends who will grow into legend and come to be known as the Bloomsbury Group. And at the center of this charmed circle are the devoted, gifted sisters: Vanessa, the painter, and Virginia, the writer.

Each member of the group will go on to earn fame and success, but so far Vanessa Bell has never sold a painting. Virginia Woolf’s book review has just been turned down by TheTimes. Lytton Strachey has not published anything. E. M. Forster has finished his first novel but does not like the title. Leonard Woolf is still a civil servant in Ceylon, and John Maynard Keynes is looking for…

I Was Here

I Was Here
Gayle Forman
Viking Juvenile, 2015
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

So sad, but so interesting and good. I loved the world it was set in and I loved how strong Cody was. She did a lot of investigating - this was part drama, part mystery. It didn’t disappo…

A Dash of Magic

A Dash of Magic
Kathryn Littlewood
Katherine Tegen Books, 2013
Source: Library
Audience: Everyone

From Goodreads:
Rosemary Bliss will doanythingto get back her family's magical Cookery Booke.

That's why she challenges Aunt Lily to an international baking competition in Paris: If Rose wins, Lily agrees to return the cookery Booke that she stole. If Roseloses...well, the consequences are too ugly to think about.

But Lily isn't playing fair--she's using a magical ingredient to cheat. The only way for Rose to compete is for her to find magical ingredients of her own.

Together with her long-lost grandpa, his sarcastic talking cat, and a turncoat French mouse, Rose and her brothers race around Paris to find essential--and elusive--magical ingredients that will help her outbake--and outmagic--her conniving aunt.

She has to win or the Bliss Cookery Booke will be lost to her family forever.



Oh, these stories are so cute. This was like a reality show in a children’s fiction book. I …

We Should Hang Out Sometime

We Should Hang Out Sometime
Josh Sundquist
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2014
Source: E-Galley
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
A bright, poignant, and deeply funny autobiographical account of coming of age as an amputee cancer survivor, from Josh Sundquist: Paralympic ski racer, YouTube star, and motivational speaker.


Josh Sundquist only ever had one girlfriend.
For twenty-three hours.
In eighth grade.

Why was Josh still single? To find out, he tracked down the girls he had tried to date and asked them straight up: What went wrong?

The results of Josh's semiscientific, wholly hilarious investigation are captured here. From a disastrous Putt-Putt date involving a backward prosthetic foot, to his introduction to CFD (Close Fast Dancing), to a misguided "grand gesture" at a Miss America pageant, this story is about looking for love--or at least a girlfriend--in all the wrong places.


I was expecting this book to take a humorous look at someone’s past. It wasn’t very …

The Worst Witch Saves the Day

The Worst Witch Saves the Day
Jill Murphy
Puffin Books, 2006
Source: E-Galley
Audience: Children

From Goodreads:
Something is up at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches: Mildred Hubble's new form teacher is really weird. Or is she? Investigating isn't easy, especially when Mildred's potions go wrong, the class know-it-all insists on being 'helpful' and her beloved cat is having a nervous breakdown...

Did you know there were sequels to The Worst Witch?! I had NO IDEA it was a series. When I was a kid, I absolutely loved The Worst Witch. I definitely read it more than once. It was so much fun. So I chose to read this book, even though it wasn’t the second book in the series and I remember very little from the first book.

It was delightful. It’s perfect for beginning readers. If Anne of Green Gables were a witch, I’m sure she would have similar experiences. It’s a fun, quick story!

Robot Dreams

Robot Dreams
Sara Varon
First Second, 2007
Audience: Kids
Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Richly endearing and full of surprises,Robot Dreamsfollows an ill-fated friendship between a dog and robot. After a Labor Day jaunt to the beach leaves Robot rusty and immobilized in the sand, Dog, unsure what to do, abandons him. As the seasons pass, Dog tries to replace his friend, making and losing a series of new ones, from a melting snowman to epicurean anteaters. Meanwhile, Robot passes his time daydreaming, escaping to better places...Through interwoven journeys, the two characters long to recover from their day at the beach.

Although its adorable characters and playful charm will win over young readers,Robot Dreamsspeaks universally to the fragile nature of friendship, loss, and redemption.


I loved the pictures in this book and it was an interesting story. However, I found the story depressing. I don’t know how a child would feel about what happens in this book. The dog needs a friend, so …