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Confessions of a Bibliophile

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Last Build Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2018 22:10:32 +0000


2017: #13 – Birdman (Mo Hayder)

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 22:10:32 +0000

(image) This was a series recommended to me by my mother-in-law, and this first entry doesn’t disappoint. Hayder writes on the darker side of crime fiction, and this book is full of messed up people. Not the least of which is lead detective Jack Caffrey, who carries around a truckload of guilt stemming from the disappearance of his brother when they

2017: #12 – The Last One (Alexandra Oliva)

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 13:58:24 +0000

(image) This was a book that should have been right in my wheelhouse. A story about a reality show mixed with dystopia? Yes, please! But ultimately, I don’t think it fulfilled its promises. My first problem with it is that the narration style left me feeling very detached from the main character, Sam/Zoo. Some chapters focus on establishing the reality show

2017: #11 – Oh Crap! Potty Training (Jamie Glowacki)

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 13:19:46 +0000

(image) I’m just going to come right out and say it. Potty training sucks. A lot. You might even say it’s very, very shitty (pardon me). So if there’s something out there to help you through the process, you should grab it with both hands and hold on. Glowacki suggests that you potty train your child between 20-30 months, and unfortunately

2017: #10 – Poirot Investigates (Agatha Christie)

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 19:59:56 +0000

(image) I almost always like Agatha Christie, but I think her mysteries work better in novel format, rather than short stories. These were entertaining, but got a little repetitive. As you read one after the other, it gets easier to pick out the tricks of the trade. This book is perhaps best consumed a little at a time, something you pick

2017: #9 – Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology (Leah Remini)

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 21:41:25 +0000

(image) As someone with more than a passing interest in topics like true crime and cults, I’ve long found everything surrounding Scientology to be interesting. Leah Remini is not the first person to escape Scientology, nor even the first celebrity, but it’s possible that she’s been the loudest. Before I started the book, I though that Remini had been born into

2017: #8 – Give Peas a Chance (Kate Samela, MS, RD, CSP)

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:17:36 +0000

(image) If you are a parent, I’m sure some version of the words “why won’t my child eat???” have escaped your lips on at least one occasion. In my case, it’s way too often. Max, who is almost 4, is a terribly picky eater. Some examples of what he will eat: any breakfast food that resembles bread or pancakes, hot dogs,

2017: #7 – Big Little Lies (Liane Moriarty)

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 19:27:26 +0000

(image) I completely missed the boat on this book the first time around. It was one of those that flitted around the periphery of my reading world, but nothing drew me to pick it up and give it a try. And then I watched the first episode of the HBO show. I don’t get HBO, so it was going to be

2017: #6 – Ghostland (Colin Dickey)

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:12:33 +0000

(image) This book was a birthday gift from my husband, who knows how much I love both old buildings and ghosts. I’m not sure I would have learned of it otherwise. We have toured many a historic home and taken ghost tours in many cities, because I love the combination of history with the mystical. So this book was right in

2017: #5 – Three Dark Crowns (Kendare Blake)

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 20:35:38 +0000

(image) The premise of this book/series is rather dark. In this world, every Queen gives birth to female triplets. These triplets are sent to separate foster families in different areas of the kingdom to be raised and have their magical talents nurtured, never to see or interact with each other. And then on their 16th birthday, they will come together, meet

2017: #4 – It Ends With Us (Colleen Hoover)

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 20:16:10 +0000

(image) This book fell solidly into the “eh, it was okay” category for me. I’m not familiar with Colleen Hoover, but she appears to have quite a following. If you look around, you’ll see a LOT of 5 star reviews for this book. But it just didn’t do it for me. First, the male lead’s name kept pulling me out of