Some annoying things in this mystery, but it was entertaining enough and kept me reading to find out what happened
Entertaining teen mystery.
I liked this, but I especially liked the author's explanation of why she wrote this book as it relates to the Little House on the Prairie books.
For some reason I really dislike the cover art on this one, I think because it looks too cartoon-y, and after reading it, I feel like the cover art makes it look like it's for a younger audience than it is. I would probably recommend it for around 6th grade.
Good book with important information, but hard to read about all the terrible things people do because of racism and hate and the damage it causes, both immediate and long-term. The author tried to end things on a hopeful note, but it's really hard to feel hopeful sometimes given the state of things right now.
Belle de Costa Greene, librarian/curator for J.P. Morgan's rare books, manuscripts, & art, was an interesting person & worth knowing about, but this nearly 500 page biography might not appeal to everyone (plus it's is a bit hard to find these days). I skimmed many parts where the details were not interesting to me. The fictionalized account of her story in the novel "The Personal Librarian" might be more interesting to some (I haven't read it).
Overview of the recent (last 4-5 decades) history of U.S. politics. We never got to the 70s in my history classes in school and then the next couple decades I was too young to know what was going on or was not paying attention until the last several years, so I found most of this interesting and informative. I skimmed a bit near the end because the events of the past few years are still fresh in my mind.
An interesting memoir about intimate partner violence, especially because the perpetrator doesn't fit the profile that I typically associate with domestic violence. Before reading it, I wasn't aware of the story or who Eric Schneiderman is; probably didn't pay attention to the news stories because it happened in another state or it got lost in a sea of too many similar stories at the time of prominent powerful men being revealed as abusers.
This was okay. More graphic and gory than I care for. I grew up near where this is set, so that was interesting. A number of inaccuracies were annoying, the biggest being that the town's police department wouldn't have jurisdiction over crimes happening out in the country outside of town - that would be the sheriff's territory.
In spite of the title, this is not a comprehensive history of the Vanderbilts. The main author is Anderson Cooper, although his coauthor is listed first here. It starts with the Commodore, then a couple of people from the next generations, then spends a lot of time on Gloria (not surprising). Some interesting parts and some boring parts.
This has a lot of mixed/low ratings, but I really liked it. Ebony-Grace is very socially awkward and has trouble keeping her imagination in check. I could relate to her awkwardness and difficulties fitting in and I think there are many kids who might see themselves in her. I also enjoyed the 1984 setting and learning a little about the history of the first Black engineers to work for NASA in Alabama.
Great cover, but otherwise kind of disappointing. First book in series that's a spin-off of the Lady Hardcastle series, which I enjoy. Fun setting and characters, but the story really dragged. Not a lot of action or investigating or clues, which are all kind of important in a mystery!
This was difficult to read (because it's enraging and sad) but it's important to be aware of our history, no matter how ugly it is.
This was difficult to get through because I was so enraged by what I learned.
I've been on a streak of reading books about hard topics and this is the latest.
Some of the dialog was clunky because it was conveying so much factual info, but the illustrations were great and the research was meticulous with end notes giving citations for every event depicted plus additional info.
Teen historical fiction set in the days leading up to the Tulsa massacre. It's mostly about Angel and Isaiah figuring out who they are and getting to know each other. The massacre happens near the end of the book, so it is not the sole focus of the story. Ends on a hopeful note in spite of the tragedy.
Difficult topic to read about, but an important event to know about.
Very good! 1920s; Ophie is 12 and has moved to Pittsburgh with her mother after her father is lynched for voting. She has to work as a maid with her mom in a rich family's mansion and can't go to school because they need both incomes. She also discovers that she is able to see and talk to ghosts and the mansion is full of them!
Bahni Turpin narrates the audiobook which is always a plus for me.
Reread the first 6 Enola Holmes books this past week in preparation for the new one that just came out. Excellent series!
I don't recommend this book for everyone. I didn't really like the structure but in the end there was something about the characters & story that moved me. Main reason I read it is that it's about Mennonites, which is uncommon to find in mainstream lit. I grew up in a Menno. family and church (not Menno. now & def do NOT endorse this religion), so it's interesting to read about a culture that I'm familiar with & most ppl don't know much about. ⬇️
Mexico City, early 70s. A woman who is bored with her life agrees to watch a neighbor's cat for the weekend but then gets involved in the current political unrest when the neighbor doesn't return.
I liked the character development in this and how the pieces of the plot came together in the end. Also, that cover is amazing 🔥
I recently ordered these from book depository: books 6-9 plus 2 story collections in the Murder Most Unladylikes series. These are the UK editions. In the US it's called the Wells & Wong series; I have books 1-5, but gave up on the rest ever bring published in the US and got the UK editions. So they don't match my 1st 5 books, but some do have colorful page edges, so that's fun. Middle grade mysteries set in 1930s.