I didn't know much about dragonflies or even see that many where I am. I only picked this up because I enjoy Cindy Crosby's books. I found this fascinating and learned so much. She celebrates the wonders of dragonflies and damselflies in a way that is easy to understand and makes you a fan. It is also beautifully illustrated by Peggy Macnamara (another favorite).
This is an alternate history version of classic westerns. I was drawn to it because I've always been interested in the Old West. The story felt a little uneven and I would have liked a more in-depth portrait of the "Hole-in-the-Wall Gang". I'm using this for #Booked2022 #NonPatriarchalSociety @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
A quiet, gentle story about life in a neighborhood of Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. It explores the effect the genocide and AIDS had on the community through the eyes of Angel, a professional somebody, who runs a cake-baking business. I enjoyed this and look forward to reading the second book. It was also my #Bookspin book for June. #ReadingAfrica2022 #Rwanda @TheAromaofBooks @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB
This is a blend of fantasy and historical fiction that expands the myth of Yemaya, a Yoruba goddess. She falls in love with a human, and when enslavers capture him, she follows him to America. I enjoyed the story, although I thought the end was a little rushed. #Booked2022 #BlackOwnedImprintOrPublisher @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
This is a collection of short stories in a variety of genres. I thought most of the stories were interesting, but a couple did make me realize again I really don't like horror. #Booked2022 #TitleRepeatsItself @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
I listened to this from Hoopla and it had music in the background throughout the story that I found distracting. The story was Ok but I don't think I'll continue the series.
I'm still behind, but thanks for the tag @Andrew65
1. I think they are mostly interchangeable, but a writer might be someone who writes for themselves, while an author makes it available for anyone to read.
2. Not really. I sometimes struggle to find the words for a short review.
Although I like her books, this isn't my favorite Anne Hillerman. Jim Chee and Bernie Manuelito are separated and working on two different mysteries. Each mystery is interesting but it felt like two books instead of one cohesive story. I'm using this for #Booked2022 #MakeYourOwnPrompt - A favorite author. @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
I picked this one because of the cover. Suzy is bored living on a farm in small-town Michigan and dreams of adventure. Her uncle starts to work for an eccentric elderly lady who owns ostriches. Suzy tags along one day and eventually finds her adventure. It was a cute middle-grade story.
Things have been a little crazy lately and I'm behind on my reviews so here comes a bunch. First, this graphic novel in verse. Ava is an Iranian-American teen living in California. She loves surfing, singing, and poetry. She is also learning to navigate friendships old and new, her mother's expectations, and illness. I liked it.
Did you know most earthworms in the U.S. are non-native, including nightcrawlers? I picked this because I enjoy Stewart's Kopp Sisters books. She made worms interesting and I learned how important they are. First book finished for #MarvellousMay @Andrew65
The crew at St Mary's is determined to trap their enemy Clive Ronan and use a trip to Persepolis as a decoy. Of course, their plan goes wrong and Max gets kidnapped and sent back to St Mary's in 1399. Another great installment in the series. My May #BookSpin book. @TheAromaofBooks
Many years ago, I made a quick trip to Leadville while visiting Colorado. I've been intrigued with it since. This is set in the 1880s when Leadville was at its height and involves murder and treachery. I liked it and will continue the series, but at a little over 400 pages, it took me a while to read.
Would you believe a story about a 1913 copper mine strike could be both compelling and tragic? The author pulls it off in this great book. Calumet, MI is a company-owned town whose miners are endangered by the mine's policies. They form a union and stage a strike. It was hard to read in places and some of the characters made me mad, but overall it was outstanding. I'm glad I finally read it.
The author did an excellent job of taking what little is known about Nefertiti and turning it into an intriguing story. She follows Nefertiti's life through the eyes of her sister. I'll definitely read more of this author's books. #ReadingAfrica2022 #Egypt #AlmostAChunksterChallenge (464 pages). It was also my March #DoubleSpin for #BookSpinBingo @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB @TheAromaofBooks
This is the story of Hamish Charles Sutherland Fraser's school days, a socially awkward boy who tries his best and sometimes triumphs. He struggles with making friends, bullies, and academics. I liked it, but I think I would have gotten out of it if I was more familiar with South African schools and sports. #ReadingAfrica2022 #SouthAfrica #Booked2022 #AuthorBornInAfrica @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage