The Order of Odd-Fish by James Kenned
So I may have mentioned before that I’m kind of in a book club. Anyway, someone in the book club mentioned that they were reading this book so I decided to give it a go.
This is a middle grade novel following the adventures of Jo who was left with her aunt as a baby with a note indicating that she is dangerous.
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Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk
This was another one of those NPR recommended books. I was drawn to this book because it was described as a coming of age novel compared to To Kill a Mockingbird.
In this novel we follow Annabelle in a small town in America during WW2 and all the events that follow a bully coming to town. Continue reading “(26) Wolf Hollow // Bookish Blurb”
Wind Rider by Susan Williams
My grandmother gave me this book when I was in… middle school? I liked it enough that I’ve kept it all this time although I can’t remember the last time I read it. I’ve just moved and wanted to read something and this book was unpacked so I picked it up and I enjoyed it a lot more than I was expecting.
This book tells the story of the first taming of horses. We follow Fern as she (and her trusty dog) tames the first horse and introduces everyone else to the idea that horses are useful for things other than just meat. I feel like that doesn’t do a very good job of describing the book but it’s a coming of age story about family and change and one girl who understands horses in a way that no one else seems to. Continue reading “(24) Wind Rider // Bookish Blurb”
The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz
In this YA historical fiction book we follow the diary of Joan Skraggs as she goes from being hopeless living at the whim of her father to going to work in the city and falling in love. Continue reading “(13) The Hired Girl // Bookish Blurb”
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
This book was on my library’s top books of 2017 and I had heard about it elsewhere so i thought I would give it a go. Basically this book is set in historical Russia and is about a girl who can see demons (or spirits depending on who you’re talking to) and Winter’s brother who is escaping from his prison. Continue reading “(62)The Bear and the Nightingale // Bookish Blurb”
In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner
Like many books, I read this book on my mom’s recommendation. She was reading it for book club and thought I might like it. Basically this book is about the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia (something I basically knew nothing about) through the eyes of a seven year old girl. She starts off as the daughter of a prince and then a revolution occurs, one that wants to eliminate all remnants of the former leaders and generally create chaos. Continue reading “(31) In the Shadow of the Banyan // Bookish Blurb”
Glinda of Oz by L Frank Baum
In this last Oz book, Dorothy and Ozma set out to try and stop a war between two hitherto unknown groups of people in Oz. Of course this ends up being much harder than they anticipate and all the other characters of the Oz books end up coming and having to save them Continue reading “(29) Glinda of Oz // Bookish Blurb”
The Magic of Oz by L Frank Baum
In the latest of the Oz books that I’ve read the people of Oz are trying to figure out what to give Ozma for her birthday while the evil Nome king tries to take over Oz once again. Continue reading “(22) The Magic of Oz // Bookish Blurb”
The Tin Woodman of Oz by L Frank Baum
This is actually the 12th book in the original Oz series. Most people don’t seem to be aware that it is a series at all but it is. I’m slowly working my way through all the books (I read the first 11 last year) which shouldn’t be very hard since they are all quite short and easy to read.
This book concerns the Tin Woodman and is essentially a quest to find the girl he loved before he was made into tin. Along the way we meet many new characters and they go on funny little adventures. As in most of the oz books, the majority of the book is them wandering around meeting odd people/creatures and getting in and out of danger. Continue reading “(20) The Tin Woodman of Oz // Bookish Blurb”
2am at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
The basic premise of the book is that nine year old Madeleine want to sing at the Cat’s Pajamas which is a Philadelphia jazz club. I really wanted to like Madeleine, I really really wanted to but I just had a hard time doing so. I can appreciate her talents and that her life has been really hard and unfair but seriously, she acts like a rebellious 15 yr old.
Some of the other key characters include Sarina, Madeleine’s lonely teacher who is in love with a married man, and Lorca, the owner of the Cat’s Pajamas.
This was another book on that list of happy books and I’m kind of puzzled by that since it’s really not that much of a happy book. Continue reading “(13) 2 am at the Cat’s Pajamas // Bookish Blurb”