Music of Bees – book review

The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin Realistic Fiction Adult/older teen * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Alice Holtzman, now in her forties, always wanted to do something special with her life, but after losing her much beloved husband and facing up to the facts that her job is a placeholder for the things she really wants, she’s starting to question her choices. Now she’s planning to expand her beekeeping hobby into a business, … Read more

How Stella Learned to Talk – book review

How Stella Learned to Talk: The Groundbreaking Story of the World’s First Talking Dog by Christina Hunger Autobiography Biography Nonfiction Adult (but teens may enjoy!) * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) When Christina and her boyfriend decided to adopt a puppy, they started to notice the many ways that Stella (the dog) tried to communicate with them. Christina, a recently qualified speech pathologist, had received all kinds of specialized training in helping nonverbal children … Read more

Man Called Ove – Read It and Rate It

A Man Called Ove  by Fredrik Backman Realistic Fiction Adult Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) It is a good hearted book about an old man who is ready to join the afterlife. He is constantly stopped as he helps neighbors and such. This book is amazing making it feel so real and like the retelling of a story. It has humor but also touches on some of the realer parts of … Read more

All Creatures Great and Small – book review

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot Autobiography Biography Classics Funny Nonfiction * * * * Stars (Great!) Follows James Herriot’s adventures as a newly qualified vet working under his slightly more experienced senior vet in the boonies of Yorkshire, where he meets a variety of memorable farmers and pet owners and falls in love with the people and the land. Follows his first couple of years working for the practice. Homey, hilarious and … Read more

House in the Cerulean Sea – book review

The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune Adult/YA crossover Fantasy * * * Stars (Pretty good) Linus Baker, 40, has always been a good cog in the bureaucratic machine that is the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. He has spent his career as a case worker and has not stood out in anyway apart from his thorough, no-nonsense reports. He is most surprised when Extremely Upper Management selects him to investigate the … Read more

I Hate Running and You Can Too – book review

I Hate Running and You Can Too: How to Get Started, Keep Going, and Make Sense of an Irrational Passion by Brendan Leonard Nonfiction * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Despite being a ultrarunner, Brendan Leonard mostly hates running except when he loves it briefly. This is a short, encouraging, and realistic look at how you can start your own love-hate relationship with it. It might get you out the door and on your … Read more

Deadly Education – book review

A Deadly Education Scholomance #1 by Naomi Novik Fantasy * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Galadriel, “El” is a year from graduation at a magical boarding school (Scholomance). She’s got her work cut out for her just trying to stay alive in its cutthroat environment where it’s every student for themselves, unless they belong to an Enclave. El doesn’t have any close friends or ties and if she wants to survive graduation, she’ll need … Read more

Tea Dragon Tapestry – book review

The Tea Dragon Tapestry Tea Dragon Society #3 by Katie O’Neill Fantasy Graphic Novel Juvenile Fiction Teen Tween * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Characters come together from the two previous books (The Tea Dragon Society and The Tea Dragon Festival) and continue to learn more about themselves and their tea dragons. Beautifully illustrated (the tea dragons themselves are so adorable!). Love the sense of love, community, and acceptance in these books. They just … Read more

Screwtape Letters – Read It and Rate It

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis Nonfiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis is a classic book people should read. Though geared towards an adult level, teens will enjoy this book also. This story is written as a series of letters from a “seasoned” tempter to a young tempter. Screwtape guides Wormwood, his nephew through the tricks a tempter should use on humans. The story is … Read more

Father and I Were Ranchers – Read It and Rate It

Father and I Were Ranchers Little Britches #1 by Ralph Moody Biography Nonfiction Review #1 * * * * * Stars (Amazing!) Little Britches is a book that depicts strong emotions. Ralph and his family move to Colorado for Ralph’s father’s lungs. They think they are journeying to a developed ranch, and instead, they find a three-room cabin. The story continues with Ralph’s family trying life on the ranch, from scratch. They have to raise … Read more