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Tuesday
May212019

A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

Title:  A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

Author: Krystal Sutherland

Review:

Esther Soler is convinced that her family is cursed. Each member of her family has developed a phobia and eventually died in a fashion related to their fear. Determined to make it through life without developing a phobia, Esther avoids everything she thinks has the capability of causing a traumatic event. Then she runs into Jonah Smallwood, an old friend of hers. This is a fun story about two teens spending their summer overcoming fears and learning to live life to the fullest, and I highly recommend. 

 

Review by:  Bethany

Monday
May202019

Bad girls with perfect faces by Lynn Weingarten

Title:  Bad girls with perfect faces

Author: Lynn Weingarten

Review:

Sasha and Xavier are best friends. Little does Xavier know Sasha is desperately in love with him. For all Xavier knows, Sasha doesn’t believe in relationships. Xavier on the other hand has spent the past few months trying to get over his entrancing ex girlfriend, Ivy. When Ivy comes back into Xavier’s life, Sasha is determined to prove that she hasn’t changed. But how far will she go to prove to Xavier that Ivy is not the right person for him?

This book is exciting, with twists and turns. It kept me guessing the whole time I was reading.  I loved it!

Review by:  Melia

Sunday
May192019

Nemesis by Brendan Reichs

Title:  Nemesis

Author: Brendan Reichs

Review:

It’s Min’s 16th birthday, and she’s about to die – again.  Min has kept this secret her entire life.  But this time, things are different.  Slowly, the lives of her entire sophomore class in Fire Lake, Idaho begin to unravel as they begin to realize that what they believed to be true about their quiet little town is all a lie.  This book for young adults had me guessing until the end.  Books 2 and 3 (Genesis and Chrysalis) are now available so you don’t have to wait to see what happens!

Review by:  Jannelle

Saturday
May182019

Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds by Brandon Sanderson

Title:  Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Review:

Stephen Leeds is not insane. Sure, he’s delusional, and he speaks to people who aren’t there; but he’s perfectly sane. Whenever Stephen learns a new subject, an ‘aspect’ appears to personify the information. Within hours he can master any subject just by creating a new aspect. This makes him an unmatched genius and to amuse himself he will solve difficult cases that few could even hope to solve. Legion is three of those cases, all culminating into a complete and satisfying character arc for the character of Stephen Leeds.

Review by:  Chandler

Thursday
Apr182019

The Bad Seed by Jory John

Title:  The Bad Seed

Author: Jory John

Review:

This book is about a young sunflower seed who had a rough start in life resulting in his bad decisions. He gets labeled as a bad seed by his peers and ends up living up to that label. I love that this story introduces the concept that people aren’t just simply good or bad and that everyone has the capacity to change.

 

Review by:  Rubi

Wednesday
Apr172019

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Title:  The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Author: Heather Morris

Review:

The story is one that should never be forgotten. It is based on the accounts of Lale and his time in Auschwitz. How he became a tattooist in Auschwitz since he knew several languages, and did what he could to help others survive the brutality of all that was there.  Through it all he still found his one love Gita. Stories like this have been told over and over again but we should never forget. I cried through many of the pages of this book. I am amazed and inspired at the strength of the human spirit and the will to survive.

 

Review by:  Julie

Tuesday
Mar192019

The Mortal Word by Genevieve Cogman

Title:  The Mortal Word

Author: Genevieve Cogman

Review:

This book is the fourth in the invisible library series. It does not disappoint! Irene and Val and Kai are charged with having to figure out who killed a top dragon official in a top-secret peace conference between the Fae and the dragons. The backdrop is Paris and Victorian era. But what’s wonderful about the series is that it has a little bit of steam punk little of this and that to get you on a roller coaster and can’t wait to see how it ends!!!

Review by: Julie

Tuesday
Feb192019

Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

Title:  Travelling Cat Chronicles

Author: Hiro Arikawa

Review:

As a cat owner who always wonders what my cat is up to while I’m away, I found this short read moving and endearing. Initially light and whimsical, the simple prose twists into a tale of love and kindness. The story centers around a journey taken by cat and cat-owner, filled with simple moments of contentment and loyalty. Arikawa’s imaginative and playful voice throughout the novel provides a refreshingly sincere take on the joys of life. This book is a truly heartwarming weekend read.

 

Review by:  Allison

Monday
Feb182019

The Snuggle Is Real by Frida Clements

Title:  The Snuggle Is Real

Author: Frida Clements

Review:

The Snuggle Is Real is a great gift for the pun lover in your family.  The pages are filled with puny animals of all sizes. Laugh and cringe with this fun coffee table book.

Review by:  Aly

Sunday
Feb172019

The Lost Art of Reading by David Ulin

Title:  The Lost Art of Reading

Author: David Ulin

Review:

Now, more than ever we need to be reading.  And not the kind of reading you do on your phone, or while surfing Facebook. But real reading.  David Ulin writes, "... we need a certain kind of silence, an ability to filter out the noise. That seems increasingly elusive in our over networked society,..." There is value in the long form, value in getting-lost-in-a-book.  So why not give yourself that opportunity? Pick up a good book. You could start with this one.

Review by:  Ben

Saturday
Feb162019

Made Out of Stars by Meera Lee Patel

Title:  Made Out of Stars      

Author: Meera Lee Patel

Review:

This is a lovely guided journal. It’s perfect for the young woman who desires to know herself more fully, but isn’t sure how to begin. There are whimsical illustrations and inspiring thoughts on each page and thought provoking questions to ponder.

It would be a wonderful gift for the young women on your list.

Review by:  Dianne

 

Friday
Feb152019

The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Title:  The Book of Boy

Author: Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Review:

The Book of Boy is, I have to say, a very enjoyable and endearing story. Set against the medieval backdrop of 1350, declared a Holy Year by the pope, the plot is a simple, ‘episodic’ adventure-quest written in a simple style and with an unforgettable cast of characters. Each chapter is a story unto itself, little insights about life are provided along the way.

This easy read is a perfect ‘break book’ (read amidst a series of heavier writing) and it can be finished in a sitting (tea or coffee recommended).

Review by:  Kat

Thursday
Feb142019

A Brush With Shadows by Anna Lee Huber

Title:  A Brush With Shadows

Author: Anna Lee Huber

Review:

This is part of the lady Darby series.

One of my favorite winter cozy reading mysteries. Lady Darby and her husband Sebastian return to his childhood home to locate his missing cousin. He comes home to an ailing grandfather and a missing cousin. This may just be a cozy read but it will keep you guessing till the very end! These books definitely keep me up at night till I finish!

Review by:  Julie

Wednesday
Feb132019

The Perfectionists by Simon Winchester

Title:  The Perfectionists

Author: Simon Winchester

Review:

One should read Simon Winchester not only for the interesting history lessons, but because of the great writing, in my opinion.  In the Perfectionists he takes us on a trip through the industrial revolution from the perspective of more and more precision.  As our technology has advanced, we have become more exacting in our measurements.  Without this, we wouldn’t have the world we live in today.

Review by:  Ben

Sunday
Dec232018

Concrete Mama now back in print

Concrete Mama: Prison Profiles from Walla Walla now in stock.

Originally published in 1981, Concrete Mama revealed a previously unseen stark and complex world of life on the inside, for which it won the Washington State Book Award. Long unavailable yet still relevant, it is revitalized in a second edition with an introduction by scholar Dan Berger that provides historical context for the book's ongoing resonance, along with several previously unpublished photographs.

Tuesday
Oct302018

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Title:  Daring Greatly

Author: Brene Brown

Review:

Maybe due to social or cultural stigma, many of us see vulnerability as a weakness, but I dare you to read this book anyways. Brene Brown combines years of research and data as well as personal experiences to create quite a thought provoking book on how to grow from a place of authenticity and self-worth. She brings up how shame stops us from living a life of authenticity and whole-heartedness. In the chapters, she teaches that having the courage to show up as our imperfect selves creates an emotional resiliency that leads to a more fulfilling life.

Review by:  Rubi

Tuesday
Oct162018

The Defining Decade by Meg Jay

Title:  The Defining Decade

Author: Meg Jay

Review:   I am a relatively young person in my mid-twenties. I know I don’t have all the answers, but this book helps me feel like a few of the answers are at least within reach. Dr. Jay has a doctorate in clinical psychology, and through this book has written about her experiences counseling and guiding young adults. She takes an in-depth look into how being deliberate about the choices made in work, love, the brain, and the body influence life satisfaction in later years. I completed this short read in two days, but I already know that I’ll be thinking about the impact this book has had on my life for a while. I would recommend this book to every young adult and to every person who has a young adult in their life – it’s that good.

Review by:  Allison

Monday
Oct152018

Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

Title:  Marilla of Green Gables

Author: Sarah McCoy

Review:

Finally!  The story of Marilla Cuthbert has been brought to life.  Sarah McCoy does a lovely job of sharing the story of siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert before Anne arrives in the halls of Green Gables.  I thoroughly enjoyed returning to Prince Edward Island to witness the childhood of Marilla.

Review by:  Jannelle

Sunday
Sep302018

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

Title:  Why We Sleep

Author: Matthew Walker

Review:

I love sleep! I especially love having a good night’s sleep and waking up feeling well-rested. Within the first few pages of his book, Matthew Walker doesn’t waste any time jumping into the science of sleep. Walker begins with theories on why we sleep, expands to talk about dreams, and concludes with discussion of how modern society has impacted our sleep. This can be read both as a self-help book and as a scientific exploration into one of the most important biological functions of the human body. I would recommend this book to just about anyone with a curious mind.

Review by:  Allison

Saturday
Sep292018

The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

Title:  The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Author: Stuart Turton

Review:

Imagine waking up in the middle of the woods with no recollection of who you are, a woman screaming and one name – Anna - on your mind.  This is the beginning of a crazy, twisty murder mystery that leads to the 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle!  This is a mystery unlike any you’ve read by debut author Stuart Turton.

Review by:  Jannelle