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Ammie, Come Home by Barbara Michaels
Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu
Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir by Nicole J. Georges
Charlie and Lola: My Best, Best Friend by Lauren Child and Carol Noble
Day of Doom by David Baldacci
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
Finch's Fortune by Mazo de la Roche
Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle
The Ghost Prison by Joseph Delaney
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns by Hena Khan
Grandma's Gift by Eric Velasquez
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Happy Families by Tanita S. Davis
Here She Is, Ms Teeny-Wonderful by Martyn Godfrey
Hey! Who Stole the Toilet? by Nancy E. Krulik
How to Be a Cat by Nikki McClure
I Was Told There'd Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
Julia's House for Lost Creatures by Ben Hatke
Line 135 by Germano Zullo
Mr. and Mrs. Bunny — Detectives Extraordinaire! by Polly Horvath
Night Soldiers by Alan Furst
Regards to the Man in the Moon by Ezra Jack Keats
Scribble by Deborah Freedman
Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus by John Grandits
Then Came You by Jennifer Weiner
To This Day: For the Bullied and Beautiful by Shane Koyczan
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
Your Food Is Fooling You by David A. Kessler
Zak's Lunch by Margie Palatini
Zen Attitude by Sujata Massey

Miscellaneous
Not Every Book Gets a Review
One star ratings are short hand for DNF

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Not Every Book Gets a Review: 05/10/15

Shelfie

Although I do use a one star rating, I don't review every book I read. Criteria for reviewing books is pretty straight forward: I have to have something to say about the book.

I try to avoid just giving plot summary. Plot summary isn't a review. It doesn't tell you anything beyond what happened. Chances are, you don't want so many spoilers!

I also try to avoid purely emotional responses. Love or hate with nothing else to say isn't enough beyond maybe a quick notation in GoodReads and LibraryThing or maybe a photograph with a reaction on Tumblr. This blog, though, is for multi-paragraph posts about books.

Ideally I'd like to have a post where I share something meaningful about the book. Maybe I can draw in cultural connections across other books, or the author's body of work. Maybe I can draw on my personal experience and share a story that relates to the book. Maybe I ended up doing a silly mental mashup with another book or cast the characters with cartoon characters, or something. All those are fun posts to write, and I hope, fun to read.

Sometimes, though, I'm staring a book I've read, and even with my notes taken, I can't think of anything beyond a sentence or two to write. Those are the books that I leave rated on the other sites but unreviewed here.

Here is my current list of books I'm not going to review:

  1. Siamese Cats by Stuart A. Kallen (April 2014)
  2. Be Gentle With the Dog Dear by Matthew J. Baek (June 2014)
  3. The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne (August 2014)
  4. Garbage by Robert Maass (September 2014)
  5. Fran by Jim Woodring (September 2014)
  6. Food Wars!, Vol. 1: Shokugeki no Soma by Yuuto Tsukuda (October 2014)
  7. Yotsuba&!, Vol. 10 (Yotsuba&! #10) by Kiyohiko Azuma (October 2014)
  8. Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust by Loïc Dauvillier (October 2014)
  9. In the Shadows by Kiersten White (October 2014)
  10. Posy by Linda Newbery (January 2015)
  11. Frank, Vol. 1 by Jim Woodring (April 2015)

The dates next to the titles are when I read them. As you can see, there's sometimes quite a lag time between reading and writing a review. I will explain in a later post why I take so long to write a review.

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