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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

Previous month

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



One star ratings are short hand for DNF: 05/09/15

One Star

In my more than 20 years of tracking my reading each year, I've had many years where I've read more than 100 books. Since switching my web site's focus to book blogging, that number has been 300 or more. To keep that pace up, I have to have a lot of books going at one time and I can't always take the time to work through difficult books.

A difficult book doesn't have be one that has a ton of pages, a large vocabulary, or unpleasant subject matter. A difficult book is one that is difficult to come back to because reading it is a chore. That doesn't mean it's a bad book. It doesn't mean no one should read it. It doesn't mean that no one should love it.

But if a difficult book gets me to the point emotionally where I'm ready to set it aside and read something else, meaning it's a DNF (did not finish) then I give it a one star rating. The online sites I use as tools to track my reading, such as GoodReads, LibraryThing, or to release books, such as BookCrossing, don't have a DNF option for books. You've either read them or not. Or on some of them (BookCrossing, being the exception), you can delete a book from your virtual shelves.

Thus I use the one star as a a personal short cut for DNF. If I do finish a book but I still don't like it, I give it a 2 star rating.

As a librarian and book blogger, I still will recommend my one star books to you if I feel your reading interests are a good match for the book, or it's on topic for something you're interested in.

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