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Bad Babysitter by Jennifer L. Holm
Beyond Auto Mode by Jennifer Bebb
The Book Fair From the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler
Bookmarked For Death by Lorna Barrett
The Broken Lands by Kate Milford
Cadillac Couches by Sophie B. Watson
Cleopatra in Space: Secret of the Time Tablets by Mike Maihack
A Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate Carlisle
D4VE by Ryan Ferrier
Giant Days, Volume 5 by John Allison
Knight's Castle by Edward Eager
Knock About with the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding
The Locksmith issue 3 by Terrance Grace
Made for Each Other by Paul D. Storrie and Eldon Cowgur
Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett
Paper Girls, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
Pastoral Cities by James L. Machor
Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass
Poison Kiss by Ana Mardoll
Pumpkin Town! by Katie McKy
Puppy Love by Jennifer L. Holm
The Road Movie Book edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Rae Hark
Rosemary Remembered by Susan Wittig Albert
Roughneck by Jeff Lemire
Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella
The Time Garden by Edward Eager
Thyme of Death by Susan Wittig Albert
The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
Volkswagen Blues by Jacques Poulin and translated by Sheila Fischman
Waiting by Kevin Henkes

Miscellaneous
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 07, 2017)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 14, 2017)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 28, 2017)
July 2017 Reading Sources
July 2017 Reading Summary

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

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



Waiting: 08/18/17

Waiting  by Kevin Henkes

Waiting by Kevin Henkes is the Velveteen Rabbit for the 21st century. It's the story of a child's toys lined up on a window sill and what happens around them.

Initially it starts with introducing each toy and what they like waiting for. It's basically a toy a season. It's a quiet start about the soothing passing of time and the comfort in routine.

But he or she always came back

But children's lives aren't static and as they change so do their things. Toys come and go. Some are given away. And some are broken. For the others waiting on the sill these events are taken rather matter of factly, which was off putting in the first time I read the book.

Then he left and never returned

Granted, these are toys but often when toys are used as characters they are imbued with more emotions, more sense of caring for the bodged together family that they are as some child's toys. Not here.

One day a cat with patches joined them.

Finally there is a new long term character brought in who by her shape will be recognizable to anyone who has seen a matryoshka doll. Here though it's a cat to keep with the animal theme. For the other sill toys and for children not used to them there's one last bit of anticipation. What is the cat waiting for? Or maybe it's who is she waiting for?

Four stars

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