all ages · Fantasy · Middle Grade

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin

Only a middle grade book can successfully disguise itself as a spy thriller wrapped in fantasy and still educate its reader about the value of perspective and the importance of cultural awareness. The hilarious (or tragic!) story of The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin pays homage to the famous travel writers… Continue reading The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin

fiction · Over 18

The Con Artist by Fred Van Lente

I picked up Fred Van Lente's first books Ten Dead Comedians because I was searching for books for my annual Frighteningly Good Reads. The cover was adorably intriguing. I was pleasantly surprised by the caliber of the writing and subsequently not surprised at all to discover that Van Lente is a heavily published and popular comic… Continue reading The Con Artist by Fred Van Lente

nonfiction

NonFiction Friday: Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss

I grew up in one of the many Springfields scattered across the United States. Nearly all Springfield natives get asked the same questions immediately after naming their hometown, "Oh, like The Simpsons?" And we try to explain that no Springfield is the Springfield. Then the conversation continues until we are forced to identify the part of The Simpsons that is our… Continue reading NonFiction Friday: Springfield Confidential by Mike Reiss

Audio Book · funny

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Library by Robin Sloan

I am always going to pick up a novel that has the word, "book," "bookstore," or "library" in the title. So, when Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan popped up as immediately available through my library borrowing app, I had to check it out. Serendipitous joy! This book is everything you could want; a quest,… Continue reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Library by Robin Sloan

nonfiction

Nonfiction Friday, February 1, 2019: Ikigai by Ken Mogi

The self-help section of a bookstore can be overwhelming. Occasionally, I will just bring a whole shelf home from the library and flick through them looking for something inspirational. I am always looking for something that feels realistic but doesn't overwhelm me.  Ikigai really caught my eye. According to the jacket description Ikigai is a Japanese… Continue reading Nonfiction Friday, February 1, 2019: Ikigai by Ken Mogi