Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I Am Pusheen the Cat

Aaaaa-dorable. This is a quick read... and by read, I mean it's mostly illustrations. Sweet, sweet, adorable illustrations. At my library it's classified as a young adult graphic novel which is very misleading. It's not really a kids book either though (it's 175 pages), do I have no idea how to best shelve it. Regardless, it's an adorable collection of Pusheen images. Pusheen cooking, being lazy, eating, sleeping, getting ready for holidays, etc. Super cute. A must for fans of the internet sensation or of cute adorable cats.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Batgirl: Volume 1

Not one of my favorites, I was hoping for more of a back story to see how Babs got into the crime fighting biz, but unfortunately that's never really gone over. This volume covers several small crime fighting stories that end up all interconnecting in the end. There are good villains, action, and plot but overall i wasn't that impressed. The illustrations are great, but I wasn't in love with any of the characters. Meh.

Inspector Dewey

An adorably illustrated story that kids will keep coming back to. Dewey, rather Inspector Dewey, will delight readers of all ages as he recounts his story of mystery, bravery, and good ol' sleuthing. Dewey may be a cat, but he's no ordinary cat. One night, he was able to put his inspector skills to the test and keep his family safe from a mysterious figure lurking outside. Filled with hilarious phrases "Crusty Cod!", gorgeous illustrations, and intrigue; this picture book is worth every penny. I hope to see more in a series! Intended for readers 3 and up, (younger kids will love the pictures, but may struggle understanding some of the vocabulary).

I received this book for free from iRead Book Tours in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.

The Knockoff

Sykes, Lucy & Jo Piazza. The Knockoff. 10 CDs. unabridged. 12 hrs. Books on Tape. 2015. ISBN 9780553551013.

Long time Marie Clare fashion director, Lucy Sykes, teamed up with Yahoo Travel editor, Jo Piazza, to pen a hilarious high fashion novel that will have readers in stitches. Imogen Tate, editor in chief of Glossy magazine, must compete with her former assistant, Eve Morton, who is intent on taking over her job and pushing Glossy into the digital age. Eve bullies her way to the top and tries to make forty something Imogen feel like a dinosaur at every turn. Eve turns the beloved magazine into an app, fires most of the staff, and creates the most hellish work environment imaginable. Can Imogen become tech savvy enough in time to save her job? Imogen and Eve must battle over fashion in the digital age; is there still a place for style innovators or just tech imitators? The story is narrated beautifully by Audie award winning, Katherine Kellgren; who does a fantastic job of bringing to life the sarcasm, wit, and incredulity of the characters. Verdict For fans of Sex in the City, The Devil Wears Prada, and high fashion. - Erin Cataldi, Johnson Co. Public Library, Franklin, IN

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Rain, it inspires kissing, dancing, reading, or glumness, anger, and depression. It can make crops grow or make them die. Depending on where in the world you live it can be a daily occurrence and for many of us, it is never once delved into. Before reading this book I couldn't tell you if I had ever really thought about rain other than, "Damn this is going to ruin my hair." It's something we take for granted. Cynthia Barnett goes into detail and explore the natural and cultural history of rain, and trust me, it's fascinating. Rain is more than just the frowny face on the weatherman's report, it's an essential part of life as we know it. Barnett captures the beauty and mystery of raindrops, thunderstorms, and clouds; and once you read this book it is impossible to look at the sky again. Simply masterful.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Patterns of Evidence: Exodus

Fans of archaeology and biblical history will enjoy this intriguing and eye opening DVD, Patterns of Evidence: Exodus. Narrated by Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), this documentary follows the story of Exodus and debates if there is any historical evidence that supports it. For decades scholars, archaeologists, and even some Jewish leaders have doubted if the exodus of Israelite slaves from Egypt ever occurred, based on lack of historical proof. This documentary goes into great depth and tries to solve the religious dilemma. With interviews from leading Egyptian archaeologists, and Israel president and prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres. Over the course of two hours, they uncover a pattern of evidence that challenges viewers to rethink what they know. For too long, historians have focused too long on a few key words that made it seem as if Ramses was the pharaoh that let the Israelites go. In Ramses time, there is no proof of the exodus. However, several hundred years earlier there is ample evidence of an exodus, by changing the timeline there is plenty of historical proof that the exodus could have occurred. For fans of history, archaeology, and biblical studies.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Invention of Fire

It's been a long time since I read a medieval mystery so I suppose I was about due. The Invention of Fire, was a complex, literary novel filled with a large cast and several simultaneous stories. It's not for the faint of heart. Sixteen corpses were discovered in a London sewage ditch, and John Gower (think Little Finger from Game of Thrones but waay less handsome) has been told in secret that he should investigate. What he uncovers is a nest of half truths, flat out lies and dangerous, dangerous motives that will affect all of London. Intriguing, but... slow and a bit hard to get into. For fans of medieval mysteries and Chaucer only.