Monday, October 9, 2006

Leafing Through Life's Review Policy

It seems that my lovely little blog just recently turned two. Two! That's old. Given its longevity and the occasional interest taken in it by authors/publicists/editors, I figure maybe it's about time to record an official review policy, so that we can all work together happily and hopefully save each other some time.

To start, I'm happy to receive books to review. Quite happy, indeed. It's a pleasure and a privilege to be able to read books before or near release date and talk about some great new books here. That said, this is my hobby. I have a full time job, a social life, and the occasional family and church obligation to attend to. If I accept a book for review, it may take weeks, but more likely months for me to read and review it, but if I like the book enough to read to it to its end, I will review it.

Given the premium on time in my life, I am predisposed to be very choosy about what I receive for review. I especially enjoy contemporary/literary fiction, memoirs, and young adult fiction with the occasional sci-fi/fantasy/thriller thrown in for variety - these are the genres I would most likely accept review copies in. If you are looking for a reviewer for your self-help book, your bodice-ripper romance novel, your cookbook, or your business/management book, I'm not your girl. I also don't do e-books. My apologies, but I have no e-reader, and I spend enough time at my computer as it is. If I can't pick it up and take it with me to the couch, I probably am not going to read it. I am also hesitant about self published work. While I may consider it, I reserve the right to be extra-super-picky about any self published books I choose to accept for review and will judge it against the same standards of quality that I would a book from a major publishing house.

All of my reviews are honest. I will state expressly whether I did or didn't like a book and endeavor to convey the reasoning behind my opinion. I also post my reviews to my LibraryThing account as time allows.

I think that's everything. If you've got a book you think I'd like that I can review for you, please contact me at toadacious1 at yahoo dot com, and I look forward to working with you.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Books Read in 2016

January

1. Early One Morning by Virginia Baily (391)
2. The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson (426)
3. The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson (433)
4. The Uninvited by Cat Winters (368)

February

5. This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki (319)
6. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (247)
7. For the Record by Charlotte Huang (320) (E)

March

*8. Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters (472)

April

9. Marvel and a Wonder by Joe Meno (336)
10. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (183) (E)
11. If At Birth You Don't Succeed by Zach Anner (338)
12. The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar (317)

May

13. Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle (282)
14. Bright Lines by Tanwi Nandini Islam (293)

June

15. Dreamland by Kevin Baker (651) (E)
16. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West (344)

July

17. The Eighty-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts (280)
18. Reader, I Married Him ed. by Tracy Chevalier (282)
19. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen (416) (E)

August

20. The Book of Harlan by Bernice L. McFadden (342)

September

21. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (337)
22. Don't Tell Me You're Afraid by Giuseppe Catozzella (256)

October

23. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri (333)
24. Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones (297)

November

25. The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery (325)
26. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (205)

December

27. And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman (76)

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Books Read in 2017

January

1. Home Field by Hannah Gersen (406)

February

2. The Buffalo Soldier by Chris Bohjalian (420)
*3. The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Fay (352) (e)

March

4. The Painter from Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein (408)
5. Love Is the Higher Law by David Levithan (163)
6. The Baker's Secret by Stephen Kiernan (309)

April

7. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (372)
8. Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (120)
*9. A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline (296)

May

10. The Hummingbird by Stephen Kiernan (307)
11. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau (270)
12. God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo (384)

June

*13. The Passage by Justin Cronin (766)

July

14. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler (290) (e)
15. The Twelve by Justin Cronin (564)

August

16. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy (223)
17. The Body of Christopher Creed by Carol Plum-Ucci (331)

September

18. Under the Same Blue Sky by Pamela Shoenewaldt (318)
19. Blue Water by A. Manette Ansay (280)

Sunday, January 8, 2006

Books Read in 2012

January

1. Tiger, Tiger by Lynne Reid Banks (231)
2. From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant by Alex Gilvarry (302)
3. The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin (261)

February

4. The Moment ed. by Larry Smith (322)
*5. Oh My Stars by Lorna Landvik (389)

March

6. Enjoy Every Sandwich by Lee Lipsenthal (195)
7. Losing Clementine by Ashley Ream (306)
8. Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown (258)

April

9. Gossip by Beth Gutcheon (278)
*10. White Horse by Alex Adams (292)
11. The Photo Album by K.B. Dixon (125)

May

12. Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh (394)
13. The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen (306)

June

14. The Car Thief by Theodore Weesner (387)

July

15. No Biking in the House Without a Helmet by Melissa Fay Greene (351)

August

16. The Bay of Foxes by Sheila Kohler (207)
17. The Stand by Stephen King (1141)
*18. Glass Boys by Nicole Lundrigan (291)

September

19. The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman (382)
20. We Sinners by Hanna Pylvainen (189)
21. Her Last Death by Susanna Sonnenberg (273)

October

*22. Broken Harbor by Tana French (450)
*23. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale (314)
24. The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg (et al) (221)
25. Driving the Saudis by Jayne Amelia Larson (206)
26. The Theory of Everything by J. J. Johnson (334)

November

27. Charlotte Street by Danny Wallace (409)
28. A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck (148)

December

29. The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories Vol. 2 by hitRECord (123)
30. Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi (324)

Thursday, January 5, 2006

Books Read in 2013

Books Read in 2013

January

1. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (388)
2. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (305) (E)
3. The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister (272)

February

4. Indiscretion by Charles Dubow (386)
*5. The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin (416)
*6. The Grave of God's Daughter by Brett Ellen Block (289)

March

7. Come In and Cover Me by Gin Phillips (342)
*8. Angelfall by Susan Ee (284) (E)
9. The House Girl by Tara Conklin (368)
10. Loving the Way Jesus Loves by Phil Ryken (190)

April

11. A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty (384)
12. The Bible Salesman by Clyde Edgerton (238)
13. Every Day by David Levithan (336) (E)

May

14. Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates (289)
15. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson (261)

June

*16. World War Z by Max Brooks (342)
17. The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna van Praag (304)
*18. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (336) 

July

19. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (178)
20. The Curiosity by Stephen Kiernan (426)

August

21. Rutherford Park by Elizabeth Cooke (324)
22. Stargazey Point by Shelley Noble (373)
*23. Brewster by Mark Slouka (281)

September

24. Here Comes Mrs. Kugelman by Minka Pradelski (226)
*25. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (335)
26. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (432) (E)
27. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich (221)

October

28. Sanctuary Line by Jane Urquhart (226)
29. Clarity by Kim Harrington (244) (E)
30. The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen (425)

November

31. The Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle (419)
*32. Molly Fox's Birthday by Deirdre Madden (221)
33. Paperboy by Tony Macaulay (288) (E)

December

*34. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (550)
*35. I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe (297)

Books Read in 2014

January

1. The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent (332)
2. One Hundred and Four Horses by Mandy Retzlaff (261)
3. Falling Under by Danielle Younge-Ullman (356)

February

4. Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller (177)
5. The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes (369)
6. Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen (297)

March

7. Asunder by Chloe Aridjis (192)
8. The Year We Left Home by Jean Thompson (325)

April

9. The Wicked Girls by Alex Marwood (375)
10. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (324)

May

11. Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink (558) (E)
12. The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis (56)
13. Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern (342)
14. Out of the Blue by S.L. Rottman (288) (E)
15. Beauty by Frederick Dillen (240)

June

16. Bright and Distant Shores by Dominic Smith (467)
*17. The Pearl That Broke Its Shell by Nadia Hashimi (450)
18. Slam by Nick Hornby (309)

July

19. The Hollow Ground by Natalie S Harnett (320)

August

20. The Cider House Rules by John Irving (587)
21. The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor (359)
*22. Last Night at the Blue Angel by Rebecca Rotert (325)
*23. Divergent by Veronica Roth (478)
24. The Tyrant's Daughter by JC Carleson (308)

September

*25. Something Like Normal by Trish Doller (224)
26. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (525)
27. The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo (354)

October

28. Allegiant by Veronica Roth (526)
29. The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood (387)
30. Race Across the Sky by Derek Sherman (367)

November

31. Three Story House by Courtney Miller Santo (376)
32. Gonzales and Daughter Trucking Co. by Maria Amparo Escandon (285)
33. The Night Before Christmas by Nikolai Gogol (65)
*34. The Mapmaker's War by Ronlyn Domingue (223)

December

35. A Merry Christmas & Other Christmas Stories by Louisa May Alcott (147)
36. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (338)
*37. Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova (374)

DNF

Under the Jeweled Sky by Alison McQueen
City of Dreams by Beverly Swerling
The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux
Ghost Riders by Sharyn McCrumb
Matrimony by Joshua Henkin
Lost Echoes by Joe Lansdale
The Directive by Matthew Quick
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
Turn Around Bright Eyes by Rob Sheffield

Tuesday, January 3, 2006

Books Read in 2011

January

1. Blood Lily by Mason Cranswick (283)
2. The Death Instinct by Jed Rubenfeld (456)
3. Open House by Elizabeth Berg (241)

February

4. Crossing the Heart of Africa by Julian Smith (317)
5. When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert (219)
6. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (321)
*7. Home to Woefield by Susan Juby (306)

March

*8. Old Filth by Jane Gardam (290)
*9. Wither by Lauren DeStefano (358)
10. The Ingram Interview by K.B. Dixon (121)
11. Firelight by Sophie Jordan (323)

April

12. The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine by Alina Bronsky (262)
13. Blind Faith by Ellen Wittlinger (280)
*14. Sparrow Road by Sheila O'Connor (247)
15. Touch by Alexi Zentner (264)
16. Repossessed by A.M. Jenkins (218)

May

17. Tabloid City by Pete Hamill (278)
18. Matched by Ally Condie (366)

June

*19. Joy for Beginners by Erica Bauermeister (269)
20. Martin Misunderstood by Karin Slaughter (audio)
*21. That Old Ace in the Hole by Annie Proulx (359)
22. Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan (351)

July

23. The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison (310)
*24. Open Wounds by Joseph Lunievicz (344)
*25. Everything Beautiful Began After by Simon Van Booy (402)
*26. The Call by Yannick Murphy (223)

August

27. The Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsh (435)
28. A Storm Called Katrina by Myron Uhlberg/illus. Colin Bootman
29. Butterfly Tree by Sandra Markle/illus. Leslie Wu
30. About Hummingbirds by Cathryn Sill/illus. John Sill

September

31. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (445)
32. You Don't Sweat Much for a Fat Girl by Celia Rivenbark (256)

October

33. Everything Happens Today by Jesse Browner (216)
34. Carry Yourself Back to Me by Deborah Reed (302)
35. The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler (309)
36. Dear Bully Ed. by Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones (350)

November

*37. The Legacy by Katherine Webb (461)
38. The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher (240)

December

39. Wherever You Go by Joan Leegant (253)
*40. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (374)
*41. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (391)
*42. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (390)
*43. Little Princes by Conor Grennan (305)
44. The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1 by hitRECord & Joseph Gordon-Levitt (83)

Monday, January 2, 2006

Books Read in 2010

January

*1. Complications by Atul Gawande (252)
2. Home Repair by Liz Rosenberg (328)
3. Hamlet by William Shakespeare (Cliff's Complete Edition) (199)

February

4. A Painter's Life by K.B. Dixon (143)
5. Trigger by Susan Vaught (290)
*6. Leaving Gee's Bend by Irene Latham (223)

March

7. Raven Stole the Moon by Garth Stein (441)
*8. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (337)
*9. The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers by Thomas Mullen (397)

April

10. The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell (341)
11. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen (250)

May

12. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman (293)
13. Evermore by Alyson Noel (301)
14. Broken Glass Park by Alina Bronsky (221)
15. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (328)

June

16. The Enemy by Charlie Higson (438)

July

17. The Vera Wright Trilogy by Elizabeth Jolley (552)
18. Smack by Melvin Burgess (318)
19. Heart of Lies by M.L. Malcolm (309)
20. Intertwined by Gena Showalter (440)

August

21. Cars From a Marriage by Debra Gallant (276)
22. Nory Ryan's Song by Patricia Reilly Giff (148)
23. The Gendarme by Mark T. Mustian (294)
24. Full Tilt by Neal Shusterman (201)
25. Vanishing and Other Stories by Deborah Willis (285)
26. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready (309)

September

27. Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger (401)
28. Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman (262)

October

*29. City of Tranquil Light by Bo Caldwell (283)
30. The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti (288)
31. Operating Room Confidential by Paul Whang (193)
32. Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel (308)
*33. Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger (353)

November

34. The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter (290)
35. If I Stay by Gayle Forman (234)
36. Starting From Scratch by Susan Gilbert-Collins (320)

December

37. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (479)
38. The Blue Notebook by James A. Levine (210)
39. The Trouble With Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante (178)
40. Family Sentence by Jeanine Cornillot (218)

Sunday, January 1, 2006

Books Read in 2015

January

1. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi (461)
2. The Resurrection of Tess Blessing by Lesley Kagen (366)
3. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (408)
4. The Tell-Tale Heart by Jill Dawson (242)
*5. When She Woke by Hilary Jordan (341)

February

*6. The Marauders by Tom Cooper (304)
*7. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen (371)
8. Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal (337)

March

9. The Lost Continent: Travels in Small-Town America by Bill Bryson (299)
10. The Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor (389)
11. The Martian by Andy Weir (369)

April

*12. In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks (419)
13. Acceleration by Graham McNamee (210)
14. The Happy Christian by David Murray (231)

May

15. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake (316)
*16. The Sunshine Crust Baking Factory by Stacy Wakefield (223)
*17. Girl Underwater by Claire Kells (291)
*18. Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum (479)
19. Tehran at Twilight by Salar Abdoh (236)

June

20. A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton (400)
21. Further Out Than You Thought by Michaela Carter (320)

July

22. What We Saw by CBS News (141)
23. Enthralled by ed. Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong (443)
24. Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy (260)

August

25. The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth (308)
26. Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne (294)

September

27. Pretty Is by Maggie Mitchell (304)
28. Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne (217)
29. In the Language of Miracles by Rajia Hassib (272)
30. Monument 14: Savage Drift by Emmy Laybourne (305)
31. The Heroes' Welcome by Louisa Young (260)

October

32. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (319)
33. The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan (269)
34. A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park  (115)
35. Charlie and the Grandmothers by Katy Towell (224)

November

36. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson (468)
37. The Visitors by Sally Beauman (523)

December

38. The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (423)


DNF

The Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss
Let It Rain Coffee by Angie Cruz
The Good House by Ann Leary
Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog by Boris Akunin
A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis