A Bibliophile’s Pile (16): Reading Slump Over


Sharks and Other Predators: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #53: Shadow of the Shark (Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #32)Sharks and Other Predators by Mary Pope Osborne (physical / library / with kids)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Plenty of interesting info, although explaining to my 11 year old that marriage is a human concept, and that animals who do not mate for life aren’t immoral, was a bit of an unexpected conversation. 😆 He doesn’t struggle with understanding that predators aren’t murderers, so I’m not sure where the disconnect came from . . .

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference!Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference! by Lynne Truss (physical / library / with kids)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My daughter complains when I correct her grammar, so I got this book for us to read together. Our favorite page was “Eat here, and get gas.” vs. “Eat here and get gas.” Grammar is important.

Changing PlanesChanging Planes by Ursula K. Le Guin (audiobook / library)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The stories in the book are ALL about world building. Since I find world building fascinating, I thoroughly enjoyed them! This was a rare short story collection in which every story was equally good, with no particular standouts, and no duds.

The Door by the StaircaseThe Door by the Staircase by Katherine Marsh (audiobook / library / with kids)
My rating: 3. 5 of 5 stars

The kids and I didn’t love this story as much as other, similar stories we’ve read in recent years. It was interesting, and full of twists, but somehow, it just never grabbed us.

Death Comes to London (Kurland St. Mary Mystery, #2)Death Comes to London by Catherine Lloyd (physical / own)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Like the first book, this one took awhile to get going, but was satisfying in the end. The strength here, like most Cozies, is the characters. The change of scene, from the village to London, brought out the Regency setting to better effect.

KlickitatKlickitat by Peter Rock (eBook / library)
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

What did I just read? Is it paranormal? Is it simply about a teen with mental illness? Some combo of the two? I originally noticed this book because of the title – it made me think of Beverly Cleary (who is mentioned repeatedly in the book). I chose the book for the wilderness category of the Popsugar challenges, but it doesn’t really fit. Ursula le Guin has a blurb on the back of the book, so I’ll use it for the author recommendation category. I’d much rather have read Cleary or le Guin. This was just weird.

84, Charing Cross Road84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff (physical / library)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Why have I never read this before?! It’s laugh out loud funny, sweet, and real. I must get my own copy!



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Death Comes to London by Catherine Lloyd


Historical mystery (any mystery not set in the present) – Death Comes to London by Catherine Lloyd


A book of letters – 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

A book recommended by an author you love – Klickitat by Peter Rock

Blogging Besties: Transportation

The Blogging Besties series is the brain child of Alex @ The Cheerful Closet and Whitney @ Whitney à la Mode. In 2015 the series expanded to include Maricel @ My Closet Catelogue and me, Selah @ A Bibliophile’s Style. It’s based on the idea of “take one, pass it on,” but we’re passing on an element from another blogger’s outfit. It’s a fun challenge that inspires us to be creative!

Last week, Maricel made her own dress out of this adorable sailboat fabric:

The prompts she gave me were “pattern mixing, sleeveless, or something related to transportation”.

I decided to take on transportation, but I went a different direction with it (ha, direction, get it?).

The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.

― Roald Dahl, Matilda

Belle is my favorite Disney Princess (I also love Rapunzel and Mulan), and anything to do with books is exactly my jam. 😉
We are taking next Friday off, but we’ll be back on May 5th with a new AWSM order! Alex can choose from: graphic tee, Disney, or hobby related.

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