A Bibliophile’s Pile (38): Losing Steam?

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You're Saying it Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words--and Their Tangled Histories of MisuseYou’re Saying it Wrong: A Pronunciation Guide to the 150 Most Commonly Mispronounced Words–and Their Tangled Histories of Misuse by Ross Petras (physical / own)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Can I count it as read if I just skimmed through it? Honestly, this isn’t the type of book you can just sit down and read straight through. A few entries were extremely funny (coup de grace, nip it in the bud), but most were dull. A number of words and phrases were ones that I’ve never heard anyone mispronounce (theater, Wednesday), and others were ones that if I went around saying them correctly, I’d be considered pretentious (croissant, bruschetta). Hands down, the best part was the list of British names and pronunciations. Featherstonehaugh is FAN-shaw?!?!

Quicksand (Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery, #3)Quicksand by Gigi Pandian (audiobook / library)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I haven’t had a difficult time with the audiobooks in this series until this one. Either I got bored and zoned out a bit, or this book is choppy. I’m not sure which. The historical aspects are fantastic, and I generally like Jaya, but the love triangle is rearing its ugly head.

Sense & Sensibility (BabyLit)Sense & Sensibility by Jennifer Adams (physical / library)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Adorable collector’s piece for an adult Janeite, but not particularly successful as an opposites book for babies.

Pride & Prejudice : A BabyLit Counting PrimerPride & Prejudice : A BabyLit Counting Primer by Jennifer Adams (physical / own / re-read)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Strikes a better balance between “counting Book for baby” and “Austen fangirl buy” than the S&S book. #s 1 and 10 might be a bit hard for the toddler set to grasp, but 10 is still my favorite!

Yarn to GoYarn to Go by Betty Hechtman (audiobook / library)
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

I’ve not been having a lot of luck finding new Cozy series on audiobook. All the new to me series I’ve loved recently aren’t available as audiobooks from my library. 😢

This one was so-so. None of the characters stood out as particularly interesting (with the possible exception of Casey’s detective friend). The author tries to combine the Culinary and Craft styles of Cozies, and the result is unfocused. Also, there’s a fledgling love triangle. 🙄

The Shakespeare Stealer (Shakespeare Stealer, #1)The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary L. Blackwood (audiobook / library / physical / own / with kids)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My children, especially my 12 year old son, enjoyed this book. They liked the small mysteries, the sword flighting, and the backstage look at the Globe theater. I appreciated the historical detail, which never felt overdone. We’ll definitely be adding the other books in the series to our schoolroom collection.

The Masked City (The Invisible Library, #2)The Masked City by Genevieve Cogman (physical / own)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another excellent entry in the series – Irene is such an incredible heroine – she’s well trained, resourceful, and level headed – but she doesn’t come off as a Mary Sue. I’m glad I have The Burning Page sitting on my shelf, because this book doesn’t really have an ending. I had to deduct a star for the serious lack of Kai (my favorite!). I understand why he isn’t in the story much, but I *missed* him!!!



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