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Don’t Make Me Come Up There! by Kristen Welch

Don’t Make Me Come Up There! is a collection of 52 very, very short stories/devotionals for busy moms. Each ends with a (at least somewhat) related scripture and prayer. Written by popular mommy blogger Kristen Welch of We Are THAT Family, most of the stories are cute and relatable. The first couple dozen are much better than the rest. They got a little repetitive and sometimes the religious lesson was a bit of a stretch. It was good enough, but probably not worth paying full price for.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 61
Pages Read in 2017: 17,962
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (D in EMERALD)

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The Darwin Awards Next Evolution by Wendy Northcutt

Darwin Awards are awarded posthumously to those who remove themselves from the gene pool in a way that makes you go “a lot of beer must have gone into that one.” The Darwin Awards Next Evolution describes the final acts of several people as well as things done by at risk survivors. The vignettes are humorous and clearly marked whether they are confirmed or unconfirmed. Interspersed between the chapters are essays on scientific topics ranging from mosquito spit to duck phalli to real life Hobbits. There’s an extensive FAQ at the end (too extensive, honestly). It’s a fun read and occasionally educational, too. It can all be found on the Darwin Awards website, but it’s often more convenient to read in book form.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 52
Pages Read in 2017: 15,743
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (D in DIAMOND)

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Once Upon a More Enlightened Time by James Finn Garner

Once Upon a More Enlightened Time is a collection of fairy tales (and the story of Pinocchio) retold politically correct to the extreme. Sometimes they are utterly hilarious. Sometimes they are a bit tedious. They are good enough to pass the time reading when you can’t really concentrate on a book.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 51
Pages Read in 2017: 15,423
Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (more book reviews!)
Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (O in DIAMOND)

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Every Day is a Holiday by George Mahood

George Mahood set out to celebrate a holiday every day for 6 months and chronicle his experience. The result was often quite amusing, particularly given his lovely British sense of humor. Sometimes he provided interesting information about the background of holidays. My only complaint is he didn’t include every day. Every Day Is a Holiday is a fun read. I totally recommend it.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 6
Pages Read in 2017: 2177
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (E in GARNET)

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Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

Diane’s shape-shifting son Josh is curious about his father, Troy. Jackie, who is 19 because she never decided to turn 20, can’t get a paper that says King City out of her hand. When Josh runs away, Diane and Jackie set out for King City, but when you are coming from Night Vale that is much easier said than done and might require the use of some peculiar flamingos.

Welcome to Night Vale is a very strange book which is perfect because the Podcast is very strange, too. The story will be going along like a normal story and then a sentence will be inserted that makes you stop and have to re-read it or just laugh hysterically. The humor is amazing. Every few chapters a bit of a broadcast by Cecil appears. I highly recommend this book to all Welcome to Night Vale fans.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2016: 129
Pages Read in 2016: 35,421
Hours Listened: 27 hours 2 minutes
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