Category Archives: Reason: I Like the Author

Good Man, Dalton by Karen McQuestion

Good Man, Dalton begins with two very different stories that eventually converge in a fantastic way. It’s very much a story of “things are not always as they seem,” particularly on the internet. The author is able to hit you right in the feels like John Green, but without the heart in a blender pain typical of John Green. Once I got about 2/3 of the way through, I could not put it down. The ending is predictable, but it’s predictable in all the best ways, ending exactly how I hoped it would. I highly recommend this book!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 95
Pages Read in 2019: 24,159
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The Darkdeep by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs

A little bit creepy. That’s the best description of The Darkdeep. A foggy island, four kids, a weird pool in the basement of a houseboat, and something that reads your mind and makes your worst nightmare pop into existence. At times, the story lags and gets repetitive, but it certainly keeps you reading because, seriously, what the heck is the Darkdeep (not to mention the thing in the jar and why are there slugs all over the secret room… so many questions). I recommend this book to middle grade kids and whole families. It would make an excellent read-aloud.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 94
Pages Read in 2019: 23,891
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Artemis by Andy Weir

Artemis is a city on the moon. Jazz has lived there since she was little. As an adult, she works in the not so legal realm which of course leads to extra trouble. The story is enjoyable and, really, I felt like it ended a little bit too soon. I love how the author slips in science and it just makes sense. I recommend reading this book to anyone who enjoyed The Martian.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 56
Pages Read in 2019: 15,135
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Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

With his trademark humor, Trevor Noah talks about race and growing up in South Africa and having his very birth being literally a crime under apartheid. Born a Crime is a quick, easy, and fun read with lots of things thrown in that really make you think. I highly recommend it to all Trevor Noah fans.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 27
Pages Read in 2019: 7680
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Earth Warden by Tony James Slater

Earth Warden is Tony James Slater’s first fiction book. He usually writes travelogues about his crazy experiences. I’ve read and enjoyed all of those, but I wasn’t sure if I’d like this book since I am not a huge fan of sci-fi. So, it was with some trepidation that I began reading Earth Warden. Well, all I can say is Tony really is an excellent storyteller. I was sucked right in. This book is a nice blend of character and world development and action and adventure. Several twists were thrown in there that I didn’t see coming. The end is satisfying enough, but definitely sets up book two in the series. There are a few typos and missing words here and there, but that was really the only negative about it. I was pleasantly surprised by how into the book I got. I highly recommend it to people who love sci-fi and maybe even people like me who often don’t!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 123
Pages Read in 2018: 32,157
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Rock-A-Bye Baby by LRW Lee

Every night the sandmen and maidens weave dreams for their dream charges in Wake. When a sandmaiden falls in love with her dream charge, her father is furious, threatening her safety in Dream.

I really enjoyed Rock-A-Bye Baby. I figured ahead of time at what point in the story the book would end based on how many pages were left (it was a very satisfying end point and made perfect sense). I will definitely be continuing on with the series. The facts of the fantasy world are laid out through flashbacks which are very effective at showing what brought us to the point where the story begins. The author is very adept at using words and descriptions that are quite clever. For example, the sandmen and maidens are a sort of birdlike creature and when they greet each other they give a peck on the cheek. I occasionally found myself just sitting and savoring the excellent way something was phrased before going on with my reading. I highly recommend this book to late teens/early twenties and on up!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 114
Pages Read in 2018: 29,295
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Shirley by Andrea Pearson

Shirley has been crushing on Jacob for almost a decade. She sets out to tell him how she feels but has car trouble on the way. Walking to find help, she meets Travis, who may just be able to help Shirley forget all about Jacob.

Shirley appears as a side character in some of the Kilenya Chronicles books. She’s kind of annoying. Jacob is polite to her, but has no interest in returning her affections. She is not nearly so annoying in this short romance, and you find out things about her and her life that help you understand her a bit better. I really enjoyed the story. (Note: Shirley is currently only available in a special box set and not as a standalone book.)

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 110
Pages Read in 2018: 28,530
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