Book Review

Book Review: Sawdust in His Shoes

Sawdust in His Shoes
By Eloise Jarvis McGraw

My Edition:
Paperback, 282 pages
2018, Plough Publishing
ISBN: 9780874868265

I won a copy of this book from LibraryThing in exchange for my honest review.

Joe Lang grew up in the circus, starring in bareback riding shows since he was a boy and gaining popularity by age fifteen. But when he’s orphaned after a terrible accident, Joe finds himself in a vocational school while he waits for a judge to decide his fate. Not one to sit around and wait, Joe escapes and ends up on the farm of the Dawson family. He intends only to stay a few days and reveals nothing about his past, but as time goes on, he starts to feel comfortable. Can he be truly happy away from the circus?

I didn’t know until after finishing this book that it was actually written in 1950; that explains the authenticity, but it doesn’t feel dry like some older texts have the tendency to do (at least for me).

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Book Review: Runtime

Runtime
By S.B. Divya

My Edition:
Paperback, 116 pages
2016, Tor
ISBN: 9780765389794

Marmeg has cobbled her racing gear together from scavenged parts, most of which were broken and she repaired. Despite her lack of sponsors and support team, she aims to race in the Minerva Sierra Challenge – a grueling outdoor race for thrill-seekers with augmented bodies, most of whom have top of the line gear. Marmeg’s gear might be outclassed, but she’s determined to place, as the funds she wins will be life-changing, and she’ll risk anything to get them.

Another awesome (but too short!) novella courtesy of Tor! I’m hoping to see some full-length fiction from Divya, especially more in Marmeg’s world.

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Book Review: Slothilda – Living the Sloth Life

Slothilda: Living the Sloth Life
By Dante Fabiero

My Edition:
Hardcover, 111 pages
2018, Skyhorse Publishing
ISBN: 9781510736573

Thank you to the author for sending me this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

Slothilda, like many of us, is just a lady (er, sloth) who wants to be ambitious, but would really rather Netflix and chill, eat delicious snacks and take lots of naps.

The adorable illustrations alone would have been enough for me to check out this book. Not only is Slothilda cute, but she’s 100% relatable!

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Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Smith of Wootton Major & Farmer Giles of Ham

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent (don’t lie, you totally do!) I created this feature to showcase and admire the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t make so many wonderful editions!

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Life of a Book Hoarder

15 Favorite Lady Authors

I have many favorite authors – new favorites, old favorites, favorites to re-read, favorites to hoard even though I’ve hardly read any of their books. I was inspired by my buddy Jacob over at RedStarReviews to do a post on my favorite lady authors thanks to his September podcast cleverly titled, Who Writes the Words? Girls!

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Book Review: Her Body and Other Parties

Her Body and Other Parties
By Carmen Maria Machado

My Edition:
Paperback, 245 pages
2017, Graywolf Press
ISBN: 9781555977887

This collection of shorts focuses on women, the lives they lead and the experiences they have, simply because they are women. Many have a dash of supernatural, paranormal or horror elements, blurring the lines between reality and fiction.

After reading Help Me Follow My Sister Into the Land of the Dead (a short included in a PageHabit box), I enjoyed the way Machado blended a paranormal situation into our current reality and I was excited to discover more of her work. While I enjoy her tone and style, this collection as a whole underwhelmed me.

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Puffin Pixels

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent (don’t lie, you totally do!) I created this feature to showcase and admire the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t make so many wonderful editions!

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Book of Dust

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent (don’t lie, you totally do!) I created this feature to showcase and admire the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t make so many wonderful editions!

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Book Review

Book Review: Static Ruin

Static Ruin
By Corey J. White

My Edition:
Paperback, 216 pages
2018, Tor
ISBN: 9781250195548

Mars has been on the warpath, exacting revenge against those who harmed her and the people she loves. Now she’s got a massive bounty on her head and a death count that’s eating away at her conscience. But before she can settle any more scores or try to make an escape, she has to help Pale, a boy raised as a weapon just like she was. He’s having seizures and the only person she can think to help him is the last person she ever wanted to see – her father. But can she even stomach the sight of him?

Oh man, I can’t believe the series is over! What a ride it’s been!

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