Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Xanth Novels Books 38-40 by Piers Anthony

The Xanth Novels: Books 38–40
If you like the latter Xanth novels, which have more of the adult conspiracy included, you will enjoy these punny stories as well.  Some of the characters in these books overlap beginning with Kandy who is enchanted to become a board by day accompanying Ease and several others on a quest to save the puns of Xanth in the story Board Stiff.  Then, in Five Portraits, Astrid basilisk and the Demon Fornax lead the questors as they try to get children from the future adopted. In Isis Orb, Hapless attracts women, as the Good Magician has foretold that he will have two or three good girlfriends and one bad one.  They are all trying to find the Isis Orb in order to grant their wishes.  The books are full of puns and fun to read.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Wow.  This book is just amazing.  When legendary actress Evelyn Hugo asks unknown magazine writer Monique to write her life story, Monique knows something is up.  Why her?  Why now?  However, it is an opportunity that Monique can't pass up and learning Evelyn's story changes Monique's life.  Hollywood, romance, intrigue, and mystery abound in this well-told fascinating story!  I highly recommend it!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Ghost (Track #1) by Jason Reynolds

Ghost (Track, #1)
Castle, who likes to go by the name Ghost, has had a rough life and lives on the wrong side of town.  When he sees a track team practicing, he knows that he can run faster than that.  The coach recruits him to the team and we see how that makes a big difference in his life.  I like how the coach, who comes from a similar background cares for Ghost in a tough, yet loving way.  This is an excellent book!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Year of No Clutter by Eve O. Schaub

Year of No Clutter
This is a humorous memoir of how the author worked through her issues with clutter.  As the book began, she had read Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which I have also read, and quite frankly, a lot of that book is very weird.  I did stop balling up my socks after reading her book, but not because they can't rest that way, I just think it helps the elastic last longer and I don't thank my inanimate objects for their service or empty my purse nightly so it can rest.  Kondo's book is popular, but people are either ignoring that stuff or they are all weird and I am not.  Anyway, as a result, Eve, the author of this book, decided to clean out her "hell room", a large room in her house filled with clutter.  As the book goes on she visited the home of a deceased hoarder and wondered if she had hoarding tendencies.  The book is funny and fun to read and it inspired me to get rid of more of my clutter - I will have a bag of stuff picked up tomorrow.  Like Eve, I still have things I need to work on - I had a difficult time finding an important piece of paperwork this morning - so I will continue working on making things neater and keeping less unimportant items.