April 2, 2014

Mini Reviews: 5 Good Books

I've been on a pretty good reading streak this week -- thanks to a couple of good books for Shelf Awareness, a few library scores, and some reading for the YABMC. Here are some brief reviews of what I've been reading!

Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love, and the Perfect Meal by Ava Chin - a foodie memoir about an English professor who forages for food in New York City. She mixes stories of her Chinese grandparents and her constantly-looking-for-love-mother with recipes for things like field garlic and mushrooms. Although I'm sure I wouldn't like many of the recipes, I'm enjoying the book quite a bit so far! (It's for review for Shelf Awareness, it doesn't come out till mid-May.)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling - I swear, this series gets better and better. I love the Quidditch World Cup and the Triwizard Tournament. And, when Harry  finds out about Neville's parents?? Sob. Later, when that-person-who-shall-not-be-named-in-case-of-spoiling-it dies? Sob harder. The end of book 3 is really the pivotal point where the series gets great; and this one (book 4) is my favorite. Plus, I love the maturing relationships between Harry, Hermione, and various Weasleys.

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh - I've loved the blog Hyperbole and a Half for a long time, and the book is just as funny as I expected it to be. (Be warned: NSFW, but it's HILARIOUS.) She cracks me up with her stories of her childhood, and about her not-very-intelligent dog. There are also more thought-provoking essays about her struggles with depression.

The Shadow Year by Heather Richell. Lila is mourning the death of her premature baby when someone anonymously leaves her a remote cottage. The story flashes back and forth between Lila's current renovation of the cottage, and the people who last inhabited it: a group of college graduates who attempt a utopian living-on-the-land experiment that goes terribly awry. This book gave me some rather weird nightmares, but it was pretty good. Again for Shelf Awareness.

    Mouse Was Mad by Linda Urban. Mouse starts out hopping mad - but Hare can hop better than he can. Then he gets stomping mad, but Bear can stomp better than he can. Then he gets screaming mad, but Bobcat can scream better than he can, etc. Finally, Mouse finds his own way to get mad, he gets standing-still mad; much to the admiration of the other woodland animals. This book is super adorable, and as a side bonus, Eleanor's been practicing standing still and breathing deeply when she's mad, haha. 

What have YOU been reading? 

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