Deb's books

Reading all the books. 

 

I see words, I read them. 

 

Goodreads refugee. 

 

 

Santa Responds: He's Had Enough...and He's Writing Back! - Santa Claus

Cute, but kind of mean-spirited. Definitely not for kids.

Fat Is the New 30: The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Coping with (the crappy parts of) Life - Jill Conner Browne Funny as always.
Hub City Christmas - Betsy Wakefield Teter I enjoyed this more than I expected. A new version is planned for next year. For people not familiar with the term Hub City, this is an anthology of Christmas memories about Spartanburg, SC.
Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal - J. Jack Halberstam I won this through the goodreads first-reads program. Not sure what to say about this one. It's really all over the place. It needed to be much more focused and I don't think it's as accessible to the general public as they intended it to be. Maybe it would make more sense if you were already familiar with the author's work.

Cold Days (Dresden Files Series #14)

Cold Days - Jim Butcher Awesome! This series just keeps getting better. I think even the people who didn't like Ghost Story will like this one. Lots of characters (but not quite everyone) are back for this one, but some don't get near enough page time. The biggest problem with reading it in the week of release, is the wait for the next book. As always, start with the first book. Don't worry if you don't love the first book (or the second, or even the third), though. The first few (I liked the third one, but not everyone does) contain important information, but they are the weakest. They get much, much better.
Gullah Night Before Christmas (The Night Before Christmas Series) - Virginia Mixson Geraty Interesting
Merry Un-Christmas - Mike Reiss, David Catrow Very Cute! Read this standing in the library today.
Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty - Harris Wittels I won this through the goodreads first reads program. This is funnier than some other tweet based books I've read. The snarky author comments on the original tweets are good and make the book. Over all it's better to read small bits at a time, rather than all at once, even though it's a short book. Sometimes it might have been better to have them in a random order rather than grouped into chapters. Some of the chapters seemed to be the same joke over and over.
Trapped - Kevin Hearne I won this through the goodreads first reads program. Great series!Excellent book, but don't start with this one, read the series in order. I was a little worried about skipping 12 years, but it worked out fine. Oberon is getting a little too evolved though, I like it best when he sounds like a dog. Did he finish his name experiment? Tricked and Trapped have been the best ones so far. I didn't like Hammered as much. Too long of a wait for the next one, there are some short stories I haven't read yet.
Odd Hours  - Dean Koontz I like the character of Odd Thomas, but not this story. Hope the next ones are better.
Shadow of the Titanic: The Extraordinary Stories of Those Who Survived - Andrew Wilson It is definitely interesting, but there were some issues with the writing. I didn't like the fictional bits in the suicide chapter. There was no way to know some of the things he wrote about their last moments. There is an index, but some lists would have been helpful. Lists of the lifeboats and who was in each boat.Found lists of passengers, survivors, and lifeboats on Wikipedia. Some good explanations about the problems with the lifeboats that should have been in the book too. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone that hasn't read other books about the Titanic.
Darklandia - T.S. Welti I really liked most of the book, but the ending completely ruined it. The writing was good, but I feel sucker punched by the ending. I don't want to spoil anything, but I wish I hadn't read this. The closer it got to the end of the book, the more I believed it must be the beginning of a series, because there was too much story left to finish. I started worrying that it would have to end with a cliffhanger. I thought there were a few logical problems, but the ending negates everything. It might have been OK for a short story that you knew from the beginning would not continue, but not after making us care about characters.I won the ebook from LibraryThing.
Easy Pickings - C.E. Murphy, Faith Hunter This was just a fun story. Interesting to see an outsiders view of Beast. Lots of Beast talk.
Tricked - Kevin Hearne Liked this one much better than Hammered. Waiting on Trapped to get here.
The Stress Free You - Elizabeth O'Brein useless
Focus - A Memoir - Ingrid Ricks I won this through the members review program at LibraryThing. It's short, but very compelling. I stayed up late reading it, it was hard to put down. It was very well written and it was easy to feel her emotion. I'm very glad I read this.

Currently reading

Glitter and Mayhem
Amal El-Mohtar, Maria Dahvana Headley, Laura Chavoen, Michael Damian Thomas, Damien Walters Grintalis, Cory Skerry, Sofia Samatar, Damien Walters, Kyle S. Johnson, Kat Howard, Seanan McGuire, Jennifer Pelland, Vylar Kaftan, Rachel Swirsky, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Diana Ro