Belles on Their Toes (Cheaper by the Dozen #2) by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr., Ernestine Gilbreth Carey ( B-) In book two we’ve moved from fun, innocent efficiency stories to tales of death, smoking, and loneliness. Crooked River by Preston & Childs ( C+) After 99 severed feet wash up on Sanibel Island Pendergast is called to investigate in this ho-hum easy read thriller. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid ( B) I kept forgetting this wasn’t a real band. Dugan’s Bistro and The Legend of The Bearded Lady by Owen Keehnen ( B+) Owen is keeping local Chicago LGBT history alive. This fascinating tale would be a great mini-series. Honestly Ben by Bill Konigsberg ( B) – Sweet, if not a bit frustrating follow-up to “Openly Straight” about a jock who’s figuring out his sexuality. My Antonia by Willa Cather ( D) – As much as I loved “O, Pioneers” was the amount I hated this drawn out clunker. Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston ( A-) – The President’s son and the Prince of England fight and flirt in this engrossing YA novel. The Andromeda Evolution by Daniel H. Wilson (and Michael Crichton but not really.) ( C+) This sequel to the original has a great premise but I couldn’t get into this author’s writing style. The Ethan I Was Before by Ali Standish ( B+) – Tragedy forces Ethan and his family to move to Georgia where he meets a new friend and helps solve a mystery. Sweet and tragic. The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers ( B+) – Fascinating and easily digestible true story of one man’s crazy idea to restore the Yemini coffee market to it’s former glory. The Next to Die by Sophie Hannah ( D) – One of the most boring, nonsensical murder “mysteries” I have ever read. And the motivation was laughable. This is my first and subsequently last book by her. Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin by David Ritz ( B)- Aretha made him remove all of the controversial things from her autobiography so he published this unauthorized version. Trace Elements by Donna Leon ( B) – A dying woman’s cryptic confession leads Brunetti on a quest to put the pieces together about a potential murder. The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor – ( B) – Sweet, sad book about a special needs boy who moves to a new town after the death of his best friend.
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