30. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Mystery, Tammy · Tags: , ,

Books can be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay, read by Tammy, on 01/18/2014

books can be deceivingLindsey is finally adjusting to her new job as the director of the Brian Creek Public Library and her new life as a single woman. Her college friend and children’s librarian Beth has written and illustrated her first children’s book and wants to find out if it’s good enough to be published. But Beth’s boyfriend an award-winning children’s book author keeps getting in the way. Then a New York City book editor visits town and a friend arranges for the editor, Beth and Lindsey to met. But things go wrong rapidly and Beth’s chance at becoming a published author lands here as the chief suspect in her boyfriend’s murder. Can Lindsey solve the mystery fast enough to find the real murderer?

A light cozy mystery.

30. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: History, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags: , ,

100 Cats who Changed Civilization: History's most Influential Felines by Sam Stall, read by Tammy, on 01/09/2014

100 cats True stories about cats that created laws, inspired their owners or were present at historical moments. Each story is about a different cat and ranges from 1 to 3 pages in length. Quick fun read for cat lovers, history lovers or trivia nuts.

30. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Classics, Fiction, Tammy · Tags:

A Christmas carol in prose : being a ghost story of Christmas by Charles Dickens, read by Tammy, on 01/08/2014

christmas carol The classic Christmas tale of one man’s journey to learn what’s really important in life and how just one person does matter. With four ghosts, sweet Tiny Tim even though this story is set in Victorian England it contains important lessons and reminders for all of us. God Bless Us One and All!

30. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Inspirational, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags:

For Everything a Season: Simple Musings on Living Well (Porch Talk series #4) by Philip Gulley, read by Tammy, on 01/12/2014

for everythingAuthor Philip Gulley started writing by doing newsletter essays for his twelve member Quaker congregation in Indiana. Much to his surprise one found its way to radio commentator Paul Harvey Jr., and was read on the air to 24 million listeners. Now he has fourteen books in print including this collection of his newsletter essays.

30. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Paranormal, Tammy

Ghoul Goblin by Jim Butcher, read by Tammy, on 01/05/2014

ghoul goblin   The first graphic novel in the Dresden Files series that is not based on one of the original novels. Harry Dresden, a Chicago private investigator and wizard is contacted by a small-town police deputy from an isolated town in Missouri. A local family has suffered for generations from a curse with family members dying in strange unfortunate accidents. The deputy wants to protect the remaining family members including two children but the sheriff is convinced it’s all coincidence so he turns to Harry for help. Can Harry save them? Is it just the family curse or are other supernatural creatures at work in this small town? Can Dresden cleanse the Talbot bloodline of its curse without a blood sacrifice of his own?

27. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Cats, Christian, Fiction, Mystery, Tammy

What the Cat Dragged In by Gilbert Morris, read by Tammy, on 12/07/2013

What the cat dragged inA clean mystery story that happens to have cats in it. Jacques does point the way to an important clue to solve the murder, but most of the story is spent setting up the characters and the location. This is the first in a trilogy so I’m hoping the next story moves faster.

 

27. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Cats, Christian, Fiction, Mystery, Tammy

The Cats Pajamas by Gilbert Morris, read by Tammy, on 12/22/2013

cats pajamasSecond book in the Jacques and Cleo mystery series. The cats are hired to “star” in a movie being made down the beach from where they live. Kate and Jake take the cats over to film and discover that the star of the movie, Avis is an old flame of Jake’s. When one of the young starlets is found dead, Jake is asked to assist the local police with the investigation. Can Jake find the clue to keep all of them safe from the murderer? Will he and Avis get back together? 

16. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Cats, Humor, NonFiction, Tammy

Does this Collar make my Butt Look Big? A Diet Book for Cats by Dena Harris, read by Tammy, on 12/14/2013

cat humorA humorous look at several of the current popular diets from the view point of a housecat. Tongue in cheek diet and cat humor.

16. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Fiction, Graphic Book, Historical Fiction, Tammy

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick, read by Tammy, on 12/16/2013

wonderstruckA beautifully illustrated novel by the author of The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which the movie Hugo is based on. This novel combines two separate children’s lives into one coherent story through text and full page illustrations. An imaginative book that won’t soon be forgotten. Even though it’s a children’s book the story and drawings may be appreciated even more by adults.

09. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Tammy, Teen Books

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles #1) by Kami Garcia, read by Tammy, on 12/05/2013

beautiful creaturesBeautifully written story about Ethan a high school teen living in Gatlin a rural town where nothing ever happens and he can’t wait to graduate from high school and never look back. His mom died several years ago and dad has become a recluse writing in his study and rarely coming out. If not for their housekeeper and cook, Amma no one would be looking out for Ethan. Then a teen girl moves into town to live with her uncle that no one in town has seen in years in his rundown plantation, Ravenswood. Ethan feels drawn to Lena from the start and is shocked to realize she is the girl from his dreams. Lena has other secrets too. Something mysterious will happen to her on her 16th birthday. Lena’s not even sure what it is because her family refuses to give her answers in an attempt to protect her. The whole town turns against Lena as an outsider and a member of the Ravenswood family but Ethan refuses to give in to his classmates and even Amma’s urges to avoid that Lena Duchannes. He is determined to uncover Lena’s secrets and their connection

26. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Cookbooks, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags:

Beating the Lunch Box Blues: Fresh Ideas for Lunches on the Go! (Rachael Ray Books) by J. M. Hirsch, read by Tammy, on 11/20/2013

beating the lunch boxThis book has ideas from leftovers, combinations of items you have on hand, 30 recipes for supper that can be made into two different lunches the next day. It’s packed with nearly 200 photos and hundreds of tips to make easy and delicious lunches.

 

26. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Humor, Short Stories, Tammy

Porch Talk: Stories of Decency, Common Sense, and Other Endangered Species by Philip Gulley, read by Tammy, on 11/23/2013

porch talkPhilip Gulley shares more heartwarming stories revolving around the front porch where friends and family gather to share stories and small moments. He writes about small-town life, his thoughts, and his Quaker meeting. His observations are humorous and remind the reader to stop and smell the roses, or in Gulley’s case, relax in the rocking chair on the front porch.

26. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Apocolyptic, Dystopia, Fantasy, Fiction, Tammy, Teen Books

The Death Cure (The Maze Runner Series book 3) by James Dashner, read by Tammy, on 11/09/2013

death cureThe conclusion of the Maze Runner trilogy. Our hero Thomas does not trust anyone at Wicked even though now they say the time for lies has ended. Wicked claims that it is up to the Gladers to complete the final blueprint for the cure for the flare and that they need to have their memories restored to complete the process and agree to a final voluntary test. Thomas already remembers more than anyone at Wicked knows and he doesn’t trust that the memories that would be restored would be real. But the truth is more dangerous than Thomas can imagine. Will he survive the cure?

 

26. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Humor, NonFiction, Tammy · Tags:

Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book for Grumpy Days by Grumpy Cat, read by Tammy, on 11/15/2013

grumpyIf you enjoy the snarky photo comics on Facebook then this book is for you. ; )

26. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Tammy

Hunted (The Iron Druid Chronicles # 6) by Kevin Hearne, read by Tammy, on 11/16/2013

huntedThe continuing adventures of Atticus and his new druid apprentice, Granuaile. Who is no a full-fledge druid after twelve years of training and binding ceremonies to bind her to the earth. Granuaile still has a lot to learn, but not much time to learn it. The Olympian gods have decided to seek revenge for the banishment of Bacchus. Now the Greek and Roman huntresses are on their trail through Europe and the dark elves and vampires are joining in the hunt.

01. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Tammy, Teen Books

The Dream Thieves (Raven Cycle 2) by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Tammy, on 10/29/2013

dream thievesSecond book in the Raven Cycle. Our story picks up right were Raven Boys left off. Adam is still dealing emotionally with his abusive past and the choices he made at Cabeswater. A mysterious Gray Man has appeared in town along with other treasure hunters searching for a mysterious artifact. Now Gansey’s search for Glendower has become a race not just to find Glendower but to protect Adam, Noah and most surprisingly, Ronan. Ronan discovers his family secrets and how special he really is. Can’t wait for book three!

21. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Dystopia, Fiction, Tammy, Teen Books

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner, read by Tammy, on 10/12/2013

scorch trialsThe continuing adventures of Thomas and the Gladers. They escaped the maze and thought that they were safe only to wake up to a scarier and more confusing world. A few questions are answered but many more remain. Can Thomas and the rest of the boys from the maze survive their latest test through the hot, dry scorched desert terrain?

27. September 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Informational Book, NonFiction, Tammy

The Black Belt Librarian: Real-World Safety & Security by Warren Graham, read by Tammy, on 09/08/2013

black belt librarianThis brief book shares real world experience and provides examples for training, reporting, and procedures. The author worked as a library security manager for more than twenty years and shares what he learned worked well for his library and what did not. He gives library staff tools they can use if the library has a security staff or not. He shows how to easily set clear expectations for patron behavior and how to intervene when someone violates that code of conduct. This book provides practical real-world advice and aims to be confidence building for staff. The author’s goal is for all library staff to be able to maintain a comfortable, productive and safe environment for all patrons and staff in the library.

 

27. September 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Tammy, Teen Books

School for Dangerous Girls by Eliot Schrefer, read by Tammy, on 09/14/2013

school for dangerousAngela’s parents decide that she has become uncontrollable or at least too much trouble for them to bother with. Instead they ship her off to Hidden Oak. A special boarding school for girls on the edge. Hidden Oak promises to rehabilitate these dangerous girls and sends frequent reports to the parents who are not allowed to call, write or visit during the school year. But Angela discovers there are girls who are being rehabilitated are girls who are just being manipulated for profit. This book reminded me a lot of the movie Girl, Interrupted.

 

26. September 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Classics, Fiction, Science Fiction, Tammy · Tags: ,

William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope by Ian Doescher, read by Tammy, on 09/12/2013

star wars  Inspired by Shakespeare’s writing style and the language of his time. Here is an officially licensed retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise knight and an evil lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome Stormtroopers.

This was quite entertaining. Reading C3-P0′s lines in iambic pentameter and Shakespearen English were hilarious. As well as R2-D2′s thoughts being done as “an aside” to the audience in full well-educated language.