Friday, November 13, 2015

October Totals:

9692 pages
34  books
12  readers

Books we read in October: 

The WildsDonna Augustine
The Last NecromancerC.J Archer
Her Majesty's NecromancerC.J. Archer
Circus MirandusCassie Beasley
Checked OutElaine Viets
The Bark Before ChristmasLaurien Berenson
Only a Kiss Mary Balogh
Girl Waits with GunAmy Stewart
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying UpMarie Kondo
The LibraryScott Douglas & Andy Sweat
WoofSpencer Quinn
Just MercyBryan Stevenson
In a Dark, Dark WoodRuth Ware
Cancer: What I Wish I Had Known When I Was First DiagnosedMichele Ryan
Superfood SmoothiesJulie Morris
The Wright BrothersDavid McCullough
A Lucky Life InterruptedTom Brokaw
The Cookbook CollectorAllegra Goodman
How to Be BlackBaratunde Thurston
To Kill a MockingbirdHarper Lee
The Best of Our SpiesAlex Gerlis
The Gamification of Learning and Instruction: Game-based Methods and Strategies for Training and EducationKarl Kapp
Games, Gadgets and Gizmos for LearningKarl Kapp
Because of Mr. TeruptRob Buyea
EuphoriaLily King
Those Who Leave and Those Who StayElena Ferrante
East of EdenJohn Steinbeck
Fates and FuriesLauren Groff
Funny in FarsiFiroozeh Dumas
Above the WaterfallRon Rash
The Stupidest AngelChristopher Moore
A Dirty JobChristopher Moore
Just MercyBryan Stevenson
The Maid's VersionDaniel Woodrell

Friday, October 16, 2015

Try to remember, that time in September...

I am way, way, late getting the totals up for September!
Give me a break, it's my first time.
September marks a new year for the MO Book Challenge. Here's what we read:

Brick Lane/ Monica Ali
How to Be Both/ Ali Smith
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban/ J.K. Rowling
The House of Memories / Monica McInerney
Go Set a Watchman/ Harper Lee
Friction/ Sandra Brown
Make Me : a Jack Reacher Novel/ Lee Child
Steadfast / Mercedes Lackey
Blood Red/ Mercedes Lackey
The Maid’s Version/ Daniel Woodrell
Little Women / Louisa May Alcott
Make Me / Lee Child
And then there were none/ Agatha Christie
Run you down / Julia Dahl
The Burning Room / Michael Connelly
To kill a mockingbird/ Harper Lee
The Fiery Cross/ Diana Gabaldon
The House of Memories / Monica McInerney
Euphoria / Lily King
How to be a grown-up/ Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus
Novel Habits of Happiness/ Alexander McCall Smith
Alphabetical/ Michael Rosen
Found Floating/ Freeman Crofts
Woof/ Spencer Quinn
The Road to Character/ David Brooks
Font of Life/ Garry Wills
My Rock and Salvation/ Zip Rzeppa
The Night Circus/ Erin Morgenstern

That's a total of  28 books, 10,335 pages, and 11 team readers!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

August Numbers. Finally. :)

The last month that I will be posting our numbers for the Missouri Book challenge.  I believe Mrs. Janice Hovis will be taking over statistician duties next month.  Have fun, Janice!  Get yourself a big ole binder!  :)

Okay, how did we do for August?  Well, let me tell you...

11 people
29 books
9427 pages

For those that like to look at what kinds of things us librarians read...

Young Eliot: From New York to the Waste Land by Robert Crawford
Brush Back by Sara Paretsky
Shirley: A Tale by Charlotte Bronte
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Bertie Plays the Blues by Alexander McCall Smith
Haunted by Kay Hooper
The Children Act by Ian McEwan
A Slender Thread by Katherine Davis
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Scents and Sensibility by Spencer Quinn
Wicked Charms by Janet Evonovich
How to be a Grown-Up by Emma McLaughlin
Malice at the Palace by Rhys Brown
Woof by Spencer Quinn
Bee Line to Trouble by Hannah Reed
The Lion by Nelson DeMille
Palace of Treason by Jason Matthews
V for Vendetta by Steve Moore
A dirty Job by Christopher Moore
the Stupidest Angel by Christopher Moore
On God's Side by Jim Walls
Thomas Crammer: Theologian by G W Bromily
Our Daily Bread: German Village Life by Teva J Sheer
The Book of Common Prayer by Alan Jacobs
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

July Numbers

I'd love to read to you, little man!  :)

Sorry, the first of my little birdies flew the coop this week and I'm wishing for my little man again.  

Here are the numbers for July:

11 people
49 books
13,910 pages

The things we read:

In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow
Language Arts by Stephanie Kallos
The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths
Langston Hughes by S. L. Berry
Shirley: a Tale by Charlotte Bronte
A Dog's History of the World by Laura Hobgood-Oster
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
World Gone By by Denis Lehane
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Invisible City by Julia Dahl
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Reckless by Tom Clavin
The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
Communion Town by Sam Thompson
Raising the Global floor by Jody Heymann
Last Chain on Billie by Carol Bradley
Saint Odd by Dean Koontz
How it All Began by Penelope Lively
Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing by Mira Jacobs
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
A Perfect Match by Fern Michaels
A Murder, A Mystery, A Marriage by Mark Twain
Not Always a Saint by Mary Jo Putney
Purl Up and Die by Maggie Sefton
Little Heathers by Mildred Kalish
Street Craft by Riikka Kuittinen
Cultivating Creativity by Maria Fabrizio
How to be Both by Ali Smith
Started Early, took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
Ancillary Justice by Anne Leckie
The City & the City by China Mieville
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson
The Swimmer by Joakim Zander
Beginning HTML and CSS by Rob Larsen
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
The Way of Jesus Christ by Jurgen Moltmann
On God's Side by Jim Wallis
The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
The Water Knife by Paulo Bacigalupi
The Wealth of Nature by John Michael Greer
Ordinary Thunderstorms by William Boyd
The Cove by Ron Rash

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


What everyone wants to know....

23 people
52 books
15,177 pages

The Books We Read:

I, Richard by Elizabeth George
Just One Evil Act: A Linley Novel by Elizabeth George
Walt Whitman by Nancy Loewen
The Smartest Book in the World by Greg Proop
Cambodia: Report From a Stricken Land by Henry Kamm
Rothstein: the Life, Times, and Murder of the Criminal Genius that Fixed the 1919 World Series by David Pietrusza
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Gateway to Freedom: the Hidden History of the Underground Railroad by Eric Foner
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
Toby's Room by Pat Barker
The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin
The Money Class by Suze Orman
At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
Bitter River by Julia Keller
The Storied Life of A J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
The Free World by David Bezmozgis
A Shiver of Light by Laurell K Hamilton
Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich
Pros and Cons by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg
Swamplandia by Karen Russell
Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas by Stephanie Barron
Away with the Fairies by Kerry Greenwood
Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
The Book of Love by Roger Rosenblatt
Jack of Spades by Joyce Carol Oates
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
The Bees by Lalhe Paull
Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris
The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell
No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July
How to Start a Fire by Lisa Lutz
The Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O'Connor
The Way of Christ by Jurgen Moltmann
Thomas Cranmer: Theologian by G.W. Bromiley
The Mark of the Christian by Francis Schaeffer
I Was a Child by Bruce Eric Kaplan
My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
Life Studies by Susan Vreeland
Early Warning by Jane Smiley
The American Lover (and Other Stories) byRose Tremain
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
I Take You by Eliza Kennedy
Long Man by Amy Greene
The Children Act by Ian McEwan

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Our numbers for the month of April...

12 people
51 books
14977 pages

FV                    HP                    MC
4 people           2 people           6 people
20 books          8 books            23 books
6806 pages      2640 page        5531 pages

Some of the books we read are...

The Map Thief by Michael Blanding
The High Window by Raymond Chandler
Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space by Lynn Sherr
Blue Labyrinth by Preston & Child
Master Thieves by Stephen Kurkjian
Dead Man's Chest by Kerry Greenwood
Priscilla & Babe: From Slavery's Shackles to Millionaire Bordello Madams in Victorian St Louis by Julius Hunter
The Mockingbird Next Door by Marja Mills
Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat
Bitter Medicine by Sara Paretsky
Guardian Angel by Sara Paretsky
Blood on the Water by Anne Perry
Cemetery Yew by Cynthia Riggs
Poison Ivy by Cynthia Riggs
Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekback
The Affair by Lee Child
The Bees by Laline Paull
A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear
Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Mr Mercedes by Stephen King
Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich
The Third Gate by Lincoln Child
Marjorie's Story of Her Father, Her Mother, and Her Own Early Years by Marjorie Scott
The Quick by Lauren Owen
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Pity the Billionaire by Thomas Frank
As chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
The Song Forever New by Paul chilcote
The Paradox of Generosity by Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson
Churchless by George Barna and David Kinnaman
The Middle Ages by Johannes Fried
Calico Joe by John Grisham
Murder with Puffins by Donna Andrews
Arsenic and Old Books by Miranda James
Whiplash by Catherine Coulter
Emma by Alexander McCall Smith
Double Fudge Brownie Murder by Joanne Fluke
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Scarlet by Miranda Meyer
Cress by Miranda Meyer
Gabriel: A Poem by Edward Hirsch
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Small Hours by Illyse Kusnetz

Friday, May 1, 2015

Trigger Warning

by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman has been one of my favorite authors since I read his very dark Sandman graphic series years ago on my son's advice. I loved his novels American Gods and Anansi Boys, and some of his young adult novels including the prize-winning The Graveyard Book. Maybe it was the hype and expectations, but I was a bit disappointed in his more recent award-winner, The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Don't get me wrong, it was a good story, well-written, it just seemed a bit thin, like a long short story rather than a short novel. With all that background, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from Trigger Warning, his latest collection of short stories. Well, I  wasn't disappointed. The stories are all different, all interesting, all with unexpected twists. I particularly liked the one about un-inventing things, and the Doctor Who story, and the Sherlock Holmes story...well, all them.