An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge

My dad once said to me, "You give a lot of books three stars." I do.

The False Prince

The False Prince  - Jennifer A. Nielsen

The False Prince is very easy to read, but it's kind of a strange reading experience. It takes a loooong time for the story to get going and then the ending is quite abrupt. The twists are pretty easy to spot* especially after having reread all of Turner's The Queen's Thief series earlier this year. Nielsen uses similar techniques to Turner just not as successfully.


I will check out the second book just to see where the story's going, and Nielsen's other trilogy, Mark of the Thief, sounds interesting so I'll probably check that out as well. I'm mostly just trying to fill the void finishing Thick as Thieves has left if my life. If it all goes badly, I might just read The Queen's Thief series all over again.


*The biggest reveal comes in the middle of the book, so you're not kept waiting the whole time at least.

The Night Bookmobile

The Night Bookmobile - Audrey Niffenegger

An interesting concept. The ending turned me off from the rest of the story. 

Dragons Love Tacos 2

Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel - Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri

Feels very similar to the first one. Same light, silly tone. 

Here Comes Everybody

Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations - Clay Shirky

An interesting look at how social media is changing the way groups form and function. It's full of easy-to-understand, real-world examples. Occasionally the chapters are a bit redundant, but I read it two chapters at a time over the course of several days, so that redundancy helped me keep track of what Shirky was talking about and connected all of his ideas more clearly through the book. The book is written through a sociology lens, but I don't think you need to know anything about sociology to understand his points. All specialized terms are pretty well explained in the book.


I had to read this for school, but it's interesting enough that I could see myself picking it up as a pleasure read.

When Michael Met Mina

When Michael Met Mina - Randa Abdel-Fattah

So no one working on this book has read Skellig?

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré

My reread of CoS this time included the audiobook (read by Jim Dale) and the illustrated version. 


The audiobook is great. I'm not sure how I feel about the illustrated version. The illustrations are beautiful, but sometimes they don't match up with my own vision of Diagon Alley or Hogwarts or even the characters. I think they're nice as a supplement to the original series, but I don't feel any need to own these copies (the books are so large that I found reading this copy awkward). 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling, Jim Dale

If you are a fan of Harry Potter and have never listened to one of the audiobooks read by Jim Dale, check one out if you can. Rowling's writing makes for easy listening. And Jim Dale is a brilliant reader. 


Books one through four were bedtime listening when I was a kid. This proved to be dangerous when I tried to listen to them while driving as an adult (I got veeerrry sleeeepy). 


Slog's Dad

Slog's Dad - David Almond, Dave McKean

I first read this story in Almond's Half a Creature from the Sea. I enjoyed it then. I enjoyed the story this time too (it's the same story), but I didn't connect with the illustrator's style. The pictures didn't add to my reading/understanding of the story.

Sunny Side Up

Sunny Side Up - Jennifer L. Holm, Matthew Holm

The nine-year-old (NOW 10-YEAR-OLD!) recommended this to me. I read it during the eclipse. I'd read a little, run outside, look at the sun, run back inside and repeat.


I can see why she likes it. It's very easy to read, but there's some intrigue and some family drama. I found Sunny's relationship with her grandfather the most interesting part of the book. If the sequel focuses on the two of them, I might check it out.

Ollie's Valentine

Ollie's Valentine (Gossie & Friends) - Olivier Dunrea

This is my least favorite of the Gossie and Friends books. It's very short and there's no real story to it. The illustrations are cute, but it's a bit trite.

Boo Boo

BooBoo (Board Book) - Olivier Dunrea

I love this book. I used to read it with my second niece. She reminded me so much of Boo Boo as a kid that Boo Boo became her nickname. She'd eat anything and everything. She still has a huge appetite, but has become much pickier in her old age.


We haven't read this book in awhile (Don't Push the Button! is our current go-to read), but it still makes me really happy to read.


Gideon - Olivier Dunrea

Reading Gossie and Gertie always seemed to be followed by a lot more, "follow me"s from the kids who heard the story, so maybe Gideon isn't the best choice with its refrain of "No nap, I'm playing."


Gideon is very cute though.

Gemma and Gus

Gemma & Gus (board book) (Gossie & Friends) - Olivier Dunrea

A similar story to Gossie and Gertie, but I haven't read this one 1,000 times with my nieces so I don't have the same feelings towards it as I do towards Gossie and Gertie.


Gus (Gossie & Friends) - Olivier Dunrea

"Gus is a small yellow gosling who likes to be himself."




Jasper and Joop

Jasper & Joop (Board Book) - Olivier Dunrea

All of the Gossie and Friends books are very simple, but for some reason Jasper and Joop felt like it was lacking something. I'm not sure what. The illustrations are on par for cuteness though.


Gossie: A Gosling on the Go! (Gossie & Friends) - Olivier Dunrea

These are some of my favorite board books. My nieces loved them when they were younger. The stories are simple but fun, and the characters are so cute.