To Read or Not to Read?

September 2015 Book Ratings

Here’s an overview of what I read in September!

  • How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • This book, about the aftermath of a shooting and the he said/she said fallout, is a very current kind of topic. And the issue is a necessary one to talk about but Magoon’s every switching narrator was both too much and not enough.
  • Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates
    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • This book is the first in the Magical Bakery Mystery series and was cute with it’s weaving of witches, magic and baked goods but it wasn’t necessarily anything unique in the cozy mystery world.
  • Those Girls by Lauren Saft
    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Three girls, no redeeming qualities, and no growth. I found this book to be kind of pointless. The characters were constantly making mistakes and no one learned from those mistakes.
  • S.H.I.E.L.D., Vol. 1: Perfect Bullets by Mark Waid
    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • This graphic novel about the SHIELD characters before the show was just what I needed during the seasons but it lacked a bit of cohesion between the sections. I didn’t realize they were all “related” until almost the end.
  • Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti by Bailey Cates
    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Book two of the Magical Baker Mystery series. Familiarity with characters made the second book a better, and easier, read.
  • A Sense of the Infinite by Hilary T. Smith
    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • This book handled so many different hot button topics (depression, gender issues, unplanned pregnancy) in a pretty good way. They were examined from multiple angles, in a serious matter, and yet there was still some unexpected surprises and humor.
  • Charms and Chocolate Chips by Bailey Cates
    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The third book in the Magical Bakery series. This series is just cute enough, and a quick enough read, that I’m quickly making my way through it. What helps is the continued presence of Mungo the Magnificent, the main character’s little dog.
  • Some Enchanted Eclair by Bailey Cates
    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Book four in the Magical Bakery series. Review is more or less the same as above.
  • The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The weaving of past and present, the ordinary and the magical, was very well done. I docked one point because of the slow start but the ending was fantastic.

Hopefully I’ve just given you some ideas!

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