Recent Reads: December 20, 2018

Recent Reads is where I talk about the last five books I finished reading that were not part of a specific tbr.

My Weird Writing Tips by Dan Gutman

I am not the target audience of this book. I thought this was going to be a silly book about how to write creatively and have fun doing it. I was very wrong. I would have known that if I had read the inside flap before bringing it home from the library. But I didn’t so I was disappointed and it was my own fault. This is basically a book about basic grammar and spelling rules. I didn’t learn anything new, but that’s to be expected. It’s a book made for children. I can see my daughter finding it an amusing way to refresh or learn new grammar rules when she’s around seven or eight. I gave it ✰3✰

The Organized Homeschool Life: A Week-By-Week Guide to Homeschool Sanity by Dr. Melanie Wilson

This is a book that features 52 weekly challenges that help your homeschool, home, and life in general run smoothly. It helps you stay ahead on upcoming holidays or other deadlines that you could easily miss or procrastinate on until things are more stressful than they need to be. I found it very helpful though I didn’t get to all of the suggested challenges as I had planned. I will probably work my way through the challenges again year after year to try and keep ahead of life. It’s a great little reminder guide. It is very religion based though so if you’re an Atheist like I am that may be a big turn off for you. I simply skipped the weeks that didn’t pertain to me, while still taking out any of the suggestions that would still apply to my life. I gave this book ✰4✰

The Backstagers Vol. 1 by James Tynion IV

This is a book that has been on my to read list for a while. It really reminded me of the Lumberjanes before I read it and it absolutely still does after reading it. Each character from Lumberjanes has a counterpart here. It’s a story about five boys that work in the backstage portion of a high school theater, but it is filled with magic and chaos. The magic is just as strange and quirky as in the Lumberjanes. The colors are my favorite part though. It is so bright and fun! I gave this book ✰4✰ and plan to read the second volume soon.

Storm Front by Jim Butcher

This is the first book in The Dresden Files. There are at least 17 books in the series with what look like a whole bunch of novellas listed on Goodreads. I’ve read the first several in the series years ago when I was working at a library. I thought my husband would like the series too so I ended up ordering the first seven at the end of 2017. This is when I’m finally finishing up my reread of the first book.

In this book Harry Dresden, a wizard who is also a detective, is helping the police with a very violent murder of two and then three people. It feels gritty and dirty and terrible throughout the book.  But there is also a lot of humor and fantastic characters and fun magical descriptions. I enjoyed this a lot when I finally focused on just this book for the Books of Years Past readathon at the beginning of December. I gave this book ✰4✰.

Y: The Last Man, Volume 3: One Small Step by Brian K. Vaughan

This is book three in the Y: The Last Man series. I gave ✰5✰ to book one and ✰4✰ to book two. We end the second book with two more male earthlings. They are in outer space though and about to land back on Earth. I couldn’t wait to see if they would be killed by the plague too. I enjoy reading about all of the characters in this series and I can’t wait to see what it going on with Yorick’s mother and sister in the next edition. I gave this volume ✰5✰


What have you read recently?

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