Currently reading

Marine Rocky Shores and Community Ecology: An Experimentalist's Perspective (Excellence in Ecology #4)
Robert Paine, Otto Kinne
Theories of Development: Concepts and Applications (5th Edition) (MySearchLab Series)
William Crain
The Science of Discworld III: Darwin's Watch
Terry Pratchett, Jack Cohen, Ian Stewart
Sandra Raphael, Wilfrid Jasper Walter Blunt
Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World
Paul Stamets
The Complete Poems
William Keach, Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Tao of Jeet Kune Do
Gilbert Johnson, Bruce Lee
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
Mary Roach
The Ecology of Plants (2nd Edition)
Samuel M. Scheiner, Jessica Gurevitch
The Shepherd's Crown (Tiffany Aching) - Terry Pratchett

I was so afraid to read this. It is Sir Terry's last work, and the last we will learn of wonderful, beloved, human Tiffany Aching and her steading, her story, her universe. It could be more perfect but it is perfect enough. The book is dedicated to Esme Weatherwax, and she is as she would be and as she is needed to be, and so I say, Terry: same to you, thank you, thank you, thank you.

The Money Book for Freelancers, Part-Timers, and the Self-Employed: The only personal finance system for people with not-so-regular jobs - Denise Kiernan, Joseph D'Agnese

Excessive purportedly-illustrative anecdotes with occasional useful bits buried deep inside.

Maddaddam - Margaret Atwood

I'm very impressed with cover designer CS Richardson, whose twist on quintessential American Dream Novel THE GREAT GATSBY's classic cover is just perfect for a post-civilization set in and around the "egg" compound where Oryx and Crake did their work.  The future/present of said American Dream as depicted in MADDADDAM ("some of us will survive, and our coffee substitute is made from dandelion roots") is quite an "orgasmic future", which will indeed bear us back "ceaselessly to the past".

Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece

Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece - Patricia Polacco Teachers convince a shy young student that she has worth and can shine onstage. Whatever, you only think I'm crying because I have tears in my eyes.

The Night Bookmobile

The Night Bookmobile - Audrey Niffenegger The night bookmobile is bigger on the inside! It does get tragic and metaphysical. Want more in The Library series!

Our Library

Our Library - Eve Bunting, Maggie Smith 5 for plot concept, 3 for character development and dialog.


Socksquatch - Frank W. Dormer I wish the implementation had been worthy of the idea.

Dr. White

Dr. White - Jane Goodall, Julie Litty Make sure to read the forward on the inside front cover, otherwise Cynical Adult Reader might be disgruntled.

10 Hungry Rabbits: Counting & Color Concepts

10 Hungry Rabbits: Counting & Color Concepts - Anita Lobel, Tim Bowers Such beautiful illustrated vegetables I am hungry!

Loudest Noise in the World

Loudest Noise in the World - Benjamin Elkin, James Daugherty This book was published in 1954 and is about all two billion people in the world doing the same thing at once. It has a moral, too.

One Thousand Christmas Beards

One Thousand Christmas Beards - Roger Duvoisin I was hoping this would be more naughty and less nice.

Yellow Submarine.. the Beatles

Yellow Submarine.. the Beatles - Charlie Gardner Better than the movie, but most things are.

Iron Winter (Northland 3)

Iron Winter (Northland 3) - Stephen Baxter Stephen Baxter rivals George R.R. Martin as a cynical bastard who kills everyone horribly in an accurate reflection of how humans are. Though this third installment of the Northland trilogy dragged more than the previous two.

Edgar and the Tattle-Tale Heart: A BabyLit® Book: Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" (BabyLit First Steps Books)

Edgar and the Tattle-Tale Heart: A BabyLit® Book: Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" (BabyLit First Steps Books) - Jennifer Adams, Ron Stucki What's the point of being "inspired by" and named for anything if it is this dull and doesn't take advantage of the myriad allusion joke opportunities? It's making me so angry I want to stab it and bury it under the floorboards (ok, so not EVERY opportunity was missed. Fine. I'll begrudge another star).

The Moon Jumpers

The Moon Jumpers - Janice May Udry, Maurice Sendak Tastes of a wild rumpus to come!

That Is Not a Good Idea!

That Is Not a Good Idea! - Mo Willems Best. Plot twist. Ever.