Past Book Talks

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.

2015


45 POUNDS (MORE OR LESS) - K.A. Barson
AFTERPARTY - Ann Stampler
ALIENATED - Melissa Landers
ANATOMY OF A MISFIT - Andrea Portes
CANARY - Rachele Alpine
CONTROL - Lydia Kang
CONVERSION - Katherine Howe
THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST - Holly Black
DEATH SWORN - Leah Cypress
DOON - Carey Corp & Lorie Langdon
DOROTHY MUST DIE - Danielle Paige
DOWN WITH THE SHINE - Kate Karyus Quinn
AN EMBER IN THE ASHES - Sabaa Tahir
THE FALL - Bethany Griffin
THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH - Martha Brockenbrough
HALF IN LOVE WITH DEATH - Emily Ross
LANDRY PARK - Bethany Hagen
MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN - Ransom Riggs
THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR - Mindee Arnett
MY HEART & OTHER BLACK HOLES - Jasmine Warga
MY NEAR DEATH ADVENTURES - Alison DeCamp
PERFECT RUIN - Lauren DeStefano
PRETTY GIRL-13 - Liz Coley
PROMISE OF SHADOWS - Justina Ireland
THE QUEEN OF BRIGHT & SHINY THINGS - Ann Aguirre
RELIC - Renee Collins
THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE - Patrick Ness
SEA OF SHADOWS - Kelley Armstrong
SHALLOW GRAVES - Kali Wallace
SIX MONTHS LATER - Natalie Richards
SNOW LIKE ASHES - Sara Raasch
STARTERS - Lissa Price
THESE BROKEN STARS - Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
THICKER THAN WATER - Kelly Fiore Stultz
THIN SPACE - Jody Casella
THIS MONSTROUS THING - Mackenzi Lee
VENGEANCE BOUND - Justina Ireland
WALK ON EARTH A STRANGER - Rae Carson
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT - Colleen Clayton
WHAT WE SAW - Aaron Hartzler

2014

YA:
ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill
AVALON by Mindee Arnett
BEING HENRY DAVID by Cal Armistead
BELLE EPOQUE by Elizabeth Ross
BRIANNA ON THE BRINK by Nicole McInnes
BUTTER by Erin Jade Lange
CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS by Miriam Forster
COMPOUND by SA Bodeen
CRUEL BEAUTY by Rosamund Hodge
DAMAGED by Amy Reed
DON'T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) - Kate Karyus Quinn
END GAME: THE CALLING by James Frey
FAULT LINE by C. Desir
THE FEARLESS - Emma Pass
GIRLS LIKE US by Gail Giles
THE GREAT DEATH by John Smelcer
HOW I BECAME A GHOST by Tim Tingle
MORTAL DANGER by Ann Aguirre
ONE CROW ALONE by SD Crockett
THE ORPHAN QUEEN by Jodi Meadows
PANIC by Lauren Oliver
THE REVELATION OF GABRIEL ADAM - by S.L. Duncan
RUSH by Eve Silver
SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY by Julie Murphy
SIX MONTHS LATER by Natalie Richards
SOLITAIRE by Alice Osman
SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS by Bethany Crandell
SURVIVAL COLONY 9 by Joshua David Bellin
THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE by Jennifer Matheiu
VIVIAN DIVINE IS DEAD by Lauren Sabel

MG:
ELIZA BING IS (NOT) A BIG FAT QUITTER - Carmella Van Vleet
SKY JUMPERS - Peggy Eddleman


2013

YA Fiction:
45 POUNDS (MORE OR LESS) by KA Barson
ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE by Kate Karyus Quinn
ANTIGODDESS - Kendare Blake
ASYLUM by Madeleine Roux
THE BROKENHEARTED by Amelia Kahaney
BRUISED by Sarah Skilton
THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas
CADET OF TILDOR by Alex Lidell
CHARM & STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn
THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN - Holly Black
DON'T TURN AROUND by Michelle Gagnon
DUALED by Elsie Chapman
THE GIRL OF FIRE & THORNS by Rae Carson
HOOKED by Liz Fichera
IN THE AFTER by Demitria Lunetta
IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS by Cat Winters
INSOMNIA by Jenn Johansson
LET THE SKY FALL by Shannon Messenger
THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER by Megan Shepherd
MAID OF SECRETS by Jennifer McGowan
MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza
PIVOT POINT by Kasie West
PRETTY GIRL-13 by Liz Coley
PROJECT CAIN by Geoffrey Girard
PROPHECY by Ellen Oh
SHADOWS by Ilsa J. Bick
THE SIN-EATER'S CONFESSION by Ilsa J. Bick
THE S-WORD by Chelsea Pitcher
SPLINTERED by A.G. Howard
TAKEN by Erin Bowman
TRANSPARENT by Natalie Whipple
VENGEANCE BOUND by Justina Ireland

MG Fiction:
THE FLAME IN THE MIST by Kitt Grindstaff
GOLDEN BOY by Tara Sullivan
GONE FISHING by Tamera Will Wissinger
THE NEPTUNE PROJECT by Polly Holyoke
PRISONER B-3087 by Alan Gratz
RUMP by Liesl Shurtliff

Adult Fiction:
CALL ME ZELDA by Erika Robuck
CALLING ME HOME by Julie Kibler
HAND ME DOWN by Melanie Thorne

Non-Fiction Friday:
ASYLUM ON THE HILL by Katherine Ziff
BEYOND THE WALL: EXPLORING... GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
THE DIET DROPOUT'S GUIDE TO NATURAL WEIGHT LOSS by Stan Spencer, PhD.
THE END OF SEX by Donna Frietas
THE LOBOTOMIST by Jack El-Hai
MY LOBOTOMY by Howard Dully
WATER ETHICS ed. Peter G. Brown

2012

YA Titles:                                                                               
AFTER THE SNOW by S.D. Crockett
ARISTOTLE & DANTE DISCOVER THE 
SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Alire Saenz
ASHES by Ilsa J. Bick
BETWEEN SHADES OF GREY by Ruta Sepetys
CINDER by Marissa Meyer
CRYER'S CROSS by Lisa McMann
DAEMONS IN THE MIST by Alicia Kat Dillman
DEAD TO YOU by Lisa McMann
DRAW THE DARK by Ilsa J. Bick
DROWNING INSTINCT by Ilsa J. Bick
EREBOS by Ursula Poznanski
IN DARKNESS by Nick Lake
INCARNATE by Jodi Meadows
JASPER JONES by Craig Silvey
MAGIC UNDER STONE by Jaclyn Dolamore
PERSONAL EFFECTS by E.M. Kokie
PRECIOUS BONES by Mika Ashley-Hollinger
SHADOW & BONE by Leigh Bardugo
THIS DARK ENDEAVOR by Kenneth Oppel
TIME BETWEEN US by Tamara Ireland Stone
SLIDE by Jill Hathaway
SMALL TOWN SINNERS by Melissa Walker
THE LOST SAINTS OF TENNESSEE by Amy Franklin-Willis
SHINE, SHINE, SHINE by Lydia Netzer
THE UNDERSIDE OF JOY by Sere Prince Halverson

Historical Fiction:
THE SISTER QUEENS by Sophie Perinot
AT THE MERCY OF THE QUEEN by Anne Clinard Barnhill
THE CROWN by Nancy Bilyeau

Short Story Collections:
RED SPIKES by Margo Lanagan

Memoir:
THE RULES OF INHERITANCE by Claire Bidwell Smith

Non-Fiction Friday:
THE BEAUTIFUL CIGAR GIRL by Daniel Stashower
THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY by Erik Larsen
INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY by Janet Reitman
LAST CALL AT THE OASIS by Karl Weber
THE LOST CITY OF Z by David Grann
THE SHALLOWS: WHAT THE INTERNET
IS DOING TO OUR BRAINS by Nicholas Carr
THE SPECKLED MONSTER by Jennifer Lee Carrell
SPOOK by Mary Roach
STIFF by Mary Roach
SURVIVING THE ANGEL OF DEATH by Eva Mozes Kor
WATER: THE EPIC STRUGGLE FOR WEALTH,
POWER & CIVILIZATION by Seven Solomon

2011

YA:
ACCOMPLICE by Eireann Corrigan        
AKATA WITCH by Nnedi Okorafor
BAD GIRLS DON'T DIE by Katie Alender
BETWEEN THE SEA & SKY by Jaclyn Dolamore
CLEAN by Amy Reed
CLEOPATRA'S MOON by Vicky Alvear Shecter
DARK INSIDE by Jeyn Roberts
DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor
FOUNDLING by D.M. Cornish
HOW TO SAVE A LIFE by Sara Zarr
MAGIC UNDER GLASS by Jaclyn Dolamore
A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness
THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST series by Rick Yancey
THE NAME OF THE STAR by Maureen Johnson
THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson
WANT TO GO PRIVATE? by Sarah Darer Littman

General Fiction:
THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME by Donald Ray Pollock