Tuesday, December 26, 2023

46. Squad: Anyone Would Kill to Belong

By Maggie Tokuda-Hall (Lisa Sterle Illustrator)(211 pp)

This is a graphic novel about a teenager who moves to a new school and falls in with the "it" crowd only turns out they are werewolves and she has to join them now that she knows the secret. I don't want to give away any spoilers but problems ensue. Loved the illustration style. Fun story.

Monday, December 25, 2023

45. Blood of Elves

By Andrzej Sapowski (398 pp)

This book was first published in 1994. I think I got it before I started watching The Witcher but then I never got around to reading it until after I watched the show. Like I say for almost every fantasy book: I got lost with the kingdoms and which people were for an against other people and who had what goals. But I loved the characters and active writing style. I loved the humor. I don't think I'm going to carry on with the entire series. Maybe.

Sunday, December 17, 2023

44. Conceptual Blockbusting: A Guide to Better Ideas

By James L. Adams (209 pp)

This is one of those books I have had sitting around and read a chapter here and a chapter there and took a few notes. The book talks about creativity in organizations and problem solving. The book was recommended to me in the context of writing and for that I don't think it's particularly helpful. But as a general text to get someone thinking about blocks to creative problem solving (e.g. cultural, intellectual) it is interesting. There are also lots of exercises and ideas to improve creative thinking.

Saturday, December 9, 2023

43. Tracy Flick Can't Win

By Tom Perotta (272 ebook)

This is a sequel to the book, Election, that might better be known as a movie staring Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick. Like all of us, Tracy is 30 years older and like many of us, the ambition of her youth didn't turn out quite the way she had hoped. Due to her mother's serious illness she ends up back in the town where she grew up and back at the high school of election where she is the vice princpal. The story is told through several viewpoints including some of the high school students. This is my favorite kind of story: dark but funny and nothing turned out like I expected.

Wednesday, December 6, 2023

42. The Heart Principle

By Helen Hoang (351 pp)

I followed up my romantasies with a contemporary romance. This one is about a violinst, Anna, suffering from burnout. Her terrible boyfriend wants to open up the relationship before they commit so she seaches for a one night stand and finds a dude, Quan, who is going through some stuff of his own. When the book started, I didn't think it would work for me but the leads are super charming and won me over. The story did get a little long for me with almost all of Anna's family being so insentitive and wretched toward her.