Get ready to pay attention!
Because as the main character relives her life over and over again you’ll want to remember who’s who, what was what and when things happened the last times around.
Would I recommend it? Yes – a book worth paying attention to!
There I am, standing at the circulation desk of the library waiting as my pile of books gets checked out when yet another book catches my eye.
How could I have missed it? The cover is muted red with black and shiny gold highlights. The title “Wicked Bugs” sounds interesting but once I see that the subtitle involves the word “diabolical” I pick it up.
I pick it up and discover that it is one of those hard cover books.
Perhaps someone can help me out here because I have no idea what the technical term is for this kind of cover. All I know is that there are hardcovers, and then there are those hardcovers. Those hardcovers have a matte finish, feel extra soft in hand and once I’m holding a book with one of those covers it’s all over. The book practically screams to come home with me, I must know what’s inside. Need it even be said? – I love those covers.
Once I’m done swooning over my favorite cover I see that it’s a unique size. Squarish, but not so square as to be awkward, just enough to be different. Smaller and cuter (which is saying something since I count ten bugs on the front alone) than your average book.
So, there I am, abandoning my favorite librarian mid-conversation, already in love with a book I have yet to open.
I quickly page through it and it just gets better. Line drawings of giant bugs, fancy fonts, off set quotes, informative boxes, classifications at the top of the page including “Horrible,” “Deadly” and “Painful” and the paper -it’s good paper, thick paper, I love this book.
I toss it on the top of my already too big pile, attempt to ignore the look from John which is trying to subtly inquire if I’ll ever be doing the dishes again with this pile of books to read and say “This one too!” just in case there is some other library patron ready to swoop in and take my new favorite book from me.
Would I recommend it? Need you ask? I’ve already read it, but it’s not due back at the library yet so I’m keeping it around the house thrusting it at people and forcing them to read crazy, wicked bug facts while admiring the cover.
Also I have made a mental note never to move any further south, too many “wicked bugs” down there where it’s warm!
And a second mental note that I must next read Wicked Plants by the same author.
And that e-readers are probably not my thing.
And that while I just gave this a broad recommendation probably people who go through the roof when they see a spider wouldn’t appreciate the larger than life drawings involved.
And a final mental note that the rest of my mental notes should be on post-it’s as I’ve been staying up way too late reading to be able to remember all this stuff.
What was I thinking?
A book about kidnapping that involves a seven foot iguana?
Seriously, I had to know that it was going to get ugly.
Would I recommend this? It did get ugly, in the way that happens when crazy people who own giant iguanas kidnap people but, like I said, I probably should have been prepared for that. I think this was a good book, I just don’t think it was the right book for me.
Anyone else have an opinion on this one?
A excerpt from A.A. Milne’s The house at Pooh Corner sums up my feelings on this book quite nicely:
…”Christopher Robin tried to teach it to me once, but it didn’t.”
“What didn’t?” said Rabbit.
“Didn’t what?” said Piglet.
Pooh shook his head.
“I don’t know,” he said. “It just didn’t.”
Would I recommend it? It started out really promising, I thought I would love it, I thought I was loving it… and then, in the words of Pooh, “It just didn’t.”
Flavia is back!!!
Of course to be fair she’s been back before this in I Am Half-Sick Of Shadows but I see I didn’t manage to write a post about that.
Would I recommend it? Yes! I’d recommend all five and this one I liked better than the last two.
If you haven’t already please, do yourself a favor, read The Sweetness At The Bottom of the Pie where it all starts.
Some times it’s good to have a book that will be just exactly what you are looking for. No big surprises, just comfort in reliability and happy endings. This book fit that perfectly when I needed it to.
Would I recommend it? It’s not high class literature, but if you are, say, sick in bed and can barely focus and just need to get your mind on something else, it’s just about perfect.
Once we brought home Cows to the Rescue, which was pretty good, but nobody seemed to love it.
Chickens, on the other hand, now we are talking!
Not only do I just like chickens better but there is something really great about everyone shouting:
Would I recommend it? I would indeed.
Now I think I’ll go read it to my chickens- I’m thinking they are under-performing.
It’s all the drama that I have loved in Phillipa Gregory’s books on the royal families but set in Russia and narrated through the eyes of a female spy.
Would I recommend it? I’ll be looking for the sequel when it comes out!
The best I can describe these books is that they were like packages of Double Stuff Oreo cookies hiding in my cupboard.
Now, for me, packages of Oreos in the cupboard don’t last long. I intend to make them last for days, intend being the key word here. But they are just so fun to eat, supremely tasty, with the added bonus of being a comfort food that you don’t have to actually cook and so addictive that even if I just eat two… and two… and two… all of a sudden I have no more Oreos.
Do I get anything out of the Oreos other than a great sugar high and happy munching? Nope.
Will I continue to eat Oreos? Of course.
Do I love Oreos and recommend them to my friends? Without a doubt.
Would I recommend these books? Only if you like Oreos.
No, seriously, they have nothing to do with Oreos. Other than that they are fun, addicting and, while I hate to say it – I fear I have to, nutritionally empty. But they are completely fat free, unless of course you eat them with Oreos – it’s your call!