My Library Reads is a spotlight on the library books that I have read during the previous week. This is not a post on what books I borrowed but books that I read. Since I don't review library books, this is a way to still be able to showcase them on my blog.
BTW, if anyone knows of another meme that is like this on another blog, could you please let me know? I don't know of any myself, but if there is one already in place, I'd like to give credit where credit is due!
Library Books read from 1/23/11 - 1/29/11
The Diva Cooks a Goose by Krista Davis (Berkley Prime Crime, 12/7/10)
Cozy Mystery: 4th Book in the Domestic Diva Mystery series. Cute book that takes place in Alexandria, VA which is right near me. The mystery involves a neighborhood wide theft of presents and then the death of a woman everyone loved until her dirty secrets came out. There are lots of household tips sprinkled throughout the book as well as recipes at the end. Hope there are more books in the series.
The Damascus Way by Davis Bunn & Janette Oke (Bethany House, 1/1/11)
Christian Fiction - Biblical Fiction: 3rd book in the Acts of Faith series. This was probably my least favorite book of the series. I didn't feel that the characters got enough depth to them and sometimes the book seemed to lag a little. I also felt that there would have been more interaction with actual Bible characters as the previous books had had. Still it was engaging Biblical fiction with an interesting storyline involving a man, his two wives and his daughter. I'm not sure if this is the last book in the series because I felt the ending was a little hanging.
The Twin's Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Logsted (Bloomsbury USA Children's Books, 8/31/10)
Young Adult: A wonderful gothic mystery that kept me in the suspense from the beginning. There were lots of twists and turns, with things happening that I didn't see coming. It's a really good suspenseful and historical read that I think that teens and fans of young adult fiction will really enjoy.
Elixir by Hilary Duff (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 10/12/10)
Young Adult: I was pleasantly surprised by this story. I know that it was mostly ghostwritten but the book is really engaging and I do love the premise of an elixir of life. There's lots of travel in the book and really interesting characters. I also loved the Shakespeare references as well as Holiday Inn breakfast buffets (yay to not staying in expensive hotels!) I hope there's a sequel because I felt left hanging and want more.
The Education of Bet by Lauren Baratz-Logsted (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 7/12/10)
Young Adult: I really really enjoyed this book. First of, it's historical fiction. It's a plot that has been used several times in the past (girl masquerades as a guy) but I felt that this book had a fresh take to it. Bet wants to go to school but because she's a girl she isn't allowed to. Meanwhile, the males that are privileged to go don't want to be there. Her adventures at being a guy are funny but also gives a good look at how guys are when girls aren't there. Problems that involve being a girl also arise and I was glad to see how it was handled. My only qualm is that the book is a bit short but I enjoyed every bit of it.
The Book of Spells by Kate Brian (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 12/21/10)
Young Adult: I've been reading the Private series for the past couple of years and it's one of those series that I love/hate. The last book, the series took a 180 and now it seems that there are witches involved. This is very weird because not once in the entire series is this ever mentioned. Now with this prequel it turns out that witches have been a part of Billings history for many years. I didn't feel any satisfaction while reading, it felt more like Private set back in time, the characters were acting very much the same. I also felt that the book ends abruptly. I wouldn't mind seeing another spinoff series showing off these characters.