Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mindy Kaling’s book is hilarious and actually inspired me to give The Office (US) another chance. I’m a huge fan of celebrity memoir-ish books, so this fulfilled a need I have to live vicariously through famous people. I definitely recommend picking it up.

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Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder by Jo Nesbø

Doctor Proctor's Fart Powder Book 1Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder Book 1 by Jo Nesbø
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder
Author: Jo Nesbø
Series: Doctor Proctor’s Fart Powder
Published: 2007 (Norway); 2010 (US)

I picked up this book at work and loved it a lot! While, yes, it’s about farting and childish humour it’s really smartly written and quite engaging. I definitely recommend it to readers of all ages!

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Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender

Bad Girls Don't Die (Bad Girls Don't Die, #1)Bad Girls Don’t Die by Katie Alender
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Title: Bad Girls Don’t Die

Author: Katie Alender

Published: 2009

Series: Bad Girls Don’t Die

I’m going to get my major pet peeve with this novel out of the way, so I can talk about all of the things I really liked about it: multiple personalities are not a part of schizophrenia, so page 189 making that allusion threw me out of the story for a bit. I also don’t know if I like how that part of the storyline wrapped up in the end, but I’m not going to crusade against the novel because of this pet peeve. As my partner reminded me, it’s not something that the Joe Average Reader would pick up on.

I may be bringing up this novel in the child abnormal psychology course I’ll be taking at university this fall to see if any of my classmates have read it and what they felt about it if we end up talking about how mental illness is portrayed in popular culture.

That said, I really liked the novel. Once I started reading it, I was engaged for 80% of my reading. I could relate to nearly all of the characters and found myself really intrigued by how classic this modern thriller felt.

I cannot wait to get book two in the series and continue reading Alender’s work.

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Warriors – The New Prophecy: Twilight by Erin Hunter

Twilight (Warriors: The New Prophecy, #5)Twilight by Erin Hunter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Title: Twilight
Author: Erin Hunter
Series: Warriors: The New Prophecy
Published: 2006
Reviewer’s Note: I listened to the audiobook to get through this title in the second Warrior Cats series, so my review will be about that instead of a printed copy of the work.

The narrator for the audiobook really threw me off. I didn’t imagine any of the cats having accents coming from the British Isles. Then again, it’s never confirmed where the Warrior Cats books take place, so I’m sure it’s possible.

It had also been a really long time since I’d read from the Warrior Cats series, so it took me awhile to get back into the story. Now that I’m back into it, though, I’m remembering why I enjoyed the books in the first place.

I have a printed copy of Sunset (the final book in The New Prophecy) that I can’t wait to tear into.

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The Body at the Tower by Y.S. Lee

The Body at the Tower (The Agency, #2)The Body at the Tower by Y.S. Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: The Body at the Tower
Author: Y.S. Lee
Series: The Agency
Published: 2010
Summary: Victorian Girl Spies! (Part Two!)

This book was just as good as the first! I’m really, really loving this series. I really do want to know exactly why Mary was crying at the end. I have a really good guess (which automatically makes me mad at James Easton), but I can’t wait to know for sure.

I really, really, really enjoy this series.

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A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee

A Spy in the House (The Agency, #1)A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Title: A Spy in the House
Author: Y.S. Lee
Series: The Agency
Published: 2009
Summary: Victorian Girl Spies!

I came across this book by chance; it and the second book in the series were returned to my work through the book drop and I just so happened to be checking things in when they did. I’m a fan of Victorian-era England already, so it wasn’t a stretch that I would at least look at the flap on the inside of the front cover. What really got me was that even the author herself describes the book as simply, “Victorian girl spies!”. From that moment on, I knew I had to read the series and that I would be severely disappointed if I didn’t like it.

Thankfully, I adored this first novel and I cannot wait to finish the second! Also, admittedly, I was somewhat hoping for a relationship of sorts between Mary Quinn and James Easton; they reminded me somewhat of Alexia Tarabotti (Lady Maccon) and Connall Maccon from Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series. (I even tweeted while reading the first book saying that I would love for Lee and Carriger to write something together and I stand by that! I would read it over and over again!)

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Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

Her Fearful SymmetryHer Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Title: Her Fearful Symmetry
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Published: 2009

I’m going to skip posting a summary on this one and just get right to it. I loved the first three hundred pages of this novel. After that, I really started to become disenchanted. I also really wish someone had warned me that a kitten gets killed and that the topic of suicide is somewhat heavily explored during the later half of the novel. Both of those topics triggered me a lot and it was hard for me to finish this book because of it.

After that, I just wanted to get the novel done and over with. I really, really disliked the ending and the whole triangle between “Elspeth”/Valentina/Robert. I was hoping the novel would continue to be worthy of four stars, but it’s lucky to be getting three stars from me. I’m really disappointed.

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