Betsy Reads Books

I like to read and I'm a librarian. Are the two related? I just don't know.

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen - Lucy Knisley

I really loved Relish by Lucy Knisley.  It made me want to go out and eat anything and everything that I had never tried before.  It also made me want to cook and bake everything imaginable. 


I wish I had been as adventurous an eater as Lucy was as a child.  She was lucky to be brought up by foodie parents who ate a variety of things.  I really don't remember most of what we ate when I was little.  It pressed for an answer I would say, chicken or spaghetti every night with an iceberg lettuce salad.  On Fridays there would be pizza. I don't know that I would have wanted to try fois grais as a child, but I would have been much more likely to try it then, before I knew what it was.


I really like the way Lucy tells a story or anecdote.  Her drawings are great and she always has little funny notes throughout.  I loved her recipes she included and have been dying for huevos rancheros ever since. 


I recommend this book to foodies and foodie wannabes.  I am very inspired to go out on a limb and trying cooking new and different things (maybe not lemonade chicken, though).

One Came Home -

 I really like this book so far.  It is a good mystery and has fun characters.  Georgie has me laughing out loud a lot.  The writing is great and I can't wait to see what happens!

The Professor's Daughter

The Professor's Daughter - Joann Sfar, Emmanuel Guibert This weird little graphic novel started out a little strange. I don't know if there was another one before it or not (I will have to look into it) but it felt like I had jumped into the middle of a story already in progress. Not matter. It turned out to be hilarious! The daughter of an archeologist falls in love with Imhotep, a mummy. Hijinx ensues. I am glad I picked this quick read (I think it took half an hour or less to read it) because it was really fun.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - I loved this story. It was so interesting and smart. About a third of the way through I knew where the group would find answers, but since I wasn't exactly sure what the answer they were looking for was going to be, I was hooked the entire time. I like the characters and how everything wove together to make a really great read. Also, the book cover glows in the dark!

Eleanor and Park

Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell I loved this book. Everything about it. (Although, I will admit, I liked it a lot more once I realized Eleanor and Park were the same height. For some reason, in my head she was taller than him and as a tall girl that is just something I've never been able to deal with. Personal hang up.) Anyway, I love that this took place in the 80s. I loved Park's parents. I love the way Park and Eleanor were together. They really felt like my friends by the time the story was over. I also liked the way they talked to each other. I just really loved the entire book.

The Walking Dead Book 6

The Walking Dead, Book 6 - Robert Kirkman; Charlie Adlard; Cliff Rathburn It is interesting to be at this point in the book series compared to the TV series. Already everything is pretty different. Overall story lines are kind of similar but now we're way past where the TV series left off at the end of season three. I actually prefer the books to the TV series because nothing is being dragged out. The Governor/prison storyline was over in a snap and they were on to something else. No nonsense. It's still be really fun to read these. I am interested to see what happens next (the characters are all still pretty annoying and awful, but I'm associating them less and less with their totally heinous TV counterparts.)

The Walking Dead Book 5

The Walking Dead, Book Five - Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn, Rus Wooton Well, I guess it's good to know that "Ghost Lori" wasn't just the stupid creation of the writers for the TV series. Ghost Lori is still one of the stupidest things to happen in this series. At least she's just appeared via the phone.

The Walking Dead Book 1: Bk. 1

The Walking Dead, Book One - Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn I didn't think it would be possible to hate the characters more than I already do from the TV show. Daryl (the only good character on the show) isn't in these books (at least not in Book One or Two). Draw your own conclusions about that. Still, even though everyone is terrible, these are pretty fun books to read.

Beautiful Creatures: The Graphic Novel

Beautiful Creatures: The Graphic Novel - Kami Garcia,  Margaret Stohl,  Cassandra Jean I haven't read Beautiful Creatures the novel yet, so I felt like I missed a lot by jumping right to the graphic novel. It was a nice primer, though for when I do go to read the novel. It seems like a really interesting story but obviously with a graphic novel a lot of description and detail was left out.

Perfect on Paper: The (Mis)adventures of Waverly Bryson

Perfect on Paper: The (MIS)Adventures of Waverly Bryson - Maria Murnane This was a cute story. I really liked the characters and they kind of felt like friends by the end. Some of the story was a little cheesy, but it was still really fun and cute. A nice light read. I am excited to read the next two books in the series.

The Walking Dead Book 2: Bk. 2

The Walking Dead, Book Two - Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard I guess I hate everyone in the book as much as I hate them on the TV show. Also, I apparently only read the first comic and not all of Book One so I was confused about who half the people were. I have to go back and read all of volume 1 now.

Safe Haven

Safe Haven - Nicholas Sparks I am pretty sure this book gave me mono. Or mono-like symptoms. Definitely not my taste. I try to read at least one book by the authors that are super popular at the library, but so far it is not going well. I will not be reading any more by Nicholas Sparks. The dialogue seemed inauthentic and cheesy. This was just one big block of Velveeta. I can definitely see why his books are made into movies, though. I have a feeling the movie version of this book was much better.


Scarlet - Finally a series with a strong second book! This was great! I loved Cinder and I was really excited to find out where the story was headed. This time the story is told from the points of view of Scarlet and Cinder, which really keeps things moving. There are some great new characters and the story is really building up for the third book!

Ginnie and Geneva

Ginnie and Geneva - Catherine Woolley I read this series when I was in elementary school. My mom said she liked them when she was little so I picked them up. I remember really liking them, too. Rereading this first book, I have no recollection of the story at all. None of it seemed familiar. It was still a cute story, though. Definitely written in another time.

American Freak Show

American Freak Show: The Completely Fabricated Stories of Our New National Treasures - Willie Geist I wish I had listened to this one. I have a feeling it would have been a lot funnier.

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible - A.J. Jacobs I laughed through a lot of this book. A.J. Jacobs makes really funny observations and I found myself laughing out loud many times. I was a little confused by his approach to "living biblically." It seemed a little hodge-podge in a way. Kind of "well, now I'll try this and I should probably stone someone and then I'll maybe work on this a bit." It seemed more like he was researching different Jewish and Christian beliefs and then trying out some of the more bizarre practices to see what they are like. I enjoyed the book, though, and will be reading everything else he's written. I especially can't wait to read his book Drop Dead Healthy. Humor and healthy living. Two of my favorite things.