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Tin Story Elephant

I'm a history teacher who loves all kinds of books.
vN - Madeline Ashby Intriguing idea.
Fever of the Bone - Val McDermid I sometimes find the books in this series frustrating (the same types of obstacles crop up in many of them) but I actually read this one straight through without putting it away for a while. Also I enjoyed that the solution was unexpected.
The Oxford Murders - Guillermo Martínez, Sonia Soto About 10 pages from the end I found myself wishing it wasn't about to be over. This was a cool book! A very detached, abstract mystery with a mathematical theme.
Itsy Bitsy - John Ajvide Lindqvist I either love Lindqvist books, or they leave me cold. This one left me cold - but then again it was free so I can't complain.
The Shining - Stephen King It's definitely not as elegant as the movie ... but I liked the story better. I liked the level of detail, I cared more about the characters, and I was happier with the ending.
Farewell to the East End: The Last Days of the East End Midwives - Jennifer Worth I enjoyed this one the most of the series, mostly because it goes even further into social issues such as abortion
Codex Born - Jim C. Hines I enjoyed this one more that the first one. The characters were a bit more detailed which made it more fun to read.
Libriomancer - Jim C. Hines This was reminiscent of the type of sci fi I read as a teenager. Enjoyable but a fast read.
Coming Up for Air - George Orwell This was an odd book. I enjoyed it, even when I didn't like the protagonist, but having finished it I still can't say that I understand it.
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War - Max Brooks I'm not a huge fan of zombie stories, but I got interested in this book after reading the free sample on my kindle. I like the way that the story is told, though there isn't a lot of action because of the style.
2BR02B - Kurt Vonnegut Read the Project Gutenberg edition. It was an interesting idea, but mostly just an idea. The characters were all very flat.

Table Games: How to Make and How to Play Them

Table Games: How to Make and How to Play Them - Ray J Marran Some of the advice here is valuable for board game makers; however, all of the suggestions for creating games are based around a few staples such as Checkers and "Chinese Star" games. That said, it's an interesting historical artifact and the illustrations have that classic 1930s look to them. There are even a few photos!
Echo - Amanda Clay As a middle school teacher I'm always looking for books that I can recommend to students. In particular, I look for books that are thought-provoking and that provide positive depictions of girls/women and LGBTQ people.

Echo is creative and a hard worker. She is driven to succeed in her chosen field (fashion design) and we see her working on her designs, networking with other designers, and promoting her work and the work of others. It's rare to see talent depicted in this way in YA books and I think it makes the character more realistic.

I also liked Echo's friends. You really get a sense that they are individuals and, even though they are concerned about Echo and rally around her when she needs them, they aren't just a backdrop for the main character.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky It was OK.
Passing English of the Victorian era: a dictionary of heterodox English, slang and phrase - James Redding Ware Fantastic! Read it for free at http://publicdomainreview.org/2013/01/29/a-dictionary-of-victorian-slang-1909/.

Cornish of Scotland Yard

Cornish of Scotland Yard - George Cornish It's a bit dry compared to modern books of the same type, but it's a fascinating view into a different time.