28 June 2016

The Loose Ends List; Carrie Firestone

The Loose Ends ListThe Loose Ends List by Carrie Firestone
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Dealing with a beloved grandparent's death is never easy, and it's even harder when you know it's imminent. So the part of the book that dealt with that issue, of coming to grips with the loss of a stable, loving influence, is wonderful. The love story, the over-the-top trip? Meh. Been there, read that. Also, the idea of euthanasia, while timely, may be problematic for readers - this book does a decent job of talking about the pro side, but still...

Change by Design; Tim Brown

Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires InnovationChange by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation by Tim Brown
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Not the worse buzz book I've read but still far too heavy on the "here's how I/my company became great" and too light on the "steps you can take". I get it - IDEO does some interesting things and using design thinking can help change how your workplace does things beyond the same old/same old but there were far too many repetitive moments.

The Little Water Sprite; Otfried Preussler

The Little Water Sprite (New York Review Books Children's Collection)The Little Water Sprite by Otfried Preu├čler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank all the publishing gods for New York Review Books and their reprints - this is so cute and wonderful and I can't wait to share it with my greatnieces and -nephews. The Little Water Sprite does just what you'd expect in exploring the world around him, experiencing life on land, meeting people and finally ice in winter. Love!

Frayed; Kara Terzis

FrayedFrayed by Kara Terzis
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Maybe this was a problem caused by reading an eARC, but often it was difficult to tell which was the letter and which was backstory. Even during the obvious letter parts the writing sounded like it was supposed to be backstory (and there's far too much description in each than necessary - surely Kristen would know what things looked like at home). DNF. ARC provided by publisher