Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Bette

Bette

Joined July 2016

Librarian: they pay me for loving books!
review
Bette
The Agathas | Kathleen Glasgow, Liz Lawson
post image
Pickpick

A little bit Agatha Christie, with a dash of Scoobie-Doo…this was a fun read. It felt like it was open to a sequel; there was room for these characters to progress, especially the gang that backs up the leads. (I‘m a little tired of the divisions in the cafeteria trope but that might just be me. )
#catsoflitsy Pictured: Our little Molly

review
Bette
post image
Bailedbailed

Granted, I started this way too late last night, but I hit this line and started to tilt my head, wondering…is he upside down? 🤣

I bailed because the direction of the characters made me pause to read some reviews. I learned a character I have previously liked wasn‘t much involved, along with some other things. Although I have really liked the Alice Vega books this one just isn‘t for me right now.

review
Bette
Ergo | Alexis Deacon
post image
Pickpick

“I am the world and the world is me” and she was happy.
“She imagined other worlds exactly like her own.”
“What if we are all stuck inside walls, all scared of one another, never knowing we are just the same.”
I kind of loved the simplicity of this little book about a chick inside her shell wondering about the outside world.
#catsoflitsy. Molly (not blurry in real life)

KathyWheeler She‘s so cute. 😊 3mo
Bette @KathyWheeler Thanks! We think so too. She‘s like a little squirrel running loose in our house. 😂 3mo
Soubhiville Oh the baby! ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Adorable kitty!!🐾❤️ 3mo
35 likes5 comments
review
Bette
This Might Hurt | Stephanie Wrobel
post image
Pickpick

I liked how the author played with ambiguity: Is the island a self-help getaway or a cult? Are characters actions altruistic or devious? Which parenting style is worse: controlling or checked out absentee? The story sucked me right in and had plenty of twists and turns.

Here‘s Joey when he stops moving. #catsoflitsy

wanderinglynn What a cutie! 🧡🐱 4mo
RaeLovesToRead Hi Joey! 👋😄 4mo
FlowerFairy Super cutie! 4mo
Bette @wanderinglynn @RaeLovesToRead @FlowerFairy Thanks, he‘s a cute goofball. 🥰 4mo
37 likes2 stack adds4 comments
review
Bette
Suburban Dicks | Fabian Nicieza
post image
Pickpick

“Watch out for ticks,” she called out. As they ignored her, she muttered, “Or get sucked dry of all your blood. Whatever.” A frustrated, suburban, very pregnant (once almost FBI profiler) mother of four gets involved in a murder. It had moments of funny, snarky humor and addressed issues of racism, privilege, and entrenched government, but I didn‘t love it. I thought there were plot holes and I just wished it was more. Might wow
someone else.

31 likes1 stack add
review
Bette
Giants of the Frost | Kim Wilkins
post image
Pickpick

Hermes / Mercury was my favorite. God of communication, he was fast and clever, also involved with luck and thievery.

Last book I read was Giants of the Frost...a scientist goes to an isolated island and gets involved with monsters, hags, and some exiled members of Asgard.

Bette @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm thx for the tag! 14mo
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Welcome! Definitely stacking that book. ❤️ 14mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 14mo
24 likes1 stack add4 comments
review
Bette
post image
Pickpick

I really enjoyed following Greer, a librarian who turns detective when a body falls at her feet (more like Trixie Belden than Nancy Drew) Hilliard drops book titles and authors, as well as quotes, among the clues which made it a lot of fun. When she talked about Friday closings when patrons are running in at the last moment for DVDs or how spooky it is when you are in the building alone when it‘s dark after closing, I could relate. 👍

36 likes1 stack add
review
Bette
post image
Pickpick

“You don‘t know how badly I want to kiss you right now,” he finally says.
“You don‘t know how badly I want you to,” I say.
This wording always puzzles me ... do we assume they are longing for each other? Or do they want to miss each other‘s mouths and do a dog slurp thing? 🤣😝😂. Maybe overthinking it. 😆 #catsoflitsy Dexter, trying to nap...badly.

review
Bette
Unknown Book 7535597 | Unknown Unknown
post image
Pickpick

Quote: Clinton has said that, in the aftermath of the 2016 election, she found solace in reading Penny‘s novels (also Chardonnay). The two have been friends for several years.

I‘m in. 👍🙂

charl08 Me too! 1y
36 likes1 comment
review
Bette
Sanatorium | Sarah Pearse
post image
Pickpick

I‘m a third of the way in. People are missing. A storm is coming. One character suggests: we should leave, they‘re predicting 6 feet of snow.
Yes. Please go now! What are you waiting for? Jack Nicholson showing up proclaiming: Here‘s Johnny? Run. Leave. Flee!
Okay, they aren‘t leaving. I‘m going back in. 😳😬

review
Bette
Never Far Away | Michael Koryta
post image
Pickpick

In Those Who Wish Me Dead (movie coming out 2021) I thought I had never read such cold blooded, scary villains. Still thinking of the Blackwell brothers is chilling. Bloody. In If She Wakes Koryta introduced another Blackwell: Dax who also shows up in Never Far Away. I see what you‘re doing, Michael Koryta. 🤔 Darn you! 🤭 You are expanding the family business. 😬 Okay. 😐 Keep scaring me. 😲😝

33 likes1 stack add
review
Bette
post image
Pickpick

#Whatif @Mavey

Fred Weasley. (Harry Potter). One twin makes me sad. 😢
Heathcliff and Catherine (Wuthering Heights) (even knowing that it was dark and dysfunctional)

Thanks for the tag!

mavey Fred💔 1y
mavey Thanks for joining in! 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Fred was my very close runner-up. 1y
Bette @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Neville is good too. 👍 1y
41 likes4 comments
review
Bette
Strange Love | Ann Aguirre
post image
Pickpick

Maybe getting flowers for Valentines Day isn‘t a surprise for some ... but when they come from your local grocery store with a thank you for being a customer on a sub zero freezing day... you bet we were surprised!
It‘s a pandemic and nice things still happen. 😊
Strange Love was a surprise too. It‘s a romance, it‘s science fiction, it‘s erotic, it‘s laugh out loud funny. 😆 Having a talking dog as a character was genius. 👍

CarolynM I loved it❤️ Weird and wonderful. 1y
Bette @CarolynM I really liked it too. It was really strange but it worked. Are you going to read the next one? I think Love Code follows the AI unit. 🤔 1y
CarolynM Sci-Fi is so not my thing that I'm a bit wary of trying another, but I think I will some time🙂 1y
40 likes3 comments
review
Bette
Shiver | Allie Reynolds
post image
Pickpick

1. Carefully place the book next to a sleeping cat. 🤞
2. Accidentally wake up the cat. 😳
3. Try to salvage the situation by quickly taking a picture. 📸
4. Realize Dexter yawning looks like he‘s taking a bite of the book. 🤣
5. Watch Dex wander away. 😯
6. Abandon photo op. 😂
7. If you want a fast paced thriller, Shiver was fun. 📖
#catsoflitsy

CBee I love this 😂😂 1y
Soubhiville 🤣😂🤣 life with cats, in a nutshell. 1y
Zoes_Human 😂 😂 😂 1y
Megabooks 😂😂😂 1y
52 likes1 stack add4 comments
review
Bette
Chasing Starlight | Teri Bailey Black
post image
Pickpick

1930s Hollywood. Kate goes to live with her silent picture star Grandfather who she doesn‘t know, and is suddenly also thrown in with his assorted eccentric boarders. Teri Bailey Black name drops celebrities, references dance teams like Astaire and Rogers, and wraps everything around a mystery making this a joy to read for me. I loved the time period, the characters were well developed, and I can‘t wait to see what she writes next. 🥰

33 likes1 stack add
review
Bette
I Talk Like a River | Jordan Scott
post image
Pickpick

A poet‘s reflections (see what I did there?) on how his father would take him to the river when he had a “bad speech day” and tell him: “You see how that water moves, son? That‘s how you speak.”
And then he would watch the water bubbling, churning, whirling, and crashing. His father took him to the river so he would feel less alone, so he would connect his way of speaking with the natural world.
This is a beautiful book.

32 likes1 stack add
review
Bette
post image
Pickpick

Happy Saturday 💙

Sace Well chosen stack 2y
Sace 😊 2y
lynneamch Nice! ✌ 2y
See All 6 Comments
Eyelit 💙 2y
LiteraryinLawrence Well said! 2y
readordierachel 👏🏼👏🏼 2y
48 likes6 comments
review
Bette
post image
Pickpick

RIP Rachel Caine (Roxanne Conrad). I loved your books. 😥

CBee She‘ll be missed ☹️♥️ 2y
Scochrane26 When I looked her up, I thought I might want to read her Great Library series. 2y
42 likes2 comments
review
Bette
post image
Pickpick

Loved the illustrations for this picture book intro to Joe.
When dealing with bullies his mother told him:
“Remember Joey, you‘re a Biden.
Nobody is better than you.
You‘re not better than anyone else, but nobody is any better than you.”

34 likes1 stack add
review
Bette
This Old Dog | Martha Brockenbrough
post image
Pickpick

I loved this picture book about a old dog who has come to like slow walks, finding rocks, and chewing leaves. But his people are too busy to walk slow and always rush him. Until the baby learns to walk. She likes to walk slow too ... and look at leaves ... and pick up stones. This is a love story for the young and old and recommends slowing down to enjoy the little things. ❤️👍

37 likes1 stack add
review
Bette
Deadly Education | Naomi Novik
post image
Pickpick

It isn‘t at all like Harry Potter, but imagine if Hogwarts was a death trap and to graduate all you need to do is make it out alive. I love Naomi Novik and this was just so much fun.

🎶 “Breakfast isn‘t half as dangerous as dinner, but it‘s still never good to walk alone.
Hope in your heart doesn‘t count.” 🎶. 😆😂

43 likes2 stack adds
review
Bette
post image
Pickpick

Halfway through this book I was stunned. 😧 What? Read the next page. Went back and reread the page before. What?! Reread them both again.
That‘s why I love this author: she gets the reader involved with her characters and then she writes a good mystery.
This is one of the best I‘ve read this year.
Harper (could I BE any more gray?) #catsoflitsy

Scochrane26 Pretty cat ❤️ 2y
wanderinglynn What a gorgeous cat! ❤️🐱 2y
48 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
Bette
Kodi | Jared Cullum
post image
Pickpick

Inside glimpse from Kodi

Sace Oh that looks so sweet! 2y
Bette It really is such a sweet story. 2y
34 likes2 comments
review
Bette
Kodi | Jared Cullum
post image
Pickpick

Jodi is a beautiful graphic novel about a friendless girl and a friendly bear...and the lengths they will go to when they are separated.
Dexter #catsoflitsy

34 likes1 stack add
review
Bette
This Is a Dog | Ross Collins
post image
Pickpick

This was a fun picture book about a dog who barges in on all the other animals on their pages.
The dedication was particularly revealing:

“For my dog, Hugo, who taught me the meaning of irony by destroying some of the artwork from this book”
😆 😂 😝

review
Bette
post image
Pickpick

Last week the weather really cooled off. Just in time to sit down with an afghan, a cat, and the new Louise Penny. It isn‘t set in 🌲🌲🌲 but if Louise Penny is writing it, I‘m reading it.

Harper at rest. #catsoflitsy

Nute I still have so many books of this series to read before I get to this one, but I can‘t wait. On day... 2y
50 likes1 comment
review
Bette
The Unadoptables | Hana Tooke
post image
Pickpick

I just finished this junior book. I really enjoyed it. Lemony Snicket fans might like this. While the children are portrayed as different, they are also very talented with various skills in sewing, art, math, storytelling, and an affinity with animals. When they put their heads and talents together ... well, that would spoil the story. Just know there is a character with a handlebar mustache named Rotman who might be up to no good. 🤨

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Sounds intriguing! Stacked! ❤️ 2y
sharread Such a cute kitty. 😻 2y
Bette @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I hope you like it. 👍😊 2y
Bette @sharread Thanks! Dexter is a good guy. 2y
37 likes1 stack add4 comments
review
Bette
Swing | Michael Hall
post image
Pickpick

I love newest picture book by Michael Hall.
His colorful illustrations might seem simple but he creates a lot of emotion with a few curved lines to make eyebrows and frowns really expressive.
As the letters come together recess rejection evolves into acceptance and kindness. Let the swinging begin. 👍

review
Bette
The Fell of Dark | Caleb Roehrig
post image
Pickpick

The only thing worse than living in a vampire town is having to take Algebra I for the second time.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

ShyBookOwl Oh he wrote an Archie Horror book I really enjoyed. I'll have to check this out! 2y
35 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
Bette
Mountains Wild: A Mystery | Sarah Stewart Taylor
post image
Pickpick

I admit I massacred most of the Irish in this book, but when I got to this page I just burst out laughing. 😂

jouleian 😂😂😂 this is great! 2y
Bette It‘s at times like these I need the audio. 😂🤣 2y
34 likes2 comments
review
Bette
Mountains Wild: A Mystery | Sarah Stewart Taylor
post image
Pickpick

My last two reads both involved mysteries in Ireland. Foley continues ratchet up the suspense.
I had not read Sarah Stewart Taylor before and I really enjoyed her characters and how she wove the story between Long Island and Ireland. I hope there's a sequel.
Dexter is one of the #catsoflitsy

35 likes2 stack adds
review
Bette
Good Girl, Bad Blood | Holly Jackson
post image
Pickpick

You think you'd know what a killer sounds like.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

review
Bette
post image
Pickpick

Two truths and a lie:
1) This book delivered 💯on all the promises the reviews made.
2) The book has a beautiful green cover.
3) A creepy mansion plays a part in the story.
🤔 👍😉

30 likes2 stack adds
review
Bette
Home in The Woods | Eliza Wheeler
post image
Pickpick

In the fall of 1932, during the Great Depression, the author's grandma's family was evicted from their home in northern Wisconsin. When her grandma's dad died, Marvel's 34 year old mother took her 8 kids to live in abandoned tar paper shack deep in the woods. This is the story of Marvel, Eliza's grandma. It is a lovely family history about life's struggles, and finding what is truly important.

41 likes3 stack adds
review
Bette
post image
Pickpick

I've been reading more romances since times got tough. This one was light and funny. I found myself snort laughing a few times.
This line struck me funny: "Random fact: La Brea in Spanish means "tar pits," so we're all actually going around saying The Tar Pits Tar Pits." ? Yep, I still find that funny. ? #catsoflitsy Dexter

sharread Such a cute kitty. 😻 2y
Bette Thanks @sharread He's a good guy. ❤️🐱 2y
49 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
Bette
Once You Go This Far | Kristen Lepionka
post image
Pickpick

Why do I love Roxane Weary? Shes feisty and vulnerable, she's smart and witty, and she keeps plugging away. ? "Roxane gets knocked down but she gets up again, you're never gonna keep her down" ?
Why do I love Kristen Lepionka? She created Roxane, she writes smart mysteries, and she just lit the fuse on a new plot line that I dearly hope will be further developed in Book 5. ?❤️?

MySharonaK Oh wow I didn‘t know book 4 is out ! I love the series and the author 2y
Bette @MySharonaK It snuck up on me too. She's become one of my favorites. 2y
MySharonaK @Bette ❣️ 2y
37 likes1 stack add3 comments
review
Bette
Malamander | Thomas Taylor
post image
Pickpick

All my holds came in at once. 📚 😳 📚
Knowing I wouldn't have time to read everything, I thought I would read a few pages of Malamander and then return it.
I got to page 3 and never stopped reading.
This was a lot of fun. Lemony Snicket fan? You might enjoy this series. 😊

review
Bette
post image
Pickpick

It's a variation of a locked room mystery: An isolated mansion. A private island. A stormy night. A wealthy family has gathered. Shana and Tim, newish partners, are called to investigate. They take a look at the blood soaked bed and think: J isn't missing ... he's dead. With plenty of suspects, this was reminiscent of Agatha Christie. When Shana and Tim are cut off from their team and there's a scream ... the pages practically flip themselves.

37 likes1 stack add
review
Bette
Before Familiar Woods | Ian Pisarcik
post image
Pickpick

Although dark and atmospheric, I'm surprised there hasn't been more buzz around it. This was such a vivid read. I really liked how the author brought everything to life.

"Her face was thin and the lines that ran obliquely along the sides of her nose were dark
and seemed to hold the ends of her lips like the ropes of a porch swing."

27 likes1 stack add
review
Bette
post image
Pickpick

I love that Sarah is both scared and willing to search the creepy 4th floor. 🤣

review
Bette
post image
Pickpick

2nd in a series. Even though Jazz has a job as an Administrative Assistant at St Catherine's that doesn't stop her amateur detective work when her cadaver dogs locate a body. With interesting characters and plenty of suspects, Logan has me waiting for the 3rd installment. Dexter #catsoflitsy

review
Bette
The Last Flight | Julie Clark
post image
Pickpick

Just finished The Last Flight. It's a twisty page turner. I didn't love something that the author chose to do, but then authors rarely consult with me before publishing. 😝 😜 😛 🤣 😆
Dex #catsoflitsy

Eggs 😂 2y
42 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
Bette
post image
Pickpick

I made out like a bandit with my latest holds from our library. 😊😉👍
The contactless curbside pickup has been a welcome option. 😎😷❤️

review
Bette
Last Girls | Demetra Brodsky
post image
Pickpick

Three sisters are raised to be prepared For The End Of The World As We Know It, whether it's the bomb, economic collapse, a viral flu pandemic, or some other apocalyptic event. Labeled weird at their newest school, things go sideways when the school goes on lockdown and Honey climbs up into the ventilation shaft to make her escape. Her classmates watch her departure in amazement. I was entertained. 😂👍 Dexter #catsoflitsy

Soubhiville Dexter is so handsome! 🥰 2y
Bette @Soubhiville Thanks! He's a good little dude. 🐱❤️ 2y
ozma.of.oz Such a cute reading buddy! And what an interesting book! 2y
Bette Thank you 😊...it was a fun read. Total escape. 2y
Nute Hey Dexter!😺💜 2y
26 likes1 stack add5 comments
review
Bette
post image
Pickpick

This was a fun. Five misfits compete in trials, only one will survive. A perfect escape read.

Harper caught sitting still. (After the photo op...the dragon didn't stand a chance.) 🤣📸. #catsoflitsy

@BookishTrish clone kitties? 😂🐱

BookishTrish OMG yes! 2y
Branwen I just recently read this book also and LOVED it! 💕📚 I am all about dragons! 🐉 Great pic! 2y
See All 9 Comments
Bette @Branwen Thanks! I loved the dragon you posed. 🐉 I didn't even care that it was going to be continued and I'd have to wait. I just enjoyed it all and then when the dragon thing happened at the end (no spoilers) it just opened it all up for the next one. 📚❤️👍 2y
iread2much Awesome photo! What a cute kitty and I admire the toy dragon very much. 2y
johncadams We have two blue cats. They are a lovely colour, aren't they? 2y
Bette @iread2much 😊 Thank you very much! 🐱🐉👍 2y
Bette @johncadams Yes, the color really drew us to him. 😊 2y
johncadams Ours were both strays who turned up looking for a home, but we fell in love with the colour very quickly. 2y
20 likes9 comments
review
Bette
Devil Darling Spy | Matt Killeen
post image
Pickpick

Not sure this was a good time to read this...man made contagion ? and who it was tested on.
"You know what?" he whispered angrily. "There have always been people, humans who are worth less. Not because they actually are, but because someone has put themselves on top, and someone has to be on the bottom. It's the Jews, or the Negros, or the poor...always the poor, and it's wrong ...". Why am I surprised by man's inhumanity to man... ? #cats

review
Bette
Diamond City | Francesca Flores
post image
Bailedbailed

I was just unable to suspend disbelief when the main character, a (regular sized) teenage female assassin killed a guard and then ... "She lifted the body upward and then, straining under the man's dead weight, managed to stand on top of the desk while carrying him. She lifted the body and tossed it over the wall..."
I was just: nope. It could just be me but I was promised magic and I wasn't feeling it. #catsoflitsy

review
Bette
My Best Friend | Julie Fogliano
post image
Pickpick

Fun picture book about finding a friend. Loved the illustrations. 👍❤️😊

review
Bette
The Split: A Novel | Sharon Bolton
post image
Pickpick

Mainly I'm a fan of her Lacey Flint series but her stand-alone thrillers are usually good fast moving reads too.

And reading about glaciers took me away for a while. 🐧❤️

22 likes2 stack adds
review
Bette
Wicked Saints: A Novel | Emily A. Duncan
post image
Pickpick

"Nadya had only been wearing her mask for a day and already she was fantasizing about ripping it off.
It was hot and uncomfortable and she didn't want it on anymore."
... when your Real Life meets your Fictional Life... ??. Dexter, one of the #catsoflitsy

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
34 likes1 comment