The Legend of Zelda: Legendary Edition, Vol. 4: The Minish Cap/Phantom Hourglass

ZedaI found this at the library and I was thrilled. I have played EVERY Zelda game out there, well not the new one for the Switch. I don’t have a Switch.

The Legend of Zelda: Vol 4  by Akira Himekawa was such a sweet Zelda book. I loved the art work, and how it was so easy to read and follow. Yes, this is a graphic novel, and it is Vol 4. However, I do not think that these need to be read in any order.

I loved how the book carried the spirit of the games, and how Link can only do what he does, while being both the hero and the screw up. The books look thick, the look intimidating, but they are so easy to read and follow. IF you remember that they are read the way a Manga is read.


Sing No Evil

Sing no evil

Sing No Evil by JP Ahonen is a wonderful little graphic novel about a heavy metal band and the evil that the encounter when the are trying to make it big.

Aksel is the stuttering lead guitar player for the band Perkeros. However, that is not what this book is about. It is about music and how it connects to every and all things. How there might be a perfect song or sound out there that will unleash the demons from hell.

OK, there were parts of it I did not understand, the band thing is not something that I have ever been involved in and I am not sure how true what Perkeros went through to get where they wanted to be. I am not even sure if they made it there.

Would I recommend reading this sure, would I add it to my shelf to keep no.

The 57 Bus


This was a book club picked book. I don’t know if I have ever explained how our book club picks books but it is an interesting way.  Someone pitched a book then we vote on it. The book with the most votes is the one we read for the next month.  I pitched this book.

The 57 Bus by Daska Slater tells the true story of two teens and how one action changed the lives of them both. Unless you have been under a rock in the US in the last five years there are no spoilers in this story. It made national news. Sasha was asleep on the bus wearing their white fluffy skirt, Richard was with two other teens egging him on. Richard lit Sasha’s skirt on fire.

Richard thought that Sasha would wake up and pat the fire out. He did not realize how flammable the skirt was. Sasha was exhausted and woke to a ball of flames traveling up their legs.

This book takes an approach to a crime story that I have not seen before. There is no EVIL bad guy, there is no SAINT good guy. There is stupidity, not thinking and the consequences.

One of the things that I loved about this book is that the author talks about pronouns and identity. Too many times it is ignored. I do not see how hard it is to call someone by the name or pronouns that they choose.


“Back then they had their whole lives ahead of them, or so they thought.”

In 2012, Oakland was the most dangerous city in California.”

“It wasn’t until later that she realized she’d gotten the pronouns wrong.”



Saturday is for Funerals (Botswana)


With a title like Saturday if for Funerals by Unity Dow and Max Essex, I thought this was going to be a VERY depressing book about death. I was wrong and not wrong. This book is about HIV/AIDS in Botswana and how the people there are facing this epidemic. I use that word epidemic on purpose. In Botswana, the ratio of adults with HIV/AIDS is 1 in 4. That is a huge amount of people.

This book has a unique perspective that I enjoyed.  Judge Dow wrote the first half of each chapter and tells the story of someone or family and how they are affected by the disease. The second part of the chapter was written by professor Essex and covers a more scientific view of what is happening in Botswana.

The title comes from the custom of holding funerals on Saturday. The grave would be dug on Friday night, and the funeral would finish up by about noon on Saturday. This was the custom until AIDS stated killing people so quickly.

I loved learning that families are central to the people lives there. That while there are many orphans because of AIDS there are not a lot of orphanages. That aunts, uncles, and cousins all take in family members.

The hope in this book is where it talks about scientific advances and the political changes that are helping the people survive.


“Amelia recalls 1988 as the year the pages started turning red.”

“He died in China a couple of months shy of his thirtieth birthday, two years after his wife of one year had died, three months after his wifes’ ex-boyfriend died. ”

“By best estimates, HIV entered the human population only fifty to a hundred years ago.”






OMG, this was such an amazing book. Scythe is written by Neal Shusterman and the world he created is just believable. This is a Printz Honor Book and I can see why it got an award.

Scythe takes place in the future but the exact time is unknown. In this world, no one dies. They become deadish, that means if you get hit by a car you get brought back. Suicide is impossible as the  Thunderhead keeps track of everyone and everything. Well, all most.

The Thunderhead stays out of the business of the Scythes. Because there is no natural death and people can “turn the corner” Scythes were created to cull the human population. They are feared, honored, and treated as outsiders.

I do not want to give any spoilers for people who have not read this, but there is corruption, and splatting, and parties, and death.

This is the first in a series and the second will be out soon.


“Immortality has turned us all into cartoons.”

“In this business of death, we scythes have no competition. Unless, of course, you consider fire.”


The Book of Proper Names (Belgium)


I am back to reading my way around the world! I have picked out 12 books for 12 countries and these are my goal for this year. So far I am off to a good start, my local library actually has 3 of the books! Huzza!

The first book I got from the library is The Book of Proper Names by Amelie Nothomb. This was read for Belgium and while it did not cover a lot of the customs or beliefs of the country it was still an interesting read. It is the story of lies, obsession, and the results of that.

Lucette is described as being “fragile” I would have called her mental. She has a child and names her Plectrude. This is the story of Plectrude.

I did not like Plectrude at first she was to perfect, then she was ill, then she miraculously recovered.  Then she descended into the same madness that claimed her mother. However, Plectrude took someone with her into her madness.


“Who are these fortunate creatures hurting by enjoying their own beauty?”

“There is only one key to knkowledge and that is desire.”




Delicious by Ruth Reichl was a delightful light read. With the most amazing Gingerbread recipe in the back. I know I made it this morning. I must put in a warning here, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK IF YOU ARE HUNGRY. It will only make it worse.

Delicious is a book about a mansion in New York, it is about food, and finding your own way. It is about James Beard, and WWII, and foraging. There is love in many forms and secrets that are not so secret and being alone.

There is a lot in this book. It is one that I would not have picked up myself it was a book that was sent to me for the #LMBPC reading treat. LMBPC is an event where readers pick a book, read it, write their thoughts in the book, and then send it on to the next person on the list. The book that I chose to send was The Very Best of Charles de Lint.

This book was refreshing read light and quick it was much needed after some of the books that have been a bit more intense.