2017 13. The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

By Joshua Hammer

Rating:  3 out of 5

This book is only 215 pages long, and the author seems to have had a hard time filling those pages.  He usually writes for magazines, and I think this book was him putting together multiple articles to make up a book.  It wasn’t really bad, but it seems like he didn’t have enough to say about the librarians to fill a book, so he put in a lot of terrorist history to fill up the rest.  It is probably half about “librarians” and half about terrorists.  He writes a little bit about himself as well.

It was frequently repetitive, which might make it easier for readers who can’t keep up with all the characters, but became annoying.

2017 12. What She Left Behind

By Ellen Marie Wiseman

Rating: 3 out of 5

This wasn’t bad.  It tells the stories of two young women, during two different time periods, whose lives kind of intersect.  The end of the book seems a little like the author ran out of time or thought she had enough pages, so the story kind of got wrapped up in  a rush.  It kind of dropped the story about Shannon without a resolution.  The wrap up of Izzy’s mother’s story seemed rushed.  Other things just seemed to suddenly resolve themselves after a big buildup.