Book Review: An Abundance of Katherines

Title: An Abundance of Katherines
Author: John Green

Genre: Young Adult

Publisher: Dutton Books
Publication Date: 2006

Format: Hardcover, 215 pages

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun- but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove the Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

Review:

Colin Singleton is a child prodigy who wants to matter in the world. He has a habit of reading for at least 4 hours a day to expand his intellect and loves to anagram. His main problem is being dumped by girls named Katherine- he’s been dumped by 19 of them! After being dumped by Katherine XIX, Colin and his best friend Hassan go on a road trip and end up in Gutshot, Tennessee. Colin decides to matter in this world, he must devise a theorem and begins work to prove the Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability. His hope is that this theorem will predict the future of any relationship. In Gutshot, he meets Lindsey Lee Wells who doesn’t care if she matters and plans to stay in Gutshot for the rest of her life. She helps Collin with his theorem and tries to get him to tell a story with it. The journey to proving his theorem is a long one that involves a lot of math.

I really enjoyed the humor in this book. The footnotes were fun to read as the book went along. I’m a super nerd so I loved all the math that was included in this book especially the appendix where all the calculations were included. I think my favorite character was actually Hassan. He loves Judge Judy and being lazy and uses the words “Kafir” and “sitzpinkler” a lot. I would definitely recommend this book to any one who loves the YA genre.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish
This week’s topic is Top Ten Heroines. This is such a hard topic because there are so many book heroines I love that it’s hard to pick. I love a girl who can kick butt and doesn’t need a boy to save her. There are a lot of things I can say about this topic but let’s just get right into my list. 
  1. Mary “Jacky” Faber from the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer. She’s an orphan and she kicks butt and makes her own way in the world by herself from the age of 12 when she disguises herself as a boy. 
  2. Hermoine Granger from the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Do I even need to say anything more. 
  3. Tris from the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. She kicks butt. 
  4. Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. Pretty self-explanatory.
  5. Catelyn Travis from the Call Me Cat series by Karpov Kinrade. She takes a job as a phone sex operator to make ends meet and she is just awesome in the way she handles herself.
  6. Sara from Heart of Fire by Mary Lennox. She leaves her family to go in search of the Heart of Fire knowing that her uncle wants her dead. 
  7. Harley from the No Regrets series by Lauren Blakely. She ends up in Love and Sex Addicts Anonymous. Her mom is just a terrible person but Harley manages to do her own thing.

Weekly Book Recap

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. 
I participated in the 2015 Book Blogger Love-a-Thon hosted by Alexa at Alexa Loves Books. This was such a wonderful event and all the love that was being shared on comments and twitter was amazing. 
What I Posted: 

Finished Reading: 
Fool’s Paradise by Jo Ann Ferguson (Netgalley)

Game Play by Lynda Aicher (Netgalley)
Currently Reading: 

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Pretty Famous by Carla Caruso
Up Next: 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Bound by Bliss by Lavinia Kent (Netgalley)
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan (audio)

2015 Book Blogger #Loveathon MC#4 Snapshots

The 2015 Book Blogger Loveathon is hosted by Alexa at Alexa Loves Books.This mini challenge is called snapshots and it’s to share pictures of your books.

Here is my book “shelfie”

This is my favorite series besides Harry Potter (the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer)
These are the books I have checked out from the library. The one in the top left is The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky for those who can’t tell. 
These are my two newest books. I won In Hot Water by J.J. Cook in a giveaway hosted by Lori at Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book.
Finally here are my Batman comics. I don’t have anywhere near as many as I would like but I’m working on it.
And just for fun here’s my cat

2015 Book Blogger #Loveathon MC #3 One Can Only Quote

The 2015 Book Blogger Loveathon is hosted by Alexa at Alexa Loves Books.

I’m a hopeless romantic so I have a lot of quotes about love pinned on Pinterest. There is one that really speaks to me from This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz. I don’t have a computer at the moment so my best friend, Andy, did this drawing for me. 

What are some of your favorite quotes? 

2015 Book Blogger #Loveathon MC #1 Book Spine Poetry

The 2015 Book Blogger Loveathon is hosted by Alexa at Alexa Loves Books. The first mini challenge is book spine poetry.Here’s my attempt! 


The lighting in my apartment sucks… But this is what it says:


Where the Heart Is
At First Sight
He’s Just Not That Into You
In Hot Water
Impulse
Rapture of the Deep

2015 Book Blogger Love-a-Thon Questionaire

I’m really excited to participate in the 2015 Book Blogger Love-A-Thon hosted by Alexa at Alexa Loves Books. I love the idea of spreading the love to other bloggers and hope I am able to help with this. Here are my answers to the questionaire.

  1. What is your name? Brittany 
  2. Where in the world are you blogging from? Mississippi, USA
  3. How did you get into blogging in the first place? I wanted somewhere to share my thoughts. I originally was going to do a crochet/crafting blog but then I found the world of book blogging and fell in love. It’s really helped me to rediscover my love for reading. 
  4. How did you come up with your blog name? Originally my blog name was just The Crafty Engineer when I was going to do a crochet blog. When I decided I wanted this to be a book blog I changed it to The Crafty Engineer’s Bookshelf. I have a degree in chemical engineering so that’s where I got the name. 
  5. What genre do you read and review most on your blog? Romance would have to be the genre I read and review most but I would say Young Adult novels are a close second. 
  6. What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews? At this time I post some of my favorite quotes on Wednesdays and participate in a few weekly memes (It’s Monday! What Are You a Reading?, Top Ten Tuesdays, and Harry Potter Moment of the Week). I would love to start posting a weekly craft project post to share what I have been working on. I think in the near future I will start sharing these on the weekends. 
  7. Best blogging experience so far. Being able to do my first blog tour. 
  8. Favorite thing about the blogging community? Being able to participate in events like this one. 
  9. Name the 5 books you are most excited for in 2015. Hmmm there are so many good books being released this year. This is hard. I’ll go with:
    1. I Was Here by Gayle Forman. I know this is already out but I haven’t had time to read it yet. 
    2. The Lion’s Den series by Violetta Rand. I already read the first one but the other two come out later this year and I’m excited for them. 
    3. Breaking Noah by Missy Johnson and Ashley Suzanne.
    4. Kissing Ted Callahan by Amy Spalding.
    5. All the Rage by Courtney Summers.
  10. What’s an underrated book or series you think everyone should read? The Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer 
  11. Which book boy or girl would be your BFF? Lexi from the Guest House by Erika Marks
  12. Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests? crocheting, playing video games, watching netflix, playing with my cat, hanging out with friends
  13. Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for? Yarn! 
  14. At a party, the DJ suddenly changes songs- and it’s your song. What song would be playing? Love Me Like You Do- Ellie Goulding
  15. Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show or a film/TV show you want turned into a book. This is also a hard one. There are so many books that would make great films/TV shows. I think Heart of Fire by Mary Lennox would be an interesting film. 

Fool’s Paradise by Jo Ann Ferguson

Title: Fool’s Paradise
Author: Jo Ann Ferguson

Genre: Historical Romance, Mysteries

Publisher: BelleBooks
Publication Date: January 31, 2015

I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Series or Stand Alone: A Lady Priscilla Flanders Mystery

Something is rotten in the Lake District… and the Prince Regent has asked Lord Neville Hathaway to investigate. But in order to ensure success, he asks his wife- and intrepid partner in crime-solving- Lady Priscilla, to join him.

When they learn that a young woman of the Beau Monde has vanished in the area, they can’t help wondering if that disappearance is connected to tales of a strange new settlement being created by a half-mad lord. Drawn into the madness against their wills, Priscilla and Neville go undercover as willing citizens in Novum Arce, the utopian recreation of Roman Britain, but it quickly becomes obvious that the person behind the kidnapping and insanity may have a very real ulterior motive- one that could change the future of the war against Napoleon.

Now they have to do more save a missing lady- they have to stop an invasion! And there’s even more at stake! Priscilla has just discovered she’s going to have a child. And Neville has to decide: just how much is he willing to sacrifice for King and country?

Review: 

When her Aunt Cordelia arrives, Lady Priscilla has a lot going on in her life: planning her daughter’s wedding, preparing for her aunt’s visit, and finding out she is pregnant. Then Lord Beamish shows up with a request for her to find his daughter who has been missing for a month. When her husband, Neville accepts this quest, Priscilla is skeptical until she finds out that someone has asked Neville to look into a strange new settlement near where Lord Beamish’s daughter has disappeared. Priscilla insists on going with Neville. A day after they arrive at the last place the missing woman was seen, they are taken to the settlement against their wills and decide to go undercover. This is just the beginning of the strange happenings at Novum Arce, the utopian recreation of Roman Britain, where they are being held. The story only gets better from there.

This is the first Lady Priscilla Flanders mystery I have read, and I must say that I was impressed. I don’t read many mysteries but this book was really good. The characters were well written as was the story. I didn’t want to put it down.

I like that Priscilla and Neville have such a relationship that are not just married but they are partners in everything. With her being pregnant, Neville tries to be overprotective, but Priscilla shuts him down every time letting him know that this is not her first pregnancy and she would never do anything to harm their child. This is definitely a world I would like to visit again.

Rating: 4 stars