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Book Review: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park was on a wish-list my brilliant and beautiful granddaughter, Q, wanted for Christmas. I’ve seen the book touted on blogs and GoodReads but didn’t really pay attention. Before buying it for her I checked it out. I decided I’d like to read the book myself. Eleanor and Park are two fictional sixteen-year-olds […]

Book Review: A Room With a View by E.M. Forster

I’ve been meaning to read A Room With A View for quite a while. I finally started in on the book and, by the end, I decided to read it again, this time via audiobook. Then, by the time I finished the audiobook, I knew I had to see the movie. You could say I […]

Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Seldom do I read a book in which I’m so impressed that I find it hard to write about it. This book, whose theme on the power of books and words, spoke to me in a way I found to be thoroughly enjoyable. That’s not to say this was an easy story to read, because […]

Book Review and Giveaway: The Alligator Man

Author: James Sheehan Publisher: Center Street, October, 2013 Genre: Legal Thriller Format: Paper and eReader Source: Publisher via TLC Bood Tours My Rating: A+ In this novel an “Alligator Man” is a term coined to describe a CEO who goes about swallowing up whole corporations, taking the good parts and spitting out the remaining scraps. […]

Book Review: How the Light Gets In

Author: Louise Penny Publisher: Minotaur Books, August 2013 Genre: Mystery Source: Public Library Format: Audiobook, Read by Ralph Cosham My Rating: A+ I’ve been reading Louise Penny’s series of mysteries two years ago when several fellow book bloggers recommended her to me. They are wonderful mysteries – well plotted and beautifully written. As you may […]

Book Review: Life Itself

Author: Roger Ebert Publisher: Grand Central Publishers, 2011 Genre: Memoir/Autobiography My Rating: A+ There is something natural about doing a “life review” as we age. From what I hear it’s actually a part of the aging process. We have a need to look back. Oh, I know some people say they never look back, but […]

Book Review: The Burgess Boys

THE BURGESS BOYS Author: Elizabeth Strout Publisher: Genre: Literary Fiction Format: Audiobook, read by Cassandra Source: The Publisher via TLC Book Tours My Rating: A+ I believe Elizabeth Strout has another winner in The Burgess Boys. After winning the Pulitzer for her last novel, she needs to keep her standards high. I think she did. […]

Book Review: The Fault In Our Stars

Author: John Greem Publisher: Dutton Books, 2012 Genre: Young Adult Literature Source: The Public Library My Rating: A+ My daughter, Candice, and I both read The Fault In Our Stars because her daughter, Q, told us we had to. I’m very proud that my beloved granddaughter is not only an avid reader, but a passionate and […]

Book Review: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Author: Cheryl Strayed Publisher: Knopf 2012 Genre: Memoir Source: Public Library My Rating: A+ My eldest daughter recommended this book to me sometime last year. Candice was very enthusiastic about it, so I went to our library’s website and requested it. I was number 335!! Wow – I figured lots of people must be as […]

Book Review: Flight Behavior

Author: Barbara Kingsolver Publisher: Harper Perrenial Reprint, June 2013 Genre: Literary Fiction Source: The Publisher My Rating: A+ Dellarobia Turnbull is a 27-year-old farm wife and mother of two young children. Ever since she became pregnant and married at 17, Dellarobia has been floating through her life taking whatever comes along. Her father and mother-in-law […]