I have been a huge fan of Diane Chamberlain's for quite a while now. Her writing has been compared to Jodi Picoult, but I will go a step further and s...moreI have been a huge fan of Diane Chamberlain's for quite a while now. Her writing has been compared to Jodi Picoult, but I will go a step further and say that her writing, while similar in genre, is better than Picoult's. Why, you ask? Well because I don't have the violent urge to throw the book at the wall when I come to the end. Once again, Ms. Chamberlain has written a touching story with characters that find their way into your heart.
I have found myself growing enchanted with Salem and it's unique history. Because of this, I tend to enjoy books set in or around the historical town. I really enjoyed The Map of True Places. There was just an underlying hint of the witchcraft that Salem is known for, but Zee's story is a captivating one. The characters, including Zee, are enjoyable and have a depth to them that make them interesting. If you liked the Lace Reader or the Physik Book of Deliverance Dane, I think you would enjoy The Map of True Places. (less)
I have been a huge fan of Allison Winn Scotch ever since I read The Time of My Life and more recently, The Department of Lost and Found. She has a way of getting inside the heads of women like you and me.Her new book, The One That I Want is no different, it has been getting rave reviews from some of your favorite magazines.
The One That I Want is a perfect book to stick in the beach bag. The characters are well written and many women can relate to the story, not to mention the memories that will spring to the surface as you are reading Tilly's story. Is there a more perfect way to pass a lazy Summer afternoon? (less)
Joy was a character that I was able to identify with in a way that I have not done in quite some time. She is a strong woman successful in her career. It isn't until she moves to Amherst & she becomes part of a community that she realizes what she has been missing all this time. And for her it is a scary realization. I started thinking back to the friends in my adult life and I realize that they are all people I met through my career. And I see that if it weren't for those people who pulled me into their lives outside of work, that I easily could have been just like Joy. Alone. It was eye opening for me.(less)
Room is a captivating, unique novel that, while it seems unbelievable, a quick glance at the newsstand proves that it is a story ripped from the headlines. Five year old Jack is the narrator of this unique story. If you have recently had a conversation with a five year old, you know that it can be a bit tough to follow their train of thought. But, trust me, stick with Jack, his story is one you won't want to miss.
Emma Donoghue has brilliantly portrayed a five year old's life in a solitary room. She has created this world that, just like the nightly news, is something that fascinates us and captivates us at the same time. And while we find it hard to look away, we want nothing more than for Jack and his mother to escape and live happily in the Outside. (less)
Dewey's Nine Lives is a little bit different than Dewey. There are a few stories about Dewey and six stories about other cats that have made an impact...moreDewey's Nine Lives is a little bit different than Dewey. There are a few stories about Dewey and six stories about other cats that have made an impact on the lives of special people. And imagine my surprise when my friend's Grandpa Mullenberg is mentioned in the first chapter. I got so excited that if it weren't 2 AM in Iowa I would have been texting her or calling her! Instead I Facebooked her. Silly isn't it? To get so excited at something like that. I am a true nerd. LOL
Dewey's Nine Lives is a collection of cat stories told by Vicki Myron. Cat lover or not, you would have to have a heart of coal to not be touched by the stories of the cats that touched the lives of others all over the country.
The Long Road Home is the first book that I have had the pleasure of reading by Mary Alice Monroe. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth at which Ms...moreThe Long Road Home is the first book that I have had the pleasure of reading by Mary Alice Monroe. I was pleasantly surprised by the depth at which Ms. Monroe goes to paint the whole picture. While I enjoyed the story and the characters, there were several times that I thought 400+ pages was 150 pages longer than it really needed to be. I enjoyed the character development of CW & Nora, but some of the subplots just caused my eyes to glaze over and were unnecessary. Overall The Long Road Home was a good read & I look forward to reading more by this author, but honestly, I would not be surprised to see the book turned into a Lifetime Movie. One I might even watch!(less)
I really enjoyed Keep the Change, so much that as I was writing this review, I started to like it even more. According to some, tipping has gotten out of control in our country, but as long as our minimum wage in this country is barely $15,000 a YEAR, I will continue to tip those in the service industry. They, well okay most of them, have earned it. (less)
When an author has such a phenomenal debut as Lisa Genova did with Still Alice, she has to live up to some pretty high expectations. Her new book, LEFT Neglected , is a pretty strong follow up.
Lisa Genova has written another intelligent novel about how it takes more than a drive to succeed to survive a tragedy. It takes a whole team of people to cheer us on, lift us up, and show us what are the really important things in life. Still Neglected can be purchased in January from anywhere books are sold. (less)
I have been a fan of Cecelia Ahern for years. Her book, P.S., I Love You was instrumental in fostering my love for all things Irish. I mean, really if you have read my blog for more than five minutes you know that I LOVE Irish Chick Lit. So to get my hot little hands on an ARC of Cecelia Ahern's was a dream come true. Until.....
The Book of Tomorrow is about sixteen year old Tamara Goodwin. Tamara's world has been rocked by the suicide of her father. Tamara & her mother are forced to leave Dublin to live with relatives in the country. There is meek Uncle Artie and the wretched Aunt Rosaleen. Aunt Rosaleen is doing everything in her power to make her life miserable. To pass the summer days, Tamara checks out a book from the mobile library. She is shocked to discover that it is a blank book that starts filling up magically with tomorrow's diary entries. As Tamara gets a glimpse into the future, she starts to realize that the answers may lie in the past.
Ms. Ahern tries to go for the "gothic" feel, with the creepy Aunt and the Mother that seems to be held hostage in an upstairs room. The attempt falls short, though. The gothic feel just falls flat. Tamara comes across as a spoiled brat and the rest of the characters are just so one dimensional the story could have been so much more.
Not every author hits a home run every time they write a book. The Book of Tomorrow wasn't a HORRIBLE book, Lord knows that I have read worse, I just felt that it didn't live up to the author's potential. Here is hoping the year goes by fast and her next book is more like her older books. (less)
I really enjoyed The Frugalista Files. Natalie McNeal took a risk in exposing her financial transgressions to the whole world, but it in the end it really paid off. (Pardon the silly pun). She learned a lot about herself in the process and I think there are a lot of women out there that can relate to her tales of financial woe. Natalie's fun and friendly personality shine through with every word she writes, making her blog (and book) seem more like a girlfriend sending you an email than a lecture about overspending.
If you are one of the millions of Americans who is going to try to get out of debt in 2011, I encourage you to check out The Frugalista Files. Natalie will give you the inspiration necessary to stay the course. (less)
The Radley's was a well written novel. The chapters were a bit choppy, but it works for Matt Haig and makes the book fast to read. The Radley's could be a family in your neighborhood. Dad is a doctor and Mom attends book club. As readers we have recently been conditioned to believe that Vampires are like Bill Compton or Edward Cullen, sexy and dangerous. The Radley's are nothing like them, but like any other family you might find on your block, when things get tough, they stick together. (less)
Skipping A Beat is a unique type of Chick Lit. At the heart of the book is a love story. Julia, the main character, is a very complex character. I had a hard time genuinely liking her because her desire for financial security made her a bit, unsavory at times. I had a hard time relating to her, maybe because I was single and financially independent for the last 15 years. My financial security was solely my responsibility. But her insecurities were very real. Even though she had her own career, the thought of not having her husband's wealth terrified her. As the novel went on though, she became more receptive to financial alternatives and that made her seem a little less intense. As the story went on, I found myself cheering on Michael in his efforts to win her back, he has truly seen the error of his ways and hopes to rectify the situation before it is too late. And then tragedy strikes again...(less)
Siobhan Fallon has written a compelling collection of stories loosely connected about the families left behind at Ft. Hood during a deployment. They are powerful snippets of what life is like at Fort Hood when the men are gone. Her stories tell tales of loneliness, adultery, PTSD, sisterhood, and so much more. (less)
Told in strictly email, text, & twitter format, I am not really sure what to say about Save as Draft. The author took creative liberties with the...moreTold in strictly email, text, & twitter format, I am not really sure what to say about Save as Draft. The author took creative liberties with the timeliness of social media such as Facebook & Twitter with her flashbacks, but I let that one go. Overall I really enjoyed the novel. I fell a little in love with Izzy, myself, and I could relate to her frustrations as I have a workaholic husband myself. But, (there is always a but) I was not happy at all with the ending, but I could see where some of you may find it brilliant. I found it completely unfulfilling. I will be interested to hear what you think after you have given it a read. Save As Draft will be on the shelves of your favorite bookstores starting tomorrow.
I really enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would. I am not giving it a "Best of" because it didn't really evoke extreme emotions, but it did keep me hooked from the first page. I am not sure how I feel about the ending. I don't want to say too much to give it away, but the end seemed a little forced. Even though the end was not what it could have been, I really enjoyed this book and I think it is well worth the read. The author did a great job of bringing Vernon into our world, wild excess, horrible flaws, and all.
Disclaimer to my readers: To be completely honest, I can see where some of the devout might have problems with this book. If you go into it knowing that the book is about a shill, and the rise and fall of that shill, then you are less likely to be offended by what takes place. Some of the concepts of this book and actions of the characters could be considered offensive to some. Others will just take it as the satire it was meant to be. Either way, I would LOVE to hear what you think about this book! You can find it on bookstore shelves this week!(less)