Overall, Ten Beach Road, was the perfect book to go with my "Spring Fever" mentality. Once I got past the whole, "Could that really happen" aspect of these three women getting possession of Ten Beach Road when there were hundreds of others still waiting for their money. The descriptions of the historical mansion was enough to satisfy my daily cravings for house porn and the relationship between the three different women was interesting and unique. I especially loved Maddie and how the Stay-At-Home-Mom had to step up to the plate when her husband's world fell apart. But each of the three women came out of this experience learning something about themselves. And I always enjoy those kind of books.
Bottom line, the unseasonably warm weather throughout the country has us all pulling out our flip-flops and margarita glasses. Ten Beach Road is the perfect book to help you get in that warm weather mentality.(less)
There has been a lot of industry buzz surrounding Wild from almost the first announcement of publication. I wavered between wanting to read the book and just letting it pass by me. I put a hold on the book so long ago that when I heard Oprah chose it for her club, I thought "Oh thank God, I put it on hold before she chose this book." I am glad that I did decide to read, Wild. Cheryl is so honest in her grief and her description of the pain she felt at the loss of her mother is so detailed and so raw it almost brings the reader to their knees.
What I enjoyed most about this book is that we get to see how the people she meets on the trail become part of the transformation Cheryl makes from a woman paralyzed by grief into this strong, confident woman who is ready to take the next step into her future. At first she is cautious and reserved with the people she encounters, but the constant encouragement and support is the kind of motivation she needs. Even though they are virtually strangers it becomes a family like atmosphere at each stop along the trail. And I think that is what Cheryl desperately needed after losing her mom and feeling abandoned by the rest of her family, people who are excited to see her and encourage her to keep going, no matter what.
Bottom line, Wild, is an absolutely fabulous read. Cheryl tells her story with such insightful and introspective honesty that it is easy to get lost in her story. She is such a strong woman and by the time she reaches Mount Hood I felt an amazing amount of admiration for the author. What she accomplished is truly astounding. This book is a must read for anyone who has suffered a loss of any kind. Cheryl's words are sure to give you strength and hope to carry on. (less)
Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House is about a young woman who has restlessly moved from rental house to rental house while moving back and forth from California to Lincoln, Nebraska. She finally takes the big plunge in the shark infested waters of Los Angeles real estate. Let me just say that for what Meghan Daum paid for her hovel in LA - would have bought her a mansion in Wyoming. For real. But, having lived in Lincoln, she knew that when she took the plunge.
I enjoyed Life Would Be Perfect if I Lived In That House, but I need to tell you now that the majority of the book is about the rentals she lived in leading up to her purchase. I did enjoy how she told us what she paid in rent for each home, that gave me a chance to compare to what I have paid in rent over the years. My cheapest rent was $250/month in Red Oak, Iowa and my most expensive is $1400 in Casper, Wyoming.(less)
Separate Beds is an intricately layered book full of family history that is unveiled to us chapter by chapter. Tom and Annie have basically been coast...moreSeparate Beds is an intricately layered book full of family history that is unveiled to us chapter by chapter. Tom and Annie have basically been coasting through their marriage in the last five years. They have said things they can't take back and even their children wonder why they are still together. As they face a financial crisis that many of us can relate to, they try to piece their relationship back together.
Separate Beds was well written, even if the characters are a bit dense at times. It was a tale of woe that I think is the tale of many these days. Me, being the "happy ever after" kind of girl I am wanted to shake both Annie and Tom at times, but the history of their animosity goes back so much further than the pages of this book, that is obvious. The depth of that past makes this book seem so much more real. I enjoyed this book, but it was not the fluff I was looking for after my last book. I am definitely ready for some fluff now!
Between Here and Forever is a teen lit novel packed full of the heavy stuff. There is self esteem issues, teen pregnancy,bullying, mental illness in the form of OCD, and same-sex teen relationships. By no stretch of the imagination could it could be considered "fluffy" because that is okay. Rarely is a teen's life all fluff. Don't be afraid to let your teen read this book though, Elizabeth Scott was very tasteful in addressing all of these issues without being graphic or gratuitous. I do think if you have a teen wanting to read this book, read it with them, the content is sure to lead to some wonderful conversation. (less)
I love an author that makes me laugh out loud. Jen Lancaster is notorious for having that talent and so does Laurie Notaro, I discovered. There's a Sl...moreI love an author that makes me laugh out loud. Jen Lancaster is notorious for having that talent and so does Laurie Notaro, I discovered. There's a Slight Chance I Might Be Going to Hell was a funny book.
I could relate to the premise of the story. Maye moves from her hometown of Phoenix to Spaulding, Washington for her husbands career. Ummm, been there doing that for three months now. Spaulding is a little University town. To say that Maye has a hard time fitting in is a hilarious understatement. From book clubs featuring Witches to Vegan clubs, Maye is desperately trying to make friends. She finally finds a way by joining the Sewer Pipe Beauty Pageant.
I laughed outside several times through out this book. It is always fun to find a story that tickles the funny bone. Maye's escapades were laugh out loud funny. I wonder if Notaro's non-fiction is as funny as her foray into fiction. I sure hope so! (less)
Set in the suburbs of Dublin. Maeve Binchy takes the old adage, "It takes a village to raise a child" and turns it in to a heartwarming novel about young Frankie. Within a few minutes of her birth, Frankie's mother dies of a horrible illness. Frankie is the result of a one night stand. Her father, Noel, is an alcoholic, ill-equipped to raise a baby girl. (less)
Nic, Mel, & Seema have a strong friendship and that is evident from page one. They have each others backs and are there to help each other no matter what the situation. I think that is what had me liking the book so much. The friendship was genuine and balanced. They didn't give bad behavior a pass in the name of "being supportive", they called each other on their bad behavior without being judgmental or hateful. And throughout the whole book I found myself snorting out loud at things that was being said or done, because it was so real.
There's Cake in my Future is a great girlfriend novel. Nic, Mel, & Seema are three friends who just want to be happy and in love. But if they can't all have that, at least they have each other to get through. This is the perfect book to read and pass on to your BFF, she will thank you for it, I promise! (less)
After having read so many Jodi Picoult novels, I knew what to expect. Having recently read her newest book, it is very easy to see how far she has come in her storytelling skills. The formula is the same, but oh dear, was she excessively wordy back in the day. I found myself thinking more than once, "JUST GET ON WITH IT!" Overall, the story was just mediocre. I am sure many mothers could relate to Paige in many ways, but I think she needed to grow a backbone about 200 pages earlier than she did. If your only reading options are a cereal box or Harvesting the Heart, by all means read Harvesting the Heart, but I would not recommend it over a more recent Picoult novel. (less)
I will say that in my opinion, I will say that I think her first book was better. The characters were a little more likable. Claudia and Jeremy both s...moreI will say that in my opinion, I will say that I think her first book was better. The characters were a little more likable. Claudia and Jeremy both seemed immature and selfish, which made it hard to like them, but at the same time I could empathize their situation.
Bottom line, if you like reading memoirs in general, you would probably enjoy The Book of Mormon Girl. It is a quick, yet fairly uneventful read. I know that to the author and probably other Mormons, her crisis of faith was earth shattering. I am sure many people find it admirable that she still takes her children to a Mormon church, but I am not one of those people. I do not find it admirable or courageous to continue to financially support any organization that directly opposes what you believe to be right. But this I believe, Joanna Brooks has the right to believe what she wants, practice what she wants, teach her children what she wants and participate when she wants. That is her right, to believe otherwise - well it just would not be right.(less)
Calico Joe is a a wonderful little novel about regrets, forgiveness and how the simple act of making an apology can set your soul free. I think that this book will be the perfect Father's Day gift for so many Dad's out there. Not just because of the baseball aspect of the story, but also because of Father/Son relationship. Even a damaged relationship like the one between Paul and his father is worthy of examination at the end of one's life, if not before. Bottom line, I think that this book has many audiences and it is well worth the read. (less)
Restoring Grace was the first book by Katie Fforde that I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Ms. Fforde wrote a charming novel set in a quiet Engl...moreRestoring Grace was the first book by Katie Fforde that I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Ms. Fforde wrote a charming novel set in a quiet England village. Her main characters, Grace, Ellie & Remi are all charming, sweet characters that have noticeable personal growth. Some of the peripheral characters are written in such a way that I wanted to reach through the pages and kick her butt (Allegra, I *am* talking about you).
Mrs. Perfect was the first Jane Porter book that I have read and I thoroughly enjoyed her writing. She writes intelligent and interesting characters. At first, I wasn't sure that I could stomach Taylor's shallow ways, but the more I read, the more I could see that Taylor was far from Mrs. Perfect. She was human.
Mrs. Perfect was an enjoying read. Perfect for the beach or the airport. I will certainly be looking for more of Ms. Porter's work. (less)
While I LIKED Save Me, I did not love Save Me. The author had such a huge opportunity to really generate discussions amongst readers everywhere. The last third of the book took a strange little turn that just seemed forced - it was like about 2/3 through the book she remembered it was supposed to be a mystery novel. It just felt forced. Should you skip the book? No - I think the "what would you do" scenario is enough to challenge your way of thinking and generate conversation in your book clubs, but lower your expectations for the ending. (less)
I enjoyed Running The Books. It was well written and the author did a good job of being fair, yet realistic to the prisoners and their reasons for being in prison. Avi is a genuinely likable guy, albeit a bit naive. His experiences at the prison seem to wisen him beyond his years. His story is part humorous, part heartbreaking, and totally engaging. I enjoyed it thoroughly and it satisfied my morbid prison curiosity. (less)
Pray for Silence was just as good as the first book. But don't let the Amish theme fool you. The writing is graphic and gritty. It feels authentic. Li...morePray for Silence was just as good as the first book. But don't let the Amish theme fool you. The writing is graphic and gritty. It feels authentic. Linda Castillo writes her stories in such a way that you know she will be around for a very long time.
Vitamin D is such a critical part of our health, deficiencies of this vitamin has been linked to so many different health issues that it is vital we maintain healthy levels. And that is harder than I ever thought. Eating well and taking supplements is not going to cut it. What do you know, our mom's were right! Fresh air and sunlight are important to living a healthy life! (less)
Sister is a really good novel, it is more than just a mystery novel, it is a novel about the bond of sisterhood. The bond between sisters can be so strong that not even death can break them. Having a sister myself, I really could relate to Bee's unbreakable belief that her sister did not commit suicide. It was powerful and I would be the same way. I think Sister is a novel that many women can relate to, not because of the mystery, but because we are so close to our sisters.(less)
I'd Know You Anywhere is a great dramatic read. A bit hard to read in some areas, but not overly graphic. An interesting read for those who love Mystery novels. I would recommend this book to anyone. (less)