Saturday, March 31, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
It took awhile to get into this book, but once I found the hook, it had me and from then on, it was hard to put down. A good read and I love a good mystery!
Saturday, March 24, 2012
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Monday, March 12, 2012
I learned this same thing years ago when I was in school....too many moons to mention. But as with all unused knowledge, I had forgotten it. I was in possession of my grandsons Harry Potter book, the first one to increase in size and I tried to open the thick book as I thought I remembered. And then I dropped it, accidentally of course, and the book fell apart.
It was like mourning a family member, with confession to my grandson first on my agenda. He was horrified. He has learned the value of books and he takes great care of his books. How could Grandma do this to his beloved HP book? I immediately ordered a new copy to replace his copy. It was the right thing to do. I told him to read the broken book when he read it for himself. Grandma was forgiven.
Then I happened across this which I am making into a book mark so I never forget again. I will hopefully never murder another book again!!
May you always hold your books tight; may books make your life bright!
Sunday, March 11, 2012
This week I'm adding four books to my TBR list. All four selections should broaden my horizons. I'm beginning to think I have no specific genre or category of book that I favor. I will read anything, but I want to explore newer authors at the moment and then again I want to read some oldies that I may have missed in high school & college.
TBR: Embrace by Jessica Shirvington
The Keeper of the Light by Diane Chamberlain
The Hollows by Amanda Hocking
Flowers of Algernon by Daniel Keyes
G. K. Chesterton
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Cover Reveal:Taste by Kate Evangelista
At Barinkoff Academy, there's only one rule: no students on campus after curfew. Phoenix McKay soon finds out why when she is left behind at sunset. A group calling themselves night students threaten to taste her flesh until she is saved by a mysterious, alluring boy. With his pale skin, dark eyes, and mesmerizing voice, Demitri is both irresistible and impenetrable. He warns her to stay away from his dangerous world of flesh eaters. Unfortunately, the gorgeous and playful Luka has other plans.
When Phoenix is caught between her physical and her emotional attraction, she becomes the keeper of a deadly secret that will rock the foundations of an ancient civilization living beneath Barinkoff Academy. Phoenix doesn’t realize until it is too late that the closer she gets to both Demitri and Luka the more she is plunging them all into a centuries old feud.
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What a surprise this little gem turned out to be. It took a couple of chapters to sink my teeth into it, but what a delightful book it was. Emily Wilson was a blocked author in the throes of divorce from her cheating husband. So after signing the divorce papers, she went to visit her Aunt Bee on Bainbridge Island for a month. The Island was known for bringing folks back at the right time for healing. She found a diary that was written in the year 1943 which intrigued her. Was it a true story? Who were Esther and Elliott if they were real and why does Emily feel compelled to unravel her families long buried secrets? A very interesting tale, with a lot of surprising twists. Emily developed and matured before your very eyes and learned to read her own heart during her stay with her Aunt. I think I will now have to read Sarah Jio's second book, The Bungalow! What a shame that will be!
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
What a gripping novel!! I had seen the movie many years ago and finally decided I wanted to read the book. I knew ahead of time that the book would be a tear jerker; I did not know that the movie ending was not the same as the book ending.
The story is about one of the most dysfunctional families on the planet. They started out good until the second child was diagnosed with a rare and probably terminal disease. At that point the parents seek out geneticists to assist them in producing the perfect genetic match to her for their third child, Anna. She became the planned savior for Kate and her medical needs. In the meantime, the oldest boy becomes as invisible as the youngest to the parents consumed with the dying middle child. And then the youngest says No to giving her sister a kidney.
I loved the way Ms Picoult wrote her book, each chapter dedicated to a family member or the attorneys representing the youngest daughter, Anna. I really felt like I knew these characters and was just as sucked in to their trials and tribulations as they were. I really felt their pain and insecurity, their frustrations and the heart breaking decisions each family member had to make. This Book made me truly feel! And I found myself pondering how I would have responded given the same circumstances.
There were definitely no easy answers! And it definitely provoked a million tears to fall!
Excellent Writing! Highly recommended and totally thought provoking.
Monday, March 5, 2012
What is your book format preference?
The world, she is a changing. And some of us, are very slow followers. I am one who resists change rather than embracing it. I still prefer a real book. I want to feel it in my hands; I want to smell the scent of the printed page. If I am taking my book to my bed, I want to feel it beside me and hear it whisper in the night.
On the other hand, I understand why we need to include the e-reader…a normal progression of the ever forward moving machine called technology. Yes, I even own a kindle. But I much prefer to read from a hard back book.
I remember as a kid we used to leave the farm early on a Saturday morning and the five of us kids would be dropped off at the public library. Or was it just me? I don’t really remember; I seemed to lose all focus but for the books in front of me. It was wonderful to be inside that big OLD Library with all its wood shelving and those thousands of books sheltered within its walls. And who can forget the smell of all those books? If there is a place next to heaven, it has to be the public library!! And every Saturday I found my niche there at the Indianola Public Library.
Paperbacks are not for me. For the most part, I am uncomfortable with the itty bitty print contained in a paperback. It didn’t used to be that way. When I was young, paperback books were affordable and my eyes cooperative enough to tolerate the itty bitty print. I had the entire collection of Emile Loring writings less two. My grandmother introduced me to Emile Loring novels and I sought out the entire collection in paperback through Bantam. I still have them stored in a plastic tub, but I haven’t read one in years—the print has shrunk to a dangerously small status!
Hardback books weather time better than a paperback and usually sport a more comfortable font size than its cousin, the paperback. The hardback book speaks of tradition, historical archives and is the treasure of kings. Great collections of books have always been marveled at and admired. On the other hand, a real book, be it paperback or hardback has weight to it. They can not be moved in a hurried fashion, for example in a fire or flood which would be most unhealthy for the life of a real book. And continuing to consume trees may endanger the ecology of the planet.
E-readers are a new technology and are marching down a road replacing the printed page. Using the e-reader supports the conservation of trees. It contains your entire library and can be easily transported. It saves physical space. The cost of an e-book is generally less than that of a physical book. On the other hand, care must be taken not to lose or misplace your e-reader; you could lose a lot. And should catastrophe strike and we are sent back to a time before technology, the e-reader will have no value at all.
As I see it, it is simply a matter of choice and where your values lie. I’m selfish…I admit it, I still prefer a hard backed book with a nice dust jacket or a printed picture on the cover of the book. I’d love to have my own personal reading room….is there a closet I can sacrifice? Hello?
Keep Reading in any format and keep those brain cells alive and well exercised!
Sunday, March 4, 2012
A very gentle story of the pets Nick Trout encountered in his youth and what he learned from them and his family relationship. It affected his decision to become a veterinary surgeon, his relationship with his own children and the pets they adopted into their family. I enjoyed this read very much; family regrets, life altering situations and perspectives. Wisdom is indeed gleaned from a relationship with our pets, loved ones and time. Recommended for animal lovers and those seeking a leisurely read.