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Monday, September 15, 2014

The Dog Stays in the Picture

Book #85 Read in 2014
The Dog Stays in the Picture by Susan Morse

This book tells a different type of love story....between a woman and her rescued greyhound.  Susan is an actor's wife whose children are heading off to college.  To fill a void, she adopts a rescued greyhound, Lilly, whose racetrack career has come to an end.  Lilly bonds with Susan and cannot bear to be separated from her.  With patience, Susan's husband wins Lilly's over, and with finesse, Susan gets Lilly to be able to stay home alone with wrecking the place.  This was a nice read.  I received a copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for a honest review.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Thursdays in the Park

Book #84 Read in 2014
Thursdays in the Park by Hilary Boyd

Jeanie's husband of many years pulls away from her, emotionally and physically.  She continues to go through the motions, trying to figure out where things went wrong.  Her light is her granddaughter, Ellie.  When babysitting her and taking her to the park, Jeanie meets Ray, who is there with his grandson, Dylan.  The two connect and Jeanie begins to realize that she could have more in her life but she is torn with guilt about wrecking her family.  Will she sacrifice her own happiness to keep her dysfunctional family intact?

I enjoyed this book a lot.  The characters were ones you cared for...even though they were flawed.  The writing style flowed well and made this a quick read.  I would recommend this for fans of chick lit and "hen" lit since the main character is turning 60. 

I received a copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for a honest review.

Monday, September 1, 2014

August Reads

August Reads:

1.  The Madman's Daughter (YA)  4/5  Kindle  1st in series
2.  The Blood Gospel (5/5)  1st in series
3.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (re-read)  (YA)  5/5  1st in series
4.  Innocent Blood (4/5)  2nd in series
5.  Mortal Danger (YA)  library book  1st in series
6.  Falling into Place (YA)  4/5
7.  The Big Kitty (4/5)  1st in series
8.  Signed, Skye Harper (YA)  4.5/5
9.  The Book of Life (5/5)  Kindle  3rd in series
10.  Harriet Spies Again (YA)  4/5
11.  Rogue (YA)  5/5
12.  brown girl dreaming (YA)  4.5/5  library book
13.  Reading Women (4/5)  library book

83 books read in 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Reading Women

Book #83 Read in 2014
Reading Women by Nanci Milone Hill

This book is a guide to over 100 women's fiction books and can be used as a guide for book clubs.  Titles are picked, with a short author biography and plot summary included.  Also, there are discussion questions given and similar titles suggested.  It was a good collection of titles. 

Brown Girl Dreaming (YA)

Book #82 Read in 2014
brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (YA)

This book, told in verse, is a telling of Woodson's childhood, time spent in the South with her family, time spent in NYC with her family and the working on her family.  Growing up in a time of the civil rights movement, Woodson recounts sitting in the back of the bus, watching the Black Panthers on tv, and feeling different from those around her.  Woodson always had a love for words and that was the driving force of her becoming the wonderful author she is today.  This was a quick, interesting read.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Rogue (YA)

Book #81 Read in 2014
Rogue by Lyn Miller-Lachmann (YA)

Kiara has Asperger's Syndrome and is having a hard time fitting in to middle school.  Due to some of her behavior, she has been suspended from school for the remainder of the school year and is being homeschooled.  Kiara meets her new neighbors Chad and his younger brother Brandon.  Kiara really just wants to make friends and find her superpower (she is slightly obsessed with the XMen characters).  Her mother has left her family to do some singing gigs so Kiara feels abandoned by her and even more lost.  This causes her to grab a hold of Chad as a potential friend, even though that friendship is pretty unhealthy. 

I enjoyed this book, which was written by a local author.  The author created interesting and complex characters and did a good job portraying a character with Asperger's Syndrome.  I could see middle to early high school students enjoying this book.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Harriet Spies Again (YA)

Book #80 Read in 2014
Harriet Spies Again by Helen Ericson (YA)

This is a companion novel to the children's classic book, Harriet the Spy, and continues Harriet's story.  Ericson stays true to the original writing style and character development.  Harriet is still a quirky young detective, about to turn 12 and trying to figure out the mysteries around her.  Ole Golly, her nanny of sorts, has returned to New York and Harriet feels there is more to that story than she has been told.  Thanksgiving arrives and Harriet has set things up to try to solve all of the mysteries.

Reading this book was like visiting a childhood friend.  Harriet's voice was the same.  It was a good, quick read.