February 2017 Book Reviews

February 2017 Book Reviews

I loved several of the books I read this month – and it was a nice mix of fiction and non-fiction.  You can see everything I’ve read this year HERE and a short review of my favorites can be found below: NON-FICTION   This was a book I got from the library on my Kindle and read it mostly in one evening while the Grammy’s were on the TV.  I appreciated the way the book was laid out – in that we have “buckets” for our life and we need to be sure we are taking care of ALL of them.  I also liked the short action items at the end of each section.  I’m a big fan of a “to-do list”!  I’ll probably end up purchasing this one to read again.  My rating 4.5 out of 5. FICTION I found this third book of the series to be just as entertaining as the first two.  I liked that you were never quite sure how things would work out until the very end.  Fun, fast and easy read.  As always I got a huge kick out of the pictures that were included.  My rating 4.5 out of 5. This was an enjoyable book to read while on a ski weekend.  There were several nights I was curled up by the fire with plenty of snow falling outside and a hot chocolate by my side enjoying this novel.  Nora is invited to a weekend away to celebrate the upcoming wedding of an old friend she hasn’t seen in ten years.  She debates on whether she should go or not and...

Favorite Books of January 2017

Well, I started the year off reading a LOT of books – and I can’t really tell you where I fit them in as it feels like I’ve been reading less than normal.  I guess a few of them were shorter, but still . . .  HERE is the complete list and below are short reviews of my favorites. NON-FICTION So I have to admit I picked this book up from the library simply because The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) wasn’t available at the library and this one was.  Regardless, I really liked it.  I loved the Miracle Morning “formula” and have the original book on hold.  I found some very useful tips as well as some good encouragement to making the most of my mornings.  My rating 4.5 out of 5. Not only did I get a kick out of this book, I also got some good tips.  One of my favorites is to put something away immediately when you are de-cluttering – don’t place it in a pile to put away later because if you get interrupted in the middle of the project you’ll have a bigger mess and have accomplished nothing.  SO.TRUE.  That happens to me all the time – and yes, it takes longer to get up and go put something away, but at least when I stop midway through I have still done something.  Love it!  My rating 4 out of 5. FICTION This book kept me up almost all night finishing it.  I started mid-afternoon and finished it late that evening.  I loved the way the...
My Favorite Books from December 2016

My Favorite Books from December 2016

It was a busy month of school concerts, plays, Christmas parties, swim meets and all kinds of other fun, so I didn’t read as much as I’d hoped.  However I can’t regret a minute of the fun we had this month!  HERE is the link to everything I read this month, and below are short reviews of my favorites: FICTION I really enjoyed this lovely story of a woman who hasn’t been making the most of her life discovering the hidden life of a woman who recently died.  What she learns helps her re-think her life choices – in the best possible ways.  Nice, uplifting book.  My rating 4 out of 5. Gifted teenage musician Zoe is about to perform again after a three year hiatus.  She was involved in a horrific accident that left 3 of her classmates dead.  After a disturbance at the concert and a stressful evening at home, her mother ends up dead.  As Zoe well knows, nothing is simple or clear when it comes to situations like this.  My rating 4 out of 5. NON-FICTION Although I didn’t love this the way I loved Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table with Recipes, this was still a wonderful book – full of wisdom and truth.  A must read for anyone looking to change the way they think about their life.  My rating 4.5 out of 5. Did you read anything fantastic this month?  I’m on the lookout for some more recommendations, so please share! There has to be a way for you to enjoy your life instead of rushing through it....
November 2016 Book Reviews

November 2016 Book Reviews

Well, this turned out to be the month for psychological thrillers.  Some real intense reading.  HERE is a list of everything I read last month, and below are short reviews of my favorites: This was a crazy story.  Flora was kidnapped seven years ago and then rescued after 472 days.  Needless to say, she has some emotional scars and issues.  Now, she is missing again.  Along with several other younger women – closer to the age she was when she disappeared.  Is Flora involved?  How?  Is she safe?  The book goes back and forth between present day and during the time Flora was held captive.  Very intense.  My rating 4 out of 5. What a fun book.  Each year, there is “a dress” of the season.  The book follows nine different women and their stories involving the dress of the year.  Some are sweet, some are not.  It seems like this would be confusing – so many “main” characters, but somehow the author makes it work.  My rating 4 out of 5. Have to admit I loved this book.  I’m anxiously awaiting the next one to become available at the library.  It was a slow start – I had to make myself keep reading until I was about a third of the way through, then it just took off and I enjoyed it immensely.  Put together a mysterious island, some scary monsters, things that don’t seem possible and some creepy children and you get quite a tale!  I definitely need to see how they made this into a movie.  My rating 5 out of 5. What has been your favorite book...

My Favorite Books – October 2016

I read some terrific books this month.  HERE is the entire list, and below are short reviews of my favorites: This was definitely my favorite book.  I read it in two short days and then immediately passed it on to my SIL who also read it in just a few days.   It has a similar feel to Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train so if you liked those, you’ll like this one.  By the end I knew it would end one of several ways – I just wasn’t sure which one . . .  nicely suspenseful with a untrustworthy narrator.  Don’t read it if you are heading on a cruise soon.  My rating 5 out of 5. I found the subject matter of this book very disturbing, but the suspense was excellent – I really wasn’t quite sure how it would end up until the last chapter.  The main character was given a drug so she would “forget” a traumatic attack.  Aside from the mystery of what really happened that night, the book also stirs up questions about whether you truly CAN forget and if that’s really the best way to move on from tragedy.  My rating 4.5 out of 5. It has been years since I read a Nicholas Sparks book – I don’t like books that make me cry and so many of his seem to do that.  However, this one really seemed more like a James Patterson novel.  It was a love story (between a high achieving “good girl” and a recovered “bad boy,” but it also contained some suspense.  It was a perfect...
Favorite Books from September 2016

Favorite Books from September 2016

I read quite a few great books this month – in fact, I’m out of books from the library so I just went and put a bunch on hold.  I’ll probably end up with more than I can finish now!!!  HERE is the list of everything I read this month and below are quick summaries of my favorites: FICTION Due to an unusual situation where an expense reimbursement comes through and then the original expense is comped, Tina ends up with a check for $20K.  It’s not really her money, but when her boss is spending that much for trivial things, who is going to miss it?  And $20K would exactly pay off her college debt.  Tina succumbs and before she knows it is deeply involved in an inside scheme to help other low paid assistants at her company pay off their college debt.  A very fun book – and actually stimulated an interesting conversation with my husband about the cost of college and how hard it is for new college grads to get ahead when they start life with a significant amount of debt.  My rating 4.5 out of 5.  Beginning last month with Al Capone Does My Shirts (Tales from Alcatraz), my son and I have been reading this series of books most evenings – we take turns reading pages.  The setting for the series is Alcatraz Island, back in the day when it was open for criminals and the stories discuss Moose and his family (his Dad is a guard) and their life living on the island.  We have a lot of fun talking about the...

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