Book Review: July

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I think I am up to 36 books this year, but who’s counting.

The Posionwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver Just wow. This is a fantastic story about a  Southern Baptist Preacher who takes his family into the Congo to convert the locals. If you don’t know anything about southern Baptist Preachers, let me tell you they are fire and brimstone kind of people. The story is told from the voice of the wife and four daughters. I always am amazed when an author can break themselves into so many voices well. It’s not an easy thing. The end drags a little but totally a great read.

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton This is a young adult book and reads very easily. It is a lovely story of an orphan trying to make her place in a male dominated world. Gives an insight into a culture that still doesn’t feel women are equal. It is fast and fun and adventurous. Great break from any serious reading.

The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern This was a fantastic book! Lots of magic and mystery. The story keeps moving between characters and a few different years but beyond that its a straight forward read. The characters are well developed and deep. If you love the circus this is a must read!

The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton As always Crichton produces a fantastic story full of interesting facts. This book has more information in it that you might feel like you should be taking notes. If you ever wanted to know about British criminals in the mid 1800s this is a must read. Intertwined in all these facts is a sly story about a train robbery.

Book Reviews: June

The Terminal Man by Michael Crichton Another amazing Crichton book. All his stories push the bounds of imagination and this is more of the same. What would happen when we implant computers into our bodies? Do we become more machine?

Scourge by Gail Martin Ghouls are on the prowl killing anyone who gets in their way. Their attacks are on the rise and the governing body are more worried about their coffers then public safety. That leave three brothers to take up the attack and push the evil away! They have their own losses to deal with and this job isn’t getting any easier. Will they be able to find the cause of this turmoil? (Received as an Advance Reader Copy for an honest review)

Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley At the turn of the century, Adventure calls to Merrick. Nearly crippled and still mending he will do anything to get away from his family home. Now he goes in search of the cure– to malaria and, quite possibly, for himself. Not stop action will have you on the edge of our seat! You will not be able to stop reading.  (Received as an Advance Reader Copy for an honest review)

Dream Me by Kathryn Berla The end of the world is close and you can either lay down and wait or leave everyone behind and travel to the stars. But for Zat so much more is at stake. His dreams connects him will a woman from the very distant past. Can he make it to her? Babe, forever alone, has moved with her family once again. No friends in this new place she clings tightly to the strange dreams she has been having. Can they come together with all these years between them? (Received as an Advance Reader Copy for an honest review)

The First Day by Phil Harrison No one is above love and lust, least of all a married pastor who meets a beautiful woman. While their love of Christ draws them together they are unable to stop the passion that fills both of them. Now a baby is on the way and the scandal is known. What can a poor pastor do?

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman In London, Richard thinks his world is moving along just fine. His lovely girlfriend makes sure he is dressed in the proper clothes, sees the proper sights, and when it is proper to propose to her. However, on that very night the bloodied body of a young girl changes everything. Forsaking his previous life Richard goes on a journey to help that poor girl change the London he never knew about.

Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver This is another one of those talented authors that can split themselves into different personalities. I imagine it must be a special ability to write so convincingly in different ages and personalities. This book gives you an insight into the Congo in the 60s and a missionary family left to fend for themselves. It is a fantastic story told from a Preacher’s Wife and their 4 daughters. Totally a must read.

Book Reviews: May

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The Ninth Circle by R. A. Harland Fantastic women’s version of The Dresden Files. Two sisters in search of their third. Powerful and strong women that will let nothing get in their way. Harland does a fantastic job building these characters and you can really feel their bond of kinship. Story flows well and goes by way too quickly. I received this book without cost in exchange for a honest review.

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger This was a delightfully fun book. A simple, but classy, country girl goes off to finishing school. However, it isn’t a finishing school of the normal sense but instead, the school teaches you how to “finish” or kill a person. Great fun! The story is super fun and bright. The characters are lovely and well thought out. If you really like this one there is more in the series.

Queen of Spades by Michael Shou-Yung Shum  The suspense is killing me! This story is placed in Western Washington in a little town that only the locals might know. Makes the book even more special to Washingtonians. That aside this is a all around fantastic story. Very well devolved involving a tangled web around the Royal Casino. From the first bet placed you are hooked. The author does a fantastic job including explanations of the different type of games and casino life without boring the avid card play or insult the ignorant.  You might even learn a new card trick or two. You will have a hard time putting this book down.    I received this book without cost in exchange for a honest review.

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M Miller Jr. Wow this is a interesting book. Just a little out there and unfortunately it drags toward the end. Great story about the end of the world as we know it. It is a little tongue in cheek. If you want an idea about what could happen after all the world leaders nuke each other this is the book for you.

Ekata: Fall of Darkness by Dominique Law Fantastic story of courage and friendship. Asher has always been shunned because he might have been the reason for his mothers death. After learning about a prophecy he find the truth is much more complicated. Together with his friends Asher goes on an amazing adventure to save the universe!!!

Take it to the Grave: Part One by Zoe Carter Hooked from the word go!!! Your heart goes out to new mother Sarah. She tries to be the perfect mother but with a flirtatious husband and a judgmental mother-in-law its hard. Sarah’s sister Maisey is a nurse without borders and is working hard to keep their childhood at bay. There is a huge past hanging over these girls but what can they do overcome it?

 

Other books Read

Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson

Terminal Man by Michael Crichon

Sherlock Mars

Book Reviews: March

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Standing at 16 books so far this year. I know that the two Outlander books slowed me down. It is so nice to be lost in books again.

At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald: This is a classic fairytale book written in the late 1800s about a young boy who is taken on an adventure by the North Wind. This would be a perfect book to read to your child as a bed time story. The chapters aren’t very long and the imagery is fantastic. Also there are many good lessons about life the story touches upon. Fairness, adventure, honor, etc.

Philo Vance Cases by S.S. Van Dine: I think my mom summed up this book the best, “It’s written in black and white.” She was meaning they are like black and white movies, which we both love. It is written with class and flare. The language is beautiful and the scenes wonderfully painted. If you want something enjoyable and fun to read any of the cases are the way to go.

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon: I don’t tend to read the second in a series only because I normally don’t have the second one on hand and move onto something else. Well I decided to read the second one. It has somewhat ruined the fantasy I had in my mind but at least the story continues. Also this book seems to be a little more disjointed. I have had to go back a few times an reread a paragraph. Altogether, I am enjoying the second installment and even started watching the TV Show.

 

Other Reading

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clark

 

Book Reviews: February

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Trying to keep up the momentum. We shall see.

And Then There was None by Agatha Christie I picked this book up while vacationing in London last December. Felt that it was a good choice for a London author. I have to say that I love 1930s books and movies. There is so much class and art in that generation that I get nostalgic for a time where I wasn’t born. This might be the typical Murder by Death scenario but it is fantastically detailed and well developed.

Outlanders by Diana Gabaldon This is a 900 page book and I know it will put me behind in my reading but I am ok with that. This book turn tv show is rather interesting. I am enjoying how the very long chapters have breaking points through out. Makes it easier to get a few pages done before bed. The story is fairly intriguing set in Scotland. I am enjoying the character building and look forward to the next chapters.

The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell by Oren Harari I would never have read this book except that I was part of a Workplace Book Club test dummy. Might be the only book in the book club but at least it is interesting. I knew nothing of Colin Powell before reading this book, however, I am rather intrigued now. His leadership ideas are wonderful and if truly incorporated into an organization would be world changing.

 

Other Reading

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Camel Club by David Baldacci

 

Book Reviews: January

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I try to get a good combination of all genres. I tend to lean towards fantasy but anything is worth trying. I have a great start to the year with these books. I have another 8 sitting on my nightstand and some dozens in my Amazon wish list.

Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: A wonderful Doyle classic that I have on audio. I listen to this on my way to and from work. It is a great distraction for any commuter. I was very excited to learn this was the story of when Sherlock and Watson meet. It was so wonderful to see the devolvement of their relationship. As always, Doyle writes in a most detailed manner like he was actually at the crime scene.

Beyond the Ice Limit by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child: By far one of my favorite set of authors. I have read everything they have published. Their main series, the Pendergast Series, is beyond a work of genius. Their individual side stories are equally engaging and riveting. The Gideon Series is no less amazing. If you have never read in your life or are looking for something new look no farther then Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.

Song of the Beast by Carol Berg: This book I found in a library sale for .99. So glad I grabbed it because I think I have found another author to follow. The story isn’t for the light of heart. Our main character was just released from a torture camp after 17 year. All for a crime he didn’t know he committed. Berg does a wonderful job keeping you on the edge of your seat as you see what Aiden finds out about his prison sentence. Great stand alone story but you will want to read Bergs other series.

Jackaby by William Ritter: This book was suggested on another blog I read. I have to admit I was very impressed with this story. The cover says its Sherlock Holmes meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Not far from the truth. Great fun little story set in the 1800s. It was a fun book to read. There are more in the series and I might just have to read them.

 

Other Books I read:

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

From Russia with Love by Ian Flemming

Dragon Revenant (book 4) by Katharine Kerr

 

 

 

Bibliophile

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Hello, my name is Ester and I am an addict. Truly. I have come to realize my denial and am now taking steps to admit it. Will I seek help? Most likely, no. I can’t get over the rush when I am contemplating a purchase. My desire to have a much as possible is something that keeps me up at night. I spend a lot of time day dreaming of the moment when I get home and can indulge. I find that I am that certain kind of addict that doesn’t discriminate on the type as long as I have something. I spend a lot of money feeding my addiction; to the point that I have budgeted for it. I am a bibliophile. From certain other words you might understand that –phile means “to love.” Biblio means book.

I get nervous when my pile of “To Read” gets low. I currently have 4 in that pile. It is way too low. I have three books “in progress.” Generally, I can keep these stories straight in my mind. I am looking forward to my long weekend and will probably spend one whole day reading. Well, mostly reading. I am not partial to any genre. I will read Fantasy, Scifi, Mystery, Romance aka Shmut, Historical Fiction, etc. I love it all. It is my favorite escapism. I would rather hide in a book for a few hours then watch a movie or go party. Nothing is better than a soft chair, kitty on the lap, and a book in hand.

If you find it is hard to read then you haven’t found the right book. The moment you find the right book you are transported into a different world. You will see the characters, the buildings, the landscape. You will be able to feel emotions for fictional people. It will be magical. I know it is for me. Nothing excites me more than talking about a book I have read. To share the experience with another person. In a never ending quest to feed my addiction I am always in the search for more books. Please send your suggestions. If you need any suggestions I can recommend something from almost any genre.