I have about 4 books to review and 6 books in the house ready to read. Time for me to get moving!
I grew up in Western New York, with a huge Italian, German, and Irish influence in my family life. Frederick Douglas, Susan B. Anthony, the Haudenosaunee, and the Erie Canal are a big part of the history in my area. This is, I believe, is one reason I like reading about history and historical fiction.
I garden, cook, and preserve some of the food I grow. I, also, enjoy traveling. A book or two are always with me when I travel. And there is always one in my car, at my desk, and anywhere I may have a chance to read. Primarily I read fiction--young adult, historical fiction, mysteries, thrillers. I do enjoy a good memoir, biographies, and cookbooks. If someone recommends something, I will always check it out.
The Crowns of Croswald
The Crowns of Croswald is D.E. Night's debut YA novel. Different enough from Harry Potter (no muggles, a female lead (YAY!), dragons, and more), D.E. Night brings a creative storyline with Ivy as the main character who likes to daydream to get away from her scullery maid job. Night's writing kept the plotline interesting and moving at a fast pace. 1 or 2 things gave me an inkling of what might be coming but I won't give those away here; but other than that, I found the events that Ivy got into to be suspenseful, while potentially causing chaos for her. The story ended well, and left a want for more.
****I received this novel from a Booklikes giveaway in exchange for a fair review.****
I must have changed my mind as to the who and what 3 or 4 times by the end of this book. David Bell's writing style is easy to read, so this I was able to get through this quickly, even while trying to not speed read and miss anything. I really enjoyed the main character, Janet's daughter. The main characters were developed well. I am looking forward to reading more of David Bell's writing.
******I received this book from a Goodread's first reads giveaway held by Berkley Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA)****
SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK
I'm hoping to catch up really soon. I haven't been to the library in a couple weeks because I have 2 epubs to read, 1 middle grade book i'm half way done with, a 6 book bundle that I won, and I have another middle grade on the way.
I did hit a used book sale and bought a book to bring with me on my Cruise. Hopefully I can find a nice quiet park to read in and also relax.
I really want to make my goal, I'm like 8 books behind. I almost want to hit up the childrens section at the library and get some short books to go quickly through. LOL.
May everyone have a great reading week!
|I enjoy David Baldacci's writing. There was a little predictability in the storyline. The plot starts off actually with 2 men, each in his own subplot, until midway through when the plots cross. I liked most of the characters, with the exception of Knox, who I felt didn't quite measure up for me. She seemed too "soft" for who I felt the character should be. Overall, though, I feel Baldacci fans will be happy with this book.
****I received this book thru a Goodread's giveaway from the publisher i I enjoy David Baldacci's writing. There was a little predictability in the storyline. The plot starts off actually with 2 men, each in his own subplot, until midway through when the plots cross. I liked most of the characters, with the exception of Knox, who I felt didn't quite measure up for me. She seemed too "soft" for who I felt the character should be. Overall, though, I feel Baldacci fans will be happy with this book.
****I received this book thru a Goodread's giveaway from the publisher in exchange for a fair review.****
WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY
Lesley Nneka Arimah
Lesley Nneka Arimah debut is a collection of short stories set in Nigeria and the US. Each short story is complete, solid, clear, and well written. I love her characters, strong, straight forward, and genuine. Lesley Nneka Arimah writing shows humor, horror, and shock in some places, yet her characters and plots flow naturally, and are engaging. I found myself immersed into each story. Her incredible grasp of language and the powerful way in which she uses it to form a story is unique, and capti Lesley Nneka Arimah debut is a collection of short stories set in Nigeria and the US. Each short story is complete, solid, clear, and well written. I love her characters, strong, straight forward, and genuine. Lesley Nneka Arimah writing shows humor, horror, and shock in some places, yet her characters and plots flow naturally, and are engaging. I found myself immersed into each story. Her incredible grasp of language and the powerful way in which she uses it to form a story is unique, and captivating. Definitely something I would reread, and recommend
***Thank you to Penguin House and Riverhead Books for the print copy I received through a giveaway in exchange for a fair review.****
I actually didn't finish this book. Marya Hornbacher writes well, and goes into depth about what depression and bipolar, but after the first 3rd of the book, it seemed long. I could feel her pain dealing with her mental illness. I don't think I was ready to read the whole book. I've not really ever been a strong non fiction reader so i'm not sure if it were that or the subject matter.
Today my day was made. I am in the middle of 3 books all at once. I should be done with those soon.
But today, I got a book I won in a give away-The Hiding Place by David Bell. The box was huge so it was actually something else I ordered. When I opened It up, it was not just one of his books but 6! I had to go back to the giveaway details to double check. YAY!
The Hiding Place
Someone I Used to Know.
Never Come Back.
Since She Went away
The Forgotten Girl
I am set for a while now!
THE CHILBURY LADIES' CHOIR
Jennifer Ryan provided an interesting way to look at the town, Chilbury, during World War 2 in this novel. A small town setting, near Dover, England, mainly women, older men, and children remain due to the number of eligible men going into military. Ryan provides each of the main characters a voice either through letters or a diary entry. Each of the town's members have a story-from dealing with war torn England, secrets that townspeople have, loss of family members, and more. The local women start up a choir and find they are quite good. This tactic helps the author show multiple sides of the characters throughout the story; and the letter/diary approach allows the reader to see how the town setting is part of the story.
HOUSE OF IVY AND SORROW
Natalie Whipple is an author that I would definitely read again. House of Ivy and Sorrow's characters are well developed, even the minor characters. I was in a slump when I starting reading this YA novel; but once I sat down with the book, I couldn't put it down. Friendship and family are integral to the plot; coming of age, trusting, which friends are more like family, and family secrets keep the plotline moving at a good pace.
The Thomas Berryman Number
Paperback, 272 pages
Ok, this book, Serafina and the Black Cloak, has been on my TBR list for a while now.
I have a niece and nephew who love to read so I tend to read a lot middle grade and YA books to see what they are interested in or maybe to help them find something new. And now that I belong to the local YMCA which has a before and after school program as well as a preschool, I seem to run into their Scholastic book fairs. I find it very difficult to not buy something. How can I resist? A good book and helping a school type program....And I am finding that there are many really good middle grade and YA Authors who I definitely enjoy reading.
My 11 year old nephew is an avid reader. 2 Christmases ago, I bought him a book called Fantasy Football by Mike Lupica. He loves his sports as well. He's on his 4 book by him and has read several by Tim Green as well. All sports related, so it's a great tie in for both his "loves." Today, he brought the 4th Mike Lupica book that he was so excited to show me. He got it at school from the Scholastic book fair.
It's so much fun seeing him get excited about reading an actual paper book rather than his electronics!
SINS OF THE FATHERS
ISBN: 0060819766 (ISBN13: 9780060819767)
This was a read that I really enjoyed. Part genealogy, part mystery, Dr. Flo finds what she thinks is her great grandfather's grave. She soon gets to know the family that owns the land, and a few other characters. Patricia Sprinkle's writing of her characters as well as her description of the small town keeps the flow going well with a few surprises for the characters interwoven into the story. I found myself becoming fond of several of the characters. Those I did not like were characters that were not meant to be liked. Sprinkle's description of the land surrounding the grave made me appreciate the importance of what land meant to people in the 18oos and early 1900s. Her writing gave personality to the area
Inspector Morse author, Colin Dexter passes away. May he rest in peace.