Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Book - Last Honest Woman

The Last Honest Woman (O'Hurley series, book 1)… by Nora Roberts
This is the first book of the The O'Hurleys series, Abby gets to fall in love all over again. In the process of leaving a legacy for her children, having a book written about her late husband seemed the thing to do. After meeting Dylan and seeing how deep he was really going to probe for the answers she didn't want to give she started second guessing that choice. Dylan just wanted answers and knew that the widow was the only source, what he didn't count on was becoming attached to the kids and to their mom.

While most of this romance is predictable, there is a few twists to the story that make it interesting . The family dynamics is fun and very enjoyable. Intersted in starting the next book in the series to find out which sister gets to find love next.

Jun 20, 2008

Book - The Edge

Edge, The (FBI Thriller) by Catherine Coulter
Some FBI agents don't even need to be on an assignment to know if something is wrong. 'Mac' is one of those guys. Even if it is a trip to see his sister after a car accident. This was an interesting look at some of his relationships.

Had heard a lot about Catherine Coulters FBI series, this was the first I had read/listened to. Parts of it was predictable, other parts took me by surprise. I found the interaction of the charecters fun and realistic. There is a bit of romance along with the thriller aspect, but it is a small part of the story. I am interested enough in this series to find another.

June 20, 2008

Book - Back on Blossom Street / Susannah's Garden

Back on Blossom Street (The Knitting Books #3)… by Debbie Macomber
In this book, Debbie Macomber brings us back to the Good Yarn. Lydia, the owner and Margaret her sister run the yarn shop. Lydias knitting class this time around is to make a prayer shawl. Susannah, the new flower shop owner from next door, and Susannahs new employee, Colette have both signed up for the class. A face from the first book, Alix also joins this class. Alix is looking for a way to relax and take her mind off her wedding planning fiasco. Although good intentioned, Jacqueline, another charecter from the original book, is stressing Alix and Jordan about the wedding arrangements. During the course of the class, we see Margaret and her daughter Julia go through a tragic time, we also get a glipse of the troubles that made Colette leave her former job and work for Susannah.

This book was a little slower moving than some of Debbie Macomber other works, but the charecters are heartfelt and realistic. The thoughts and feelings of several are so intense and real that you can empathize with them. Overall, a good addition to the Blossom Street series. I am eager to try out the 2 prayer shawl patterns included in the front of the book.

Feb 22, 2008

Susannah's Garden by Debbie Macomber
Susannahs journey home to help her mom is a touching story about discovering and reconnecting with her past. Heartfelt and enjoyable read with many different relationships to explore.

Feb 23, 2008

Book - Time Bandit

Time Bandit: Two Brothers, the Bering Sea, and One of the World's Deadliest Jobs… by Andy Hillstrand
This story about and by the brothers that run the 'Time Bandit'. This is intesting and vivid, the writing is done as if by someone who is doing nothing but putting together a group of tales told by the brothers. The TV show 'The Deadliest Catch' is the general basis, but this is a more behind the scene, background with the brothers and their crew. While I found the description pretty good, the flow of the story was more difficult to follow.
This was a Early Reviewer book through LibraryThing.

Jun 17, 2008

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Book - Owning the Olympics

Owning the Olympics: Narratives of the New China (The New Media World)… by Monroe Price
Owning the Olympics: Narratives of the New China Early on this book states that it is nothing about the athletics of the Olympics. This books focus is on the People's Republic of China and their desire to be host of the Olympics. This compilation talks about the different conflicts, overviews and comparisons made to other Olympic host cities. It talks about the plans and hopes that the Beijing Olympics will bring a better or Modern feel to China.

This is an interesting concept, unfortunately I did not enjoy much more than the Introduction of the book. I found the information to be tedious with details that I knew little about and cluttered with acronyms that I could not keep straight. Several times I felt that it was repeating the same information over again yet it still never really covered the topic fully. This book seems geared for someone who has studied Current Events, Chinese politics and a bit of World History. I suppose I was looking for something a bit lighter. I was interested in seeing how much this would change China, but I still don’t really understand the how or the why of some of the controversy about Beijing being the host city of the 2008 Olympics.
This was a Early Reviewer book through LibraryThing.

May 25, 2008

Childrens - Fancy Nancy

Fancy Nancy and the Posh Puppy (Fancy Nancy) by Jane O'connor
This is a cute and energetic book about a girl who wants a fancy dog. The way the writters adds "that's a fancy word for..." is so fun for a child to learn those bigger words. It is a book that should be read to a child, a child reading by themselves will have a hard time (in my opinion) with getting the story to flow, which is what makes this such a fun and exciting book. If an adult reads, this story is good for kids of any age.

May 1, 2008

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Book - Wear Your Life Well

In April I was luck enough to be chosen by HarperCollin FirstLook program to receive the Advanced Reader Copy of the newest of Marilu Henner's books, and here is the review that I provided for that first look:

Wear Your Life Well: Use What You Have to Get What You Want… by Marilu Henner
Early review for Harper Collins first look program: Wear Your Life Well is a compilation of all her work with women on her website, she references Marilu.com quite often as she refers to the examples, personal stories and exercises.
The energy is contagious and I could almost hear Marilu Henner in my ear throughout this whole book. She is confident in her words and gives quotes from her website members. Marilu says 'progress not perfect' and proves it by telling stories of her past mistakes, trials and attempts. It is her past that shows she knows what and where others are coming from.
The overall feeling of motivation that runs through this book is inspiring but it also gives very specific solutions in the exercises and lists. This is definitely written for women, but there are many parts that I believe would benefit the men around us also.
Apr 20, 2008

After I read it, I was able to find her booksigning tour on HarperCollins, I found that she had a date in Oklahoma City, it may have been a 3 hour drive, but my very understanding family humored me, now I have a signed advanced reader copy of this book. Something to make memories and to enjoy again later.

Book - Deception Point

Way back in March of 2008 I read this book, I wrote the review for it and posted it at LibraryThing.com. I know I have gotten better at writing reviews since then, but I do want to share a sampling of my previous reviews before I continue on with my more recent reviews. So, here is one of the first reviews I did actually write......

Deception Point by Dan Brown
After being asked by the President of the United States to take on a secret mission, intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton joins a group of scientists in the Arctic to learn everything they can about the newest NASA discovery. Initially endorsing the find, this team of "experts" soon realize that something is not quite right. In the quest to find the truth, they are ambushed. We follow this dwindling team from the point of discovery to the final conclusion.

The real mystery is in who did it and why, not what.
This book had me guessing from the beginning about the why and who, and it kept me guessing till near the end. A surprising conclusion to that mystery leads to a humorous and very fun end.
This book had me shocked, intrigued, worried, crying, and laughing out loud. This is a great mix for the mystery, romance and action buffs all alike. Overall a very good read that I would recommend.

Mar 8, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Reviews -

I really want to post all of my reviews here, but I already have them on LibraryThing.com so I am not sure if I should just copy/paste or alter them some.......

Should I start from now on or should I go back a few months and bring them over, I think I will probably go back a few months. I am so new at this so I hope I get this eventually. I know I will keep trying, my kids school has a word of the week every week, this week it is perserverance I will take that into mind and stick to it till I can get it since this seems to be the way that everyone is going. This, as I have said before, is my first blog and I don't visit others on a very regular basis.

Keep reading, keep writting, keep reviewing and keep dreaming of what can be.


Saturday, September 6, 2008

New here, gonna give it a go.......

Not sure what I am going to do with this, lots of people I know are here so I thought the best thing to do was to try it for myself. Please be patient with me for a time and I will get the hang of this eventually.

Start by pointing out that I am a reader, I have recently gotten back into reading books and have once again found how much I love them. I have spent some time on LibraryThing.com cataloging some of my books and started writing reviews of all of the books I read. I may start there, post my reviews here also.

Test drive of this blog spot underway!