On the Bookshelf

Fly Away Home- Book Review

Posted on October 21, 2010. Filed under: On the Bookshelf | Tags: , , , |

Fly Away HomeFly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another wine by Jennifer Weiner.

I loved her previous books so it was a no brainer to put this one on my to-read list.

It didn’t disappoint.

I have to admit in the beginning I couldn’t put it down. Keeping me up late at night reading pages.

Even though she started it before all the current events followed suite it hit right home. Another politician whose extra-marital affairs get publicized and affect the entire family.

All of the characters- mother and daughters are strong and they all deal with pretty heavy challenges in life.

A great light read that keeps you going. Perfect for a lazy Sunday inside.

Another win for Jennifer.

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Cool Zone with the Pain and the Great One – Book Review

Posted on October 20, 2010. Filed under: On the Bookshelf | Tags: , , , |

Ok so after the last kids series bust I was so hoping this would work out.

Judy Blume didn’t disappoint. We enjoyed reading this story and I didn’t have to do any editing while reading. Each chapter was different, one story by the Great one (the older sister) then one by the Pain (the younger brother). There is the standard brother and sister love/hate relationship but there are also good moments when they both stand up for each other.

It reminded me of all the Judy Blume books I loved as a kid so I have them on order with the upcoming book club..we are going back to some classics to read together. Looking forward to it. Though now with MB learning to read we spend just as much time listening to her read to us as we read to her.

I love continuing to see her love to read!

My little bookworm.

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Book Review: Faithful Place

Posted on October 17, 2010. Filed under: On the Bookshelf | Tags: , , , , , |

Faithful PlaceFaithful Place by Tana French
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

You ever read a book and enjoy it but can’t really put into words why you did. That is kinda where I am at with this book.

I liked it. I recommend it, but I don’t really have the 1 or 3 points of why.

There is a mystery element of who done it. I like mysteries.

There is family drama. Family drama is always good for a story.

There is failed marriage and divorce with child that has many questions still not quite answered. The dynamics of family life are interesting.

All that mixed into a story of the past. What could have been. What might have been. Past unknowns that shaped the future in more ways than anyone really knew.

Does that sound interesting to you? Then the book will be something you like. The characters are described beautifully and really come to life. The dynamics between the families are real and relatable. The mystery unfolds and provides lots of interest.

I enjoyed escaping into Faithful Place and will be back to try more of the author for sure.

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Review: The Singer’s Gun

Posted on September 5, 2010. Filed under: Me, Myself, and I, On the Bookshelf | Tags: , , , |

The Singer's Gun (manuscript)The Singer’s Gun by Emily St. John Mandel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I adore this author. After reading Last Night in Montreal. She was on my to-read list. Singer’s Gun did not disappoint.

This book really sucks you in. It follows the story of 2 people, a man and a woman, that both have found their life on a different path than planned, or possibly wanted.

One with a job that he never really wanted but was found doing anyway. A job that is illegal and has its consequences. This leads to a series of life decisions and events that he controls and doesn’t.

His life is then intertwined with a woman, who worked hard to find her way to this country but is now faced with choosing who to trust, who to love, and finding her happiness.

It is hard to write this review but not give away any spoilers. So sorry for being cryptic.

The book is wonderfully written. It’s storyline is current, tragic, and intense.

This author has continued to exceed my expectations…now just to wait for her next book.

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Review: The One That I Want

Posted on August 13, 2010. Filed under: On the Bookshelf | Tags: , , , |

The One That I WantThe One That I Want by Allison Winn Scotch
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I got this book from the Read it Forward program…what a great way to find new authors.

The story is about a woman, Tilly, who lives in the small town she grew up in and loves holding on to the memories of high school. She finds this as happiness, at least she thinks so. She is the person in the family who takes care of it all and shoulders most of the burden of family issues. There is at least a couple facets of the main character that any mother/wife/sister could relate too.

Tilly then receives the gift of clarity that allows her to see the future unfold itself to her. While that part is a little far fetched the point that she can now see things for what they are is common. She starts to realize that while she wants everything to be happy and perfect when she really pays attention she realizes that it wasn’t just so, including her own happiness.

There is alot of destruction that comes into her life and she hits some lows..but at the end she rebounds and regains a new clearer perspective on life.

It is a perfect end of summer read or one that you can read a little bit at the end of our crazy days.

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Review: Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus

Posted on August 12, 2010. Filed under: On the Bookshelf | Tags: , , , , |

Junie B. Jones and the  Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones, #1)Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I got this book as MB was starting Kindergarten and riding the school bus. So I thought what a perfect series to start with her first year of school.

I had hopes that we would be reading this series through the year and growing up with Junie B.

Well I guess I should of read the reviews a little bit before I ordered. I was disappointed. Junie B is not well behaved. She uses worlds like stupid and hate. I found myself censoring as I read. Not what you want to be doing as you put your little one to bed after a long day.

The story was cute and deals with the some of the fears and unknowns of going to school for the first time…but could of done without showing the behaviors I don’t want in my daughter.

Now off to find another series that hopefully will do better.

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Size 12 is not Fat- Book Review

Posted on July 31, 2010. Filed under: On the Bookshelf | Tags: , , , , , , |

I told you I wanted a quick read next. Man it feels nice to be able to accomplish a book in a couple of days!

So this is complete chick-lit. It is the start of a series about a character, Heather Wells. She is an ex    tween star who wanted to sing her own songs so left her label and ended up losing her boyfriend and  mom in the process.

She starts off on her future as an assistant to a resident hall at  NYU. Unfortunately the dorm isn’t so  quiet as a couple of girls die and Heather finds herself right in the  middle of trying to decide who done  it while others question if it is just an accident.

All along the way Heather struggles with being the “average size of American women”…a size 12. She loves her carbs and her junk and has dreams of chips. She is surrounded by smaller girls who think her size keeps her from getting the guy, but she is comfortable in her own skin and sticks that size 12 is the average size.

It was a quick easy read. The characters were developed nicely and I am interested to see where Heather goes in the next book.

Was so happy to have a lighter read after the passage…I think some of it has to do with the accomplishment of finishing a book, it is like crossing something off my checklist.

Now the only problem is I don’t know what I am going to read next.

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The Passage- A Book Review

Posted on July 29, 2010. Filed under: On the Bookshelf | Tags: , , , , , |

Well I finally finished it. I have worked on this book for what feels like forever…probably about a    month. Not complaining though.

I must admit for me the beginning was captivating but somewhere in the middle it lost me, I didn’t have  that feeling of I have to see what happens next, but then the last quarter of it had me hooked again.  The ending was really abrupt and I quickly had to do a google search to see that it was part of a  series..How on earth could a book end like that if it wasn’t.

Ok so to my review. This a vampire book. It is a government experiment gone wrong. The book then deals with the “end of the world, or US” as we know it and the tales of the virals (vampires) and the remaining human race. You will get absorbed in the characters. Who through their travels find themselves and strength they didn’t know they had. There are friendships and bonds that have to be tested. There are connections between the virals and a girl named Amy that while at times unclear are key to the series.

I haven’t read any of the Twilight books so I can’t compare but this one is beautifully written and minus the section that was a little slow it was amazing for an over 700+ page book. So pick this one up when you have time for long periods of reading. It would be great for a book club as there are questions about – government experiments gone out of control, how to survive, dealing with the unknowns, how to keep order in colonies, protecting our children. All that would make for some interesting dialog.

Now I am off to mix it up with a lighter girly read…and something short :).

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To read by the pool- The Carrie Diaries

Posted on June 14, 2010. Filed under: On the Bookshelf | Tags: , , , |

The Carrie Diaries The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
So it took me 2 days to finish this book, a quick read. Absolutely perfect for reading by the pool.

If you loved Sex in the City you will enjoy this book. It’s Carrie’s life as a teenager. You can hear the voice of Carrie and see how she shaped into being the writer who landed in NYC.

Candace Bushnell writing is fun..she develops the characters and just gets it right when dealing with “life’s situations”. I am sure everyone can relate to at least one of the story lines from their high school memories.

Look forward to her next book…as I always enjoy them. Plus when I am reading them it usually means I am sitting outside somewhere with my feet up- a double win!

And just to think somewhere Candace has a piece of Salt Cay jewelry sitting in her dresser or maybe possibly she is wearing it. She happened into Salt Cay last year and my lovely mom didn’t even realize who it was even after she swiped her credit card. Though I probably would have been the same…authors, the great unknown celebrities! And it is worth mentioning, she was living Carrie’s life that week- on vacation with a group of girlfriends in the Caribbean!

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The Body Finder…Summer Reading

Posted on June 9, 2010. Filed under: On the Bookshelf | Tags: , , , |

The Body Finder (Body Finder, #1) The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I wish I could remember who recommended this book to me, as I would like to thank them. Most likely it was my friend Melissa who gives me about 80% of my book recommendations. And never leads me astray no matter what genre.

This young adult/mystery was great. A high school girl who can sense the echoes of murder on both the victims and killers. She helps catch a serial murder that is targeting young girls.

The book keeps you intrigued in trying to figure out who done it and also has a romantic twist of best friends becoming more than friends. Something that was completely relate-able for me.

So if you like mystery and life romance its a great combo of both. I also found it to be a nice easy quick read…so perfect for reading by the pool or on the beach while soaking in the sun.

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