Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

Fiction by Stephen King.

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon

This is probably a novella by Stephen King's standards, clocking in at only 262 pages. It is the story of a little girl lost in the woods, but it is not a fairytale. It's a survival story, and a harsh one.

Hatchet (Brian's Saga Series #1)It reminded me of an extremely dark version of Hatchet, the Gary Paulson classic, except it of course is not for children.

I also read recently by this author: The Gunslinger

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Somebody Else's Kids

Nonfiction by Torey Hayden.

Somebody Else's Kids: The True Story of Four Problem Children and One Extraordinary Teacher

I read several books by Torey Hayden, a child psychologist/teacher who worked with disturbed or disabled kids and wrote about it, a couple of years ago in kind of a streak. Recently I was thinking about her stories again because I have several friends who are teachers, one specifically in special education, and we had been talking about the difference a teacher can make in a child's life. In the day to day work, it often seems as if nothing is changing with the troubled child, but when you look back over the year's work, you can see that progress has been made. I encouraged my friends to persevere with their "problem kids," and possibly document the process just for their own encouragement.

But I digress.

I found this when looking for books by Torey Hayden that I hadn't already read. It was as engrossing as the others, and also as realistic. Torey herself mentions her own occasional feelings of discouragement, and even has another educator tell her that she is "wasting herself" on these hopeless children. What a bummer! But the amazing thing is that she never gives up. At the end of the story there are no miracle cures or storybook perfect endings, but the children in her class are better off than they were before.

I also read by this author: Just Another Kid, One Child

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Fiction by Dean Koontz.


I read this book years ago but had forgotten about it, so I picked it up again. It's still good.

I also read recently by this author: the Frankenstein series

Friday, August 4, 2017

Their Lost Daughters

Fiction by Joy Ellis.

Since this book was billed as:
a gripping crime thriller with a huge twist!
I kind of expected it to be more exciting.

It was a good enough crime store, but not exactly a thriller.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Play Dead

Fiction by Harlan Coben.

Play Dead

This is one of Harlan Coben's earlier novels that had been re-released. It was a pretty good thriller, but less surprising than I prefer. The title itself kind of gives the plot away and you can tell the whole time that the main character is faking his own death. I guess the only mystery is WHY he did it.... That was kind of surprising!

I also read recently by this author: Miracle Cure

Monday, July 31, 2017


Fiction by Chris Fabry.


This was a really good story about a woman haunted by lingering love fro an ex-boyfriend who is about to get out of prison.

It had a great surprise at the end!

I also read recently by this author: Every Waking Moment

Monday, July 24, 2017

I'd Know You Anywhere

Fiction by Laura Lippman.

I'd Know You Anywhere: A Novel

In this story, a woman receives an unexpected letter from a man who has been on death row for over ten years. He was a kidnapper and serial killer, and she was the only one of his victims who lived. What does he want?

Really good book!!

I also read recently by this author: The Power of Three