Sunday, May 27, 2012

Saints at the River

Fiction by Ron Rash.

Saints at the River

This was a good book, but I don't know if I'd give it "The Best Book of the Year" award.

I enjoyed the characters, but I didn't feel like I got to know them well enough.
This author is apparently known for brevity; the book is only 237 pages. That can be good or bad, I guess. I felt like he forgot something in keeping his prose so very very spare.

Friday, May 25, 2012

You'll Like it Here (Everybody Does)

Juvenile Fiction by Ruth White.

You'll Like It Here (Everybody Does)

This is a kids' book, and I got it for my daughters from the libarary, but no one seemed interested.

So I read it myself. It was really good.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake

Fiction by Jenny Wingfield.

The Homecoming of Samuel Lake

Excellent book. Really.

It reminds me of Fannie Flagg, of "Fried Green Tomatoes" fame.

I definitely recommend this one.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Reader's Digest

Ad ImageYes, I read magazines too.

I used to read Reader's Digest in my grandparents' bathroom as a kid, and I still like it.

Especially the jokes. I mean, admit it, haven't YOU ever read a Reader's Digest joke aloud to someone?

You have too!

Sorry this image (from is so tiny. I guess I get negative design points today.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Games People Play

Subtitled, "The Psychology of Human Relationships."
Nonfiction by Eric Berne.

Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships

My husband wanted me to read this. So I pretty much had to.

I mean, when I'm splashing it all over the internet that I read nine or ten books a month, I can't very well pull out the "I don't have time to read" excuse.

(And he'd probably just say I was playing a game, anyways.)

This was a good book, especially considering it's been around almost fifty years and still feels pretty current.

But it's definitely a specialized book; only read it if you are interested in psychology. I mean really interested.

Or your husband is...

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Snow Child

Fiction by Eowyn Ivey.

The Snow Child

This was a really good book.

It was original and well-written. I'm skeptical of fairy-tale adaptations, as it's a bit overdone these days, but this is a good one.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Home Front

Fiction by Kristin Hannah.

Home Front

Very good book. I like Kristin Hannah.

She is a good writer, and her covers are always pretty too! (Not that I'm shallow enough to care about that....okay, I am.)

This one is about a military family, and I think she did her research properly, because it rings pretty true to me.

Definitely a thumbs-up.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

For the Sake of Louise

Nonfiction by Lilia Lopez-Rahman.

For the Sake of Louise By Lilia B. Lopez-Rahman

I bought this book because the author came and spoke at our church. It is her personal story.

It is a good story about how she broke away from her abusive husband and how he kidnapped their child. The author is now a minister and an advocate for battered women.

However, I think it would have been better told in a different way. It didn't keep my attention as well as it should have, especially for a story such an exciting plot to begin with. So I think the problem was the writing style.

This may be just my anti-memoir prejucide working. I feel like it is often too difficult to be objective with your own story.

Monday, May 7, 2012

By Reason of Insanity

Fiction by Randy Singer.

By Reason of Insanity

Good legal thriller!

I was definitely surprsied at the end.

And since this is a Christian author it's minimum gore, for a murder mystery....

Saturday, May 5, 2012

A Woman's Place

Fiction by Lynn Austin.

A Woman's Place

This was a very good book. Which is why I chose it for my Book Club selection this month.

It's a World War Two story. Always an awesome time period.

I mean, who's cooler than Rosie the Riveter? I ask you!

I've read several books by this author, and they are all good. But I think I like this one the best.

Again, hence the Book Club pick. Definite recommend!