Monday, November 27, 2017

Long Lost

Fiction by Harlan Coben

Long Lost (Myron Bolitar Series #9)

This was an exciting thriller, number nine from the Myron Bolitar series. Although it wasn't a great as some of the more recent ones I've read, it was still a good book.

I also read recently by this author: Tell No One

Saturday, November 25, 2017

The Sunflower Forest

Fiction by Torey Hayden

In this story, a seventeen-year-old girl tries to cope with her mother's crazy mood swings, which may or may not be a dangerous mental illness. This was a really good book!

I also read recently by this author: Innocent Foxes

Thursday, November 23, 2017

If I Run

Fiction by Terri Blackstock

If I Run

This was an exciting thriller about a girl who goes on the run after being falsely accused of murder, and the man who is hired to hunt for her. It's the beginning of a series, though, so I need to get the next book right away...

I also read by this author: Twisted Innocence

Monday, November 20, 2017

Innocent Foxes

Fiction by Torey Hayden

Innocent Foxes

I read a rather scathing review on the b&n page (link above) of this book that pretty much gave away the whole plot, but in a bad way. The reviewer was angry that the book was not what it appeared from the front cover.

It's true that was more of a thriller-type novel than the heart-warming tale that the pretty-pretty cover picture, and indeed the synopsis, seems to indicate. I think the publishers are trying to make the book look like Torey Hayden's more popular books, which are nonfiction and are heart-warming. So that may be a mistake on the part of the marketing team, but that doesn't seem the author's fault. Also the title isn't quite right, but I'm not sure what I'd suggest instead.

I really enjoyed it, since I LOVE thrillers, and I like being surprised by plot twists. So don't read the review by anonymous, just read the book!

I also read recently by this author: Overheard in a Dream

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Wangs vs. the World

Fiction by Jade Chang.

The Wangs vs. the World

I just could not get into this book. I'm not sure why; I think it was that I didn't like the characters. And it's a library book, and I'm just going to give up and take it back....

Monday, November 13, 2017


Fiction by Jane Green.


This was a nice straight love story about an English girl who falls for her hunky American landlord in the predictable manner. But it has a little twist at the end so it doesn't quite go where you'd expect.

I also read by this author: Saving Grace, Tempting Fate 

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Secret Chord

Fiction by Geraldine Brooks.

The Secret Chord: A Novel

This is a fictionalized account of the life of King David of Israel, told from the point of view of the prophet Nathan.

It was interesting to read, and really seemed to bring the ancient people of the Bible to life, but it was not necessarily a flattering portrait of its subject. The author says it was her intent to neither laud nor denigrate King David, but rather to show him as the great but also flawed human being he really was. In this I think she succeeded, but her treatment of God's role in the man's life (He is shown as capricious, rather bloodthirsty, and possibly negligent of His people) is a bit difficult for believers to read. Still, it is certainly faithful to the Old Testament account of actual events.

I also read by this author: Caleb's Crossing

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Still Life With Elephant

Fiction by Judy Reene Singer.

Still Life with Elephant: A Novel

This was a cute little story about a girl who is a horse trainer who finds out that her husband, a veterinarian, has been having an affair with a coworker. Well, obviously THAT'S not the cute part. But that's the setup. The cute part is what she does later.

Image result for still life with elephantThere are some fun characters in the story and I enjoyed it.

But the copy I read had a better cover, in my opinion. --->>>>

Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Perfect Neighbors

Fiction by Sarah Pekkanan.

The Perfect Neighbors

In this group of neighbor ladies: one is still in love with her ex-husband, one is slightly bored with her current husband, one is helping her husband run for political office, and one is concealing a terrible secret...

This was a fun read!

I also read by this author: Catching Air

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Simon Vs the Homo Sapien's Agenda

Fiction by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

So...this was a young adult novel about a teenage boy who is afraid to tell his parents he is gay, and he is also trying to find true love.

The voice felt really authentic and the story was interesting. I am a little troubled by novels for teens with sex in them though, straight or gay....