Monthly Archives: June 2014

Reading In Crisis

Why do I willingly subject myself to such depressing reading material! Here is my pretty significant life problem right now— my husband of eight years, father to my three children, my best friend- Mark Hollett, is currently laying in ICU in critical but stable condition. He is 34 years old. What. The. Hell. I am […]
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Film Versus Fiction: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

If ever there was a screenwriter’s ideal storyline on which to base their potential film, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story about the baby born as an old man has got to be it. I am sure there are others in existence adapted in a similar way, though I haven’t read any. In fact, in combination […]
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The Golden Ass Review

Guest Review by Brent Laroche The Golden Ass is, to put it simply, the adventures of a man transformed into a donkey. Written by Lucius Apuleius in the 2nd century AD, it is one of my favourite books to have survived from ancient Rome. This was my second time reading it. I read the 1976 […]
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The Quick: Why I quit reading after 90 pages

I usually don’t sit down to write immediately after wrapping up a book. I like to give myself at least 24 hours to both distance myself from the emotion of the story, and let the meaningful themes and ideas sink in. But tonight, I am a bit upset, and I’m not waiting. And if this book […]
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Review: A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley

Do you ever get that amazing feeling where something so awesome happens that you want to squeal out loud, dance around and and do a fist pump? If that kind of thing ever happens to you, Saroo Brierley’s story is sure to bring on one of those moments. It might even bring on your first […]
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Books off my shelf (I hope to read this summer!)

I have a pile of review requests that will keep me busy through the summer and into the fall. I also have an Audio Book membership that allows me to listen to at least two books per month. And then there are all those film adaptations with imminent release dates… And all those other books […]
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Review: All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner

When you can see a part of yourself or a loved one in a character of a book without any stretch of the imagination, you know the author knows how to write well. While of course not every facet of any character will apply to any one person, sometimes they just seem so real— a […]
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Review: Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

Have you ever read a book, and within about five pages you can tell by the persona of the narrator that every single person who reads this book will either hate the protagonist, or love him in a very human but somewhat twisted way? Read Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch and you […]
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Did we learn anything? Hotel On The Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Since Rebecca at Love at First Book posted about her plans to give copies of Jamie Ford’s Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet out during World Book Night, I’ve wanted to read this book!  I very much enjoyed reading this book, and it opened my eyes to various ideas and issues that I had […]
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Fathers Day Book Recommendations

When I was a kid, I don’t remember my dad reading with me much. What I do remember, is that as a teenager he read books for his own personal journey like The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and Six Thinking Hats. The fact that he seemed to be attempting to improve himself was really […]
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