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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Death Coming Up the Hill (YA)

Book #87 Read in 2014
Death Coming Up the Hill by Chris Crowe (YA)

This is a verse novel about the Vietnam War.  It follows 17 year old Ashe and how his world is changing.  His mother is protesting the war; his father supports it.  His girlfriend is more along the political lines of his mother but her brother is fighting in the war so it affects her greatly.  Ashe watches the marriage of his parents fall apart and feels helpless in so many ways....while the backdrop of this story details the weekly number of those killed in the war, racial tensions etc.  

I read this book in one sitting.  The verse format flows well and sort of keeps the book from being overwhelming with such a heavy topic.  I would recommend it to high school students, especially boys who are reluctant readers.  I received a copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for a honest review.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue

Book #86 Read in 2014
The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue by Barbara Samuel

This was a good women's fiction read.  It details the lives of four women who are neighbors and who are dealing with issues.  Roberta's husband just died.  Trudy's husband cheated on her.  Jade's ex-husband is in jail.  Shannelle's husband does not understand her desire to be a writer.  Told in alternating chapters, the women work through their issues and help out each other.  This was my first book by this author but I will read more of her work; I enjoyed her writing style.  I borrowed this book from my town library.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Dog Stays in the Picture

Book #85 Read in 2014
The Dog Stays in the Picture by Susan Morse

This book tells a different type of love story....between a woman and her rescued greyhound.  Susan is an actor's wife whose children are heading off to college.  To fill a void, she adopts a rescued greyhound, Lilly, whose racetrack career has come to an end.  Lilly bonds with Susan and cannot bear to be separated from her.  With patience, Susan's husband wins Lilly's over, and with finesse, Susan gets Lilly to be able to stay home alone with wrecking the place.  This was a nice read.  I received a copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for a honest review.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Thursdays in the Park

Book #84 Read in 2014
Thursdays in the Park by Hilary Boyd

Jeanie's husband of many years pulls away from her, emotionally and physically.  She continues to go through the motions, trying to figure out where things went wrong.  Her light is her granddaughter, Ellie.  When babysitting her and taking her to the park, Jeanie meets Ray, who is there with his grandson, Dylan.  The two connect and Jeanie begins to realize that she could have more in her life but she is torn with guilt about wrecking her family.  Will she sacrifice her own happiness to keep her dysfunctional family intact?

I enjoyed this book a lot.  The characters were ones you cared for...even though they were flawed.  The writing style flowed well and made this a quick read.  I would recommend this for fans of chick lit and "hen" lit since the main character is turning 60. 

I received a copy of this book from the Amazon Vine program in exchange for a honest review.

Monday, September 1, 2014

August Reads

August Reads:

1.  The Madman's Daughter (YA)  4/5  Kindle  1st in series
2.  The Blood Gospel (5/5)  1st in series
3.  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (re-read)  (YA)  5/5  1st in series
4.  Innocent Blood (4/5)  2nd in series
5.  Mortal Danger (YA)  library book  1st in series
6.  Falling into Place (YA)  4/5
7.  The Big Kitty (4/5)  1st in series
8.  Signed, Skye Harper (YA)  4.5/5
9.  The Book of Life (5/5)  Kindle  3rd in series
10.  Harriet Spies Again (YA)  4/5
11.  Rogue (YA)  5/5
12.  brown girl dreaming (YA)  4.5/5  library book
13.  Reading Women (4/5)  library book

83 books read in 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Reading Women

Book #83 Read in 2014
Reading Women by Nanci Milone Hill

This book is a guide to over 100 women's fiction books and can be used as a guide for book clubs.  Titles are picked, with a short author biography and plot summary included.  Also, there are discussion questions given and similar titles suggested.  It was a good collection of titles. 

Brown Girl Dreaming (YA)

Book #82 Read in 2014
brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (YA)

This book, told in verse, is a telling of Woodson's childhood, time spent in the South with her family, time spent in NYC with her family and the working on her family.  Growing up in a time of the civil rights movement, Woodson recounts sitting in the back of the bus, watching the Black Panthers on tv, and feeling different from those around her.  Woodson always had a love for words and that was the driving force of her becoming the wonderful author she is today.  This was a quick, interesting read.