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My very favorite author of all time, Maeve Binchey, died last July and I just read her final novel, “A Week in Winter.” Ms. Binchey never disappointed me when it came to creating warm, believable characters and her last book is no exception. I have a shelf in my library with a whole stack of her books in hardback editions as well as a stack of paperback editions on my office book shelf.
There are also a few on my Kindle though I have the hard copies of most of those as well. I also have a note from her…written in response to a letter I sent her many years ago. I treasure it. It may be the end of an era but I will re-visit those books through the years and enjoy them just as much the next time… of that I am sure!
If you are looking for a good read for a cold winter’s day, you will love The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom. It is a page turner from the start to the finish. It is hard to believe that this is the author’s first novel! I will be waiting for another book from her…
If you are a lover of Fairy Tales and Fantasy, you will love this new read by A.C. Gogolski. I have fallen in love with little Nell and you will too! The book is geared to young teens but I think anyone of any age will enjoy this lovely tale. Read more about the Author at http://gogolski.com/
Ah yes, those lazy hazy days of summer are here and, just as it is in any season, reading is one of my favorite passions right now. Sitting in a lounge chair under a shady tree or next to a pool full of screeching kiddies, I can immerse myself in a good tale. Recently my dear sister loaned me a book she had just finished and thought I would enjoy. The timing was perfect as I was “in between” reads at the moment. So I sat myself down and “hit the road” with author Richard Paul Evans and soon was hooked on “The Walk”. Suffice it to say, I more or less jogged instead of walked through this book. When I finished the book, I didn’t even bother reading the preview that was included of the next book in this series called “Miles to Go”. Nope, I just flipped open my Kindle and downloaded the e-book right then and there so I could continue on the “journey”. Just one regret…the next installation won’t be out until April of 2012. <pout>…sigh…
At any rate, I have found another wonderful author who truly knows how to paint a character so I will have to read some of his other books …while I am waiting to hit the road again!! Happy reading!
I just finished reading Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. I should say that I just “devoured” it!! I loved this book. It is a wonderful story of past and present, it’s a history story, it’s a story of special friendships that span a lifetime, paths that cross and then fork away from each other. Wonderful characters…that’s the thing I always fall in love with in a good book and this has great ones. It’s a quick and colorful read. Don’t miss it!
When I find a book that I particularly enjoy, I usually try one or more other books by the same author. I am not often disappointed and I sure was not let down with another read from Sara Gruen (author of Water for Elephants). Ape House is a page turner, heart tugger from beginning to end. It’s an easy read and very entertaining as well as educational!! You’ll enjoy it if you liked her other works and you’ll want to know more about the Bonobos after you have read the last page. Once again, I wish I had it on my bookshelf instead of in my Kindle library…sigh…
I was so sorry to see this wonderful story (by my favorite author, Maeve Binchy) come to an end! I have always loved her characters and this group did not disappoint! Needless to say, this is one hardback that I have purchased and “installed” in my personal library as opposed to downloading it onto just my Kindle.
Just finished reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. This was one awesome book. I could not put it down once I started reading!!! I cannot wait until the movie comes out next month to see how the producers reconstruct this wonderful story for the big screen.
As I told you, I got a Kindle for Christmas and would be interested in feedback from those of you who are also using e-readers. It has been my experience that I read a lot faster using my Kindle than I do reading an actual book. I am sooo addicted to this Kindle! It is one of the best gifts I have ever received. So if your Mom is a reader, this would be a wonderful Mother’s Day gift for her. The downside for me is that I miss the tactile experience of “real” books and so I will always purchase them for my personal library. In fact, as soon as the hardback copy of Water for Elephants is on the “sale” rack, I plan to snap it up. You see, one of the best parts of reading for me is the sharing of my favorite books with others and this is the part of e-readers that I do not like. I wish that there was a way that you could load your e-books onto someone elses e-reader. I am thinking of purchasing a used Kindle so that I have one to loan to my favorite reading buddies! It’s snowy and blowy here today in N.E. Pa. A perfect Kindle kind of day….=)
Just finished reading Dan Brown’s latest action packed work of fiction. No matter what you think about his twist on a subject, it is always laced with factual information and written to grab and keep your attention. I really enjoyed it!
Wow!, Wow!, Wow! That’s my review of “The Help“, a novel by Kathryn Stockett. As a first novel, she has sure hit one out of the ballpark with this story. As a naive “Yankee”,with no first hand knowledge of life in the deep South in the early 60′s, I found myself holding my breath through half of this book. I could smell the fear, feel the tension understand the dread of the brave maids and the woman who dared to help them tell their stories!!. Whew…I feel as if I’ve just been on a roller coaster ride. This is an awesome story. Don’t miss it.
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