April 05, 2017
Title: A Man Called Ove
Author: Fredrik Backman
Publisher: Atria Books
Sold By: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales, Inc.
Source: Purchased from Amazon
This was the first book I read by Fredrik Buckman and I love it so much that I am now on a mission to read all of his books. The protagonist, Ove is not your average, well loved book character. He is an angry, short tempered, senior citizen that has definitely not moved into the 21st century. He has basically been a loner since his wife died, and her passing did nothing to improve his disposition. He follows rigid rules and expects everyone else to also follow them. However, one day a young couple moves in to the house next door and shakes Ove's world up. The wife is very talkative and very pregnant and on their first meeting she manages to plow down Ove's mail box.
The young woman always seems to somehow overlook Ove's cantankerous moods and talk. Despite Ove's repeated attempts to avoid these people, the woman manages to befriend him, Well, sort of befriend him. This story is centered around this odd friendship. There is plenty of things both of these people will learn about themselves, as well as each other. It is a story of heartbreak, humor, and sorrow, but mostly it is a beautiful story of love kindness and friendship. Ove might not seem to be an interesting character at first glance, but if you give him a chance, he will steal your heart.
March 31, 2017
Title: The Secret Language of Your Body
Author: Inna Segal
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date Published: 2010
ISB N: 979-1-58270-260-0
Source: Borrowed from a friend
Every time I pick this book up I love it more. It is amazing how helpful it has been. For example, Currently I have been having foot cramps in my right foot and according to the book, I have been dealing with too much obligation, and trying to break through something using force instead of just allowing it to happen naturally. And, guess what-it hit the nail on the head! That is exactly what I have been dealing with. According to the book the remedy for all of this was to look at my life and change directions and to focus on letting go of things from the past and move forward. This is the way I should have been thinking. The book also directed me to look at my foot and hold it as if it is one of my most precious assets and to massage it while believing it is very valuable (which it most certainly is). It also encouraged me to talk to my foot and tell it how important it is to me and apologize for neglecting it. I have followed these directions for several days for about 5 minutes at a time. And, believe it or not, my foot has not cramped at all since I have been doing this. However, prior to this it had been cramping many times a day for several weeks. The book goes on to to cover the toes and to explain that the connections to each toe, as well suggesting remedies for each toe. The remedies mainly consist of paying attention to the part of the body that is bothering you and to send positive energy to the body part that has been neglected while acknowledging the neglect.
Maybe you are a bit skeptical ( I was), however, if you decide to give it a try, I believe that you will be surprised how well it works. I was surprised, but I am also grateful for the information, because the foot cramps were interfering with my daily activities and nothing else I had done worked.
March 31, 2017
Title: Goats of Anarchy
Author: Leanne Lauricella
Publisher: Quarto Publishing Group
Publication Date: 03/2017
Source: Purchased from Amazon
For anyone that follows "Goats of Anarchy" on social media, you know that these goats can brighten up the dreariest of days. I have been following "Goats of Anarchy" for almost a year and every day I look forward to seeing what Leanne has posted. I love seeing these beautiful creatures living such good lives. I greatly admire Leanne Lauricella for following her heart and dedicating her life to rehabilitating these precious babies.
This little book feels like my own personal photo album. Although I see them on her social media posts, the book helps me keep them straight, as well as providing a little more information on each goat. Included in the book are photo's of all the goats she has rehabilitated or is in the process of rehabilitating. The book has helped me get a better understanding of each goat's personality. It is an uplifting book that proves there are still kind, gentle people in the world and it is so full of cuteness it is difficult to keep it closed.
March 29, 2017
Title: The Barrowfields
Author: Phillip Lewis
Publisher: Random House Group, Ltd
Publication Date: 2017
It is my understanding that this book is Phillip Lewis' first, and if that is true then I cannot wait for the second. I absolutely loved this book! The writing is superb , the character development spot on, and the writing is beautiful.
This is the story of Henry Aster, Sr and is told by his son Henry, Jr. Henry, Sr was born in a desolate, dreary little town deep in North Carolina called Old Buckram. The people of Old Buckram were poor and uneducated. Henry, Sr stood out like a sore thumb, because from a very early age he was smart and he was never seen without a book in his hand. Old Buckram was a place where most of the people could not read, and didn't even own a book. And, if they did own a book, it was the Bible. Henry, Sr. eventually went to college and became a lawyer, as well as a college professor. To give you a better perspective of the importance of books and education to Henry, Sr- he met his wife in the library. And the fact that she was first seen by him was in a library added to his excitement.
Henry, Sr and Eleonore moved to Old Buckram when Henry's mother became ill. Henry won a big case and earned enough money to buy an old abandoned house that sat on the side of a tall mountain. The house was surrounded by mystery. The man who had the old mansion built had a wife and three daughters, and when they moved in, people saw less and less of them. Eventually, someone went to the old house and dis covered the man and his wife had been shot to death and were still in the house. At first no one knew what became of the girls, but they were found shot dead and buried in shallow graves on the property. No one ever knew what had went on in that house or if the Dad had killed everyone and then himself, or if someone else murdered them all.
It was in this house that Henry, Sr and Eleonore started their family. Shortly after they moved in, Henry, Sr's mother died and this event would have a profound affect on Henry, Sr's life. They had three children, Henry, Jr was the oldest, Threnody was next, and later came Maddy. Maddy was unexpected, because they had not planned to have any more children after Threnody.. Maddy was also a very sick and frail child.
I fear giving too much away, so I will stop retelling the story and tell you how I feel about the story. The story is very intense and the reader feels what the characters are feeling. Phillip Lewis's writing is very powerful, but at the same time it is very beautiful. It is both beautiful and haunting simultaneously. It is the story of how time, love,stuggles and disappointments can be passed from one generation to the next. Here is one excerpt that I particularly liked: "Ignoring my concern, he put his nose into his glass and drew back his lips to show his vampire canines. Then he said, " If you ever think I have enough time to do that-I'll just pass the time today and make my art tomorrow," then you have already lost. Time has fooled you into thinking it exists."
I can't wait to see what Philip Lewis does with his next book!
January 24, 2017
Title: The Jekyll Revelation
Author: Robert Masello
Publication Date: November 8, 2016
Publisher: 47 North
Type: Advanced Readers Copy, Uncorrected Proof
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review
" Fear is the strong passion; it is with fear that you must trifle, if you wish to taste the intense joys of living."
~Robert Louis Stevenson
This book should be on everyone's "To Read" list. It is by far, one of the best books I read in 2016. It was the first book I have read by Robert Masello, but it will not be the last! I loved the way the story intertwined the past with the present.
The story combines a present day environmental scientist, Rafael Salazar, finding an old trunk, and the past with a journal by Robert Louis Stevenson found inside the trunk. The journal begins on a trip Mr. Stevenson had taken for his health. It provides information about the story, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, written by Robert Louis Stevenson. In the journal, Mr. Stevenson promises to reveal the identity of Jack the Ripper. However, when Rafael finds the trunk, he doesn't realize that the journal was not the only important object in it. There was also a flask that contained the last precious drops of an elizir capable of causing horrific results. Also, he doesn't realize that the flask has landed in the hands of the last person on earth it should be.
The story flows easily between the past and present time lines, and in my opinion, that is what makes the story so good. It combined actual history with fiction, and this gave the story depth. Once I started reading, I could not put it down. After all, it began with, What I must tell you now, I tell you with dread. What a great opening line! So, does it identify Jack the Ripper? Well, you should read it and find out. I promise you will not be disappointed.
September 20, 2016
The Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman
File Size: 7650kb
Print Length: 356 pages
Publisher: Scribner: Media tie in ed. July 31, 2012
Source: Purchased kindle edition from Amazon
Author: M.L. Stedman
I finished this book just in time to see the movie at the theaters. However, since I rarely like the movie version as much as the book version, I probably wont go to the theater to see it. I actuall purchased this book over a year ago and just got around to reading it. I shouldn't have waited so long to read it, because it is wonderful.
The focus of the story is centered around a lighthouse keeper, Tom Sherbourne and his wife, Isabel. They are on an isolated island on the coast of Australia, called Janus Rock. The couple starts out full of love for each other and they seem to thrive off of the isolation. Tom is kept busy with the lighthouse duties, while Isabel keeps house, cooks, and gardens. The only thing keeping their lives from being perfect is a child. Isabel has lost several babies, with some of them being full term. One day shortly after burying yet another baby, a row boat washes ashore. In the boat Tom finds a dead man and a tiny baby girl wrapped in a blanket. Tom goes to Isabel and tells of his discovery, and as soon as the baby is put into Isabel's arms, she is smitten. As Tom goes to make a report of the find, Isabel convinces him to wait a while. Even though Tom feels compelled to do the right thing and make the report, Isabel looks so happy with the baby, he decides to go along and not report the incident. After a battle with his conscious for several days, he decides to bury the man on the island.
Since Isabel had been expecting a baby, it was easy to let her parents believe that she had given birth to a healthy baby girl, as well as the men that made regular deliveries to Janus Rock. Therefore, everyone just assumed it was Isabel's and Tom's child. Over the years, the little family lives a happy life, with the exception of Tom's conscious. Tom still feels guilty of not reporting the incident, because he knows there is a mother out there mourn ing for her child, and the dead man deserved a decent burial by his loved ones.
On a rare visit to Isabel's parents, about 400 miles away, they introduce the baby girl, Lucy, to her grandparents for the first time. However, while there, they discover a very sad woman lives there that lost her husband and baby girl years ago and has never recovered from the loss. From here on everyone persons life involved is pulled in different directions. I will stop here with the description, because I don't want to give too much away. But, I say again, "I should not have waited so long to read this book!" It is one of the best books I have read in a long time.