Thursday, May 19, 2016

I just finished Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline.  I received a copy from St. Martin's Press for an honest review.

This is Ms. Scottoline's newest release, it is a story that could have been plucked from today's headlines.  Christine and Marcus want a baby, but because of a medical problem Marcus is unable to father his own child.  They decide to go with a sperm donor, and did all the right things.  They asked their doctor and went through a reputable sperm bank.  They poured over profiles until they felt they had found the right donor for them.  Christine got pregnant, and was so happy planning for the birth of their baby.  One day as she is watching the news she sees a man has been arrested as a serial killer that looks just like her donor.  She convinces Marcus and her best friend Lauren that he could very well be the biological father to her child.  They are in turmoil and are determined to find out the truth.  Marcus wants to sue the bank to tell them, but Christine decides to go to the prison and see him for herself and find out it he is donor 3319. 

This is the point where the story got unbelievable and frustrating for me.  She lies to her husband and alienates him to the point where she thinks her marriage could be over.  The things she does are implausible, and it really made me want to knock some sense into her.  When she meets the possible donor she feels a connection with him and wants to try to prove him innocent.  The things she does, and the ending are unbelievable.  Both Christine and Marcus are not likable characters, and it was hard for me to really care about them.  I enjoy Ms. Scottoline's writing and will try other books by her, but this one was disappointing for me.  I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads, but I think that was generous.  

Thursday, May 12, 2016

                                                               On Writing

I started this blog to write reviews of the books I read, and to write posts about books and reading in general, and as I look over my reviews they seem so stilted and amateurish.  I have loved to read since I was a young teenager, and always thought I would be able to write.  Because of things that happened during those younger years I really never got the education in English that I really needed and wanted.  I know I could study it on my own, but honestly I never really thought about it.  Until now.  Now I want to be able to write coherent and interesting reviews.  Unfortunately I can't seem to get down what I think and feel.  Maybe I am just out of practice, and worried about what people will think when they read what I have written.  I know it's not like I am trying to write the great American novel lol, but I do want my writing to be easy to read.  I will carry on and continue what I am doing, hoping that I will get better at it.   


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I just finished reading Perfect Peace by Danial Black.  This is a historical fiction book published by St. Martin's Press in 2010.

This is the heart-breaking story of Emma Jean Peace, the mother of a fast growing family living in rural Arkansas in the 1920-1950's.
Emma Jean HAS to have a girl, after having 6 boys, she just knows her 7th child will be the girl she needs.  When she gives birth to another boy, she decided to "make" her own girl since God wouldn't give her one.  This starts the journey of Emma Jean and her daughter Perfect.  She wants to lavish on her daughter all the love and attention, and gifts she never received as a child.  Her own mother abused her and ridiculed her just because she was born too black.  She always dreamed of someday having her own daughter so she could love her and give her all the things her own mother had never given her.  Emma Jean was a strong willed woman and always got her way.  Unfortunately she didn't realize the ramifications of what she was doing, and how it would effect her family for the rest of their lives.

I loved this book and the style it was written going from the past to the future and the present to let the reader know just how much harm Emma Jean did to her family.  All she wanted was a little girl to love, and instead abused her own children, and possibly caused the most pain to her own self.  I gave this book 5 stars, and it will resonate with me for a long time to come.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

                                     April Wrap Up

Here is my first monthly wrap up.  I am really trying to learn how to get into words what I want to 
say about the books I've read.  I don't think I give very good reviews, but hopefully I will get better at it.

In the month of April I read 9 books.  I feel like that is a good reading month for me.  

This is the first book I finished this month.  This is a story about an overweight girl who seems to have self confidence, and to not care about
what people say about her.  Her mother was a beauty queen in the local beauty pageant, and now is in charge of it every year.  This year Dumplin decides to enter the pageant.  She is in love with a popular, handsome boy, that seems to return her feelings.  For some reason this seems to undermine her self esteem.  I liked this book a lot, and I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

This was a short book about a very special book store.  He carries something for everyone, but his books are not for sale.  He sells time to read.  He also carefully inspects each book to make sure they are safe to read.  See what happens when he forgets to inspect one.  I gave this 3 stars on Goodreads.

This book was suspenseful and I was able to read it really fast.  Even though I was able to get through it so fast, I still found myself wanting it to end.  I did enjoy the multiple POV's.  I think it would have gotten very boring it the whole book was told from Cassie's perspective.  I did enjoy this one and am
currently reading the sequel to this.  4 stars on Goodreads.

This book is so highly acclaimed that I really hesitate to put my 2 cents worth in, but here goes.  I really did not like this book at all.  First of all, if you "consider yourself white"  you have a wonderful idyllic life, with no problems, have all the money you need, live in mansions, and never have to worry about anything.   I know that I can't understand what people of color have to go through in their daily lives in relation to their race. The terrible things that sometimes happen to them just because they are black is horribly wrong, and as a nation this needs to be addressed, but this book is written in
a snobbish and prejudiced way.  The worst thing in reading this for me was when he said the word body over and over again, as in protect my black body,
or they want to destroy my black body.  It really started to grate on me.  I gave this one 2 stars on Goodreads.

This was a very interesting and different twist on the Gospel.  An atheist helps model a computer generated world like our own world.  The only thing is without a Law Giver the society quickly destroys themselves.  The only way to keep them from self destruction is to introduce laws given from the Law Giver that created them.  A virus is unleashed in the world and the only way to save them is to create a character like himself to go into the world and show them and teach them how they should live.  This book was so insightful, and gives you a deeper understanding of God and  His love for us.  I gave this one 5 stars on Goodreads.

I really liked this book and I have a review on an earlier post.  I gave this one
4 stars on Goodreads.

I really loved this book of a mother with terminal cancer and her son reading books together, and discussing them as she goes for her treatments.  They both love reading, and so they create their own 2 person book club.  This book was so lovely to read.  The writing was intellectual without sounding snobbish.  This is not only about the books, but also about the mother coming to terms with her impending death, and the son making memories with his mother.  They had a special bond, and I enjoyed reading about all the books, even if they were books I had no interest in reading.  I gave this one 5 stars on Goodreads.  I have a review of this one in an earlier post.

This is about Tom and his friends going to Northern Canada for a fishing trip.  They are stranded by an EPM thousands of miles from civilization and follows them as they try to get ready for the winter in the harsh environment, where one mistake could prove fatal for them all.  I really enjoy these type of books, and have read some pretty bad ones.  Mr. Craven's writing was immensely readable, and the story was really interesting.  I gave this one 4 stars on Goodreads.

This was a very interesting book.  I've never read anything like it before.  I have my review of this in an earlier post.  I gave this one 4 stars on Goodreads.

Well, that was in for the month.  All in all I had a good reading month.  On deck is

1.  The Infinite Sea by Rich Yancy  (I'm 75 percent done)
2.  Fairest by Marissa Meyer
3.  Perfect Peace by Daniel Black.