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Saturday, August 15, 2020

Book Review: Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas

 I had been hearing so many good things about this book. Unfortunately, it didn't live up to the hype! There are so many questions left unanswered. I feel like I read Shutter Island but the not as good version. I am unsure what was real, or if any of it was. The jumping around was very confusing. The storyline moved very slowly. There was potential for greatness, but fell far short.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Book Review: Gone at Midnight: The Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam by Jake Anderson

I find Elisa and her case fascinating. Sadly this book was not well written. The author spent too much time discussing himself and his own problems. The parts about Elisa were repeated over and over throughout. I was expecting more, I was left disappointed.

*Thank you to the author, publisher, and Netgalley for allowing me to read this.

Book Review: The Rural Diaries by Hilarie Burton Morgan

First off I must say that I adore these actors and love their shows. I am a fan, but that is not why I loved the book. I think Mrs. Morgan should keep writing! This was a perfect read for such a depressing pandemic life! The author is honest, even when it's not going to make her look good.

They are real and just like us. I can guarantee by the end you will want to visit their farm.
They feel like friends you have known your whole life. The writing is straightforward and eloquent. Their family is Beautiful. They are far from perfect and are not afraid to admit it.

Hilarie's delving into her miscarriages and abuse on her shows was brave and inspiring. The pictures were the perfect ending. Keep being the wonderful people you are. You ,Hilarie, are a treasure and an inspiration!

Book Review: The Only Child by Mi-ae Seo

What can I say, I'm a sucker for a scary kid! I wanted to love this one but it fell a little short for me. There were some problems with repetition and slowness. I honestly think it may be because of the translation. The duel storyline was strange. It almost would have been better separated into two short stories. The ending was predictable. Not a terrible read but lacking something!

Book Review: The Better Liar by Tanen Jones

What if you thought your sister was great, but found out she wasn't? What if you loved your baby, but couldn't stand to be around him? I honestly believe these sisters both have some mental issues.
I enjoyed all the twists, turns, and surprises. A few of the twists were not that hard to figure out. The ignorant responses of some of the characters were annoying. These sisters are quite manipulative. An interesting, but hard to follow at times, read.

Book Review: Open Book by Jessica Simpson

I always thought Jessica was a bit of an airhead. I now realize that she was lacking life skills. She admits she was spoiled and her mother did everything for her. I don't find that to be that unusual. She did grow up in a conservative, Christian family. 
What I most appreciated was her honesty with an alcohol problem, self esteem issues, and sexual abuse. While most of us can't relate to her celebrity, we should all see that she has real life problems that we all have probably dealt with in some way.
The fact that she realizes that she is a work in progress is refreshing. I also thought it was wise to point out that the majority of her money has come from her clothing line, not her singing or acting.
I enjoy the fact that she is real and able to laugh at herself. One of the better celebrity biographies I have read.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Book Review: The Speed of Falling Objects by Nancy Richardson Fischer

I appreciate the fact that the author was so honest with how bad a parent can be.  Parents certainly affect their children. Not all children have a great life with their parents and that was well portrayed here. Danny has a problem with feeling like she is worth nothing. Honestly, her father reinforces those beliefs throughout the book. Danny is doing her best to find herself and grow and learn.  She is worth so much and will learn that before the book is over.
I sort of felt like I was watching an episode of Bear Grylls unfold. The action was exciting. For me it got a bit too repetitive.  The storyline moved quickly. I think this would be a good read for teens that like action, adventure, the rainforest, and medical mishaps.
If you haven't checked out Ms. Richardson Fischer's other book "When Elephants Fly", you really should. It was one of my favorite reads last year.

*Thank you to Nancy Richardson Fischer, NetGalley, and the publisher, for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book.