Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Monday, December 23, 2013
Ten Tiny Breaths
Publication Date: February 12, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
There is a serious lack of "quality" titles being released today. I am sure a lot of the books are decent and well respected, but not anything that I or most of my readers really enjoy. So I thought I would take this time to remind you of some of my favorite books this year.
First up, Night Film the dark and gritty mystery that is takes you to the edge of your seat and at times pushes you over the edge. This book stayed with me for so long that I even gave a digital copy as a gift to a lover of all things dark and gritty.
Me Before You - I think this was my most favorite book of the year. Even though I read it clear back in February I still think of it often. In fact a friend and I were talking about the sensitive subject matter the other day and I mentioned this book. If you have not read this book, why not? Really, I am serious, WHY have you not read this book?
The Fault in Our Stars - I admit that I was late to the game with this one because it was on a lot of "Best of 2012" lists. But after listening to it in audio form I understand why so many teens and adults fell in love with Gus and Hazel. Soon to be on the big screen, this is one of those books that if not done correctly, fans will be on the doorsteps of the producers burning pitchforks.
Looking for Me - Beautiful. This book was beautiful and lyrical in a way that I had been missing in books this year. The characters, the scenery, the setting, the antiques all had a way of just blending together in a way that made it tough to stop reading.
You may or may not agree with me on what constitutes a "best of " moniker and these are just a few of mine, but I am curious what books made your "Best of 2013" list this year?
Monday, December 16, 2013
Publication Date: June 4, 2013
When Pandora hears that her jazz musician of a brother has fallen on hard times, she doesn't even think twice before sending him a plane ticket and money to come visit. It has been four years since she has seen her big brother, Edison and a lot has happened since then. For one thing, Pandora stumbled into a multi-million dollar business. And when Edison approaches her in the airport she is shocked to discover he has put on several hundred pounds. Inviting Edison to her home has disrupted the scheduled order that her husband demands and now having Edison there not only has put a strain on their furniture, but their marriage as well. Pandora decides that she cannot let her brother continue on and offers him a chance to lose the weight. Together they move into a small apartment with the sole purpose losing weight. Is the love of a little sister enough to help a big brother change his life?
In my homesick state of mind, I was ecstatic to find that Big Brother is set in Iowa. It was a unique middle ground as Edison is a "big dog" in the New York City jazz scene and they both grew up in the shadow of their television star father in Hollywood. Iowa was the "normal" they visited when sent to spend summers with their Grandparents. Pandora is the middle child of her family and as a middle child, I could see some qualities that I recognize in myself. Like the way she was continuously trying to make peace between her husband and Edison. It was a tense situation, but she just wanted both of the men in her life to get along. I could see both her side and her husband's side as Edison wasn't exactly easy to love at times. Pandora's effort to help her brother went beyond the norm, she put her marriage at risk to try and save her brother. I understand why she did it, but I also was fearful for her and felt sorry for her husband the way he was kind of cast aside during the process. Ultimately, it was fascinating to watch the entire process in the story. And while the outcome was not exactly what I expected (in fact it was a bit shocking) it was much more realistic than what I first thought.
Bottom line, Lionel Shriver has been a fan favorite for book clubs all over the world for many years now. Big Brother is just next in the line to capture the minds of readers and stimulate conversations. Big Brother is a novel that focuses on family, struggle, hope and love. Have you read Big Brother? What did you think?
Monday, December 9, 2013
Comfort and Joy
Publication Date: October 31, 2006
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Once Upon A Lie
Publication Date: December 10,2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Cover of Snow
Publication Date: January 5, 2013
Bottom line, I need to be clear that Cover of Snow was not a BAD book, the author painted a great picture of winter in the Adirondacks, but it just didn't live up to my high expectations once compared to Gillian Flynn. If you are looking for a mystery that isn't too dark or twisty, then Cover of Snow might be for you.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Monday, December 2, 2013
Publication Date: November 12, 2013