The Girls in The Garden by…Lisa Jewell

Posted March 26, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
The Girls in The Garden by…Lisa Jewell

  A community with a common garden and two crimes. One years ago and one in the present. ‘The Girls in the Garden’ tells the story of the complex relationships involved in a close knit community.The story begins with Pip finding her sister Grace in the garden after an apparent attack . The story then back tracks  to the events leading  the crime. Soon it is revealed that years before a similar event occurred in the same area of the garden. I enjoyed this book. It reminded me somewhat of  the ‘Girl on the Train’ in that the reader knows a crime has taken place then a large cast of possible suspects is introduced and the details of the event slowly emerge.   The first half  of the novel went quite slowly for me but the second half o  picked up speed. Although,I didn’t find this novel as engrossing as the ‘Girl on the Train’,I did find  the characters well developed, interesting, and believable. I did  find this book fairly predicable for a mystery/thriller and I found the ending pretty somewhat of a let down.   Overall, I did enjoy this novel and would recommend ‘The Girls in the Garden’ […]

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Little Library Love

Posted March 22, 2016 by thebookr in Books, Other fun stuff / 0 Comments
Little Library Love

So one of my favorite things in the world is the idea of Free Little Libraries. If you never heard of them, they are usually small boxes (often looking like a birdhouse) that are set up in communities and have books you can ‘borrow’ inside. Even though the motto is, “Take a book. Leave a book.” there is no obligation to return a book once you have read it or even to leave another book in its place. The idea of Little Free Libraries are to promote  literacy and to make  books accessible to the community. This is especially a great idea  for  communities that do not have easy access to a standard library. You might think that this would cause people to empty out the Little  Libraries and leave them empty. However, usually just the opposite is true. The reason is, most people hate throwing out books. I mean really hate it.  Free Little Libraries not only help give a community access to books but also gives book lovers a place to drop their books where they know they will be used and appreciated. Each Little Free Library has a steward. The steward makes sure the library is stocked […]

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A Pair of Docks…by Jennifer Ellis

Posted March 22, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments

  http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51hiiMlRX1L._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg I was given a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is what I would call a middle grade, fantasy, time travel novel. I first was drawn to the book because of the great cover and also because the title’s play on words. I also chose to read this novel because  boy/girl twins are 2 of the main characters. Having boy/girl twins myself, I love to read novels with twins and love to see the relationship dynamics between them. This tells the story of Caleb, Abby, and Simon who are teenage siblings. They discover stones in their backyard that let them time travel to what seem to be alternate worlds in the future.They make multiple trips across the stones and each place is different. A cast of interesting characters interact with the siblings including Mark, a neighbor with Aspergers. who is an expert at maps. I liked this book. I thought it was really interesting and I read it quickly. I loved the characters.  I felt they were complex and real and I connected with them. I  especially liked  the girl twin, Abby, who is a science geek. Her and her brothers […]

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The Grownup…by Gillian Flynn

Posted March 20, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/518F%2Bgo8wYL._SX312_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg ‘The Grownup’ is a short story by Gillian Flynn, the author of ‘Gone Girl’,’Dark Places’, and Sharp Objects. It is only 60 some pages so it’s a very quick read. It’s a creepy story of a psychic who tries to help a family that is having disturbing experiences in their home. I did like this story. It was somewhat scary but not terrifying. If you just want something quick to read to kill sometime somewhere, this story is a good bet. The ending was somewhat a let down but does keep you guessing. I am giving this a weak 4 stars.   Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖 Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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Our Own Country… by Jodi Daynard

Posted March 20, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51DOiuWE8oL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg This novel tells the story of Eliza Boylston and her wealthy family during the American Revolution. The novel revolves  around  her and her family’s trails and tragedies during this time. I was very interested in this novel because I’ve always wondered about the stories behind the history. Such as what the day to day lives were like for the average person. More specifically  what it was like for the women who are left  behind to carry on while the men are at war.  I liked the fact that this story took place during the American Revolution. I have read many historical fiction novels and there seems to be an abundance of novels that take place during the American Civil War and WWII. Few seem to take place during the American War for Independence . I  enjoyed this book. I found the characters interesting, although I didn’t quite connect with them as I would have liked to.  Also,  I often was confused with who certain characters were and what side of the ‘Cause’ they were on. I loved the story line in the beginning but about half way though started to fizzle.  I do think it is worth a read if you […]

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The Rejected Writer’s Book Club…bySuzanne Kelman

Posted March 15, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 2 Comments

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/512lZMn3MLL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg   The premise of this book is that a group of women form a book club based on their common ‘sisterhood’ of being writers  who can not seem to get  their work published. They save the rejection letters and read them during the meetings. They soon realize that the group is more important to them then  actually being published. The group is a somewhat crazy cast of characters. Most of the book focuses on them and their crazy adventures as they take a road trip. I received this book through Netgally and I was drawn to it because of the fantastic title and interesting cover. I have not seen this premise covered before, so I was excited to get to read the novel.  I did love the premise and the characters. That being said, the writing seemed a little off to me. There were a lot of jokes, puns, metaphors, similes etc. that just didn’t  seem to work for me. They seemed outdated and just distracted me while I was  reading.  I found a few of the situations not really believable but they did not bother me nearly as much as the very rough writing. I did like this […]

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Children’s Book Review: Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark…byDeborah Diensen Pictures by Dan Hannah

Posted March 13, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 1 Comment
Children’s Book Review: Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark…byDeborah Diensen Pictures by Dan Hannah

I am desperately trying to pass on my love of reading to my kids. We try to read together every night. One of my son’s favorite books are the ‘Pout-Pout Fish series. The main character is, well, Pout Pout fish. I  love ‘Pout Pout’ because in each book he is trying to overcome something. In ‘Pout Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark’, he is trying to help a friend and  as a result he has to overcome his fear of the dark. It not only has a great theme but also has a  rhyming and repeating pattern. The illustrations are also really wonderful. All of us give ‘Pout Pout’ 5 stars.  Rating: 📖 📖 📖 📖 📖 ♥ Follow my blog with Bloglovin       Save

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The Signature of All Things.. by Elizabeth Gilbert

Posted March 13, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/519bxnNZYWL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg This novel tells the story of Alma Whittaker, an upperclass, American woman in the ninth century. Her father, Henry, makes his living dealing in exotic plants and she too develops an interest in botany.The story goes on to tell of her research and family drama as well as her travels. I originally was drawn to the book because I loved the cover. I was hesitant, however, to read it due to some of the mixed reviews. Some reviewers said it got off to a slow start.  I love historical fiction  so I decided to give it a try. Well, for me anyway, it did absolutely  start slow. Some of the sections read to me as if it was a vintage botany  book. It did pick up a little in the middle. Towards the end, I again had to push through. This was due  to long descriptions of  moss and plants and the story seemed to lack a definite plot. Another issue I had was the writing style seemed to attempt to mimic the writing of the  ninth century. This didn’t seem to really work and just made it harder for me to read. I did, however, connect with the characters and […]

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Book Fair Book Haul

Posted March 9, 2016 by thebookr in Other fun stuff / 3 Comments
Book Fair Book Haul

So I talked everyone in to going to my kid’s school Scholastic book fair (we already went to one this year and I bought Eight Keys by Suzanne LaFleur and loved it). Everyone promised (including me) to only get one book. I figured it won’t be too hard since I am not a big YA reader.  Also, when ever I go where books are sold, I try to scan books and add them to my Goodreads list, instead of buying them right away. Well ,when we got there, there was so many wonderful books with wonderful covers and (gasp) they even had adult books. They even had some great classics, like Heidi, with wonderful covers. So I restrained myself and only bought four books for me. They are..The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige Mckenzie.                     The Mailbox by Audrey Shafer                     Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty and                     Three times Lucky by Sheila Turnage   . Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Posted March 9, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41LG0hcWrzL._SX304_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg This book is about Camille, a reporter for a small newspaper in Chicago. Her editor sends her to her hometown to report on a recent serial killer of young girls. It goes on to tell the details of her relationship between herself and a cast of somewhat strange characters in her hometown and her investigation of the murders. I have previously read Flynn’s ‘Gone Girl’ and ‘Dark Places’. I enjoyed both books and found them twisted by entertaining, so I figured this would be equally as good However, I found ‘Sharp Objects’ to be very predictable and the characters hollow and unbelievable. I also found the plot to be somewhat predictable and more gross then dark, really. I do also think it sheds light on a few important issues. So I give it 3 1/2 stars.   📖 📖 📖 1/2 Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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