Human: Finding Myself in The Autism Spectrum…by Warren Mayocchi

Posted April 13, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
Human: Finding Myself in The Autism Spectrum…by Warren Mayocchi

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.     I usually don’t read  much non-fiction (especially non-historical    non-fiction) but I was drawn to this book because I wanted to learn more about Aspergers and Autism Spectrum Disorder. This book is different from most books about Autism because it was actually written by an adult with the disorder. The information within the book was written from his personal knowledge and gained from real world experience. For me this makes this book totally different from books written by medical professionals .    Warren Mayocchi knew he was different from most people his whole life but did not know why. He is constantly using energy to’fake it’ in the real world. As a result his relationships and job performance suffer. This book tells the story of his life with Autism. I think this subject is important because our society concentrates a lot on children with Aspergers/Autism but what about these children when they become adults? What happens to them? Do they have jobs or families?They still have Autism but with a different set of problems. There was not a lot of talk of Autism thirty […]

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Top Ten Books Every Women Born in the 1970’s Should Read

Posted April 12, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 4 Comments
Top Ten Books Every Women Born in the 1970’s Should Read

   This week I decided to take part in The Broke and Bookish Blog’s  top ten Tuesday because today’s topic seemed to be so flexible and fun. Today’s topic is Top Ten Books For Every X To Read. I decided to make mine, ‘Top Ten Books Every Women Born in The 1970’s should read’ (because you know we’re awesome). I am going to make the summaries short and sweet. 1.The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult…This is just a wonderful book with so many layers. A women befriends a older man with a mysterious past.   2. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt…A coming of age novel that takes place in the 1980’s and addresses the topic of HIV. 3. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh…A wonderfully worded book that contrasts the beauty of flowers  with pain and loss. 4. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell… Again takes place in the 1980’s when we survived without cell phones and the internet. 5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes… Women becomes a caregiver for a man that has become a quadriplegic.  . 6.The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton… A mysterious garden and lots of secrets. 7. The Nightingale by Kristian Hannah…Two […]

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Revenants:The Odyssey Home…by Scott Kauffman

Posted April 10, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
Revenants:The Odyssey Home…by Scott Kauffman

I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.  Against the backdrop of the politics of the Vietnam War , Betsy and her family must somehow come to terms with the death of her brother,Nathan, at the hands of the Viet Cong. When Betsy acts out at school, she is given an ultimatum to work  as a candy stripper at the VA hospital or to be held back a year in school.   It is during her work at the VA that she discovers a mystery WWI vet who is kept secluded in the attic. In her quest to discover his story and where he belongs, she tries to mend her own grieving family’s broken heart.    I am not sure exactly what I expected when I began reading this book. I will honestly admit that I did not understand the meaning of the title or how the cover related to the story line. The reason I was drawn  to the novel was partly because own my dad is a Vietnam Veteran  and partly because I’ve never  read a novel about war from the perspective of the soldier’s family at home.   I […]

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God Pretty in the Tobacco Field…by Kim Michele Richardson

Posted April 4, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
God Pretty in the Tobacco Field…by Kim Michele Richardson

RubyLyn Bishop is a sixteen year old girl living in Appalachian Kentucky in 1969. As a child she was orphaned and taken in by her uncle, Gunner. RubyLyn struggles against her uncle’s strict rules and social norms in the south in  the 1960’s. She pins her hopes and dreams on winning with her tobacco plant at the state fair and taking the prize money and moving out of her hometown of Nameless Kentucky.  This was such a wonderful book for me. It is so hard to find good Southern fiction and even harder to find good Appalachian fiction.  I have never read an Appalachian novel that seemed so genuine before.The author paints a concise portrait of what life was like for those living in small farming towns in the 1960’s.  I could tell instantly the author knew what the heart of Appalachia is like. From the poverty, to the hard work, and even the dialect.  I thought that I was going to be able to predict the outcome of the novel but it surprised me at the end with it’s twists and turns. It did drag a bit in the middle for me and the plot took awhile to fully form but […]

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Book Tour -Wake Me Up….by Justin Bog

Posted April 1, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
Book Tour -Wake Me Up….by Justin Bog

Genre: Literary Fiction, Crime, Family Saga, LGBT A FATHER IS HAUNTED BY HIS PAST — HIS WIFE LIVES HER LIFE IN A RIGID SHELL — THEIR SON, UNTETHERED, DISCOVERS THE SECRET THEY SHARE WITH DEEPIKA, A VISITOR TO THEIR TOWN. “I see all of these people. They’re living and breathing and acting on their basest impulses. I lay in a coma. They live. I hover over all of them, all at once. I can see my body, motionless, wired up, adrift. And I can find out why this happened. This is my story and I won’t remember any of it when—if—I wake up. But I’ll try to remember—I’ll try damn hard.”             MIDDLETON, MONTANA— OCTOBER 2004 —AN ELECTION YEAR A small college town’s populace is tied, complicity, to the brutal attack of a teenage boy by four of his classmates. Soon, heated rumors of a possible hate crime surface. Injustice is a hungry beast. While Chris Bullet remains unresponsive in a coma, his skull shattered, he floats above dire circumstance. In this phantom state, compelled to witness his past once more, the family’s darkest secrets, hidden over generations, will be aired.   Author Bio: A […]

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Glass Shatters…by Michelle Meyers

Posted March 30, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
Glass Shatters…by Michelle Meyers

       A man wakes up on a couch in a living room and has no idea who he is or even if he is in his own home or not . His head is bloody and wrapped in bandages and he is living with a strange elderly man, a cat named Einstein, and a assortment of marionettes. (Need I say more) He finds out  from a neighbor that he is Charles Lang, a brilliant scientist. He had been missing from the neighborhood for a few months and his wife and daughter inexplicably disappeared three years ago. He sets out on a quest to find out what happened to him and his family. The pieces come together slowly through his memory returning and by speaking with those that  used to know him. ‘Glass Shatters’ has a unique narrative style and a roller coaster of a story line. I have found that I can usually predict twists in a plot before they happen. With this novel, I had not idea of where it was going to go next, it kept me constantly guessing. It was definitely a deep and dark novel that makes you question what is ethical and what is […]

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Children’s Book Review: The Most Magnificent Thing… by Ashley Spires

Posted March 28, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 2 Comments

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51OsXr4lEOL.jpg This is the story of ‘The Girl’ and her best friend in the world. They set out to make’The Most Magnificent Thing’. They have some bumps along the way but persevere. My kids(ages 9,7,& 7) and I loved this cute little book. This book  really was wonderful. The pictures are cute and interesting,the story has a good flow to it, and it sends a wonderful message.  I loved that a girl was the main character in a book about building  something and not a little boy .It also demonstrates that sometimes things don’t always go well in the beginning but if you can’t give up. After reading this my kids even  wanted  to make their own ‘Magnificent Thing’. I will probably get a hardcopy for us to reread over and over.  Highly recommend. 5 stars Rating:📖 📖📖📖📖   Follow my blog with Bloglovin I was given a copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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No Safe Secret …by Fern Michaels

Posted March 28, 2016 by thebookr in Books / 0 Comments
No Safe Secret …by Fern Michaels

    Maddie is a high school student living in a small town in Florida . She is dirt poor and just manages  just to keep her head above water.She has a rocky relationship with her mother and twin brother, Marcus and doesn’t know who her father is. When a horrible event leaves her bruised and shattered, she flees the small town for a better life.   I chose this book because I loved that Maddie lived in a trailer park in an orange grove in Florida. The cover brings back  memories of the smell of orange blossoms from the orange groves that once covered Florida.I  mistakenly thought that this novel was  a southern fiction novel. It actually was not what I would call southern fiction at all.Only a small part of the story takes place here. I would  say it is more of a  women’s fiction book.   It was fairly fast paced and was a quick read for me.  I did enjoy some parts of the story line . For me the plot  was totally predictable though. I found the characters hollow and not quite believable. Each  character’s personality was extreme (either extremely bad or extremely good) .One […]

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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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