Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Books I have read recently & what I thought of them

The following are some of the books I have read recently. I read a LOT of books. I read several per month for a Christian publisher that provides me the books in exchange for reviews. I also borrow a lot of book from the library. I rarely buy books anymore as I read so many and already have a house full of them.

I am also including a link to the summary and reviews of each book, so that I don't have to summarize myself.

NOS3A2 by Joe Hill                               Goodreads reviews here

Joe Hill is Stephen King's son, so I was instantly drawn to his books. I have read one of his other books but can't remember the name at the moment, something about a haunted suit.

Anyhow...this is a very long book. I liked his writing a lot but did find it a bit tedious at times to stay the course with the overly long story.

I'd rate this book a 3.75 out of 5, it wasn't quite a 4 in my opinion.

Joyland by Stephen King                       Goodreads reviews here

Loved this book! Typical old style Stephen King. Couldn't stop reading, couldn't put the book down! Highly recommend it :)

5 out of 5

The 100 year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Goodreads reviews here

This book was hilarious! It was witty and quick and unbelievable enough to be believable! I have read reviews saying it couldn't be true to history, but that is what makes it so good, what if it was?!

4 out of 5

Inferno by Dan Brown                                          Goodreads reviews here

Another great novel from Dan Brown, I loved the Da Vinci Code & Angels & Demons as well. The Lost Symbol, not so much. This book really gets you thinking. It was fast-paced and held my interest constantly.

5 out of 5

The Ocean at the End of The Lane byNeil Gaiman                    Goodreads reviews here

Although this book got great reviews, and I got caught up in it pretty quick, it was an odd book. It was interesting enough to keep me reading but I got to the end and just kind of said "huh?" If someone asked me to describe this book in a short sentence, I wouldn't be able to, I'd actually have to think about what it was actually about, which is odd having just read it. Definitely not a fav and probably would not recommend it to others.

3 out of 5

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson          Goodreads reviews here

If you value your free time as I do mine, please for the love of all that is good...DO NOT READ THIS BOOK! Gah, how I wish I had that time back. What a complete and utter waste of my time! Seriously, there is nothing good I can say about this may make a great doorstop.

1 out of 5

The Likeness by Tara French                   Goodreads reviews here

Another book I did not like. It was highly improbably & therefore unbelievable. It seemed quite childish at many times. I made myself finish it but was disappointed about a 3rd of the way through. I read the 1st book in this series and it didn't leave much of an impression on me either as I cannot even remember what it is about.

2 out of 5

This is Where I Leave You by Johnathan Tropper      Goodreads reviews here

I really enjoyed this book, It was hilarious and had me constantly laughing out loud! It is real and believable. The childhood stories were reminiscent of my childhood and therefore, enjoyable. Apparently it is being made into a movie, I'd go see it

4 out of 5

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Mini Album & Box I Made for a Friend's Birthday

I made this mini album and placed it inside a decorated wooden box for my friend Annette's birthday.

She received it today, so now I can show it :)

Lots of pics.

I used Graphic 45 Secret Garden paper and a wooden tea box (dividers removed).

Click pic for larger images.

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Book Review: Trouble in Store by Carol Cox

Publisher's blurb:  Fired from her most recent governess position, Melanie Ross must embrace her last resort: the Arizona mercantile she inherited from her cousin. But Caleb Nelson is positive he inherited the mercantile, and he's not about to let an obstinate woman with newfangled ideas ruin all he's worked for. In hope of turning her interest elsewhere, he determines to get Melanie married off, and luckily, there are many single men in town quite willing to take her off his hands.

The problem is, Caleb soon realizes he doesn't want her to marry any of them. He's drawn to her more every day, and he has to admit some of her ideas for the store offer unexpectedly positive results.

But someone doesn't want the mercantile to succeed, and threatening words have escalated into destruction and danger. Will Melanie and Caleb's business--and budding romance--survive the trouble that's about to come their way?

My review: This book wasn't my favourite. I was really annoyed how the word of the children was always taken over Melanie's and how she didn't stand up for herself. It was a little far fetched for my liking. The mystery stayed a mystery only because you are led to believe it is someone else - misdirection more than a twist in my opinion. Still an ok read for the summer. I would probably still recommend it.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

Book Review - A Most Peculiar Circumstance by Jen Turano

Publisher's blurb: Miss Arabella Beckett, defender of the down-trodden women of America, is returning from her travels in support of the women's suffrage movement when she makes a simple offer of assistance to a young woman in need. But things go sadly awry, and both ladies soon find themselves in dire need of rescue. Arabella, always loath to admit she needs help, is particularly reluctant to receive assistance from the arrogant, narrow-minded knight in shining armor who shows up just in time.

Private investigator extraordinaire Mr. Theodore Wilder is on an assignment that began as a favor to his good friend Hamilton Beckett, but swiftly evolved into a merry chase across the country. He is already in a less than pleasant mood, and when Hamilton's sister turns out to have radical ideas and a fiercely independent streak, he's at his wit's end.

Much to their chagrin, Theodore and Arabella's paths continue to cross when they return home to New York, but the most unusual feelings beginning to grow between them certainly can't be anything serious. When the trouble Arabella accidentally stirred up in her travels follows her home and threatens her very life, the unlikely couple must face the possibility that they might have landed in the most peculiar circumstance of all: love.

My review: I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was fast-paced & funny. It was believable and the characters were well rounded and likable. The story line was far-fetched enough to be real. I great book to read at the beach this summer. I would definitely recommend this book.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".