Marlene’s September Book Reviews

AUDIO: Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo. I kept thinking that I needed to stop listening to this story with so many characters that were pitiful, so full of self-doubt and self-loathing.  It was not a happy book at all!  But I couldn’t give up on a Russo novel as he is one fine writer and […]

Robin’s September Book Reviews

Key for my personal rating system: (I noticed Marlene and I differ on our ratings! I would recommend a 3.0 and she has cautioned…just be aware we are not on the same page with our star systems and yes, that was supposed to be funny) 5.0 – A book I will never forget, will quote, […]

Marlene’s August Book Reviews

Ratings: 1-5, 5 = must read 4= good read worth your time,  but not a blockbuster 3=it’s not great, but it’s not bad, cautious recommend 2= some merit but only if you have nothing else to read 1=don’t bother   AUDIO BOOKS: The Readers of Broken Wheel by Katarina Bivald.  Delightful light read for book […]

Robin’s August Book Reviews

Key for my personal rating system: 5.0 – A book I will never forget, will quote, will tell everyone they MUST read it. 4.0 – An excellent book, and you really should read it. 3.0 – A recommendation, good read, decently written 2.0 – Some redeeming qualities, I finished it, but I’m not likely to […]

Marlene’s July Book Reviews

Ratings: 1-5, 5 = must read, 4= good read and worth your time, but not a blockbuster, 3=it’s not great, but it’s not bad, cautious recommend, 2= some merit but only if you have nothing else to read, 1=don’t bother, 0=don’t even think about it Ah, great minds think alike!  I started this email at the beginning of the month […]

Robin’s July Book Reviews

The Stuff That Never Happened by Maddie Dawson. This is the story of a woman questioning her life once her kids have left the nest. We get flashbacks to how the relationship between her and her husband formed and changed and how it impacted them. Dawson has a fluid writing style, as if the character […]

Robin’s June Book Reviews

Key for my personal rating system: 5.0 – A book I will never forget, will quote, will tell everyone I know they MUST read it. 4.0 – An excellent book, but doesn’t quite make the best books of all time list. 3.0 – A recommendation, good read, decently written. 2.0 – Some redeeming qualities, I […]

Marlene’s June Book Reviews

Audio: The Hypnotist by Lars Kepler. Talk about a page turner!  This thriller is filled with drama, murder, mayhem and what all.  Well, that happens when you put a bunch of crazy people together.  Descriptions are so well done, you will want to remind yourself that “it’s just a story.”  The pace is quick and […]

Robin’s May Book Reviews

A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch. I was traveling so I looked through the stacks of “to read” paperbacks that line my house and found one I thought looked good and that I could finish on my trip and leave in Texas. This one fit the bill, although now that I have finished it […]

Marlene’s April Book Reviews

BOOKS Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. Whew! What a ride through the eyes of 2 families in a 50-year spread.  Not a functional family in sight but kudos for the theme of “family is always family” and the development of the main characters. There did seem to be some characters thrown in without reason which is always […]