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 […]

Robin’s March Book Reviews

The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez. A friend recommended a different book, which wasn’t immediately available, so I checked this one out instead. It has been a while since I was so engrossed in a book. I read it in two days (and it is 270 pages). The main character (Antonio Yammara, […]

Marlene’s March Book Reviews

BOOKS: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro.  In case you thought I wasn’t ever going to come up with a recommend this month, here is one and it is a definite recommend.  Now, it might be a bit uncomfortable reading the story as things are somewhat vague for a good part of the book but one […]

Re-reading my favorites: Jeffrey Eugenides

I am in purge mode. It is in response to the time between New Year’s resolutions and spring house cleaning. One thing I have a lot of is books. Shelves and bags and boxes in every room. Well, not quite every room, but many rooms. Scattered among the books folks have given me to read—some […]

Robin’s February Book Reviews

Then You Came by Jennifer Weiner. Another book from my mother. She really liked this one, but I was not so sold. The topic is somewhat unique: surrogate birth and egg donation. Each chapter is from a different woman’s perspective, so the reader follows Jules, the donor, India, the woman who will get the actual […]