Monday, June 24, 2019

Fan Girl

by Rainbow Rowell

This is a must-read for true geeks.  If you love books like Harry Potter, if you want movie storylines to never end, if you love fanfiction of any genre, if you love cosplay or comicons, you need to read this.  The main character is a popular fanfiction writer who goes off to college and has to deal with growing up.  Her world has changed and she is starting to live her own life, despite wanting to cling to her fictional stories.  Like any fic writer, she has real-world problems:  bipolar father, drunk sister, in love with her roommate's ex-boyfriend... So you get angst, conflict, boy-meets-girl-loses-girl, and a heavy dose of what fanfic is.


Friday, June 14, 2019

I Owe You One

Image result for i owe you oneBy Sophie Kinsella

Another girl meets boy story but this one has a delightful twist. Fixie Far is someone that just has to fix “things” when she sees that something needs to be done; that’s how she got her name. This book is read by Fiona Hardingham; she does a wonderful job reading this unique love story. You won’t want to stop listening (but you have to or you may be late for work!).


Monday, June 10, 2019

The View from Alameda Island

Image result for the view from alameda islandBy Robyn Carr

Being a big fan of Robyn Carr, any time I see she has written a new book I just have to read it. Although this book is not part of one of her series, it follows her style of writing. If you are also a fan you will not be disappointed! Lauren Delaney seems to have the perfect life to the outside world but actually she is perfectly miserable. Her husband treats her like hired help and pops his cork when she tells him she is done being his wife. He drags his feet for months and runs into legal trouble for not paying support. Lauren stays strong and gets the happily ever after she so deserves.


Monday, April 15, 2019

Under Northern Skies (series)

by Lauraine Snelling

This three book series includes A Season of Grace, A Breath of Hope and The Promise of Dawn. This story follows the Carlson Family, who immigrate from Norway to help relatives in Minnesota. There passage is paid for with the understanding that they will work until their Uncle is repaid.  This is an ideal way for them to start fresh in America. The problem is, Uncle and Auntie are grumpy, hard and demanding. This is not what they expected. Other family members come to America and struggle to realize their dream. Through all the hardships, the Carlson family pulls together and finally see their dreams coming true.


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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The Mountain Between Us

Rated PG-13   Based on the novel by Charles Martin.

 Two strangers meet in an airport when their flight is cancelled due to bad weather.  They both need to get to their destination quickly so they charter a small private plane and try to outrun the storm.  They crash on a remote mountain and find they have to rely on each to survive. 

As days go by, they realize their best chance of rescue is to leave the crash site. This begins a terrifying journey that will change them both forever.


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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

How to Disappear: Notes on Invisibility in a Time of Transparency

by Akiko Busch

In our networked and image-saturated lives, the idea of disappearing has never been more alluring. Today, we are encouraged to reveal, share, and promote ourselves. The pressure to be public comes not just from our peers, but from companies that want to profit from patterns in our behavior.

How to Disappear is an exhilarating accomplishment, overturning the modern assumption that fame and visibility equate to success and happiness. Busch presents a field guide to invisibility, reacquainting us with the merits of remaining inconspicuous, and finding genuine alternatives to a life of perpetual exposure. She inspires us to develop a deeper appreciation for personal privacy in a vast and intrusive world.


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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Look Alive Twenty-Five

by Janet Evanovich

I have listened to every one of Janet Evanovich’s creations. She never fails to entertain, and her novel Look Alive Twenty-Five is no exception.

Her books are read by Lorelei King; she has fabulous voices for the different characters. Listening in the car makes a boring drive so much more fun. Give it a listen, you won’t be disappointed.

Beckie H.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Spirited Away

Chihiro’s family is moving to a new house, but when they stop on the way to explore an abandoned village, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits ruled over by the sorceress, Yubaba. Put to work in a magical bathhouse for spirits and demons, Chihiro must use all her wits to survive in this strange new place, find a way to free her parents and return to the normal world.

Overflowing with imaginative creatures and thrilling storytelling, Spirited Away became a worldwide smash hit, and is one of the most critically-acclaimed films of all time.


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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Mary Shelley

Starring: Elle Fanning

We all know the story of Frankenstein, even if we haven’t seen the movie or read Mary Shelley’s book, we all have at least an understanding. But have you ever considered the origins of the book? It was written by a young woman in 1818! First of all, there were few women authors during that time and even fewer woman authors that were only 21 years old!

This movie will open your eyes to the lifestyles in London during the 1800s. To me, it seems a lot like the 1960s in America and Europe. Mary’s life was not easy then, but it was also on the wild side. This move was very well done and Elle Fanning does a great job as Mary Shelley. The move inspired me to do some research on Mary Shelley and to finally read Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus.

Beckie H.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

44 Charles Street

The plumbing was prone to leaks, the furniture rescued from garage sales. Now Francesca, newly separated from her lawyer boyfriend Todd, is desperate. The owner of a struggling art gallery, and suddenly the sole mortgage payer on her Greenwich Village townhouse, Francesca does the math and then the unimaginable. She puts out an advertisement for boarders.

First comes Eileen, a New York City schoolteacher. Then there’s Chris, a young father struggling with a troubled ex-wife and the challenge of parenting a seven-year-old son who visits every other weekend. The final tenant is Marya, a celebrated cookbook author hoping to start a new chapter in her life after the death of her husband. As Francesca’s art gallery begins to find its footing and Todd moves on to another woman, she discovers that her accidental tenants have become the most important people in her life. 


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Thursday, February 7, 2019

The Best of Us

by Robyn Carr

Followers of this blog will know that I am a huge Robyn Carr fan. I devour every book she writes.

Her latest book “The Best of Us” is just as engrossing as all her other books. In this book the main character, Dr. Leigh Culver falls in love with a wonderful guy and they run into a predicament. She hopes her aunt (who is more like her mother) will help her with this issue but she declines. Carr continues to incorporate characters from her previous books into her new books and the books always have a great ending.

Beckie H.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

God Bless The Broken Road

from the director of "God's Not Dead" - Rated PG

A young woman, Amber,  loses her husband in Afghanistan and struggles to meet her financial obligations and raise their daughter.  While Amber’s faith falters, the daughter’s  faith stays strong.

Amber won’t accept help or advice from her church, her mother-in-law or anyone else. Things finally get to a critical point and she reaches out to the only one who can help her.


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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Eighth Grave After Dark

by Darynda Jones

With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there, Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale.

Charley’s been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick.


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Friday, January 18, 2019

What Was That All About? : 20 Years Of Strips And Stories

by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman

I’m a big fan of ZITS (the comic strip not the skin condition) and I’ve never read a ZITS book I didn’t like. 

This is the newest in a long line of ZITS collections. Jeremy is one of the most loveable teenagers ever. 

The antics of he and his friends and family never fail to crack me up.


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Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Apartment

by Danielle Steel

They come together by chance in the heart of New York City, four young women at turning points in their lives. Their shared life in the apartment turns them into a family of beloved friends.

But as unexpected opportunities and challenges alter the course of each of their lives, they face the bittersweet reality that in time, they will inevitably move away from the place where their dreams began.


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