Karen's books

Karen's books

It's not about reading to impress anyone else.  It's about reading for the sheer enjoyment of it all...

Break Shot: My First 21 Years by James Taylor
Break Shot: My First 21 Years - James Taylor

Reeeeeeally good.  

Review
4.5 Stars
The Rent Collector
The Rent Collector - Camron Wright

Read this one (actually a mix of reading the book and listening on Audible while in the car or walking) for my Book Club, which meets to discuss it tomorrow night (2-20-20).  Really enjoyed this story, start to finish. You know me, I'm not one to re-write the plot or give anything away in my "reviews" - I just let you know if I like them or not.  I took off half a star for my rating just because it bugged me that Hans Christian Andersen is mentioned as "Hans Andersen".  Not sure why that was... Other than that, just a superb story and characters with some depth.  Loved it. 

Reading progress update: I've read 68%.
Tomorrow - Damian Dibben

This story has not been at all what I was expecting for a "dog story"...  not that that is a bad thing.  But... if it does not have a happy ending I don't quite know how I will deal...  I'm almost afraid to get to the final pages...  

Review
2 Stars
Ho hum...
Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Russell Munson, Richard Bach

For all hoopla I heard about this book as a kid but never read it because I thought it was about a boy and that did not interest me much as a young girl, ha ha - this story turned out to be a disappointment, and a snooze of a read.

Review
4 Stars
Hey, Schools around the globe! Listen up!
I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives - Martin Ganda, Caitlin Alifirenka, Liz Welch

This book should be required reading for middle schoolers every where.  Kindness could spread.  And change lives.  For the better.  Imagine that.   

Review
5 Stars
Nice Holiday Read
A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, & The Thanksgiving Visitor - Truman Capote

Truman Capote had a wonderful way with words - love his colorful descriptions of certain places, times, and people.  I very much enjoyed all three of these stories.  Classic.

Why I'm Not Playing Bingo

I see many of my reader friends on BookLikes playing the reading bingo game(s).  I thought about joining the fun back at the beginning of summer, and everyone was very encouraging and inviting - thank you so much. 

 

I wanted to take this moment to apologize for not getting involved after all.  I think it just boils down to the fact that I never have liked "being told" what to read outside of the old school days, and now in my book club.  There are so many books on my "to read" list, and most of us here know what that is like, ha ha!  For me, the bingo games are just too much pressure and would take the enjoyment out of reading, if that make sense...

 

I will continue to enjoy the posts of those who do play, and I admire your fortitude!  

 

Review
5 Stars
This was a good one!
The False Prince - Jennifer A. Nielsen

Well, it's not really a surprise that my sons have great taste in literature.  My oldest has been telling me to read The False Prince for 7 years!  My youngest just finished reading Jennifer Nielsen's The Mark of the Thief series and pretty much devoured it.  I see now what their enthusiasm is all about, because I'm already into chapter 4 of the second book in this Ascendance Trilogy.  Never underestimate so-called "kid lit" -- this is some great story-telling!  

A favorite author of both my sons...
The False Prince - Jennifer A. Nielsen

My oldest, now 17 and a senior in high school, became a huge fan of Jennifer Nielsen books with this title, and he has read everything she has written since.  His younger brother, age 14, finally got on board and is currently reading Nielsen's Mark of the Thief series - devouring it is not an exaggeration. After finishing the second book he wanted that third installment RIGHT NOW - and we searched a bit to try to find where it had become misplaced away from our bookshelves.  It was traumatic, I'll tell you.  Blaming his brother for "hiding" the book to torture him...  Well, after everyone went to sleep tonight, I did a little sleuthing and found it.  Placed it on his book bag where he will find it in the morning before school.  The joy!  And... I figured it was time I saw for myself what all the excitement is about.  Here we go...  

Review
2 Stars
Disappointing
The Clockmaker’s Daughter - Kate Morton

Never thought I would say this about a Kate Morton book - I have enjoyed her stories in the past, she is a wonderful storyteller, and I look forward to many more.  But, this one was a disappointment, especially at the end.  My opinion is there were too many characters and storylines whose threads were just too scattered to tie them all together neatly.  My expectations were set too high on this one, I guess.  

Review
5 Stars
I think this silverback just went and stole my heart!
The One and Only Ivan - Patricia Castelao, Katherine Applegate

Anyone who knows me knows animal stories have always been my favorites. I actually thought I would make through this one heartstrings untouched, but it is so hard to read words on the page with all this "humidity" affecting my eyes...

Review
4.5 Stars
Don't let anyone tell you this one isn't as good as the first...
Ghost of Spirit Bear - Ben Mikaelsen

... Read it and decide for yourself.  It was not my intention to read this sequel to Touching Spirit Bear, which I really liked. I was satisfied with how that story had "ended". This book was checked out FOR me and I thought, 'Okay, maybe I'll get around to it...' Well, now I'm really glad I finally sat down with it. And the interview with the author is a definite bonus that's worth the read, too.

I SOOOO wasn't going to read this one...
Ghost of Spirit Bear - Ben Mikaelsen

... I had been told by a couple different people that this sequel just wasn't as good as Touching Spirit Bear and I'd be okay to skip it.  But one of my friends checked it out for me at the library and plopped it in my lap. I had no intention of continuing this story - I was content with how the first book ended and didn't really need any more.  But now, here I am, reading book 2.  Bring on the ghost of our neighborhood spirit bear!   

Reading progress update: I've read 132 out of 384 pages.
Radio Girls - Sarah-Jane Stratford

I am really enjoying this story.  I work in broadcast radio and there are so many things I relate to - and the history of the BBC is fascinating.  Reading this for my book club and looking forward to our discussion at the July meeting! 

BL-Opoly

Am I too late to the party to join in on the BL-Opoly game?  If not, how do I get started?  Any advice is appreciated!  Thanks!

Somewhere Over The Rainbow...
Finding Dorothy - Elizabeth Letts

Finally finished this one today (it's been sitting patiently waiting for me to finish it since March!). Author Letts mentions in her Afterword that The Wizard of Oz aired every year on network television from 1956 to 1980. Those of us who grew up in that time frame remember well how we looked forward to it each time. The minute I finished this book I brought up Judy Garland on YouTube singing "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" in the movie. If you have younguns - don't let them escape childhood without knowledge of this film. And have them read L.Frank Baum's book, too - the differences from the film are many, but takes away none of the magic from either.