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...

5 Stars
So, So, So, So, SO GOOD!
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel - Fredrik Backman

This book is now on my favorites-of-all-time list. Honestly one of the best books I will ever read.  

5 Stars
Waltzing With Wildlife: Ten Things NOT to Do in Our National Parks: Vacation Survival Tips - Carolyn Jourdan, Bran Rogers

Get this book, read it, and keep it handy to re-read, especially if you're taking a trip into a National Park or anywhere there's wildlife.  This quick read is packed with invaluable tips -- sounds simple and told with humor, but definitely could save your life if ever in one of these situations.  Also, it's a reminder not to be stupid in the wild.  Great illustrations, too!

Talking to Skeletons: Behind the Scenes with a Radiologist (X-Ray Visions Book 2) - Carolyn Jourdan

This is my author friend Carolyn Jourdan's companion book to her "Radiologists At Work: Saving Lives With the Lights Off".  I want to get it read and give her a review!  Hope to have it finished by tonight. 

3 Stars
Marnie - Winston Graham
This book was a lot of work for me to read. I started on it in November 2016. I liked the premise at the beginning, but then a few chapters in I lost interest and didn't like the change in the main character (she wasn't going in the direction I was hoping for, so it's all on me.) I left the book alone, although I continued to carry it around in my work bag every day as a reminder. Finally I picked it up again and trudged on. At about the halfway point the story got much more interesting and then the ending was a twist I had not anticipated at all. Overall I liked it. Would I recommend it? Maybe.
Author hits a home run with this one!
The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

This story kept me riveted the whole way.  And unlike another of Kristin Hannah's books - (I won't name it because I'm sure it's a favorite of many) that I read and liked right until the last chapter because it seemed rushed, forced, and too tidy, - this book had a very satisfactory ending for me.  I learned some things, as well, about WWII that I don't think we tend to remember and that we should never forget.  Wow, I'm rambling...  sorry.  I just finished this so it's all very fresh in my head and heart, and I would recommend it highly as perhaps this author's best book yet. 

5 Stars
Wow. Just. Wow.
The Birds  -  Daphne du Maurier

So... my eldest son tells me he's on the last page of his homework assignment tonight...  he's reading The Birds by Daphne du Maurier!  Since she is the best suspense writer of all time, in my opinion, I tell him to please hand over the book when he's done so I can finally read this tale. And that is exactly how I spent the last hour.  Thank you goes out to his English teacher for exposing these students to what truly great story-writing looks like. 

5 Stars
Enjoyable start to finish!
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows - Alan Bradley

I think I'd have to say this might be my favorite book of the series so far.  And that is saying a lot, because time spent with Miss Flavia de Luce is always fun!  

1 Stars
No Recommendation From Me -- Poorly Written and Repetitive
The Murdered Family - Mystery of the Wolf Family Murders - Vernon Keel
5 Stars
Good Classic Stuff!
Silas Marner - George Eliot

This book was chosen by a member of my local book club because it was recommended to her and one that she had always wanted to read.  I was not even familiar with the title, although I have certainly heard of the author.  For me the story doesn't really pick up steam until about the half-way point, and then I had a hard time putting it down until I finished.  Loved it!  So fun to discover classics like this! 

5 Stars
Thumbs Way Up!
True Grit - Donna Tartt, Charles Portis

Wow!  I highly recommend this book to any age reader.  Masterful storytelling. 

Reading progress update: I've read 137 out of 391 pages.
A Red Herring Without Mustard - Alan Bradley

So good to be back with my old pal, Flavia de Luce! 

5 Stars
An All-Time Favorite
Where the Red Fern Grows - Wilson Rawls

This is at least my third reading of this classic.  I thought it would be fun to do the Audible version as the narrator is wonderful.  Silly me...  I actually had high hopes that listening would make it easier to get through...  it wasn't.  And I'm glad. 

4.5 Stars
Love Story
Love Story - Erich Segal

Love the movie, have wanted to read the book for years. Don't know what took so long -- 93 pages long. Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw were the perfect choices for Oliver and Jenny. Everyone tells me what a mushy story it is, but I never thought that about the movie, and I enjoyed the book, and especially the truth in it that there are no atheists in a fox hole. 

My 5th grader just read this...
The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 - Christopher Paul Curtis

My son reads a lot of books, but it isn't often he hands one to me and says, "Mom you have to read this!"  He got permission from his teacher to hang on to the book for a few more days so his mom could read it.  With that kind of enthusiasm, how can I refuse?!   

2016 -- I have yet to pick my first read of the year!

Yes, here we are in the second week of the year and I haven't picked a book to read yet in 2016.  Very unlike me.  I like to have a book going all the time.  I think the trouble might be that I'm waiting for one from Overdrive to become available so I can get it read before my Book Club meets next week.  The book is The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.  And my heart is really leaning toward starting book 3 in the Flavia de Luce mysteries -- A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley.  I also keep looking at  Daphne du Maurier's My Cousin Rachel, which I've wanted to read for years.  What to do.  What to do...