I received an ARC of Sara Gruen’s “At the Water’s Edge”. Having read and liked one of her previous novels (“Water for Elephants”) I was looking forward to reading this novel, and I was not disappointed. “At the Water’s Edge” is a great story about a trio; Maddie, her husband Ellis, and their friend Hank, who go hunting for the Loch Ness monster during WWII in an attempt to redeem themselves to their disapproving families. Neither man was able to serve in the war, a point that has not gone unnoticed by society in a time when everyone is expected to do what they can. After a harrowing boat ride to Scotland, they land only to find that their problems have followed them. Things come to a head after attempts to find the monster don’t go as planned and Maddie begins to worry that things are not what they seem. (more…)
“The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins was a good read. Although it’s being compared to another book at the moment (ahem – Gone Girl), I thought that this one was unique. The story is told from the perspective of 3 different women; one alcoholic ex-wife, one currently married woman, and one victim. The timeline jumps around a bit because the victim has to tell her side of the story at the same time the other two are trying to move forward in their lives, so there were a few times I had to go back and look to see what time I was supposed to be in. The characters were complex and not all likable. (more…)
1. My American Duchess by Eloisa James (Eloisa James is definitely one of my guilty pleasures.)
2. Displacement by Lucy Knisely (I loved her graphic novels, French Milk & Relish. This one seems good too!)
3. Paris for One by JoJo Moyes
4. Get in Trouble by Kelly Link (She writes fantastically creepy fantasy stories, so this should be good.)
5. Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman (I LOVE Neil Gaiman. Looking forward to this short story collection.)
6. The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead (I’m so sad that this is the last book in this series. Super addictive and I’m in love with Adrian.)
7. Shadow Study by Maria Snyder (I’m so happy that this series has a new book! Excellent series for fantasy and romance lovers)
8. Sweet & Simple by Canadian Living (Filled with comforting recipes and desserts, perfect for winter.)
9. The Glittering World by Robert Levy
When I was younger, I wanted to be a geologist. (Along with being an artist and author). We had just moved into a brand new house, and the builders were still building new houses across the street. The neighborhood kids and I used to love to play on the giant mountain of dirt and tunnel tubing. It was an awesome (and probably dangerous) place to play.
My best friend and I would go rock hunting all the time, and would pretend to be geologists, collecting samples for our rock collection. I still have my rock collection to this day.
I loved to look up rocks in my DK Eyewitness Rocks and Minerals book. It listed all of the gems, rock types, formations, and even how to start a rock collection! It was the best book ever.
I was super happy to discover that this book is still in print! Of course it’s been updated with the newest info about rocks and minerals. It’s the perfect gift for a budding curious mind….or for a grown up blogger that still has a rock collection.
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“The Persian Pickle Club” by Sandra Dallas was originally published 20 years ago and I was lent the 20th Anniversary Edition to read. It’s amazing to think that one novel could inspire so many women to go out there and quilt, even starting their own quilting circles. Hopefully, though, none of them are hiding the same secrets as those in the Persian Pickle Club! Set in the 1930s, in depression-hit Harveyville, Kansas, each week the ladies gather to quilt and gossip, however, they are tied together by one big, dark secret. (more…)
I cried. Twice. At work. People saw me. I didn’t care. The stories told by the author, NayomiMunaweera are devastating and hopeful all at the same time. “Island of a Thousand Mirrors follows the fate of two families, one Tamil, one Sinhala as they straddle opposite sides of the long and brutal Sri Lankan civil war. Narrated by the eldest daughter of each family…At its root, it’s a story of a fragmented nation struggling to find its way to a new beginning.” (Goodreads.com). This novel serves as a stark reminder that with opportunity and compassion for others some people can be saved from a life of fear and pain. For others the path only leads to darkness. Unfortunately, there are no easy answers in a war when both sides are right…and wrong. (more…)