Category Archives: books

The Art of Virtue

In keeping with this year’s books that became movies theme, I read Tracy Chevalier’s, Girl With a Pearl Earring. Historical fiction intrigues me, so naturally, I found the “story” behind this painting interesting. As for the book, it was a well-written, quick, easy read. The story was fairly predictable but that wasn’t disappointing. Rather, the…

Everyday I Write the Book

What an amazing book! This was one of the most beautifully phrased, honest, readable, and relatable books I’ve ever read. If you have not read it yet, turn off your computer, go get this book, and start reading. Seriously. Go. Now. I envy Elizabeth Gilbert’s voice. I covet her ability to write a book like…

Up In The Air

I’ve completely stepped out of my reading comfort zone this year. I’ve always intentionally stayed away from the newest books, the bestsellers, that everyone is reading. I prefer the old standbys, works from long dead authors that have stood the test of time. Things usually found on a “100 books everyone should read” list. But…

Running On Empty

I’m pleased to report that I have finished yet another good read. These past few books have REALLY made up for some of the stinkers I endured this year. I think I bought this book simply because it had “running” in the title. What can I say; I’m just crazy like that. It really was…

Monto (Take Her Up To Monto)

This book was a fantastic read! It rekindled my interest in Irish history and reminded me of our trip two years ago. Being a historical novel, it may seem a little dry in places to some, but I was absolutely fascinated throughout. It describes the assassination of Permanent Under Secretary for Ireland, Thomas Henry Burke,…

Queen of Hearts

Here is yet another book turned movie. I swear that is not how I planned my reading list this year. However, after unpacking in our new place, I noticed that I had more books on my “to be read” bookshelf than shelves. I had to start reading the books I’d collected if I was ever…

In My House

I really enjoyed Open House. It was light, easy reading with an even, steady pace. I would definitely be interested in reading some of Elizabeth Berg’s other works. This is a story about a woman whose husband has decided to leave her. They have a middle-school aged son and in order to support herself and…

White Wedding

I know I’m behind on my “what I’m reading” reviews and it’s probably because I haven’t had many good things to say about the books I’ve been reading. I was however, thrilled with what I’ve most recently finished and am optimistic about what I’m reading now which has motivated me to complete the reviews in…

Read My Mind

This was another quick read. It probably took me about eight days to finish. I can’t say that I understand what all the fuss is about. I suppose the story was meant to be scandalous given the ages of the characters, but I wasn’t very scandalized and the author didn’t seem to want me to…

The Book of Love

I know my book reviews are fairly fluffy. They’re short and trite and don’t actually delve into the “meat and potatoes” aspects of the work I’m critiquing. I just want to say, in my defense, that I’m no longer interested in analyzing themes of an author’s work, unless they totally jump out at me. (Years…