I love to read. I read every single day and my goal is to learn something new as often as possible. Not every book is for every person but I thought I would start blogging about the books I’ve read just to keep track of them for myself and to help out any of you who are looking for information on certain topics. Enjoy!
When I purchased this book at the local Goodwill I had no idea it was geared towards teens. Stephanie Meyers, author of the Twilight series, has a brief glowing testimonial on the cover and since I enjoyed her series I thought I would give this book a try. I read it in one evening. I believe what hooked me was the fact that you find out on the first page or so that a father puts his daughter in a tower for 7 years to make her more “obedient”! I had to find out what happened. How in the world could she survive with no sunlight and only the companionship of her new maid? It was an easy read, although sorting through the tribes of the different “people” and keeping them straight made parts of it tedious and I felt it was really unnecessary to include so many. While parts of it were fantasy, there were other parts which were quite realistic and well told. It has been a story which has stayed with me since I read it. A story of how someone who has nothing, believes she is nothing and is given nothing overcomes all of the challenges she is faced with to become quite something. Very good teen read for sure, especially for your daughters. Nothing inappropriate except for a few stolen kisses 🙂 Grade B+
I have read many books over the years by Lisa Gardner and usually love them. This one was a bit slow. I put it down a few times but came back to it because I knew it had to get better. It did, but not much. This book is #6 of her FBI profiler series and features Kimberly, the daughter of FBI agent Quincy who is prominent in her other books. His wife Rainie also shows up and honestly, it felt completely unnecessary to have them included. Add in the fact that Kimberly is pregnant and her husband wants her to stop working to be a full-time mom and you have a lot of extra drama that most people won’t care about. The serial killer who is targeting prostitutes and has a creepy fascination with spiders is what kept me reading. His story is sad and she ties it altogether in the end, neat and tidy. Grade C- (Currently FREE with Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited Program)
This was a very good book which kept me interested through the entire 288 pages. Action packed with war, political drama and mystery, I couldn’t put it down. Imagine being betrayed by your own country who thought they killed you, yet you lived. Everything you have fought for your entire life has now changed and the only thing on your mind is revenge. Grade A- (Currently FREE with Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited Program)
Wow, what a series. I read The Butterfly Garden in May 2016 and as soon as The Roses of May was available I read it last month. The mind that created a serial killer who collects girls as specimens and tattoos them to look like butterflies in Book 1 created a second winner with Book 2 by letting us see what happened to the survivors of the Garden. The books are brilliant. These are a must read if you love a good murder mystery. Grade A+ (Currently FREE with Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited Program)
One of the best motivational books I have ever read. What if you woke up tomorrow as a rhinoceros? Imagine how you could charge through all of the obstacles in your path. Your skin would be so tough that nothing would bother you! Ever since I have read this book I keep a picture of a rhinoceros by each of my desks at home and work. It’s a very silly, easy read and it stays with you for sure. Grade A++