Monday, May 13, 2013

April Reads

Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick - 4/1/2013
Good - Fiction 289 pages, Print
Pat Peoples wants more than anything to reconcile with his wife but after four years in a mental health facility, the outlook is bleak; however Pat believes in the silver lining.
Read this book to see if it is a good candidate for book club. Loved the movie! The book is both similar and dissimilar to the film, but it's enjoyable. We will read it for book club in September.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson - 4/3/2013
Excellent – Classic 151pages, Audio
Jim discovers a treasure map and sets off on a voyage to find riches, but pirates interfere.
This was our April book club selection. I don't know if I've ever read the full version before. LOVED IT!

The Wet Nurse's Tale by Erica Eisdorfer - 4/7/2013

Good - Fiction 304 pages, Print
Susan Rose, a wet nurse, must rescue her own child in Victorian England.
Picked this up at a thrift store, I think, because it intrigued me. Enjoyable story, alternating chapters between the perspective of the wet nurse and the mothers of the babies she nursed. 

Joyful Momma's Guide to Shopping and Cooking Frugally by Kimberly Eddy - 4/29/2013
Good – Non-fiction 145 pages, Kindle
Tips on shopping, nutrition, meal planning, and cooking low-cost and healthy foods.
A local mom wrote this book and I picked it up as a Kindle freebie. Lots in here I already knew, but did glean a few tips. Many recipes will make this a keeper.

March Reads

 Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell - 3/13/2013
Good -  Classic 138 pages, Kindle
The old ladies of Cranford live their lives traditionally and quietly. 
Book club selection for March. I took a while to get into this choice, but eventually liked it. I did find the narration to be uneven; portions of the book moved me to tears, others were skillfully drawn characterizations, but some were just dull.

Heaven for Kids by Randy Alcorn - 3/25/2013
Excellent - Inspirational 224 pages, Kindle
Alcorn answers questions that kids might ask about what heaven will be like. 
Loved this and read aloud it to the kids. The questions are practical and thoughtful and the answers are backed up with Scripture wherever possible. When not backed with Scripture, Alcorn admits it and gives his reasoning. 

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling - 3/29/2013
Excellent - Children's 435 pages, Audio/Print
Re-read of the 3rd Harry Potter book.

The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen by Syrie James - 3/30/2013
Excellent - Chick Lit 414 pages, Print
Samantha finds a long-lost letter written by Jane Austen which hints at an unknown manuscript which had been stolen in 1802.
Won this book in a blog contest. LOVED IT!

February Reads

... then just stay fat. by Shannon Sorrels -2/1/2013
Good - Non-fiction 120 pages, Kindle
A no-nonsense in-your-face guide to the only true way to lose weight - eat less, move more.
Blunt and motivating. Kindle freebie.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling - 2/1/2013
Excellent - Children's 341 pages, Audio
Re-read - In Harry's second year at Hogwarts, someone is turning Hogwarts students to stone. When a friend is accused, Harry, Ron, and Hermione are determined to find out the truth about the Chamber of Secrets.
Yes, I am re-reading the Harry Potter series within a year of my first reading. Since my time is limited, I am listening to the audiobook.

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier - 2/21/2013

Excellent - Historical Fiction 305 pages, Print
Honor Bright, a Quaker, travels to America in 1850 and finds herself enmeshed in the slavery debate. Does she act on her principles and help slaves along the Underground Railroad or does she bow to the wishes of her family and religious community?
I enjoy Chevalier's historical novels and this one was no exception.

The Diet Dropout's Guide to Natural Weight Loss: Find Your Easiest Path to Naturally Thin by Stan Spencer - 2/28/2013
Good - Non-fiction 152 pages, Kindle
Dr. Spencer explains why we gain weight and why the fat lost by dieting almost always comes back. He then presents an array of practical weight loss tools for controlling emotional eating, calming cravings, boosting metabolism, and improving nutrition and exercise. In the final chapter he has you create a natural weight loss plan based on your unique set of needs, abilities, and preferences. Simple recipes are provided for weight loss foods that reduce cravings and prolong satisfaction.  (from
Kindle freebie.