Book Reviews

Shadows on the Sand by Gayle Roper

Each day for the last little while, I looked forward to the time I’d set aside to read Shadows on the Sand by Gayle Roper. Today I read nine chapters instead of the five I’d planned on. As with most books, the action speeds up toward the end. It became more and more …

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Deadly Storm the Graphic Novel – Richard Castle

Deadly Storm introduces perhaps one of Richard Castle‘s most loved characters, Derrick Storm. While the graphic novel isn’t an adaptation of any of his books, it nevertheless is a great way to introduce Storm. Charming in his own way, smart, brave and not without some wit, Storm could easily be …

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Hidden Ontario by Terry Boyle

I had such a great time reading this book.  It is a series of stories about some of the funniest, oddest and most interesting events.  I was not familiar with any of the stories which I found very surprising considering the amount of reading I do. Terry Boyle‘s writing story …

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Book Review – Naked Heat – Richard Castle

New York detective Nikki Heat, is reunited with the man who is part lover / part annoyance, Jamieson Rook. After a nasty break up, Heat is surprised to find Rook at the scene of her latest murder investigation but they team up to find out who killed a celebrity gossip …

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Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

I loved reading Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua.  It is definitely a controversial book, but it is written in an honest and humorous fashion that is appealing and easy to read. Amy Chua is determined to raise her two daughters in what she considers the stereotypical Chinese style. …

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One Final Night

I just love cyberspace. One great thing about it: sites like Blogging for Books where you can get free books in exchange for book reviews. Another is getting to know authors on sites like Twitter who offer their stories for free. Thank you to Wendy Young who did just that. “One Final …

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Dug Down Deep

This is one of those books about “the basics” of Christianity that challenges readers to slow down and really think. I found myself not only bookmarking where I left off each day, but also several pages that contained quotes I want to remember. For those who think theology and doctrine …

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Yesterday’s Tomorrow

I read a review of Catherine West’s Yesterday’s Tomorrow quite a while back on God With Us: Finding Joy (http://janetsketchley.wordpress.com). I put it on my To Read Someday list. A book set in Vietnam during the war wouldn’t normally have been my first choice, but the more I read, the more it …

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Book Review: Fyodor Dostoevsky by Peter Leithart

I have read the novels of only two Russian authors so far.  Neither was Dostoevsky.  Reading this autobiography by Peter Leithart has whet my interest and I will be downloading one or two to my kindle soon. As for this autobiography, I have to say it was a very good …

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Book Review: Promises to Keep

Wonderful!  The only problem I had with this novel is that it is hard to read . . . while you are crying. And it is hard to hold on to the book while you are clutching a box of Kleenex. Some people might find this story predictable but I …

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2012 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market

It’s clean. It’s pristine. And it’s mine, all mine. (Well, actually I bought it for my daughter and myself, but that kind of takes away from the mental picture of me sitting in front of my computer rubbing my hands together and laughing sinisterly.) My daughter is illustrating her first …

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2012 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market

It’s clean. It’s pristine. And it’s mine, all mine. (Well, actually I bought it for my daughter and myself, but that kind of takes away from the mental picture of me sitting in front of my computer rubbing my hands together and laughing sinisterly.) My daughter is illustrating her first …

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The Woefield Poultry Collective by Susan Juby

When I saw this book at the library I just had to pick it up.  Seriously, who can resist this amazing title? When the owner of Woefield Farm passes on, the farm is left to his niece, a truly naive and urban young lady who is determined to make the …

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The Bible

It may sound crazy to some of you, but it makes perfect sense to me. Why would I read the Bible? Isn’t it simply an out-of-date book with no relevance for today? Isn’t it a book written by sexist men who want to subjugate women? Isn’t it simply a book …

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Velvet Whispers by Joan Elizabeth Lloyd

If you enjoy reading very poorly written soft porn, than this is the book for you.  I’m not a prude.  I love “sex in long skirts books” (you know the ones I mean) where it takes pages and pages of delicious prose to describe a passionate encounter by the naive …

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The Reading Promise

If buying new books isn’t in the budget, I best stay away from bookstores. If I don’t want to come home with a stack of books I don’t have time to read, I best stay away from our public library. When I go to the bookstore, I gravitate first to …

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Book Review – A Heartbeat Away – Michael Palmer

The President of the United States is about to make the yearly State of the Union speech when a deadly virus is released inside the Capitol building. As over 700 people struggle to survive, the President can only think of one man who might help him, a man who is …

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A Woman Among Warriors by Malalai Joya

Reading this book was a real shock, forcing me to rethink my position on the role of the UN in Afghanistan.  Do I believe everything this brave woman has written?  I’m not so sure.  BUT . . . I do believe what she has to say about the conditions in …

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The Corruptible

I enjoyed a number of things about Mark Mynheir’s The Corruptible. First, I loved the short chapters. It was easier to justify “just one more chapter.” I also liked the fact that it was written in the first person. I found it drew me into the story. It was more …

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Our Witchdoctors are Too Weak

A book about grammar, syntax, and an unwritten language. A book about missionaries in a far away jungle. Now, before you shake your head and say, “That’s not for me,” let me tell you why this book is now one of my favourites. Friend Number One loaned OWATW to Friend …

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