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Friday, May 7, 2021

I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll

 


Rating (1-5) - 📘📘📘📘
Genre - Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Murder Thriller, Mysteries
Format - Paperback
Length - 299 Pages

*Amazon Blurb*

What would it take to make you intervene?

When Ella Longfield overhears two attractive young men flirting with teenage girls on a train, she thinks nothing of it―until she realises they are fresh out of prison and her maternal instinct is put on high alert. But just as she’s decided to call for help, something stops her. The next day, she wakes up to the news that one of the girls―beautiful, green-eyed Anna Ballard―has disappeared.
A year later, Anna is still missing. Ella is wracked with guilt over what she failed to do, and she’s not the only one who can’t forget. Someone is sending her threatening letters―letters that make her fear for her life.
Then an anniversary appeal reveals that Anna’s friends and family might have something to hide. Anna’s best friend, Sarah, hasn’t been telling the whole truth about what really happened that night―and her parents have been keeping secrets of their own.
Someone knows where Anna is―and they’re not telling. But they are watching Ella.

 
*My Review* 
 
I did NOT see the ending coming!!! Although the book was slow and not all that suspenseful, I would've never guessed the ending. In a way it made me think in the beginning...would I have said anything? Honestly, I don't think I would have, or many other people. Mind your business is just how things are. I didn't really care for the main character, Ella. I mean bad things happen to good people all the time. Even if she had spoken up, teenagers will do what they want and I don't think it would've changed anything....except then there wouldn't have been a book.
Regardless, Ella becomes obsessed with the disappearance of Anna which makes her a bit creepy. The only reason I rated the book as high as I did is because of the ending.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

The Friends We Keep by Susan Mallory

 


Rating (1-5) - 📘📘📘📘
Genre - Fiction, Women's Friendship, Women's Domestic Life
Format - Paperback
Length - 416 Pages

*Amazon Blurb*

After five years as a stay-at-home mom, Gabby Schaefer can't wait to return to work. Oh, to use the bathroom in peace! No twins clamoring at the door, no husband barging in, no stepdaughter throwing a tantrum. But when her plans are derailed by some shocking news and her husband's crushing expectations, Gabby must fight for the right to have a life of her own. 

Getting pregnant is easy for Hayley Batchelor. Staying pregnant is the hard part. Her husband is worried about the expensive fertility treatments and frantic about the threat to her health. But to Hayley, a woman who was born to be a mom should risk everything to fulfill her destiny—no matter how high the cost. 

Nicole Lord is still shell-shocked by a divorce that wasn't as painful as it should've been. Other than the son they share, her ex-husband left barely a ripple in her life. A great new guy tempts her to believe maybe the second time's the charm…but how can she trust herself to recognize true love? 

 As their bonds of friendship deepen against the beautiful backdrop of Mischief Bay, Gabby, Hayley and Nicole will rely on good food, good wine and especially each other to navigate life's toughest changes.

 
*My Review* 
 
No matter your group of friends, I'm sure you will find a Gabby, Hayley and Nicole in it. I
couldn't believe how connected I felt to one f the characters. It was almost like Susan was writing about me and not some fictional character.
The book bounces back and forth between each friend and their situation. It is very easy to follow and it helps see that, though your friends (even best friends) may seem fine on the outside, there could be things going on that you're not aware of.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Why Libraries?

 Why Libraries?

Frank J Basloe Library
Frank J Basloe Library

Back in the day....what a way to start any story, right? But in this case it's true. If you are as old as I am, or older, then you remember how important libraries were when we needed to look up information especially for school projects. We didn't have computers or cell phones to be able to look up something at any moment.
Libraries are also great for the communities because they offer many programs....did you know that? So many people aren't aware of what libraries offer these days. Some things they offer are free resources, they help connect communities and offer a quite place to do work or just to disconnect from the craziness of the world. My library even has a book club (that I am happy to be in charge of) that bring people together in reading books that you may not normally have read. 


Frank J Basloe Library
Frank J Basloe Library

For readers it is a major money saver. I would love to be able to support authors by buying their books, but I simply can't afford to spend and average of $20 a book. So far this year I have read 15 (not including kids books that I read with my daughter). That would've cost me $300 so far!!!! I don't know about you, but I can't afford that. Now don't get me wrong and think that I never buy books either. I do have some favorite authors that I like to have in my personal library and if I read a book that is awesome, I may purchase it so that I can reread it at a later date. Also, physical copies are great to have if you like to attend book signings or to give as gifts.

The pictures you see here are of my library. We are in the process of a huge renovation. So far we have completed complete Phase 1 (there are pictures of the renovation process on their site). 

 

The library also has the Friends of the Library Book Sale. It is a way to help raise money to support the library. We had a beautiful sign donated by A & P Master Images and were finally put up last week. 


 

If you are local to the area, we are always looking for "friends" to help out. Click here for more information.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak



Rating (1-5) - 📘📘
Genre - Fiction, Holocaust, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Foster Home
Format - Paperback
Length - 608 Pages

*Amazon Blurb*

When Death has a story to tell, you listen.
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

 
*My Review* 
 
Another book club book and also another one that was hard to get thru. Not only was this book extremely long, but in my opinion it was extremely boring too. I felt like it wasn't going anywhere at all. There was no suspense, no excitement.....nothing. The only thing that I wanted to know is what happened to the Jewish man.

I also decided to force my poor husband to watch the movie with me. I generally don't watch movies of the books I've read because, let's face it, books are better. I had heard from a couple different people that the movie was better than the book in this case. I agree and disagree at the same time. I feel that the movie gave the book a bit more desire to finish, but it also missed some parts that I feel were very necessary in understanding things.