Welcome to the sporadic list of books I've recently read. Let's get started!
The Orchid Affair/The Garden Intrigue - Books 7 and 8 of the Pink Carnation series, these books are light and fun reading. I think, maybe, the story line has reached as far as it will go. I found myself not quite as immersed in these books as I was in the first 6. If you need a good series for the summer, to read by the pool - this is a good one. 3 out of 5 stars
Saint Training - The story of a girl who decided, while in elementary school, that she'd become a saint - this was a funny, funny book. She begins a correspondence with a Sister and the tales of her life, and the things she does to try to make sure she gets into heaven, is honest and funny. 4 out of 5 stars.
Under the Same Sky - This was recommended in one of those "If you like this book (which happened to be Outlander), then you'll love this one!) Meh. I must have seen this book recommended 12 times, and I wasn't able to finish it. Maybe I'll try again this summer, but right now, it did nothing for me. It has absolutely AMAZING reviews and so, maybe I'm missing something. 1.5 stars.
Catch Me If You Can - This is one of those movies that, whenever I flip past it, I stop and watch. I decided to take on the book - and I'm glad that I did. if you've seen the movie, you know the story - but the book, naturally, expands on the story and you learn so much more about Frank Abagnale Jr. The storyline is even more vivid and the details of one of the greatest scam artists in history will shock you. 5 out of 5 stars.
The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection - #13 of the No.1 Ladies Detective Agency series, which is one of my very favorite series ever. I love these books because there's no sex, no language, no death - just a solidly written story, with respect for country and fellow man throughout the pages. Nothing dark, nothing that makes you think too much - but you'll smile several times at the story goes on.Precious is a fully developed character, and I would highly recommend the entire series. (Psst - I also loved the HBO series and was so disappointed it wasn't renewed.) 5 out of 5 stars
Food Fights - Review is over here, plus a giveaway! 3 out of 5 stars
Growing Up Italian in the 50's - this was a review book. It was warm and sweet and made me laugh several times, and my husband said that much of what was written about was stuff that he can remember. I'd recommend this book to anyone in their late 50's or 60's - there's nothing to learn, but this easy to read trip down memory lane makes for a fun afternoon. 3 out of 5 stars
Judy's World - My mom came over to stay with my kids one night so that I could go to ZUMBA, ZUMBA, ZUMBA! - and she picked up a book that I had on my desk. She read the entire thing in one day and, as I was overwhelmed with reviews - she offered to write one for me. So, here it is!
When I was raising my daughters labels like OCD , ADD and Autism were unheard of. Now I’m a grandparent with grandchildren “on the spectrum” I have had to learn a whole new vocabulary and look at so called “problem” children an entirely different way. Judy Blake writes of her experience raising two autistic children with humor and insight that she learned the hard way. If you are looking for a how-to book, this isn’t it but Ms Blake tells it like it is; the highs and the lows; the rewards and just how hard she had to work to get what her children need to get a quality education and to reach their highest
potential. As I read the book I recognized my own grandchildrens behavior in her sons. She is fortunate
to live in a town that apparently has an abundance of help for special kids but it takes a lot of effort to
find the available resources and determine just what is right for each particular child. I recommend the
book to anyone who has an autistic child in their life if for no other reason than to know they are not
And, um, I read Outlander/Dragonfly in Amber/Voyager AGAIN - and I'm halfway through Drums of Autumn. I know. I know. I think that this is reread 10. or 11.
And - I did read the Fifty shades Trilogy. Twice through.
What have you been reading?