Monday, February 25, 2013

The Mighty Queens of Freeville, by Amy Dickinson

It's books like this that keep me reading memoirs.  

This was, by far, one of my most favorite books to read.  As soon as I was done, I wanted to turn back to the beginning and start all over, again! It was so enjoyable and funny and just fun!

I love reading about people; it makes me feel like I've met them and sat with them while they recounted life stories, just for me.  I feel like if I were to meet Amy Dickinson, someday, I'd know her.  I know her heart, her daughter, her life.  I'd ask her, "How's your mother?".  I'd want to get a recount of her relationship with Bruno and find myself really hoping it worked out for her.  I'd want to hug her and say, thank you for your story - for sharing it.  Then I'd ask if I could have lunch with her and her family the following Wednesday, simply to soak in the love and the ongoing conversation.  

I loved so many parts of this book, it was all I could do to not jot down every quote I thought funny, fitting or just good.  It touched my soul, this book did, and those are the best kinds to read.

It was a wonderful experience I hope to have, again, in the future.  I'd buy this book.  :)

You should read it.  

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Road to Grace, by Richard Paul Evans

This one's been a long time coming... it was released LAST YEAR - almost a whole year ago! I'm almost ashamed to admit this, but I didn't even buy it until last week.  *gasp* I know... I usually buy them before they're even released! 

Anyway, it was definitely worth the wait, and good timing really - he's due to release the next one in The Walk series quite soon, so I won't have forgotten anything.

NOT THAT I COULD, mind you! This one was really good! The ending was a shocker! I have to wonder if it'll change the whole dynamic of the story line, now...

This one was full of profundities, invoking tears numerous times throughout.  It was a marvelous read and I'm better because of it.  I love books that touch my life in a very personal way, that promote healing and growth in my own trials and situations.  I don't know where he gets it, but I'm so very grateful that RPE shares his wisdom with the masses.  I'm sincerely looking forward to the next edition to the series.  :)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

I'm Half-Sick of Shadows, by Alan Bradley

I was sad to finish this book... it was another really good one.

I feel like I know the characters as real people, now.  It was so enjoyable getting to know Flavia more.  I especially love her budding relationship with her father and her strong bond with Dogger.  There was a hint of love exchanged between her and her sisters, this time, too.  

I loved this story! At first, I thought it was going to be one of my lesser favorites, but once I reached a certain point in the book, it was all I could do to put it down! I'm labeling these purchase-worthy because I want to read them over and over, again! I'm so glad there's another one coming out in March! 

I don't know where Mr. Bradley gets his genius, but I'm certainly so glad he's chosen to share it with the world.  :)