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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Second Life - SJ Watson

Meet Julia.

She's a photographer. She takes portraits, although once, she took photographs as a form of art and expressing herself.

She's married to a wonderful husband. But she's remembering a lot about a past love.

She was once very close to her sister. But over the last few years, they've grown apart.

And then her sister is murdered. Julia visits her sister's roommate and learns more about Kate than she thought she would. She now feels compelled to "help" solve the murder.

Kate was involved in online "dating", so Julia goes online, in hopes of learning more about her sister, and possibly what happened to her. But the more she digs, the more she's dragged into this new life. This second life.

Now Julia finds herself leading two separate lives. She's loosing control of her real life. And is she really any closer to learning the truth?


Monday, March 28, 2016

The Wave - Todd Strasser

I don't think I ever read this book in school. I do remember seeing my high school put on a stage production of this. I'm not sure what made me think of it, but thought I'd give it a try.

The Wave is based on a true incident that occurred in a history class in Palo Alto, California in 1969.

Ben Ross is a high school, teacher at Gordon High School. He shows his students a video of Hitler as part of their studies on WWII. His students are mortified. They cannot understand how everyone accepted this view. They question how this could happen. They are convinced, it could never happen again.

So the next day, Ben introduces his students to discipline. And strength. And later action. He creates a symbol (the wave) and even has a salute. Soon, his students are recruiting new members. While they are disciplined and getting through their work, they are starting the threaten those that do not want to be a part of their group. They are excluding others. They have... become what they felt would never happen.

While not the best books ever written, the idea and what occurs is not just something you can see, it's something that is happening. It's something to be concerned about.

Moral of the story; if in your heart it feels wrong, then it is wrong.



Murder Madness Such Sweet Sadness - Jamie Blair & Dawn Rae Miller

I had a fabulous weekend. We saw some animals, and I got a lot of reading done. Murder Madness Such Sweet Sadness was the perfect book to read. It's funny, thrilling, mysterious. and an easy read for the weekend.

MMSSS begins with Val in jail. She's spent a week here. She's been arrested for the murder of Jackson. But after a week, she is set free. And Jackson's murderer continues to walk free.

Val, Haddie, Reggie, and Livie. Four girls, who seem to have nothing in common. Well other than they were all involved with Jackson. Oh, and they all have secrets they would prefer were kept that way.

But suddenly there's the appearance of The Fifth. She knows their secrets and is happy to share them with everyone. The girls are now thrown together to discover who The Fifth is. They are determined to find Jackson's killer. And to keep their secrets safe.

What can I say, other than I loved this! It's one of those fun books. You laugh with them. Roll your eyes at their utter stupidity. You also wonder who the real killer is; Marucs? (But he gets killed. Spoiler alert) Livie's mom? Haddie's dad? Val's boyfriend (Bet you didn't think of that one!) The Fifth?

Golden Son - Pierce Brown

Ok, I'm still heartbroken over the ending, so I'll be keeping this one short.

Golden Son is part two of the Red Rising series. Darrow is now part of the Golds, the ruling class, but his enemies are out to get him.

Darrow is forced to betray friends, confide in friends, and make friends with the enemy. He is torn between his love for Eo, and his new love for his friends and Mustang.

This book is  heart wrenching. It will tear you in all directions. These are not characters in a book. They are real.

And once I've recovered, I'll pick up the final book and see how it all ends.

Wish me luck.


Monday, March 14, 2016

Birthday Tradition

When Ethan was 8 months old, I ordered a birthday present, online, for Scott. The week before his birthday, it hadn't arrived, and I panicked. Scott's first year as a dad, and no gift? That can't happen! So I bought a kanga (African printed fabric) and had a shirt made for him. There was some fabric left over, so I had one made for Ethan too. On the day of Scott's birthday, I dressed Ethan in his new shirt, and presented Scott with his.

It began with this.

And a tradition was born!

Every year since then, on Scott's birthday, the boys have matching shirts. This year, is the 10th year we've done this, so I thought I'd share the evolution of shirts.

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015
And this year's shirts.....



Happy birthday Scott. Thanks for being an amazing husband, father, human being!!!



Monday, February 29, 2016

A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman

Where do I begin? OMG, this book was fabulous! It has to be one of the best books I've read. I would say this year but it's only March, but guaranteed, come December, I will still say this was the best book I've read.

Simply put, this is a nice story.

It makes you laugh. It makes you cry. It is filled with lOVE.

Meet Ove. He is described as a curmudgeon. While he sees black and white, his wife saw colour. He is the kind of man who will point to people he does not like, as if they were up to no good. He likes routines. He is known as bitter by his neighbours. He drives a Saab. Anything else means you're stupid!

And while you think I'm asking you to read a book about a cranky old man, this book is also filled with saddness. And it's filled with joy.

Ove likes his routine. And he has a plan. And it all gets turned upside down when a young couple and their two little girls move next door. They drive a uHaul (no cars allowed in the residential area) and run his mailbox over. And, a beautiful, yet strange, friendship begins.

All I can really say about this book is you need to read this book!!!!!





Broken Harbor - Tana French

"This case should have gone like clockwork. It should have ended up in the textbooks as a shining example of how to get everything right. By every rule in the book, this should have been the dream case."

Scorcher Kennedy and his rookie partner, Richie are called out to Broken Harbor. A family was attacked in their home. In the middle of the night. The father, and two young children are dead. The wife is rushed to the hospital, and is in intensive care.

At first glance, it looks like the husband/father lost it and killed everyone before killing himself. But according to Jenny's sister, Fiona, they were in love. Everything was perfect.

As Kennedy and Richie continue their investigation, things don't add up. Fiona is too eager to jump to everyone's defence. What is she hiding? When Jenny regains consciousness, she's also hiding something. But what? Why won't she help them find who did this to her family?

If Pat Spain didn't kill his family, then who? The crazy neighbours next door? The mysterious man that was spying on the Spains? And what would the motive be?

And all the time Kennedy spends on this case, he also has his, can I say bi-polar(?), sister to look after.

It should have been easy. But it is not.