Monday, May 28, 2012

The Patron Saints of Liars by Ann Patchett

The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This book is about Rose who is very apathetic to those around her. Rose goes from California to Kentucky to a home for unwed mothers.

The Patron Saint of Liars
This book has 3 narrators and for me, the sign of a good book is when it switches narrators and you are upset as you enjoyed the voice of the previous character so much....only to read a few more pages to realize that you love this narrator even more.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

Stories I Only Tell My FriendsStories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this a lot (more than I thought I would). He had an incredible life starting from when he was 8 and knew that he wanted to be an actor. What amazed me is not so much the # of people he knew but, how down to earth he became and grounded in his priorities. Very enjoyable read.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
4 of 5 stars

Yes I had to see what the hype is about. Don't analyze this too much.  It isn't Hemingway.  Take it for what it is and it is a fun light fluffy "Harlequin" type of read".  I prefer literary fiction with more substance but, this was an easy enjoyable read and I will definitely be reading books #2 and #3.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Defending Jacob
Defending Jacob by William Landay
My rating: 4.3 of 5 stars

This book is about so much more than a father defending his son who is accused of murder. It is about the impacts it has on someone; as a person, as a family, financially, your career, your friendships, your life, to defend yourself of a crime. Very well done.

Monday, May 14, 2012

On Intimacy by Harrier Lerner

On Intimacy: How to Create a Remarkable RelationshipOn Intimacy: How to Create a Remarkable Relationship by Harriet Lerner
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Another excellent book by Harriet Lerner. This one talks about how when we are least able to step back and think out of the box, is probably the time when we need it most. She talks about the patterns that happen and why and how we can change those patterns. She talks about the fact that you can't make intimacy happen by pursuing it, just like you can't make friends with a squirrel by chasing after it.

This audiobook is like having a wonderful conversation with a dear friend.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This is a quirky original Western story of two brothers, Eli and Charlie Sisters. The Sisters Brothers are employed as hired guns by the Commodore. They are hired to go to California to kill a prospector who has wronged the Commodore. I loved the way this dark comedy unfolded and I particularly loved the soft teddy-bear character of Eli.

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Weird Sisters by Elanor Brown

The Weird SistersThe Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The story of three sisters raised by a loving mother and a renowned Shakespeare professor father who quotes verse and has named his three daughters after Shakespearean women. All three sisters return home due to their mother's heal issues but, also for various individual reasons. While this is an entertaining read that captures family quirks and small town America it was a light read that I enjoyed more in the beginning than the latter portion. I did enjoy the first person plural narrative style and thought the author pulled that off beautifully.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Another Baby Afghan

I absolutely love this yarn and this pattern!!!  I did it from Red Heart Soft Baby Color 7958 Frolic.

Don't you just love how colorful it is and the way the colors worked in the pattern?
As with most crochet patterns and many things in life, it is easier to explain with a picture than words.  Each blue line represents a dc. Chain 2 for the 2dc that you skip.  Cast on as many stitches as you like in a multiple of 6 (I think I did 108)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Don't confuse this book with the other "Shades of Grey" book.

It is 1941 and fifteen year old Lina, her young brother and mother get separated from her father when Soviet officers barge into their house and force them into a crowded dirty train car to begin a horrid journey to a work camp. This book is reminiscent of The Book Thief. It does an amazing job or capturing this horrific period in history