Friday, January 23, 2015

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

My rating: 5.0

Marie-Laure is 6 years old and lives with her father in Paris when she goes blind.  He constructs a miniature replica of their neighborhood so she can learn to navigate her way around.

Werner grows up with his sister in a foster home in Germany and becomes an expert at fixing radios.

With the war six years later, their lives intersect.

This is told in various pieces of time from either Werner or Marie-Laure's perspective.  Stunning detail and gorgeous metaphors with a pitch perfect story made this absolutely beautiful.

This took Doerr 10 years to write and I can see why.  I just pray that his next book doesn't take that long but, in the meantime, I will be putting his other 4 books into my queue.  What a stellar read to start the year.

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Possibility Dogs by Susannah Charleson

My rating: 3.0

An inspiring story of rescue dogs that are turned into service dogs for psychiatric disabilities (ADD, Alzheimer’s etc.) While this book was very enjoyable especially if you are a dog lover, it also dragged a lot at times

Monday, January 5, 2015

Sleep Tight by Rachel Abbott

My rating: 2.0

Olivia has several tragedies in her life and the police are investigating several possibilities. The story line was pretty good and had potential but, quickly fizzled.  I felt nothing for the characters.  In fact, the style of writing made it seem fluffy and like a bad movie of the week script. There wasn't much description and you know very early who 'who dunnit'.