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I love to go to bookstores and grab armfuls of books to take home…well I used to. I haven’t posted a review in several weeks because all I have read or started to read is one disappointing book after another. I know that writers have dry spells but do readers too?

Let’s start with the biggest disappointment, which occurred this week: Ripper by Isabel Allende. The premise of the story was extremely inviting. A video type mystery game that becomes real life and involves solving the mystery of a serial killer seemed like a story with some real teeth. Those teeth though were not very sharp. In fact, after 70 pages, it was more like a lick rather than a bite. I became frustrated and gave up. Background is important to every story but it shouldn’t take half the book to establish it.

For Christmas, I received Adrianna Trigiani’s, The Supreme Macaroni Company. I so looked forward to reading this one especially after enjoying The Shoemaker’s Wife. Being Italian, I appreciated the opening pages of the “family” at Christmas acting very typically Italian. Again, a little bit is fine but page after page is way too much. When the story finally became clear it was so expected; it wasn’t worth reading.

The last one I will mention is A Life in Men by Gina Frangello. I don’t even know where to begin with this one except to say that I chose it because I had read some nice reviews. I honestly got as far as page 30 before had to stop the madness.

I know that sometimes my frame of mind can affect how I feel about what I am reading. There has been some stuff going on recently that was definitely distracting but here’s the deal. For me when I am worried or nervous about something, that’s when reading becomes my tranquilizer. A good book will calm me down and provide sanctuary. This has not been the case for the past several weeks. I made a trip to the library this morning and picked up a couple of books that have been on my radar. After purchasing books that aren’t worth reading, I thought borrowing was the way to go. A friend of mine recently told me that for him it’s the 1 in 10 rule. For every 10 he starts,  there is only one he finishes. Right now for me, it’s 1 in 3!!!!!!  I certainly hope that changes. I’ll keep you posted 🙂



Wish List



I bet everyone is as busy as me with getting ready to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. My little pup is now 5 months old and our days are getting easier.  Soon, I’ll be able to read whenever I like.  Though I am enjoying him so very much, right now I am still way behind. Meanwhile, my books pile up ready and waiting.

If you are reading this then you are a book lover and book lovers gift books.  I am sharing my Wish List and hope that it might help you along the way.  Here we go:

The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani makes the list as the sequel to The Shoemaker’s Wife a book I read and enjoyed this year. The story continues to follow the lives of the characters we have come to love in the previous novels.

The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson has sparked my interest. Set in Korea, love, honor, hunger and corruption all set the stage for a promising read.

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan in true Tan fashion follows two women from Shanghai to remote villages in China. Mothers and daughters play key rolls. The novel promises to delight those that enjoyed The Joy Luck Club, which is one of my all time favorites.

Someone Else’s Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson is another one of her beautifully crafted love stories.  I’m a big fan of hers and she never fails to please me. Remember her from A Grown-Up Kinda Pretty and Gods in Alabama?

Sarah Jio once again grabs my attention with Morning Glory. Many years ago, I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of The Violets of March and since then I am a committed fan.

Bellman and Black by Diane Setterfield made my list too. Years ago, my book club read The Thirteenth Tale and that book has stood out as one of our best reads. I am hoping for the same here with her latest about a boy who kills a bird and years later as an adult some revenge is taken.  This definitely sounds like one of her books!!

Well this is what I hope to be reading in 2014. Maybe you will find some that you can add to your wish list too and we can read them together. Happy shopping and look for my best and worst list in the next blog. I hope all the above make next years “best” list.