Say what you will about Patterson, the Michael Bennett series has me waiting anxiously for each book!
Michael Bennett missed New York. He misses the ability to pick up a hot slice of pizza at any time, day or night. He misses the hustle and bustle of a fast life, and heck, he even misses the noise. Yet as he looks around the room at his ten adopted children, grandfather Seamus, and the kids live in nanny Mary Catherine, he knows this is the way it needs to be.
Due to recent events and a mad man still on the loose, Michael and his family have been relocated (compliments of the witness protection program and the FBI) to a rural farm area in California. It’s big, it’s secluded, and God willing, it is safe.
Now, big name crime guys are being killed off in bizarre and horrifying ways. What is happening is unthinkable,clearly the work of a mad man and Bennett knows that these crimes reek of Manuel Perrine, the same man who is after Bennett and his family. A choice needs to be made, does Michael stay on the farm like a sitting duck waiting for Perrine to track him down, or does he go back to work and do what he is best at… getting the bad guy before he gets him?
Oof ta. I do love me the Michael Bennett series. I have praised these books before. While they do have essence of James Patterson, author Michael Ledwidge must be the difference in these books. This series follows a great story line… a New York detective, single after losing his wife to cancer, his ten adopted children of various ages, his Pastoral grandfather who lives with them and keeps it real, and the nanny, the sweet Irish gal names Mary Catherine who is the glue that holds it all together.
Gone is another great listen. I enjoy Patterson’s books on audio immensely as he adds sound effects (gun shots, tires screeching, doors slamming…) that never come off as cheesy, but instead make my heart pound.
I highly recommend these books on audio.
for reviews on the other books in this series:
(Fast listens on audio and highly engaging – I encourage you to give Step On A Crack a try and see if you are not hooked. :D)
Good morning! Happy Wednesday! We are half way through the week and I am looking forward to the weekend! Last week was so busy I feel the need to get in a bit of chill time this weekend I hope.
Recently I read a blog post that mentioned how book lovers like us rarely get books for Christmas as no one would dare try to guess what we have and what we don’t and what we want to read and what we do not want to read. I apologize, I do not recall who’s blog I read this on. I do recall however, how true a statement I thought it was at the time. Days later, I am still thinking about it.
It is true that I rarely get a book for Christmas or my birthday , or any gift giving scenarios. And it is true for all the above reasons, people have no idea what book I would like to have. It is the very reason why I put a wish list on this blog years ago and it remains there today so friends and family could see what I is on my coveted list.
I thought today I would post some of the new items that have hit that wish list…
Any time a book is said to be “The next Harry Potter”, I am listening. As of this date, the only series that has even come close IMO is The Mortal Instrument series and even that does not compare to the sheer brilliance of the HP books…. but, I am always looking.
When it comes to books, I could just go on and on and on, but this is a small grouping of books that are on my radar to read, but at this time do not own. Christmas… is coming.
Readers, what books would you like to see under the tree this Christmas season? And even if you do not celebrate Christmas, what books are you hoping and wishing for?
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Alice Love has it all. She married the cute guy. She found the home of her dreams. And now at 29 years old she is and Nick are so excited for the birth of their first child.
Then she wakes up in the hospital and they tell her it is not 1998, but 2008. That sweet precious baby she couldn’t wait to meet, is now a somewhat snarky ten year old. Her sister who she has always adored, comes to be by her side but she can feel that their is a distance between them. And her amazing husband Nick is fighting her for part time custody of the kids.
Uhhhh… What just happened?
Now close to 40 years old, Alice learns that she had taken a nasty fall at the gym. The gym? She hates the gym! The girl (woman?) in the mirror looks tired, and not the easy going Alice she remembered being. She is told that she does not just have the one child, but three. Wha….
After my recent adventures with author Liane Moriarty in The Husband’s Secret, I was so impressed with her pace of a book and her subject matter that could come off as serious but thanks to a fun writing style actually comes off as lighter and a little funny at times, I dove right into What Alice Forgot.
What Alice Forgot can be described as brilliant. It’s a fun concept, if not at all time realistic, it makes up for it in funny, smart moments. I enjoyed how the story unfolds a little at a time with Alice’s memories of what was, and then the present. I found it hard to stop listening because I wanted to know what was going to happen when she got her memory back... if she got her memory back…. SHE HAD TO GET HER MEMORY BACK!
The Alice she was ten years ago and the Alice she has become collide in ways that can possibly be considered a “do over”. Alice’s head injury takes her back ten years and when a softer, more easy going Alice is presented to the world through this… really anything is possible. Right?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and have my eye out for other books from this author. The Hypnotist’s Love Story comes out mid 2014 and you can bet I am watching for that one.
Mmmmmmm. Good morning. Our area in Minnesota was doused with snow the last 24 hours. Our first real snow of the season. We are in a winter storm warning, supposedly 8 inches has fallen so far and they expect a total of up to 14. Coffee. Now please.
Because of everything I just mentioned, I skipped the gym this morning and slept in a bonus hour.
In bookish news, while reading blogs Sunday and Monday of this week I found some particular books/audio that caught my eye/ear. :D
Kathy at Bermuda’s Weblog caught my attention with this audio she recently listened to.
Book Riot had a great post on bookish gifts for the Holidays and this snowflake one has me thinking ….
Jo at Captured On Film posted about this book which really has me interested. I like memoirs and Sharon has had quite the life.
Carrie at Books and Movies posted about this one in audio. Now this would probably not be a book I would normally pick up but the raves I have heard, and then Carries review of the audio had me download it yesterday from Audible.com.
That’s what I found in my blogesphere adventures. In other topics of interest…. what if you forgot the last ten years of your life? Seriously. Take a moment and go back 10 years. Where were you? What was your life like then? Now imagine that you woke up this morning and your last clear memory is from 10 years ago. You think you are ten years younger. You are surprised at the age of your children, your spouse, and yeah…. you. Or what if someone who was in your life ten years ago, now was not?
Join me later today when I post the review of What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. (Totally….. Sqqqquuueeeee worthy).
It’s that time of year again when I like to start to think about the challenges (reading or otherwise) for the new year. There’s something about knowing that there is a group of like minded people out there in the world all working towards the same challenge goals. As I start to see challenges popping up on the blogs it gets my spidey senses tingling and wondering what challenges I will offer here this coming year.
For the 4th year in a row I bring back the Where Are You Reading Challenge? I love this one! Back when I started this challenge in 2011,it seemed a natural challenge to have and seems to go along nicely with my meme, What Are You Reading?
What is the point of the challenge? To try to read a book that is mainly set in each of the 50 states and bonus books for outside the US.
For more details and ideas on how to keep track of your books, check the challenge page link here. To sign up for the challenge, use the link on the challenge page and add your link to your post (if you blog) or just add a comment below if you are not a blogger but wish to join in the challenge.
This Challenge is new, and one I have been thinking about for a few weeks now. For myself I have a lot of things I still want to do in my life. I have to believe I am not alone on this. :D Remember the things you had one hoped to do? Or…. the things that you keep saying “one day, I would like to try that”, or “one day I am going to do that!”
I think it is easy for us all to get caught up in our every day life and commitments and those “one day” items never come to pass. The last few years for myself, I have been challenging myself to reach new goals and try new things. Where once I often said, No, I can’t do that, I have really changed my tune and my response to a, “what if I can?”
Life is too short to not try the things we once hoped to so this challenge is for us to take 2014 as the year that we do take things off that bucket list. For more information on this challenge as well as some ideas to get the juices flowing for your list, check out the sign up link here. I think this is going to be a lot of fun, no pressure… just doing things we had always said we would like to.
Check out the information on this challenge here.
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Can you even believe it is December? I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! We did here. For the first time in 4 years both my boys were home. Brad has been in the Navy for the past 4 years but is now out as of mid October! :D On Friday, my College Son Justin went back to Mankato as he had to work and everyone went back to life as usual so my cousin Cheryl and I went to the cabin in Finland Minnesota. It was a fantastic time hanging out with her! We just came back this morning where I dropped her off at her car and went to the Library to help with the holiday decorating. It was fun!
Here is what I posted here last week:
Retrieving My Readers -a post about where I have been and where I am going
Coreyography by Corey Feldman (wow. This one was good on audio)
Goat Mountain by David Vann (hmmmm…. not what I was expecting)
It was a good week, I have a few (ok… maybe more than a few) more book/audio reviews to post this week. Here is what I am reading and listening to right now:
Alice Love is twenty-nine, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child.
So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! She HATES the gym) and is whisked off to the hospital where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over — she’s getting divorced, , she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade, and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time. She has to figure out why her sister hardly talks to her, and how is it that she’s become one of those super skinny moms with really expensive clothes. Ultimately, Alice must discover whether forgetting is a blessing or a curse, and whether it’s possible to start over…
After listening to The Husband’s Secret by this same author and enjoying it, I was more than curious about this one. About half way though I am really enjoying it!
Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey, a transporting companion piece to the New York Times bestseller Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, tells the story of Catherine Wendell, the beautiful and spirited American woman who married Lady Almina’s son, the man who would become the 6th Earl of Carnarvon. The couple presided over Highclere Castle, the grand estate that serves as the setting for the hit PBS show. Following the First World War, many of the great houses of England faded as their owners fortunes declined in the new political and social world of the 1920s and 1930s. As war loomed, Highclere’s survival as the family home of the Carnarvons was again in the balance—as was peace between the nations of Europe.
Using copious materials—including diaries and scrapbooks—from the castle’s archives, the current Countess of Carnarvon brings alive a very modern story in a beautiful and fabled setting, paying particular attention to the staff who provide Highclere Castle with continuity between generations.
I just started this one this weekend at the cabin and have not got far but think it is going to be interesting!
Now the anchor of The O’Reilly Factor details the events leading up to the murder of the most influential man in history: Jesus of Nazareth. Nearly two thousand years after this beloved and controversial young revolutionary was brutally killed by Roman soldiers, more than 2.2 billion human beings attempt to follow his teachings and believe he is God. Killing Jesus will take readers inside Jesus’s life, recounting the seismic political and historical events that made his death inevitable – and changed the world forever.
I was not sure I was going to read this one. I have listened to Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy but this one…. yet a friend told me it was really interesting so in I go.
Not sure what the next book will be but whatever it is… I am looking forward to it. I also am excited to see what you are reading as we kick off the next 4 weeks of holiday craziness of parties, gift giving, time limitations, family and friends.. and boy… I sure hope there is room for books too.
On a sadder note.. my heart goes out to the loss of Paul Walker, one of the stars of the Fast and Furious movies who died in a horrible car crash yesterday.
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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates the day of the turkey! :D This morning I have one turkey in the oven, another will go in later after the pies. I am on my way in mere minutes to the Baxter Turkey Run, with my friends Amy and Laura and my son Justin. Its crazy I know… long johns and running pants… a hat and two pairs of gloves but it will be great
Later this morning both boys will be over and we will bake and play board games, snack on meats and cheeses and dips and watch movies. We will eat turkey and stuffing and salad and bread and no doubt way too much of everything. Its low key, low maintenance and I love it.
To you and yours this holiday weekend. May we all remember all we have to be thankful for. Be safe and know you are loved.
It is early 1978, North Carolina. An 11 year old boy, his father, grandfather, and a family friend are arriving at the families remote hunting property for a weekend of male pondering around the deer hunting season. For the boy, this is his first year that he is allowed to hunt with the men. He is ecstatic to be counted as one of them. This is his year.
A poacher is seen on the property in the distance. And the boy, even unknown to himself as to why, yet filled with the adrenaline of a hunt to begin aims his rifle and shoots.
The poacher falls.
And the world for this group of hunters explodes into a whole new unknown world of accusations, fear, family loyalty, untrust, and for the boy….
A friend of mine had read Goat Mountain. Her thoughts on this book brought it to my attention because it was different than anything I had read before. So I found this one on audio and here are my thoughts.
Goat Mountain is a beautiful listen. Yet it is also terrifying and disturbing. As the events unravel over a weekends hunting trip, a fathers anguish, a grandfathers harsh words, the friends panic, but most disturbing – the young boys lack of…
Where this book may have been a win, I found it confusing that this story is being told by the boy many years later, although we are never given a glimpse of what happened between the accident weekend and the current time of the book. Goat Mountain is about a hunting weekend, and I felt that if it was going to be about an event that happened years prior, it should have had something to bond the incident to the current time. Perhaps to others this makes perfect sense, but when it ended it felt to me to be unfinished.
I wish it would have left me with a better feeling but instead I felt as disjointed as the book came to be.
When once asked what advice Corey Feldman would give to parents who are raising kids in the industry he replied, get them out of Hollywood and let them lead normal lives.
Corey’s career began at three when he was in a McDonald’s commercial. His older sister Mindy was is the Mickey Mouse Club and one day someone heard Corey’s gravely voice while he was on his sisters set and he was hired as the voice of the fox in the Fox and The Hound. From there Corey as he grew launched into larger roles and starred as a teen in The Goonies, Gremlins, Friday The 13th and Stand By Me. He built a strong lifelong friendship with Corey Haim when they started appearing in the same movies such as The Lost Boys, License To Drive, and Dream A Little Dream.
While some may think having the opportunities of being a teen star is glamorous, Corey, in his memoir paints quite a different picture. A verbally and mentally abusive mom took all of his earnings and cost him more than one job. His father was not much better, acting as his manager in Corey’s teen years and costing him larger roles by making Corey accept the smaller easy money roles. When Corey put his foot down and told his dad that he could no longer manage him, his father kicked him out.
Corey falls into the traps of Hollywood with drugs and alcohol and even abusive sex. Told in a matter of fact way, Corey Feldman owns up to all of his past failures, painting quite a different picture than the one that we see on the screen. When Corey Haim his friend of many years dies at the age of 38, Corey Feldman speaks strongly about the causes and rumors surrounding Haim’s death.
An amazing memoir of strength and courage.
I grew up with the movies that both Corey Feldman and Corey Haim starred in. Watching them on-screen they looked like your typical fun-loving teenagers and as a teen myself, I wished I could hang out with them. Now, after listening to Corey Feldman’s memoir…. no way I should have wanted to hang out with them! The things that they both went through is enough to make anyone sick and angry…. both boys really were lost boys.
At first I thought it was a little odd that Feldman talks so much about Haim and what his life was like in this memoir. After I thought about it I feel that they were both so close, and Feldman probably knew Haim better than almost anyone. Haim never got to share his story. He wanted to… he just ran out of time. To hear Feldman stick up for his friend when he was sexually abused, rumored to have been gay, and a drug addict is heart breaking.
I flew through this audio. Read by Corey Feldman himself, I found the behind the scenes movie antics to be fun as that was what I like to know about in this memoirs of actors and actresses. Really though, the childhood, the growing up and all the things we do not see, is what breathes life into the story. So often you hear about these child stars lives at home and you are shocked. Corey’s is no exception. This memoir is brutally honest and I for one am glad to know Corey’s story.
Good morning! I am back! I believe I am back as my post yesterday evening stated. It feels good to want to write again. What was that anyway? Bloggers block?
So last week I had went to the opening night of Catching Fire (woot! woot!) I went to the 9 pm and was home by 11:45 pm. I came in my house and dropped my purse and keys on the table walked into our bedroom to let the dogs out and came back out into the living room. A man in a suit was standing on our front deck tapping on the living room window. GAH.
I went to the door and opened it a crack. He said he was wondering if Al was available. I for one, explained to him that it was almost midnight. Two,my husband was home but was asleep and had been for hours. He said he had seen the lights on in our yard. “Yes,” I said, “I have just come home from a movie.” He said he wanted to talk to him about a judgement, apologized, and then went away.
A little shook up I went back to let the dogs in from our back deck, turned around and he was in the window again. Now… I was really annoyed. I went to the door again. He said his boss would not forgive him if he did not at least drop papers off with me for Al to look at. He had a wad of cash in his hand too and said that he was trying to pay for a judgement my husband had filed. I took the papers, not the cash and closed the door.
I walked into our bedroom and asked Al if he heard any of that, he had not. I brought him up to speed. I said it was creepy and unprofessional for someone to be knocking on our door around midnight. Al agreed. We own an excavating company and Al occasionally has to file judgements on those who do not pay.
The next day Al called the guy and found out he worked for some company where they buy judgements and then they go after the people who had it against them. Al said that this particular judgement was settled so they were out of date, and that we were not interested. So weird.
In brighter and funner (yes yes… funner is my word!) news, while traveling round the blogs this weekend I found a few books that really caught my eye:
At Tessa’s Reading Corner, she wrote a review on The Theory Of Opposites
At Library Of Clean Reads, there were several books that caught my eye:
The Rule Of Thre3, Landry Park, Dangerous. All look wow!
At Busy Hands Are Happy Hands, I seen a review for a book called Julia’s Chocolates that sounded scrumptious!
If you have some time, stop by and check these out. Have you read any of them?
Ok, I am off for now.. just home from the gym this morning and I need to get moving towards work. Stop in later for my review of Coreyology. It was ….