Friday, April 24, 2015

"Inside the O'Briens" by Lisa Genova (Effects of Huntington's Disease)

Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova is about Joe, a Boston policeman.  He has been having some health issues and his wife wants him to see a doctor.  He thinks it is nothing, but agrees to go.  It turns out he has Huntington Disease!  You find out all about it when you read this book--trust me, you do not want this disease!  Not only that, but his kids are at risk of getting it too.

Lisa Genova's books are always top notch and this is no exception.  I loved the interaction between Joe and his wife and kids.  This book had me from page 1.  Make sure you read the "Call to Action" part of this book as well.  The ending is perfect!  I LOVED this book and highly recommend it and her other book too:  Still Alice and Left Neglected.
(Gerard's review, 5++ stars)

Have you read this one? What did you think of it? If you reviewed this too, feel free to share your link to your review in the comments. Happy Reading!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

"Rites of Passage" by Joy N. Hensley

Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley is about Sam McKenna, the only teenage daughter in a military family who is one of 5 girls who are the first to enroll in Denmark Military Academy.  She wants to please her dad and takes her brother's dare.  Once there, she finds it is even worse than she expected but is determined to stick it out for the year.

This book has a lot of military training included to show how tough this girl is and how her Corporal does just about everything he can think of to get her to quit.  If you are not interested in military-type books, this one is not for you.  I liked it though but thought Sam McKenna was nuts for trying to break into the all-boys military school and put herself through that, risking her life!  The bright spot during her year there at the school was her drill sergeant.  I liked the ending because it was pretty good and realistic. 
(Karen's review, 4 stars)

Have you read this one? What did you think of it? If you reviewed this too, feel free to share your link to your review in the comments. Happy Reading!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

"The Daughter--How well do you really know your family? by Jane Shemilt

The Daughter by Jane Shemilt is told by Jenny, a famous doctor.  One day her youngest daughter, Naomi, does not come home from a school play.  Did she meet with foul play or did she just run off?  As the days go by, Jenny's marriage and family begin to crumble around her.

This book goes from the now then one year later.  Most of the time I do not have a problem with this, but in this book I did.  The now was so good I hated when it skipped ahead.  Some people had trouble with the ending, but it did not bother me that much.   All that being said, I still give it 4 stars based on the strength of the story.
(Gerard's review, 4 stars)

Have you read this one? What did you think of it? If you reviewed this too, feel free to share your link to your review in the comments. Happy Reading!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Teaser Tuesdays



Gerard's:
  
I sprint like I can outrun what I've done to Gisa, how I've failed Kilorn, how I've destroyed everything.  But even I can't outrun the look in my mother's eyes when I brought Gisa to the door.

From page 42 of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. (Click link for our review)

I longed to be that little boy in her care.  No, I wanted to tell her.  I'm not okay.

From page 12 of Crazy Love You by Lisa Unger (click link to see my review)

Cancer was keeping me from doing the thing I love.  Freakin' cancer.
 From page 20 of Every day I Fight by Stuart Scott with Larry Platt.  (click link to see my review)

Karen's
They're the cadets who will train me, the people who will make me part of a unit with my other platoon members--sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds.  And each and every one of them tells me to leave.
 From page 24 of Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along, so I thought  I  would play for fun! Just pick two sentences from the book you are reading.


Happy Reading!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Top 10 Books that Influenced Me Most


Have you read any of these? I found this tag on Booktube and thought it was a good one because it is easy and I enjoyed seeing what others had for their most influential books.  Since I put in the effort to make this, I thought I should post it here as well.

Feel free to write a blog post or do a video on 10 books that influenced you most and please share your link in the comments below so I can find it!  If you are interested in any of these, I believe I have reviews of them all on this blog.  Just use the search box in the upper left corner to find them.
    
Happy Reading!
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