Book Review: Bad Conscience

Bad ConscienceBad Conscience by Michel Quint

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In Bad Conscience, a fiction by Michel Quint, an earthquake hits, bringing the worst in some people in the affected area. Looting begins in the city. The earthquake also gives two officers an unexpected opportunity to try to find the city’s hidden drug labs and lords. The book has a little of everything. Expensive cars, a bag of stolen jewels, high speed car chase and of course murder. The only thing missing from this book was act four. I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I rate give this book 4 out of 5 starts, it was crazy, and I like it! It was a very short book and would be great for anyone who would like to finish a book over one evening or one flight.

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Book Review: Reamde

ReamdeReamde by Neal Stephenson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reamde by Neal Stephenson was one really long book! I thought it had some great characters and lots of actions. Definitely worth the read. I regret that I got this book as an audiobook to listen during the commute. Made it a little hard to follow, so if you do read this book, READ this book or listen in a quiet place ☺

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Book Review: The Canterbury Sisters

The Canterbury SistersThe Canterbury Sisters by Kim Wright

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The main character Che in Canterbury Sisters by Kim Wright is a wine critic who had a very interesting Mother growing up. When her Mother passes away she receive a note with her ashes, requesting that she take them on a pilgrimage to Canterbury as they had long ago said they would do together.

She joins a tour of all women to take the pilgrimage together. Everyone is challenge to tell a story, as Chaucer’s pilgrims did. Some of these stories are better than others, but all seem much to short. The backstory of Che’s life was the best part of the book, some of the other characters and their stories were underdeveloped.

This a good chic book to read on a long weekend when you husband is out of time. Pull up a glass of wine…but make sure it is a good one, maybe a full body red, Che’s favorite. But skip the cheese; this book has plenty of it already.

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Book Review: Pirate Hunters

Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate ShipPirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Pirate Hunters: The Search for Lost Treasure Ship of a Great Buccaneer by Robert Kurson is a thrilling non-fiction story of two men in pursuit of a sunken pirate ship. They are racing to find the ship as more competition begins to join the search and against the clock as more governments are forcing found treasure be handed over. But to find the ship, they first must understand the pirate captain behind the ship. The book has compelling backstories of the pirate as well as of the treasure hunters. This was a really interesting book.

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Book Review: Confession of an Economic Hit Man

Confessions of an Economic Hit ManConfessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man by John Perkins was eye opening. I suspected the oil was the at the source of most US conflicts, but it goes much further than that. According to the author, we try to loan mass amounts of money many oil rich countries, know that money will come back to US construction and engineering companies. Because these countries near reach the projected growth we promised would follow the loan, we are also ensuring that we will have forced loyalty and cheap sources of oil. I did feel that the author was a bit of a hypocrite. He talks about what you can do, such as reduce your own greed and oil consumption, but talks about the large amounts of money he made, and how he has been traveling the world. Does not sound like he is taking is own advice. Now is a great time to read this book however, with another Bush running for office. This book talks about the many evils both senior & junior Bush have done while in office. READ IT!

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Book Review: The Dream Lover

The Dream Lover: A Novel of George SandThe Dream Lover: A Novel of George Sand by Elizabeth Berg

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg is a historical fiction about the life of George Sands. It tells the story about this ones woman’s family secrets and her many romantic affairs. Overall, I would give this book a 3.5. It was not quite good enough to rank it 4 stars. I liked that the main character was a scandalous woman, especially for her time period; she would say what every was on her mind, dress in men’s clothes and smoke cigars. But some of the characters were not well developed and you don’t really get to know them. I also think the title is completely off, the main character seems to have a lot of disappointment in her affairs, and I don’t see how the “dream lover” is… The last hundred pages became a little tedious to read, and it became hard to finish reading the book. I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

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Book Review: A Spool of Blue Thread

A Spool of Blue ThreadA Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler was the story of the Whitshank family. I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I would give this book a solid 4 out of 5 starts. It has strong characters and relationships. The story begins when Abby and Red start facing the challenges of aging and their children start pushing for them to get some help or to move to a retirement community. Determine to keep their independence and stay in the house, many family members move in to the house to help. Sibling rivalry begins to show in the close quarters of the old family home. We flip through time to learn the back sorties of this family. The book weaves together the story of the family dynamic, the love stories that brought it together and the secrets that it hold.

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Book Review: Lisey’s Story

Lisey's StoryLisey’s Story by Stephen King

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lisey’s Story by Stephan King was pretty good, it was hard at first to get into as the character’s have their own made up words you must learn as you read. It was odd but creative.

Lisey is haunted by memories of Scott her late husband, a famous author. She finally takes on the task of sorting through his belongs when she finds he has left her a treasure hunt, her sister has a break down and a psychopath appears making demands about her husbands papers. Only by entering Scott’s secret world can see save her sister, escape from the psycho and find the treasure.

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Book Review: The accidental creative: How to be brilliant at a moments notice

The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment's NoticeThe Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice by Todd Henry

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The accidental creative: how to be brilliant at a moment has a very misleading title. This book says it will help you unlock you latent creative abilities and create faster and more efficiently, but really what this book is about is how to organize your life and work. Once you really get into the book, you find that he is saying that to be creative, you must be organized, put in lots of prep time and set aside “idea time”. You must build meaningful relationships with others that may help you regularly with ideas and sharing. Your organization needs to include regular checkpoints to re-evaluate where you can adjust or cut projects and organize your work to avoid task switching and burnout.

The book was ok, I may try some of the ideas, but I felt like this was an overly structure life/work plan that will not work for many people. And it does not deliver on the promise of “how to be creative at a moment’s notice”.

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Book Review: At the Water’s Edge

At the Water's EdgeAt the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen, Maddie, a young beautiful society wife, supports her husband Ellis by traveling with him and his best friend Hank to Scotland during WWII. Ellis is determined to prove his courage to his father through finding proof of the Loch Ness monster. Taken away from luxury and society, Maddie learns more than she expected about herself and her friends.

I felt this book was not as good as her last book Like Water for Elephants, but it was still a good story. I felt did have some good surprises and some good characters. I like the change of character in Maddie, but was disappointed in how little she knew before the trip. Was she blind or just drunk? Overall, I would give this book a 4 out 5. This would be a great summer book, it has a little love, budding friendships, a ghost and some monsters.

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