Wednesday, May 20, 2015


A Man Called OveA Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman


The story of Ove will bring tears to your eyes. A man lost without his recently deceased wife. But life has a way of going on and Ove finds a way to become part of a "family" even if they don't drive a Saab. A family he helps as much as they help him. Because we all need each other. Because "all roads lead to something you were always predestined to do."

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Saturday, May 16, 2015


SugarSugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sugar..sugar..sugar...or shall we call her Mercy. Not my usual genre but riveting nonetheless. The story follows Mercy, an overweight high school girl and what she puts up with in her family and school. Bullying and verbal abuse until she meets Even...who sees her for who she is, not what she looks like. An amazing friendship follows, with Sugar's self-esteem rising with it. To tell anymore of the story will give away the turn this book takes....but suffice it to say, you will not be disappointed. A must read for all ages.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015

We are all a little crazy.....

Little Black LiesLittle Black Lies by Sandra Block

The story starts off slow as I almost shelved it. But alas I stayed with Zoe Goldman and her incredible story and never regretted it. The psychiatric ward where she works is a story in itself. But when Zoe finds the need to find out about her birth mother and what happened before she was adopted - well things get more interesting and then I couldn't put the book down. Continuing on the plot thickens with many surprises and twists that make you "crazy". Great book.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Memory House

Memory HouseMemory House by Bette Lee Crosby

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Best book ever! Stayed up last night just to finish. Ms Crosby did it again. It was so great reading about trinkets that came from her other books. Wyattsville returns. With all the violence in the world, this story made me believe in humankind again. People can be nice to each other. Ophelia is an amazing woman with her outlook on life even through she went through a hard one with losing her Edward..but she turns that loss into something amazing. Especially when she runs into Annie. Annie on the other hand had no idea what she was getting into when she visited Ophelia's bed and breakfast after getting away from an unhealthy relationship....loved this book. Might be my favorite among all of Ms Crosby's book...

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Altar Girl

The Altar Girl: A PrequelThe Altar Girl: A Prequel by Orest Stelmach
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amazing story of Nadia (which means hope) and her ability to be a strong person despite the way she grew up, her disfunctional family and her love for her brother.  The book takes you on her find out who killed her godfather..even though it was called an accident by the police.  But Nadia knows better...the story also goes back and forth between her childhood and the present time.  Although annoying, it serves a purpose to make you understand why she is so courageous.  And of course the unexpected ending is the icing on the cake.  Worth reading...

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Water water, everywhere

So I am on this program to lose weight....again.  But it is more than a diet, it will be a way of life.  No rocket scientist here - eat less, drink more (water, not wine) and move, move.  So I bought the Fitbit which I always wear and have upped my steps from 900 to 3000 daily.  Not the 10,000 that I need to do, but well, baby steps first.

I even bought the bracelets in all different colors so I can be fashionable.  Then I also downloaded the MyFitness Pal app....keeping track of all the calories and keeping under my set number.

And now I have an app to record the amount of water I drink.  And according to the app I must drink at least 120 ounces of water a day....huh??  Thats about 7 bottles of water......I realized that I have only been drinking 2 or 3 per day.  Now I have to figure out how to drink that much water and not spend the day in the bathroom......

Friday, April 10, 2015, wait....wait

This morning we (meaning hubby, and two of my grandsons) went to the doctor.  Well, hubby that is.  He had a regular checkup with the urologist and it was at 9 that would mean - going, signing in, getting checked and out.....NO

Of course there was no parking, so I sat in the car, parked in a no parking zone, with the boys.  But we amused ourselves for ipods and ipads and some music...while we waited, and waited, and waited.
Finally got a call from hubby, the doctor isnt in yet, on his way from the hospital and probably another 1/2 is now 10 am.

Alas, the doctor showed up at 10:30 am - and hubby comes out of office at 10:35 am....on our way home....So we sat for 1-1/2 half hours and he saw my husband for five minutes....what' wrong with this picture?

Thursday, April 9, 2015


Outcry - Holocaust memoirsOutcry - Holocaust memoirs by Manny Steinberg

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One cannot read this book without feeling the atrocities that Manny went through. Having heard and read about the Holocaust, this story brought out things you dont read in only thought was that G-d had other plans for Manny and gave him the strength to go through it all. Bless him and his family, and may none of us know anything like it....although it does bring 9/11 to mind. May we all attain peace in this world.

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