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  • My True Essence on May 30, 2011
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    This book highlights a very important issue - breast cancer and its effects on those who are diagnosed and those who love them. On those who survive and those who don't. The story takes place within the context of a church community. Although it is Christian fiction, most religious references are to prayers not specific Christian teachings. Thus, it can easily be read regardless of beliefs. Many other elements are added into the story, some of the unnecessarily so. I wish that the author had kept the focus on the central theme and developed that further with greater depth to the characters. I did love the ending message though - it is not our bodies that define who we are but something beyond that that is our "true essence."
  • The DIY Guide to Social Media Marketing and eBook Publishing on Aug. 13, 2011

    I am a newcomer to the world of ebooks. I found this book to be a wealth of information. It is organized in a step by step fashion through the different aspects of the ebook publishing industry. It is presented in somewhat of a checklist fashion with numerous links to websites and other resources that can be of help in ebook publishing. According to the author, "There, I just emptied my brain and computer into this ebook." I read the book once straight through. Now I will re-read it at my computer, bookmarking resources as I go. I was concerned that the book may quickly become dated because of all the links. However, that concern is addressed by the author. She provides a link to join a mailing list. She plans on sending out updates twice a year. Thank you for gathering your research and lessons learned in one place! *** Reviewed for LibraryThing member giveaway ***
  • Be Brave, Be Strong: A Journey Across the Great Divide on Aug. 18, 2011

    Be Brave, Be Strong: A Journey Across the Great Divide is a story of a journey - physical and emotional. Jill Homer is an ultra-cyclist. The Great Tour Divide is an individual race from Canada to the Mexico border - over 2,700 miles. This book is the story of Jill Homer's journey during this race. I have not followed her blog. Nor am I familiar with the world of ultra-athletes. The story left me in awe of the courage these athletes show and the challenges they choose to face. It is inspiring and amazing. I have no intention of following in her footsteps, but the lessons are there for all of us. To quote the book, "My only real investment in my future were the steps I took toward it - everything else was just a dream, a plan, or a fear." The book did not get five stars because not really understanding cycling, I did find myself skimming some of the descriptions. Or maybe it was just because I wanted to find out what came next. I wanted her to succeed and couldn't wait to find out if she did. *** Reviewed for member giveaway ***
  • Stress? Find Your Balance on Aug. 22, 2011

    A good reminder of the basic techniques we can all use to manage the stress in our lives. Techniques such as meditation, exercise, healthy eating, and others. The book does point to the author's website, seminars, and audio CDs which would bother me. However, the book then goes on to present the techniques stating that they can be followed by the directions in the book alone. I appreciate that the book can stand alone. The ideas in this book are not new. However, I can always use a fresh reminder. I will keep this book in my portfolio of other similar books. *** Reviewed for LibraryThing member giveaway ***
  • Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should on Sep. 11, 2011

    Let's Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should by David Gaughran is a wonderful guide to the world of self-publishing. The first quarter of the book presents an overview of the publishing industry and a look at why you may want to self-publish. The second quarter of the book is a step by step look at the process of self publishing. The second half of the book is testamonials from successful self-published authors. The book includes an appendix with links to other resources. As a newcomer to the world of ebooks, I found this book to be very informational and an interesting read. *** Reviewed for LibraryThing member giveaway ***
  • Ox Cart Angel on Nov. 17, 2011

    Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2011/11/ox-cart-angel.html Ox Cart Angel is a book set in the 1800s in the Dakota Territory. It tells the story of Claire and her father as they decide to relocate from the town of Pembina to St. Paul. It is the story of their journey as they attempt to reach the caravan of traders that has gone before and then as they journey alone with an ox cart full of photography equipment and their old ox Bone Bag. Ox Cart Angel is also a story of racism, prejudice, loss, and ultimately survival. Claire's father is a French Canadian and her mother is a Native American, making Claire a Metis. The book talks about the racism and prejudice she faces both for being a Native American and for being of mixed parentage. Claire has also lost her mother to small pox and feels the loss again as they are forced to leave behind her home and possessions. Ultimately, the book is also about survival and moving forward as they face adversity after adversity on their journey. The story creates a vivid picture of Claire and her father and of the land through which they travel. It pulls the reader into their world, feeling their emotions, and rejoicing and crying with them. The ending sends a strong message about survival and sets the groundwork for the sequel. Can't wait! ***Reviewed for LibraryThing Member Giveaway Program***
  • Ox Cart Angel on Nov. 17, 2011

    Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2011/11/ox-cart-angel.html Ox Cart Angel is a book set in the 1800s in the Dakota Territory. It tells the story of Claire and her father as they decide to relocate from the town of Pembina to St. Paul. It is the story of their journey as they attempt to reach the caravan of traders that has gone before and then as they journey alone with an ox cart full of photography equipment and their old ox Bone Bag. Ox Cart Angel is also a story of racism, prejudice, loss, and ultimately survival. Claire's father is a French Canadian and her mother is a Native American, making Claire a Metis. The book talks about the racism and prejudice she faces both for being a Native American and for being of mixed parentage. Claire has also lost her mother to small pox and feels the loss again as they are forced to leave behind her home and possessions. Ultimately, the book is also about survival and moving forward as they face adversity after adversity on their journey. The story creates a vivid picture of Claire and her father and of the land through which they travel. It pulls the reader into their world, feeling their emotions, and rejoicing and crying with them. The ending sends a strong message about survival and sets the groundwork for the sequel. Can't wait! ***Reviewed for LibraryThing Member Giveaway Program***
  • Finding Fiona on Nov. 29, 2011

    Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com... Finding Fiona is the story of a young woman, Fiona, who has lost her memory due to a trauma. She is cared for by Hannah, who found her as Fiona was left after suffering stab wounds The books is about Fiona finding herself, discovering who she used to be, and learning who she can trust. Tied into this is the mystery of her parent's death and why those responsible want to find her. The story has good guys and bad guys. However, because Fiona does not have her memories, part of the book is about discovering what group each character belongs in. This question extends to the character of Fiona herself. Is she who she thinks she is? Added to this is the topic of scientific research and the ethical implications of certain types of research. The book is a fast paced story with characters that you feel for. It has elements of family, friendship, and even a little romance along with the central conflict of Fiona and those who might harm her. A quick, interesting, and fun read. ***Book reviewed for LibraryThing Member Giveaway Program***
  • After Ten on Dec. 09, 2011

    Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2011/12/after-ten.html After Ten is the story of four women who meet in the first year of law school. They become friends, and discuss where they expect their lives to take them in ten years. They agree to meet in ten years time to see if expectations meet reality. The book moves back and forth between the four characters and back and forth through the ten years telling their stories. Not surprisingly, life takes unexpected turns for all of them both in positive and negative ways. Whether or not the friendship lasts is for you to discover in the book. This book is definite chick lit. The plot is not a new one. The issues raised - lost loves, parental disapproval, siblings, care taking for elderly parents, alcoholism, building a marriage, bonds of friendship - are common but real life issues. They are issues we can all relate to in some way. Different ones will strike a chord with different people. That perhaps is the value of this book - to remind us that no matter what the issue we may be facing, we are not alone. Others face the same things, and if we are lucky, we have people around us to help us get through. Overall, It's not a bad book, but it's not a memorable book. A quick weekend or airplane read. ***Reviewed for LibraryThing Member Giveaway Program***
  • Not Quite Ordinary on Dec. 20, 2011

    Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2011/12/not-quite-ordinary.html Not Quite Ordinary is a book targeted toward the young adult market. This is the first book in what is to be the Darkness Nears Trilogy. It is the story of sixteen year old Sarah, who has spent life feeling as if she is ordinary with nothing special about her and feeling like she is not good enough. At sixteen, she discovers that she is a powerful witch descended from a long line of witches and wizards. Of course, there is a prophecy and a battle of good versus evil. Her confidence and self-esteem grows as her belief in herself grows. A positive message. The world of witches and wizards is a popular setting for books for the age group and a great place for imagination to take flight. However, some concerns about the book raise questions as to its suitability. First, the book ties its beliefs in witchcraft to the Wiccan way of life. Tying religious beliefs to a book aimed at young people is a challenging task. The book could still tell a story - the same story - without grounding it in a specific belief system. Second, Sarah states revenge as a motivator and a satisfactory end result of certain extreme actions. (The cryptic tone here attempts to avoid spoilers). That does not seem to be an appropriate message to send to young readers. It will be interesting to see what direction the other two books take. Hopefully, they will focus on the positive image of accomplishing great things if you believe in yourself. ***Reviewed for LibraryThing Member Giveaway Program***
  • Michael Belmont and the Tomb of Anubis on Dec. 26, 2011

    Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2011/12/michael-belmont-and-tomb-of-anubis.html Michael Belmont and the Tomb of Anubis is the beginning of a series for children. Michael Belmont is a twelve year old boy. His parents are anthropologists and archaeologists who travel around the world working on projects. Michael and his sister Abigail sometimes accompany them and sometimes stay with relatives in different parts of the world. This story has so many elements. It travels between Scotland, America, and Egypt. It unravels a mystery and conflict that crosses centuries. It has monsters, ghosts, werewolves, shape shifters, myths, and legends. Kidnappings and disappearances happen. Adult relationships such as recovering from a loss of a spouse and old loves are discussed. The ending is a clear lead-in to a sequel. With so many elements, the story felt scattered and difficult to follow. The book is a long one. Towards the end, the different threads of the story do start to come together. However, it is a long process to get there. It will be interesting to see if the follow-up books can develop the central theme. ***Reviewed for LibraryThing Member Giveaway Program***
  • The MacLosers on Sep. 11, 2012

    Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-maclosers.html The MacLosers is the story of the Diobair family - Roger and Samantha and their children Alex and Jess. Roger is an out-of-work architect who can't seem to escape the disasters of his last job. The financial and emotional troubles of being out of work are piling up. Then, out of the blue, they receive an inheritance - a village in Scotland. Being out of options, the family moves to a dilapidated castle with an interesting cast of village characters. Some friendly, and some definitely not. People expect Roger to quit; yet he does not. Along the way is a feud with a neighboring village, some long forgotten history, and a winner take all wager. All the makings of a fun tale. Overall, the book was a very quick, very easy read. It was a fun story. Throughout, my thought was that with some revisions and editing to make the language and content more kid-friendly, this would make a fun children's movie - the tried and true plot family in trouble to a family taking on a new adventure to a family coming together. *** Reviewed for Library Things Member Giveaway Program ***
  • The MacLosers on Sep. 11, 2012

    Review first published on my blog: http://memoriesfrombooks.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-maclosers.html The MacLosers is the story of the Diobair family - Roger and Samantha and their children Alex and Jess. Roger is an out-of-work architect who can't seem to escape the disasters of his last job. The financial and emotional troubles of being out of work are piling up. Then, out of the blue, they receive an inheritance - a village in Scotland. Being out of options, the family moves to a dilapidated castle with an interesting cast of village characters. Some friendly, and some definitely not. People expect Roger to quit; yet he does not. Along the way is a feud with a neighboring village, some long forgotten history, and a winner take all wager. All the makings of a fun tale. Overall, the book was a very quick, very easy read. It was a fun story. Throughout, my thought was that with some revisions and editing to make the language and content more kid-friendly, this would make a fun children's movie - the tried and true plot family in trouble to a family taking on a new adventure to a family coming together. *** Reviewed for Library Things Member Giveaway Program ***