Novel Destinations: More Selections from Central
Posted on July 13, 2011
The Art of a Beautiful Game by Chris Ballard
An informative must read for any NBA fan. Ballard goes in depth to provide insight on several different aspects of the NBA, including off-season training, rebounding and free throw shooting.
Finding Alice by Melody Carlson
Interesting book that would be a good read for anyone that lives in a city that has a large homeless population. A reminder that not everyone on the streets is an addict or criminal but may in fact be suffering from a mental illness.
The Dive From Clausen's Pier by Ann Packer
I'd give this book 3 out of 5 stars. Similar to a Jodi Piccoult novel in that it questions your ideologies and ethics, it never pushes the boundaries or makes you fiercely side with a character. Definitely worth a read but forgettable within a month.
No One In The World by E Lynn Harris and RM Johnson
This book was released after Harris' death and it's truly a page turner! I read and finished this book in two days. I was engrossed in all of the characters and was commenting to myself as I read, "oh no," "no," and "what!" I couldn't put it down because I wanted to know what happened to everyone. The basis of the book centers on twin brothers who have found each other, stipulations of an inheritence and other twists and turns. This would be a great sequel and I hope based on the acknowledgments at the end of the book, there is more to come.
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
This was a unique insider's look at the daily happenings in the restaurant world. Before he was a celebrity chef, Bourdain discusses his misfit journey through countless restaurants, anecdotes from inside the kitchen and tips to make your experience at a restaurant better.
Murder in Passy by Cara Black
A captivating, fun, and fast read. I loved reading this book.
The Sewing Bible--Slipcovers by Wendy Gardiner
A great read for people who sew and are looking to make coverings for household objects. Most projects are pretty simple, but since it was originally published in the UK, I worry that when actually putting the projects together, I might get tripped by some slang.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Help was a wonderful read! Ms. Stockett made "The Help" come to life as well as the other characters. The book made me reflect on things we often take for granted as well as the things we have and others do not. The ending made me want more and to know more about what happened to each of the women but most importantly, "The Help."
The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas
It took me a while to get hooked by this book, but after the first half, I couldn't put it down. I think that folks that know more about physics and math might get into it more quickly than I did. It's a new twist on the time-travel sci fi genre.
The One Kingdom
by Sean Russell
This is a magical book, a few levels above Harry Potter in both reading level and material. Join Tam and his friends Fynnol and Baore as they travel on an innocent adventure that soon becomes more of a war that will go down into the stories of history. If you're looking for a new fantasy story after finishing Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, the Swan War Trilogy is something you should look into.
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
While it is not as good as the previous novels, this book is a fast read and it is funny. I give it three out of four stars!
Fallen and Torment by Lauren Kate
Lauren Kate jumps on the "supernatural romance" train with these cliché-ridden, hyper-emotional, teenage angst-filled, unintentionally comical tales of angels and demons and humans and half-angels and part-demons and blah blah blah. If you enjoyed the poorly-written and ridiculously improbable "Twilight" series, Fallen and Torment are two more steaming helpings of that. THAT said, I must admit that I have read every word of those horrible "Twilight" books and will read every word of the next book in the "Fallen" series. Why? Why do I do this to myself?
The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
Good summer read! A touch of magical realism! Highly recommend other titles by Sarah Addison Allen--Garden Spells and The Peach Keeper.
Cruel Stars of the Night
by Kjell Eriksson
A sequel to The Princess of Burundi, this book is a classic Scandinavian noir murder mystery. While it was pretty easy to figure out who the killer was, it was fun trying to figure out why the murders were happening.