I have a collection of books by Elizabeth Berg that I have read many years ago and loved. On a recent trip to buy some books, I came across an Elizabeth Berg book called Never Change and purchased it. At work one day this week, I needed to borrow another audiobook from Overdrive because I had just finished the previous one. I couldn’t remember the name of the book I had just purchased but knew it was a two word title. I was convinced this was it, so I downloaded it. What a pleasant mistake!
This audio book is read by the author (my favorite situation) and the story touched my heart so deeply from the very beginning. I feel confident in saying that this book is one of my favorites that I have read this year if not the BEST of the year!
I loved every character in this story and will definitely re-read this book, and I don’t do that! Helen is very down to earth and Tess, her daughter, is a typical daughter who tries to minimize her mother’s involvement in her life. I absolutely loved this book and encourage you all to read it.
I should probably tell you that I already own a copy of Never Change and know just purchased Home Safe to add to my shelves.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
After Maeve passed away, her husband gathered a collection of her articles from the Irish Times and had them published into this book. I was and still am a huge fan of Maeve Binchy. Her writing was unlike anything I had ever read before and her story telling abilities were bar none.
I listened to this on audio book and found that it was read by her daughter with the same strong Irish accent that I believe Maeve had. It was as if I was listening to her. Each of these stories were articles that she had written and published in the Irish Times. There was no continuous theme except that they are painstakingly honest.
I found myself nodding my head in agreement and laughing at some of the stories. I did enjoy it but I know that if I had read it, I may have enjoyed it more. Short stories and/or articles are difficult to listen to. It is much better, for me anyway, to listen to a complete story. That being said, her writing was true to that of her full length novels.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
Publication Date: April 25, 2017
Description from the publishers through Netgalley
Nashville’s perkiest private eye—coffeehouse manager Juliet Langley—goes undercover in the party-planning industry to solve a suspicious death in this thrilling cozy mystery from USA Today bestselling author Caroline Fardig.
Inspired by her past sleuthing successes, Juliet Langley has officially joined the ranks of Nashville’s licensed private investigators. Her best friend, Pete Bennett, doesn’t worry that her detective work might interfere with her full-time job running his coffeehouse, Java Jive. He just wishes she would spend her free time rejoining the local music scene instead of tailing cheating spouses. But when one of Java Jive’s baristas, Shane, asks Juliet to look into the suspicious death of his fiancée, Pete encourages her to plow full steam ahead.
Since his fiancée died on the job, Shane suspects that her party-planning colleagues are up to something criminal—and will do anything to keep it quiet. After Juliet recruits Pete to go undercover with her at a wedding showcase, she discovers that white lace and black satin have a way of hiding big, fat secrets.
If that weren’t enough to fill her plate, her latest P.I. job has her crossing paths with her ex, Detective Ryder Hamilton. They’re barely on speaking terms, but to solve the case, they might have to cooperate. No matter where Juliet goes, she’s brewing up trouble.
Don’t miss any of Caroline Fardig’s thrilling Java Jive mysteries:
DEATH BEFORE DECAF | MUG SHOT | A WHOLE LATTE MURDER | BREW OR DIE
I love a good cozy mystery and when it is part of a good series, I love it even more. Now of course, I didn’t pay attention to the fact that this is the 4th book in the Java Jive series however, it was ok to read this and not the others. Usually cozy mysteries, give you the background info from the first books so that you are not lost.
I love Juliet’s character and the mystery of this story was great. It was captivating and had the humor and lightheartedness that make for a good cozy mystery. I am absolutely going to go back and read the first 3 books and I will be keeping up with this series.
I gave this book 5 crowns.
I received the E-ARC of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Have you ever wondered what went on behind the scenes of a “celebrity” chef’s kitchen? In this book, Bill takes us to Babbo, a NYC restaurant owned and operated by Mario Batali. Although, I am not too sure as to how this came about, Bill winds up working in Mario’s kitchen, starting from the bottom and sweating his way through the different stations. Along the way, he has the opportunity to travel to Italy and learn different techniques and butchering methods.
The story itself was good but it was very wordy. This book is huge and each page is filled with smallish font. I did listen to the majority of this book on audio and that kept me from giving up. I think that if I read it from start to finish, I may not have made it. This was part memoir, part gossipy, part travelogue, part foodie fascination.
I gave this book 3 crowns.
Description from the publisher through Netgalley:
Roz Chast meets Allie Brosh in this hilarious, unfiltered, and beautifully illustrated look at the infinite number of reasons the author experiences guilt, shame, regret and self-reproach in her daily life, and that maybe—just maybe—some of us can relate to as well.
In a series of 100 illustrations with accompanying text, Orli Auslander has captured a mood and emotional ambivalence that will be all too familiar for readers: trying to be the best wife, mother, and friend she can be, while simultaneously feeling shitty about virtually everything she does. Confronting her daily experience with dark humor and brilliant and brutal honesty, she shows us how being an overindulgent mother makes her feel as terrible as the times when she can’t stand the sight of her kids; how saying yes to the wrong experiences and no to the right requests is equally bad; how her Jewish heritage complicates her relationships with her overly religious family and irreligious children; and how having a vagina is the ultimate inescapable struggle. With a distinctive, textured ink drawing style which brings to mind a female Robert Crumb and a neurotic Edward Gorey, I Feel Bad is a book that readers will buy for themselves and for a best friend, and where every reader will find the precise moment that Auslander voiced their own deepest anxiety in her poignant and hilarious illustrations.
I feel bad that I wasted precious time in my life to read this book. It was awful. This woman makes me angry. Her artwork is not good. She is offensive and she even used a swastika in her drawings as she thought of herself as Hitler. This was and is disgraceful. It was supposed to be humorous and I have certainly felt bad about things and myself at times but this was too much.
I refuse to rate it.
I received this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review by the publishers through Netgalley.
I love Lauren Graham and I was a faithful watcher of Gilmore Girls when it originally aired. I still love her and all of the shows she has been in. I was very excited to see this memoir come out last year.
Lauren is very humorous and she does tell some interesting stories, but I felt the the subtitle of this book gave me false hope. I really wanted so much more info about her time shooting the show and working with the actors. There really wasn’t much detail there.
Lauren talked a lot about her acting experiences, or lack thereof, before Gilmore Girls came to be, but I wanted some juicy tidbits about working on the show. This was a quick read and the writing was good. I was just a bit disappointed in the lack of detail.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
This is book 7 in the Nikki Heat series. I enjoy this series and I loved the show. These are fun, fast reads. They always include a bit of drama as well as humor.
I won’t go into detail about this story because it is the 7th in the series. Just know that all of your favorite characters are in this book!
I gave this book 5 crowns.