Category Archives: Humorous

Home Safe by: Elizabeth Berg

Home Safe

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.

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Maeve’s Times: In Her Own Words by: Maeve Binchy

Maeve's Times

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.

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Brew or Die A Java Jive Mystery by: Caroline Fardig

Brew or Die Publication Date: April 25, 2017

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Heat by: Bill Buford

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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.

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I Feel Bad. All Day. Every Day. About Everything. by: Orli Auslander

I Feel Bad

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Talking As Fast As I Can From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and Everything IN Between by: Lauren Graham

Talking As Fast As I Can

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.

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Driving Heat by: Richard Castle

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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.

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