From Gina Scaglione:
I recently finished Mommy Guilt by Julie Bort, Aviva Pflock and Devra Renner. It was just the TLC I needed. Prior to reading this self-help guide my middle name may as well have been Guilt. However, after reading the quick read and completing the exercises I feel like a huge weight has been lifted. There were even activities for my husband and I to complete together. We realized that we do still have a lot in common. This was a fabulous book:)
I stayed up last night until ten after one to finish A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini. It was well worth being exhausted today:) Not only did I stay up reading it, I then dreamed about my “friends” Laila, Mariam and Tariq for the entire length of time I was sleeping:) A must-read for anyone.
From Robin McCracken:
The Informers, by Bret Easton Ellis
About different characters that bounces around to each one with a different story relating to the bad choices they make in their lives. You can get lost in the scattered stories, switching from character to another. Not one of my favorite reads…..
From Mary Quirindongo:
Out of time, by Caroline Cooney
The third book in the series. Annie wants to see Strat one last time but instead of going back to 1899 she ends up in ancient Egypt where she is almost killed. Meanwhile Strat finds out that his father has found him and is up to his evils ways once again.
From Regina Cortina:
The Gate House, by Nelson Demille
This sequel to The Gold Coast was definitely worth the wait! Be prepared for a ‘ 700 page non stop very funny read’ where John Sutter comes back to the Gold Coast only to find that his ex wife wants him back! Nelson DeMille had me laughing out loud on every other page! Get ready for a fantastic, crazy ending!
From Susan Martin:
My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
Extraordinary story of the consequences of conceiving a child for the purpose of saving a sibling. Anna is the donor and her sister Kate is the recepient. For thirteen years, Anna has been subjected to various medical procedures in order to help Kate. Anna’s decisions have far-reaching effects for her entire family. Yes, the ending of this book is very different from the movie’s ending. Very heart-rending and realistic. There is some language and sexual scenes and inuendos that I felt could have been omitted without harming the excellent story.
from Donna Southard:
The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell
I enjoyed reading this book. Gladwell attempts to define the elements that “tip” a concept to be effective. Gladwell describes three types of personalities; mavens, connectors, and salespeople that are found in people related to successful situations. He also defined three tipping point rules/laws; the law of the few, the stickiness factor and the power of content. I found the examples that Gladwell used to be very interesting (esp the “Broken Window Theory” and the “Rule of 150”.
Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell
I found this book to be a very quick read with a lot of examples and studies that were used to understand what makes one successful in life. Gladwell discusses the influence of birth year, culture, economic status, and circumstances of ones upbringing on the impact of individual success. I enjoyed reading the studies and the importance of the various factors that impact ones perspective of life. I especially enjoyed reading Gladwell’s epilogue that explained his family’s journey to success and how this history impacted on Gladwell’s success.
From Robin McCracken:
Swimsuit, by James Patterson
James Paterson & Maxine Paetro keep you on the edge of you seat with this killing thriller with a sicko that has smooth control on all his victims, including an ex-cop/writer who he lures into writing his auto-biography. The twist in the end is a surprise to all.
From Susan Martin:
Amy Carmichael of Dohnavur, by Frank Houghton
Excellent biography of a Christian missionary to India who served there without furlough for 51 years. Through her efforts, children who would have been exploited in Indian temples, were rescued and raised in a family environment. Houghton gives an in-depth portrait of the remarkable life of a person totally devoted to God. Great reading!
From Lynne Demestichas:
Scarpetta, by Patricia Cornwell
Drama surrounds forensic specialist Kay Scarpetta, even when she relocates! Back with her usual crew(husband Benton,neice Lucy,rebelcop Marino)Kay is caught up in a murder scene that has it’s roots in an email.In keeping up with the times, Lucy is the computer savvy one of the group, and eventually unravels all of the details on her laptop. If you’ve read previous Cornwell novels about Kay Scarpetta, you will see how things have progressed throughout time,with computers and cell phones and high tech gadgets all assisting in the crime solving process. Brush up on your internet skills or you could get a little lost.For those of us who live for email, this book will be interesting and informative, maybe even teach us a few things about cyberspace homicide!
From Elaine Pasquali:
Devlin’s Light, by Mariah Stewart
This book has a nice balance of romance and mystery. Characters, relationships, and plots are well developed. India Devlin is a successful criminal prosecutor whose brother,Ry, was murdered. Nick Enright was Ry’s best friend. India and Nick are drawn to each other and end up collaborating in Ry’s murder investigation. Twists in the plot keep the story engaging. Mariah Stewart was a new author for me and I definitely intend to read other books written by her.