"Christian inspiration which evaluates the 3 core desires of a woman's soul: to be loved/romanced, to play an irreplaceable role in her own adventures, and to unveil beauty. A book for women after the author's phenomenal success with the companion book for men, Wild at Heart.
"Historical fiction set in early 18th century London in the shadows of St Paul's Cathedral. A young, country girl finds herself pregnant, unmarried & in the employment of an unscrupulous apothecary. She becomes the unwilling participant in her master's experiments to prove that maternal impression can turn fetus into monster.
"One of those rare books that continues to resonate even after you've finished. A poignant story of an elderly Jewish survivor of the Holocaust who has never forgotten the love he lost 60 yrs earlier and a young girl named for a character in his long lost novel searching to ease the loneliness of her widowed mother.
"Jack Reacher is randomly caught up in the street kidnapping of a young FBI agent by Montana militia extremists. Attractive female. Fist-to-fist fighting and lots of guns. Hero walks away alone in the end. Overall a fun, light read. Typical Jack Reacher novel, what else can I say!
"Talk-radio host Michael Medved addresses 10 distorted myths that Americans believe about our country. Clear, concise arguments based on facts & historical records that renew pride in our American heritage.
"Contemporary fiction based on the real history of the Velodrome d'Hiver roundup in 1942 Occupied Paris which resulted in the deaths of thousands of Jewish men, woman and children at Auschwitz. The interwoven story of a young girl who escaped the roundup and an American journalist whose family remains linked to the girl 60 years later.
"Recognized as one of the greatest love stories in classic literature, the plot revolves around Russian heroine, Anna Karenina, who leaves her husband and son to live with her lover. It tackles many themes in the modernization of Russia: religion, social classes, marriage and divorce, European influence. The ending is both tragic and enlightening.
"A quick read, part of a business guide series. Caution: this book was published in London. Thus, it was written for a British audience with reference to UK websites and labor laws. Not much new material for me. However, I liked the exercises to determine what triggers push you off balance towards the extremes of work & life balance.
"This book was written in 2005 and covers then-Senator Obama's positions on Republicans versus Democrats, the Constitution, Religion, Race, Globalization, Family Values. Overall the book is consistent with his 2008 presidential campaign platforms. I read this book for insight on how he might run his Presidency.
"Wow! I won't forget this book for a long time. Beautiful, sad, heart-wrenching. Narrated by Death, this story is of a young girl in WW2 Germany, of her relationship with her foster-parents, of her friendship with the Jewish man hidden in her basement and of her developing love with the boy next-door.
"This book was written in 2003. Its main theme is the acceptance of good versus evil in this world. How do we learn from the past (Nazism, Communism) and how do we apply those lesson to today and the future (War on Terror). Interesting to read this book so many years later and be reminded of all that was happening in current events prior to the 2004 election.
"John Wells Series, Book # 2. An exciting new voice in the spy thriller genre, set in today's post 9/11 world. Alex Berenson's first novel won the 2007 Edgar Award. John Wells, unconventional CIA agent, is back in action; this time the focus of the plot is America's relationship with China and North Korea.
"Jeremy Clarkson is a presenter on the popular show Top Gear. This book compiles his Sunday Times columns from 2001-2003. A funny read if you keep in perspective his OTT personality. Random musings on diverse topics such as the environment, weather, EU polices, technology like the Concorde & jet engines, gardening, and even the office Christmas party.
"Cotton Malone Series, Book # 2. Cotton is back with many of the same characters from The Templar Legacy. This time his son's been kidnapped, and he's led on a search across the globe with his ex-wife to rescue his son and find the lost library of Alexandria. A fun, light, engaging read!
"The book chronicles one man's attempt to live biblically over the period of a year, 9 mos on the Old Testament and 3 mos on the New Testament. The author (a secular Jew, mid-30's) embarks on an intellectual journey in pursuit of spiritual enlightment. Humorous, insightful, an entertaining read and best of all shared with raw honesty.
"So I admit to reading this book because of the movie. A short story, took me less than 1/2 hr to finish. Thought provoking. What if your life moved backwards in time? How would society react to you? How would you feel about those around you? Would your family love or detest you?
"The Victorian-era tale of the intersecting lives of two men who would never have met except for the making of the Oxford English Dictionary: the British professor who was the chief editor and the American madman who contributed more than 1000 entries from his cell in an English sanitorium for criminals.
"The writing is not as mature as Da Vinci Code, but the plot is actually more interesting! The secret society Illuminati attempts to destroy its enemy the Catholic Church by using antimatter to blow up the Vatican while Papal elections are being held. The conflict of whether science and religion can coexist adds a nice subtext to the plot.
"The Queen of England becomes an avid reader - to the shock and horror of her household and subjects - and discovers her humanity. Loved the descriptions of what it's like to become absorbed in the world of books. Enjoyed the literary references & the dry humor, but writing was a bit pedantic. Too many words that I couldn't find in my pocket dictionary!
"A group called August Spies claims responsibility for a series of murders which appear to be motivated as a protest against anti-capitalism. Lindsay finds loves again after her heartbreaking loss in Book 1. A shocking plot twist delivers tragedy to the club in the middle of the book.
"I read this book for tips in dealing with difficult customers and colleagues as well as understanding how better to relate to others who are in an angry mood. Useful tips, wide series of topics including stress management & health. Highly recommended.
"Book # 1. 15-year old twins, Sophie & Josh, discover they are part of an ancient prophecy with the power to save (or destroy) the Earth & its hidden magical worlds. Nicholas Flamel, the famous alchemyst of history, must awaken their magical powers while keeping them safe from the Dark Elders & their hired thug, John Dee.
"Book # 2. The twins have transported from San Francisco to Paris. John Dee is still hot in-pursuit. Josh is tricked into believing John Dee is good, and Nicholas is evil. The twins' magical powers grow stronger. Includes historical figures such as Joan of Arc, Comte Saint-Germaine, Machiavelli.
"Couldn't resist reading this book in memory of my childhood favorites! Nancy & her friends visit San Francisco to help renovate an old Victorian house into a modern B&B hotel. Why are the renovations plagued by a series of accidents?
"I thought it would be interesting in today's economy to reread this classic tale of decadence in the Jazz Age of the 1920s. Self-made, self-invented, mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies this decade's excesses prior to the Great Depression: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings.
"Bella moves from sunny Phoenix to rainy Forks, WA and befriends a family of vampires. The writing is too melodramatic (even for young adult lit); I would've liked less mushy love plot and more action. However, still engaging enough to rush out and read the next book in the series!
"The dark and tragic love story of Catherine and Heathcliff, one of the most famous and original Victorian-era classics. I especially enjoy how the book is organized around contrasts: between life at Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, between the older and younger generations, between love and revenge.
"The Cullen vampire and Quileute werewolves must set aside their hatred for each other and unite as a team in order to fight a pack of uncontrollable young vampires and protect the humans of Forks (and Bella too, of course!).
"The last book of the Twighlight Saga, which was surprisingly my favorite because it's more action and less love-story than the others. Bella and Edward marry, and yes, the story ends happily ever after. Many have complained that the story wraps up too neatly with no real self-sacrifice from any of the characters, but I'm ok with that!
"I read this book to understand more about our President and how his life experiences will influence how he governs our country. This book covers the period from his childhood to his law school graduation.
"Classic business book, particularly focused on innovation. 12 management lessons on Apple covering both successes and failures. I liked the bulleted summary lists at the end of each chapter. Slightly out-dated now in the post-iPhone era but still informative.
"Book #3. The twins are in London now, John Dee's homeland, to learn the magic of Water from the insane King Gilgamesh. Perry is still trapped on Alcatraz Island with the sleeping magical creatures intended to be pawns of the Dark Elders.
"A romantic comedy, shorter and easier to read than most Shakespearean works. Prospero and his daughter have been banished on an Island after his brother stole his dukedom. Fate (or is it magic?) intervenes to shipwreck the King and his retinue on the Island. Families are reunited, and wrongs are righted.
"A very entertaining read! Enjoyed the excerpts of interviews, and a website supports the book where you can learn more. Covers a wide gamut of topics from global warming to lawsuits gone wild to health and parenting. A refreshing outlook without the political spin that I anticipated.
"This supernatural thriller is a blend of Christian legend and historical fiction. Mary Agreda, a Franciscan nun in Spain, converts thousands of Southwestern Native Americans to Christianity while never leaving Spain. 300 years later a Franciscan Father, a US intelligence agent and a Spanish reporter unwrap the mystery in parallel.
"Drowning in grief over the recent death of his wife, Jason Bourne is haunted by memories of a woman dying in his arms. Who is she? Where? Why? In parallel Jason must race to save the life of his only friend, CI deputy director Martin Lindros, who has been captured by terrorists about to unleash a nuclear bomb in DC.
"3 young British women sail from England on a journey to India which will change their lives forever. Winner of an UK 2009 Romance of the Year novel award. Set in the late-1920s, a period when unrest in India was growing towards an independence movement from British colonization. Love, adventure, grief, family relationships. A quick summertime read.