Monday Mash-Up #004

Well, it took awhile, but we finally got our first snow here in my little corner of the Pacific Northwest.  And what better way to spend a snowy afternoon than curled up with a mug of tea and a great book!

This past week’s reading was a bit of a mixed bag:

The Battlemage by Taran Matharu— 4 out of 5 stars.  A great finish to a great trilogy!

Animals in Translation by Temple Grandin— 4 out of 5 stars.  The author’s own autism gives her a unique perspective on how animals perceive things.

Buddha Baby by Kim Wing Keltner—  2 out of 5 stars.  There are reasons why I don’t read a lot of “chick lit” and this book reminded me of all of them.  It wasn’t completely terrible, just not my thing.

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach—  2 out of 5 stars.  This had the potential to be a good story, but the non-stop bantering about peeing, vomiting, and the narrator’s twice-daily masturbation habit quickly turned annoying as hell.  I just about quit reading when Ivan was more upset about not feeling like masturbating than he was about his “girlfriend’s” terminal illness.  There were enough good moments to keep this from being a 1 star read but not enough for me to recommend it to anyone.

A Stark and Wormy Knight by Tad Williams—  3 out of 5 stars.  A mixed bag of short stories with some falling flat and some worthwhile reads.  I think Williams is much better with full-length novels and I’ll stick to those in the future.

In Search of Hope by Mariane Pearl—  5 out of 5 stars!!!  Mariane Pearl’s husband, journalist Daniel Pearl, was brutally murdered by Islamic extremists in 2002.  Instead of retreating from the world, she set out to find hope in some of the most tragic and hostile conditions.  This is a beautiful book with pictures from her travels around the globe, meeting with seemingly ordinary women who have found the strength and courage to fight against impossible odds.  Highly recommend!!


The snow is still falling and the wind is picking up; time for me to brew that tea and decide what world I want to escape to.

Happy Reading!

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