Monday Mash-Up #018 Mother’s Day!

A Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

I finished up some great books this past week—

The Revenant by Michael Punke — 4 out of 5 stars!

The wild west of the 1800’s, the need for revenge, action, adventure, this one has it all!  And after reading it, I don’t think I want to ruin it by watching the movie, especially since I’ve heard more negative than positive reviews.  There were a few overdone descriptions, and the ending did surprise me.  If you like old school adventure stories and are not too squeamish, be sure to check this one out!!

To the End of Hell by Denise Affonco — 4 out of 5 stars!

Denise tells her story of surviving Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge in the mid 1970’s.  The writing is very simple but powerful (it is revealed near the end that this is basically a rewrite of her multi-page witness statement for the trial of Pol Pot).

Jar City by Arnaldur Indridason — 4 out of 5 stars!

If you’re a fan of “Nordic Noir” (Henning Mankell, Stieg Larsson, Jo Nesbo and the like) then definitely check out this Icelandic author!  Violent murder, dark family secrets, great plot twists, all the good stuff.  I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo — 4 out of 5 stars!

A true classic.  I was inspired to reread this after seeing the destructive fire at the famed cathedral last month.  I’ll admit I wasn’t a huge fan of the book when I first read it as a teenager.  But with age comes wisdom and patience, which probably helped me enjoy the story more this time around.


Short and sweet this week.  I’m working on some new ideas for weekly/monthly posts.  We’ll see how far I get with them!  🙂  Until next time, Happy Reading!!

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