HOW DO YOU MAKE A BLOG MORE INTERACTIVE?

I WAS HOPING PEOPLE WOULD SHARE HOW THEY FELT ABOUT THE BOOKS THEY’VE READ AND RECOMMEND NEW READS OR EVEN COMMENT OR RATE THE BOOKS WE’VE BOTH READ.

IN A LITTLE OVER 3 MONTHS, I HAVE HAD NO COMMENTS ON MY BLOG AND NO ONE BUT ME HAS RATED THE BOOKS I’VE READ.  I HAVE HAD A FEW RECOMMENDATIONS ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE WHICH I HAVE FOLLOWED THROUGH ON BUT WOULD LIKE WIDER READERSHIP AND  MUCH MORE SHARING.  WHO HAS SUGGESTIONS?!  It doesn’t have to be a “kindle” book for countries all over the world have different formats for e-books (which I wonder about – shouldn’t that be consistent too?).

PLEASE LEAVE SOME FEEDBACK!  WOULD LOVE SUGGESTIONS AND INPUT!

THE HIT

THE HIT

THIS BOOK WAS GOOD BUT NOT THE PAGE TURNER I EXPECTED FROM DAVID BALDACCI! The story was about a big terrorist plot that only Jessica Reel had uncovered.  Her actions brought Will Robie into the picture to kill her, but he instead joined her to save the nation and governments around the world.

Here is the library synopsis:

Will Robie is a master of killing.

A highly skilled assassin, Robie is the man the U.S. government calls on to eliminate the worst of the worst-enemies of the state, monsters committed to harming untold numbers of innocent victims.

No one else can match Robie’s talents as a hitman…no one, except Jessica Reel. A fellow assassin, equally professional and dangerous, Reel is every bit as lethal as Robie. And now, she’s gone rogue, turning her gun sights on other members of their agency.

To stop one of their own, the government looks again to Will Robie. His mission: bring in Reel, dead or alive. Only a killer can catch another killer, they tell him.

But as Robie pursues Reel, he quickly finds that there is more to her betrayal than meets the eye. Her attacks on the agency conceal a larger threat, a threat that could send shockwaves through the U.S. government and around the world.

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OLIVE KITTERIDGE

OLIVE KITTERIDGE 1

I REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK! At first I didn’t realize there were 13 narratives and I was confused when new characters were introduced seemingly disjointedly until Olive Kitteridge appears as a common thread.  It is amazing how many people one life touches and how one person influences the lives of others – Olive Kitteridge shows us this.  It helped remind me to be more patient and perceptive and to realize that each person has their own challenges and struggles which I can influence – positively or negatively.  Always shoot for the POSITIVE!

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE In a voice more powerful and compassionate than ever before, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Strout binds together thirteen rich, luminous narratives into a book with the heft of a novel, through the presence of one larger-than-life, unforgettable character: Olive Kitteridge. At the edge of the continent, Crosby, Maine, may seem like nowhere, but seen through this brilliant writer’s eyes, it’s in essence the whole world, and the lives that are lived there are filled with all of the grand human drama–desire, despair, jealousy, hope, and love.

At times stern, at other times patient, at times perceptive, at other times in sad denial, Olive Kitteridge, a retired schoolteacher, deplores the changes in her little town and in the world at large, but she doesn’t always recognize the changes in those around her: a lounge musician haunted by a past romance: a former student who has lost the will to live: Olive’s own adult child, who feels tyrannized by her irrational sensitivities; and Henry, who finds his loyalty to his marriage both a blessing and a curse.

As the townspeople grapple with their problems, mild and dire, Olive is brought to a deeper understanding of herself and her life–sometimes painfully, but always with ruthless honesty. Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition–its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires.

  • BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Elizabeth Strout’s The Burgess Boys.

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THE BEAN TREES

THE BEACN TREES

A VERY SWEET STORY ABOUT A YOUNG WOMAN KNOWING SHE WANTS A BETTER LIFE AND WORKING TOWARD IT DESPITE ALL ODDS.  SHE FINDS THAT FAMILY IS WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT AND HAS THE WHERE-WITH-ALL TO BRING HERS TOGETHER.  You’ll love it too:

  • Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity for putting down roots. Hers is a story about love and friendship, abandonment and belonging, and the discovery of surprising resources in apparently empty places.

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ME BEFORE YOU

ME BEFORE YOU

WHAT FUN! LOUISA CLARK TAKES ON A TEMPORARY JOB THAT TURNS HER LIFE AROUND.  She tries everything to help the quadriplegic she is caring for decide not to kill himself after six months as planned.  She falls in love with him and he actually shows her how to live outside the confines of the small life she has built for herself and branch out to broader plans!  She may not be able to save him, but he surely saves her!

A New York Times bestseller—with more than one million copies sold—by the author of The Girl You Left Behind. They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

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A MOTHER’S TRIAL

A Mother's Trial

THIS WAS A GREAT BOOK ABOUT MUNCHAUSEN SYNDROME BY PROXY.  The parent is totally involved in the child’s care and a pillar in the community so no one suspects the worst…

FACT: Priscilla and Steve Phillips adopt a Korean baby. Shortly afterwards little Tia begins developing strange symptoms. In and out of the hospital for months, she finally succumbs. Cause of death: unknown.

FACT: The Phillipses adopt a second Korean infant named Mindy. Once again the same symptoms develop. Near death, the child is taken away to intensive care, away from any interaction with her mother. The child recovers.

FACT: Mindy is removed from the Phillipses’ home. Months later she is adopted by a new couple. After a few weeks in her new home, she falls ill once again.

As far as anyone knew, Priscilla Phillips was the perfect mother: A pillar of her church, a social worker, a devoted wife and loving mother of two sons of her own. Priscilla lavished endless love and attention on little Tia, and later on her sister Mindy. To this day she claims total innocence of any wrongdoing.

Yet she was arrested and tried for murder. Was she a mother who literally loved her children to death? A woman so desperate to be needed that she’d take any risk, pay any price?Here is her incredible true story.

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LOWCOUNTRY SUMMER

LOWCOUNTRY SUMMER

I enjoyed the story but it wasn’t as “poignant”  and “compelling” as I thought it would be.  Caroline, the main character, is actually kind of a flake but she is a stone on the outside.  It is her daydreams and inner thoughts that capture her true identity.  She is tough on her teenage nieces who are acting out in typical ways feeling it is her responsibility to straighten them out!  The teens have seen their father separate from their mother because of alcoholism and a new woman has moved into their father’s life with the prospect of marriage in the near future.  The new woman is the enemy and all the girls’ anger and resentment is focused on her.  I guess the end is the best part of the story where a tragedy actually brings the family back together and the importance of family rings true.

Here is an excerpt from the library:

Dorothea Benton Frank is a native of the South whose novels vividly capture the wild beauty, laid-back atmosphere, earthy characters, and charming eccentricities of life in South Carolina’s Lowcountry. Written with compelling honesty and emotional depth, her stories have touched readers from coast to coast, and propelled her to the top ranks of bestsellerdom nationwide.

  • Now this remarkable writer revisits some of her most unforgettable characters in this enchanting new story sure to make you laugh and cry. Return with her to Tall Pines Plantation in this long-awaited sequel to her beloved bestseller Plantation. . . .When Caroline Wimbley Levine returned to Tall Pines Plantation, she never expected to make peace with long-buried truths about herself and her family. The Queen of Tall Pines, her late mother, was a force of nature, but now she is gone, leaving Caroline and the rest of the family uncertain of who will take her place.In the lush South Carolina countryside, old hurts, betrayals, and dark secrets will surface, and a new generation will rise along the banks of the mighty Edisto River.Wonderfully evocative, infused with humor and poignancy, and rich with the lyrical cadences of the South, Lowcountry Summer is vintage Dorothea Benton Frank, a deeply moving novel you’ll want to savor and share.

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