BOOK REVIEWS,etc

Book Reviews, Restaurant Reviews, DVD & iPad App Reviews (scroll down!) Due to life getting in the way of things, I'm behind in some of my book reviews. If you see your book listed, it means I've received it, and it is in the cue!
My Reading Pile!

DVD Reviews


  1. Band of Brothers
  2. Borgen - Denmark Politics. Excellent!
  3. Broadchurch – amazing!
  4. CIVIL WAR: THE UNTOLD STORY
  5. Endeavour (TV Series 2012)
  6. Foyle's War
  7. Inspector George Gently(TV Series 2007)
  8. Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
  9. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
  10. Midsomer Murders(TV Series 1997)
  11.  People of a Feather, Belcher Isl., Hudson Bay
  12. The Newsroom - fabulous!
  13. Vera - wonderful UK mystery

Restaurant Reviews

  1. Almonte Barley Mow – May 9, 2015
  2. Bistro 54 Italiano Perth – Jan. 2011
  3. Café Postino Almonte – 2011
  4. East Meets West – Perth - 2015 to present!
  5. Fratelli – April 17, 2017
  6. Georgian House – Alexandria, June 18th, 2016
  7. Heirloom Restaurant Almonte – Jan. 2015
  8. Mexicali Rosa –July 29, 2015 Also, Oct. 2010
  9. The Cove - Westport – many visits!
  10. The Hot Wok – April 10, 2017.
  11. The Shipwreck - Rideau Ferry – Oct. 2010
  12. The Waterfront - Napanee – May 2015
  13. Wildfire BBQ and Smokehouse – Perth, 2015
  14. Zolas – Ottawa - May 13, 2015; Zola's Oct. 2016

iPad Apps

  1. Never Alone –Inuit game PC, so far
  2. Brushstroke –drawing
  3. ToonCamera –photoshop idea
  4. Doodle Buddy –drawing
  5. PhotoBooth –photoshop idea
  6. Dragon Naturally Speaking –speech-to-text, text-to-speech
  7. Spirits of Spring –Josie and I like it! 
Here are the books I have reviewed for fun. Some have been sent by publicists, others I have bought or borrowed. I've read all of them. 

Readers may be divided into four classes: 

A. Sponges, who absorb all that they read and return it in nearly the same state, only a little dirtied. 
B. Sand-glasses, who retain nothing and are content to get through a book for the sake of getting through the time. 
C. Strain-bags, who retain merely the dregs of what they read. 
D. Mogul diamonds, equally rare and valuable, who profit by what they read, and enable others to profit by it also. 

      ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet, critic (1772-1834) 



 denotes a Canadian book!
  1. Aaron, Richard; Gauntlet 
  2. Alexander, Eva M.; Condos and Condoms (short stories)
  3. Almond, Paul; The Gunner 
  4. Alt, Jeff; The Adventures of Bubba Jones
  5. Alton and Craan; My handy little health journal
  6. Arden, John: The Brain Bible
  7. Arneson,  Rick; Plotting the Course; Life lessons from the sport of sailing
  8. Ashby, Kathy; Carol, A Woman's Way 
  9. August, Y.; Coaching For Caregivers
  10. Barager, R.; The Atheist and the Parrotfish
  11. Barr, Nevada; 13½, Blood Lure
  12. Bartleman, James; As Long as the Rivers FlowRaisin Wine
  13. Blachman and Stracher; The Curve
  14. Blatchford, Christie; Fifteen Days
  15. Bradbury and Karney; Love Me Slender
  16. Brown, Ron; Vanished Villages Part 1, Post 2  (Non-fiction)
  17. Brown, Ron; Backroads of Ontario (Non-fiction) 
  18. Carey, Pamela: Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles
  19. Carpenter, J.: No Place to Pray
  20. Carucci, M.; Sobrietease
  21. Charters, Cloudia; Aloha: Where You Like Go?
  22. Cho & Gifford; The Anxious Lawyer (self-help)
  23. Clevenger, S; Greek Mythic History
  24. Cobelo, Carolyn E.; Bridge to Beyond
  25. Conway, Martha; Sugarland
  26. Cook books: gluten-free, paleo,  from Robert Rose, Inc. 
  27. Cotton, Larry D; Whiskey and Wickedness
  28. Crilly, Karin: The Blue Satin Nightgown
  29. Cuellar, David; Plastic Island (picture book)
  30. Currie, T. Ottawa Valley's Great Fire of 1870
  31. Cusumano, J.; Balance
  32. Davidson, Dr. Elizabeth; Cheery: the Chiricahua leopard frog (Children's picture book)
  33. Daywalt, Drew; The Day the Crayons Quit
  34. De Avila, Ed., Spread Thin and Moving Fast: An unlikely story (memoir)
  35. De Hart, Scott D.; Shelley Unbound: Uncovering Frankenstein's True Creator
  36. De Santis, Cinazi; The Sense of Darkness
  37. DeLapa, Gina; stuff you already know
  38. Dennis; Anita Katherine; Beyond Myself
  39. Dickinson, Emily: the Illustrated Emily Dickinson Nature Sketchbook
  40. Doering, Ron; The Battle of Crysler's Farm
  41. Dougherty, M.J.; Life Lessons From a Total Failure
  42. Dr. Seuss; You're Only Old Once
  43. Dunn, David A.; Get Life Right
  44. Epp, Alvin; Through The Eyes of Guilt
  45. Espy, W.R.; Words to Rhyme With (Non-fiction)
  46. Estes, Kelli; The Girl Who Wrote in Silk
  47. Even, Aaron; He Comes in Fire
  48. Fallis, Terry; The Best Laid Plans -comedy
  49. Fields, Mara; Weaver's Light
  50. FitzSimmons, David; Curious Critters, Salamander Dance
  51. Flynn, Gillian; Gone Girl
  52. Forrest, Deborah: Touch the Spirit: Connecting to the world of dementia (non-fiction)
  53. Freed, Dennis; Love, Loss and Awakening
  54. Freeman and Parks; All-Electric America
  55. Gaber, Stanley; Jex Malone
  56. Garner, L.G.; The Golden Princess
  57. Gawande, Atul: Being Mortal 
  58. Genova, Lisa; Left Neglected, Still Alice
  59. George, Elizabeth; In the Presence of the EnemyDeception On His Mind
  60. Graham, Heather; Death Dealer, Unhallowed Ground
  61. Gray, John; Beyond Venus and Mars
  62. Gray & Ardagh; Conscious Men
  63. Green, Lyndsay; A Perfect Home for a Long Life
  64. Greenblatt, Mark Lee; Valor: Unsung heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the home front
  65. Griffin, Lynne; Sea Escape
  66. Griffith, Victoria; Amazon Burning
  67. Griffiths, Doug; 13 Ways to Kill Your Community
  68. Grippando, James; The Penny Jumper
  69. Habib, N. & M.N.; History of the Muslims of Regina, Saskatchewan, and Their Organizations
  70. Hardee, J.L., Justice or Injustice: What really happens in a jury room (Memoire)
  71. Hayden, John; Godfit
  72. Hemphill, R.F.; dust tea, dingoes, dragons (Memoire)
  73. Heston, F.C., & McAdams, H. J.; Desolation Sound 
  74. Hiebert, Michael; Close to the Broken-Hearted
  75. Hill-Lehr, Andrea; A Mother's Road to Kandahar
  76. Hoogstraten: The Debaters
  77. Horeck, Brian; Frozen Beneath 
  78. Hospital for Sick Children: The A to Z of Children's Health  
  79. Ivey, Donna; Clinic of Hope: The story of Rene M. Caisse and Essiac
  80. Izso, Jay; got social mediology?
  81. Jauvin, Chantal; The Boy with a Bamboo Heart: The story of a street orphan who built a children's charity
  82. Jenner, Reid: Diagnose Yourself
  83. Johnson, George: The Cancer Chronicles
  84. Johnson, Spencer; Who Moved My Cheese? (Non-fiction)
  85. Jones, Marjorie G.; The Life and Times of Mary Vaux Walcott
  86. Jones, Robin and Robert; The Refugee Crisis: Through the Eyes of the Children
  87. Jucha, S. H.; The Silver Ships
  88. Kamm, Kurt; Tunnel Visions
  89. Kendell, Laura J.; A Simple Case of Suicide
  90. Kennedy, Dr. John; The Heart Health Bible
  91. Kelsey, E.; You Are Stardust, Not Your Typical Book
  92. Kerr, Leslie; Harriet Quimby
  93. Keyser, Judith Redwing; Last Acts of Kindness (Non-fiction)
  94. King, Samantha; Pink Ribbon, Inc. (Non-fiction)
  95. Krich, Rochelle; Dead Air
  96. Kumar, Sameet M.; The Mindfulness of Grief (Also Medicalisation of Grief: DSM-IV)
  97. Kuritz, Marc; Man With Child
  98. Kushner, Harold; When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Conquering Fear
  99. Lackberg, Camilla; The Gallows Bird
  100. Lafaye, Vanessa; Under a Dark Summer Sky
  101. Laferrière, Dany, The World is Moving Around Me: A Memoire of the Haiti Earthquake (Memoir) 
  102. Leinvebers, V; No TIme To Cry
  103. Lemmon, G. T.; The Dressmaker of Khair Khan
  104. Levin, Joel M.; Our Beguine (Memoir)
  105. Lieberman & Neubert; Max and Charlie
  106. Lundin, S.C. et al; FISH!
  107. Lynch, Wayne; Owls of the US and Canada
  108. Mackie & Taylor; The Cottage Bible 
  109. Mankell, Jenning; Faceless Killers
  110. Manning, Diane Daniels; Almost Perfect
  111. Maron, Margaret; The Bootlegger's Daughter
  112. McGee, Robin; The Cancer Olympics
  113. McKee, David M; Bala Boy
  114. McKee, Thomas. W; The Top Seven Reasons Volunteers Quit, The New Breed (Non-fiction)
  115. McNally, B.; Unbridled
  116. Martin, Mish Mockovic; Insights of a Yogi (autobiography)
  117. Mebane, Donna; Tomorrow Comes
  118. mhic Aonghais, Clinton; The Baker Boys -700 pages, haven't gotten to it!
  119. Miralia, Mindy; The Hero in Heroin (autobiography)
  120. Morelli, Laura; The Gondola Maker
  121. Morgan & Smith; Advanced Genealogy (self-help
  122. Moroney, Shannon; Through The Glass (Autobiography)
  123. Mowery, J. Nichols; The Parallel Lives of Elizabeth Ann
  124. Musleh, Mitri I.; The Making of a Palestinian Suicide Bomber 
  125. Nash, Nicholas: The Girl at The Bar
  126. Neice, Rick, The Band Plays On: Going home for a music man's encore (memoire)
  127. Nelson, Craig; The Age of Radiance
  128. Nichols, N.; Broken Promises (autobiography)
  129. Nickerson, Cash; BOOMERangs; Engaging the Aging Workforce in America
  130. Noah, Jim; Country Store
  131. Obama, Barack; The Audacity of Hope
  132. Orloff, Judith; The Ecstacy of Surrender
  133. Parker, David; The More You Do The Better You Feel (self-help)
  134. Parker, Morgan; 1986
  135. Pastor, Marc; Barcelona Shadows
  136. Picoult, Jodi; House Rules, The Tenth Circle, Plain Truth, Picture Perfect
  137. Piggott, Mark; The Dark Tides
  138. Pinzone, J.J.: Fireballs in my Eucharist: Fight Cancer Smarter 
  139. Polster, E; Beyond Therapy
  140. Potter, Cheryl: The Broken Circle, Secrets of the Lost Caves
  141. Power, G. A.; Dementia Beyond Disease
  142. Prattis; Trailing Sky Six Feathers , also New Planet, New World 
  143. Pronko, M.; The Last Train: A Tokyo Adventure
  144. Putzel, Michael; The Price They Paid
  145. Revere, Glenn; All About Carpets
  146. Richards, Jass; Turblojetslams
  147. Riley, Laura; Tell Me of Brave Women
  148. Roe, Carolyn or Sale, Medora; Murder in a Good Cause
  149. Rue, Nancy; Tristan's Gap
  150. Roland, Bridget; the Doula
  151. Rosen, Lynn; A Man of Genius
  152. Rutherford, Edward; The Forest
  153. Saturday Even Post Magazine 1963 Kennedy Edition
  154. Schiller, E.; Watermark
  155. Schopick, J.: Honest Medicine
  156. Scholz & Church; The Masterpiece Within (Non-fiction)
  157. Schwägerl, Christian; The Anthropocene  (Non-fiction)
  158. Schwartz, Leslie; Angels Crest
  159. Seuss, Dr.; You're only old once!
  160. Shelly, Derek; Dying to Live
  161. Shem, Samuel; The Spirit of the Place
  162. Siegel, Alex; First Circle Club
  163. Signorile, M. A.; The Wartime Chronicles 
  164. Slatton, Traci L; Fallen,   Cold Light
  165. Smiley, Cat; the planet friendly diet 
  166. Sperazza, Diana; My Townie Heart
  167. Stewart, Roderick; The Mind of Norman Bethune 
  168. Sutton; The Power of Legacy (Non-fiction)
  169. Tartt, Donna; The Goldfinch
  170. Thayer, R.S.; Kobee Manatee
  171. Traill, Catherine Parr; Lost in the Backwoods
  172. Transgender Lee; Woman Incognito
  173. Treitler; My Dad is an Alcoholic: What About Me? (autobiography)
  174. Trollope-Kumar, Karen; Cloud Messenger
  175. Trudeau, Kris; TimeShift 
  176. Vallée, Brian; The War On Women 
  177. Vinter, M.; Collette
  178. Voss, Donna Carol; One of Everything
  179. Wallach, Dr. J.D. ; Epigenetics; The death of the genetic theory of disease transmission (Non-fiction)
  180. Warrington, Freda; Midsummer Night
  181. Wathanavongs and Jauvin; The Boy With the Bamboo Heart
  182. Welch, D.Y.; The Life and Times of Lilian J. Rice
  183. White, Kate; If Looks Could Kill 
  184. Williams and White:  Act III (Non-fiction)
  185. Wilson, Daniel H.; Robopocalypse
  186. Wilson, P.D.; The Caregiving Trap (Non-fiction)
  187. Wold, Richard; Stan
  188. Wright, Robert; Our Man in Tehran (Non-fiction)
  189. Wyler, Allen;  Deadly Errors
  190. Young, David; Channelling Harrison (biography)
  191. Yow, David; Copycat

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