BOOK REVIEWS

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. Rocky River Cafe – October 17, 2017; also Dec. 6 & 26, 2013.
  10. The Cove - Westport – many visits!
  11. The Hot Wok – April 10, 2017.
  12. The Shipwreck - Rideau Ferry – Oct. 2010
  13. The Waterfront - Napanee – May 2015
  14. Wildfire BBQ and Smokehouse – Perth, 2015
  15. 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, Glen; The Curse of Sacerdozio
  2. Aaron, Richard; Gauntlet 
  3. Alexander, Devin: You Can Have It (recipe book)
  4. Alexander, Eva M.; Condos and Condoms (short stories)
  5. Almond, Paul; The Gunner 
  6. Alt, Jeff; The Adventures of Bubba Jones
  7. Alton and Craan; My handy little health journal
  8. Andersen; Fantasyland
  9. Arden, John: The Brain Bible
  10. Arneson,  Rick; Plotting the Course; Life lessons from the sport of sailing
  11. Ashby, Kathy; Carol, A Woman's Way 
  12. August, Y.; Coaching For Caregivers
  13. Barager, R.; The Atheist and the Parrotfish
  14. Barr, Nevada; 13½, Blood Lure
  15. Bartleman, James; As Long as the Rivers FlowRaisin Wine
  16. Blachman and Stracher; The Curve
  17. Blatchford, Christie; Fifteen Days
  18. Bradbury and Karney; Love Me Slender
  19. Bradley, Eric; Harry Potter Collectibles
  20. Brown, Ron; Vanished Villages Part 1, Post 2  (Non-fiction)
  21. Brown, Ron; Backroads of Ontario (Non-fiction) 
  22. Carey, Pamela: Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles
  23. Carpenter, J.: No Place to Pray
  24. Carucci, M.; Sobrietease
  25. Charters, Cloudia; Aloha: Where You Like Go?
  26. Cho & Gifford; The Anxious Lawyer (self-help)
  27. Christofora, Kevin; Amira Can Catch
  28. Clevenger, S; Greek Mythic History
  29. Cobelo, Carolyn E.; Bridge to Beyond
  30. Conway, Martha; Sugarland
  31. Cook books: gluten-free, paleo,  from Robert Rose, Inc. 
  32. Cotton, Larry D; Whiskey and Wickedness
  33. Crilly, Karin: The Blue Satin Nightgown
  34. Cuellar, David; Plastic Island (picture book)
  35. Currie, T. Ottawa Valley's Great Fire of 1870
  36. Cusumano, J.; Balance
  37. Davidson, Dr. Elizabeth; Cheery: the Chiricahua leopard frog (Children's picture book)
  38. Daywalt, Drew; The Day the Crayons Quit
  39. De Avila, Ed., Spread Thin and Moving Fast: An unlikely story (memoir)
  40. De Hart, Scott D.; Shelley Unbound: Uncovering Frankenstein's True Creator
  41. De Santis, Cinazi; The Sense of Darkness
  42. DeLapa, Gina; stuff you already know
  43. Dennis; Anita Katherine; Beyond Myself
  44. Dickinson, Emily: the Illustrated Emily Dickinson Nature Sketchbook
  45. Doering, Ron; The Battle of Crysler's Farm
  46. Dougherty, M.J.; Life Lessons From a Total Failure
  47. Dr. Seuss; You're Only Old Once
  48. Dunn, David A.; Get Life Right
  49. Epp, Alvin; Through The Eyes of Guilt
  50. Espy, W.R.; Words to Rhyme With (Non-fiction)
  51. Estes, Kelli; The Girl Who Wrote in Silk
  52. Even, Aaron; He Comes in Fire
  53. Fallis, Terry; The Best Laid Plans -comedy
  54. Fields, Mara; Weaver's Light
  55. FitzSimmons, David; Curious Critters, Salamander Dance
  56. Flynn, Gillian; Gone Girl
  57. Forrest, Deborah: Touch the Spirit: Connecting to the world of dementia (non-fiction)
  58. Freed, Dennis; Love, Loss and Awakening
  59. Freeman and Parks; All-Electric America
  60. Gaber, Stanley; Jex Malone
  61. Garner, L.G.; The Golden Princess
  62. Gawande, Atul: Being Mortal 
  63. Genova, Lisa; Left Neglected, Still Alice
  64. George, Elizabeth; In the Presence of the EnemyDeception On His Mind
  65. Gebreyohannes, B. T.; Fire Walkers (memoir) 
  66. Graham, Heather; Death Dealer, Unhallowed Ground
  67. Gray, John; Beyond Venus and Mars
  68. Gray & Ardagh; Conscious Men
  69. Green, Lyndsay; A Perfect Home for a Long Life
  70. Greenblatt, Mark Lee; Valor: Unsung heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the home front
  71. Griffin, Lynne; Sea Escape
  72. Griffith, Victoria; Amazon Burning
  73. Griffiths, Doug; 13 Ways to Kill Your Community
  74. Grippando, James; The Penny Jumper
  75. Habib, N. & M.N.; History of the Muslims of Regina, Saskatchewan, and Their Organizations
  76. Hardee, J.L., Justice or Injustice: What really happens in a jury room (Memoire)
  77. Harris, et al, Journey to Invisibility to Visibility
  78. Hayden, John; Godfit
  79. Hemphill, R.F.; dust tea, dingoes, dragons (Memoire)
  80. Heston, F.C., & McAdams, H. J.; Desolation Sound 
  81. Hiebert, Michael; Close to the Broken-Hearted
  82. Hill-Lehr, Andrea; A Mother's Road to Kandahar
  83. Hoogstraten: The Debaters
  84. Horeck, Brian; Frozen Beneath 
  85. Hospital for Sick Children: The A to Z of Children's Health  
  86. Ivey, Donna; Clinic of Hope: The story of Rene M. Caisse and Essiac
  87. Izso, Jay; got social mediology?
  88. Jauvin, Chantal; The Boy with a Bamboo Heart: The story of a street orphan who built a children's charity
  89. Jenner, Reid: Diagnose Yourself
  90. Johnson, George: The Cancer Chronicles
  91. Johnson, Spencer; Who Moved My Cheese? (Non-fiction)
  92. Jones, Marjorie G.; The Life and Times of Mary Vaux Walcott
  93. Jones, Robin and Robert; The Refugee Crisis: Through the Eyes of the Children
  94. Jucha, S. H.; The Silver Ships
  95. Kamm, Kurt; Tunnel Visions
  96. Kellerman, Faye; Bon Box
  97. Kendell, Laura J.; A Simple Case of Suicide
  98. Kennedy, Dr. John; The Heart Health Bible
  99. Kelsey, E.; You Are Stardust, Not Your Typical Book
  100. Kerr, Leslie; Harriet Quimby
  101. Keyser, Judith Redwing; Last Acts of Kindness (Non-fiction)
  102. King, Samantha; Pink Ribbon, Inc. (Non-fiction)
  103. Krich, Rochelle; Dead Air
  104. Kumar, Sameet M.; The Mindfulness of Grief (Also Medicalisation of Grief: DSM-IV)
  105. Kuritz, Marc; Man With Child
  106. Kushner, Harold; When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Conquering Fear
  107. Lackberg, Camilla; The Gallows Bird
  108. Lafaye, Vanessa; Under a Dark Summer Sky
  109. Laferrière, Dany, The World is Moving Around Me: A Memoire of the Haiti Earthquake (Memoir) 
  110. Leinvebers, V; No TIme To Cry
  111. Lemmon, G. T.; The Dressmaker of Khair Khan
  112. Levin, Joel M.; Our Beguine (Memoir)
  113. Lieberman & Neubert; Max and Charlie
  114. Lindsay, B.R.: Old Bones
  115. Louden, Paul; Behind the Locked Door (memoir; autism)
  116. Lundin, S.C. et al; FISH!
  117. Lynch, Wayne; Owls of the US and Canada
  118. Mackie & Taylor; The Cottage Bible 
  119. Mankell, Jenning; Faceless Killers
  120. Manning, Diane Daniels; Almost Perfect
  121. Maron, Margaret; The Bootlegger's Daughter
  122. McGee, Robin; The Cancer Olympics
  123. McKee, David M; Bala Boy
  124. McKee, Thomas. W; The Top Seven Reasons Volunteers Quit, The New Breed (Non-fiction)
  125. McNally, B.; Unbridled
  126. Martin, Mish Mockovic; Insights of a Yogi (autobiography)
  127. Mebane, Donna; Tomorrow Comes
  128. mhic Aonghais, Clinton; The Baker Boys -700 pages, haven't gotten to it!
  129. Miralia, Mindy; The Hero in Heroin (autobiography)
  130. Morelli, Laura; The Gondola Maker
  131. Morgan & Smith; Advanced Genealogy (self-help
  132. Moroney, Shannon; Through The Glass (Autobiography)
  133. Mowery, J. Nichols; The Parallel Lives of Elizabeth Ann
  134. Musleh, Mitri I.; The Making of a Palestinian Suicide Bomber 
  135. Nash, Nicholas: The Girl at The Bar
  136. Neice, Rick, The Band Plays On: Going home for a music man's encore (memoire)
  137. Nelson, Craig; The Age of Radiance
  138. Nichols, N.; Broken Promises (autobiography)
  139. Nickerson, Cash; BOOMERangs; Engaging the Aging Workforce in America
  140. Noah, Jim; Country Store
  141. Obama, Barack; The Audacity of Hope
  142. Orloff, Judith; The Ecstacy of Surrender
  143. Parker, David; The More You Do The Better You Feel (self-help)
  144. Parker, Morgan; 1986
  145. Pastor, Marc; Barcelona Shadows
  146. Picoult, Jodi; House Rules, The Tenth Circle, Plain Truth, Picture Perfect
  147. Piggott, Mark; The Dark Tides
  148. Pinzone, J.J.: Fireballs in my Eucharist: Fight Cancer Smarter 
  149. Polster, E; Beyond Therapy
  150. Potter, Cheryl: The Broken Circle, Secrets of the Lost Caves
  151. Power, G. A.; Dementia Beyond Disease
  152. Prattis; Trailing Sky Six Feathers , also New Planet, New World 
  153. Pronko, M.; The Last Train: A Tokyo Adventure
  154. Putzel, Michael; The Price They Paid
  155. Regan, Paulette; Unsettling the Settler Within
  156. Revere, Glenn; All About Carpets
  157. Richards, Jass; Turblojetslams
  158. Riley, Laura; Tell Me of Brave Women
  159. Roe, Carolyn or Sale, Medora; Murder in a Good Cause
  160. Rue, Nancy; Tristan's Gap
  161. Roland, Bridget; the Doula
  162. Rosen, Lynn; A Man of Genius
  163. Rutherford, Edward; The Forest
  164. Saturday Even Post Magazine 1963 Kennedy Edition
  165. Schiller, E.; Watermark
  166. Schopick, J.: Honest Medicine
  167. Scholz & Church; The Masterpiece Within (Non-fiction)
  168. Schwägerl, Christian; The Anthropocene  (Non-fiction)
  169. Schwartz, Leslie; Angels Crest
  170. Seuss, Dr.; You're only old once!
  171. Shelly, Derek; Dying to Live
  172. Shem, Samuel; The Spirit of the Place
  173. Siegel, Alex; First Circle Club
  174. Signorile, M. A.; The Wartime Chronicles 
  175. Slatton, Traci L; Fallen,   Cold Light
  176. Smiley, Cat; the planet friendly diet 
  177. Sperazza, Diana; My Townie Heart
  178. Stewart, Roderick; The Mind of Norman Bethune 
  179. Sutton; The Power of Legacy (Non-fiction)
  180. Tartt, Donna; The Goldfinch
  181. Thayer, R.S.; Kobee Manatee
  182. Traill, Catherine Parr; Lost in the Backwoods
  183. Transgender Lee; Woman Incognito
  184. Treitler; My Dad is an Alcoholic: What About Me? (autobiography)
  185. Trollope-Kumar, Karen; Cloud Messenger
  186. Trudeau, Kris; TimeShift 
  187. Vallée, Brian; The War On Women 
  188. Vinter, M.; Collette
  189. Voss, Donna Carol; One of Everything
  190. Wallach, Dr. J.D. ; Epigenetics; The death of the genetic theory of disease transmission (Non-fiction)
  191. Warrington, Freda; Midsummer Night
  192. Wathanavongs and Jauvin; The Boy With the Bamboo Heart
  193. Welch, D.Y.; The Life and Times of Lilian J. Rice
  194. White, Kate; If Looks Could Kill 
  195. Williams and White:  Act III (Non-fiction)
  196. Wilson, Daniel H.; Robopocalypse
  197. Wilson, P.D.; The Caregiving Trap (Non-fiction)
  198. Wold, Richard; Stan
  199. Wright, Robert; Our Man in Tehran (Non-fiction)
  200. Wyler, Allen;  Deadly Errors
  201. Young, David; Channelling Harrison (biography)
  202. Yow, David; Copycat

1 comment:

Faye said...

Maron, Nevada Barr, and C. J. Box are three of my favorite authors. Barr and Box have long series going. Each one is a thriller. Maron has a great series too, not as intense as the other two.