📚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. Waterfront Gastropub – Carleton Place, May 23/18
  15. Wildfire BBQ and Smokehouse – Perth, 2015
  16. 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. Blanche, Kathryn; Infiltrated by Demons
  18. Blatchford, Christie; Fifteen Days
  19. Bradbury and Karney; Love Me Slender
  20. Bradley, Eric; Harry Potter Collectibles
  21. Brown, Ron; Vanished Villages Part 1, Post 2  (Non-fiction)
  22. Brown, Ron; Backroads of Ontario (Non-fiction) 
  23. Carey, Pamela: Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles
  24. Carlon, Michael; Uncorking a Murder
  25. Carpenter, J.: No Place to Pray
  26. Carucci, M.; Sobrietease
  27. Charters, Cloudia; Aloha: Where You Like Go?
  28. Cho & Gifford; The Anxious Lawyer (self-help)
  29. Christofora, Kevin; Amira Can Catch
  30. Clevenger, S; Greek Mythic History
  31. Cobelo, Carolyn E.; Bridge to Beyond
  32. Conway, Martha; Sugarland
  33. Cook books: gluten-free, paleo,  from Robert Rose, Inc. 
  34. Cotton, Larry D; Whiskey and Wickedness
  35. Crilly, Karin: The Blue Satin Nightgown
  36. Cuellar, David; Plastic Island (picture book)
  37. Currie, T. Ottawa Valley's Great Fire of 1870
  38. Cusumano, J.; Balance
  39. Davidson, Dr. Elizabeth; Cheery: the Chiricahua leopard frog (Children's picture book)
  40. Daywalt, Drew; The Day the Crayons Quit
  41. De Avila, Ed., Spread Thin and Moving Fast: An unlikely story (memoir)
  42. De Hart, Scott D.; Shelley Unbound: Uncovering Frankenstein's True Creator
  43. De Santis, Cinazi; The Sense of Darkness
  44. DeLapa, Gina; stuff you already know
  45. Dennis; Anita Katherine; Beyond Myself
  46. Dickinson, Emily: the Illustrated Emily Dickinson Nature Sketchbook
  47. Doering, Ron; The Battle of Crysler's Farm
  48. Dougherty, M.J.; Life Lessons From a Total Failure
  49. Dr. Seuss; You're Only Old Once
  50. Dunn, David A.; Get Life Right
  51. Epp, Alvin; Through The Eyes of Guilt
  52. Espy, W.R.; Words to Rhyme With (Non-fiction)
  53. Estes, Kelli; The Girl Who Wrote in Silk
  54. Even, Aaron; He Comes in Fire
  55. Eyre, Linda; Grandmothering
  56. Fallis, Terry; The Best Laid Plans -comedy
  57. Feder, S; Bitter and Sweet
  58. Fields, Mara; Weaver's Light
  59. FitzSimmons, David; Curious Critters, Salamander Dance
  60. Flynn, Gillian; Gone Girl
  61. Follett, Ken; Pillars of the Earth
  62. Forrest, Deborah: Touch the Spirit: Connecting to the world of dementia (non-fiction)
  63. Freed, Dennis; Love, Loss and Awakening
  64. Freeman and Parks; All-Electric America
  65. Gaber, Stanley; Jex Malone
  66. Garner, L.G.; The Golden Princess
  67. Gawande, Atul: Being Mortal 
  68. Genova, Lisa; Left Neglected, Still Alice
  69. George, Elizabeth; In the Presence of the EnemyDeception On His Mind
  70. Gebreyohannes, B. T.; Fire Walkers (memoir) 
  71. Graham, Heather; Death Dealer, Unhallowed Ground
  72. Gray, John; Beyond Venus and Mars
  73. Gray & Ardagh; Conscious Men
  74. Green, Lyndsay; A Perfect Home for a Long Life
  75. Greenblatt, Mark Lee; Valor: Unsung heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the home front
  76. Griffin, Lynne; Sea Escape
  77. Griffith, Victoria; Amazon Burning
  78. Griffiths, Doug; 13 Ways to Kill Your Community
  79. Grippando, James; The Penny Jumper
  80. Habib, N. & M.N.; History of the Muslims of Regina, Saskatchewan, and Their Organizations
  81. Haibach, Michael; Amazing Gracie
  82. Hardee, J.L., Justice or Injustice: What really happens in a jury room (Memoire)
  83. Harris, et al, Journey to Invisibility to Visibility
  84. Hayden, John; Godfit
  85. Helm & Smith: Talking Back to the Indian Act
  86. Hemphill, R.F.; dust tea, dingoes, dragons (Memoire)
  87. Heston, F.C., & McAdams, H. J.; Desolation Sound 
  88. Hiebert, Michael; Close to the Broken-Hearted
  89. Hill-Lehr, Andrea; A Mother's Road to Kandahar
  90. Hoogstraten: The Debaters
  91. Horeck, Brian; Frozen Beneath 
  92. Hospital for Sick Children: The A to Z of Children's Health  
  93. Ivey, Donna; Clinic of Hope: The story of Rene M. Caisse and Essiac
  94. Izso, Jay; got social mediology?
  95. Jauvin, Chantal; The Boy with a Bamboo Heart: The story of a street orphan who built a children's charity
  96. Jenner, Reid: Diagnose Yourself
  97. Johnson, George: The Cancer Chronicles
  98. Johnson, Spencer; Who Moved My Cheese? (Non-fiction)
  99. Jones, Marjorie G.; The Life and Times of Mary Vaux Walcott
  100. Jones, Robin and Robert; The Refugee Crisis: Through the Eyes of the Children
  101. Jucha, S. H.; The Silver Ships
  102. Kading (Ed.); No Straight Lines
  103. Kamm, Kurt; Tunnel Visions
  104. Kellerman, Faye; Bon Box
  105. Kendell, Laura J.; A Simple Case of Suicide
  106. Kennedy, Dr. John; The Heart Health Bible
  107. Kelsey, E.; You Are Stardust, Not Your Typical Book
  108. Kerr, Leslie; Harriet Quimby
  109. Keyser, Judith Redwing; Last Acts of Kindness (Non-fiction)
  110. Kinew, Wab; The Reason You Walk 
  111. King, Samantha; Pink Ribbon, Inc. (Non-fiction)
  112. Krich, Rochelle; Dead Air
  113. Kumar, Sameet M.; The Mindfulness of Grief (Also Medicalisation of Grief: DSM-IV)
  114. Kuritz, Marc; Man With Child
  115. Kushner, Harold; When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Conquering Fear
  116. Lackberg, Camilla; The Gallows Bird
  117. Lafaye, Vanessa; Under a Dark Summer Sky
  118. Laferrière, Dany, The World is Moving Around Me: A Memoire of the Haiti Earthquake (Memoir) 
  119. Leinvebers, V; No TIme To Cry
  120. Lemmon, G. T.; The Dressmaker of Khair Khan
  121. Levin, Joel M.; Our Beguine (Memoir)
  122. Lieberman & Neubert; Max and Charlie
  123. Lindsay, B.R.: Old Bones
  124. Louden, Paul; Behind the Locked Door (memoir; autism)
  125. Lundin, S.C. et al; FISH!
  126. Lynch, Wayne; Owls of the US and Canada
  127. Mackie & Taylor; The Cottage Bible 
  128. Mankell, Jenning; Faceless Killers
  129. Manning, Diane Daniels; Almost Perfect
  130. Maron, Margaret; The Bootlegger's Daughter
  131. McGee, Robin; The Cancer Olympics
  132. McKee, David M; Bala Boy
  133. McKee, Thomas. W; The Top Seven Reasons Volunteers Quit, The New Breed (Non-fiction)
  134. McNally, B.; Unbridled
  135. Martin, Mish Mockovic; Insights of a Yogi (autobiography)
  136. Mebane, Donna; Tomorrow Comes
  137. mhic Aonghais, Clinton; The Baker Boys -700 pages, haven't gotten to it!
  138. Miralia, Mindy; The Hero in Heroin (autobiography)
  139. Morelli, Laura; The Gondola Maker
  140. Morgan & Smith; Advanced Genealogy (self-help
  141. Moroney, Shannon; Through The Glass (Autobiography)
  142. Mowery, J. Nichols; The Parallel Lives of Elizabeth Ann
  143. Musleh, Mitri I.; The Making of a Palestinian Suicide Bomber 
  144. Nash, Nicholas: The Girl at The Bar
  145. Neice, Rick, The Band Plays On: Going home for a music man's encore (memoire)
  146. Nelson, Craig; The Age of Radiance
  147. Nichols, N.; Broken Promises (autobiography)
  148. Nickerson, Cash; BOOMERangs; Engaging the Aging Workforce in America
  149. Noah, Jim; Country Store
  150. Obama, Barack; The Audacity of Hope
  151. Orloff, Judith; The Ecstacy of Surrender
  152. Parker, David; The More You Do The Better You Feel (self-help)
  153. Parker, Morgan; 1986
  154. Pastor, Marc; Barcelona Shadows
  155. Penny, Louise; A Trick of the Light - Gamache series
  156. Picoult, Jodi; House RulesThe Tenth CirclePlain TruthPicture Perfect
  157. Piggott, Mark; The Dark Tides
  158. Pinzone, J.J.: Fireballs in my Eucharist: Fight Cancer Smarter 
  159. Polster, E; Beyond Therapy
  160. Potter, Cheryl: The Broken Circle, Secrets of the Lost Caves
  161. Power, G. A.; Dementia Beyond Disease
  162. Prattis; Trailing Sky Six Feathers , also New Planet, New World 
  163. Pronko, M.; The Last Train: A Tokyo Adventure
  164. Putzel, Michael; The Price They Paid
  165. Regan, Paulette; Unsettling the Settler Within
  166. Revere, Glenn; All About Carpets
  167. Richards, Jass; Turblojetslams
  168. Riley, Laura; Tell Me of Brave Women
  169. Roe, Carolyn or Sale, Medora; Murder in a Good Cause
  170. Rue, Nancy; Tristan's Gap
  171. Roland, Bridget; the Doula
  172. Rosen, Lynn; A Man of Genius
  173. Rutherford, Edward; The Forest
  174. Saturday Even Post Magazine 1963 Kennedy Edition
  175. Schiller, E.; Watermark
  176. Schopick, J.: Honest Medicine
  177. Scholz & Church; The Masterpiece Within (Non-fiction)
  178. Schwägerl, Christian; The Anthropocene  (Non-fiction)
  179. Schwartz, Leslie; Angels Crest
  180. Seuss, Dr.; You're only old once!
  181. Shelly, Derek; Dying to Live
  182. Shem, Samuel; The Spirit of the Place
  183. Siegel, Alex; First Circle Club
  184. Signorile, M. A.; The Wartime Chronicles 
  185. Slatton, Traci L; Fallen,   Cold Light
  186. Smiley, Cat; the planet friendly diet 
  187. Sperazza, Diana; My Townie Heart
  188. Stewart, Roderick; The Mind of Norman Bethune 
  189. Sutton; The Power of Legacy (Non-fiction)
  190. Tartt, Donna; The Goldfinch
  191. Thayer, R.S.; Kobee Manatee
  192. Traill, Catherine Parr; Lost in the Backwoods
  193. Transgender Lee; Woman Incognito
  194. Treitler; My Dad is an Alcoholic: What About Me? (autobiography)
  195. Trollope-Kumar, Karen; Cloud Messenger
  196. Trudeau, Kris; TimeShift 
  197. Vallée, Brian; The War On Women 
  198. Vinter, M.; Collette
  199. Voss, Donna Carol; One of Everything
  200. Wallach, Dr. J.D. ; Epigenetics; The death of the genetic theory of disease transmission (Non-fiction)
  201. Warrington, Freda; Midsummer Night
  202. Wathanavongs and Jauvin; The Boy With the Bamboo Heart
  203. Welch, D.Y.; The Life and Times of Lilian J. Rice
  204. White, Kate; If Looks Could Kill 
  205. Williams and White:  Act III (Non-fiction)
  206. Wilson, Daniel H.; Robopocalypse
  207. Wilson, P.D.; The Caregiving Trap (Non-fiction)
  208. Wold, Richard; Stan
  209. Wolitzer, Meg: The Wife
  210. Wright, Robert; Our Man in Tehran (Non-fiction)
  211. Wyler, Allen;  Deadly Errors
  212. Young, David; Channelling Harrison (biography)
  213. 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.