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