📚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!

  1. Band of Brothers
  2. Borgen - Denmark Politics. Excellent!
  3. Broadchurch – amazing! 
  4. CIVIL WAR: THE UNTOLD STORY
  5. DCI Banks
  6. Endeavour (TV Series 2012)
  7. Foyle's War
  8. Grantchester
  9. George Gently (TV Series 2007)
  10. Inspector Lewis (2006–2015)
  11. Inspector Lynley
  12. Inspector Morse (1987–2000)
  13. Jack Irish
  14. Janet King
  15. Midsomer Murders (TV Series 1997)
  16. Mystery Road (ABC)
  17. My Life is Murder (ABC)
  18.  People of a Feather, Belcher Isl., Hudson Bay
  19. Shetland
  20. The Newsroom - fabulous!
  21. 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. My Reading Pile!

  19. Blatchford, Christie; Fifteen Days
  20. Bradbury and Karney; Love Me Slender
  21. Bradley, Eric; Harry Potter Collectibles
  22. Brennan, Peter; Iceapelago
  23. Brown, Ron; Vanished Villages Part 1, Post 2  (Non-fiction)
  24. Brown, Ron; Backroads of Ontario (Non-fiction) 
  25. Carey, Pamela: Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles
  26. Carlon, Michael; Uncorking a Murder
  27. Carpenter, J.: No Place to Pray
  28. Carucci, M.; Sobrietease
  29. Charters, Cloudia; Aloha: Where You Like Go?
  30. Cho & Gifford; The Anxious Lawyer (self-help)
  31. Christofora, Kevin; Amira Can Catch
  32. Clevenger, S; Greek Mythic History
  33. Cobelo, Carolyn E.; Bridge to Beyond
  34. Conway, Martha; Sugarland
  35. Cook books: gluten-free, paleo,  from Robert Rose, Inc. 
  36. Cotton, Larry D; Whiskey and Wickedness
  37. Crilly, Karin: The Blue Satin Nightgown
  38. Cuellar, David; Plastic Island (picture book)
  39. Currie, T. Ottawa Valley's Great Fire of 1870
  40. Cusumano, J.; Balance
  41. Davidson, Dr. Elizabeth; Cheery: the Chiricahua leopard frog (Children's picture book)
  42. Daywalt, Drew; The Day the Crayons Quit
  43. De Avila, Ed., Spread Thin and Moving Fast: An unlikely story (memoir)
  44. De Hart, Scott D.; Shelley Unbound: Uncovering Frankenstein's True Creator
  45. De Santis, Cinazi; The Sense of Darkness
  46. Delaney, V; Under Cold Stone, (Constable Molly Smith Series) 
  47. DeLapa, Gina; stuff you already know
  48. Dennis; Anita Katherine; Beyond Myself
  49. Dickinson, Emily: the Illustrated Emily Dickinson Nature Sketchbook
  50. Doering, Ron; The Battle of Crysler's Farm
  51. Dougherty, M.J.; Life Lessons From a Total Failure
  52. Dr. Seuss; You're Only Old Once
  53. Dunn, David A.; Get Life Right
  54. Epp, Alvin; Through The Eyes of Guilt
  55. Espy, W.R.; Words to Rhyme With (Non-fiction)
  56. Estes, Kelli; The Girl Who Wrote in Silk
  57. Even, Aaron; He Comes in Fire
  58. Eyre, Linda; Grandmothering
  59. Fallis, Terry; The Best Laid Plans -comedy
  60. Feder, S; Bitter and Sweet
  61. Fields, Mara; Weaver's Light
  62. FitzSimmons, David; Curious Critters, Salamander Dance
  63. Flynn, Gillian; Gone Girl
  64. Follett, Ken; Pillars of the Earth
  65. Forrest, Deborah: Touch the Spirit: Connecting to the world of dementia (non-fiction)
  66. Freed, Dennis; Love, Loss and Awakening
  67. Freeman and Parks; All-Electric America
  68. Gaber, Stanley; Jex Malone
  69. Garner, L.G.; The Golden Princess
  70. Gawande, Atul: Being Mortal 
  71. Genova, Lisa; Left Neglected, Still Alice
  72. George, Elizabeth; In the Presence of the EnemyDeception On His Mind
  73. Gebreyohannes, B. T.; Fire Walkers (memoir) 
  74. Graham, Heather; Death Dealer, Unhallowed Ground
  75. Gray, John; Beyond Venus and Mars
  76. Gray & Ardagh; Conscious Men
  77. Green, Lyndsay; A Perfect Home for a Long Life
  78. Greenblatt, Mark Lee; Valor: Unsung heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the home front
  79. Griffin, Lynne; Sea Escape
  80. Griffith, Victoria; Amazon Burning
  81. Griffiths, Doug; 13 Ways to Kill Your Community
  82. Grippando, James; The Penny Jumper
  83. Habib, N. & M.N.; History of the Muslims of Regina, Saskatchewan, and Their Organizations
  84. Haibach, Michael; Amazing Gracie
  85. Hardee, J.L., Justice or Injustice: What really happens in a jury room (Memoire)
  86. Harris, et al, Journey to Invisibility to Visibility
  87. Hayden, John; Godfit
  88. Helm & Smith: Talking Back to the Indian Act
  89. Hemphill, R.F.; dust tea, dingoes, dragons (Memoire)
  90. Heston, F.C., & McAdams, H. J.; Desolation Sound 
  91. Hiebert, Michael; Close to the Broken-Hearted
  92. Hill-Lehr, Andrea; A Mother's Road to Kandahar
  93. Hoogstraten: The Debaters
  94. Horeck, Brian; Frozen Beneath 
  95. Hospital for Sick Children: The A to Z of Children's Health  
  96. Ivey, Donna; Clinic of Hope: The story of Rene M. Caisse and Essiac
  97. Izso, Jay; got social mediology?
  98. Jackson, Joshilyn; The Almost Sisters
  99. Jauvin, Chantal; The Boy with a Bamboo Heart: The story of a street orphan who built a children's charity
  100. Jenner, Reid: Diagnose Yourself
  101. Johnson, George: The Cancer Chronicles
  102. Johnson, Spencer; Who Moved My Cheese? (Non-fiction)
  103. Jones, Marjorie G.; The Life and Times of Mary Vaux Walcott
  104. Jones, Robin and Robert; The Refugee Crisis: Through the Eyes of the Children
  105. Jucha, S. H.; The Silver Ships
  106. Kading (Ed.); No Straight Lines
  107. Kamm, Kurt; Tunnel Visions
  108. Kellerman, Faye; Bon Box
  109. Kendell, Laura J.; A Simple Case of Suicide
  110. Kennedy, Dr. John; The Heart Health Bible
  111. Kelsey, E.; You Are Stardust, Not Your Typical Book
  112. Kerr, Leslie; Harriet Quimby
  113. Keyser, Judith Redwing; Last Acts of Kindness (Non-fiction)
  114. Kinew, Wab; The Reason You Walk 
  115. King, Samantha; Pink Ribbon, Inc. (Non-fiction)
  116. Knight and Sweeney; You Should Be Writing
  117. Krich, Rochelle; Dead Air
  118. Kumar, Sameet M.; The Mindfulness of Grief (Also Medicalisation of Grief: DSM-IV)
  119. Kuritz, Marc; Man With Child
  120. Kushner, Harold; When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Conquering Fear
  121. Lackberg, Camilla; The Gallows Bird
  122. Lafaye, Vanessa; Under a Dark Summer Sky
  123. Laferrière, Dany, The World is Moving Around Me: A Memoire of the Haiti Earthquake (Memoir) 
  124. Leinvebers, V; No TIme To Cry
  125. Lemmon, G. T.; The Dressmaker of Khair Khan
  126. Levin, Joel M.; Our Beguine (Memoir)
  127. Lieberman & Neubert; Max and Charlie
  128. Lindsay, B.R.: Old Bones
  129. Louden, Paul; Behind the Locked Door (memoir; autism)
  130. Lundin, S.C. et al; FISH!
  131. Lynch, Wayne; Owls of the US and Canada
  132. Mackie & Taylor; The Cottage Bible 
  133. Mankell, Jenning; Faceless Killers
  134. Manning, Diane Daniels; Almost Perfect
  135. Maron, Margaret; The Bootlegger's Daughter
  136. McGee, Robin; The Cancer Olympics
  137. McKee, David M; Bala Boy
  138. McKee, Thomas. W; The Top Seven Reasons Volunteers Quit, The New Breed (Non-fiction)
  139. McNally, B.; Unbridled
  140. Martin, Mish Mockovic; Insights of a Yogi (autobiography)
  141. Mebane, Donna; Tomorrow Comes
  142. mhic Aonghais, Clinton; The Baker Boys -700 pages, haven't gotten to it!
  143. Miralia, Mindy; The Hero in Heroin (autobiography)
  144. Morelli, Laura; The Gondola Maker
  145. Morgan & Smith; Advanced Genealogy (self-help
  146. Moroney, Shannon; Through The Glass (Autobiography)
  147. Mowery, J. Nichols; The Parallel Lives of Elizabeth Ann
  148. Musleh, Mitri I.; The Making of a Palestinian Suicide Bomber 
  149. Nash, Nicholas: The Girl at The Bar
  150. Neice, Rick, The Band Plays On: Going home for a music man's encore (memoire)
  151. Nelson, Craig; The Age of Radiance
  152. Nichols, N.; Broken Promises (autobiography)
  153. Nickerson, Cash; BOOMERangs; Engaging the Aging Workforce in America
  154. Noah, Jim; Country Store
  155. Obama, Barack; The Audacity of Hope
  156. Orloff, Judith; The Ecstacy of Surrender
  157. Parker, David; The More You Do The Better You Feel (self-help)
  158. Parker, Morgan; 1986
  159. Pastor, Marc; Barcelona Shadows
  160. Penny, Louise; A Trick of the Light - Gamache series
  161. Picoult, Jodi; House RulesThe Tenth CirclePlain TruthPicture Perfect
  162. Piggott, Mark; The Dark Tides
  163. Pinzone, J.J.: Fireballs in my Eucharist: Fight Cancer Smarter 
  164. Polster, E; Beyond Therapy
  165. Potter, Cheryl: The Broken Circle, Secrets of the Lost Caves
  166. Power, G. A.; Dementia Beyond Disease
  167. Prattis; Trailing Sky Six Feathers , also New Planet, New World 
  168. Pronko, M.; The Last Train: A Tokyo Adventure
  169. Putzel, Michael; The Price They Paid
  170. Regan, Paulette; Unsettling the Settler Within
  171. Revere, Glenn; All About Carpets
  172. Richards, Jass; Turblojetslams
  173. Riley, Laura; Tell Me of Brave Women
  174. Roe, Carolyn or Sale, Medora; Murder in a Good Cause
  175. Rue, Nancy; Tristan's Gap
  176. Roland, Bridget; the Doula
  177. Rosen, Lynn; A Man of Genius
  178. Rutherford, Edward; The Forest
  179. Saturday Even Post Magazine 1963 Kennedy Edition
  180. Schiller, E.; Watermark
  181. Schopick, J.: Honest Medicine
  182. Scholz & Church; The Masterpiece Within (Non-fiction)
  183. Schwägerl, Christian; The Anthropocene  (Non-fiction)
  184. Schwartz, Leslie; Angels Crest
  185. Seuss, Dr.; You're only old once!
  186. Shelly, Derek; Dying to Live
  187. Shem, Samuel; The Spirit of the Place
  188. Siegel, Alex; First Circle Club
  189. Signorile, M. A.; The Wartime Chronicles 
  190. Slatton, Traci L; Fallen,   Cold Light
  191. Smiley, Cat; the planet friendly diet 
  192. Sperazza, Diana; My Townie Heart
  193. Stewart, Roderick; The Mind of Norman Bethune 
  194. Sutton; The Power of Legacy (Non-fiction)
  195. Tartt, Donna; The Goldfinch
  196. Thayer, R.S.; Kobee Manatee
  197. Traill, Catherine Parr; Lost in the Backwoods
  198. Transgender Lee; Woman Incognito
  199. Treitler; My Dad is an Alcoholic: What About Me? (autobiography)
  200. Tran; American Dreamer (autobiography)
  201. Trollope-Kumar, Karen; Cloud Messenger
  202. Trudeau, Kris; TimeShift 
  203. Vallée, Brian; The War On Women 
  204. Vinter, M.; Collette
  205. Voss, Donna Carol; One of Everything
  206. Wallach, Dr. J.D. ; Epigenetics; The death of the genetic theory of disease transmission (Non-fiction)
  207. Warrington, Freda; Midsummer Night
  208. Wathanavongs and Jauvin; The Boy With the Bamboo Heart
  209. Welch, D.Y.; The Life and Times of Lilian J. Rice
  210. White, Kate; If Looks Could Kill 
  211. Williams and White:  Act III (Non-fiction)
  212. Wilson, Daniel H.; Robopocalypse
  213. Wilson, P.D.; The Caregiving Trap (Non-fiction)
  214. Wold, Richard; Stan
  215. Wolitzer, Meg: The Wife
  216. Wright, Robert; Our Man in Tehran (Non-fiction)
  217. Wyler, Allen;  Deadly Errors
  218. Young, David; Channelling Harrison (biography)
  219. 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.