📚REVIEWS

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

Book Reviews, Restaurant Reviews, DVD & iPad App Reviews (scroll down!) 

  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! 

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.