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