BOOK REVIEWS,etc

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

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