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, 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. Graham, Heather; Death Dealer, Unhallowed Ground
  62. Gray, John; Beyond Venus and Mars
  63. Gray & Ardagh; Conscious Men
  64. Green, Lyndsay; A Perfect Home for a Long Life
  65. Greenblatt, Mark Lee; Valor: Unsung heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the home front
  66. Griffin, Lynne; Sea Escape
  67. Griffith, Victoria; Amazon Burning
  68. Griffiths, Doug; 13 Ways to Kill Your Community
  69. Grippando, James; The Penny Jumper
  70. Habib, N. & M.N.; History of the Muslims of Regina, Saskatchewan, and Their Organizations
  71. Hardee, J.L., Justice or Injustice: What really happens in a jury room (Memoire)
  72. Hayden, John; Godfit
  73. Hemphill, R.F.; dust tea, dingoes, dragons (Memoire)
  74. Heston, F.C., & McAdams, H. J.; Desolation Sound 
  75. Hiebert, Michael; Close to the Broken-Hearted
  76. Hill-Lehr, Andrea; A Mother's Road to Kandahar
  77. Hoogstraten: The Debaters
  78. Horeck, Brian; Frozen Beneath 
  79. Hospital for Sick Children: The A to Z of Children's Health  
  80. Ivey, Donna; Clinic of Hope: The story of Rene M. Caisse and Essiac
  81. Izso, Jay; got social mediology?
  82. Jauvin, Chantal; The Boy with a Bamboo Heart: The story of a street orphan who built a children's charity
  83. Jenner, Reid: Diagnose Yourself
  84. Johnson, George: The Cancer Chronicles
  85. Johnson, Spencer; Who Moved My Cheese? (Non-fiction)
  86. Jones, Marjorie G.; The Life and Times of Mary Vaux Walcott
  87. Jones, Robin and Robert; The Refugee Crisis: Through the Eyes of the Children
  88. Jucha, S. H.; The Silver Ships
  89. Kamm, Kurt; Tunnel Visions
  90. Kendell, Laura J.; A Simple Case of Suicide
  91. Kennedy, Dr. John; The Heart Health Bible
  92. Kelsey, E.; You Are Stardust, Not Your Typical Book
  93. Kerr, Leslie; Harriet Quimby
  94. Keyser, Judith Redwing; Last Acts of Kindness (Non-fiction)
  95. King, Samantha; Pink Ribbon, Inc. (Non-fiction)
  96. Krich, Rochelle; Dead Air
  97. Kumar, Sameet M.; The Mindfulness of Grief (Also Medicalisation of Grief: DSM-IV)
  98. Kuritz, Marc; Man With Child
  99. Kushner, Harold; When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Conquering Fear
  100. Lackberg, Camilla; The Gallows Bird
  101. Lafaye, Vanessa; Under a Dark Summer Sky
  102. Laferrière, Dany, The World is Moving Around Me: A Memoire of the Haiti Earthquake (Memoir) 
  103. Leinvebers, V; No TIme To Cry
  104. Lemmon, G. T.; The Dressmaker of Khair Khan
  105. Levin, Joel M.; Our Beguine (Memoir)
  106. Lieberman & Neubert; Max and Charlie
  107. Louden, Paul; Behind the Locked Door (memoir; autism)
  108. Lundin, S.C. et al; FISH!
  109. Lynch, Wayne; Owls of the US and Canada
  110. Mackie & Taylor; The Cottage Bible 
  111. Mankell, Jenning; Faceless Killers
  112. Manning, Diane Daniels; Almost Perfect
  113. Maron, Margaret; The Bootlegger's Daughter
  114. McGee, Robin; The Cancer Olympics
  115. McKee, David M; Bala Boy
  116. McKee, Thomas. W; The Top Seven Reasons Volunteers Quit, The New Breed (Non-fiction)
  117. McNally, B.; Unbridled
  118. Martin, Mish Mockovic; Insights of a Yogi (autobiography)
  119. Mebane, Donna; Tomorrow Comes
  120. mhic Aonghais, Clinton; The Baker Boys -700 pages, haven't gotten to it!
  121. Miralia, Mindy; The Hero in Heroin (autobiography)
  122. Morelli, Laura; The Gondola Maker
  123. Morgan & Smith; Advanced Genealogy (self-help
  124. Moroney, Shannon; Through The Glass (Autobiography)
  125. Mowery, J. Nichols; The Parallel Lives of Elizabeth Ann
  126. Musleh, Mitri I.; The Making of a Palestinian Suicide Bomber 
  127. Nash, Nicholas: The Girl at The Bar
  128. Neice, Rick, The Band Plays On: Going home for a music man's encore (memoire)
  129. Nelson, Craig; The Age of Radiance
  130. Nichols, N.; Broken Promises (autobiography)
  131. Nickerson, Cash; BOOMERangs; Engaging the Aging Workforce in America
  132. Noah, Jim; Country Store
  133. Obama, Barack; The Audacity of Hope
  134. Orloff, Judith; The Ecstacy of Surrender
  135. Parker, David; The More You Do The Better You Feel (self-help)
  136. Parker, Morgan; 1986
  137. Pastor, Marc; Barcelona Shadows
  138. Picoult, Jodi; House Rules, The Tenth Circle, Plain Truth, Picture Perfect
  139. Piggott, Mark; The Dark Tides
  140. Pinzone, J.J.: Fireballs in my Eucharist: Fight Cancer Smarter 
  141. Polster, E; Beyond Therapy
  142. Potter, Cheryl: The Broken Circle, Secrets of the Lost Caves
  143. Power, G. A.; Dementia Beyond Disease
  144. Prattis; Trailing Sky Six Feathers , also New Planet, New World 
  145. Pronko, M.; The Last Train: A Tokyo Adventure
  146. Putzel, Michael; The Price They Paid
  147. Revere, Glenn; All About Carpets
  148. Richards, Jass; Turblojetslams
  149. Riley, Laura; Tell Me of Brave Women
  150. Roe, Carolyn or Sale, Medora; Murder in a Good Cause
  151. Rue, Nancy; Tristan's Gap
  152. Roland, Bridget; the Doula
  153. Rosen, Lynn; A Man of Genius
  154. Rutherford, Edward; The Forest
  155. Saturday Even Post Magazine 1963 Kennedy Edition
  156. Schiller, E.; Watermark
  157. Schopick, J.: Honest Medicine
  158. Scholz & Church; The Masterpiece Within (Non-fiction)
  159. Schwägerl, Christian; The Anthropocene  (Non-fiction)
  160. Schwartz, Leslie; Angels Crest
  161. Seuss, Dr.; You're only old once!
  162. Shelly, Derek; Dying to Live
  163. Shem, Samuel; The Spirit of the Place
  164. Siegel, Alex; First Circle Club
  165. Signorile, M. A.; The Wartime Chronicles 
  166. Slatton, Traci L; Fallen,   Cold Light
  167. Smiley, Cat; the planet friendly diet 
  168. Sperazza, Diana; My Townie Heart
  169. Stewart, Roderick; The Mind of Norman Bethune 
  170. Sutton; The Power of Legacy (Non-fiction)
  171. Tartt, Donna; The Goldfinch
  172. Thayer, R.S.; Kobee Manatee
  173. Traill, Catherine Parr; Lost in the Backwoods
  174. Transgender Lee; Woman Incognito
  175. Treitler; My Dad is an Alcoholic: What About Me? (autobiography)
  176. Trollope-Kumar, Karen; Cloud Messenger
  177. Trudeau, Kris; TimeShift 
  178. Vallée, Brian; The War On Women 
  179. Vinter, M.; Collette
  180. Voss, Donna Carol; One of Everything
  181. Wallach, Dr. J.D. ; Epigenetics; The death of the genetic theory of disease transmission (Non-fiction)
  182. Warrington, Freda; Midsummer Night
  183. Wathanavongs and Jauvin; The Boy With the Bamboo Heart
  184. Welch, D.Y.; The Life and Times of Lilian J. Rice
  185. White, Kate; If Looks Could Kill 
  186. Williams and White:  Act III (Non-fiction)
  187. Wilson, Daniel H.; Robopocalypse
  188. Wilson, P.D.; The Caregiving Trap (Non-fiction)
  189. Wold, Richard; Stan
  190. Wright, Robert; Our Man in Tehran (Non-fiction)
  191. Wyler, Allen;  Deadly Errors
  192. Young, David; Channelling Harrison (biography)
  193. Yow, David; Copycat

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