Monday, February 21, 2011

Bookmarks Magazine–Jul/Aug 2010

Today, I took advantage of the winter storm hitting Minnesota (AGAIN) and spent some time looking through the July/August issue of Bookmarks Magazine. Luckily, I had reserved a few back copies of the magazine from the library. My favorite thing next to curling up with a good book, is curling up with my favorite magazine about books. Our new frugal lifestyle prohibits me from buying the magazine, so I depend on the library copies these days. So today I added a few more books to my “To Be Read” list. Below you can find 10 titles that looked interesting to me, which are linked to the reviews in Bookmarks magazine.

I would love to hear you readers out there!! How do you keep track of all the titles you want to possibly read in the future? I read many book reviews and have a hard time recording all the titles that look interesting to me. I am hoping that maybe by blogging about the books that look interesting to me, I will remember to reserve the titles at the library.

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What have you added to your “To Be Read“ list lately?? Hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend. If you are in the Midwest I hope you are safely at home and avoiding the next big winter storm that has found it’s way to our door again.

It is a great excuse to curl up with a good book!!

Happy Reading!!

Jen C

Books Read in 2010


The Duggars: 20 Kids and Counting - Jim Bob Duggar and Michelle Duggar (4/5)


The Accidental Mother - Rowan Coleman (3.5/5)

The Help - Kathryn Stockett (4.5/5)


The Murderer's Daughters (3.5/5)

Sarah's Key - Tatiana de Rosnay (4.5/5)
Great book! Any book that has me giving up sleep and sitting in the driveway to listen just a bit more is a winner for me! Tough read as is any book about the Holocaust. I shed a tear or two! I was unaware of Frances involvement in the round up of the French Jews. Be it a story about the holocaust, slavery, child abuse or Jim Crow Laws I can never understand how one human could have such disregard for another human.

The Wrong Mother - Sophie Hannah (3/5)
This book had so much potential. There were parts that were a real page turner, but other parts dragged on. One thing that really stuck out to me was I didn't really have the feeling of knowing the characters. I think the character development was lacking. Way too many detectives with names that start with a S. ... I still don't know how the detectives figured out the crime based on what they really knew. Seemed like a bit of a reach. But I finished the book......and thought it was an average read.

The Promised World - Lisa Tucker (4/5)

Good book, story of a set of twins who had a difficult childhood. (why do I keep reading about child abuse?)


The Solace of Leaving Early - Haven Kimmel (3/5)

The Blue Notebook - James A Levine (DID NOT FINISH)
About homeless children in Mumbai and their lives as child prostitutes. I just could not read about the neglect and abuse of these children. I had to stop reading when I was half done with the book.

Pieces of Happily Every After - Irene Zytell (3/5)

The House Rules - Jodi Picoult (4/5)

The Wednesday Letters - Jason F Wright (4/5)


Gone With the Wind - Margaret Mitchell (5/5)

Run - Ann Patchett (4/5)

May Day - Jess Lourey (3/5)


The Reliable Wife - Robert Goolrick - (4/5)

June Bug - Less Lourey (3/5)

Alphabet Sisters - 3/5


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - 4/5

The Girl Who Plays with Fire - 4/5

Day After Night - Anita Diamant - 4/5

Stalking Susan - Julie Kramer - 4/5

The Good Wife - Stewart O'Nan - 3.5/5


Look Again - Lisa Scottsline - 4/5

The Florist's Daughter (Did Not Finish)


This Side of Heaven - Karen Kingsbury - 3.5/5

Still Alice - Lisa Genova - 3.5/5

Still Missing - Chevy Stevens - 4/5



Honolulu - Alan Brennert - 3/5


Little Bee -Chris Cleave - 4/5

Nineteen Minutes - Jodi Picoult - 4/5

The Room - Emma Donoghue - 5/5