Monday, February 11, 2019

New York Times Bestsellers Thru 2-17

Anonymous Reviewer: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig

Consistently ranked on TOP TEN BOOKS YOU WILL NEVER FINISH or worse TOP TEN BOOKS JERKS HAVE THEIR SHELVES this book is not going to sit on my shelf for long. Not that I think that highly of myself, I want to make room for stuff I'd rather have within ten feet of me.  This AR is going to use their copy as a pass around gift at the next executive Christmas party for the Board of Exxon. Full of deep meditations of life, from the stand point of a dude with waaay too much time on his hands, this book is not at all really about motorcycles or motorcycle maintenance. Don't get your hopes up if you are looking for the long lost squeal to  Hunter S. Thompson's HELL'S ANGELS...keep looking. This one flew mostly over my head, which isn't why I am so down on it. Think of a really complicated theory or idea that you know. Now, try to explain that theory to a person who knows nothing about it, and doesn't speak English. That's about what this book is. Just too much for one brain to understand. Maybe you'll like it better, and understand every word. "At least I finished it" is all I can really say.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Black History Month Recommendations from Dr. Lineburg

February is Black History Month and Dr. Mark Lineburg, Superintendent of Halifax County Public Schools, has shared some of his suggestions for good reads for Black History Month...

Monday, February 4, 2019

Anonymous Reviewer: Eaters of The Dead by Michael Crichton

Be forewarned, this is a work of fiction. Past that this is an interesting piece of work. It’s a fun read for those who bore easily of ancient tales and their poor translations into modern storytelling.  Crichton does his homework surrounding Ibn Fadlan and his travels with Norseman in the 900’s C.E. which making an interesting glimpse into their culture and ways. This alone makes EATERS OF THE DEAD worth a read.

Monday, January 28, 2019

New York Times Best Sellers Thru 2-3

Anonymous Reviewer: The Devil's Rose by BROM

Let the cover sell you the book. This story is fair to middling, but the artwork is the real draw. Short and to the point, Brom doesn’t take time dawdling with minor details. As compact as it is, there is little room for peripheral details. My only complaint would be why the main character is Hell. Not the strongest of reasons, and it makes me think if that’s all it takes, we’re all doomed. Saving the plot and the book entirely is the artwork. Gritty and real are the two words that come to mind. My imagination cranked up to 10 the second I saw this on the shelf and didn’t slow down until the end. This would be a good anchor for further stories too!

Friday, January 25, 2019

Anonymous Reviewer: Bruce Lee: A Life by Matthew Polly

Bios are tough. As a kid, this AR loved to get to the nitty gritty of someone’s life. Spare no detail. As I get older, I’m more about driving a story. Getting stuck is for Jeeps. This biography was up to the doorjamb in no time. Best read by someone who knows about Bruce Lee already, this one is just a tad too much for the novice looking to get excited about Bruce Lee, or martial arts. Thankfully Polly doesn’t try to put Lee in some form of academic importance as a revolutionary in film or martial arts. That would be a bridge too far. Instead we often get a literal blow by blow depiction of Lee from start to finish. For someone who knows VERY little about martial arts, this can get too bogged down for full enjoyment. If you’re looking for a book to get you psyched up to try kung-fu, you might try something else, or watch a Bruce Lee movie.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Anonymous Reviewer: A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah Maas

This is the second book in Maas' series about the magical world of Prythian and its unlikely savior, Feyre, who has now been transformed into one of the High Fae as thanks for her actions.

Monday, January 14, 2019

New York Times Best Sellers Thru 1-20

Anonymous Reviewer: One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke

One Whole and Perfect Day by Judith Clarke

If you’re looking for a plot-driven novel, One Whole and Perfect Day isn’t it. However, if you love stories about people and what makes them who they are—especially what makes them a family—you just might love this story. There are too many coincidences for the ending to be a surprise but it’s so satisfying you don’t mind. There’s Lilly, who craves a normal life. Her brother is in and out of schools, driving their grumpy, possibly racist, grandfather to near madness. Her dad left before Lilly was born and her mum, well, she has a good heart even if she does bring home the occasional lame duck. Toss in her grandmother who has an invisible friend and you have just about half the characters in this book. I loved it but if you need the excitement of a murder mystery, pass this one by.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Anonymous Reviewer: My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

I have been seeing this book EVERYWHERE, and was so excited to read it! However, for me it just did not live up to the hype.

My biggest problem was that I couldn't sympathize with any of the characters. Korende felt less like a good sister and more like an enabler, and I'm not sure what we're supposed to think about Ayoola. Is she mentally ill, or just selfish? Throughout the book I was frustrated with them more often than not.

Lastly, I was disappointed by the ending. I'm not a person who needs a happy ending, but an actual resolution would have been nice. It ended up feeling like Korende just gave in and decided to accept more of the same, which is not what I wanted for either of them.

All in all, I think this was an interesting concept, but due to these deficiencies, I can only give this book 2/5 stars.

Friday, January 4, 2019


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Perhaps like many of you, books have always played a powerful role in my life. Some books comfort, others inspire and others can at times feel like they are speaking directly to me. Great books can sometimes take on the virtual role of mentor, teacher and friend. I’m always so grateful for the gift of authors and the stories, lessons and inspiration they share.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019


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The act of taking on the perspective and feelings of others is one of the most profound, insufficiently heralded contributions of the deep-reading processes. Proust’s description of “that fertile miracle of communication effected in solitude” depicts an intimate emotional dimension within the reading experience: the capacity to communicate and to feel with another without moving an inch out of our private worlds. This capacity imparted by reading—to leave and yet not leave one’s sphere—is what gave the reclusive Emily Dickinson what she called her personal “frigate” to other lives and lands outside her perch above Main Street in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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