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Small Great Things- Book Review

This book. This book. It will be on my mind for such a very long time.
I’ve seen this author’s name all over and I’ve never paid attention to her. I figured if she’s cranking out books she’s probably writing romance novels or books about vampires.
And even now, I can’t tell you Jodi Picoult’s style but I’ll be paying attention to her going forward! This book has made me aware!
Small Great Things is very racially motivated…..VERY. This author had me going in all different places……..
I feel like at some points she was more than over baring in her point. Just because (one of) the main charachters, Ruth, says it’s racism doesn’t make it so.
There was one line in the book that I will never forget and it will never leave my soul. When they are talking about brazilian nuts. Right before he calls them ‘what he calls them’ my thought was,….”no, no. no! don’t say it!!” Because the fact is, I heard that same referance to Brazill nuts as a child myself.
This book will appeal to conservatives and dreamers alike.

The fact that I don’t have a “side” makes this an amazing book!

A Family of Violence: Book Review

   Best friends, Stanley and Richie wander into the woods looking for the old abandon house that so many local ghost stories are made of. Unaware that this house was anything but abandoned not only do they enter, but they enter the basement. Terror & horror ensue.  Stanley learns more about himself than he would ever want to know or imagine; what lurks inside Stanley? Where does it come from?


This book is dark, disturbing and violent.  Not for the faint of heart. I often wonder about artist that create art in the form of horror and gore. The Stephen Kings of the world, if you will.  Where  do you find it inside your self to write about such explicit things that demand warning labels before reading??
With that being said, this book is VERY well written.  Author, Jon Athan paints such clear, vivid descriptions of his characters that it’s like watching a movie.  The langue, the detailed description of the clothing……..painted so well I couldn’t put it down.
Some how, Aftan manages to make these characters so real that at times you find yourself rooting for the most evil people imaginable.

Would I recommend this book?  Hmmmmm, below is the warning label as shown on Amazon:
WARNING: This book contains scenes of graphic violence, disturbing themes, and some sexual references, including references to sexual abuse. Many of these scenes involve minors. This book is notintended for those easily offended or appalled. Please enjoy at your own discretion.

Tails From The Crib- book review

    FINALLY…….a  new book review!!!  Book reviews are one of my favorite things to post.
So again, not unusual for me, I’ve had this book on my Kindle for a couple of years and have never gotten around to it.  It popped up as an option a couple more times on Book Bub  and each time the description was funny so it was time to give it a try.
Most reviews I read called this book “laugh out loud funny.”   Starting out, I didn’t find the humor in multiple miscarriages and a marriage headed to divorce.  But this story is so raw and so real.  You can’t help but connect.  I found myself thinking about what actors would be great playing each character in the book if this were to become a movie……..and it should!
Anjoli……….she just comes to life in this book!!  Lucy…….omg, and the two aunts.
If you want to read something realistic to what family truly is while thanking the heavens above this isn’t YOUR life, I suggest this book!! If you’ve ever breast fed your child, you are going to LOL!!!!!
Spoiler alert; the ending (for me) was ?????  That’s it?????   That’s my only negative here.    It’s hard to put down.



Sunlight On My Shadow

  Wonderful book!   This book will take you back in time; back to when  a teenage pregnancy was a scandal.  Something you didn’t talk about.
Most of our youth, these days, don’t realize that there was a time, not so long ago, that unwed mothers were ‘sent away.’

This is a memoir of an unwed, teenage, pregnant, Catholic girl.  Her story of becoming pregnant, her dynamics with her dad and facing her shame alone.  It’s a story of coming of age.  A story of how nothing ever just goes away.
Very well written and very bravely written!



Flypaper- Book Review

 It’s been a while since I’ve done a book review and I’m happy to be back at it.  I mean really, sometimes I look back at the books I’ve selected on BookBub and wonder what the hell I was thinking.
I’m the type of person that if I can’t make it past page 10 I’m pretty much out.
I’ve had this one on my Kindle for quite a long time. Just one evening, in desperation to find a book worth reading, this caught my eye.

Really good read.  You get a mild Steven King feel.   A connection with Doloris Claiborne.  I love the detailed descriptions.  I get a total picture of the local store, his home and the local police department.  This is a movie in the making.
It’s kinda sick, crazy and true to life all at the same time.

Totally recommending this book.  If this is your thing. My con….the ending so sucked for me.  Not even a cliff hanger.

And the pen name….C.K. Vile…….ugh