This is a place for my opinions on what I read, some movies or whatever else I find interesting. I love reading. I can find something positive about everything I read, at least I hope I can. I understand it takes a great deal of love and effort to write a book and to get it published. An author does not set out to write a crappy book, this is/was their baby. They got up at all hours of the night to feed it.

I don't see how you can give a true review of a book rushing through it. Don't you need to savor it a bit? I don't want my opinion to discourage anyone from reading. I hope you find something here you find interesting.

I buy most of my books, I get a few ARC, and I visit my library when my funds are low. I'm not trying to get you to buy anything by my opinions on the books I've read. I don't care if you buy it, borrow it, or check it out at the library. Just read. :)

Saturday, December 5, 2009


AUTHOR: Aprilynne Pike
PAGES: 294
WEBSITE: http://www.aprilynnepike.com/
TWITTER: @AprilynnePike

SUMMARY: In Orick, a small town of roughly five-hundred people, Laurel in content with her simple life living in the small home on the land that has been in her mothers family for generations. Under her parents guidance Laurel has lead a private, home schooled, doctor free life. Due to her parents "hippy" lifestyle, Laurel has never been to school and she never has been to a doctor. Her mother makes her own medicine and neither parents trusts doctors. At three Laurel was actually left in a basket on her now parents doorstep. The only time Laurel saw a doctor was to help finalize the adoption.
When her father dreams come true of owning a bookstore the family moves to Crescent City. This is where Laurels life turns upside down. At fifteen, her parents feel it is in her best interest to join public school. Although she finds it constricting being inside all day, she manages to make friends with a boy named David.
Laurel adjusts and becomes a typical teenage girl, until one morning she wakes up with flower petals growing out of her back, which turn into a huge blossom. She hides her secret from her parents and seeks the help of David to find out what is happening to her. She chooses to bind her "wings" down and hopes they will eventually go away.
Her parents decide to sell the land in Orick when a sudden large offer is made. Returning to the land to clean it up for the sell, Laurel wonders off down by the stream, she unwraps her blossom and suddenly a young man appears. He introduces himself as Tamani and claims he is a faerie, not only that, but also that Laurel is a faerie. He explains that Laurel is a Changeling and that the land her mother owns contains the gateway to the faerie world. He tells her the myths and facts about the faerie world. And how important her part is in keeping the faeries safe.
When Laurel tries to convince her parents not to sell the land her father falls ill. Mr. Barnes shows up at the hospital for Laurels mother to sign the papers, after failed attempts through Laurel to get messages to her. Laurel senses something is not quit right with this Mr. Barnes, so her and David decide to investigate. Their snooping leads them to near death at the hands of trolls. And they must seek the help of the faeries.
The most important thing is to keep the land in her family and the faeries safe. But along the way Laurel finds herself having to choose between her love of David and the world she has always known, or her love for Tamani and a world she is just discovering.
OPINION: I liked this book a lot. I thought it took a great spin on "faerie tales." How could you not like a book containing faeries and trolls? I loved how faeries are betrayed as flowers and how us "humans" have been getting the stories wrong. I found it hard to believe Laurel wouldn't tell her parents about her wings/petals and kept attending school; but who knows how you would react to waking up with "wings." I found the book very entertaining and intriguing, full of danger and mystery and a dash of sweet romance.
Wings is set to become a motion picture starring Miley Cyrus.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Dear John Audio Book Contest

Dear John
By Nicholas Sparks , Holter Graham
ISBN: 1600249310
Published by: HACHETTE AUDIO
Published on: 12/07/2009
Subformat: CD (AUDIO)
Edition: Media tie-in Unabridged

Summary: An angry rebel, John dropped out of school and enlisted in the Army, not knowing what else to do with his life--until he meets the girl of his dreams, Savannah. Their mutual attraction quickly grows into the kind of love that leaves Savannah waiting for John to finish his tour of duty, and John wanting to settle down with the woman who captured his heart. But 9/11 changes everything. John feels it is his duty to re-enlist.
"Dear John," the letter read...and with those two words, a heart was broken and two lives were changed forever. Returning home, John must come to grips with the fact that Savannah is still his true love--and face the hardest decision of his life.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Playing House

AUTHOR: Fredrica Wagman
PAGES: 160
WEBSITE: http://www.fredricawagman.com/
TWITTER: @Fredrica_Wagman
ACQUIRED: FSB Associates (Free)

SUMMARY: When Playing House appeared in 1973, Publishers Weekly hailed it, “A probing descent into madness that will fascinate the same audience that appreciated I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.” This nationally bestselling story of one woman’s struggle with the lasting effects of a childhood sexual relationship with her brother shocked American readers; it remains a literary work of enduring quality and value. In his foreword Philip Roth writes, “The traumatized child; the institutionalized wife; the haunting desire; the ghastly business of getting through the day – what is striking about Wagman’s treatment of these contemporary motifs is the voice of longing in which the heroine shamelessly confesses to the incestuous need that is at once her undoing and her only hope.”

OPINION: Its a older book I have never heard of and is celebrating its 35th anniversary. I knew this book was going to be about incest, but boy I was not prepared for what I was about to read. The story is told in first person by the victim of incest by her brother. We never learn her name. The characters are not named, besides "turtle", the main characters husband. And I guess there is really no need for their names.
This sick, disgusting book is written almost lyrically. It is almost like reading a journal of a mad deranged woman. The book is full of long flowing sentences, that are beautiful, insane and funny at times.
I was expecting to feel sorry for this character, but I felt nothing for her. She was/is just a sick twisted individual. She enjoyed her sexual relationship with her brother, who is just a horrible individual. I think she was just born into an odd family to begin with. Her sisters suicide is something that haunts her her entire life making her ask constantly "Does it run in families?"
Although her relationship with her brother has ended years ago, she still longs for him, looks for him in every man she sees. The ultimate dream is to be with him.
It was like looking it to the mind of someone I would want nothing to do with. I found the book just so disturbing I can't even tell you. I stopped a few times and didn't think I would be able to finish it even though its not even 200 pages. When I read, like most of you probably, I see it like a movie in my mind. I see the action, the places, the characters, usually their faces are blurry, but I see them. Well now I'm stuck with some images I wish I could erase. Around page 70 or so with the whole dog. Yes I said dog. Lord some of it was just so sick. And this is where I stopped reading the second time. "Nope. I just can't do it," I said out loud. Took me three times of stopping to actually go back and finishing the book.
I was feeling bad about thinking of what I was going to say about this book. I don't like to be negative. But then I thought, well I'll just tell the truth and maybe someone will say "I wonder if I would find it as disturbing?" and read it. Be prepared to be left with some images you might not like to have stuck in your brain.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

The Forest of Hands and Teeth

AUTHOR: Carrie Ryan
PAGES: 308
WEBSITE: http://www.carrieryan.com/
TWITTER: @carrieryan

SUMMARY: Mary lives in a small village, where Sisterhood make the rules and the Guardians serve and protect, enclosed by a large fence. The purpose of the fence is to keep the villagers safe and keep out the Unconsecrated who come up from the Forest of Hands and Teeth and relentlessly pound on the fence. This is how it is, and this is how it has always been. Life is within these fences and nothing is left on the outside. There are various theories why this village exists. Some claim they are the chosen people and their ancestors were the best of their time and were sent to the village to survive. But Mary hopes for more, always wanted more, knew there was more to life than staying behind the fence. Out there, past the Forest of Hands and Teeth is the ocean. Her mother had always told her stories about the ocean, fairy tales others would say.
Mary learns a few secrets of the Sisterhood while staying in the Cathedral. And she begins to question the Sisterhood, her belief in God and whether there are others out beyond the fences.
Mary begins to realize that her dreams will never come true, she will never see the ocean, she will never be able to marry the man she loves. Her life is about duty and what is best for the village.
When the fences are breached and the Unconsecrated come pouring in Mary must choose between the one she is Bound to and the one she loves, between her village or chasing her dream.

SUMMARY: When I first started reading this book I thought it was going in the same direction as M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village." After reading a few chapters I realized it was nothing like that movie. I totally got sucked into Mary's world. I could hear the Unconsecrated, a.k.a zombies, constant moans. I wondered, with Mary, is the ocean real in her world, would she ever taste the salty water.
Mary struggling to come to terms with the fact that life inside the village was not about love but about duty was heartbreaking. She was Bound to a man that loved her, while she longed for the love of his brother, who was promised to her best friend.
Mary loses so much I couldn't see how she kept going. Her world is turned upside down but she holds on to her dream. In the end is it worth it? What kind of world is she really living in?
It was a great read. I really loved it. I wanted to laugh, cry and scream "RUN MARY RUN!!!" in some parts.

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Postmistress

PAGES: 318
WEBSITE: http://www.sarahblakebooks.com/
AQUIRED: ARC recieved by Barnes&Noble Free

SUMMARY: It is a time of war. World War II is going on and Frankie is reporting it back over the air waves through the radio into the homes of Americans.
In Franklin, Massachusetts, a small town on Cape Cod, Emma, the new bride of the town doctor, listens to Frankie deliver her message, "we must do something."

Frankie Bard, an American radio gal, is reporting from the Blitz in London. She feels there is a deeper story to be told, the story of the Jews. She is determined to capture their voices, their stories and shed some truth on what this is really going on in this war.

Iris James is the new postmistress of Franklin. She brings with her a sense of order. She takes her job very seriously. She understands how important her role is in keeping the mail delivered to those who are desperate for any type of word from loved ones, and how important it is for a simple letter to be delivered on time.

When Emma's husband, Will, decides to "do something," which means volunteering his services abroad, Emma feels herself slipping away. She had always felt alone, until she met Will, and now her world was being turned upside down. Everyday she wrote Will a letter. And everyday Iris watched Emma open her mailbox to find a letter from Will that she had just placed inside.

Iris finds herself breaking the rules by steaming open someone else letter, reading it and then making the decision not to deliver it.
While a war is going on, the three women find themselves together in a thread of a story that intertwines them. In the end no matter how you try to change an ending what will be will be. Everything matters, everything adds up, its all there is.

OPINION: This is an ARC, so it might have changes that would effect my opinion on it when it is completely polished and ready for stores. With that said, I found the beginning of the book had no rhythm and was patchy. I really couldn't get myself to keep reading it for any period of time. That was until I reached chapter 6, about half way through that chapter the book turned around for me. I was finally able to understand the characters and care about the story.
I'm not big on war stories, so I can't say I loved this book. World War II plays a huge role in this book, so if you enjoy reading about that time in history you might enjoy this book.
I really didn't care for Frankie and as I kept reading nothing every got me to want to know her. The last few chapters I could relate to her a little. But I really wish their was more to the story of Iris and Emma instead of so much focus on Frankie.
In the end I'm glad I read it. I think we should all read something that isn't what we would normally read. I learned some things I didn't know about that time in history.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Dune Road

AUTHOR: Jane Green
PAGES: 341
WEBSITE: http://www.janegreen.com
TWITTER: @janegreen
ACQUIRED: Purchase
SUMMARY: Although her ex husband is not dead, Kit has felt as a Wall Street window throughout her marriage.
Kit, feeling lost and disconnected throughout her marriage to Adam, is getting a new lease on life. She is ready to abandon the big house and flashy clothes.
In Highfield, Kit and her children buy a little cottage and get a simpler life. A life with substance.
Kit makes friends with her older neighbor, Edie, who helps her find a job. And this isn't just any job, Kit is working as an assistant to the famous writer, Robert McClore. A mysterious tragedy drove McClore into seclusion and few, besides Kit, are granted access to his house at the top of Dune Road.
With Kit's few close circle of friends: Edie, Tracy and Charlie; she feels safe and loved. When Charlie's husband loses his job, Charlie begins to lose everything and it is hard for Kit to watch her friend have to sell everything, take the kids out of private school and downsize, not because she wants a simpler life, such as Kit, but because she is forced to.
Tracy encourages Kit to date an attractive man, who seems perfect, maybe too perfect. Tracy becomes distant and Kit is hurt as she feels Tracy is keeping secrets from her.
When a surprise visitor arrives, Kit learns her mother has a few secrets of her own. Kits new, wonderful, simple life becomes anything but. Everything it not as it seems.

Who doesn't love a good chick lit.? Jane Green is one of the best at this. I, however, didn't love Dune Road, but I enjoyed it a lot. I felt some situations were too predictable, but there were a couple of surprises in this book I didn't see coming. I am a Jane Green fan and I always feel I get my moneys worth when buying one of her books. I'm trying not to give anything away here. There is a character in this book who is rotten to the core, and you will instantly know who it is, but there is a twist even with that.
I hope you enjoy it. Some of my other favorites by Jane Green are: The Other Woman and Bookends.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

The Beach House

AUTHOR: Jane Green
PAGES: 340
WEBSITE: http://www.janegreen.com
TWITTER: @janegreen
AQUIRED: Library
SUMMARY: (from book jacket)
Known in Nantucket as the eccentric woman who lives in the rambling house atop the bluff, Nan doesn't' care what people think. She's sixty-five years old, her husband died twenty years ago, her beauty has faded, and her family has flown. If her neighbors are away, why shouldn't she skinny-dip in their swimming pools and help herself to their flowers? But when she discovers the money she thought would last forever is dwindling and she could lose her beloved house, Nan knows she has to make drastic changes.
So Nan takes out an ad: Rooms to rent for the summer in a beautiful old Nantucket home with water views and direct access to the beach.
Slowly, people start moving into the house, filling it with noise, with laughter, and with tears. First arrives handsome Daniel, quiet and contemplative and struggling to break free of his secrets. Then there is Daff, a recent divorcee who is looking to relax and reconnect with the part of herself that is neither wife nor mother, while her rebellious teenage daughter spends the summer with her father. Nan's son comes home for the summer, ans as the house comes alive again, Nan finds her family expanding until a unexpected visitor turns all their lives upside down.

What a great read. I'm never disappointed with a Jane Green book, but this is one of her bests. The main character actually is Windermere, Nan's house, that is being turned into a boarding house for the summer. The people who arrive at the house all are full of secrets and each have a past they would soon rather forget. Every character is connected through the house and lost in some way. In the end each person finds where they really belong, where they have always belonged, home. Family is not always just the people you were born into. Family is the people you choose to love. And home is something everyone seeks.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Fairy Tale

AUTHOR: Cyn Balog
PAGES: 248
WEBSITE: http://cynbalog.com/
TWITTER: @cynbalog
AQUIRED: Library
SUMMARY: Morgan and Cam are a match made in heaven. They've been best friends since birth, they have been a couple since grade school, they share the same birthday and they live right next to one another.
Weeks before their joint sweet sixteen party, everything changes. Cam's awkward cousin Pip comes to stay, and Cam starts acting distant. Morgan is stunned when her formerly perfect boyfriend seems to be drifting away.
When Morgan demands answers, she's shocked to discover the reason for Cam's distance. It isn't another girl, it's another world. Pip claims that Cam is a fairy. And now his people want Cam to return to their world and take his rightful place as Fairy King.
Determined to keep Cam with her, Morgan plots to fool the fairies. But as Cam continues to change, she has to decide once and for all if he really is her destiny, and if their perfect love can weather an uncertain future.

I love fairies, as you can probably tell, so I was very excited to read this book. I started reading, ready to love it and the unthinkable happens: "Oh no I don't like the main character", Morgan, who's the narrator of this whole book. She seemed like a snob and mean, but thankfully I did start to like her, or a least understand her. I just had to wrap my head around this is a fifteen year old and she has a special gift, she can see peoples future's, so I can understand how she acts in the first few chapters. You would feel you're pretty special and a little cocky too at that age.

I love that this book is about a boy being a fairy. Pip and Cam were switched at birth. As Cam grows closer to his sixteenth birthday his body starts to transform into his fairy form, something only Cam and Morgan can see. The fairies have sent Dawn, Cam's intended bride in Otherworld, to help prepare and guide him back to his true home.

Cam is quarterback of the football team, he is beloved by the town, and loves Morgan more than anything. When Cam starts transforming he loses his ability to play football, he becomes weak and depressed. The only thing keeping him from joining the fairies is Morgan and their love. Morgan sees how unhappy Cam is becoming and wonders if their love is enough for Cam to want to stay. In Otherworld he would be king, but here he will be a shadow of the person he once was.

Cam and Morgan are desperate to stay together, so Morgan and Pip think of a plan to keep Cam out of Otherworld. Morgan thinks the fairies have put a spell on her when she begins to have feelings for Pip, the boy she was always meant to be with. Morgan is confused between the her feeling for Cam and Pip. And is tortured by the chance of losing Cam to the fairies of Otherworld or if he stays watching him slowly lose himself.

"I can only hope that when it's all over, I'm more relieved than sad." -Morgan

I really enjoyed reading it. It was a really fast read for me. Cyn Balog has another book Sleepless coming out in 2010.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Hush, Hush

AUTHOR: Becca Fitzpatrick
PAGES: 391
WEBSITE: http://www.beccafitzpatrick.com/
TWITTER: @becfitzpatrick
AQUIRED: ARC Barnes&Noble Free

Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friend. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those who have fallen and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.

Loved it.
Nora is uncomfortable with the idea of discussing sex in biology but to make things worse Coach McConaughy has switched the seating arrangements. Nora and Vee, Nora's best friend, will no longer be sitting together, instead Nora is forced to be partners with Patch, a mysterious sexy guy who says little, one of her first reaction is attraction then quickly turns to annoyance as he seems to know way to much about her. He seems to take pleasure in the fact she is so easy to read. Patch is a closed book, which is not good given their assignment is to find out about each other. Patch is a cocky, direct, bad boy and Nora senses danger being in his presence.
If it wasn't bad enough having to spend an hour everyday in class with Patch, he starts popping up everywhere Nora is. Nora feels Patch is stalking her, yet she finds herself drawn to him. The chemistry between the two is fantastic. Being a young adult book you have to use your imagination more, but I think that's a good thing. When trouble arises Nora doesn't know whether to run to or away from Patch. The book is full of twist and turns that keep you guessing. It also has some fantastic supporting characters you'll love and love to hate.
Patch is the typical bad boy, has the motorcycle and everything. "Patch's mouth moved into another barely-there smile. Hard to say if it was mocking or friendly. "She's with me."" Got to love that. He is so in control he makes you melt.
The ending has a great twist, it won't disappoint. And if you love this book, which I think you will, you'll be happy to know there's going to be a book two out in 2010 called "Crescendo." If you're a mom of a teenager I think this would a great book to give them and you too. Its a book all ages will enjoy.

Wendy and Lucy

Staring: Michelle Williams and Lucy the dog
Director: Kelly Reichardt
Released: 2009
Genre: Drama

Hi everyone I thought I'd suggest a movie maybe not many people caught. This is a story of Wendy and her dog Lucy. They are on their way to Alaska for the hopes of a good job and a better, easier life. Wendy's car is a broken down piece of crap and she is on limited funds. When her car breaks down in a small down, Wendy is not only faced with a financial problem but an emotional one as well, when Lucy becomes lost. Lucy is Wendy's one and only true friend and she is heartbroken as she tries to find her. In the end Wendy is faced with a heart wreathing decision.

This is more of independent kind of movie. There is no big drama or action, no great romance. Its just a simple story. This is basically like someone making a documentary of the worst couple of days in your life. It might not seem like a big deal to other people, but to you your world is coming apart. Some reviews I have read said, "nothing really happens." I think most of us have felt what it feels like when the world has turned its back on us, when we run out of money, become a burden on our family and every little crappy thing that can go wrong does. It may seems dull to some, but I enjoyed it. It was like a short story I really enjoyed reading. After it was over I was like, "hmm. Life is really shitty sometimes for eveyone." Hope you give it a try.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Season of the Witch

BY: Natasha Mostert
PAGES: 395

AQUIRED: Purchase
SUMMARY: Gabriel Blackstone is a computer hacker and a remote viewer, which gives him the availability to enter other peoples minds. When his ex girlfriend comes to him to help find out what happened to her stepson before her husbands dies, Gabriel finds himself in the middle of a murder mystery. His investigation leads him to the Monk house where he meets Morrighan and Minnaloushe, two sisters that are solar witches. After a session of remote viewing he knows one of the sisters committed the crime, but which one? He becomes entranced with the sisters and their world of alchemy and the Art of Memory. Gabriel falls in love with one of the sisters, the one who writes the diary, but he has no idea which sister that is.


I was excited about reading this book because of the description on the back cover suggesting, if you liked Anne Rice you would like this book and comparing it to Interview with a Vampire. Supposedly it was to be filled with eroticism and magic. Well, this is no Anne Rice book, not even close. It was a struggle to keep reading it. There really isn't that much about witches or alchemy either. It's mainly about memory and how these two women think having a strong memory will bring you to enlightenment. I did find it interesting how the books makes you see how weak are memories are these days. We don't have to remember information any more with the Internet, we don't even have to memorize how to spell words anymore with spellcheck. I don't even know my husbands cell phone number because all I have to do is push 3 on the phone to call him. You might like this book though, I don't know, maybe I was expecting too much.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Thirteenth Tale

AUTHOR: Diane Setterfield
PAGES: 406

AQUIRED: Purchase
Vida Winter is a famous writer, her books are best sellers and been made into movies. It seems her most interesting gripping story has yet to be told, the story of her life. Vida has evaded her past, which is full of tragedy and violence. It is her secret, the thirteenth tale. Vida is finally ready to reveal her story and hires Margaret Lea, a young biographer who has a sad history of her own. Together they tell the thirteenth tale, a tale of twins Adeline and Emmeline and a ghost. They discover what haunts them both.
This was a spooky Gothic style book and it was wonderful. Margaret Lea's love of books is beautifully told. Vida Winter is a creepy character that keeps you spellbound. Every time you think Vida Winter has told you exactly who she is she surprises you. Very entertaining book.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Story Sisters

AUTHOR: Alice Hoffman
PAGES: 325

ACQUIRED: Purchase
The Story Sisters tells the story of three sisters lives: Elv, Claire, and Meg. After the divorce of their parents the sisters bond in a pretend fairytale world with a secret language. A tragedy that brings Claire and Elv together, is what ultimately disconnects the sisters and brings on Elv's downward spiral. After awhile the sisters branch into their own separate selves. They lose each other and themselves along the way.
I was disappointed in this book. The book is mainly about Elv, but while reading it you really don't care much about her. The book has a sort of whimsical quality, like it wants to be something else. It just doesn't seem very put together, like maybe it was rushed. I did like Claire's story. If you like Alice Hoffman you will buy it and probably be disappointed because it is not up to her usual standards. If you have never read a book by Alice Hoffman please don't let this book be your first. Read Green Angel, Practical Magic, The Third Angel or any of her others before you read this. The best thing about the book was the edgy pages, I thought that was unique. Ms. Hoffman said she was involved with the design of the book, but the edgy pages were a pleasant surprise.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Opposite of Love by Julie Buxbaum

TITLE: The Opposite of Love
AUTHOR: Julie Buxbaum
PAGES: 306
TWITTER: @juliebux
WEBSITE: http://www.juliebuxbaum.com/

Emily Haxby is a 29 year old attorney in Manhattan. She breaks up with her boyfriend as she anticipates he is about to propose. She can not rationalize this decision to her friends, or even herself, Adam was/is perfect for her. Emily has always had a difficult time with love and expressing herself. Her mother died at an early age, and her and her father both find it difficult to come together as a "family." Emily seems to shut down so no one can hurt her. But Emily is forced to deal with life as her Grandpa Jack, the one person she loves more than anyone, is beginning to die. She realizes she has not really allowed herself to live. She is in a job she hates. She has let man she loves get away, because of her "run away first" outlook. When she finally decides what she wants to be and be with, is it too late? Can Emily fight the good fight and win?

OPINION: First of all I love this book. After reading this book I am now a fan of Julie Buxbaum. This was her first book, and I am glad to say she has another one, After You, coming out August 25, 2009. The Opposite of Love was a great read. It was so well written and funny. Great humor, I read it with a smile on my face most of the time. The novel is threaded beautifully with humorous moments and tear jerking scenes. You feel Emily struggles and are rooting for her all the way. Emily's life is so fucked up, by her own doing, but you can totally relate to her. "Come on Emily get it together" you want scream at her. I guess it is catagorized as Chick-Lit., but it is written so much better than most of the Chick-Lit. I read. I can't imagine being disappointed by reading, The Opposite of Love. Highly recommend.

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Book Odor Removal:

I bought a book at a library book sale, it had a strange odor. Someone gave me this suggestion to remove the smell, and it worked, so I thought I'd share.
Put the book in a ziploc bag along with 1/3 cup(more or less) of Arm & Hammer baking soda and seal shut. Leave the book alone for 2 or 3 days. It worked for me, hope it helps you too.


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