BOOK REVIEWS

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. Rocky River Cafe – October 17, 2017; also Dec. 6 & 26, 2013.
  10. The Cove - Westport – many visits!
  11. The Hot Wok – April 10, 2017.
  12. The Shipwreck - Rideau Ferry – Oct. 2010
  13. The Waterfront - Napanee – May 2015
  14. Wildfire BBQ and Smokehouse – Perth, 2015
  15. 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. Bradley, Eric; Harry Potter Collectibles
  18. Brown, Ron; Vanished Villages Part 1, Post 2  (Non-fiction)
  19. Brown, Ron; Backroads of Ontario (Non-fiction) 
  20. Carey, Pamela: Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles
  21. Carpenter, J.: No Place to Pray
  22. Carucci, M.; Sobrietease
  23. Charters, Cloudia; Aloha: Where You Like Go?
  24. Cho & Gifford; The Anxious Lawyer (self-help)
  25. Clevenger, S; Greek Mythic History
  26. Cobelo, Carolyn E.; Bridge to Beyond
  27. Conway, Martha; Sugarland
  28. Cook books: gluten-free, paleo,  from Robert Rose, Inc. 
  29. Cotton, Larry D; Whiskey and Wickedness
  30. Crilly, Karin: The Blue Satin Nightgown
  31. Cuellar, David; Plastic Island (picture book)
  32. Currie, T. Ottawa Valley's Great Fire of 1870
  33. Cusumano, J.; Balance
  34. Davidson, Dr. Elizabeth; Cheery: the Chiricahua leopard frog (Children's picture book)
  35. Daywalt, Drew; The Day the Crayons Quit
  36. De Avila, Ed., Spread Thin and Moving Fast: An unlikely story (memoir)
  37. De Hart, Scott D.; Shelley Unbound: Uncovering Frankenstein's True Creator
  38. De Santis, Cinazi; The Sense of Darkness
  39. DeLapa, Gina; stuff you already know
  40. Dennis; Anita Katherine; Beyond Myself
  41. Dickinson, Emily: the Illustrated Emily Dickinson Nature Sketchbook
  42. Doering, Ron; The Battle of Crysler's Farm
  43. Dougherty, M.J.; Life Lessons From a Total Failure
  44. Dr. Seuss; You're Only Old Once
  45. Dunn, David A.; Get Life Right
  46. Epp, Alvin; Through The Eyes of Guilt
  47. Espy, W.R.; Words to Rhyme With (Non-fiction)
  48. Estes, Kelli; The Girl Who Wrote in Silk
  49. Even, Aaron; He Comes in Fire
  50. Fallis, Terry; The Best Laid Plans -comedy
  51. Fields, Mara; Weaver's Light
  52. FitzSimmons, David; Curious Critters, Salamander Dance
  53. Flynn, Gillian; Gone Girl
  54. Forrest, Deborah: Touch the Spirit: Connecting to the world of dementia (non-fiction)
  55. Freed, Dennis; Love, Loss and Awakening
  56. Freeman and Parks; All-Electric America
  57. Gaber, Stanley; Jex Malone
  58. Garner, L.G.; The Golden Princess
  59. Gawande, Atul: Being Mortal 
  60. Genova, Lisa; Left Neglected, Still Alice
  61. George, Elizabeth; In the Presence of the EnemyDeception On His Mind
  62. Gebreyohannes, B. T.; Fire Walkers (memoir) 
  63. Graham, Heather; Death Dealer, Unhallowed Ground
  64. Gray, John; Beyond Venus and Mars
  65. Gray & Ardagh; Conscious Men
  66. Green, Lyndsay; A Perfect Home for a Long Life
  67. Greenblatt, Mark Lee; Valor: Unsung heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the home front
  68. Griffin, Lynne; Sea Escape
  69. Griffith, Victoria; Amazon Burning
  70. Griffiths, Doug; 13 Ways to Kill Your Community
  71. Grippando, James; The Penny Jumper
  72. Habib, N. & M.N.; History of the Muslims of Regina, Saskatchewan, and Their Organizations
  73. Hardee, J.L., Justice or Injustice: What really happens in a jury room (Memoire)
  74. Harris, et al, Journey to Invisibility to Visibility
  75. Hayden, John; Godfit
  76. Hemphill, R.F.; dust tea, dingoes, dragons (Memoire)
  77. Heston, F.C., & McAdams, H. J.; Desolation Sound 
  78. Hiebert, Michael; Close to the Broken-Hearted
  79. Hill-Lehr, Andrea; A Mother's Road to Kandahar
  80. Hoogstraten: The Debaters
  81. Horeck, Brian; Frozen Beneath 
  82. Hospital for Sick Children: The A to Z of Children's Health  
  83. Ivey, Donna; Clinic of Hope: The story of Rene M. Caisse and Essiac
  84. Izso, Jay; got social mediology?
  85. Jauvin, Chantal; The Boy with a Bamboo Heart: The story of a street orphan who built a children's charity
  86. Jenner, Reid: Diagnose Yourself
  87. Johnson, George: The Cancer Chronicles
  88. Johnson, Spencer; Who Moved My Cheese? (Non-fiction)
  89. Jones, Marjorie G.; The Life and Times of Mary Vaux Walcott
  90. Jones, Robin and Robert; The Refugee Crisis: Through the Eyes of the Children
  91. Jucha, S. H.; The Silver Ships
  92. Kamm, Kurt; Tunnel Visions
  93. Kendell, Laura J.; A Simple Case of Suicide
  94. Kennedy, Dr. John; The Heart Health Bible
  95. Kelsey, E.; You Are Stardust, Not Your Typical Book
  96. Kerr, Leslie; Harriet Quimby
  97. Keyser, Judith Redwing; Last Acts of Kindness (Non-fiction)
  98. King, Samantha; Pink Ribbon, Inc. (Non-fiction)
  99. Krich, Rochelle; Dead Air
  100. Kumar, Sameet M.; The Mindfulness of Grief (Also Medicalisation of Grief: DSM-IV)
  101. Kuritz, Marc; Man With Child
  102. Kushner, Harold; When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Conquering Fear
  103. Lackberg, Camilla; The Gallows Bird
  104. Lafaye, Vanessa; Under a Dark Summer Sky
  105. Laferrière, Dany, The World is Moving Around Me: A Memoire of the Haiti Earthquake (Memoir) 
  106. Leinvebers, V; No TIme To Cry
  107. Lemmon, G. T.; The Dressmaker of Khair Khan
  108. Levin, Joel M.; Our Beguine (Memoir)
  109. Lieberman & Neubert; Max and Charlie
  110. Lindsay, B.R.: Old Bones
  111. Louden, Paul; Behind the Locked Door (memoir; autism)
  112. Lundin, S.C. et al; FISH!
  113. Lynch, Wayne; Owls of the US and Canada
  114. Mackie & Taylor; The Cottage Bible 
  115. Mankell, Jenning; Faceless Killers
  116. Manning, Diane Daniels; Almost Perfect
  117. Maron, Margaret; The Bootlegger's Daughter
  118. McGee, Robin; The Cancer Olympics
  119. McKee, David M; Bala Boy
  120. McKee, Thomas. W; The Top Seven Reasons Volunteers Quit, The New Breed (Non-fiction)
  121. McNally, B.; Unbridled
  122. Martin, Mish Mockovic; Insights of a Yogi (autobiography)
  123. Mebane, Donna; Tomorrow Comes
  124. mhic Aonghais, Clinton; The Baker Boys -700 pages, haven't gotten to it!
  125. Miralia, Mindy; The Hero in Heroin (autobiography)
  126. Morelli, Laura; The Gondola Maker
  127. Morgan & Smith; Advanced Genealogy (self-help
  128. Moroney, Shannon; Through The Glass (Autobiography)
  129. Mowery, J. Nichols; The Parallel Lives of Elizabeth Ann
  130. Musleh, Mitri I.; The Making of a Palestinian Suicide Bomber 
  131. Nash, Nicholas: The Girl at The Bar
  132. Neice, Rick, The Band Plays On: Going home for a music man's encore (memoire)
  133. Nelson, Craig; The Age of Radiance
  134. Nichols, N.; Broken Promises (autobiography)
  135. Nickerson, Cash; BOOMERangs; Engaging the Aging Workforce in America
  136. Noah, Jim; Country Store
  137. Obama, Barack; The Audacity of Hope
  138. Orloff, Judith; The Ecstacy of Surrender
  139. Parker, David; The More You Do The Better You Feel (self-help)
  140. Parker, Morgan; 1986
  141. Pastor, Marc; Barcelona Shadows
  142. Picoult, Jodi; House Rules, The Tenth Circle, Plain Truth, Picture Perfect
  143. Piggott, Mark; The Dark Tides
  144. Pinzone, J.J.: Fireballs in my Eucharist: Fight Cancer Smarter 
  145. Polster, E; Beyond Therapy
  146. Potter, Cheryl: The Broken Circle, Secrets of the Lost Caves
  147. Power, G. A.; Dementia Beyond Disease
  148. Prattis; Trailing Sky Six Feathers , also New Planet, New World 
  149. Pronko, M.; The Last Train: A Tokyo Adventure
  150. Putzel, Michael; The Price They Paid
  151. Regan, Paulette; Unsettling the Settler Within
  152. Revere, Glenn; All About Carpets
  153. Richards, Jass; Turblojetslams
  154. Riley, Laura; Tell Me of Brave Women
  155. Roe, Carolyn or Sale, Medora; Murder in a Good Cause
  156. Rue, Nancy; Tristan's Gap
  157. Roland, Bridget; the Doula
  158. Rosen, Lynn; A Man of Genius
  159. Rutherford, Edward; The Forest
  160. Saturday Even Post Magazine 1963 Kennedy Edition
  161. Schiller, E.; Watermark
  162. Schopick, J.: Honest Medicine
  163. Scholz & Church; The Masterpiece Within (Non-fiction)
  164. Schwägerl, Christian; The Anthropocene  (Non-fiction)
  165. Schwartz, Leslie; Angels Crest
  166. Seuss, Dr.; You're only old once!
  167. Shelly, Derek; Dying to Live
  168. Shem, Samuel; The Spirit of the Place
  169. Siegel, Alex; First Circle Club
  170. Signorile, M. A.; The Wartime Chronicles 
  171. Slatton, Traci L; Fallen,   Cold Light
  172. Smiley, Cat; the planet friendly diet 
  173. Sperazza, Diana; My Townie Heart
  174. Stewart, Roderick; The Mind of Norman Bethune 
  175. Sutton; The Power of Legacy (Non-fiction)
  176. Tartt, Donna; The Goldfinch
  177. Thayer, R.S.; Kobee Manatee
  178. Traill, Catherine Parr; Lost in the Backwoods
  179. Transgender Lee; Woman Incognito
  180. Treitler; My Dad is an Alcoholic: What About Me? (autobiography)
  181. Trollope-Kumar, Karen; Cloud Messenger
  182. Trudeau, Kris; TimeShift 
  183. Vallée, Brian; The War On Women 
  184. Vinter, M.; Collette
  185. Voss, Donna Carol; One of Everything
  186. Wallach, Dr. J.D. ; Epigenetics; The death of the genetic theory of disease transmission (Non-fiction)
  187. Warrington, Freda; Midsummer Night
  188. Wathanavongs and Jauvin; The Boy With the Bamboo Heart
  189. Welch, D.Y.; The Life and Times of Lilian J. Rice
  190. White, Kate; If Looks Could Kill 
  191. Williams and White:  Act III (Non-fiction)
  192. Wilson, Daniel H.; Robopocalypse
  193. Wilson, P.D.; The Caregiving Trap (Non-fiction)
  194. Wold, Richard; Stan
  195. Wright, Robert; Our Man in Tehran (Non-fiction)
  196. Wyler, Allen;  Deadly Errors
  197. Young, David; Channelling Harrison (biography)
  198. Yow, David; Copycat

1 comment:

Faye said...

Maron, Nevada Barr, and C. J. Box are three of my favorite authors. Barr and Box have long series going. Each one is a thriller. Maron has a great series too, not as intense as the other two.