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. Andersen; Fantasyland
  8. Arden, John: The Brain Bible
  9. Arneson,  Rick; Plotting the Course; Life lessons from the sport of sailing
  10. Ashby, Kathy; Carol, A Woman's Way 
  11. August, Y.; Coaching For Caregivers
  12. Barager, R.; The Atheist and the Parrotfish
  13. Barr, Nevada; 13½, Blood Lure
  14. Bartleman, James; As Long as the Rivers FlowRaisin Wine
  15. Blachman and Stracher; The Curve
  16. Blatchford, Christie; Fifteen Days
  17. Bradbury and Karney; Love Me Slender
  18. Bradley, Eric; Harry Potter Collectibles
  19. Brown, Ron; Vanished Villages Part 1, Post 2  (Non-fiction)
  20. Brown, Ron; Backroads of Ontario (Non-fiction) 
  21. Carey, Pamela: Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles
  22. Carpenter, J.: No Place to Pray
  23. Carucci, M.; Sobrietease
  24. Charters, Cloudia; Aloha: Where You Like Go?
  25. Cho & Gifford; The Anxious Lawyer (self-help)
  26. Clevenger, S; Greek Mythic History
  27. Cobelo, Carolyn E.; Bridge to Beyond
  28. Conway, Martha; Sugarland
  29. Cook books: gluten-free, paleo,  from Robert Rose, Inc. 
  30. Cotton, Larry D; Whiskey and Wickedness
  31. Crilly, Karin: The Blue Satin Nightgown
  32. Cuellar, David; Plastic Island (picture book)
  33. Currie, T. Ottawa Valley's Great Fire of 1870
  34. Cusumano, J.; Balance
  35. Davidson, Dr. Elizabeth; Cheery: the Chiricahua leopard frog (Children's picture book)
  36. Daywalt, Drew; The Day the Crayons Quit
  37. De Avila, Ed., Spread Thin and Moving Fast: An unlikely story (memoir)
  38. De Hart, Scott D.; Shelley Unbound: Uncovering Frankenstein's True Creator
  39. De Santis, Cinazi; The Sense of Darkness
  40. DeLapa, Gina; stuff you already know
  41. Dennis; Anita Katherine; Beyond Myself
  42. Dickinson, Emily: the Illustrated Emily Dickinson Nature Sketchbook
  43. Doering, Ron; The Battle of Crysler's Farm
  44. Dougherty, M.J.; Life Lessons From a Total Failure
  45. Dr. Seuss; You're Only Old Once
  46. Dunn, David A.; Get Life Right
  47. Epp, Alvin; Through The Eyes of Guilt
  48. Espy, W.R.; Words to Rhyme With (Non-fiction)
  49. Estes, Kelli; The Girl Who Wrote in Silk
  50. Even, Aaron; He Comes in Fire
  51. Fallis, Terry; The Best Laid Plans -comedy
  52. Fields, Mara; Weaver's Light
  53. FitzSimmons, David; Curious Critters, Salamander Dance
  54. Flynn, Gillian; Gone Girl
  55. Forrest, Deborah: Touch the Spirit: Connecting to the world of dementia (non-fiction)
  56. Freed, Dennis; Love, Loss and Awakening
  57. Freeman and Parks; All-Electric America
  58. Gaber, Stanley; Jex Malone
  59. Garner, L.G.; The Golden Princess
  60. Gawande, Atul: Being Mortal 
  61. Genova, Lisa; Left Neglected, Still Alice
  62. George, Elizabeth; In the Presence of the EnemyDeception On His Mind
  63. Gebreyohannes, B. T.; Fire Walkers (memoir) 
  64. Graham, Heather; Death Dealer, Unhallowed Ground
  65. Gray, John; Beyond Venus and Mars
  66. Gray & Ardagh; Conscious Men
  67. Green, Lyndsay; A Perfect Home for a Long Life
  68. Greenblatt, Mark Lee; Valor: Unsung heroes from Iraq, Afghanistan, and the home front
  69. Griffin, Lynne; Sea Escape
  70. Griffith, Victoria; Amazon Burning
  71. Griffiths, Doug; 13 Ways to Kill Your Community
  72. Grippando, James; The Penny Jumper
  73. Habib, N. & M.N.; History of the Muslims of Regina, Saskatchewan, and Their Organizations
  74. Hardee, J.L., Justice or Injustice: What really happens in a jury room (Memoire)
  75. Harris, et al, Journey to Invisibility to Visibility
  76. Hayden, John; Godfit
  77. Hemphill, R.F.; dust tea, dingoes, dragons (Memoire)
  78. Heston, F.C., & McAdams, H. J.; Desolation Sound 
  79. Hiebert, Michael; Close to the Broken-Hearted
  80. Hill-Lehr, Andrea; A Mother's Road to Kandahar
  81. Hoogstraten: The Debaters
  82. Horeck, Brian; Frozen Beneath 
  83. Hospital for Sick Children: The A to Z of Children's Health  
  84. Ivey, Donna; Clinic of Hope: The story of Rene M. Caisse and Essiac
  85. Izso, Jay; got social mediology?
  86. Jauvin, Chantal; The Boy with a Bamboo Heart: The story of a street orphan who built a children's charity
  87. Jenner, Reid: Diagnose Yourself
  88. Johnson, George: The Cancer Chronicles
  89. Johnson, Spencer; Who Moved My Cheese? (Non-fiction)
  90. Jones, Marjorie G.; The Life and Times of Mary Vaux Walcott
  91. Jones, Robin and Robert; The Refugee Crisis: Through the Eyes of the Children
  92. Jucha, S. H.; The Silver Ships
  93. Kamm, Kurt; Tunnel Visions
  94. Kendell, Laura J.; A Simple Case of Suicide
  95. Kennedy, Dr. John; The Heart Health Bible
  96. Kelsey, E.; You Are Stardust, Not Your Typical Book
  97. Kerr, Leslie; Harriet Quimby
  98. Keyser, Judith Redwing; Last Acts of Kindness (Non-fiction)
  99. King, Samantha; Pink Ribbon, Inc. (Non-fiction)
  100. Krich, Rochelle; Dead Air
  101. Kumar, Sameet M.; The Mindfulness of Grief (Also Medicalisation of Grief: DSM-IV)
  102. Kuritz, Marc; Man With Child
  103. Kushner, Harold; When Bad Things Happen to Good People, Conquering Fear
  104. Lackberg, Camilla; The Gallows Bird
  105. Lafaye, Vanessa; Under a Dark Summer Sky
  106. Laferrière, Dany, The World is Moving Around Me: A Memoire of the Haiti Earthquake (Memoir) 
  107. Leinvebers, V; No TIme To Cry
  108. Lemmon, G. T.; The Dressmaker of Khair Khan
  109. Levin, Joel M.; Our Beguine (Memoir)
  110. Lieberman & Neubert; Max and Charlie
  111. Lindsay, B.R.: Old Bones
  112. Louden, Paul; Behind the Locked Door (memoir; autism)
  113. Lundin, S.C. et al; FISH!
  114. Lynch, Wayne; Owls of the US and Canada
  115. Mackie & Taylor; The Cottage Bible 
  116. Mankell, Jenning; Faceless Killers
  117. Manning, Diane Daniels; Almost Perfect
  118. Maron, Margaret; The Bootlegger's Daughter
  119. McGee, Robin; The Cancer Olympics
  120. McKee, David M; Bala Boy
  121. McKee, Thomas. W; The Top Seven Reasons Volunteers Quit, The New Breed (Non-fiction)
  122. McNally, B.; Unbridled
  123. Martin, Mish Mockovic; Insights of a Yogi (autobiography)
  124. Mebane, Donna; Tomorrow Comes
  125. mhic Aonghais, Clinton; The Baker Boys -700 pages, haven't gotten to it!
  126. Miralia, Mindy; The Hero in Heroin (autobiography)
  127. Morelli, Laura; The Gondola Maker
  128. Morgan & Smith; Advanced Genealogy (self-help
  129. Moroney, Shannon; Through The Glass (Autobiography)
  130. Mowery, J. Nichols; The Parallel Lives of Elizabeth Ann
  131. Musleh, Mitri I.; The Making of a Palestinian Suicide Bomber 
  132. Nash, Nicholas: The Girl at The Bar
  133. Neice, Rick, The Band Plays On: Going home for a music man's encore (memoire)
  134. Nelson, Craig; The Age of Radiance
  135. Nichols, N.; Broken Promises (autobiography)
  136. Nickerson, Cash; BOOMERangs; Engaging the Aging Workforce in America
  137. Noah, Jim; Country Store
  138. Obama, Barack; The Audacity of Hope
  139. Orloff, Judith; The Ecstacy of Surrender
  140. Parker, David; The More You Do The Better You Feel (self-help)
  141. Parker, Morgan; 1986
  142. Pastor, Marc; Barcelona Shadows
  143. Picoult, Jodi; House Rules, The Tenth Circle, Plain Truth, Picture Perfect
  144. Piggott, Mark; The Dark Tides
  145. Pinzone, J.J.: Fireballs in my Eucharist: Fight Cancer Smarter 
  146. Polster, E; Beyond Therapy
  147. Potter, Cheryl: The Broken Circle, Secrets of the Lost Caves
  148. Power, G. A.; Dementia Beyond Disease
  149. Prattis; Trailing Sky Six Feathers , also New Planet, New World 
  150. Pronko, M.; The Last Train: A Tokyo Adventure
  151. Putzel, Michael; The Price They Paid
  152. Regan, Paulette; Unsettling the Settler Within
  153. Revere, Glenn; All About Carpets
  154. Richards, Jass; Turblojetslams
  155. Riley, Laura; Tell Me of Brave Women
  156. Roe, Carolyn or Sale, Medora; Murder in a Good Cause
  157. Rue, Nancy; Tristan's Gap
  158. Roland, Bridget; the Doula
  159. Rosen, Lynn; A Man of Genius
  160. Rutherford, Edward; The Forest
  161. Saturday Even Post Magazine 1963 Kennedy Edition
  162. Schiller, E.; Watermark
  163. Schopick, J.: Honest Medicine
  164. Scholz & Church; The Masterpiece Within (Non-fiction)
  165. Schwägerl, Christian; The Anthropocene  (Non-fiction)
  166. Schwartz, Leslie; Angels Crest
  167. Seuss, Dr.; You're only old once!
  168. Shelly, Derek; Dying to Live
  169. Shem, Samuel; The Spirit of the Place
  170. Siegel, Alex; First Circle Club
  171. Signorile, M. A.; The Wartime Chronicles 
  172. Slatton, Traci L; Fallen,   Cold Light
  173. Smiley, Cat; the planet friendly diet 
  174. Sperazza, Diana; My Townie Heart
  175. Stewart, Roderick; The Mind of Norman Bethune 
  176. Sutton; The Power of Legacy (Non-fiction)
  177. Tartt, Donna; The Goldfinch
  178. Thayer, R.S.; Kobee Manatee
  179. Traill, Catherine Parr; Lost in the Backwoods
  180. Transgender Lee; Woman Incognito
  181. Treitler; My Dad is an Alcoholic: What About Me? (autobiography)
  182. Trollope-Kumar, Karen; Cloud Messenger
  183. Trudeau, Kris; TimeShift 
  184. Vallée, Brian; The War On Women 
  185. Vinter, M.; Collette
  186. Voss, Donna Carol; One of Everything
  187. Wallach, Dr. J.D. ; Epigenetics; The death of the genetic theory of disease transmission (Non-fiction)
  188. Warrington, Freda; Midsummer Night
  189. Wathanavongs and Jauvin; The Boy With the Bamboo Heart
  190. Welch, D.Y.; The Life and Times of Lilian J. Rice
  191. White, Kate; If Looks Could Kill 
  192. Williams and White:  Act III (Non-fiction)
  193. Wilson, Daniel H.; Robopocalypse
  194. Wilson, P.D.; The Caregiving Trap (Non-fiction)
  195. Wold, Richard; Stan
  196. Wright, Robert; Our Man in Tehran (Non-fiction)
  197. Wyler, Allen;  Deadly Errors
  198. Young, David; Channelling Harrison (biography)
  199. 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.