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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

My Kindles Contents

Welcome to my little Niche within the library. So grab a coffee and let's review some books. 
                        This is my Kindle collection of books I'm currently reading:

                                                         My Kindle Collection

Collection Title Author total titles
1 Angel over the Right Shoulder Pellman
2 Angelic Wisdom Swendonborg
3 Ordinary Angels Drummon
4 Heaven's Sorrow Plath, Hannah 4 4
1 Guardian cats and the lost book of Alex Krambo
2 Saladin the Cat Kavokin
3 Story of a Cat 3 3
1 A Christmas Carol Dickens, Charles
2 All I want for Christmas is You Mondello, Lisa
3 Bah, Humbug Dickens, Charles
4 Charles Dickens' Children's Stories Brown Abbie Farwell
5 Christmas Angel Macomber, Debbie
6 Christmas in Seattle Pardo, Emilia
7 Cuentos de Navidad Macomber, Debbie
8 Falling for Christmas Christmas O'Henry
9 Gift of the Magi Kendrick, John
10 Little Book of Christmas, A Laird, Phillip
11 Story of Solomon Bear Clements, Carl Clarke 12
12 Twas the Night Before Christmas Horrorocks, Heather 12
1 A Tale of Two Cities Dickens, Charles
2 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Doyle, Connan
3 Aessop's Fables Aessop
4 Bleak House Dickens, Charles
5 Crime and Punishment Dostoy
6 Eight Cousins Alcot, Louisa May
7 Great Expectations Charles Dickens
8 Jane Eyre Bronte, Charlotte
9 Jo's Boys Alcot, Louisa May
10 Little Men Alcot, Louisa May
11 Little Women Alcot, Louisa May
12 Moby Dick Melville, Herman
13 Nicholas Nickleby Dickens, Charles
14 Pride and Prejudice Austen, Jane
15 Shakespeare's Sonnets Shakespeare, William
16 The Water Babies Kingsley, Charles
17 Treasure Island Stevenson, Louis
17 17
1 Beauty and the Beast LePrince, Maria
2 Children's Book, The Dickens, Charles
3 Fair Tales every child should Know Wright, Hamilton
4 Grimm's Fairy Tales Brothers Grimms
5 Household Tales Grimm, Jacob
6 The Cuckoo Clock Molesworth, Mrs
7 The Fairy Godmothers and other Tales Gatty, G, Mrs
8 The Wind in the Rose Bush Wilkins, Mary Elenor
9 Witch Stories Lynn, Elizabeth
10 The Happy Prince and Other Tales Wild, Oscar
10 10
1 Ask the Dice Linskey, Ed
2 Cat Calls Smith, Cynthia
3 Darkwaters Fitzpatrick
4 Delivery Rusk, Diana
5 How to Date a Vampire Pressey, Rose
6 Lost Ark Rain, J.R.
7 Moonstone, The Collins, Willkie
8 Occupy Heaven Tallman
9 Pet Noi Nagel, Patti
10 Rascals Sing at the Opera Puddle, Patricia
11 Room Donohue, Emma
12 Six Geese A Laying Kinsella, Sophie
13 Soul Identity Batchelder, Dennise
14 True Essence Shawneda, marks
15 Twenty-Two Short Stories Robinson 16
16 Unitl You Marton, Sandra 17
17 White Tiger of the Titanic Garrett 17 17
1 A Story of Mystery Little Rossiter, J
2 Castle of Otronto Walpol, Horrace
3 Curse of Anna Greene, the Aris, Mary
4 Demon of Waker Wood Dillard, Dan
5 Dracula Stoker, Bram
6 Dracula's Guest Stoker, Bram
7 Frankenstein Shelly, Mary
8 Halloween collection Macnally, Edward
9 Hidden Witch, A Geary, Debora
10 Horror at Halloween Part one Gordon, John
11 Legend of Sleepy Hollow Washington, Irving
12 Modern Witch, A Geary, Debora
13 One Deadly Sister Housington, Rod
14 Payback's a Witch Astor, Rachel
15 Scary Mary Hunter, S.A.
16 Superstitions of Witches Williams, Howard
17 The Witch and other stories Checklov
18 Witch Stories Lynn, E
19 The cupboard Under the Stairs Knowles, Roger
19 19
1 Easiest Way in Housekeeping Campbell, Helen
2 100 beauty Tips Adam, Nichol
3 A Classification and Subject Melville, Dewey
4 Book of Dreams and Ghosts Lang, Andrew
5 Book of Tea Okakura
6 Child's Story of the Bible A, Mary
7 Crafting Novels and Short Stories Writer's Digest
8 Fast and Easy Birthday cake Recipies Roberts, Amy
9 Feasting on the Father Smith
10 Free Weights and Measures Mobile Reference
11 History of England Part 1 Hume
12 Holy Bible
13 How to Lead a Holy Life Orr, Charles
14 How to Sew Basics Various
15 How to Speak and Write correctly Devlin
16 How to write 10 pages a Night Mason
17 Library Primer Cotton, Dana,
18 Life of Her most Gracious Majesty the Que Tyler
19 Story of Saint Valentine's Day Krako
20 Valentine's Day Recipes E-Kitchen books
21 Wicca: Magical Beginnings D'Este
22 Word Study and English Grammar Fredrick, William
23 Write or Die Nicholson, Scot
After Life Club Ryan, Jude
1 Book of Romance Lang, Andrew
2 Boss's Valentine Graham, Lynn
3 Crying Rose Beers, B.A.
4 Cupcakes and Cupids Conner, Jennifer
5 Dancing in the Moonlight Thayne, Rosanne
6 Devil's Food Leeburg, Jessica
7 Falling Star Dempsey, Diana
8 Going to the Chapel Webb, Debra
9 Golden Acorn Cooper, Cathrine
10 Holiday Romance Dickens, Charles
11 Hot Girl's Friend Scott, Lisa
12 How to Date a Vampire Pressey, Rose
13 Lady Sophie's Midnight Seduction McFalls, Dorathy
14 Lesson in Passion Conner, Jennifer
15 Magic Touch England, Darla
16 Matchmaker 2.0 Geary, Debora
17 Matchmaker Cat Kyrne, Elizabeth
18 Meant to Be King, Tiffany
19 Moonstone, The Walkie, Collins
20 My Darling Husband, Charlie Close, Charlie
21 Nasti's Beauty Salon Estella, Vanessa
23 One I Love, The Pikinton, Paul
24 Royally Yours Ryan, Jude
25 Sacred and Profane Love Bernette, A.
26 Sentence of Marriage Parkinson, Shavine
27 Shaken: A Romantic Beason, Pamela
28 Shakespeare's Sonnets Shakespeare, William
29 Six Geese A Laying Kinsella, Sophie
30 Slow Hands Kelly, Leslie
31 Something Stetson, Ted
32 Strides of Destiny Garriga, L.
33 Traditional Love Hensley, Atta
34 Wedding at a King's Convenience Child, Maureen
35 Week at the Beach Jewel, Virginia
36 The Lady and the Locksmith Young, Cody 36 36
37 She's Got to Me Mine Skully, Jennifer 37 37
1 Don Quixote de La Mancha Cervantes
2 Spannish Tales for Beginners Hill
2 2
213 213
Total Sum 426 books

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Summer Reads

Welcome to my little Niche within the library. So grab a coffee and let's review some books. Bloody MaryBloody Mary by Ricki Thomas
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Mary Miller was a woman scorned. Fifteen-year-old Mary was in love with her University professor, Harry --a married man. Mary and Harry had a clandestine affair which ended with the pregnancy of Mary Miller. All Mary wanted was to wreck Harry's marriage to Beryl and become Harry's wife. But Mary bore Harry's illegitimate twins, Ana and Andrew only to see both her children taken into adoption. Mary swore that if it took all her life, she would spend it finding her children and destroying the lives of those who tore her dreams to shred. Many years later, Mary swore to destroy the man who ripped her life and the woman who was her rival. Buying a psychic book from a charity shop, Mary posed as a physic, opening her home to desperate women who wanted to know about their loved ones who had passed on. To Mary's delight, Beryl walked into Mary's basement wanting to consult the spiritualist about the fate of her daughter, Sophie. This is where the story really begins and Mary finds out about Sophie. Mary now begins her plans for revenge.

Little did she know it, but her daughter Ana was adopted by Harry and Beryl who renamed the baby Sophie. Sophie married a man who abused her physically as well as mentally. When Mary learned she was her daughter, she put a plan in motion to bring her back into her life. As the story unfolds, Mary uncovers that her son is a police officer who happens to be the officer in charge of Sophie's husband's insurance fraud. It was Alan who first discovered that Sophie was a battered woman. Alan fell in love with Sophie unbeknownst that she was his twin sister. There are a lot of twists and turns in the story, making the story interesting in places. The book touches the theme of vengeance and violence and what it can do to people.

I thought that this was the worst book I had ever read. I did enjoy the story line and the twists up to the first half of the book; but the book was written so badly with lots of grammatical errors. Almost every page was full of grammatical errors. It seemed as if the author took the first draft of the book and published it. The Spanish in the book was taken literally from Google Translations; it did not sound right nor translated right. I am fluent in Spanish and know how to read and write it. Even in the passages where broken Spanish was spoken between English and Spanish characters, the Spanish used didn't translate right. I also didn't like the ending. I felt it was rushed. Also, I didn't think it was believable that Juan Murrilla, the Spanish doctor who attended the battered Sophie in Spain would fall so in love with Sophie so quickly that he decided to marry her in the space of a few days, move to England in the space of a month and leave his doctorate and family behind so swiftly.

A Collection of Cats Tales: A Cat-Lover's AnthologyA Collection of Cats Tales: A Cat-Lover's Anthology by Ditz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Collection of Cats Tales is an anthology of cat stories, extracts from varied authors such as William Blake, Emily Dickenson and Lewis Carol; and poems and quotations about cats. This is a beautiful book for any library and a must-have for cat lovers everywhere. The book is beautifully illustrated and hard-bound. I received this book a gift and I truly love it. This is a wonderful addition to my home library!

Recipes For A Perfect MarriageRecipes For A Perfect Marriage by Morag Prunty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I truly enjoyed this book! I couldn't put it down as I wanted to find out what happened to the main character's grandmother's romance and the secret behind her arranged marriage.

Young food writer Tressa Nolan wakes up one morning after her honeymoon and realizes that she may have married the gorgeous Dan, a maintenance man in her building out of panic than love. Then Tressa unwraps one of her wedding gifts, her grandmother Bernadine's cook book and diaries. In her grandmother's diaries and cook book, Tressa finds not only her grandmother's recipes but advice on marriage and a secret that her grandmother has been carrying around for years.

Tressa has always idolized her grandmother's cooking and marriage to her grandfather; but Tressa soon discovers that her grandmother wasn't at all happy in her marriage as she led on... until she discovered the truth about why James, the man that she had everyone believe was the ONE she loved except herself, truly married her. The story traverses from 2004 in Manhattan to 1932 in Ireland where young Bernadine first met the man she really loved.
I truly enjoyed this book. I first read it when I first got married and was delighted by this unique and well-written book. Throughout the book there are recipes you can make from Irish Stew to Bernadine's honey cake. In the end there's space to write your own recipes.

Welcome To Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop Of DreamsWelcome To Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop Of Dreams by Jenny Colgan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Auxiliary Nurse Rosemary Hopkins is asked to give up her London apartment which she shares with her partner, Gerard, to care for her aging great-aunt, Lillian. Lillian Hopkins lives in a quaint little town called Lipton where everyone knows each other's business. At first Rosie was adamant about moving into a strange town to take care of an old lady with a bad hip and try to sell the Sweetshop that her great aunt --a family run old-fashioned sweetshop that Lillian and her father owned in the Town of Lipton. Then Rosie began to meet Lillian's neighbours and little by little she fell in love with the town and it's locals with all their childhood secrets, scandals and family feuds. Soon Rosemary discovered that her London life wasn't all that glamorous; her partner Gerard a Mamma's boy, and there was more to life outside of London than she thought. In Lipton Rosie discovered the true lesson of love; she discovers the real reason her great- aunt never married and in the end finds true love herself and her life's true calling. The book gives you a glimpse into Lillian Hopkins's past when she was a girl in the 1940's, the love she found and lost; and her life as the daughter of the Town's sweetshop owner.

The book is very well-written, descriptive, and each chapter begins with a recipe or rhetoric about classic sweets. I enjoyed the book but I have to admit that I enjoyed the author's previous book better, Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe. I found parts of the book a bit like Meet me at the Cupcake Cafe--a bit familiar and predictable, but over-all a nice story. I expected more recipes for confectionary sweets as the author included in her previous book; but instead there were only two to three recipes in this book; the other chapters began with rhetoric on conventional confections. The characters come to life and it is hard not to identify with them. I cannot wait to read Colgan's new book, Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe.