Monday, May 31, 2010

Book review--Fragile by Chris Katsaropoulos

Book description from goodreads:

Amelia Geist, Holly Schenck, and Tris Holloway are all broken--in one way or another.

In a lifelong act of penitence and defiance, Amelia Geist has remained a virgin and saved herself for Tris, her first love, who abandoned her more than fifty years ago. A few weeks from retirement, Tris Holloway has led a separate life of his own in the hills above Silicon Valley, sealed by inertia within the confines of a loveless marriage and shattered by his decision to leave Amelia. The only person who can repair the rift between Tris and Amelia is Holly, a single mother without means, who is trying somehow to mend her life while laid out in a hospital bed, a victim of her own suicide attempt. The stories of Tris, Holly, and Amelia are presented in Fragile as broken fragments, woven together by profound truth and an astonishing connection that transcends the boundaries between this world and the next.

My thoughts:

Fragile is an interesting character study of three people--an older woman (Amelia) who gave up her first love and never loved again, a man (Tris) who is the love that was given up and is now in a loveless marriage, and a young woman (Holly) who is looking for love wherever she can find it and no matter what the cost.  It is written in such a way that each character's section picks up without a noticeable transition.  At times you can get lost, at first not knowing that the point of view has shifted.  Also, a little over halfway through the book, Amelia started getting all philosophical and **SPOILER ALERT** I had to go back and reread the section to realize that she had died.   The connection of the three characters comes when Tris and Holly encounter each other at Amelia's funeral, but it's not really profound like I thought it would be.  This book was a fast read because it is relatively short.  However, there really wasn't much character development with the exception of Holly.  Holly was the character with the most depth.  Her pain could be sensed.  A life of being molested as a child and a future of always choosing the wrong men...her need to fill a hole inside herself.  Holly was the character that I found myself having feelings for, as a good character has the power to evoke emotions of love, anger and frustration in the reader.  Holly did that for me.  In all, Fragile is the book to read if you're looking for a short, albeit underdeveloped, character study.

FTC Disclosure:  I received this book for review from Smith Publicity.  I was not monetarily compensated for this review.

Mailbox Monday/It's Monday...what are you reading? apology in advance

Mailbox Monday is a weekly event hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.

This is going to be a short MM and It's Monday post...just a quick update.  Also, I wanted to apologize in advance because I'm going to be doing about three review posts tonight to catch up for the end of the month.  Hope you don't go into True Book Addict overload...LOL!

(Click titles for book descriptions)


From the Historical Fiction Bloggers Round Table week long event with C W Gortner.  I won this gorgeous necklace and Mr. Gortner was kind enough to send me a SIGNED copy of the UK trade edition of
The Confessions of Catherine de Medici--C W Gortner  I ADORE this cover! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

From Jennifer at Crazy for Books...thanks!
Hannah's List--Debbie Macomber

In the Mail:

Ordered from BOMC2:

Wild Nights! Stories About the Last Days of Poe, Dickinson, Twain, James and Hemingway--Joyce Carol Oates

It's Monday...what are you reading? is a weekly event hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

Currently Reading:

Cardboard--Fiona Place
Virgin and the Crab--Robert Parry
Live a Life You Love--Dr. Susan Biali, M.D.  I'm only a handful of pages away from finishing this one.  Review will be up later this week.
Wolf Hall--Hilary Mantel  we are starting our discussion on Twitter (#TuesBookTalk) tomorrow night.

Up Next:

The Red Door--Charles Todd  a Library Thing early reviewer.
Venetia Kelly's Traveling Show--Frank Delaney  for review from the publicist.
Under the Dome--Stephen King  I am determined to get this one started!

48 Hour Book Challenge:

I am planning on participating this weekend in this event hosted by MotherReader.  I probably will not be able to do the whole 48 hours as Saturdays are when my mom and I do our thing (shopping, restaurant, book sales) and I'm getting ready for my trip to Michigan next week (my niece is graduating high school) so I'm doing laundry, packing, etc.  But I will manage to get in some quality reading time.  Look for my sign up post and list of books later this week! So exciting...I can't wait...I love read-a-thons!!!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

TuesBookTalk--Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Have you been wanting to read the Man Booker Prize winner of 2009, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel?  Has it been languishing in your TBR stack--looking at you with forlorn eyes?  Well, I have just the thing for you.  On Tuesday, June 1st we will begin discussing Wolf Hall on TuesBookTalk on Twitter.  We are starting with Part One.  The chat starts at 10:30 pm ET (9:30 pm CT) and lasts for an hour.  You can follow @TuesBookTalk and/or @TrueBookAddict for information and updates.  The hashtag we use for the chat is #TuesBookTalk (or #tuesbooktalk).  I hope you will join us! From what I've been hearing around the blogosphere, it's a great book!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Armchair BEA: Book Blogger Convention--Being true to myself

I have always marched to the beat of my own drum and I'm not any different when it comes to my blog.  I just do not want to be like everyone else.  That being said, I do have some guidelines that I try to follow when it comes to my blog.
  • Honesty--I am honest to a fault.  Sometimes I'm told that I'm too honest.  But I think it's important.  My reviews reflect my true opinion of the book.  In no way am I ever influenced by a need to please an author by saying I adored their book when I didn't.  However, I'm a firm believer that every book has a redeeming quality (except for ones I could not finish...which are very few).  That's why I do not have a ratings system.  I just have a hard time putting a number on my opinion.
  • Humanity--in other words, kindness.  I believe that there is no reason to be unkind.  I try to reflect an air of friendliness and camaraderie on my blog.  I try to respond to all comments that are left and I appreciate each and every one.
  • Humor--I have a bit of a sense of humor, which may show up in some of my posts.  I just like to see the funny side of things.  Laughter is great medicine!
  • Individuality--Some may visit my blog and think, "My God, is her blog cluttered!"  I've never been called on it.  Mostly I get a lot of compliments.  But I know that mine is probably one of those blogs referred to as cluttered and with that pesky music player! Oh well...I feel like my blog is kind of like my room.  My own place to show off my interests and uniqueness.  If it offends the sensibilities of some, I do apologize.  Well, actually I don't! LOL!
  • Knowledge and Learning--I have a feature (that I have been neglecting terribly lately) called Addicted to the Past.  It is to pay homage to my love of history and historical topics.  I do it because I love writing about history, but also because I love to share with others and hopefully they might just learn something new!
So there we are.  Just a few little guidelines that I try to blog by.  I hope everyone enjoys my blog.  I do want to make it a pleasant experience for others while still being true to myself. 

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Cat Thursday

Welcome to Cat Thursday, a weekly meme that celebrates the wonders and sometime hilarity of cats! Join us by posting a favorite LOL cat pic you may have come across, famous cat art or even share with us pics of your own beloved cat(s). It's all for the love of cats! Enjoy!

So tomorrow is the last day of school for my boys and I have a lot of stuff planned this summer.  A focus on reading and I bought them journals because I want them to start journaling on a regular basis.  Also, I'm going to read a book to them.  I'm deciding between The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander or perhaps the first Harry Potter.  While this all sounds happy and blissful, I know as the summer wears on and we start getting on each others' nerves (LOL), I'm sure I will be hearing some of this...

I have loved this one from LOL Cats for a long time.  Not only does it remind me of my kids, but I know this is what Alis wants to say to me when I keep her from running outside!

Share yours...add your link.

Mailbox Monday...Mid-Week Edition

MM is a weekly event hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.

This is going to be a monster MM, as it's two weeks worth so let's get started!

(For book descriptions, click the book titles)


These wins are all from contests I've won over the last month or so and just received in the mail in the past two weeks.

The Most Unsuitable Husband--Caroline Clemmons...from the author.  This was part of a Blogmania prize pack which also included a cool steampunk pocket watch necklace (no pics...broke my camera today), a bath set from Bath and Body Works and I also received a free download of Caroline's new novel, Out of the Blue.  Check out Caroline's blog, A Writer's Life...she gives a lot of insightful advice on writing and other topics.

...these were contest wins from the awesome Crystal at My Reading Room.

The Highest Stakes--Emery Lee...from the great Katherine at Blog O' The Irish.

Thanks again everyone for all my wonderful wins! I greatly appreciate it. =O)

From BookMooch:

From Paperback Swap:

Bought from BOMC2:

Bought from library sales:

I told you it was a monster mailbox! Hope you all got some great goodies this week as well!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Armchair BEA: New Title Showcase

I'm a little late posting my first Armchair BEA post.  Had end of school parties for my boys at school today and generally have just been very busy!

So...I've been over to the New Title Showcase listings for the BEA and I found five titles that really caught my eye.  Here they are:
Charlotte Sophia: Myth, Madness and the Moor
Tina Andrews
Publication Year:  2010
Publisher:  The Malibu Press
Charlotte Sophia was queen of England, wife of "mad" King George III, Queen Victoria's grandmother, and in love with Johann Christian Bach. But neither her king, her country, nor her lover knew she was black.
Joy Spraycar
Publication Year:  2010
Publisher:  AuthorHouse
A recurring nightmare holds Serry Miller in its grip and has for most of her life. In spite of her fear of the man who becomes a monster, she’s in love with him.
Sistine Heresy
Justine Saracen
Publication Year:  2009
Publisher:  Bold Strokes Books
Adrianna Borgia, survivor of the Borgia court, presents Michelangelo with the greatest temptations of his life while struggling with soul-threatening desires for the painter Raphaela.
The Afflicted Girls: A Novel of Salem
Suzy Witten
Publication Year:  2009
Publisher:  Dreamwand
Something terrible happened in Salem Village in 1692 . . . but it isn't what you think!
This debut historical novel offers a startling new theory of the Salem witch-hunt certain to put this 300-year-old unsettled mystery to rest. Centering her story on Salem Village and its inhabitants, exploring their dark household corners as if she is solving a crime, author-researcher Suzy Witten adeptly details how the disintegration occurred while spinning familiar facts in new directions, with the mysterious "afflictions" finally explained.

WINNER 2010 IPPY SILVER MEDAL for Historical/Military Fiction

A Walt Disney Studios Fellowship Finalist

A New Dawn Rising
Patricia Budd
Publication Year:  2007
Publisher: iUniverse
In the tradition of Jane Austin and the Bronte sisters, this historical romance, set in Georgia 1809, reflects one man's struggle for love and independence.

Head over to the New Title Showcase to see what titles interest you.

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