I Read Banned Books Meetup Group

ETtnE9[1] I’m so excited my Meetup went live today, just in time to kick off Banned Books Week. It’s called the I Read Banned & Challenged Books Club. So, obviously if you live in the Washington, DC metro area, please join us or if know someone who lives in the area that loves to read and is so inclined to make a few new friends than by all means them our way. If you don’t live in the area you can still be a part of the group. I will post the upcoming month’s book under the I Read Banned Books Club tab and you can read right along with us. After we meet I will upload a post that will contain my critique, a group discussion summary, and a few group comments. Feel free to share your thoughts on the banned book of the month. I would definitely love to continue discussing the book. Our first meet up is October 18th and we’re reading Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Enjoy! I hope you’ll stop by I Read Banned Books Club and give us your thoughts.

[5] The Bat by Jo Nesbo

51Jf6U30dZL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The Bat by Jo Nesbo
Kindle Edition/Paperback, 369
Translation Published 2012
First Published 1997
First Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Edition, July 2013
Translated by Don Bartlett
Rating 3/5

I was absolutely ecstatic when I found out earlier this year that Jo Nesbo’s The Bat would finally be available in the U.S.  It saved me from ordering it from the U.K. or Canada or even Australia.  But I was even more ecstatic when I received a galley copy of the book from the publisher (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) before its actual U.S. release date.

The Bat is the first book in the Inspector Harry Hole series and the latest to be released in the U.S.  Inspector Harry Hole from the Oslo Crime Squad is sent to Syndey, Australia to assist in the murder investigation of a young Norwegian woman, who is minor television celebrity in his homeland.  However Harry soon finds out that he is to be a mere observer and to look at his time in Australia as a vacation.  However as the investigation progresses Harry finds himself more and more involved in solving the murder or as he discovers murders. Continue reading

[3] Wonder by RJ Palacio


Wonder by RJ Palacio

Title: Wonder
Author: RJ Palacio
Hardback, 313
Published February 2012
Publisher: Random House Children’s Book
Rating: 4/5

Juvenile fiction is not what I tend to read, but I heard such great things about RJ Palacio‘s Wonder, I thought I should read it.  Wonder is a heart warming, heart wrenching, laugh out loud, and maybe even do a little crying book.  It’s a book that every parent should read and discuss with their child.  It teaches kindness, compassion, understanding, and acceptance.  It also shows kids being bullied by others and how they handle it.

Wonder is unique in that RJ Palacio tells the story of August (Auggie) Pullman Continue reading

[2] The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

The Time KeeperThe Time Keeper. Mitch Albom
by Mitch Albom
Hardback, 222
Published September 28, 2012
Rating: 3/5

I have been a fan of Mitch Albom since I read Tuesday’s with Morrie in college.  Since then I have read all of his books.  I eagerly awaited the release of The Timekeeper and when I saw it in my local bookstore pounced on it like a cat pouncing its dinner prey.

The Time Keeper is a fable about the first man to count the hours of the day, who would later be known as Father Time.  As a result of his transgression the man is banished to a cave for thousands of years (6000 to be exact) to think about what he has done — now that’s a pretty serious time out.  During this banishment he is also forced to listen to the earthly voices constantly asking for more time.  Father Time is finally set free from the cave only to go to earth and teach two people the meaning of time and in teaching them he ultimately saves himself.

The Time Keeper introduces the reader to the three main characters: Dor, Sarah Lemon and Victor Delamonte.  Continue reading

[1] Mind’s Eye by Hakan Nesser

Mind’s Eye: An Inspector Van Veeteren Mystery
by Håkan Nesser
Paperback, 278
Translation Published June 2009 by Vintage (First Published 1993)
Translated by Laurie Thompson
Rating: 4/5

When I read Mind’s Eye by Hakan Nesser the first time, I didn’t like at all. I didn’t get it and I didn’t know how I could write a review about a book I disliked so intensely. I put it in the pile of books (finished, unfinished, not yet read) and forgot about it. I came across it when I was going through the pile and thought I should give it another shot. And I’m glad I did! 😛

Mind’s Eye by Swedish author Hakan Nesser is the first novel in the Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Van Veeteren series, which takes place in the fictional city of Maardam in Northern Europe.  It is a crime procedural about a cantankerous police detective, DCI Van Veeteren on the hunt for a killer.  He is not, convinced the right man (Janek Mitter) has been convicted of murdering his wife (Eva Ringmar). Continue reading