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Vanessa and Her Sister: A Novel by Priya Parmar (Netgalley Review)

Vanessa and Her Sister: A Novel by Priya Parmar is a delightful book written as the diary of artist Vanessa Stephen. It details the lives of those artists and thinkers that made up the Bloomsbury Set. This group included Virginia Woolf (Vanessa's sister), Lytton Strachey, and John Maynard Keynes, along with Vanessa and her brothers. The diary, while fictional, feels real in every aspect. The writing was well done and kept me reading. 

I really enjoyed this book and the author took fictional liberties in all the right ways. The story felt complex and real, much like life, while still held onto its integrity. I found that I was eager to pick up the story or to keep reading. I think most readers will enjoy it. 

The book looked at all aspects of the lives of the Bloomsbury Set. Not just their art and work, but also their lifestyle choices and relationships. This group was very intermingled in all aspects and the author's choice to use diary form helped to keep everyone straight. The…

NaNoWriMo Update

I didn't finish. In fact I think I only wrote for one weekend. I had way to much going on in November to add this. I think I might try again in March, when I am not so busy. 
I hope that if you participated you were able to finish!

Almost Perfect by Diane Daniels Manning

Almost Perfect by Diane Daniels Manning lived up to its name. The book is the story of a young boy named Benny who dreams of owning a dog and an old lady named Bess who dreams of taking a dog to the Westminster dog show. The two are neighbors and meet because Benny thinks he keeps hearing a puppy and follows the noise to Bess’s kennel.

Benny is a student at a school for kids with issues and spends a lot of time with school’s founder and psychiatrist, Dr. Kate. I read in several other reviews that Benny was autistic. I never got that impression from the book, but I might have missed it. (If you read it, let me know your thoughts.)

It took me a while to get into this book (I was about halfway done, before I wanted to pick it up each time), but I was glad that I finished it. I recommend it, if you like watching The National Dog Show each Thanksgiving. ( Side note: did you see the Min Pin escape artist this year?)

Anyway, would I recommend this book? Probably. Given the right audience (dog…

I'm All About The Books

I don't think I mentioned it here, but I took the Goodreads challenge this year and committed to reading 50 books in 2014. I am happy to announce that I completed that goal. (Warning this post contains affiliate links to Amazon - I will mark them with *.)

While I have reviewed a lot of those books on this blog throughout the year, I thought I would make a list, superlative style, to give you a run down of everything I consumed. 

My MVS (Most Valuable Series) goes to the Chop Chop books by L.N. Cronk. They make up nine(!) of my books. The first book in the series Chop Chop* and it is free for Kindle. This is the book that sucked me in, I downloaded and started reading it over the summer I finished it quickly (its 202 pages) and needed more about the characters. (Sidenote: I love books that cover the whole of character(s) lives. This series does that.) Following the series, there are two stand-alone companion books. I only read one - Remind Me* (which is only 70 pages). 

My Longest Rea…

The Walled City by Ryan Gaudin

The Walled City by Ryan Gaudin is a fast-paced, heart-wrenching, adrenaline fueled race against the clock. 

The Walled City sucks you and doesn't let you out. Three teenagers have found themselves trapped there: one enslaved, one searching for her sister and one trying to escape his past. Survival is the goal, escape is the fantasy. It will take all of them to do it.

The book is based on the real life walled city which was located in Hong Kong. This slum developed inside of an old fort. It was run by one man, a drug kingpin. To take down the slum, they had take down the man. 

I really enjoyed this novel and was more fascinated by its origin. Gaudin did a great job changing the narration and moving the story along. No detailed was missed and the story was next to impossible to put down. I really loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone. 

There is some human slavery and prostitution that may be a too mature for some audiences.

A copy of this book was provided to me by the publis…