#12: Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
I read this one for book club, and coincidentally was also able to purchase it for $2.99 on my Nook! Not a bad book. Very gripping, and as messed up as the plot line turned out to be, it was very realistic because we have so many messed up people in this world. I would say this is a good beach read, except it is not a happy story. If you think Room by Emma Donoghue was as good beach read, then read this. Some parallels between the stories as they both center around young girls held as captive sex slaves “in their best interest” to protect them from the world outside. The creepiest parallel? Both novels were written by Canadians! Come on Canada, can you be slightly less morbid? Write some books about puppies perhaps? Technically, Emma Donoghue was born in Ireland, but she still calls Canada home now!
While this isn’t the most intellectually stimulating book ever, I liked the element of suspense and the fact I couldn’t predict anything coming. Good tool for a conversation about human nature and what motivates us.
#13: Heart of the Matter by Emily Griffin
This was a book club selection that was just selling for $2.99 for one day only on my Nook recently, while I’ve seen the hardcover for about $8 brand new at Barnes and Noble. Both are too much to pay. Heck, I wouldn’t read this book again for $8 AND a day off work! Does that tell you anything. This book was lame, predictable, overall an utter waste of my time. Thank God I read the library’s copy. Felt so good to return it, and no nasty late fees from this baby to taint my record. If you have any self respect you will read something else.
#14: The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby
FANTASTIC book! Great reference tool for anyone new to DSLR photography like myself. I have about 30 Post-It sticky tabs marking pages I want to make notes from before I return it this week. I had to wait a few weeks for this one from the library, but it was worth the wait. Great ideas and strong tips in an easy to read format. Scott was annoying at some points with his incessant bad jokes, but the strength of the content he did include in a serious manner overrode his idiocy.
#15: The Ultimate Career Guide for Nurses by Donna Will Cardillo
Another FANTASTIC book. Obviously it is geared toward a specific career-minded individual, but fellow nurses from novice to expert can benefit from this. Even if you don’t plan on leaving your facility, this will come in great hand for preparing you for advancement within. One of the most valuable books I have bought in a long time, that I intend to keep regardless of current work-life circumstances. Every nurse or soon to be RN needs to check this out!
#16: The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
Holy moly this book sucked big time. I initially read a sample once I finished Smut by the same author, and I recall raving about the potential of this novel to a respected coworker. HA! I pray to God he never took me up on my recommendation, because color me embarrassed if he did. The Queen takes up reading, the Queen makes reading her new life, the Queen talks to other politicians about reading and they don’t care…fast forward 50 pages….the Queen is reading a different book and now recommending/giving books away…fast forward 50 more pages….the Queen is reading but doesn’t feel the need to promote reading to her country, would prefer she keep it a secret guilty pleasure….The End. The best part of the book was mention of Alice Munro, a fellow Canuck that doesn’t write extensively about abducted women. Or does she? Haven’t read everything she has written, but at least Alan Bennet was intelligent enough to mention her. He could have stuck with Actors-turned-authors to reference. Despite the cute cover, I would skip this book.