Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Common Bond by Donigan Merritt

At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book. I wasn't sure what direction it was going in. Then it started to draw me in to the story. It's one of those that you will keep reading because you want to understand. The main character is Morgan Carey, but the book is not about him. It is more about his relationship with his wife and his guilt regarding their relationship. It is about learning from our relationships and is told with a sensitivity to all the depths of emotion involved. It is about love, death, and finding oneself again. Moving, thoughtful, and inspiring. I also enjoyed the secondary relationships, especially the ones between Morgan and Ben Kamakani, and his family. They befriended Morgan at a time of great loss for him, and then for themselves, and they helped him heal, and gave him hope for the future. Read this book, enjoy the Hawaiian setting, and join Morgan as he finds his redemption.

Big Wheel at the Cracker Factory by Mickey Hess

I loved the cover of this book! Just reminded me of a box of Ritz crackers! The book is about anything but crackers, though! It is about searching for what we want to be when we grow up, and finding that what we want to be isn't always what we thought it was. It's about doing the job we work and study hard for, and finding that other jobs are necessary to fill in the gaps. It's about finding jobs, and looking for meaning in what we do. Sometimes funny, and always thoughtful and inspiring, I enjoyed this book. Mickey Hess has let us into his life for a year of working, going to school, and all his doubts and wonderings about what he wants to do when he grows up. He gives us his insights with a down to earth humour I found very engaging. If you've ever questioned where you're going next in your life and career, try this book. You'll find you're not alone.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

No Matter What! by Lisa Nichols

You CAN overcome every obstacle....NO MATTER WHAT! That is what Lisa Nichols shows us with her 9 Steps to Living the Life You Love. I found this book very well-written, and inspiring. Lisa makes a lot of sense with her approach to life and her steps in how to get past those things that trip us up...and don't we all have just one? or two? or a few??? I stayed up late the past two nights totally engrossed in what I was reading and couldn't wait to finish the book. Lisa's candor and down to earth approach make No Matter What! an easy book to read. Her steps aren't rocket science, and anyone could follow them and apply them to their own life. The difficult part would be the confronting our own selves! But aren't we worth it?! I would love for everyone to be able to read this book and just imagine the possibilities! Definitely a keeper! Find it! Buy it! Read it! Keep it!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Secrets Unveiled by Sheshena Pledger

An interesting and well done story that will put you right into a world you don't expect. The world of a crime family out for vengence. The language places you in the setting as much as anything else. That being said, I didn't enjoy this story, finding it much to harsh for my tastes. Once again, if you think you would enjoy this book, please feel free to send me a message and I'll pass it along to the first request.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Threshold: A Hard-Boiled Thriller by Bonnie Kozek

I read this book with a reluctant fascination. Wondering where the story was going, but although I wasn't enjoying much about it, still continuuing to read on and find out. The setting is the streets and about as low as it gets. The lead character, Honey McGuinness, is not your average leading lady crime fighter. She chooses to live on skid row and has seen it all. When one of her friends is murdered, she takes it upon herself to solve the crime. As the back of the book says, it is "Bawdy, gritty, and unrelenting...." Not my type of book, but if it sounds interesting to you, then feel free to email me and I'll pass along my copy to the first person to request it.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Deadly Exchange by Geoffrey M. Gluckman

It's been awhile since I read Deadly Exchange. As you will notice, we've been a little busy opening our bookstore, but the reading still continued. Deadly Exchange was a great book and an intriguing idea. Worthy of a movie even! I can just see something of this nature happening in these days of fear of terrorist threats, and our ever expanding technological advances. Some day it just might happen that everyone has a chip under their skin, and that radio frequencies can communicate and effect that chip...maybe the person carrying it too? Interesting premise, isn't it? What would be the possibilities? I recommend this book to anyone interested in futuristic possibilities!

Never Without A Book Ltd. (the store)

I'm excited to say we are now open! It's been a very busy time getting the store set up and getting all the books on the shelves, and we're still working hard at that. We still have boxes of books to go, but opened our doors anyway. One of our most exciting events lately was the addition of our bookstore cats! (Rodent control...I like to say! ;)) Shakespeare and Rembrandt were strays we adopted from the SPCA. They are both very laid back and have adapted well to their new home at the bookstore. That's them in the attached pictures. Rembrandt is an orange and white longhair who loves to climb anything. Shakespeare is the cream ginger longhair who loves to be petted and held. We're hearing lots of good comments from our customers so far and looking forward to many happy years in this location. If you're ever in Edmonton, look us up!