Friday, May 28, 2010


Today I took the time to update my bookshelves at Goodreads to add the books that I've read so far in 2010. I'm not writing reviews of all the books—that would take 'way too much time—but I think it's good to share a couple of the reviews here on the blog. If you're interested in what I think of other books, please go to Goodreads to view all my reviews.

War on the MarginsWar on the Margins by Libby Cone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I bought the Kindle edition of this book in December 2008. I can't remember exactly what led me to it, but I strongly suspect that it was a recommendation that I saw at either the BookObsessed or MobileRead forums. I even started reading it sometime in 2009, but set it aside as my interest waned.

But then I read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society late in 2009. This renewed my interest in the story of the German occupation of the Channel Islands and I picked up my Kindle to finish reading War on the Margins.

I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy historical fiction. It has a very different "feel" than The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society as the author drew on the research she had done for her doctoral dissertation to insert a great deal of fact—and some actual persons—into the novel. Thus, War on the Margins had a much more scholarly tone. Even so, I found it particularly interesting to read the two books in a relatively short time.

The Sari Shop Widow The Sari Shop Widow by Shobhan Bantwal

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I hesitated when selecting which of my tags I'd assign to this book. While there was a bit of a romance in the story line, this was definitely not a romance novel. Rather, it was a pleasant look at a loving family that was both like mine and very different since I'm not Indian. I picked this up as a freebie offered to Kindle owners in August 2009, and I enjoyed it very much. I'm now looking at other books by this author, so if Amazon (or her publisher) was giving the book away to boost sales, then they've succeeded with me.

The Alibi Man (Elena Estes, #2) The Alibi Man by Tami Hoag

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Until I was adding this book to my bookshelf at Goodreads, I hadn't realized that this was part of a series. The Alibi Man was so well written that although I knew there was a back-story, I never felt that I was missing something. This is definitely the case with other series when I've read them out of order. Well done and I'm giving it 4 stars since it was a very good mystery/suspense novel.

1 comment:

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