Book Shelf: A Memoir of the Craft – On Writing by Stephen King

A Memoir of the Craft – On Writing by Stephen King

This had been on my “to read” list for years! It did not disappoint.

This quote from the book hooked me from the beginning, “This is a short book because most books about writing are filled with bullshit.” And, “Omit needless words.” Ouch! I’m a wordy writer. It was good for me to see these two sentence in close proximity!

Happy to have finally read this one.

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Book Shelf: The Heartbeat of Trees: Embracing Our Ancient Bond with Forests and Nature by Peter Wohlleben

The Heartbeat of Trees: Embracing Our Ancient Bond with Forests and Nature by Peter Wohlleben

This was a slow read for me as it’s not exactly a page turner. However, I loved and enjoyed reading and learning more about trees. A must read for anyone concerned about our environment, even more so for those who think that nothing is wrong with how we treat our environment.

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Book Shelf: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

I recently watched this movie, enjoying it so much that I sought out the book. The book was even better! I didn’t think I’d like the style of the book, written as letters back and forth between the characters. It grew on me though, and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know everyone. A heartwarming, moving story with strong female characters. Loved it so much!

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Book Shelf: Born a Crime – Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

Born a Crime – Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

This is the first book I’ve read about life during apartheid and the days that followed freedom. A brave, courageous, eye-opening book about Noah’s childhood, his mom, his family and growing up as a mixed race person in South Africa. Not only that, being born a crime, as he is the son of a Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother. Which at the time was punishable by five years in prison. Also the story of unconditional and unconventional love, family, friendships, and Noah’s coming of age. Delivered with fearless honesty. I highly recommend this one.

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Book Shelf: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Philip K. Dick

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? By Philip K. Dick

This is the book from which the movie Blade Runner was based. I did not like the movie as it made absolutely no sense to me. A friend suggested I read the book. I’m happy that I took her advice. I enjoyed the writing style, getting to know the characters, and being immersed in this classic science fiction story. Loved it!

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Book Shelf: Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

I really enjoyed these essays, full of Bradbury’s humor. I’m surprised I’d not heard of this or read it before now. It was included on someone’s top “books about writing” list. Glad I came across it. Definitely worth the read!

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Book Shelf: The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan Le

The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan Le

This story gripped me from the beginning! A futuristic tale of the destruction that occurs from ignoring climate issues for too long. I enjoyed getting to know the two strong female characters who are sisters, being a part of the love they share for one another. I certainly was not able to “figure it out” until reading it as it happened. I love these types of books, this one included! GREAT story!!

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Book Shelf: Beloved by Toni Morrison

Beloved by Toni Morrison

I’m late to the game with reading this one. Yet, glad I did. Actually, in the beginning I found it difficult to continue reading, nearly setting the book aside, thinking it wasn’t right for me. I kept going though, and so happy I did. A beautiful, heartbreaking story with genuine characters, villains stirring the blood to boiling point, rounded with the solid love of a mother. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Book Shelf: The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee

The Girl With Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee

Enlightening, emotional true story of a young girl’s escape from North Korea. The book reads like fiction, and covers the time just before she crossed the border at 17 years old, through the 12 years of struggle to reuniting with her family. It’s a heartbreaking story at times, but a topic I feel we must educate ourselves about.

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Book Shelf: Rascal by Sterling North

Rascal by Sterling North

This was a beautiful and heartwarming story. Not a book I’d normally choose to read, but my son said I should read it. He’s in the habit of sharing his books with me, telling me that I would like it, or it just happens to be a story he would like for me to read. I very much enjoyed getting to know Sterling and his friend, Rascal. As I write this, I have just discovered that this is a memoir/autobiography of sorts. I assumed it was fiction! Now, I’m even happier I read this beautiful story. The perfect read for any person of any age, who wants to enjoy a great read about friendship and the freedom of childhood.

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