The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Summary:

Martha, an introverted amateur biographer, is commissioned by reclusive authoress Vida Winter to record her true biography. Ms. Winter is known for spinning false tales about her childhood and from the very beginning, both the reader and Martha wonder if she’s telling the truth this time. “…will keep you guessing…”

Opinion:

“…will keep you guessing…”— NO KIDDING!!! I found this book very strange and quite weird. That may sound redundant, but it’s the truth! I couldn’t put it down. Even after finishing the book, my head is still reeling from it. *Inhale-Exhale* Yeah, it’s got my recommendation.

© Cori Endicott March 2011

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Summary:

A different version of Lewis Carroll’s classic. What if Alyss never fell down the rabbit hole? What if instead she is Princess and Heiress to the Wonderland throne? And Aunt Redd decides she’s rightful queen? Once Alyss falls through the Pool of Tears, will she be able to find her way back?

Opinion:

A very interesting adaptation of the characters. Since this is the first book in the trilogy, I was left with many questions at the end. Entertaining book, couldn’t put it down, despite although I am debating continuing to the second book.

© Cori Endicott March 2011

Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding, and Complusive Acquiring by Michael A Tompkins and Tamara L Harte

Summary:

Although the title should be self-explanatory, this book also contains worksheets to use as guidelines to help determine how serious the problem is. Topics include: forgiveness, harm reduction, managing set back, APS, CPS, landlords and county evictions.

Opinion:

I would recommend this book for anyone who has a loved one who hoards. Especially those who have exhausted every avenue and don’t know where else to turn.

© Cori Endicott March 2011

A Darcy Christmas by Sharon Lathan

Summary:

The final book in A Darcy Christmas: a Holiday Tribute to Jane Austen. The chapters recount various Christmases for Darcy and Elizabeth. Some are joyous, some are sad.

Opinion:

Truth be told, of the three books, this one was my least liked. It was a good read, but you would have to draw up a family tree just to keep track of who was whose child. It did get pretty confusing. I don’t think I would re-read it. But I will recommend for a one-time read.

© Cori Endicott March 2011

Christmas Present by Amanda Grange

Summary:

Lizzie and Darcy are happily married and are expecting their first child. Despite being extremely pregnant, Lizzie insists on traveling to Netherfield to see Jane and Bingley for Christmas. Though Darcy is beside himself with worry with the traveling, he agrees. Will there be another baby born on Christmas Day?

This is the second book in A Darcy Christmas: A Holiday Tribute to Jane Austen.

Opinion:

A great reunion for the characters. Amanda Grange is able to capture the personalities and continue on while doing Austen justice. (Once or twice I had to remind myself that it wasn’t Austen’s writing.) I laughed through the entire book! Definitely recommend!

© Cori Endicott February 2011

Mr. Darcy’s Christmas Carol by Carolyn Eberhart

Summary:

The first of three books in A Darcy Christmas: A Holiday Tribute to Jane Austen.

The best way I can summarize this book is the last 3-4 chapters of Pride and Prejudice didn’t happen. Jane and Bingley did marry, but no renewal of affection between our favorite couple. Insert Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with Austen’s characters and background. Right at the very end, when everything returns to normal, A Christmas Carol with Scrooge is inserted.

Opinion:

IT WORKS!!! IT ABSOLUTELY WORKS!!!

This book can stand on its own; though having read P&P isn’t a hindrance.

DEFINITELY!!! TOTALLY!!! ABSOLUTE RECOMMENDATION!!! LOVE IT!!! WOULD DEFINITELY READ IT AGAIN!!!

© Cori Endicott February 2011

Writers and Their Notebooks edited by Diana M. Raab

Summary:

This book is a compilation of twenty-four writers giving their points of view on why keeping a journal is vital to a writer. They go through their processes on how and why they keep them. Excerpts are given by some contributors.

Opinion:

I enjoyed this book immensely. I found it very inspiring and relatable. I completely, totally recommend this book.

The schizophrenic writer’s story was very insightful. Got a lot great quotes.

© Cori Endicott February 2011

 

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

Summary:

Fictional story about a company with a new CEO who needs to turn around the rest of the executive team quickly. The book goes through each of the five dysfunctions and shows how the new CEO perseveres.

Opinion:

I was required to read this book for a management class-for full disclosure purposes. I believe it is a good book for any college student to read, especially if you are a business student. It helps you understand how to deal with difficult people.

© Cori Endicott February 2011

Lord Sunday by Garth Nix

Summary:

The concluding book in Garth Nix’s Keys to the Kingdom series picks up immediately where Superior Saturday left off. As with any great battle, heart-wrenching sacrifices (for me at least) must be made. What will become of Arthur now that all the Trustees are defeated?

Opinion:

I finished Superior Saturday June 2009. Lord Sunday wasn’t published until March 2010. Can anyone imagine my ants-in-the-pants-ness? I did tear up a few times while reading and am quite satisfied with the ending

Recommend? Yes.

Recommend the entire series? Absolutely!

© Cori Endicott December 2010

Making Money from Home: How to Run a Successful Home-Based Business by Donna Partow

Summary:

A step-by-step guide to getting a business started. From the initial idea to networking.

Opinion:

I found this book very helpful. Top ten bulleted lists with quick tips; instructions on how to register URLs on major search engines; how to keep home-life amicable; etc.

I would recommend this book to anyone playing around with the idea of starting their own business.

© Cori Endicott December 2010

 

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