book review time!

29 Nov

so yeah, i’ve been reading and listening….have you?

i was completely charmed by this book on cd. “the guernsey literary and potato peel pie society” by mary ann shaffer and annie barrows. the book was read by several people. the entire story is told via letters written between the characters of the story. the letter writing begins in 1946 by coincidence and allows the tale to unfold describing the effect the german occupation had on the members of the “guernsey literary and potato peel pie society”. it’s a quaint little novel that has it all…, loss, bravery, gossip, sacrifice, humor…plus pie! really really liked this one. i think i might even be tempted to find me a pen pal.


i also recently read valerie bertinelli’s “losin it: and gaining my life back one pound at a time.”. it was a quick read. nothing overly captivating but i’ve always liked valerie’s acting so it was interesting to me. i didn’t experience any life changing “aha” moments while reading it tho. and maybe that’s okay.




i listened to michael j fox’s “always looking up”. what an extraordinary normal guy. michael reads this book himself, and i found it a bit of a challenge to keep up with his speaking at first. he speaks fast and it seems some of the sentences kind of run together. this may be a symptom of his parkinson’s disease. i got used to it though and it think the book is actually better for him reading it himself.



another listened to was “into the wild” by jon krakauer.  it’s also a movie and i think i might want to see the movie someday too.  jon pieces together information he’s dug up on christopher johnson mcCandless into a heartbreaking story about a complex young man who experiences too much and dies too young.  i don’t think i spoiled the ending for you by saying that because the bones of this story was newspaper headlines for a bit….”young man freezes to death in wilds of alaska”


there have been a few other books here and there that escape me at this time.  now i’m off to listen to anderson cooper read “dispatches from the edge”


what books are you reading or listening too?  what are your favorite ways to get book recommendations?



4 Responses to “book review time!”

  1. Cynthia November 29, 2009 at 11:43 am #

    I loved the Guernsey one, too. I was into reading WWII novels this summer. Another you may enjoy is Suite Francaise (with a little French mark on one of the letters). It takes place in France during the war. It’s amazing how the French left homes and wandered looking for safe places to wait the war out. I’m reading the Oprah book of 2009 but abandoning it because I can’t follow all the dialect in it. Thanks for the reading suggestions. I usually call my sister from B&N to tell me what books I’d like to buy. Do you buy your CDs or check out of the library?

    • myolivebranch December 3, 2009 at 9:34 pm #

      thanks for the recommendation. i’ve been getting most of the book cds from the library in brandon. it’s soo handy for me. i have rarely abandoned a book…i’m too stubborn i guess. but then once i’ve finished it and recognize that i got absolutely NOTHING out of it, well then i’m mad at me for wasting my time.

  2. Linda Card November 30, 2009 at 8:49 pm #

    I just bought the Guernsey book and have not started it yet. So glad that I read your review.

    • myolivebranch December 3, 2009 at 9:35 pm #

      i hope you like it too. lemme know!

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