In January of 2005 I started this blog as a record of books I’ve read as I was afraid I would forget what I have read. I have often referred back to my own blog to remember a book's contents or see what I have read by an author. I have enjoyed passing my books on to friends or recommending books to read. I know I have missed recording some, but in general I try to keep up with what I have read or listened to.
- Name: Maira Bundza
- Location: Kalamazoo, MI, United States
I am a librarian at Waldo Library at Western Michigan University.
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Saturday, March 07, 2015
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (2013)
Don decides he does want a partner in life, so for his Wife Project he writes up a questionnaire that would get at the traits he wants - no smoking or drinking (though he drinks himself), highly educated, understands numbers, organized, will eat strange things, etc. Of course very few women fit, and when one does, but is a advanced ballroom dancer, he teaches himself to dance all the ballroom dances - just without a live partner or music - you can see that just leads to a hilarious situation. He is used to being laughed at, as it has been going on all his life, so he seems not to mind, but is rescued by Rosie, a bar maid that has come to him wanting to find out who her real father is. It is someone her mother slept with at her graduation party, so the two of them create the Father Project and go off to gather DNA samples from dozens of men.
Heartwarming, as Don learns social skills - by applying his amazing brain to the task and make many people's lives better. Will read the sequel soon.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Zero Day by David Baldacci (2011)
Saturday, December 27, 2014
2014 in Review
I take pleasure in looking over what I have read at the end of the year and seeing what kind of reading year it has been. I have to say it has been a good one, once again. I continued to read mostly historical fiction, thrillers/mysteries, contemporary fiction, some young adult, some non-fiction, and much to my own chagrin, Nora Roberts.
Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (2013)
Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans (2014)
Going Home by Nora Roberts (2005)
Unfinished Business (1992)
This one was about Vanessa, a classical pianist, whose father dragged her around the world performing, away from her mother and any other life. After her father dies, she returns to her hometown, starts rebuilding her relationship to her mother and an old flame - Brady, now a local doctor.
Island of Flowers (1982)
Laine spends her last dollars to go to Hawaii to find her father, who left her and her mother when she was little. Now that her mother has died, she found an address and headed out. Turns out he is a wonderful man and has a good looking younger partner Dillon in running a small airport.
Mind Over Matter (1987)
This one was about David Brady, a documentary producer working on a program about paranormal occurances. He finds a special woman Clarissa that he wants to interview, but has to go through her agent A.J. Turns out Clarissa is A.J.'s mother, and though they love each other, A.J. doesn't want to accept that she may have some of the same powers as her mother.
Silkworm by Robert Galbraith (2014)
Important Contemporary Artists of Latvia by Mark Svede (2012)
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert (2013)
First of all, it is a history of the study of botany book. It starts with Kew gardens in England, reminding me of a Philippa Gregory's Earthly Joys. Henry Whittaker is the son of a gardner, who gets caught stealing rare plants and selling them to others, so instead of being hung, he gets sent around the world to collect specimens for Kew. He ends up starting his own business and settles in Philadelphia. He takes a Dutch wife and they have one daughter - Alma.
One more unfinished review. It is the books I really loved and wanted to do them justice that I sometimes don't get around to finishing. This was from early in the year, so I don't remember details, just that I learned a lot about how early botanists worked and the main character, I believe, was a woman botanist, though I could find no historical character that she was based on.