February 2014 Book Reviews

Oprah's Book Club

As you have noticed I sometimes get into trends during the month and this month the trend was Historical Fiction…and Oprah’s Book Club books. I have read a few OBC books but I was never a religious follower but after reading two thing month, I will keep them on my radar.

As I have mentioned in other posts I chose the books I want to read by reading the first chapter of a book.  There is always a time and a place for every book and some stand out more than others…especially this month’s Top 5…


  1. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd 
  2. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
  3. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  4. What a Ghoul Wants by Victoria Laurie
  5. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Mary Poppins by PI Travers – (Children’s)  Picked this one up after reading the Mary Poppins type book last month and watching Saving Mr. Banks.  I can see why Disney was so determined to make it into this into a movie…it reads like a movie (without the animated dancing penguins). This is a great series to introduce to your kids, easy fun reads!

Shoot Him if He Runs by Stuart Woods – (Mystery) Stone Barrington # 14 I have loved all of these books but this one was really good!  Excellent series for mystery lovers who need a bit of sarcasm mixed in.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – (Historical Fiction) WOW!  Another one of those books that really make you think and reflect while reading. I didn’t know when I started that this was based on real people but I remember thinking…wow, these woman were awesome, I wish someone had done that…and they had!!  I also liked how she told the story from two points of view, the slave and the slave owner but its more than that really.  It’s a story of hope, perseverance, faith and love.

The Ex Games Series by JS Cooper – (Romance) Pretty typical romance but I liked that the guy was the instigator.

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline – (Historical Fiction) I read a similar book last year about the orphan trains that ran from the last 1800’s until after WW2 but this one was really cool because it followed an orphan in the past and the present.  Two people with very similar stories but at different times…very interesting read!

Standup Guy by Stuart Woods – (Mystery) Stone Barrington #28 – Wow I skipped 14 books to read this one!  It’s the latest in the series and a friend wanted me to read it with her.  It funny because it actually tied into the book I had just finished.  There were a lot of questions though since I had skipped so many books.  Again, another great book in the series.

Devil May Ride by Wendy Roberts – (Paranormal) I like this series but it’s not for the weak of heart if you don’t like blood, guts and satanic cults. I like the main characters!

What a Ghoul Wants by Victoria Laurie – (Paranormal) #7 of the Ghost Hunter series.  This was a pretty scary book but in a good way. I wouldn’t recommend reading it before bed though.

Private LA by James Patterson – (Mystery) #3 for Jack Morgan and another suspense! I thought the similarities between the couple and Angelina Joli and Brad Pitt were funny.  You have to read to understand.

Blood and Fire by Tori Ridgewood – (Paranormal) I really liked this book but in some places I thought it was giving me too much information. It did answer some questions that I had from the first book and gave a good recap but I really just wanted the action!  Once we got to the action though, I couldn’t put the book down.  Can’t wait for the next one!!

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – (Fiction)  A really random and strange book but once you get into it you can’t let it go.  You really want the guy to get the girl…even if he is a little strange.

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis – (Fiction) Not quite what I expected and this was another book that makes you reflect on your life and the decisions you’ve made. In this case its about Hattie’s family and how they turned out.  I can relate to this book since I have five brothers and sisters, we are all completely different and all have different versions of the same story.  I liked the book and the stories so much I wanted more!

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