Posts Tagged ‘Book Pub


The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf



Book Rating: 5/5


This month for February, my BOOK PUB, read The Weight of Silence, by Heather Gudenkauf. When I read the back of the book, it was about 2 girls that disappeared. At first, it wasn’t a top choice to read as I am not a fan of child abductions. However this book was very well written. It had me guessing all the way through. There were times I think I had the entire thing figured out, only to be completely wrong all the way up till the end. On my Kindle app, it shows the % of the book I have read…I have to say that when I got to 50% from there till 80% it was a CAN’T PUT DOWN type of book. I could have easily finished it at that moment, but was too tired. I am also a fan of local authors and having this book placed in Iowa was great, to read the references to Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Iowa City…made it feel like I knew more about the settings of the story. 

This is a book i highly recommend and I look to read more books by Heather Gudenkauf in the future! 


The Husband’s Secret by Lisa Moriarty

This month for BOOK PUB we read the book…



When I first started out the book, i was thinking something completely different. The back of the book has a short synopsis of what the book is about, which when I got into the book was only about a third of what the whole book is about. I would give this book about a 4 out of 5 for the rating. The beginning (for me) was a little slow, lots of characters to remember and the chapters end with you wanting to know more, but it doesn’t pick up for another few chapters. There are three different stories going on at once, which got confusing at first, but once I hit the 30% mark it picked up a lot, and when I got to 50% of the book it was a couldn’t put down, needed to finish type of book. I would read from this author again and would recommend the book to a friend. 

Last year when I did my book reviews I would do spoilers and re-tell the book is a short few paragraphs. I have decided to just give a small take on it so i wouldn’t ruin the book, give away anything and just give my ratings and recommendations. 


2014 A New Year, New Resolutions, Goals Met

Well, 2013 was a good year (not the best of my life, but still good). Did my first Triathlon and plan to do my 2nd in 2014. I met a lot of fun a cool people on RAGBRAI, and had one of the best weekends of the year being “off the grid” with my wife and the dogs at a cabin in Iowa with no phones, internet, electronics, just us and the pups. 

2013 New Years Resolutions:
1. No Sweets (except for Frozen Yogurt with fruit, or plain vanilla ice cream)
1. Met this goal
2. Read 12 books (Started BOOK PUB)
2. Met this goal
3. Lose Weight
3. Lost weight, but it crept back at the end of the year, so goal not met…

2014 Resolutions:
1. Read at least 13 or more books
2. NO FRIED FOOD ALL YEAR (still debating sweets)
3. Beat my 2013 Triathlon time
4. Lose Weight (and keep it off this time)
5. My newest one for the year, do 10 NEW things I have never done before, I don’t know what those 10 things are, but have 12 months to figure that one. One so far is I am going to L.A and have never been there before.. 

I have goals I know I will meet, and some goals will be hard work, but I am ready for a new year…

Oh…and number one goal…HAVE FUN!!!

2014 BRING IT ON!!!



Daddy’s Girl by Lisa Scottoline

This year as many of you may know I wanted to get into reading more. So I created a book club called “BOOK PUB”. We would read a book each month, go to a bar or pub to drink and talk about the book. I read my 12th book of the year and finished it last night. 

Daddy’s Girl by Lisa Scottoline



I was given some pointers when it comes to doing book reviews. The main pointer I got was to give my rating out of 5 at the beginning of the book review, in case I had any spoilers. Then after the first few reports I decided I wouldn’t have any spoilers. So after reading Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline and loved it, I decided to read another book by her. 

Daddy’s Girl to me was another great book by an author I am beginning to really like. If you look up at the book cover it says at the bottom: “SO MANY PLOT TWISTS, THE PAGES SEEM TO TURN THEMSELVES”- People. I have to agree 100%, this book had a lot of twists and keep me intrigued all the way to the end. I would give this book a 5/5. It was a very easy read, and kept me interested all the way through. I even tried to figure out the ending a few times while reading and was never right. The only thing I don’t understand is the title, Daddy’s Girl it didn’t really seem to fit the book, maybe in a small way, but not really. 

I would recommend this book to all, if you like plot twists, mystery, and overall a very good read, read this book. 



This year one of my New Years Resolution’s was to read a book each month. Well I failed (sort of)… In January i created a group called BOOK PUB. This was a book club group with a twist, we read a book each month and then meet at a local bar or “pub” to talk about the books with a few cocktails. The first 5 months went great but the summer got away from me as I would rather be outside…biking…than reading. So I missed out on BOOK PUB for June, July, August and September. 

I did catch up though and have read a lot of book this end of Fall beginning with Winter. 

Year in Review:
1. The Shack by William P Young (January)
2. Picking up Strangers by Bob Morgan (February)
3. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (March)
4. Shadow Creek by Joy Fielding (April)
5. Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline (May)
6. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (October)
7. Lost: Endangered Species by Cathy Hapka (October)
8. Lost: Secret Identity by Cathy Hapka (November)
9. Lone Wold by Jodi Picoult (November)
10. Lost: Signs of Life by Cathy Hapka (November)
11. A Lonely Dog on Christmas by Patrick Yearly (December)
12. Daddy’s Girl by Lisa Scottoline (December…In Progress)


Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult



In November, for Book Pub the group chose Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult. I would rate the book maybe a 7 or 8 out of 10. It took a little bit to get into it. The background of the book is a man that likes to live with wolves ends up in a car crash with his daughter and is on life support. His son is the decision maker and a huge fight between the daughter and the son about if they should end his life or not. There are a few twists and secrets that come out in the book as well. The writing style was ok, each chapter it was a different person talking and the when it was the father’s turn it was flashbacks to him living with wolves. I think I could have done without those…BUT they did provide some back story to the rest of the book. It was a longer book that usual, but if you are looking for a book to read I would recommend it…BUT only if you are ok with reading about 15-20% of the book before the story really picks up. At-least I can say this. It was not a waste of my time to read it as it still was a decent book. 


The Art of Racing in the Rain

Well first off, I welcome myself back to the blogging world. I have been out of commission for a few months. I am going to get back into this and what better way that a book review from, BOOK PUB’s October book. 

I would give this book a solid 5/5 and recommend it to other people. 

Overall the book was about a dog, his point of view. He told the story and was able to do so in a heart warming and funny way. He would have some side jokes that made me wonder if my dogs actually think these things up. His owner was into racing cars and so the dog was into it to, he would watch racing videos and etc. When his owner started to have a family, a lot of issues came up, but with love, determination and loyalty it all worked out in a sad but happy ending. I don’t want to say much more, but I highly recommend this book! 


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