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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! 



Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline

Book Review Number 5:

So I kind of slacked this month, didn’t end up buying the book until May 18th, and was not sure what I would think about the book. It was a novel, Don’t Go, by Lisa Scottoline. A friend asked how far I was, and I told her I haven’t started. So i downloaded the book since I was going to Wisconsin on the 18th and read on the way there and back. I was at 60% completed by the time I was done. This has been the fastest book I have ever read. It only took 3 days, probably because it was so good. I highly recommend this book and below I will give my review. It will have spoilers  so IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK YET, PLEASE DON’T READ THE REVIEW.

RATING: So the other books I think I rated to high, some I gave a 4.5/5 (which really after reading this book they should be 3-3.5/5. This book in my opinion was 5/5 with TWO THUMBS up!

REVIEW: (like I said, don’t read any further if you haven’t read the book)


The book started out great, it was the wife, Chloe, who was home while her husband was in Afghanistan  She had an accident and cut her arm open while in the kitchen. When she woke up she was woozy and couldn’t move. She couldn’t stand up to reach for a phone or laptop. As she crawled to the door, getting weaker by the minute, just to try and get outside to yell for help, she collapsed  She did hear someone coming in, and the person walked in saw her and left. The person did not call 9-1-1 or anything to help. This left me hanging on edge, I was like who was there, why didn’t they help, etc…

Mike, the husband in Afghanistan  got the news and went home for a 10 day leave. This is where things got odd. He found out she was a drinker and felt ashamed and mad at her for being an alcoholic. Chloe’s sister and brother-in-law, Danielle and Bob said that when Mike returns back to Afghanistan they would watch his daughter, Emily, who at the time was less than a year old. He agreed to that and signed some papers (since Bob was a lawyer) and was only planning on being back in Afghanistan for another month.

When he got back to Afghanistan things went south for Mike again. His base got attacked killing some of his friends and other soldiers that he was asked to stay for another year. He couldn’t leave them and asked Danielle/Bob to watch Emily for that time. Then he also got a letter from the autopsy report on his wife stating that she was pregnant with another child, which WAS NOT his. He now found out his wife cheated on him while he was away. Then a few chapters later his Humvee got attacked and he woke up in a hospital, alive, but lost his left arm at the elbow. It’s was very sad for him since his life work was being a surgeon.

When he got back to the states, he was staying with Danielle and Bob, that things went downhill again. Mike thought he found the kid that his wife slept with, punched him in the face and got arrested and later on got filed a lawsuit against him. Then Chloe’s best friend Sara was murdered. Mike figured it had to be because he was going to tell her about his wife cheating and since Sara probably knew about it the “man that had an affair” killed her. He tried to take on the law by himself, but wound up coming home later one night and Danielle and Bob kicked him out and said they were keeping Emily. Mike got a lawyer (even though Bob was his lawyer, but at this time he had to get a new one). Stephanie was his lawyer and he had to get some things done in a day, get a place, furnished, get therapy, and make his home a welcoming home. Also he had to get a job. He was ok money wise for a few months, but still needed a job.

Mike went to his old practice and they offered him to work with them trying to sell this new boots for kids that brakes their ankles, foot’s, etc… He didn’t like being the “war hero” trying to get sympathy for selling boots and decided he didn’t want to do that anymore. His old partner Jim, seemed like an odd man as well.

At the trail for Emily, everything went well until the question was asked to Mike if Danielle/Bob would make a good family for Emily and he said yes. This pissed off his lawyer Stephanie, but she got over that later. That night at the funeral he realized some new information, that he thinks it wasn’t the kid that slept with his wife, it was the father. He talked to Stephanie and she said he was going over their to confront him. She advised he call the cops and go home, he said he would. He called the cops, but went to the house anyways trying to settle the lawsuit with the father. Once the father realized Chloe was pregnant, Mike knew he did it, he knew he slept with Chloe and he knew he killed Sara. Then BOOM he got hit from the back from the man’s wife. They thought Mike was dead, and were talking about how he slept with her and his wife was the one that went to the house and didn’t help Chloe. Mike eventually got up and attacked the father (after the father was beating his wife for not helping his mistress who was pregnant with his child). The struggle went on and after basically knocking out the father, Mike was so weaken he crawled to the door hoping the police would show up. Right before he collapsed he saw Stephanie breaking the window and coming in to help him.

The next morning he woke up in the hospital, Stephanie was there with him. Sara’s husband Don came the thank him for finding the murderer. The Danielle and Bob came in to apologize and said they throughout the lawyers papers and wanted Emily to be with her real Dad, and that they wanted to be apart of Mike and Emily’s life. It seemed like a few weeks went by, and Mike and Emily were going on a trip to Connecticut to visit some of his war buddies. Stephanie and Mike were now dating, and right before the book was over they through one more twist. Danielle found a bottle of some very expensive Scotch, and Mike knew who’s it was. He went down to his old practice to confront his old partner Jim about sleeping with his wife. He admitted he tried and it didn’t work, and if it wasn’t for Emily, he would have knocked him out. But Jim’s new partner was all about reputation and since Mike did this in front of everyone he figured he would get fired.

Like I said this book was great, a lot more happens, but I don’t want to re-write the book.  Hope you liked it as much as I did and please leave comments!!


Shadow Creek: By Joy Fielding

I was asked when I gave my last book review to put my rating first, this way people can see the rating without reading the spoilers below. 


I would rate this book at 4.5/5, it was a easy read, some twists through out and it ended! Other books I have read left me hanging at the end wondering what happens next. It was almost a 5/5 but at some parts I got lost in the moment of where things were taking place, and the beginning was a little boring at first. 


This book was about a woman (Valarie), her daughter (Brianne), Val’s friends (Melissa and James) and Val’s ex husband’s fiance (Jennifer.) Jennifer was picking up Brianne to take her to a hotel/spa with her dad (Ethan). He was late like usual, and so Val volunteered to take them to the place. Things got out of control when they had to stay the night and share the hotel room with Jennifer and Brianne. During this time there were murders going around (mostly the killing of elderly people in the nearby area.) Brianne was a stuck up snob to her mom, Val has issues of being nice to the “slut” Jennifer (whom she caught cheating with her Husband in a flashback), and Melissa and James were there to help Val celebrate her 40th birthday. Things went haywire when Brianne sneaked out to meet up with her boyfriend and got caught naked in the open woods by a couple of park rangers. This caused a big fight between everyone at the hotel and they were asked to leave, (in a previous chapter, Val ran into an old friend from high school, Gary, and he said they could all stay with him down at the campsite, since they had a few tents to spare.) This is when Brianne went out again to meet her boyfriend, got lost in the woods after a car accident and eventually was found by the murderers. Throughout the book the author did do a great job of making me think Brianne was the killer, but she wasn’t. The killers were a young male and female that killed an elderly couple and were staying in their cottage for now. They brought Brianne back to the cottage, (The male (who used Multiple names) was dressed as a park ranger and helped her to the cottage, he also wanted to sleep with her). Nikki the female killer (again not her real name) wanted to kill her since she was jealous. Val, James, Melissa and Jennifer went on a search to find Brianne after they realized she was missing. The finally found the cottage, and were invited in by Nikki. When they realized they Nikki was lying and not who she said they were, the male came into the room (Brianne was locked in the trunk of the car) and was ready to kill all 4 of them. Val managed to get the gun from Nikki and shot the male dead. She swooped in and saved the day. Brianne swore she’d behave better and be nicer to her mom, Val and Jennifer at this point seemed to become good friends and Ethan never did show up. When they all got back home and dropped Jennifer off at Ethan’s apartment, they noticed one of Brianne’s friends car outside and finally realized why he didn’t show up that weekend, as he was sleeping with the friend. This is where the book ended, realizing that we knew what would happen next. 

Like I said it was 4.5/5 I think it could have been a little better, but it was fast to read and easy. 

Until next month….


Gone Girl: by Gillian Flynn


March is almost done and I have completed book 3 of 12. As some of you may know, I don’t read. I never been a huge fan of it, I mostly skimmed my way through books in High School and College. Now this year I wanted to start reading more. I started a fun book club called “Book Pub” where we read one book a month and discuss it over drinks at a local pub, bar, or drinking establishment.

This month we chose to read Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. (There will be spoilers below, so if you haven’t read the book please don’t read this.

When I first started reading the book I wasn’t hooked. The beginning was a little confusing at first and a little dry for me to get into. Once the main character, Amy, disappeared it got me hooked. The writing style of this book was every other chapter there it was either Amy talking or Nick talking. The first half of the book with Nick in present time and Amy’s section was her diary entries. In the beginning I was trying to figure out the answer to what happened to Amy and who was guilty. Every time I thought I had an answer a different twist came into play. Especially after the first half of the book was over to find out this entire story of the disappearance of Amy was all Amy’s plan to get back at her husband for cheating. This is when all my previous ideas I had were thrown out the window. Amy was a sick and devilish because of how long (a year) to plan this disappearance. This almost landed Nick in jail and most likely to be put on death row. That is until she saw Nick on the news, saying he wanted her to come home. Nick knew she planned this and wanted to kill her for real now, but more wanted her to go to prison for what she did. When she returned home she blamed the disappearance on being taken by a former boyfriend who raped her and kept her locked up until she was able to kill him. The old boyfriend, Desi, was innocent; it was just a way for Amy to get back home without getting caught. Nick was still trying to figure out a way to get her to slip up and to send her to jail. Finally she announced to him that she was pregnant ( I still am not sure if it was his child or not) but now he dropped his pursuit to put her in jail.

Then the book ended. I am not sure why but this book and the last book I read both ended without finding out what happened in the end. This book is still a mystery to me as I have no idea what would happen with Amy and Nick next. I guess it’s clever for the author to leave us hanging, but some closure would have been nice. We are meeting at Bad Bobby’s Bar on Thursday night to discuss it and I think it will be a great way to see what others think happened after the book was over.

Also at the meeting we will be picking out book number 4. My overall rating for this book would be…4.5 out of 5, the twists, turns, and excitement/mystery, is what I look for in a book and it held up. I first read bad reviews about this book and believe it’s because how it ended, but the overall book I will leave it at 4.5/5. 


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