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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. 


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)


Lost (books)

So I have watched the LOST TV Series 3 times now. I didn’t have a DVR or TiVo when it first came out so I never got into it. As I might not be a huge fan of the way it ended overall I thought it was a great show and I still want more. I did some Google searching and I found 3 books written by Cathy Hapka. 

1. Lost: Endangered Species


2. Lost: Secret Identity


3. Lost: Signs of Life


Now they had nothing NEW to really add to the show. But all 3 from what I could tell were based out of the first season or 2. All three books were about another castaway on the Island. Each chapter would go back and forth of the life on the island and their back story of who they were and how they came to the Island. Each book would reference things and people going on in the show and these characters had conversations and explorations with some of the main characters: Jack, Sawyer, Charlie, Hurley, Kate, Jin, Michael and Claire. The books didn’t give any more clues about the show, but I think they were fun books to read. After watching the show 3 times, I always wondered what the others and when I say others, I don’t mean “others” I mean the other castaways were doing, did they have any roles, or anything strange or weird things happen to them. Well read these 3 books to find out. I got all three on Amazon I think for no more than $5 a book.   

I would give them all a 8-9/10 mainly because I liked the show Lost, and just added to the fun of watching the show and reading about it. It makes me want to watch it a 4th time now mainly so I can see if I can spot out these castaways or see if anything from the books relate more to the story or now. BUT I think I will wait a few years or so before I watch it again. 


A Lonely Dog on Christmas by Patrick Yearly



So my goal was to read 12 book this year…one for every month. Well, June, July, August, and September got away from me and I had some catching up to do. I chose this book for December, mainly because of Christmas and second because it was short. BUT I am still considering it one of the 12. This book was bad. Way to many characters in the short book it was. I couldn’t remember who was who and it had us leading up to something major that didn’t happen. Yes, sorry if I ruined the book, but it is not worth the read. Maybe for a teenager or young kids (minus a few foul language) It was told from the dog’s point of view. I mean it was a short story with a happy ending, but overall I think they tried too hard to make the book good. 4-5/10 would be my rating.  At-least it was free off of Kindle. 


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. 


To Do List….in the blogging world

I haven’t been keeping up with one of my New Year Resolutions, and that’s the blog more. I have to catch up on a few different topics:

1. TV Show Reviews: Rescue Me
2. Book Reviews: Lone Wolf, Lost (3 book series), and the 2 books I need to read for December to reach my goal of a book a month in 2013. So far I have read 9 books, half way through my 10th and will read 2 in December (one for Book Pub and one for fun)
3. Update on my workout/training through 2013.

Its been a solid year so far so let’s end it with a bang.

Tune multiple posts to come this month!

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