Friday, April 27, 2012

Ada's Rules - Alice Randall

Ada's Rules: A Sexy Skinny Novel by Alice Randall
Ada Howard is the wife of the preacher and has a lot of responsibilities.  She hasn't been making time for herself recently.  After Ada hears that her 25 yr college reunion is coming up she decides to lose weight to impress an old boyfriend.  Ada outlines her journey and new ways of living healthy in each chapter.  This was an excellent read.  The author manages to keep it light and fun as Ada rediscovers herself and her body. 

Author Pearl Cleage's blurb says it best " Ada's Rules might be a diet book disguised as a novel, and it might be a novel disguised as a diet book, but I guarantee it will make you laugh and make you think, while it nudges you oh so gently in the direction of a brand new way to think about and celebrate your body"

Beyond the laughter, Randall has created a very realistic character in Ada Howard with valid concerns that readers will easily cheer for as she tries to for something better at 50.   This would make an excellent Mother's Day gift. 

Read the first three chapters via the publishers site
Starred Publishers Weekly review

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Reading While Working (Giveaway, In a Sharing Mood)

One great thing about my new job is I get to read a lot when there's down time. Some people at work are even starting a book club and I'll give the good and bad of it, after sharing some great books I've read recently. All of which I'd highly Recommend.

1.The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friss - After Nina picks up a suitcase from the train station for a friends, she discovers a little boy inside. I loved this one.

2. Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall the Groveland Boy, and the Dawn of a New America by Gilbert King . This was excellent. I don't read much nonfiction but I couldn't put this one down. It was nice learning more about Thurgood Marshall.

3The Reckoning by Jane Casey - Another mystery, this is the third book in a series, featuring young detective name Maeve Kerrigan. Set in London Kerrigan in the first female officer in her department. I don't know how I've missed this series, but Kerrigan is one of the best new mystery protagonist out. Picking up the Burning by Casey from the library this week

4 Equal of the Sun by Anita Amirrezvani - This isn't something I would normally read but the publisher was kind enough to send a review copy. So I figured the least I can do is the give the book a try and I am so glad that I did. I loved it. The authors language is beautiful and the pages just flew by. Looking forward to reviewing this one here, closer to the release date in June. A must read for anyone who loves historical fiction or novels based around Royal families

5. Ada's Rules: A Sexy Skinny Novel by Alice Randall - I loved the main character Ada Howard, who is on a journey to loss weight in time for her 25 yr college reunion. This was so much fun and very well done. At times I was reminded of What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearl Cleage. Will be reviewing this one here soon.

Back to the book club. Bad news first, the first book is Fifty Shades of Grey by James. I decided to be a good sport and join in anyway.
The good news, I brought four other books from amazon. Into the Wise Dark by Meminger, Ship of Souls by Elliott, Chulito by Rice- Gonzalez and Forgotten Country by Chung

Since I've already read and very much enjoyed

Into the Wise Dark (My review)

And Ship of Souls (My review)

It's giveaway time. You can only get one or the other. Just be the first to comment on which one you want and its yours.