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text 2017-04-30 12:10
Library Haul
Idaho: A Novel - Emily Ruskovich
The Breakdown - B. A. Paris
All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel - Elan Mastai
The Good People - Hannah Kent
Method 15/33 - Shannon Kirk

Ok, so I have to admit that I am (more than) a little late to the party but I recently discovered Booktube. Embarrassing I agree but there we are, it is out. Anyway, looking at people book hauls I came across the above books and thought they sounded quite interesting. I was horrified to find that our library has raised its reservation fees but nevertheless 3 were reserved and as usual all came in at the same time. So there you have it, I have a busy month ahead of me, it's a good job I've got 2 weeks off!

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review 2017-04-06 17:36
Yellowstone Country by David Skernick
Yellowstone Country: Idaho, Wyoming & Montana (Lost on Gray Roads) - David Skernick

Absolutely stunning photographs in this book. Makes you want to pack your hiking gear and leave now for Yellowstone. I love all the pictures in this book. Three of my favorite are Sunset at Antelope Pass, Yellowstone Lake in September, and Castle Geyser where the geyser is blowing, the sun is shining, and their is a huge rainbow.  I am stunned at all the wildlife pictures as well. David Skernick has done a fabulous job taking these breathtaking pictures. They are so crisp and clear you almost feel like you are there instead of looking at a book. 


I love photography books. I get to see things I will probably never to get experience in person. I can also see the area and add it to my list of dream trips. After looking through this book Yellowstone is definitely on my list now.


I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2017-02-18 18:51
Idaho-loved it!
Idaho: A Novel - Emily Ruskovich

I absolutely loved this novel. This new inspiring author has captured my attention and I loved the way her words came across the page. I almost abandoned this novel as the first few pages left me wondering why I had chosen this novel to begin with. This story itself is not an easy, fun read but it consists of layers, history and damaged lives that never lie still. The more that I read of this novel, the more I settled into it and a calmness came over me. A calmness. I thought it was crazy just how smoothing this novel was considering the subject matter that I was consuming. It was the author, she was amazing. As I read, the characters realizing the fate that awaited them, Emily’s words of prose were there, a comfort for me.


It’s life on the Ponderosa, Wade and Jenny living with their two young children May and June. They were gathering wood, chopping and stacking it, putting it into the back of their pickup truck, it was a wonderful day. Jenny admits to what happens next. Their wonderful day ends in tragedy. Before nightfall, both of their children would be gone. It’s horrible that things turn out this way but this nightmare is far from over as it will haunt Wade and Jenny forever. Reading the journey that these two individuals take after this day was emotional and profound. It wasn’t just their lives that were effected but others they came into connect with. We also journey back in time to the days when this family lived on the homestead, reading about their time spent together as a family before the one event that shattered their lives. This showed just how they felt about one another and how one event can shatter a dream. I can’t wait to see what else Emily writes.


“How quickly someone else’s life can enter through the cracks we don’t know are there until this foreign thing is inside of us. We are more porous than we know.”

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review 2016-12-05 14:34
Such an extraordinary and haunting tale
Idaho: A Novel - Emily Ruskovich

I truly didn’t want this book to end. At its heart is the story of a tragic act, but it’s so much more than just that act.  Each chapter is a literary work of art.  There’s the story of Wade and Jenny and their two daughters, June and May, and the terrible act that tore them apart.  There’s the story of Wade and Ann and her efforts to heal his broken heart and mind.  There’s the story of Wade and his father and the health issue they share.  There’s the story of June and May, two young sisters living their lives in the days before tragedy strikes.  There’s the story of the friendship between Jenny and Elizabeth.  There’s the story of a young boy who loses his leg in a freak accident.  Each of these stories are tied together but each is worthy of its own telling.


The story is not told in a linear fashion. The chapters travel between present, past and future but are not confusing in any way.  Time weaves back and forth to create a beautiful mosaic.  All is tied together – love, forgiveness, regrets, memory, imagination.  Ms. Ruskovich’s book deserves every award I’m sure it will get.   This is one of my favorite books of the year.  Most highly recommended.


This book was given to me by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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review 2016-11-01 21:15
Review: Big Girls Don't Cry (Dundee, ID #6) by Brenda Novak
Big Girls Don't Cry (Dundee, Idaho Series) - Brenda Novak

Pretty much spoil the entire book, so be ye warned.

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