The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared

By: Jonas Jonasson

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So when I picked up this book at the library, I thought I was in for a cute story about an old man like The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. This story, set in Sweden and flashing back to all over the globe, was so much more. This is really two stories in one. Allan, our centenarian, decides on his hundredth birthday, that he doesn’t want to waste away in the nursing home. He jumps out the window and heads to the train station. At the train station, he absconds with a suitcase that he doesn’t know is full of money.

The suitcase, and the people who want it back, lead him on a wild (and often criminal) adventure. The characters he picks up along the way are fascinating, including an elephant who is also on the run. There is a detective on their tale most of the time, and you do wonder if he will ever catch the hundred year old man who is evading him.

Even more fascinating are the flashbacks of Allan life before the nursing home. He is a very anti political man who ends up in all kinds of political situations. He makes friends with political leaders of many countries, including President Truman and Kim Jong Il. He unwittingly learns how to make a nuclear bomb and distributes this information to the wrong people. He influences wars he takes no side in, helps elect officials and frees a gulag.

This is an endlessly fascinating book. It is a long one, but worth every page!


Inherit the Bones

By: Emily Littlejohn

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Set in a small town in Colorado, Inherit the Bones, take us through thirty years of the town’s history. Trying to solve three murders that may be connected, Gemma-the pregnant police detective, has to delve into the secrets of some of the town’s most important families.

It all starts when a clown is found slaughtered at the fairgrounds while the circus is in town. When the clown turns out to be the mayor’s son, long thought dead, it starts to bring up other unsolved murders in the town.

The characters in the saga are very well written, and Gemma is a fun lead character to follow. The story was really good and I really didn’t figure out whodunit right away, which I like in a cozy mystery. Littlejohn also does a really good job including some personal side stories of the characters, but not so much that you feel like she is just filling pages.

Overall a great quick read!


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Scents and Sensibility- Chet and Bernie Mysteries #8

By:Spencer Quinn (click here to go to author’s website)

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I love the Bernie and Chet series, so I am predisposed to loving this one. If you haven’t read any of the series, Bernie is a private eye. The books are told from the point of view of his partner and best friend, Chet the dog. You will love Chet from the get go. It is a very unique point of view on each of the mysteries that they solve together. Chet is often distracted by slim jims, can only count to two and often loses track of conversations, but its doesn’t affect the enjoyment of the story.

In this episode of the Bernie and Chet story, their neighbor and owner of Chet’s dog pal, Iggy, ends up with a stolen cactus and needs Bernie’s help clearing up the trouble he’s in. As usual, Bernie and Chet end up in the desert and stumble on a dead body. They must solve both mysteries in time to help out their neighbor, who suspects his wayward son, might be behind it all. We also get to meet a new character, Shooter, a mutt who looks and smells just like Chet 😉

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This one ends on a cliffhanger…. Bernie is severly injured and it leaves us wondering if the dream team will be separated. I finished the book one night and I was devastated. Can’t wait until the next edition comes out and I can see what happens.


I want to take this opportunity, after reviewing a book that reminds you how awesome dogs are. If you are in the Atlanta area, here is a dog, named Bernie, that needs a home. Come and get him or one of his friends in the shelter.

Santorini Sunsets

By: Anita Hughes (click here to go to author’s website)

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Santorini Sunsets is a whole book about one wedding trip. Which sounds kind of tedious, but it really doesn’t turn out that way. Brigit is a New York society girl who has just quit a law career to work at her family’s foundation that builds schools in under developed countries. The groom is “The Sexiest Man Alive”, a movie star who’s groomsmen include a who’s who of Hollywood.

The two along with their friends and family are gathered in Santorini for the wedding. The story follows the stories of the bride, her sister and her mother. There are a lot of details about clothes and food that really don’t need to be there, but in between each detailed desription of yogurt and granola for breakfast the stories are really good, if everything ends kind of sticky sweet.

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Flight Patterns

By: Karen White (click here to go to author’s website)

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I loved the story and as always with Karen White, the writing was beautiful. It was just like visiting New Orleans and Apalachicola, you could taste the oysters. Karen White has a way of taking all of her readers to the location she is writing about and making them understand the atmosphere behind the story.

The main characters of the two sisters were a little off for me. I didn’t really get that Georgia being promiscuous as a teenager had anything to do with the story. And Maisy just seemed a little more mean to her sister that was called for. But the undercurrent of sisterhood underneath it all was really sweet in its own way.

I loved the bees being central to story and yet on the periphery all the time. The prologue gives you a clue to what is going to happen at the end of the story, but there are still plenty of twists and turns. While the story drug a tad in places, it was one of those books you hate to put down even when you are struggling to keep your eyes open.


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Living with Intent

By: Mallika Chopra (click here to go to website)

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Historically, I don’t do self help books, but living with some kind of Intent is a concept that held a lot of interest for me. After the first few chapters, I was hooked. I have even since purchased a copy for a friend to share what I was learning. While I don’t have the same religious beliefs as Mallika and she does got to the Deepak is my father well a little too often, the points she makes are very practical and easy to transfer to your everyday life.

There are concepts in here that are not all new, gratitude, meditating and journaling, but Mallika is very practical about applying these things to your life and not judging yourself too harshly. This is a great read, even is you can just read it in bit sized pieces and take a few ideas from it on how to be more intentional about how you live your life and what you do with your time.

I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for this honest review.


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The Invoice

By: Jonas Karlsson

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What if you suddenly had to pay for your happiness? That is what happens to the unnamed subject of The Invoice. Written by Jonas Karlsson, who is also a prominent Swedish actor, The Invoice chronicles one man’s battle over an outlandish invoice he unexpectedly receives in the mail.

Governments across the world have gotten together and decided that we all must pay for the happiness, experiences and feelings we have had. Invoices go out based on an EH score. When our character gets his, its millions of dollars. And for a man with a part time job at a video store, there is no chance he can pay it back. He begins to call the agency that the invoice came from and develops a relationship with the woman who takes his calls.

It’s not a very long book and the story and the characters are fairly simple and generic, it will make you think more deeply about what your quality of life is worth. How all of your experiences make up who you are, in this case in terms of a monetary value. A good, interesting read.

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Vinegar Girl

By: Anne Tyler

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Vinegar girl is a modern retelling of the Taming of the Shrew. Kate is the daughter of an absent minded professor, forced by the death of her mother to take care of both her father and her flaky sister, Bunny. Kate is also always in trouble at work, she is an assistant at a preschool and the kids love her, but the parents, not so much.

Her dad is a researcher at a local university and is convinced that his assistant, Pyotr is the answer to his questions. Pyotr is in danger of losing his Visa and having to leave the country, so together they have decided to get Kate to help them by marrying Pyotr and getting him a green card.

It is a fairly short story and the family life centered around the eccentric researcher is amusing. But I will always take the original when it comes to Shakespeare. None of the characters are especially likable and the ending is a little anticlimactic.


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The Woman Who Died A Lot

By; Jasper Fforde (Click here to go to author’s website)

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It has been a while since I have read a Thursday Next book and it was about time. This one is a little bit different from the others as Thursday can no longer read herself into the book world. She is injured and forced into a retirement job, but still hot on the tail of the big wigs at Goliath.

Having to deal in the real world and not the book world presents some new challenges for Thursday. Goliath has built day bodies that one can inhabit that are stronger, faster and disposable. But why have the built one for Thursday and what are they doing with theirs. This is what Thursday and her family need to figure out before Swindon gets an almighty smiting.

As usual, the story is weird and enjoyable. This book is full of the fun things that make up the Thursday Next series, even if they are sometimes impossible to make sense of. The great part about this story is that a lot of it is focused on Thursday’s family and their roles in the future. If you have read the rest of the Thursday Next series, this is your next fix and if you haven’t, get started so you can get to this one.


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