Book Review Updates

>> Saturday, October 29, 2011


The Sage Room has read some pretty good books this year. We, however, have not been good about blogging our picks and reviews. So, here is my quick review of the last few books we've read.

The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo ***1/2
Sate of Wonder by Ann Patchet ***1/2
Little Bee ***
Same Kind of Different as Me **1/2


Star Ratings by Anna

>> Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Yes, we are still reading a book a month.

No, we are not blogging very much.
I'm going to be lazy with my reviews.
Sorry, I won't be sharing very much news.
Zero to five, the stars will tell,
Whether I liked the book bad or well.

Life of Pi - ***
Lincoln Lawyer-**1/2
I Capture the Castle-***1/2
The Pact-*


January's Pick - Review

>> Monday, January 31, 2011

Sometimes when I read, I am a part of the story. I am there with the hero or heroine, fighting the fight, or winning my true love's heart, or making my best friend laugh hilarously at a joke only the two of us get. But then there are times, when I am a viewer only, watching the tale unfold.

Reading The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, I was a viewer only. And I liked it. I let this sad tale, with a dark premise and a somewhat surprising end (even though when you get to the suprise end, you somehow knew it all along) carry me along. I watched the story devolop and deepen with mixed feelings of sadness and horror and approval. And when I got to the end, I was satisfied. This, friends, was a good story.


January's Pick

>> Monday, January 17, 2011


This month's pick was easy to choose. My bestest friend from way back when (who also has a book club in the eastern part of the country where she lives) sent me The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox as a Christmas present. Before it arrived it was also preceded by this email:

So part of your present is a book. I ordered it before I finished reading it myself because I found it totally engrossing. However, I know you aren't too much a fan of sad stories and this one is sad (says so right on the cover, but for some reason I still wasn't prepared for what happened). So, if you want to return it and get something else, go ahead. It's definitely a good book. Well
written, great for conversation. But not happy.

Sad or not, this peaked my curiosity. And I couldn't return a book, that would be unheard of. So to ensure that I would actually read it and not let it linger on my desk, I picked it for book club. Now it was mandatory reading. And well, you'll just have to find out later what I thought.

P.S. Thanks bestest friend from way back when!


Catch Up Reviews

>> Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The year is winding down and there is a little pocket of time to catch my breath before the new year, so it's a good time to catch up on some reviews, be they somewhat short though hopefully sweet.

My Name is Mary Sutter - I found this book boring. The characters were dry and uninteresting, propelled by motives I didn't understand.

The Pirate Bride - A fun frolic in children's literature with some great illustrations to help it along. Perfect for a bedtime story.

Mockingjay - I have finally recovered from this book. Almost. It was awesome and it was horrible. The series remains a favorite. (Not a bedtime story.)

Firefly Lane - Eh. That's a good summary of this book. It's not bad, it's not great. It's, eh.


Her Mother's Hope - Anna's Review

>> Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Francine Rivers' skill as a writer moved me through Her Mother's Hope quickly and easily. But it wasn't until the epilogue that I discovered the heart of the book. In this post snippet, Rivers explains how the series is loosely based on her grandmother and mother. Laced with interesting family history and an insightful look at how relationships can get off course, I could only wish that the rest of the book had captivated me half as much as the ending.


Her Mother's Hope - E's Review

>> Thursday, July 8, 2010

Francine Rivers is one of my favorite Christian novelists. Her Mark of the Lion series is nothing short of spectacular. Set during the Roman Empire, this trilogy held me captivated and as soon as one book was finished I was starting the next.

But I digress. I am here to review Her Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers. And to be honest, this book did nothing for me. In fact, at the end it leaves you hanging and yet I have no desire to even find out what happens let alone pick up the sequel.

I guess I can't demand perfection with every single book I read. Maybe I need to lower my expectations?


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