Wednesday, June 27, 2012


On The Island
by: Tracey Garvis Graves

Amazon's Book Description:
When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day.

T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He's almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn't bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family - and a stack of overdue assignments - instead of his friends.

Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter. Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.'s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.

When my friend, Amanda, reccomended this book to me, I had no idea it would be so captivating. I read the entire thing within 6 hours. As soon as I'd put my Kindle down, and start thinking about what was going to happen next & have to pick it right back up. It's so different, and so unexpected. If you are big on romantic novels, this is a must read.


Monday, June 25, 2012

My Own Personal Book Club...

Like many of the book loving, lonely housewives in the country, I decided to start reading the Fifty Shades Trilogy. Oh, boy. What a read. I finished all 3 books in less than a week. I had heard they were racy, but as a 28 year old, married mama with a husband who works out of town, I decided I could handle it. The 1st book, Fifty Shades of Grey, made me blush...more than blush at times. I will be honest, I didn't know what some of the activities I Googled. Oh, jeez. But, since the first book ended the way it did, I HAD to read the second one.
Fifty Shades Darker was a bit more relaxed in the sexual sense...a bit more romantic, if you will. I took me by surprise. I didn't see it twisting & turning the way it did. I read this book within 24 hours. It was by far my favorite. Of course after I finished this one, I had to move on to book three...
Fifty Shades Freed cleared up all of my questions & had a few surprising quirks of it's own. With the way it ended, I can only hope & pray E. L. James will continue writing about Christian & Ana. I would love to see this book through his eyes, rather than hers.
Overall , it was an amazing read. I highly recommend to those women who want to read about a life completely different from their own. It was a very nice escape from reality.

Now back to the real world...